GOLDILOCKS'S RAW VEGAN PORRIDGE (R, V+, NF, GF, V, ChF)

Tada, so here it is! THE post I’ve been hinting at for a quite while now. I am beyond excited about the video (watch it here) and I’m so keen to hear what you all make of it. I do you enjoy it.

The day of the shoot was loads of fun (with some boring and repetitive bits in between, but it’s all for a good cause, right?). I got to work with the lovely husband and wife team, Jo and Raf from Joasis Photography, who also took the pictures of me on my ‘about’ page. They are talented with a good eye for detail and they are always the people I turn to for anything to do with photography. So when the idea of a video came up, it felt natural to approach them about it. They were super enthusiastic and had lots of ideas and this, my friends, is the end product!

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It was a given, pretty much from the start that my little sister Sumera would lend her beautiful voice and song writing talents to this video and I’m so, so pleased that this collaboration has turned into something so beautiful. The song we used 'Try' is my favourite song from her last EP and I’m dying to hear her new stuff, which is due to be released in October. You can follow Sumera on facebook, check her out on youtube or listen to her last EP here.
LET'S GO ON A YOGA RETREAT! 

''When I practice I am a philosoper. When I teach, I am a scientist. When I demonstrate, I am an artist.'' - BKS Iyenger - 14/1218 - 20/08/14

A few weeks ago I shared snippets of my life as a yoga teacher. You can read all about it here, but today I wanted to muse about the joys of being a yoga student…

Let’s start with the obvious, shall we: Being a yoga student is pretty awesome! I get to listen and follow the sound of my breath and observe its ebb and flow as I move every muscle and work every joint in my body. Moreover, when I step into the practice space I feel happy, I feel alive and I feel free. (Of course, there has been some blood, tons of sweat and loads of tears but that story is for another day...).

The best part of my practice however comes at the very end; it is then that I get to indulge in a long, peaceful savasana (corpse pose, the part where you lie down and can just ‘be’) and feel like I have arrived at the place I was always meant to be.

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VEGAN PAPAYA MOUSSE (R, V+, GF, P, ChF, GrF)

In a perfect world and in the perfect home, I’d be the perfect wife, perfect mother and perfect cook who does all her meal plans weeks, no, MONTHS in advance. There would never been over-ripe fruit lingering in the fruit bowl or unused veg in the fridge as everything would be bought at the right time and in the right quantity. Of course, that’s not what happens in our house! Instead, I buy what catches my eye, a little more if it’s on at a special price and too much if I’m super greedy. 

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URBAN YOGA RETREAT AND NOURISHING VEGAN BRUNCH

“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul’’ - Rumi

At the end of this year I will have completed my 6th year as a yoga teacher! How can that be - I still feel more like a yoga student than a teacher!? And 6 eventful years they have been; from starting off in a cold room with a leaky roof and dodgy floor, to finding myself surrounded by 16 pregnant yoginis in a stunning converted warehouse – I couldn’t have asked for more.

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UPDATED! SEXY WATERMELON GAZPACHO (R, V+, GL, NF, P, GrF)

NOTE: The pictures for this blog post were in part updated in June, 2016.

Question:
What’s even better than making some fabulicious, seasonal plant-based food? Answer: Making it and sharing it with someone you ADORE. And for this week’s blog post I got to do just that as my gorgeous and über-talented little sis’ Sumera flew all the way from Berlin to come and visit hubby, son and ME in our humble London home.

Sumera might look familiar as she was one of the finalists on the Dutch X Factor a few years ago and apart from being graced with a voice that sends chills down my spine, this little tweety bird can put together a fierce plate of food too. We were ‘cooking’ up a storm in the kitchen, preparing a recipe handed down to us by my mama. So a true family affair all the way ‘round which resulted in a bowl full of LOVE.

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