HEALTH

Follow your dreams !!!

I am 57 years old, and I am here to dispel the notion that being a certain age restricts you in terms of the activities you can do. I am a firm believer in the notion that age is but a number, it is all in how you feel on the inside. I would like to illustrate this via my love of ballet.

From a young age, I have been fascinated with the dance world, and the innovative ways in which it marries music, movement, and expression. I Took ballet classes in my teens, but life caught up with me, and I eventually resorted to simply spectating at performances here and there, nothing more. However, as time went on, I could no longer fight the urge to revisit it for myself. There was one small thing holding me back in my mind. If I were to go back, and start from the beginning, I would be placed in a class with young children, and would need to keep up with them, and the fear of old knee and other injuries flaring as well. Still, despite all of these apparent concerns, something compelled me to enroll myself.

This is a photo of me at my midterm recital, as you can attest, my fifth positon is not perfect and I need to work on and improve many movements and steps. Regardless, I made it! I attend two hour classes twice a week and can keep up with my much much younger class mates. My passion for the art of ballet inspired me to push my limits, stay fit, practice the sequences, and better myself with each and every class.

Somewhere, I am hoping that I could maybe also be an inspiration to a parent or grand parent, anyone really to follow their passion or dream. This goes to show that no matter how old you are, you can do anything you set your mind to, it’s never too late! If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, find out the necessary steps, and work towards your goal.

RECIPES, Soups

Matzo Ball Soup

Ingredients for the Matzo Balls

1 cup matzo meal
1/4 cup chickpea flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup soya milk
1/4 cup canola oil

Ingredients for the Soup

1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 medium carrots, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

To make the matzo balls, stir all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Stir in the milk and oil until thoroughly mixed.

Cover the bowl and chill the mixture for at least 30 minutes, while you begin the soup.

To make the soup, coat the bottom of a large pot with olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the carrot and sauté for 5 minutes, until the carrots just begin to soften.

Add the garlic and continue to sauté for another minute.

Stir in the broth. Raise the heat and bring the broth to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer.

Shape the matzo mix into 1 inch balls, pressing the mixture firmly together. Carefully drop each ball into the soup right after forming it.

Allow the soup to cook, uncovered, at a low simmer, for 45 minutes. Do not stir.

When the soup is finished cooking, remove it from the heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Carefully stir in the dill.

Ladle into bowls and serve.

Desserts, RECIPES

Chocolate-Almond Cookies

This is my go to recipe when I have nothing sweet in the house, have not soaked cashews overnight as many recipes require. This recipe literally takes 20 minutes to make, baking time included ! They are bite size, perfect with a coffee or tea in the afternoon when you need that little pause.

Ingredients: :

3/4 cup almonds 
5 pitted dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax combined with 2 tbsp water)
Pinch sea salt
2 tbsp of cacao powder

Preheat the oven to 350 F
In a food processor, process the almonds into a fine meal. Add the dates, maple syrup, Salmond butter, coconut sugar, flax egg, sea salt and cacao powder. Process until well combined.
Shape into balls with a scooper (I used a 1 inch but you can certainly make them bigger and use a 1 1/2 inch scooper). Flatten with damp hands. Place onto a lined baking sheet and top with a slivered almond or topping of your choice . Place in the oven to bake for 10 minutes or 15 minutes if you used the larger scooper. They are sooo moisty & yummy !

Enjoy!

Cristina for

Peas & Peace