Simple Summer Salad / Waldorf Lettuce Wraps / Raw Vegan Cheesecake

It’s too hot to be bothered with much food preparation today. I wanted to just have something really fresh and this was perfect.

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Sustaining the Ocean that Sustains You: More than Celebrating National Oceans Month and World Oceans Day, Things We Can Do

The Ecotone Exchange

Sunrise and sunset are always inspiration times to have a quiet moment on the coast. Photo courtesy of Kirk Keeler Photography. Sunrise and sunset are always inspirational times to have a quiet moment on the coast. Photo courtesy of Kirk Keeler Photography.

Regardless of where you live, land locked or ocean side, each day you touch, use and take in water that is part of a large planetary cycle. This cycle connects you to the weather, watersheds on land and ultimately the oceans.

As the world took time to celebrate World Oceans Day on Monday, June 8 and a United States Presidential Proclamation declared the month of June to be National Oceans Month, we have the opportunity to use these events as a timely reminder that the ocean affects each of us, where we live and the resources we all depend on. It is the perfect time to explore the ocean’s impressive influence and employ some easy, yet powerful, choices that ultimately invest in the ocean’s long-term health and functioning.

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Food and Spirituality: Nourishing Body and Soul

Food is a basic need. Spirituality is also essential to basic well-being, and the two cannot be far separated in terms of the way they nourish us. Deeply; at a cellular level, an energetic level, and deeper still.

Our relationships with food are complex, over eating, emotional eating, binge eating, and all the other issues we develop over our lifetime. These can stem from familial or cultural norms carried down through many generations – or by just one person, which then become our own beliefs and behaviours. Also our beliefs and behaviours surrounding food are increasingly fed into our subconscious via media and advertising. The food we eat on a daily basis may have been grown in nutrient depleted soil, sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals, genetically altered, never seen the light of day, deprived of the right to express normal, natural behaviours, fed an artificial diet, lived and died in pain. Or it may have been grown, and nurtured with the emphasis on harmony, natural diets and healthy soils, outdoors environment, opportunities to express natural behaviour and minimal or zero chemical exposure. If ‘we are what we eat’ which would you rather be nourished by? Continue reading

Adventures in Seaweed 2

I am a convert!

It was a challenge for me initially but I have persisted and am really enjoying my sea spaghetti now.

I prepared a meal for a friend and her 3 children yesterday and it went down really well, they all seemed to enjoy it and asked their mother to make it for them at home.

Meanwhile P was having none of it – so I used the sauce with regular wholewheat pasta for her – which she eventually tried – I like to think that seeing her big-girl shero enjoying new food will be absorbed into her pint-sized psyche, and have a positive impact sometime in the future. Continue reading

Adventures in seaweed

Ok so I may disappoint you now because I’m not talking mermaids with seashell bras type adventures, I wanted to share my latest new-food experience – Sea spaghetti.

I got so excited when I heard about this ‘perfect raw alternative to pasta’, and even more so when I found it in a shop.

However after getting it home and soaking it for half an hour in warm water I found the intense ‘  rock pools at low tide’ odour rather off-putting. The problem was it looked like seaweed, and it smelt like seaweed, Continue reading