Tuesday, 4 October 2016

A special Day Spent at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey

I did go away for a few days recently, for my   birthday, which  was fab. I was at the monastery  http://throssel.org.uk/gallery/
 deliberately I made sure only a few people knew it was my birthday, so as to avoid a  fuss. There was a young guest in her early 20’s who appeared to  have trouble believing I didn't want anything special or the day to be announced. I had my favourite food on my birthday, probably by chance, which  was Tempeh https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempeh

 in sauce with vegetables. During the day on my birthday I was timing the meditation periods for the lay guests and working  in the kitchen. So it was a special day, and at the same time, it was nothing special.

creamy pea vegetable curry

Some family members (non vegetarian)  visited and I made one of my own recipes for them. It was very well received and I was asked for the recipe.

3 medium brown onions,
2 medium carrots,
4 florets broccoli,
2 cups frozen peas
1 sachet "Pataks" creamed coconut sachets
1 teaspoon garlic powder,
1 teaspoon turmeric powder,
1 teaspoon paprika powder,
1 teaspoon coriander powder,
1 teaspoon garam masala,
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 packet "Oatly" cream
1 teaspoon cornflour and a little water.

Chop the carrots and broccoli and microwave in some water until par- cooked.
Set aside.
Chop the onions. Fry the onions in the vegetable oil until they begin to brown. Add the spices and salt and continue to fry, taking care not to burn it.
Add the par cooked vegetables (drained) and peas and cook for half an  hour on low heat.  Then add the Oatly cream and cook for another half an hour. When all the vegetables are soft add the cornflour-water mixture, waiting until the sauce has thickened.
Next add the coconut sachet and cook for another 10 minutes, or until the coconut has dispersed.

Gardening in small spaces

Today I liked these bean flowers growing in a planter outside the Time Exchange front door, and some sunflowers in a tiny space on Nun's Moor Road.

Marbles, buttons, stainless steel

Since I have last posted, I have had been involved with recycling  and re-homing many objects.
Just one of the many objects was a collection of marbles, which had been sitting around doing nothing for many years, and found a new home with a small girl who likes to play with them.
Also I found a new home for antique pegs, a big tin of buttons, various mid twentieth century stainless steel kitchen objects, and lots of clothes, tea towels and more.
I also was inspired to have a paperwork purge. Most of the paper went straight in the recycling  bin or shredder, some I took a photo of before throwing it away.
These have all gone on to new homes now, where they will actually be appreciated and used.
A while ago I read that when you consider that it actually costs you financially to store unwanted items, because you are providing them with housing, and housing costs, ether rent, mortgage or utility bills, so unwanted items are not helping financially. Most importantly, when other people actually need the items, which I have no use for yet are storing, it makes sense to let them go.

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