Month: July 2014

Vegans cannot live on kale alone

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I like my chickens running free rather than roasted

 

“My beloved friend, I pray that everything is going well for you and that your body is as healthy as your soul is prosperous.” 3 John 1:2 The Voice

 

I’ve been vegan now for just over three years, and in that time I have discovered a love for cooking, and eating, that had always been lacking. I grew up the daughter of a butcher and as you can imagine, every meal consisted of some kind of meat.

Each meal was a battle for me – don’t get me wrong I’m not talking eating disorder – I just didn’t like meat. I would cut it up, push it around and hide bits of it under the mashed potato. It never fooled anyone. Dad would get annoyed at my wastefulness and I suppose mum thought she’d wasted her time cooking.

I think the reason it took me so long (I was 47)  to switch to a vegan diet, was because I imagined it would be dreadfully boring and bland. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact I’d go so far as to say that vegan food – prepared creatively – is much tastier and way more interesting than my previous diet of meat and three veg. So here on my blog I plan to share some of my favourite vegan recipes and blogs with you.

I believe that we are mind, body and spirit, and that one cannot be separated from the other when it comes to our overall wellness. So here for your eating pleasure I am proud to present: Vegan Spanakopita!

I found this recipe several months ago and it has become a family favourite. You’ll be happy to hear that it doesn’t require any exotic or hard to come by ingredients. It’s made from homemade almond feta and fresh baby spinach and it is the cat’s whiskers! So to speak.

Sorry the photo isn't better but I was in too much of a hurry to eat it

Sorry the photo isn’t better but I was in too much of a hurry to eat it

Here is the link to the recipe:

http://www.maplespice.com/2011/04/spanakopita.html

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Buttons the Crazy Black Cat

Well the week is half over and Friday is finally in sight. Can I get a hallelujah?

So to celebrate, and put a smile on the faces of those who may have been struggling a bit this week,  I thought I’d share a video that my very talented son made in his animation class yesterday –  he’s studying film and animation and just between you and me I think he’s amazing!

I had absolutely no idea what he was planning when he asked me to raid my sewing cupboard for scraps of fur, hot glue and some buttons. Who knew there was a cute little kitty cat just waiting to emerge?

 

“A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” Proverbs 17:22

Relentless Love

 

Clawdia and family

Clawdia and family

 

Some months ago a stray little tuxedo cat began to hang out in our back garden. She would drop in from time to time, always running away as soon as one of us walked out into the yard. Her visits were infrequent and I never really gave her a second thought until she reappeared. At least that’s how it was until one day she arrived with a trio of squirming kittens. Now everyone knows that once you feed a cat it instantly becomes yours, so common sense told me that I shouldn’t do it, but I just couldn’t resist.

Twice a day I would venture outside to provide tasty food and fresh water for the furry little family, and twice a day without fail Clawdia (as she became known) would hiss and spit at me. It didn’t matter that I showed her friendship and gave her food. She would simply take the gifts I provided while always rejecting my love with a hiss  and the threat if sharp claws. Her constant rejections saddened me. I mean I was clearly her friend. If she had only allowed me I would have given her a forever home filled with unconditional love and acceptance. Instead she chose to keep me at a distance, too afraid to be vulnerable, to proud to admit she needed a saviour.

My relationship with God can often be just like Clawdia’s relationship with me. How so? I hear you ask. Well I know he loves me, and yet I have often chosen to reject that love, while unthinkingly and ungratefully accepting the gifts that he has freely given me. All the while too proud to admit that I need a saviour just as much as my furry little friend does. I believe it grieves the heart of God when I behave this way, but fortunately for me his love is relentless. Just as I continued to pursue a relationship with Clawdia God continues to pursue me with his unending love. I just need to sheath my claws, allow myself to be vulnerable and admit that I need help.

“You love is faithful, Lord, and even the clouds in the sky can depend on you. Your decisions are always fair. They are firm like the mountains, deep like the sea, and all people and animals are under your care. Your love is a treasure, and everyone finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:5-7 CEV

Clawdia in the bird bath

Clawdia in the bird bath