A friend of mine left the U.S. of A to spend a year in Europe. Along with her essentials of books and clothes, she filled/stuffed her bags with a variety of food-stuffs. Lots and lots of food-stuff. I was deeply curious to discover what the contents of these food-stuff-bags were. As my friend pulled each item out of the suitcase, I saw bags of brightly coloured, odd-shaped puffy things, which were called cheetos, followed by boxes of powered stuff, a range of (to me) non-recognisable things, bags of chocolate chip cookies (ok, this I can certainly relate to) and then a package of sliced bread.

I watched and said nothing, and watched again.

My first reaction when I saw the bread was to scream out “but Germany has some of the best breads in the world. Why would you bring sliced bread to Europe from the USA?!?!?” But, I refrained from any comment at all.

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How fitting is it that I am confronted with this quote today. I decided that I would like to belong to this who make things happen, and well, so, this is it! This is the step which separates the me of yesterday to the me of now. This is the step that separates me as a victim to that of a co-creator. I knew that I had to simply begin today after I had read this quote.

I read it over a few times, trying to figure out in which category I would place myself in this moment. Over the past couple of years, I certainly fit into the latter: wondering each and every day what the heck happened, and asking myself why?

After my intense time with Inga, something with me shifted, and now I really want to change. I want to get out of this swamp, into which I have been only sinking deeper and deeper, feeling less and less in control.

I had discovered blogs a few months ago, and was fascinated at the concept of this platform. I wondered who the individuals were behind them and wondered if I could ever have enough guts and courage to do something of my own. What would I write about?! Who am I anyhow to think that I could possibly contribute to anything?!

I responded by telling myself:  who am I then not to?! and so I did and so I am. I recited Inga’s words over and over again, opened my computer, went over to wordpress, where I discovered that one can easily and most inexpensively, namely for free, and created this blog.  Where will it lead me-I have no clue, nor does it matter. I shall just enjoy the journey!

 

As I write these words, I truly feel an energy within me which I have not known in a while. I feel a spark of happiness and desire. I spent hours and hours thinking, writing and reading about bogging, writing down ideas, creating recipes…..and I am truly in a flow.

 

Here is the result of my culinary creation which emerged from this flow-something not really new, but a re-creation of an old favourite.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbs of ground flaxseed mixed up with 3 tbs of warm water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cups all-purpose or spelt all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. or 180 degrees C.
  2. Cream the coconut oil and sugars until well mixed.
  3. Mix in the flaxseed mixture and the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and add into the oil mixture slowly until just mixed in. Stir in the chocolate chips and there you have it.
  5. Use a large tablespoon to take out the dough. Roll into balls and place onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly browned on the edges. Enjoy!

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