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Food for Thought

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Rhubarb & Red Berry Crumble  

Recipe by Mowielicious (I added a few vegan substitutes.) Makes 3-4 ramekins.

200g rhubarb

180g mixed red berries

3 tbsps unrefined sugar

1 tsp mixed spice

40g plain flour

50g buckwheat flour

60g jumbo oats

40g unrefined sugar

1 tsp vanilla paste

80g cold earth balance

Preheat the oven to 180˚C.

Wash, peel and slice the rhubarb into small chunks. Place in a bowl and mix with the red berries, add the sugar and mixed spice. Mix well and distribute equally into the ramekins.

In a separate bowl, mix the flours with the oats, and sugar. Add the vanilla paste and earth balance. Mix well with your hands until crumbly.

Spread the crumble over the fruit mixture in the ramekins. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the red fruit juices start to bubble under the crumble topping.

Serve piping hot topped with coconut “ice cream”.

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⊹⊱ Inspiration Friday ⊰⊹

This website about white tigers reveals how many zoos practice inbreeding in order to produce white tigers.  What!  This needs to stop now!


Thousands of people gathered in Budapest to protest the war in Iraq.  What an inspirational-looking assembly!


Melissa Febos writes about crying in public, & does so in an intelligent, hilarious way.

I’ve admired The White Stripes for years, so this moment from “Under Great White Northern Lights” just impresses something profound into my heart.

Happy Friday, everyone!

L.

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To Thyself Be True

Valentine’s Day is over, but the chocolate still coats our teeth.  What happened yesterday that made you so happy? Well, if you’re in a good relationship, then it was probably your partner’s obligatory gesture.  Flowers.  Cards.  Candy.  Sex.  Whatever.  But did it last through the night? That’s the harder question to answer.

I believe that every person seeking love needs to start with themselves first.  Real love means loving yourself.  Taking the time & energy to boost your confidence, ripen your experience, & accept your reality is what attracts other people to you.  Have you ever noticed that the most interesting people don’t care what you think of them? They are deeply interested in their own lives, & as a result, so are you.

Living with intrinsic joy is like an invisible love magnet.  People cannot resist the allure of your positive identity – they see your inner peace & long to share in it.  And best of all, it quickly becomes contagious! So, this February 15, I urge all of you to strive towards a radical priority of self-acceptance.  By truly delighting in yourself, this life will become an adventure worth having.

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Escaping The Frost

A NYMPHET’S GUIDE TO WINTER WARMTH:

❄ Drink plenty of pink hot chocolate

❄ Sit by a roaring fire & brood with Mr. Rochester

❄ Wear a cool hat

❄ Watch an 80’s classic, The Blue Lagoon

Snuggle with someone special!

L.

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Quote of the Day

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, & hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new & different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security & adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning & its incredible beauty.” –Into the Wild

I plan on backpacking through Europe sometime — it’ll be a unique opportunity to experience the world in a brighter, purer way.  But until then, Chris McCandless inspires me daily.

L.

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