2. Here's the latest on my health: The diagnosis is Gastritis, which is an irritation of the stomach lining. Duh, I could have told you that and saved a ton of time and money, but I am glad to have ruled out all sorts of scary, serious problems.
3. Reflexology. So you see how I linked Oran's name to her website above? Oran is a great friend and a part of my amazing business and personal support team. She's also a terrific reflexologist. Two times I have been in meetings where Oran is there right at the time I am suffering from terrible stomach pain. Both times, she worked for several minutes on the stomach points in the palms of my hands and BOTH times the pain was greatly relieved! Friends, reflexology works. And you don't even have to take your shoes off. It's not just for stomach aches of course either. Go see Oran:
4. COOKING! I have been cooking but forgetting to photograph. I did get some pictures of a few things, here with some recipes...
World Cup Sweet & Salty Nuts
OK, so let's be honest ladies. This is the reason we really watch the World Cup:
But since we are forced to watch hour after hour of beautiful, sweaty men chase a ball back and forth, we may as well eat some munchy snacks, right?
World Cup Sweet & Salty Nuts
(This recipe is vegan, but not very healthy)
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup raw walnuts
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (the green ones)
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup Brazil nuts (come on, you have to have Brazil nuts in a dish named for the World Cup!)
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin or schwarma seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 T soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 160 C. Combine curry, cumin and salt and set aside. Mix all the nuts in a large pot. To the pot add the oil and the sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the maple syrup and the soy sauce and cook a few minutes longer until it starts bubbling. Spread onto a large baking sheet and sprinkle with the spice-salt mixture. Bake 10 minutes and then stir. Bake another 10 minutes and stir. Bake a final 10 minutes, watching carefully that it doesn't burn. (Mine burned a bit as you see above). Let cool and break into pieces. Serve to hungry soccer fans and others who seem glued to the tv for whatever... ahem...personal reason.
Labane Balls with Za'atar in Olive Oil
Labane is a tangy semi-firm yogurt cheese eaten here in the Mid East. Sometimes it's served creamy like yogurt and sometimes rolled into little balls like above and store covered with olive oil. Here it is served a top a salad:
(This recipe is healthy, but not vegan)
Secret Recipe Raw Candy Bars!
Vegan? Check! Healthy? Check! Yummy beyond belief? Check!!!
No sugar, no flour, no animal products.
I am working on this recipe for a class I will be teaching, so I am here to tempt you with these pictures in hopes you will sign up! Mwahahaha! (evil laugh)