Category Archives: Recipes

Strengthening and Purifying with Healing Mung Bean Soup: A recipe

The rush rush life we live is so acidic and hard on the body.  Even if we are eating a high nutrient dense alkaline diet and getting good life enhancing exercise (yoga, chi quong , walking, swimming and various others) the stress of daily life can be very debilitating.  The right frame of mind is essential. What thoughts we digest are paramount.  Loving, accepting, non judgemental thoughts  create a healthy alkaline body. Meditation, prayer,gratitude, kind deeds and a peaceful life style are all excellent techniques to guide us to healthy life, individual and collective.

There are also very grounding healing soups to have all year round that create calmness both in the cooking and the eating.
This is one of them. I love to have this for breakfast or once a day for several days (try 30 days) to strengthen, de-toxify and ground the body.

Ingredients

HEALING STRENGTHENING WHOLE MUNG BEAN SOUP:  A RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 cup of organic whole green mung beans
8 cups  best water (Kangen see previous blog)
3 pinches fennel seeds
3 pinches cumin seeds
2 pinches ajwan seeds
2 or 3 pinches coriander seeds
1 pinch asafoetida powder
8-10 fresh curry leaves
3 pinches turmeric powder
4 one inch pieces of wakame (Optional)
celtic sea salt to taste

Prepare yourself and your ingredients.  Light a candle and with grateful intention
wash the mung beans stirring clockwise(or anticlockwise keep the direction the same) in a deep bowl. Discard the water and repeat 3 or 4 times. You will find that as you gently stir and wash the beans with your hands you will feel a settling down and a connection with this bounty from Mother Earth. Place the beans in a saucepan with the water.
Soak for a few minutes the seaweed (wakame) until soft enough to tear into small pieces.
Place all the seeds unto a mortar and pestle and grind for a minute or so. They do not need to be converted to a powder just crunched for a bit to release their aromatic healing properties.
To the saucepan with the beans and water add all the ingredients except the salt.
On a medium heat bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to slow and cook gently for an hour or so.  Half way through the cooking process add salt to taste.

Here’s what all the ingredients look like at the start of cooking

Mung Bean Soup Cooking

Now you are ready to enjoy. I sometimes enjoy to add a squeeze of lime juice
and some soaked raisins particularly at breakfast.
Eat slowly and with gratitude and see how your system will flourish!

Delicious, Ready to Eat

On Contemplating on the Beauty of NATURE!

HYDRANGEAS abound right now in the Southern hemisphere Summer.
I love their colour and their versatility


A  excerpt from a poem highlighting 

“Hydrangea”
by talented new poet Silas Tresson (1994-present)
2009-2011 Hello Poetry by Red Church Digital

“The swaying hydrangeas look ablaze
with divine, blue flames as ever
I tremble in the pouring rain, dazed….
As if praying, I’ll sing forever.”

A Recipe for a Healthy Life AND for Coriander and Cashew Chutney

Healing beauty of Nature and a sunny bouquet just for you!

RECIPE for a HEALTHY LIFE

Here is my list of 10 things that will ensure a healthy, alkaline approach to life.

  • Eat a clean diet. Favour foods that are easy for the body to digest. For example, stay away as much as possible from saturated fats and refined oils.
  • For best nutrition eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
  • Eat whole grains rather than processed foods.
  • Buy organic foods as much as possible.
  • Eat a wide variety of plant protein -Dahls, beans and lentils. These are a great protein source without saturated fat.
  • Eat sprouts of all types. These are remarkable for cleansing and energy.
  • Chewing the food well also adds to alkalinity.
  • A little exercise daily to strengthen and cleanse the body of toxins. A half hour walk, yoga or rebounding is a necessary ingredient for healthy life.
  • Take time to reflect, smell the roses. Meditation, or time in nature will keep the inner body vital.
  • Thoughts of gratitude will do much to Alkalize the body and spirit.

More lovely shared times in the kitchen

Monday morning was an early start with a cooking class starting at 10 a.m, again at my home fires, in Adelaide!  There was much to prepare. I happily busied myself with the task, laying out all the food and  recipes .  Candles and flowers to delight the eye along with nature’s harvest of colourful, vibrant foods!

Enzamatic Raw Beetroot salad.

The  eager enthusiasts arrived for their second class.  Many healthy delights  were on the agenda- encore to beetroot this time — a raw beetroot salad, dhal pakoras with coriander cashew chutney, green salad medley, adzuki beans with onions, brown rice with amaranth,  baked sweet potatoes and steamed greens!

Dahl Pakoras with fresh coriander cashew chutney.

Ready to eat!

There was also flat green beans with ample garlic. Wow what a feast!

Fresh Coriander Chutney

FRESH CORIANDER and CASHEW CHUTNEY: A RECIPE

2 bunches of coriander – use the leaves only
1/2 – 3/4 cup of raw cashew nuts
2cm piece of ginger, peeled and coarsley chopped
1 lime, juiced
2 – 3 drops Sunny dew * or 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
1/2- 1 cup best quality water

Adding a little water at a time, blend all the ingredients together.  You may not need to use the whole cup of water. The desired consistency is smooth and velvety. Not too thick and not too runny.

This life giving chutney goes wonderfully with the Dahl Pakoras , Vegetable Curries, Patties or as a simple dip or spread!  Try it, you’l love it!

Delicious recipes to go with this High Nutrient Dense chutney can be found in my cookbook alkaline-alive.  All the dishes we enjoyed for our lunch  (as above) are waiting on the pages to be enjoyed by you!

Cooked Beetroot Salad: A Recipe

Chilly, crisp days; fresh warming foods shared from the heart!

Last week I had much to share, and while I was writing it, it somehow got lost in the waves! Ah, the lament of a new blogger! I will however include the same recipe today. It was enjoyed as a side dish in our cooking class number 3 (there are 6 in total).  It is a simple yet mouth-wateringly delicious Beetroot Salad. It was loved by all in the class and served with a warm yummie brown rice salad, tempeh spread, a salad of greens with oranges and a cashew orange sesame dressing! Here’s a photo of the offering!

COOKED BEETROOT SALAD : A RECIPE

1 bunch organic beetroot with stems and leaves removed
1 bunch chopped parsley leaves (I like mine very rich and tend to use 1 1/2 – 2 bunches)
2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
juice of 1-2 lemons
pinch or two of celtic sea salt

Wash and boil the beetroot until tender. Drain and set aside until they are cool enough for you to peel. I like to have them still warm or at least room temperature.

Cut the beetroot into wedges . Add parsley and dress with a splashing of olive oil, lemon juice and the salt. Very delicious!

If you love this recipe, you can find 88 similarly wonderful recipes that are nutrient dense and alkaline in my cookbook alkaline-alive.

Alkaline-Alive Talks and Classes in Adelaide

I love preparing for the classes that I hold in my home. Everyone has a station for peeling, chopping, grating, dicing, washing vegetables and rinsing the grains. We all (try to) cook with awareness and attention to the extraordinary bounty from Mother Earth, bringing the heart and devotion  into the preparation.

And finally we experience together the enjoyment of our efforts!

The cold weather did not seem to stop  health enthusiasts coming to  The Benefits of an Alkaline Diet,  an introduction  to my book Alkaline-Alive, and also to my book signings at Real Organics in Norwood and Mostly Books in the Mitcham Square. It was so heartwarming  to meet everyone, seeing all the new bright faces eager to enjoy health!

Vibrant Stuffed Roasted Peppers: A Recipe

This has been an incredibly busy week. I have been out delivering books all over Adelaide. Early in the week I was in Stirling, talking to a group of wonderful and committed people.  Today I am appearing at Real Organics in Norwood and talking on the benefits of a high nutrient dense plant based diet.

On Wednesday night, it was the second class in a 6 part series of classes on Alkaline Cooking. We had a ball, eating the most wonderful array of non-acid, vegetarian foods.

 You know, you never feel that you are missing anything with such a wonderful approach to eating — there is a huge variety of wondrous foods from nature’s storehouse.

Vibrant Stuffed Roasted Peppers

2 cups cooked brown rice al dente (still chewy)
1/3 cup ground pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup finely chopped cherry tomato
3 teaspoons currants
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped or squeezed
4 teaspoons chopped chives
1/4 small brown onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
3-4 leaves fresh basil chopped
1 teaspoon ghee
4-6 long banana peppers or 4-5 small red peppers
Pinch of celtic sea salt and freshly ground pepper
3 Teaspoons organic sunflower oil or ghee

Before you cook the rice, remember to wash it 3-4 times gently massaging the grain or stirring in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction.  Keep to the way you have chosen to stir or massage.  This method prepares the grain, connects us to the roots of Mother Earth, enlivens the grain and settles us to evenness.

Wash the peppers.  Cut off the tops, discard the thick internal flesh and remove the seeds.  If they are the long banana peppers a thin small knife will also do the job well.

Prepare the other ingredients and place them in a bowl. When the rice is cooked and cooled, add, and fold together.

Gently fill the peppers.  Place them on a shallow baking dish, drizzle with the oil or ghee and sprinkle with a little celtic sea salt.  Bake at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes. The peppers should be soft and somewhat collapsed.

These vibrant peppers go beautifully with mashed white beans and a favourite green.

Enjoy!

For more recipes, my book is available here.

Cauliflower Magic to Lighten those Dark Winter Days: A Recipe

When my digestion is out of sorts I prepare this soup. The other evening my digestive system was feeling quite tender and vulnerable I craved something soothing, easy to digest, something that would warm and nourish my tender stomach.

I hope that this will nourish you as much as I feel nourished by it. I have made and enjoyed it three times hence.

Cauliflower Balm for Winter Days

5 cups pure water
2 pinches cumin seeds
2 pinches aseofetida
2 pinches fennel seeds
2 pinches ginger powder
3 pinches turmeric powder
1 pinch ground black pepper or long black pepper
4 cups cauliflower florets
2 pinches celtic sea salt
1 generous teaspoon ghee

Let the water boil with all of the spices for 4-5 minutes. Add the cauliflower florets and also some of the green leaves surrounding the cauliflower. Make sure to take the leaf away from the thick stem.

Cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes. Test with a fork to ensure the cauliflower is tender.

Pour all into a blender, add ghee and blend.

Serve plain, or garnish with fresh sunflower or mung sprouts or with grated raw cauliflower.

For more healthy, healing alkaline foods, my book alkaline-alive is available here.

Quinoa Pilaf

in praise of quinoa

Quinoa is an amino acid-rich protein. This ancient grain was called by the Aztec Indians “the Gold of the Incas” because they recognised its ability to increase the stamina of their warriors.

Quinoa is high in protein, and the protein it provides is a complete protein, meaning that it includes all 9 essential amino acids.

Not only is quinoa’s amino acid profile well balanced, but it is especially enhanced with the amino acid Lysine, essential for tissue growth and repair. It also includes most other health building nutrients. A very good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous.

Because of its high source of magnesium, quinoa offers the benefit of providing good cardio-vascular health. It’s said that a serving of whole grain such as quinoa at least 6 times a week is especially good for those suffering from high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardio vascular disease.

Quinoa Pilaf

2 cups quinoa (white or red or mixed)
1 litre of best quality water
3 heaped tablespoons sunflower seeds
3 heaped tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1-2 large handfuls of washed currants

Wash quinoa 3 times and cover with water. Bring to the boil then reduce to simmer until cooked. While the quinoa is cooking, dry roast the seeds in a frypan till golden brown. Take off heat and set aside. Meanwhile soak the currants. When the quinoa is cooked, add the seeds, and the drained currants.

Serve with curry, greens and chutney; or for breakfast with grated apple and Almond Milk.

For more great recipes buy my book alkaline-alive.

Asparagus Elixir: A recipe

From a chapter in my book on Foods for Healing & Regeneration

A drink or soup for Gods and mortals alike.

Whenever I serve this I’m always rewarded with a big grateful sigh. “WOW! What have you made and how do I make it?”

Asparagus Elixir

8 stalks of asparagus (wooded bases removed)
3 cups best quality water
1 teaspoon ghee
1 teaspoon turmeric
pinch of salt to taste

Place water in a saucepan with steamer and bring to boil.

Break the asparagus stalks with your hands into 2 or 3 pieces and place into the pan, steaming until tender and retaining its green colour.

Place asparagus in a blender with about 1 cup of the cooking water of the asparagus. Add ghee, turmeric and sea salt. Blend until smooth.

Add more water for a thinner lighter drink or soup.

This is a wonderful healing drink or soup that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.