Nettle tincture

Simple stinging nettle to feel better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stinging nettle is often considered a weed, something that grows in abundance in the countryside. Something you don’t want to touch, but if you can get your hands on the dried stuff-make yourself a nice tea.

A heaping spoonful will make a regular cup, but for a more serious dose of the healthy stuff, dump a bunch of leaves into a big bowl and pour boiling water over the top. Let sit overnight and store the tincture in the fridge or on a cool pantry shelf for a day or so.

You can apply the tincture directly to stiff or sore joints by warming a cloth in this on the stove. To take internally, drinking warm is recommended. Alleviate hay fever and other common under-the-weather feelings. Stinging nettle supports healthy liver juncture, which helps to regulate hormones-making this tincture useful for addressing several mild ailments and malaise, and making your body feel more in balance.

 

 

 

 

Better beet salad

An autumnal blend of simple delish.

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Better beet salad

Wash and chopp beet greens

Slice red onion and carrots

Steam with water

 

Top with cooked Mung Beans

Sliced sun-dried tomatoes and olives

Lovely drizzle cold-pressed olive oil

Viola! Chow happy!
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To cook California Grown Organic Mung Beans (1 Lb)

wash the beans

soak overnight or two in water until beans begin to sprout

rinse the beans

cook beans until they are soft

While mung beans beans are full of protein, this dish tastes excellent with white fish or venison meat

 

Potet sopp suppe

pototoBOIL diced up potatoes

PREHEAT OVEN TO 220C

SLICE UP carrots, leek, celery stalks

DRAIN potatoes & spread on oiled, foil lined baking tray

SPICE IT UP WITH
Black pepper
Paprika
Tumberic
Drizzle of olive oil
ROAST veggies 20-45minutes at 220C
SAUTEE mushrooms on the skillet with some ginger spice

PUREE most of the roasted veggies
+add water until you achieve the thickness you like
+add chunks of goat cheese or other white cheese and bring pot to boil, stirring often

GARNISH with the mushrooms & veggies
Viola! Chow happy!
soup dinner
cosy autumn dinner and a movie

Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza

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MIX
Equal parts rice and oat flours
hefty pinches of corn starch and baking powder
herbs and seasonings
ADD
enough water to make a paste
SPREAD
batter onto greased parchment paper on a  baking tray.
+tip, a wet spoon helps with sticky batter
BAKE
crust at 220C for 8-12min
SLATHER ON
sauce of your choice
(hummus, marinara, pesto)
TOP
with your fave meat and vege
BAKE
220C for 12-15min
depending on how many toppings & how crispy you like your crust
Ingredients used in crust here: rosemary, ginger and curry powder for crust
Toppings used here: green pesto, cured salmon, green olives, tomatoes, figs, shallot, fennel, snøfrisk (which is similar to creamy goat cheese)
Toppings used in past, tiki masala sauce (instead of pesto or tomato sauce) potatoes, kidney beans, greens, eggs, artichoke hearts, you can pretty much put whatever you want on these and its always great!
Chow happy!
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Savory Zucchini Slices

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ready for the oven

MIX TOGETHER

2C gluten-free flour mix

1C oat flour

about a Tsp of baking soda

pinch of sea or pink himalayan salt

generous sprinkling of rosemary (fresh or dried) to taste

handful of slivered almonds

ADD IN

2C of grated zucchini

2 beaten eggs

COAT PAN with olive oil

BAKE at 425F for 32minutes

REMOVE from oven, let stand for a few minutes

SLICE and chow happy 🙂

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side of hummus for an extra savory snack

Strength and courage

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu

If you do not feel strong and courageous on your path, look within and around. Are you treating yourself and those around you with care and compassion? Or are you succumbing to fears and doubts? The choice to love may not come easy. At the beginning of anything new there are stumbles, and so practising to choose love grows stronger and easier. Over time, following the choice of the heart feels more and more natural. And this nature of following our heart follows that of our true nature. All else not of the heart, resides in the temporary, for all that transcends generations and withstands time, works in tune with Mother Nature, and this nature has its connection with the human body within the realm of the heart.

 

The Cult of Positivity

The cult of positivity has seemingly good intentions. Within certain mental frameworks, orientations, people can encourage their personal trajectory with focus to work toward creating the goals they wish to make. The counterparts to this kind of activity when they become out of balance, can lead toward more stress and even wishful thinking.

Wishful thinking rarely delivers upon the cult of positivity’s promises of a sunnier tomorrow. The people who are promoting happiness often have another agenda-sometimes something to do with empowerment, sometimes to do with an ideal or image of “how you ought to be.” Happiness can become a badge of success. As if who wants to accidentally cause themselves harm by hanging out with unhappy people. The thing about happiness, is it is not a state of being, it is a sense or emotion within the body. Attempting to achieve a perpetual state of being for the sake of an idea about what is normal, or natural from the outside in, can have serious ramifications upon the psyche of the individual partaking in the perpetual pick-me-up business. Things digress from good intention, towards manipulation and then internalized self-manipulation. Attempting to change things with wishes and vision-boarding alone doesn’t empower anyone. It actually disables people. When wishes turn into goals, and vision boarding is used as a tool toward maintaining focus while working toward a goal, this is an entirely different, and potentially useful, activity. The difference is in developing discernment.

The cult of positivity can also contain something more insidious, and that is potential for inadvertent victim-blaming. When people become so busy within their own lives, stressed, and over-taxed, they are not capable of extending a two-way line of communication to people who are seeking guidance something strange can happen. This strange thing leads people toward wondering and perhaps asking themselves, “what, what just happened.” When a person partakes in an action that removes another person’s experience, such as, “well that’s your problem,” or “you’ll work it out,” or “try to think about it this way and everything will work out better,” the message that can come across to someone in a vulnerable situation as another kick while they are down. Victim-blaming tends to annihilate or create a sense of erasure from the suffering someone is partaking in. By encouraging someone to manipulate their own thoughts and feelings, is like encouraging someone in a prison to take on a straight jacket. Mentally wrangling ourselves into feeling or thinking something that does not jive with what’s going on inside the body will not make anyone, or any society any better, or more positive. This is not to say it is any one’s personal responsibility to offer guidance, but that if we look objectively over the course of our lives, there are often more times than we can remember where we made our way into a goal by the assistance of other people. A good example could be when a singular person has made a discovery, a creation that is celebrated, people are often thanking a large list of names. People who achieve their large goals have this kind of understanding. In as short as a few deep breaths, we can find ourselves the kind of time to consider, perhaps someone is seeking information and to learn ways towards working out of an unhealthy situations. This half a minute-or five minute exchange can be incredibly powerful practice. And with practice, many activities become easier, require less effort from us. And the useful parts about offering this kind of relating are nearly endless but often involve learning, sensations of joy or satisfaction.

Excessive emotional taxation, such as the demand or expectation to be nonstop friendly remains pervasive in many consumer cultures as the idea that happiness sells more products. This is simply not true, as there are a number of cultural phenomena that sell well, such as cynicism. There is also a lot of money people are making in depression.

The thing to begin doing is not to run away from ourselves or try to outsmart cultural waves as they come at us through streams of media. The most useful thing we all still have available to us, is our bodies. The body has an uncanny ability to provide senses, such as sensations of tension and unease as the preliminary experiences before developing into something more serious or potentially life threatening. Some people become scared when thinking in the terms of prevention, and logistically so. The idea there is something to prevent puts the mind in the framework of the future. And we are never in the future, not yet. We are always right here. And so starting from the orientation of being right here, and then seeing: ok this is where I want to go. Let’s use this example of excellent or radiant health, then you are in the position of now, creating the health you want in the future. Which puts you toward steps and choices which create health right now. And people get so involved with what they are doing now, forgetting about the prevention/fear mode of working, which tends to go on nonstop fixing, they someone find themselves healthy, and quite often wholly content.

And when people feel whole, content, life and all its parts whether rough or sad, confusing or crappy, happy or blissful, life flows in a state of balance that ebbs in flows within an area that feels natural. The boundaries don’t come from an ideal, or group of people, the boundary comes from within. The sensation of the body where all feels in balance. This sense of harmony, ability to withstand and navigate around disharmonies, grows, over time. And the cult of positivity, become other cultural phenomena people look back upon, and say what was that all about? Can you believe what people were thinking? The social stream becomes background noise, scenery along the way.

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