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I believe in the inherent fantasticness of the comos- that everything happened and happens exactly when and how its meant to. This thinking can at times be a bitter pill to swallow, but faith compels me forward. And right now, you know i am sitting here, thanking the universe for its unspeakable brilliance.

Thanking it for unravelling itself as it has, for giving me the greatest gift i could ever hope to wish for. For slowly manifesting itself into my very idea of happiness. Yes, life is hard and it takes a good deal of effort and work to get things even ticking along, but the universe is kind and omnipotent and can see things further and wilder than i can even imagine. I am sitting here today with so much love in my heart. And hope- the single most important thing (in my mind) that we can possess and nurture, and i am full of it.

I guess today i am blessed with the providence to see, or get a hint at the magic thats really going on out there. And simultaneously, i am blessed with the (rare) chance to really appreciate who i am and what i’ve accomplished thus far. I beat myself up in so many (not relevant for here) ways that i never take stock and thank myself (and the world and all my glorious loved ones) for everything that is. Here and now.

So yes. It was a conversation, about a month or so ago, where i just knew, in my gut and heart, that the world was conspiring to provide exactly what we dreamed and wished and long so hard for. And last night, on my way home, it sunk in. And so i wanted to share this (mysterious) and incredible experience with you. I guess, in case on the off chance, you’re needing reassurance about this crazy old life. Have faith, be strong and wait it out. If you want something enough, its just around the corner. Keeping working and dreaming and believing- miracles do happen.

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In the meantime, cook yourself a big ‘ol pot of these smokey roots and beans. Breathe it in, nourish yourself and maybe even thank yourself, you know, for sticking at it and being you.

(Serves 4-6, Vegan, Gluten Free)
For the sauce:

  • 500ml Passata
  • 1-2 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup fresh Coffee
  • 1 tbsp Tamari
  • 2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle/ Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ground Peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 large chill, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 large thumb of Ginger, minced
  • 1 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of Celery, sliced
  • 1/2 Leek, sliced
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil/ Olive Oil

Vegetables:
(Go with what you’ve got to hand, the sweet potatoes add a creaminess i wouldn’t like to remove, the parsnips a wonderful subtle sweetness and the beans work fantastically with the two but its up to your supplies/ desires)

  • 1/2 cup mixed Beans, cooked and washed
  • 1/2 Courgette, sliced
  • 1 Sweet Potato, diced
  • 1 Parsnip, diced
  • 1/2 cup Sweetcorn
  • handful of Sugar Snap Peas
  1. Heat the oil in large pot, add the onion, leek, celery and salt and cook for 5 minutes on a medium heat
  2. Then add the ginger, garlic, chilli and peppercorns, cooking for a further 5 minutes
  3. Add the courgette, cayenne and paprika and cook for another 5 minutes
  4. Add the remaining ingredients, except the coriander and peas, cook for 15 minutes
  5. Add the peas and coriander and cook for 30 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender
  6. Serve with Savoy Cabbage leaves/ rice/ cauliflower rice/ wraps etc
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