Deliciously Ella: Awesome ingredients, incredible food that you and your body will love the latest plant based eating cookbook by Ella Woodward is truly delicious.
Not only is this a beautiful book to look at, hold and read, it is compellingly filled with recipes that actually work and taste delicious. I find myself reading it again and again, thinking about what I will cook next. A Green Goddess smoothie, or Sweet Potato Pancakes, then there is Black and Kidney Bean Chilli, Beetroot Houmous, Granola bars, Carrot Cake and much more, in total there are over 100 recipes.
Importantly the recipes are accessible and not full of demands for expensive ingredients and complicated cooking techniques. Ella's writing is positive, upbeat and inspiring, far removed from the preachy, self-righteousness that has invaded the world of 'eating clean'. This immediately strikes a cord with me, as I hate being lectured by cooks.
Ella is beautiful, with bright blue eyes, and long flowing locks, but mostly what you notice first when you see her is her radiance and the joy in her eyes.
Three years ago Ella, was suffering from Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, PoTS, a chronic health condition which leaves sufferers unable to stand up. In her book Ella shares some of her painful story talking about being bedridden for 95% of her time when the condition was at it's worst. Therapy, drugs, hosptial visits, and endless chronic pain left her with little hope and bedridden. Meds can help the illnesses symptons but there is no cure.
As well as focusing on her road to recovery - a healthy, plant based diet.
At her wits end Ella read about plant based diets on the internet and came across Kris Carr's story overnight she radically changed her diet, to a whole foods, plant based diet. No chemicals, additives, meat, gluten, sugar, dairy or anything processed.
There are many books in this vein, but Ella's is something special, it is normal, not preachy, and filled with wise thoughts and brilliant recipes, like this amazing Sweet Potato brownie recipe that truly is a whole new kind of wonderful. I read about it one evening and woke up the next morning planning to cook it, I spent the entire weekend offering a brownie to guests to see if they could spot the secret ingredient, and they couldn't. The brownies are soft, I tried them a number of times, discovering and can be slightly undercooked to create a chocolate mouse like texture, or cooked just that little bit longer for a firmer shape.
I have been eating clean on a off for a whole year, but this is the first book where I feel comfortably inspired. Over the past week I have followed recipes from Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella and its been wonderful. I make adaptations according to my lifestyle, which Ella actually encourages, and I have found myself feeling better, and energised rather than sleepy after eating.
My day starts with porridge made with coconut milk, and berries, or other fruit, then I'll have a little local honey on a rice cake, and a smoothie, with oats, spinach, cinnamon, fruit and coconut milk (I put a little of this aside, to drink mid afternoon, as a pick me up). Mid morning I'll eat some fruit, and lunch is either a bright colourful salad bowl, or soup, with fresh crunch veggies. My mid afternoon small glass of smoothie gives me a burst of energy, and allows me to get to dinner hungry but not ravished. Before bed some herbal tea and a piece of sweet potato brownie or an Almond energy bite, and I sleep peacefully.
I urge you to pick up a copy of Ella's book and try to incorporate some healthy plant based dishes into your cooking, you can trust me when I say you will really enjoy the internal smile your body gives you when you eat this way.
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Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkable
It gives me great pleasure to welcome Claire Hamilton back to Salt and Sparkle, with this beautiful post on compassion. She has written for us before on shame , rest and hope. Maybe today is the day you need to meet with compassion, it is my hope Claire's words touch you as they did me.
I met compassion yesterday. She was beautiful. Eyes welled up, a gentle but reassuring embrace. She said 'it'll be ok'. Her comfort was genuine and heartfelt.
She drew alongside. But she was already listening, already sensitive and responding to the need long before the moment. She had heard a whisper and she followed it's direction. She found the place where she was meant to be for that time. She sat in stillness, she conversed, she smiled. She was glowing. Honour on her like a crown.
Compassion was detailed in her approach. She took me by surprise. How she knew me and yet it had been quite some time since I'd felt her presence. She hadn't missed anything, she was prepared, willing, at ease and at hand.
I won't forget her.
Claire it was great to have you at our place, thank you for joining us, and sharing your powerful thoughts on compassion.
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Salt & Sparkle = Life Remarkabe