Saturday, 12 June 2010

Women's Health Programme

A few weeks ago, I headed down to Herefordshire to attend a two day Women's Health programme run by a company called Green Cuisine.  The two days incorporated some of my favourite things in particular yoga and cooking plus I got to learn about nutritional wellbeing for women.

As part of the learning, I found out more about how the digestive system operates, how to eat to prevent breast cancer and osteoporosis and discussed some foods that support health generally.

Each day started pretty early with a fresh juice to wake you up and then an hour and a half of kundalini yoga.  After some breakfast we did the learning part of the course and then headed into the kitchen to cook our lunch and later on supper.  During the course of the stay, I drank nut milk, learned how to sprout grains, foraged and made nettle soup, enjoyed a couple of slices of geranium cake and tried everything that was given to me.  There was lots to take on board and Daphne our host for the stay was so knowledgeable being not only a qualified nutritionist but also a chef.  

I really enjoyed the few days I had there.  It was fun to experiment in the kitchen and to collect herbs from the garden to add to our meals.  I am not saying that I will take on board everything that was suggested, but I have been eating more raw foods since I returned home plus I have also sprouted wheat grains and alalfa both of which have been delicious and I am now the proud keeper of a small herb garden.

So thank you Daphne for sharing your views, your knowledge and experience and for making it fun too.  If you would like to find out more about what Green Cuisine offer, then check out their website at

And one last thing - Thank you Andy for arranging such a fab birthday gift.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Knowing When to Quit

If you take a look at any quotes associated with quitting, they all pretty take the same approach - don't do it, quitters are losers, quitters will never get the rewards.  It's all about keeping at it. I'm sure you know the sort of thing I'm talking about.

I was reminded of knowing when's a good time to quit when I recently recounted the tale of a friend of mine who was making spaghetti bolognese for dinner for me and my husband.  This story does go back about 15 years and I have to say that this particular friend has moved on herself now in terms of culinary experience, but back to the story.  All was going ok until she realised that she had no tinned tomatoes (an essential I would suggest in a bolognese sauce) and with no time to get any, she added tomato sauce - yes good old fashioned Heinz into the pan.  When we duly arrived for supper that night, the bolognese was promptly served.  I'm not sure what exactly had happened, the tomato sauce wasn't up to the job, the spaghetti had perhaps been insufficiently drained and the moment of quitting arose, when my husband asked whether it would be ok to drain his plate of the watery sauce substance that had collected at the edge of the spaghetti.  There was a moment of tension that quickly evaporated into laughter, followed by six words we all wanted to hear "Shall we go to the pub?

Although quitting in this particular example, had no major implications, it demonstrates that there are times when it's ok to quit, to know that you gave it your best shot, it didn't work out how you expected and it's ok to move on.