I wanted to share with you what a lovely weekend I had.

I enjoyed another weekend on my Macrobiotics course in Shoreditch, London.

As always we made some delicious foods and on Sunday, one of my fellow students was in charge of creating a menu, focused around Macrobiotics and what we have learnt so far about food.  The menu was well thought out, a wonderful variety (as the picture shows below) and most of all, tasty.  Now I need to get my thinking cap on as my turn is on 20th May!  Suggestions welcome.

 

During the weekend, the focus was around Feng Shui and how we can feel better by simply making little changes.  The changes can be around our homes, rooms, offices as well as choosing different colours to wear, choosing brighter colours to decorate our homes with and using pictures, decorative items and ornaments to enhance the energy and moods that surround us.

One area that came up for me that need a little shift was my home-office.

Previously, my desk was facing the window and I was sitting with my back to the door.  To enhance the atmosphere in this room and to bring the right energies I want to this ‘working’s  pace (by energies I mean to create the atmosphere I need to be able to work efficiently and effectively by staying focused, dedicated and energised by all things ‘business’).  So yesterday, after a morning of shopping, baking customer orders, deliveries and lunch, I took this task to hand and did a ‘clear spring clean/change around’ of my home-office in sync with the first day of Spring.

As you will see from the picture of my office now, I have created a peaceful secure space where, although I haven’t had a great amount of time to enjoy the space as yet, I feel the flow of energy is more expressive and calming yet energised by the simplicity and the clear out, knowing where all my books, files and documents are and of course having a good clean!

 

I also spent Saturday evening with a lovely friend of mine, Nilva and her husband Kevin.  They live in Canary Wharf and we had fantastic views of all the wonderful buildings The City of London has to offer.

 

               

My friend cooked dinner and created a delicious Vegan meal, which I recreated yesterday and will share the recipe with you as it was tasty and nutritious and simply by me recreating it so quickly after I’d enjoyed it, you can tell it was truly scrumptious!

 

Sweet Potato & Butterbean Stew

2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped into chunks
2 red peppers, sliced
1/2 of a small fresh red chilli (deseeded and finely chopped) or 1/4 tsp of dried chilli flakes
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 cup sliced cabbage or 1 medium onion finely sliced
1 can butter beans
1 stalk of celery finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp olive/sunflower oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp fresh/ground turmeric
1/2 cup of fresh coriander
Salt & pepper to taste

In a bowl put 1 tbsp of oil, the sweet potatoes, cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika and rub the spices into the potato, place on a baking tray and cook in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes at 180C.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan on medium heat, start to sauté the cabbage/onions and celery in the remaining oil for a couple minutes, then add the peppers and cook for a further 5 minutes.  Add the butter beans and mix, then add the chopped tomatoes along with the rest of the spices.  Simmer gently for 15 minutes.

My friend served this dish with white rice however I used brown rice, so please choose your own variety depending on taste.  Infact you can serve this dish with any grain, quinoa, couscous, bulgar wheat etc.  Any variety is delicious, filling and satisfying.

When the sweet potatoes are ready, add them to the stew and mix very well.  The stew is now ready to be served.

Alongside this delicious stew, my friend made a lovely lentil salad made from Puy lentils (pre-cooked) and added fresh parsley leaves, sliced cherry tomatoes along with a simply lemon and olive oil dressing.

There you have it, a complete vegan, gluten free, healthy and nutritious meal prepared in 30 minutes!

So what was your weekend like?  What new dishes have you been creating or should I say recreating?  What plans have you got to see in the new season?  I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, suggestions and recipes so please share them with me……..

Until soon x