(Extra)ordinary cakes

A few photos of ordinary apple and cheese pies with a twist

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Enjoying the afternoon coffee

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This is how it all started: leftover pastry and some grated apples, lemon juice, plenty of cinnamon and a touch of vanilla

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And like that wasn’t enough, I made my husbands favourite – cheese pie.

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Christmas Eve 2015

Making NewYear’s resolutions:

  1. post more often

We have decided to go without Christmas tree this year. But the evening came and I went to the storage to get all the decorations. No tree means no deco? This is the result.

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It wouldn’t be complete without smells of the season:

cinnamon, sugar, apples, lemon, orange, vanilla…

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Apple pie Christmas 2015

Enjoy my friends!

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and

good, healthy and happy  New Year!

Change your food – change your life Part II

The Big Change happened 2 years ago. But the change did not include only eating Real Food – once we started changing dietary habits, eating more Real Food – our attitude towards many things, not just food-related issues changed:

  • we sleep better, wake up with the sun and never feel the need to sleep in the afternoon
  • eating less sugar and salt, and additives from processed food ensures clear thinking
  • somehow the world around us slowed down – there is always enough time for everything
  • we decided to turn off our TV last summer – that is one of the best decisions we made (no more instant entertainment, no more commercials, old TV programs all over again, no more politicians!
  • we started reading more – books, educational websites, even our house bills – you can learn a lot about your habits and the way you spend reading everything around you

It may have something to do with another Big Thing we’d discovered about the same time: Permaculture.

What is Permaculture ? The word, coined by Bill Mollison, is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture and permanent culture, describing conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

This world around us is a strange and interesting place – all of a  sudden!!

Change your food – change your life

As my friend and colleague Vanja says nicely – my story begins with badminton accident in spring 2012 when I fell and broke my leg. Recovery process took whole 3 months and during that I had enough time to sleep well, forget all those job related stresses, read a lot and surf the internet.

You see, the at that time I was probably 105 kg, still thinking I eat well, I cook lunches or dinners, do not have a sweet tooth, but eating late in the evening, consuming only toast-sandwiches with plenty of mayonnaise for lunch at work and being roasted peanuts addict left its mark.

I am medical biochemistry and laboratory medicine specialist working in a diabetes clinic. I knew that was all wrong. So increased physical activity seemed like a good solution – I joined a group of friends who played badminton at least once a week and even started going to a fitness club. My endurance improved, I was less depressed, I felt better – still the kilograms didn’t move down much. And then I broke my leg…

One evening I was reading a book Colon Health: the Key to a Vibrant Life written by Norman Walker who advocated a diet based solely on raw and fresh foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds to accomplish good health of one huge organ in our body – our guts! He considered a healthy colon the key to one’s health. “Every organ, gland and cell in the body is affected by the condition of the colon.”

I read sections of the book to my husband and it somehow made a lot of sense to us! Those were all new ideas to us.  It emphasised problems of industrial food, additives, bad digestion, gut microflora.

Another book  “If you want to be healthy, forget about the cooking pots!” by Helmut Wandmaker (1916-2007), German Writer and vegetarian, was even more interesting and supported Walkers ideas.

Going back to work meant I was to return to my old habits or start something new – so I took a few nectarines for lunch. And in the afternoon at home we had a huge salad for dinner, and lots of fruits. It was the heat of summer, it felt refreshing! We had addopted real food: lots of fruits and vegetables, no industrial food-like products, less meat, no bread, no dairy.

That’s how we started! Ten days later we began to feel the first effects – our eyes were bright, no sleepy feeling in the afternoon, our brains were clear, we were less thirsty  and we both started losing weight. There was no going back!

To be continued….

Getting started…

So, here I am!

Life is like water: it takes the form and size of a cup you pour it into. Change the size or the shape of a cup – and you change a lot. It becomes unrecognizable even to the previous owner.

And you have to explore and learn to live again.