From the very beginning of this year, and even more round the end of it, I have started experiencing those odd but incredible “awareness” moments. Whenever in those, it is just as if my body’s was trying to tell me something, to slip a word in my head, an idea or a simple emotion. That feels weird to write down and even weirder to hear I believe, but I do not truly know who to express it. What I know for sure is that, for example, my body’s needed yoga these days, more than ever before. I knew it for I was kind of moving all the time, bending on one side, then the other, walking round my house, standing up as soon as I could feel tingling in my legs. I also know that I’ve needed much more sleep; it’s been two mornings in a row where I could not wake up. And for those who know me, nine hours’ sleep is not a habit of mine at all! I also know how I want 2017 to be and what things I want to be happening from the 1st of January on. But that’s for another article.
It might have been a part of my healing process, or might just be the calming vibes that are airing in my ears as I writing those lines to you (thank you Spotify and your premium plan…!) as well as the year wrapping up, but I feel like I’ve just crossed another stage in my life. I’ve considered myself healed from the day I started this blog, but now, after the tremendous year I’ve had, especially after the training, I feel myself being much more aware and sensitive. Not sensitive in the sense of crying (which is another topic I’d like to talk about in another article), but in the sense of deeply and compassionately feeling my needs, dreams and emotions, just as well as others’. It’s not some kind of superpower, or a way for me to confess (believe me, I do not really like doing it – if I do, it’s meant to hopefully inspire you) but a simple other step in my life; just like a caring person would feel like being much more caring at some point, that may be what’s happening with me and sensitivity. And that awareness, I wish it to everybody – that’s part of the glow (at least mine – what do you think is yours then?)!
All of this to say that as my body and mind have required from me several things for the past few days, my belly has also been having its humour and grumbles. And this is why I came up with this recipe. I am fond of all those Asian, Ayurveda and Spicy inspirations, as you might have noticed with all my curries, etc.; but this one is different from all the other recipes I’ve shared before. It feels warm, sweet and yet perfectly balanced, just what I need after a good yoga session. When you’ve just been shaken, emotionally as well as physically, you need your food to be comforting and soothing. This mix of spices, hot, sweet and savoury, as well as all those lovely vegetables and liquids come together into the best pot ever, which tastes like an everlasting Savasana. There’s a long list of ingredients but it is actually very simple to put together – make a big batch and you’ll release the stressing part of cooking in the evening…And more importantly, if not through food or yoga, try to take care of yourself, physically and emotionally; after all, we’re given one body only.
The Harmony and Self-Love Yoga Pot
Portions: 5 – 6 people.
Preparation time: 25 minutes.
Cooking time: 25 minutes.
- 1 large onion, finely minced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp of turmeric
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- ½ tsp of chilli powder
- 1 ½ tbsp of fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 fennel bulb, cored and finely sliced
- 1 broccoli floret, cut in small bites
- 3 springs of Kale, leaves only
- 250g of mange-tout, fresh or frozen (or 15 springs of Swiss chard, cut in 4 cm bites)
- 400ml of peeled/canned tomatoes
- 150g of red lentils
- 1 tbsp of tomato paste
- 500ml of vegetable stock, warmed up
- 250ml of coconut milk
- 1 can of butter beans, drained and washed
- A handful of nut (any type – cashew, walnut, etc.)
- Some coconut yogurt, to garnish
(1) Start by preparing your veggies as indicated. Then heat the coconut oil, and brown the onion and garlic, adding the turmeric, cinnamon, chilli powder and ginger. Add a small glass of water and let simmer for about 3 minutes.
(2) Add all your veggies and cook for five minutes. Then stir the canned tomatoes, red lentils, tomato paste, vegetable stock and coconut milk in. Gently incorporate and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
(3) Parachute the butter beans and cook for three additional minutes.
(4) When ready, serve on its own or with brown rice/quinoa in large bowl, with crushed nuts and coconut yogurt. Enjoy your post-yoga evening!