Change, it’s a recurring theme for me recently.
Another recipe for you today.
- Chop the onions into chunks. Finely chop or grate the ginger root and garlic.
- Heat the coconut oil in a large pan, add the onion, ginger and garlic and cook for a few minutes until the onion softens.
- Add the spices and curry paste, cook for five minutes to release the aromas. Stir in the chillies.
- Add the cauliflower and stir until coated with spices and onions.
- Add the parsnip, carrot and peppers.
- Stir in the lentils and split peas until well mixed in.
- Pour in the vegetable stock and a can of coconut milk. Cover and simmer for about 40 minutes until the veg are cooked and the lentils and split peas have broken up.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and an extra can of coconut milk if you think it’s too thick.
- Add the spinach, stir into the curry and leave to wilt.
- Simmer for another 10 minutes or so.
- To serve, finely chop the coriander and scatter on top.
I’ve been sick this week, caught some bug that was doing the rounds and was feeling rubbish. I’m lucky to have avoided most of the colds and flu that has been circulating all winter, I put it down to eating clean most of the time.
Since I got sick I’ve been drinking LOADS of green juice. I’ve been using a few different recipes, but this is my standard version I use all the time.
1 green apple
1 banana (the riper the better)
juice of a lemon
half a cucumber
a chunk of ginger (usually about 1 1/2 inches but I like it gingery)
3 stalks of celery
half a bag of spinach
parsley, basil or coriander (depends on what I have at the time)
sometimes I throw in some blueberries
It’s easy to make, you don’t need a juicer – I just throw it all in the blender and blend until it’s liquid. You can add water until it becomes the desired consistency.
I drink this all year round, not just when I’m ill. It’s great to have first thing in the morning as a shot of vitamins to start the day. Really energises you and gives you a boost.
The juice will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, or you can freeze it and defrost it the night before to have it ready for the morning :).
Give it a go!
I probably shouldn’t be writing this when I’ve been out for the evening. But these thoughts were precipitated by a conversation with a friend earlier tonight.
You are not your past. You are not the sum total of what you have done in your life.
You are who you choose to be.
There will be some people who are determined to keep you in your past, for whom it is safer to pigeonhole you into the space they are comfortable with, to keep you as you were so that they can still relate, but you are not that person.
Everyone has a past. Everyone has history. That history has taken you on a journey and got you to where you are today. It has woven the tapestry of your life, and coloured it. It has given it depth, and meaning. But it is not who you are.
You are who you choose to be.
I have a past. As do you. In my past, I was all sorts of people.
I was a geek – I won prizes for maths, I did extra study in school holidays.
I partied hard. I had fun. A lot of fun :).
I was an artist. I created things.
I was a blonde, a brunette, a redhead.
I was all sorts of different people, I did all sorts of different things. I found all sorts of people interesting and I made some wonderful friends. Who I was, brought me people I still treasure today. People who recognize me for what I am.
I am who I choose to be.
All the ‘mistakes’ I made, all the wrong turns I took, all the monumental f*ck ups I have had – all of them have got me to here. To where I am now. They have given me the strength and the wisdom to become who I want to be.
I am who I choose to be.
Thomas Edison was once asked (for now let’s ignore what he did to Tesla) how he dealt with the fact he had failed 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb. His answer was “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.
There Is NO failure, there is only feedback.
I’ve thought I failed – countless times. I’ve failed, and f*cked up and done it over and over again. But really, when it comes down to it – I haven’t. I’ve learned how I DON’T want to live my life. I’ve learned who I DON’T want to be. I’ve learned what I love, what I value, what is important to me. Who is important to me. I’ve had feedback – internal, and external. I’ve had friends give me feedback that wasn’t always welcome. But I’ve learned. And I’ve grown. And I’ve moved on and changed.
I’ve become who I choose to be..
Last couple of days I’ve woken at 5am. I haven’t set the alarm, I just seem to have woken at that time and not been able to get back to sleep.
This morning I spoke to a couple of friends online who are in different time zones. Then I stood at the window and looked out at the foggy landscape for a while.
The fog was thick, you couldn’t see much at all and it leant an eerie look to the landscape. I always think fog makes a place look atmospheric. It cloaks the area in mystery and transforms somewhere familiar into somewhere different entirely. What could be hiding under the mist? What treasures are hiding waiting to be discovered when those mists clear? What possibilities lie beneath it?
Driving into work this morning a lot of people were being hesitant because they couldn’t see what was up ahead. Most of them knew the way, but because the familiar landmarks had been taken away and they could only see a small amount ahead, folk were driving slower than usual.
Do we always need to see the whole road ahead? Or do we only need to see the part we’re travelling on right now?
I’ve been guilty recently of focusing too much on the big goal, the destination I want to get to, that I’ve got stuck and not known what to do to get there, as it seemed so far away.
But I only really need to see a little bit further ahead.
If I see the road in front of me well enough to take that step, and keep on taking small steps towards my destination then I’ll get there. And as I get more confident, as the mists clear, as the possibilities are revealed to me, then I can pick up speed and move quicker towards my goal.