Wednesday, 22 April 2015


do you like this picture?
face resting on a hand is more thoughtful and flattering no?
also, I've popped a little red in my hair. 
like angela chase.
I haven't been updating my blog as much as usual and when I do it is mainly recipes or books. my blog has become very book/food. I still feel super busy over here.... work things (i think) have started to calm down a little and I have a lot of holiday days to take this year after not taking them all last year and I've also cut down on all the weekends I've been working (although worked this weekend just gone). I have been doing my yoga teacher training course and that has been taking up some time! not so much the hours put in on going to the actual course (long and pretty intense weekends), but also the written work, the reading and all the extra yoga classes I've been going to. and then because I'm spending so much time on yoga matters, I worry I've been neglecting bert! argh. We've been catching up in the evenings though to watch episodes of Castle... and this saturday we are taking part in the 24 hour readathon. 
a work/life or work/life/yoga balance can be hard....


hello! lets talk about baked beans! Do you like them? do you eat the canned ones? I rarely do, but Bert is crazy about them and we were both interested in making our own version. I was looking through the Deliciously Ella book which I got from the library and she had a recipe for them which looked pretty good. So we made them and bert had them on toast and I ate them with roasted cauliflower and rice. They don't really taste like the canned beans, they taste more like a tomatoey bean dish you may get in Italy or Greece - and that's not a bad thing! They taste fresh and healthy! I pretty much followed the recipe that Ella gave, but if I made them again I think I'd change them a bit - maybe not quite so much tomato puree or garlic... they WERE good tho - you should try them. 
Here's the recipe:
Cook two tins of chopped tomatoes with 2 cloves of crushed garlic and 2 tablespoons of date syrup (I used coconut sugar and a bit of agave syrup) for about 30 minutes. Then add 1 tube of tomato puree and two cans of haricot beans (I used cannellini beans). Cook for another ten minutes until everything is heated through and season with salt and pepper. 
That's it! simple huh? I'd be interested in ay other recipes you may have for baked beans - let me know. 

 oh, and these two pictures? the first is hot water with fresh ginger and lemon which Bert loves drinking. and the other is scrambled tofu with chili and spinach and avocado which I ate for breakfast with my yoga friend Laura at Waterloo Tea.

Friday, 3 April 2015

books read in march 2015

March was meant to be multicultural month books wise - the plan was to read books from, y'know, mulititudes of cultures. I didn't do too badly, but could have done better, and actually, I now have some really great authors on my TBR pile.

First, I finished off Michelle Tea's memoir (which I started in feb) How to Grow Up. I adore Michelle Tea and I really enjoyed this too, but had a few little niggles with it and didn't feel that it was as good as her early stuff.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was a big ol book at around 500 pages or so, and it was pretty epic in both size and scope. This has superb writing and a plot that spans years and countries. I liked all the stuff about race way more than the relationship stuff, but this would be my recommendation to you guys this month, because me and Beyonce both loved it.

Playing in the Dark:Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison was up next. This was a short, powerful little book that was more academic than I was expecting and something I think is owed a re-read. Really interesting tho obvs.

The reading group book this month was Diamond Star Halo by Tiffany Murray, which is a coming of age novel set in the 70s (and then goes up to the 2000s) and is about a bohemian family who run a recording studio in Wales. The reading group really enjoyed this one, and while there were elements of it that I liked, it wasn't really my bag.

Because of my yoga course, I have a lot of yoga related books that I need to read, and Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Satyananda Saraswati was one of them. This book is one of the Bihar books which all have the most amazing covers sometimes from the 60s and 70s. They are so amazing they often look like sci-fi books, but sometimes they can be a little dry. This one though is great! I mean, you need to be in to yoga to get anything out of it, but it's totally fun to read (if a little crazy towards the end - two words - turmeric root).
And finally I read Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through the Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh. Now i'm not currently going through a storm, but if I was I'd want Thich by my side. The man is a genius and a calm one at that.

If you want to know what bert read in march, go here, and as usual I want to know if you've read any of these books and what you've been reading too.


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