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I found this lovely porridge recipe from a Finnish blog and it sounded so good that I wanted to share it with all of you who don’t speak Finnish.

Overnight Oats with cinnamon and banana

2dl oats

1 tbsp chia- seeds (optional)

3-4dl milk

1tbsp almond or peanut butter

1/2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

on top: sliced bananas

Mix all the ingredients except banana, and leave overnight in the fridge. In the morning slice banana on top and enjoy!

Chia – seeds have good Omega3 in them, very good for you. You can eat this either cold or hot. If you prefer it hot (especially now in winter) just heat it up on a stove, with the bananas, the bananas will go all soft and lovely when heated! Also cinnamon can be used to avoid sugar cravings – therapeutic amount is 1 tsp per day and it should help.
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Since writing my last post, on a very bad day feeling down, sad, hopeless and angry, I have visited a Chinese infertility specialist in London. (Dr.Lily) She was recommended to me by a friend, and I thought why not, I could always go and see what she has to say. And I am surprised of the path that I have now taken. I feel that this is only the very beginning, but I can already feel there is a shift on my thinking, hopes, and feelings. Of course part of me has been a little bit skeptical, but bigger part of me believes that the Chinese Medicine has thousands of years of experience, and they might know so much more than we do here in the west.

Chinese Herbs:

Picture from: http://www.deepesthealth.com/explore-herbs/

On her recommendation I am now reading a book called “Traditional Chinese Medicine for Women” by Xiaolan Zhao, and it has made me evaluate my feelings and thoughts regarding getting pregnant. I am now starting to realize that I have been angry for a long time now, for not getting pregnant. Angry, disappointed and sad. Angry to my body that it has betrayed me, angry to my husband that he hasn’t stopped smoking, angry to everyone else who has been able to conceive so easily, and angry because I had a miscarriage. These feelings are no doubt normal, but I am just starting to realize that I have to deal with all the negative feelings, and to forgive myself and others, to be able to let go of those feelings and heal. This is one the biggest teachings of the book and the Chinese medicine. I am starting to understand that more than the herbs or acupuncture (even though important as well) more important is the way I deal with my emotions. Not an easy task but being conscious of these feelings is the beginning of my path to heal and hopefully later to a healthy pregnancy.

I was prescribed Chinese herbs, as well as my husband, and I am seeing her again in one months time. I find myself feeling better, because I feel like I am doing something, and I feel like I have taken a path that will lead me somewhere where I want to be. I hope this path will take me there.

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So I have wanted to get Oscar Juicer for a long time now – after I found out that normal centrifuge juicers won’t preserve the enzymes of the vegetables. As I juice every day, I wanted to get all the possible goodness out of my juicing. And got the juicer for my birthday that was a few days ago – am so happy thank you dear Andrew my husband!! 🙂

This juicer not only retains living enzymes and extracts maximum vitamins but you can also make pasta, noodles, baby foods and nut butters with it! I have to start experiencing with it now.

The first juice I made (in the picture) was with ingredients that I found from  my fridge, and I always put everything I have in it to make it as healthy as possible 😀

This one had:

big bag of watercress

beetroot

carrots

ginger

appless

ice

It tasted very healthy but also very good! Watercress especially is good for you, it has significant amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid,  in addition to vitamins A and C. I also read that it is believed help to prevent lung cancer! (and lung cancer is the number 1 cancer for males in the UK, breast cancer for women) And as my husband still smokes, and it makes me worried, so more watercress will be added in my juices!

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I found this lovely recipe for chickpeas from the Choosing Raw- blog, and as I love chickpeas it was a great snack today. I didn’t have any raisins in the house so I substituted for chopped dates . Tastes lovely! And chickpeas are great source of zinc, folate and protein and dietary fibre. The dressing for the salad is made with Tahini, that in turn is a great source of calcium and protein, and copper and manganese.

Pesto Pasta is made fresh basilica, pine nuts, walnuts, sea salt, garlic, olive oil and nutritional yeast flakes. Yeast flakes are rich in B-vitamins, and I use it as a cheese substitute! For pasta I chose this time quinoa spaghetti, that I have bought from France. I haven’t seen it sold anywhere in the UK. But it’s a healthy option (and tastes great!) as quinoa is a source of complete protein, and a good source of dietary fibre, phosporus and is high in magnesium and iron.

Chickpea Salad:

2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 large carrot, grated finely
1/3 cup raisins (dates)

For the dressing:

2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp tamari
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp curry powder

Pesto sauce:

2 cloves garlic

one small basilica plant leaves

pinch of sea salt

olive oil (see how much you like depending how thick/thin you like)

handful of walnuts

small pack of pine nuts (100g)

1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

1. mix all together with a food mixer/processor

Enjoy with pasta or quinoa spaghetti!

Quinoa spaghetti pesto

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We had a little road trip down to Devon, where I have never been before. I have seen a lot of North England in the past 3 years when I have lived here, but haven’t visited south of England expect London. Visited Avebury in Wiltshire, which is a neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles. It is the largest stone circle in europe. It was really impressive with BIG stones circling the little village. It is fascinating to think of how little we know of people who created the circle and why they did it.

The next day we went to see the Stonehenge. Driving in and seeing it from distance was the most amazing moment for me – it is that impressive! We were there luckily right in the morning when the site opens up, nowadays you need to pay to “get in”, although you can only circle around the circle as you are not allowed to go and hug the stones. Luckily in the morning because then we didn’t have to queue in and had a peaceful walk around it. A bit later the place was full of people already. Me and my husband have visited many stone circles in UK and in France, and this must be the most impressive. Very happy to have seen it now.

After the archeological attractions we went to Devon and visited friends, and walked with the dog on the beeches of Devon. Muumi- dog caught (found really) a huge eal I think it must be? She didn’t know if she should try eating it or leave it. After a sunny day walking on the cliffs and sea side I burned my face and chest – it was the first real summers day for me and didn’t predict the heat of the day.  Now trying to heal my sun burn with coconut oil – does help!

And lastly, had the best ever Cream Tea in Devon – just look at the picture of the scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream! Superb.

 

ps the picture with a beautiful beach surrounded by sea cliffs – had my first swim there this year (naked) 😉 No pictures of that though!

 

 

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Happy New Year to everyone! I have read a lot recently about the fact that everyone seems to make new year promises. Do you? If so, what is yours? I first thought that I am not going to make any promises, but have second thoughts now… But am not so sure what it is that I would like to promise to myself. I am anyway trying to eat healthy, be conscious about products that I use that they are environmentally as good as possible, I try to avoid consuming too much – meaning every time I buy something I consider if I REALLY need it or not or is it just something that makes me happy at that MOMENT, or does it actually make me happy for longer. I try to exercise regularly. I avoid eating meat. I try to keep my weight where it is. I try making my close family happy every day. Including cats and dogs and horses. So, what else is there to promise about? I try to be my best every day of the year, so…. isn’t that the best anyone can do? 😉

I think the better question would be what are my dreams for this year? Those I have a few.

1. Get pregnant. Easier said that done, unfortunately.

2. See more of my friends, especially those who live abroad.

3. Take my husband to Finland to meet my grandmother, again, as my grandmother is wonderful and I really miss her. And my mum and sisters. And the rest of the family.

4. Buy a cottage in Finland. This might not happen soon but is one of my biggest dreams.

5. One day, perhaps not this year yet, would love to have my own horse.

6. Decide which country we want to live our rest of lives in, and buy a house from there. Or perhaps just stay where we are. 🙂

7. Grow a vegetable garden.

… hmmmm big dreams! What are yours?

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In Finland we celebrate Christmas already on the 24th December, with rice porridge in the morning, early morning/early afternoon SAUNA, then getting pretty and early evening Christmas dinner followed with opening the presents. And most of the time meeting the Santa Claus as well! For dinner we typically have ham, swede casserole, carrot casserole and potato casserole, and assortment of fish together with a salad. As I am celebrating my Christmas this year in England, in my Christmas dinner we had ham, salmon, Brussels sprouts and swede-, carrot- and potato casseroles. My favourite is the swede casserole, oooh so yummy!

Lanttulaatikko – Swede Casserole

  • 2 big swedes
  • 1 table spoon salt in the water
  • 1/2 litre water

Peel the swedes and cut into cubes. Boil until soft in salty water. Smash into purée.

  • 1 dl bread crumbs
  • 1 onion
  • 2 dl cream
  • 1/2 dl syrup
  • 1/2 tea spoon ground pepper, nutmeg and ginger

Cut onion into small purée, and soften in the pan for about 5 minutes. Add to the swede purée. Mix bread crumbs and cream and let stand for a few minutes so that bread crumbs have swollen. Add everything to swede purée, all the spices as well and mix well. Put into oven dish and bake in 200 degrees for one hour, and in 150 degrees the second hour. Let cool a bit and enjoy! You can also freeze this dish and enjoy later.

Porkkanalaatikko – Carrot Casserole

  • 1kg carrots
  • 2 dl porridge rice
  • 1/2 liter water
  • 1 litre milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tea spoon salt
  • 1/2 tea spoon nutmeg
  • 2 table spoons syrup
  • bread crumbs

First boil the porridge rice in 2 cups of water until the rice has used all the water, then start adding milk little by little, forming porridge. This will take about 40 minutes. Boil the peeled carrots that you have cut into smaller pieces in water, but just so much water that it covers the carrots. Boil until soft and then mash into purée. Add all the spices and syrup and mix with rice porridge. Transfer into oven dish, add some bread crumbs on top and bake in 150 degrees for about 1.5 hour.

Imelletty Perunalaatikko – (Sweet) Potato Casserole

  • 2kg potatoes
  • 2dl white flour
  • some butter
  • 0,5-1 litre milk
  • 2 table spoon syrup
  • 3 teaspoons salt

Boil peeled potatoes cut into cubes in little water (just to cover the potatoes) until soft. Mash into purée. Let cool until hand warm and then add white flour (this so that the flour doesn’t burn) Add some butter, mix and let stand over night in room temperature, covered with a lid. You are doing this so that the mixture would get a bit sweeter taste in the end. Don’t worry that next day when you open the lid it looks a bit grey, it doesn’t matter.

Next day, mix the mixture and add so much milk that the mixture is more liquid than typical porridge, but not too liquid. Add to oven dish, add some butter on top and bake 1/2 hour in 200 degrees, until it starts to boil, then lower the temperature to 150 degrees and bake another two hours.

These casseroles are served with ham. Enjoy!

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