Christmas Chutney Making

A favourite moment of the lead up to Christmas has been making festive fare with the kids. Teaching them how to be fluid, creative, intuitive and generally OK with all types of food. Here we chopped onions without the worry of runny eyes (goggles helped), 

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.....joyfully poured 250 g of sugar into a pot of gently cooking onions and tomatoes without the worry of high sugar content, shook in some chilli and watched the mixture bubble away happily.

Ingredients:

500 g mixed onions, red and white

1 kg cherry tomatoes

6 garlic cloves crushed

1 tablespoon fresh ginger (grated)

250 g brown sugar

150 ml of white wine vinegar

15 cardamom seeds

1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika, 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes

Boil for one hour with no lid, keep an eye on this, the consistency should be jam-like, when cool spoon into jars which have been sterilized, should keep for around 4 weeks

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We waited for it all to cool then scooped into jars, licking fingers along the way.

Home-made Christmas Chutney

Home-made Christmas Chutney

We made cheesy biscuits which resembled shortbread (but without the sweetness) with heaps of butter and cheddar cheese. Traditional Christmas cooking.

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Lots of laughter and lessons that life's not all about quinoa and sprouted seeds. It's about balance, calm, fun and sharing. Merry Christmas!

 

Cleanse days 6 & 7 Amchara Gozo

Love it all, lapping up the healthy living in every way possible. Started the day yesterday with a restorative yoga session then breakfasted on chia pudding. 

Yoga studio

Yoga studio

 

Every day I've woken around 6 am but it's got earlier each day. I can't sleep. There's a morning call from the rising sun to get going as each day is precious.

Personalised juices and shots

Personalised juices and shots

 

My energy is still boundless. Today began with a coastal bike ride before collapsing in the 8 am morning gentle rays of the sun.

Gozo colour

Gozo colour

 

Amchara provide health talks each day. Yesterday I presented my Longevity workshop in which we explored The Okinawa phenomenon of having the highest number of centenarians. I'll be blogging on this later in the week as the group are keen to use the turmeric and sweet potato recipes discussed. I made fresh turmeric tea which was well received (nice change from juices).

This place is magical ... it's 3 pm I'm off for my juice. More later ...

Cleansing with Amchara in Gozo

It's day 3 in Gozo. I'm staying with Amchara on a retreat aiming to cleanse with no distraction for 7 days. Gozo is a rustic little island off Malta. There's not a great deal to lead us off the path of detoxification. Our room is surrounded by palms, rolling fields and pure tranquility.

Welcoming sign

Welcoming sign

 

Having run my own cleanse for 8 days before leaving, I'm suffering no ill effects. Alcohol and sugar were long gone, caffeine had been very late leaving my world but interestingly I've had not one headache or coffee craving since arrival; likely due to the tapering off but also there has been little room for considering its loss. Amchara retreat is full of 'giving'. Juices on arrival, calm and supportive advice, a timetable of events which offer a perfect balance of relaxation coupled with self-caring activities.

I started my day with a swim, had an breakfast of eggs with a mineral shot chaser, moved on to a spot of sun-bathing, followed by aqua aerobics and the lunch - a deliciously blended smoothie.

My daily mineral shot...pretty palatable, everything tastes good at Amchara

My daily mineral shot...pretty palatable, everything tastes good at Amchara

Yesterday we headed to a small island - Comino- sped off on a motor-boat to explore dark caves then landed on a beach for a few hours of sun-soaking.

All very idyllic. My expectations of hunger have not been met. Many cleansers are juice fasting - I'm on a semi-raw food/juice and eggs for breakfast plan as all clients are professionally screened to check they are up to juice fasting. Due to an under-lying health issue I'm on a food / juice plan which was gleefully accepted as I'd already seen Amchara's tasty food concoctions on Instagram.

On day 3 I can't recommend it enough and will be organising a trip over here later this year, so keep an eye on the newsletters and if you haven't signed up for this yet please do.

View from our apartment

View from our apartment

 

(If you can't wait that long please mention my name when booking!)

I'm off for a steam....