Monthly Archives: February 2016

Blog.6: Just doing my normal thang

So this week was business as usual.  I only worked 3 days this week because of Family Day on Monday, which we used to continue our garden prep.  On Friday we worked on making the greenhouse, which still needs some finishing touches, but it’s coming along nicely.  We still have a lot to do around the garden to make the yard deer, and hopefully, bear proof as well, but there is no guarantee that our veggies will make it to our plates.  It wasn’t the most productive weekend as it was raining a lot, making yard work less appealing.  We did get out to my bf’s brothers’ friend’s place this weekend and met some, let’s say… interesting people.  All very nice, but I’m still finding it hard to really feel like I could have a close friendship with anyone specific thus fair, but I guess more time is needed.  Its funny, every weekend we think we want to party, and then sometimes we do, and end-up regretting feeling so shitty the next day.  So strange that drinking and feeling like crap is a way people “relax” and “un-wind” after the work week.  I would not like to do that again anytime soon, but this is easier said then done, haha.  Until next weekend! What else?…. I am still waiting to enroll in my course as the Canadian dollar is starting to get better, and I am going to be looking into what happened with my volunteer prospects, as no one has gotten back to me in a very long time.  If I don’t hear anything soon, or they can’t pair me with anyone, then I think I will do the hospice training and volunteer with Sunshine Coast Hospice Group.  Duolingo app for learning languages has been really enjoyable and I like that I can do it so easily off my phone everyday.  Also, my boyfriend and I have decided to cut ourselves off from Facebook and Instagram starting tomorrow because we have noticed ourselves sitting around for sometimes hours just flipping through pictures or stupid videos, when we could be doing something way more productive.  We have made the rule that we are allowed to post pictures, and I am allowed to post my blog, but we are not allowed to look through the feeds for 1 whole month.  I’m actually really looking forward to this.  Not much else occurring except that I am feeling a bit down on myself because I haven’t been volunteering.  I just really have this innate need to help people and I don’t feel satisfied in life if this isn’t occurring.  So that’s about it.  Each day is a new day of learning, emotions, and plans for the future whilst trying to stay in the present and not get carried away by the turbulent current that is life.  Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Recipe: Simple Thai-inspired Lemon Chicken soup! YUM!

Truly one of my favorites and close-to a Thai classic.  Super simple, and extremely comforting on a chilly winter night.  Hope you enjoy this bold, savory, sour soup!

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Ingredients:  *all organic if possible, serves 4

-2 chicken breasts, sliced thinly (or sub for 1 and 1/2 cup of cubed firm tofu)

-2 cups chicken broth (or sub for vegetable broth)

-1 cup coconut milk (sub for lite coconut milk)

-1/2 red pepper, roughly chopped (or whichever color you prefer)

-1/2 large zucchini, cut bite size (similar size pieces to pepper)

-6 large mushrooms, stem removed, cut into 4 pieces

-handful of cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half

-2 heads of Bok Choy, knobby stem-end cut off, rinsed well, and cut into 1/2 inch slices

-3 tbsp of lemon juice, fresh squeezed preferred

-1 and 1/2 tsp of brown sugar, coconut sugar or regular sugar

-2 inch chunk of fresh ginger, cut into thick slices

-2 stocks of lemongrass, outer tough stalk removed, cut into 2 inch stalks, and smashed with the butt of the knife to release volatile oils

-2 bird chilies or thai chilies, sliced thin, leaving seeds in (this is medium spicy to hot) *optional

-2 tbsp fish sauce (or sub for Bragg soy alternative, but this does change the taste to slightly briny so only use 1 tbsp)

-8-10 Kefir lime leaves

-1 cup brown or white rice (use whichever you prefer)

-large pot with lid

Cook rice as per instructions on package and set aside.

In a large pot, add the chicken stock, coconut milk, lemon grass, lime leaves, chilies, ginger, fish sauce, and sugar.  Bring to a boil,  then simmer on low for 10 minutes. Add the sliced chicken. Make sure the soup is on SIMMER only, just bubbling, or the chicken will over-cook and become chewy.  After about 4-5 minutes, add the zucchini, peppers, and mushrooms.  SIMMER with the lid on for about 5 more minutes, or until veg is just tender.  Add the Bok Choy and tomatoes, stir for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and add lemon juice.  Stir and serve over a about 1/3 cup of cooked rice per person and enjoy!  Feel free to add cilantro for a fresh finish!

*you will have the ginger, lime leaves, and lemon grass within the soup, and recommend not eat these.  Simple take out with a spoon before serving, or during eating, as this is traditional to keep them in.

Blog.5: Feeling grounded, loving nature and gardening!

So every week I feel myself becoming more and more grounded.  I like that I don’t have to worry about getting drunk on weekends, and I love that I am not constantly bombarded with advertising like in the city.  I have not felt the need to shop for clothes or shoes, nor do I really care about partying, which feels awesome!  I thought I would start to get bored living in a small town, and yes, there are times that I feel like a little excitement would be nice, but then I hike into nature and that feeling subsides.  As my bf and I discussed, we want to do at least 1 new hike every weekend, and so far our goals are being met.  We went to Smugglers Cove in Halfmoon Bay this weekend and it was no-less then spectacular.  Gorgeous little rocky islands surround a quiet cove, where pirates would smuggle Chinese workers into the USA after the CP railway had finished in Canada, and also alcohol during the American Prohibition.  Native Americans also used the cove as a coveted fishing haven.  We picnicked on the beach, and I felt a sense of contentment I haven’t felt for a long time.

On a herbal medicine note, I have been taking black cohosh capsules for a couple weeks now and I have noticed a major difference in my hormone moodiness during my cycle.  Gladly I have not noticed any adverse side effects, and I will update on my progress over the next couple months.

Continuing on, I am still doing my meditation almost every morning, and my bf and I have started work on the garden where we hope to grow a large variety of vegetables over the spring/summer months.  I love working in the dirt, and I find that there is always a major sense of accomplishment to eat something you grew from seed.  I look forward to this.  What else…. I am currently waiting for the Canadian dollar to get better so that I can start my course in Herbalism, and I got offered a job at a fine-dining inn on a casual basis, so things are really starting for me.  I hope I haven’t bitten off more then I can chew, but I think I will pace myself and see where this new adventure takes me.  Hope your on your own adventure of self-discovery, and be aware and eat with care 🙂