Soup

I love soup, homemade soup that is.  When we had our coffee shop back in England we would have a couple of different homemade soup on the menu everyday.  I loved making them and I loved to see our customers enjoying them.  Back before Christmas I taught a workshop at my yoga studio and cooked a lunch for the ladies who attended, as it was a cold November Sunday, I just had to make a couple of soups.  I got quite a few requests for recipes so here they are:

Broccoli and Almond Soup

50g /2 oz Ground Almonds

675g / 1.5 lb Broccoli

1 Med Onion

2 Med Potatoes

Couple of good quality vegetable stock cubes

Salt and Black Pepper

Preheat oven to 180C/350F?Gas 4.  Spread the almonds evenly onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Dice the onion quite small, cut the broccoli into small florets, and peel and chop the potatoes.

Gently cook the onions in a little olive oil until translucent and soft, add the potatoes and broccoli and cover with boiling water, add the stock cubes and stir.  Simmer for around 20 minutes, or until vegetables are soft.

Blend the soup until smooth,  Add the toasted almonds and season to taste.  You can reserve some of the almonds to sprinkle on the soup before serving if so wished.

Carrot and Coriander Soup

A side note – in England we call Cilantro, Coriander

25g /1 oz butter

1 Med Onion – finely chopped

1 Garlic Clove, crushed

550g / 1.25 lbs carrots, roughly chopped

2 Med Potatoes

2 good quality Vegetable Stock Cubes

Pinch Freshly Grated Nutmeg

Fresh Coriander (Cilantro)

150ml Whipping Cream

Salt and Black Pepper

Melt butter and cook onion and garlic gently, until soft, without colouring.  Add carrots and potatoes, nutmeg, and cover with boiling water, add stock cubes, stir, cover and simmer until veg is tender.  Cool a little, and then blend until smooth.  Add chopped coriander, I usually do this by sight and taste, but about 2-3 tablespoon should do it. Add the cream, again you can decide how creamy you want it, I sometimes save some cream and drizzle a little over before serving.  Season to taste.  Save some coriander also to garnish before serving.

I have been meaning to get these recipes out there fora while, so enjoy and I will post more as time goes by.

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An angular way of life

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Everything we do should be done with peace, it is the ideal state for our body, mind and soul.  We must learn how to cultivate calmness and poise and let that be at the centre of our very being.  A pattern for living can be thought of as a triangle, sweetness and calmness are the sides that hold it together, but at the base or foundation, its support, is happiness.  I believe the purpose of our life is to be happy, every human desires happiness and contentment.  Our mind is restless by nature and registers every event, no matter how small.  If we focus our attention within, settle into stillness, if we become calm, motionless, we will see at our centre a place of tranquility and harmony, a place where the spirit of the divine makes it home. Seek this place and relish the gifts that come forth.  “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10)

Take some time, become conscious of the spark of divinity within each of us, that which is always present and full of peace.

Beautiful Sunday

Skiing in the sun

The top of the world

Skiing this past Sunday at Manning Park, it was stunning.  My little skier standing next to me really did us proud.

This time and that time…..

When I was much younger, around 2 or 3 years old,  I would say to my parents that I loved them “this time and that time”.  I imagine that as a child this phrase described a love that was all encompassing and unconditional, without boundaries and  everlasting.   Looking back and remembering this, it seems a very wise phrase for a little girl with much yet to to come in her life. Children though, are wise and it is things said of this nature that make me believe that we have lived another life or two before this one.

I remember a few years back my daughter who was around 4 at the time asked me “Who do you love more, Daddy or me?”  I replied ” I love you both the same, but in different ways”  Which just wasn’t the right answer apparently!  Grace, (my daughter) came right back with “I love you more than Daddy”  To which I said “That’s not very fair” .  Straight back without hesitation Grace said with a shrug of her shoulders “Well, life’s like that isn’t it”

This love we give and receive , it is infinite and immeasureable, and this is not an easy concept for children to grasp as they live so much more in the present moment than many adults.  They like to measure, or at least in their minds have an idea of how long something will last, how big or small things are.  A phrase from a wonderful children’s book called “Guess how much I love you?”  ends with “I love you right up to the moon, AND BACK”  The concept of measuring love for children makes them feel secure and safe in the knowledge that they are loved.

As children we love because we are loved, as we get older we are loved because we love.  See how the “d” makes a difference!

Love is happiness that is shared and given back and forth.   The essentials of finding happiness are having something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

After the “change” in the United States yesterday, the world and it people seems to have found something to hope for, I hope we can also all find something to love.

Deciding on a name

After finally deciding to set up a blog, the next decision was what to call it.  I hesitated to call it something “yogic” as I hope to be posting all sorts on here that will be of interest to you all.  I love to read and a book I read a couple of years ago, that would among my top 5 reads, had a transcript of a sermon in it entitled “This Momentous Day”.  Well, I read this and it touched me to my core, so much so that after reading it, I read it out in class to my students, emailed it to friends and recommended the book to many people.  Was is this book you are thinking?  It is called “From the Corner of his Eye” by Dean Koontz.  This book is shocking yet sweet, scary yet full of love, fantasy yet so real.  I know that I will remember this book forever and will always have a copy on my shelf.  So onto the passage, here it is, if you are inspired to read the book let me know how you like it.

Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no matter who you are or what you do. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness – even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile – reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of the good echo, because kindness is past on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will.  All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined – those dead, those living, those generations yet to come – that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.  After every failure, strive for success. When faced with the end of one thing, build something new and better in the ashes. From pain and grief, weave hope. For each of us is a thread critical to the strength and survival of the human tapestry.  Every hour in every life contains such often unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days for which we so often yearn are already with us, all great days and possibilities are combined always in THIS MOMENTOUS DAY.

Dean Koontz took the beginning part of this from a quote by H.R. White.

This is the reason I decided to call the blog “This Momentous Day”  Try to make every day momentous.

“Brighten the corner where you live and you will light the world”

Time for a Blog?

I have been pondering for a while about setting up a blog, and so today it begins.  I know it will be a great place for my family and friends over the ocean to see what we are getting up to as a family, and also for my yoga students to see what is inspiring me, what I have been comtemplating and what is going on in our local yoga community.  My only concern is do I have time for this?  We will see………