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.

Desserts, RECIPES

No Bake, Double Chocolate & Peanut Butter Treats

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, whisk the peanut butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt together until fully combined.
  2. Stir in the cocoa powder and oat flour until a thick mixture forms.
  3. Mix in the chocolate chips and cacao nibs.
  4. With a medium size scooper (*Makes 12), form round shapes and place on a lined tray. Sprinkle on some cacao nibs and more chocolate chips (optional) and place in the freezer for 30 minutes until set.
  5. Store in the fridge and enjoy !
Desserts, RECIPES

Pecan Pie

Crust
2 cups spelt flour
6 tbsp coconut oil (solid)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup cold water
Filling
1/2 cup vegan butter
2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pecan halves, for topping
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Add spelt flour, coconut oil, salt and cinnamon to a food processor. Pulse until crumbly. Add cold water slowly and pulse to combine. Wrap up in cellophane and set aside to chill in the fridge. 
Add vegan butter and 2 tbsp coconut sugar to a pan and melt over a low heat. Add in chopped pecans and stir to coat well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 inch tart pan. Add dates, maple syrup, 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, cornstarch & vanilla extract to food processor and blend well to a smooth paste. Add this to the warm pan of pecans, stir well and simmer gently for 5 mins, until thick.

Roll out chilled pastry between baking paper the circumference of the tart dish and trim off the excess. Pour in pecan filling and top with the remaining pecan halves. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool.
Chill in the fridge until ready to serve !!!

If you like you could top you slice of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream !!!

Mains, RECIPES

PAELLA

*4 Portions

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 tsp saffron
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 vegan chorizo style sausage (preferably spicy) I used the: Le Piccante from L’Issue Gastronomie Végane Maison
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 red pepper cut into thin strips
  • 6 cherry tomatoes cut in quarters
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 200g rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 lemon
  • Chili, salt & pepper if desired

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place hot vegetable stock and saffron in a bowl and leave to infuse
  2. Heat a tbsp of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Cut the chorizo sausage into small chunks and fry for about 5 minutes until starting to brown on all sides
  3. Transfer the chorizo pieces into a bowl and save for later
  4. Pour remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil into the pan and add the onion. Fry for a few minutes and then add the crushed garlic and peppers
  5. After a few minutes add cherry tomatoes, tomato puree and smoked paprika, stir and leave to cook for a couple of minutes
  6. Next add the rice. Stir and once the rice is translucent on the edges add the saffron infused stock
  7. Let gently simmer for 10 minutes without stirring it. Stir once and leave for a further 10 minutes
  8. Add the frozen peas and sausage and stir
  9. Taste and check the rice is cooked, it should still have a bit of bite but be soft on the outside. Season with salt and pepper and chili flakes
  10. Squeeze juice from half the lemon and use the other half to decorate

Voila !!!

TRAVELS

Traveling with Peas & Peace

Jerusalem Israel at the Machane Yehuda Market