If you read my earlier post, you'll know today would have been my mother's birthday. She's sadly no longer here to celebrate with me, so in honour of her memory, I'm posting a recipe.
My mum new her way around a kitchen; she left a dull job she had tired of in mid life and totally re-trained to follow her passion for cooking, finally ending up teaching it too. I grew up on many of her wonderful experiments; I like to think she would enjoy mine too.
I went for a walk in my local nature reserve today to dream a little, to remember. Some of her ashes were scattered from our favourite bridge, we call it the 'troll bridge' as it's a proper old trip-trap red wrought iron thing. The flow of the river running below the bridge carries our prayers and I'm sure hers too.
Whilst walking I came across a carpet of wild garlic. Looking at it, it's coming near to the end of it's prime I think but for now, I made the most of this abundant wild herb and made a delicious soup with my finds. I hope you enjoy!
To make this yummy soup, which will be featured at our next vegan pop-up event on Earth Day (April 22nd) here's what you need:
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
300g soaked and drained black beans
2 medium potatoes, cubed
large handful wild garlic, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 tsps vegan bouillon stock
3 tablespoons sherry, port or red wine (optional)
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt & pepper to taste
Lightly brown the onions and garlic with some salt and pepper. When onions are soft, add potatoes and nutmeg and continue lightly frying. Add the wild garlic and sherry and allow the alcohol to 'cook off' by continuing to stir. Add about 1.5 litres of boiled water and then add the bouillon and the black beans. Boil for about 20-30 minutes on a low-is temperature - think simmering rather than wildly boiling!
Once all cooked, put into a kitchen blender or blend with a stick blender and when done, add the lemon juice and test your seasoning. Drizzle with horseradish oat cream (optional) and serve with garlic sourdough bread, or your wheat free alternative.
CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Welcome to my healthy living blog.
The love & support in Steph's group coaching created a safe space for me to be brave enough to face my demons, which in turn freed me from fear. I now feel more accepting of who I am, and I now believe that if I really want something in life I can achieve it."
please click on the links above to find me
"I recommend anyone to participate in Steph's courses or book in for a one-to-one session with her! She has a really strong and accurate sense of intuition and seems to know just the right thing to say or do to help people with whatever they bring. In group work I have witnessed Steph hold space for people to work through their emotions and gently guide them, allowing them to process and gain clarity on a wide range of issues.
Having worked with the same group, under Steph's guidance, for several months, I can honestly say that the changes in us all have been remarkable - I personally feel like my self esteem and confidence has grown and this has helped me manifest a new loving relationship and feel happier than I have in years! Steph is really inspirational and she empowers those around her to make positive changes in their lives, especially with regards to their health and wellbeing.
Steph is an amazing teacher, guide and all round gorgeous person and I encourage anyone thinking of booking a session with her to do so." JF, NHS Radiographer
Juicing - I just wanted to thank you. I have had a really gentle and beautiful detox. So grateful to you for the juices - all the love, care, expertise and knowledge that you put into making them. And more than that to acknowledge and honour the path you have taken and choices you have made in order to be able to offer this healing to others. Thank you!" SA - Author
"I've attended quiet a few of Steph's events which have all been incredible, but the most powerful work we have done together, is in a recent one on one session. I went to Steph to help release some sexual trauma & deep ancestral conditioning, which has caused a lot of guilt & shame within my life. After one session I'm feeling very motivated, clear, balanced and back in my power, which is a huge relief after a 9 month period in the 'dark night of the soul'. I can't wait for our next session! Thank you for all your guidance, wisdom & for creating a space where I could be completely vulnerable." SM - Retreat Facilitator.
"Well done for creating an environment which is not only safe but fun and supportive." CT, Sports Massage Trainer.
"If you are feeling scared, angry, lonely, empty, then love yourself enough to give yourself this beautiful gift". Louise, retreat participant.
Steph (& Sarah) are amazing facilitators who completely embody what they teach. This retreat has helped me so deeply, and I would recommend to women from all backgrounds." Maddy, retreat participant.