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Beetroot soup with tahini chickpeas

This is a tasty, comfort food that turns your pee pink! Beetroot can be in season from late spring and on through the winter. It’s great for blood pressure and being adaptogenic in this regard it can lower high pressure and raise low blood pressure. It’s got good levels of dietary fibre and minerals manganese …

Hatha Yoga Pradipika – classic yoga text

      the Yogi, desirous of obtaining siddhi (powers) should keep the Hatha Yoga very secret, for it is effective only when it is kept secret. It becomes ineffective when injudiciously revealed. Hatha Yoga Pradipika, compiled in 15th century from older sanskrit texts Yoga was always handed down from master to disciple and was …

Poached pears with cardamom

This one is hardly rocket science, but makes a virtue of rock-hard pears that at any moment – jeopardy rising – the blackbird/blue tits are going to peck at the neck and wasps move in. Or suddenly squish in the fruit bowl. Quarter, peel and cut out the seeds and stringy bit. Cut the quarters …

Draeyk’s apple, blackberry and cinnamon Spelt lattice

Draeyk and his husband Bruce are good friends and it’s through house-sitting for them on Dartmoor that I happened to know Devon was The Place for VG. Draeyk’s a vegan chef and loves cooking seasonally and especially from the land. Snap! Here’s his recipe posted on fb in August with his particularly early apple variety …

Sicilian caper and aubergine stew – Caponata

This dish can be made any time of the the year but in high summer aubergines are ready in the UK, most likely grown in a polytunnel: support your local producer! This ‘Long Finger’ variety comes from Down Farm, near Winkleigh, just up the road from Viveka Gardens. Organic growers Liv and Henry grow top …

  When Hilary Clinton described alternate nostril breathing in her post-election biography, this classic technique of yoga hit the headlines. In fact, there is a range of yoga breathing exercises – pranayama – that greatly benefit health and wellbeing. The chief benefit is to calm the mind and so counteract stress. Notice your breath at …