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Spiced apple cakes  – well we varied it 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 afternoon picking …

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, …

A warm welcome to the Yoga and Menopause Day Retreat for pre-, peri- and post-menopausal women How beautiful our autumn season is, revealing the true colours, juice and fruitfulness of our life. Menopause is a wonderful opportunity to embrace change and vision how you want the next part of your life to be. However, it …

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 …