Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Musings of a 60 year old


Today is my 60th birthday and to me that is a milestone. Time has flown by. I still remember when I was 12, wondering what it would be like to be 25 and now I am way past that in terms of years. So I thought I would share some of my reflections and insights on the way up life`s mountain. The list is in no particular order and by no means complete xx

  • I get my best ideas and inspirations while sauntering among trees, along the sea shore or high in the hills.
  • My kids and grand children rock my world.





  • A smile warms the heart for both the giver and receiver.
  • If you feel lost, stop for a while to get your bearings.
  • Learn to laugh at yourself.
  • The mind needs training just like the body.
  • Exercise is not an option. We are built to move
  • Everyday is a new lesson.
  • I have more energy now than in my 30`s.
  • Friendships are amazing
  • Read a book, it can take you to another time and place.






  • Spend time with loved ones. Life goes by quickly.







  • Give thanks on a daily basis.
  • To feel free and alive spend time in the mountains.


  • Nature is our greatest healer.
  • I would be a very different person today, if I hadn't changed my way of living to macrobiotics 40 years ago.



  • Intuition is a blessing.
  • As much as we see, there is twice as much we don’t see.
  • If a path opens up, follow it, you never know where it might lead.





  • Allow rather than chase.
  • Nature doesn't judge. All are important and necessary in the natural world.
  • Plant based foods nourish the body and soothe the soul.






Change happens, best not to fight it.
Peace begins in the heart.


  • Others may not think like you but that's a good thing.
  • Take responsibility for your life and heath – it puts you in the drivers seat.
  • Love your work as much as your free time. You spend most of your life there.
  • Lend a helping hand with no expectations.
  • The thrill of the top of a mountain is because of the climb. 


  • Stand up for what you believe in
  • A cup of tea and a laugh with your children can be a healing experience.



  • Slow down. Live mindfully.
  • Spiritual is not a word, it is an experience that changes as we grow.
  • Life is a work in progress.
  • It's what we eat everyday that makes the greatest difference not once in a while as a treat.
  • We are nourished through all our senses.
  • All emotions are necessary.
  • My dogs bring me incredible joy, comfort and unconditional love.



  • Store  happy memories in your pocket. Take one out and relive it when times are hard. 

  • Life is Art in motion.
  • Please love and give great caring to the earth and all sentient beings. We all share this beautiful home.
Love Chef Mel xx







Monday, January 21, 2019

Easy Peasy Ginger Garlic Pasta


I thought you would enjoy this super easy yet incredibly tasty pasta dish that we had when my boys were visiting. My son, Andrew added his twist to an old recipe I used to make many moons ago. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did. The cool thing is that this dish takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.



Easy Peasy Ginger Garlic Pasta

Ingredients
Handful parsley finely chopped
A generous glug of olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic minced
¼ teaspoon chilli flakes – can add more to taste
1-2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
500g wholewheat spaghetti or pasta of choice
1-2 cups broccoli cut into small florets
2 cups pasta cooking wáter
Dash of red wine (for the exotic in us!)
Sea salt
Lemon for garnish
1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds



Preparation
Break the pasta in half and cook in plenty of salted boiling water until al dente.













pasta cooking water
Drain, reserving some of the cooking water.


Place the oil, garlic, chilli and ginger into a pan that's large enough to hold the pasta later. Lightly saute over a low heat for a minute and then add enough of the pasta cooking wáter to cover the bottom of the pan. Simmer for a few minutes.




Add a dash of red wine if you want a richer flavor and simmer for another minute or so.




    









Add the parsley and broccoli and mix gently. Season with sea salt.




Add the pasta to the fragrant mixture.
Make sure there is enough of the pasta cooking liquid to cover the bottom of the pan.





Cover with a lid and cook for 2 minutes on a high flame.
Remove lid and mix gently.
Serve garnished with fresh lemon and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.




Enjoy Love Chef Mel xx