This is Rachel, in the grass at the top of the hill next to her house, a.k.a. Quiet Earth.

Winner of Grand Designs Award 2010

At the border where the hills meet St Dogmaels, above the Abbey on Cardigan bay, Rachael (and friends) built this house out of straw-bales, wood and some old cans and glass bottles. It’s solar and wind powered, eco-painted, wood-burner warmed.. there are even cyrstals hidden inside the walls. Not a bad place for living foods workshops eh..?

A big ‘cheers’ to all the people we got to play with over the last month at our St Dog’s workshops and at the healing arts and crafts day! Wonderful wisdom shared with good company.

We marinated, we milked, we chopped and spiralized.
We tasted, tested and ruminated, shared stories and experiences, and we feasted.
Then we had cake.
And then we had chocolate.
Guiltless, laughing.

Another big ‘cheers’ to the planners and the community of St Dogmael’s for opening themselves to this sublime piece of architectural witchcraft. You don’t get away with this kind of caper in Ingerland.

Curried Eye of Newt and Bat wing Pate:

Have you been doing your homework? Here is a raw way to utilise the Sambar spice mix we shared a month or so ago in the Dosa recipe. It’s a semi-rich, chunky pate suffused in South Indian spices, with a warm South Indian coconut backing track.

You can try your own combination of soaked seeds and nuts, with your own choice of vegetable if you like. Keep the rest of the ingredients the same, and if you didn’t make the Sambar mix, try adding lightly toasted cumin and corriander seed (or curry powder, for a kind of reincoronation chicken flavour).

1/3 cup sprouted buckwheat groats
1/3 cup soaked sunflower seeds
1/4 cup soaked walnuts
1/2 small beetroot
1 small carrot
1/2 small red onion
2 tsp Sambar spice mix (from blog-post no.1)
1 tsp coconut butter
Juice half an orange (about 2 tbs)
1 tsp umeboshi plum seasoning
2 soaked sundried tomato halves, optional (this was for a little sweetness. If you don’t have any try 1/2 tsp honey or a date)

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend.


Did you know that organic spinach has 2x the calcium, 4x the magnesium, 3x the potassium, 69x the organic sodium and 117x the manganese as commercially grown non-organic spinach?