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Scrambled tofu

Scrambled tofu is an easy win if you want a protein hit. And tasty. You can serve it old-fashioned style with baked beans for a tin, or really nice is with steamed pak choi (or spinach, broccoli spears) and fried off tomatoes in oregano – as in the picture. Tofu is a complete protein, meaning …

The Benefits of Balancing

A well balanced yoga class includes warm up, inversions, forward bends, backward bends, twists, sideways bends and balances. Strength Standing and arm balances develop strong muscles in your legs, feet, arms and shoulders, as well as your core. Holding your body against the force of gravity needs muscle contraction. Developed muscles around vulnerable ankles, knees, …

Moroccan inspired cinnamon squash and black bean soup

Squash are in season and the slightly smokey taste of these beans with cinnamon, ras-el-haout spice and a bit of cayenne makes a super tasty soup. This was served with bulgar cracked wheat and enjoyed after class one Tuesday morning here at VG. Yummers. Ingredients (serves 4 – 6) 200g black eyed beans 2 tablespoons …

Spiced apple cakes

Spiced apple cakes  – well we varied it this time with pears and dates instead of apples and sultanas – care of the Vegan Society. We LOVE these little buns made in a 12-bay bun tin rather than the big cake. Holly made them, Fab and Jonas modelled them. Just what you need after an …

The Change

I was confused during the menopause. Confuse comes from the verb to melt: yes I melted with hot flushes. Sweaty nights, deep tiredness, mental confusion. As a caterpillar transforms in the chrysalis, structures melting and being reassigned, I knew there was a transformation going on, painful and uncertain as it was. I know it’s a cliche, …

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 …