Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry

I saw a few recipes for variations on this on Pinterest when trying to find yummy vegan food to add to my repertoire but all of them contained at least one ingredient I did not want! This is therefore my version that I made up one Wednesday when trying to find a comforting winter warmer, that was good for the soul and the body!


1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 thumb of ginger
2 red chillies finely chopped
4 Sweet Potatoes
200g Red Lentils
1 Can of Coconut Milk
1 tin of Tomatoes
1 tbsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
Juice of one lime


1. Chope the onion, garlic and chillies. Grate the ginger and chop the sweet potatoes into bite sized chunks.

2. Add some coconut oil to a thick bottomed pan and sautee the onions until soft, add the chillies, garlic, ginger and spices and cook out.

3. Add the tomatoes, sweet potato and coconut milk to the pan and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the sweet potato is starting to soften.

4. Add the lentils and some water and cook on low stirring periodically so the lentils do not sink to the bottom of the pan and stick. This is a good time to check for spicing/seasoning so give it a taste and see if it needs anything adding.

5. Serve with brown rice, cooked as per packet instructions and with a squirt of fresh lime juice. Enjoy!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Monday Music: Belle and Sebastian

I really, really like Belle and Sebastian. I remember years ago having to explain to kids in my class that it was neither Belle or Sebastian who had collected the Brit Award and that they were named after a French cartoon. Yes, I was that annoying.

Anyway, as you might be able to guess I was gutted that they had their performance and screening of God Help the Girl in Edinburgh at the same time as the must-attend event of the year (a certain August wedding) which I saw as terrible scheduling on their part.

Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is therefore a record I have actually rushed out to buy even though I have no money this month. That is how much I love Belle and Sebastian. I have not heard it enough to have a proper opinion yet but here is some for you to listen to now. Enjoy:

Friday, 23 January 2015

Word for the year update: Nourish

who ate all the pie?
When I picked “nourish” as my word for the year I somehow blanked on how this is a pretty weird word for me to pick based on my life to date.  I have a difficult relationship with food and my body so choosing to care for these things properly, well it is a bit of a challenge for me.

I do not need to iterate the long battles with food and body image here on the blog but I have a history of disordered eating (skipping most meals, binging until I vomited, you get the idea) and always wanting to be smaller. I spent a large part of my life thinking I would be better if I was smaller. At some point a psychologist thought my desire to remove my breasts, hips and bum was related to gender identity, but it was because I just saw them as fat. It was not about not wanting to be female, but I saw those things as fat and I saw fat as weakness. I still do to an extent, even though I know this is a limiting belief that I would love to let go of.

As such the concept of nourishing my body is one that it pretty much alien to me.  I tend to either want to push through with caffeine and sugar and fat, or starve myself. I have a feast or famine, binge/purge relationship with food and the idea of nutrients is something I intellectually know but have not fully internalised it.  

So this leaves me with the fear I face with the word for the year “nourish”: how do I make it actually about nourishment and not another way to have a disordered relationship with food and my body?
I still do not have the answer to that to be honest. I have struggled with finding a way to have a healthy relationship with food for about 12 years now and I hope I am getting there.  I can enjoy food now, but more often than not I just wolf it down to ensure I eat it. I have a massive fear of mindful eating because for me this can easily turn weird and upsetting. 

But this year food is only part of the intention set out in this word.  It is about nourishing my soul as well and I hope that in doing this I can find a way to deal with this. So far through doing that I realised that a lot of the things I am carrying around is not even mine, so I don't need to keep carrying it. That has been a pretty freeing realisation, but does not stop the hard work involved in making that meaningful. Hopefully though, this hard work will pay off and I will feel a whole lot better  by this time next year.
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