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Dining alfresco

October 10, 2018

  Dining alfresco 😊. Love being able to make a picnic to sit by the lake while working. This is a really yummy Italian flavoured rice and spinach warm salad. It’s just loads of chopped spinach in a pan with a big handful of chopped sun dried tomatoes, peppers, garlic, oregano, dried chilli, olive oil. Cook rice separately. When both are cooked fold together with loads of black pepper, juice of a 1/2 lemon (add more if you like) and…

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A food diary of sorts…

September 20, 2018

Today’s meal is inspired by recent friendships and travels. I suppose this is my way of processing everything I’ve learned and experienced over the past few weeks. This is a middle-Eastern spiced bean & rice stew. Usually I’d cook the rice separately but my Bengali friend taught me rice dhal (lentils, rice & potatoes all go in the one pan) and now I’m hooked. After this, spending time in the Refugee Community Kitchen and eating their delicious food got me…

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Refugee community kitchen

September 18, 2018

  Today I’m working in the Refugee Community Kitchen before we hit the road towards Switzerland. Every day the team makes 1500 meals that feed refugees as well as the volunteers. It’s a mammoth task and I have no idea how they manage to do this every day with only volunteers. I’ve never washed and shredded so many lettuce in my life. I’m in absolute awe of the organisations here who knit seamlessly together to support refugees in all aspects…

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an education in food

September 9, 2018

Celebrated Bengali singer, songwriter, poet & archivist Moushumi Bhowmik and I are exploring north Wales (the place of my birth) this week. A shared love of good food and cooking means that our temporary cottage is filled with the most delicious aromas. On a day of torrential rain yesterday Moushumi made khichuri (red lentils, rice, potatoes, tomatoes & spices), with tomator chatni (a Bengali spiced tomato chutney), and begoon bhaja (aubergine fried with salt, turmeric & sugar). For dessert I made baked…

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Van herbs

August 27, 2018

  Andy found this lovely set of hanging pots in Ikea so I can grow herbs on the road. I’ve enjoyed getting dirt under my fingernails potting them today. We have thyme, mint and rosemary here, and also bought a bonsai tree for the dashboard. #dailyconnectionwithnature day97…

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Memory stones

August 11, 2018

  I connect with the land and people wherever we are by creating ‘memory stones’ that I lay in the river of energy that is the mind/body/spirit. One of the ways I do this is by ingesting something: making tea, collecting herbs, eating vegetables grown by friends. In this way I feel the connection works on levels that my conscious mind is not aware of. I’d go so far as to say it makes connections my mind isn’t aware of,…

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The Wasteland

July 21, 2018

Today’s #dailyconnectionwith nature is about hate. I think about this a lot because it is the opposite of love and therefore the two are so closely interwoven. I am trying to practice self-love more often and along with this comes a deeper awareness of who I am and why I do certain things. I’m working towards a more plant-based, gluten free life (not diet – defo no diets!) as I feel better physically, mentally and ethically when I do. Different…

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Van Kitchen

January 6, 2018

I’m still figuring out where to put everything in our minimalist van kitchen. This is mainly because when I write minimalist I mean small in size, not content, and because my determination to bring our entire spice cupboard along means there’s limited space for anything else. There’s also a number of things I’m having to learn to do without such as the food processor and spiraliser, and we only have two gas rings to cook on – which definitely encourages…

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Eating on the Road

December 22, 2017

The first few weeks of eating on the road are chaotic – our diet consists of takeaways, motorway service station food & posh noodles in pots while minds & bodies acclimatise to our new life. I’d dreamed of a long, slow process of choosing food at local markets & creating luscious, rich, food ad-hoc from our regular hauls, but December is flat out with performances, events & workshops & the kitchen is still upside down so that I don’t know…

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