Who doesn’t like cookies? How about some that are healthy and still taste good? Here you are then:
225g caster sugar
250g plain quinoa flour
50g cacao powder
200g of margarine melted
1tsp vanilla extract
2 bananas blended
Mix the dry ingredients first then add the wet ingredients. Makes about 18
15 minutes at 180C
At this time of year R can’t have wheat as it affects his hayfever, so the flour in these meatballs is gluten free. We had them covered in barbecue cook in sauce, chips and stir-fry.
200g red lentils
20g vegan bouillon
141g onion (1 onion) chopped
50g walnuts chopped
30g almonds chopped
110g gluten free flour
Cook the lentils in water with the bouillon untill it reaches dhal consistency.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients, form into about 24 balls and then bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 200C
Eat with your favourite sauce.
Who doesn’t like instant ice cream? Literally just frozen banana and cherry, a little soya milk and some raw cacao powder, wizz it up and yum…
It’s been so hot today we didn’t feel like a heavy meal, so we had pasta pesto and beans. I made enough for us to have it cold for lunch too:
300g pasta (dry weight)
60 g fresh spinach & rainbow chard chopped
1 tin cannellini beans
1 jar of meridian free from green pesto
We had gluten free pasta as R is off wheat for the hayfever season, but you could have any kind you want. It was lovely, and not too hot for a hot day:
Everyone would like to be a better version of themselves than they are. Except for the people who want to be someone else, which of course is just a recipe for misery.
Mind you, I find the journey to a better me to be pretty frustrating at times. I can see that better life, healthier, kinder to others, calmer in myself… But it’s just not something I can manage alone.
My morning Bible reading reminded me that in fact, we aren’t meant to do these things alone. They are the fruit of the spirit. That is, as we seek God first, he is able to work out a better version of us as we go along.
It has always mattered to me, but has been brought into sharp focus as I approach the mid way point of my pregnancy.
Now I don’t just want to be a better me for my family and for the young people I work with… But R and I’s child… The one that for all these years we thought was impossible.
Even in the face of a miracle, change is mundane. Longer walks with the dogs, starting a gentle exercise routine at home and a new drive on healthy eating:
That and a renewed desire to meet each day with Jesus, knowing it isn’t by might or power that things change, but by his Spirit.
Adrian Plass writes at the beginning of his book:
This book, probably the most difficult I have ever written, is dedicated to my friends.
I can see why it was so hard to write. It is a beautiful, painful and deeply honest book about how hard life can be, how we think it should be and how it actually is.
It could only be have written by someone who understands suffering and it’s challenge to faith first hand.
I thought reading the blurb it might be one of those books where the protagonist offers beauty and light in a dark world and you go away feeling warm and fuzzy.
It wasn’t. It was so much better than that.
I don’t really want to recount any of the story but instead to encourage you to read it yourself.
Adrian Plass communicates truths through his rich and vivid story telling style which I don’t think I would have been able to receive through a sermon.
The Shadow Doctor allows you to travel with its characters as they search for answers to faith and suffering. So much better than being “taught at” if you see what I mean.
I read this book with an ache in my heart but I finished it with such hope for the journey. I am profoundly grateful for the sacrifice Plass obviously made in writing this book.
I hope you will read it… Preferably more than once.
Having started this project with enneagram eight, I have now completed nine: