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word from the wise: universal consciousness

word from the wise: universal consciousness

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus With Winter Solstice recently upon us here in the Southern Hemisphere, the most introspective and self-meditative hours of the cooler seasons are now giving way to the expansiveness of spring. As we unfurl...
yogic philosophy

yogic philosophy

In the West and the East, we practice yoga in gyms, parks, classrooms, living rooms and studios. Yoga has become globalised – another product of the wellness revolution offering tranquility and a lithe physique for a pretty penny or two. More than a passing fad, yoga has perhaps become symbolic...
Live & Raw

Live & Raw

Radical Recipes (Live & Raw) is an experimental space for my own vegan recipes, as well as the occasional meditation or source review. I am really interested in the healing properties of the ingredients that I use and this site allows me to explore the triadic relationship between creation, sustenance and...
'What the Buddha taught' (W. Rahula 1958)

‘What the Buddha taught’ (W. Rahula 1958)

  Book review: ‘Buddhism is neither pessimistic or optimistic. If anything at all, it is realistic, for it takes a realistic view of life and the world. It looks at things objectively (yathabhutan). It does not falsely lull you into living in a fool’s paradise, nor does it frighten and...
YOU WILL SURVIVE: the spirit is timeless

YOU WILL SURVIVE: the spirit is timeless

Book Review: Survival into the 21st Century: Planetary Healers Manual by Viktoras Kulvinskas   “Progress is what it’s all about” is the trip May lays on your head, brothers and sisters. More oil, more money, more cars, more chicken in more pots. But when one progresses into a pool of...
on still screaming

on still screaming

The morning I got up to begin this book I coughed. Something was coming out of my throat: it was strangling me. I broke the thread which held it and yanked it out. I went back to bed and said: I have just spat out my heart. (Nin, House of Incest, 1936)   There...
on India

on India

One month. In a space the size of Australia, with a population of 1.2 billion people. I barely scratched the surface, barely made a mark on the endless dirt roads. Just another footprint – another journey. We all have our motivations for travel, so what were mine? What did I...
on gender and agricultural diversity

on gender and agricultural diversity

Book Review: Staying Alive, Vandana Shiva The macro industries of farming and agriculture are inherently tied to philosophies of masculinity and control. The levelling, dividing and repurposing of land; the mass growth of crops, the hierarchies of industrialisation, and the sheer physicality of farming are all masculine processes, predominantly controlled by...
healing ingredients

healing ingredients

These are some of the ingredients that I use most frequently: Ginger: In my mind, ginger fixes pretty much anything. But medicinally, it is best known as a digestive aid. Use ginger in your cooking to aid your body in the processing of processed or heavy foods. Spirulina: Spirulina is a whole...
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WARM spiced yellow lentil dahl with homemade coconut cream and mango fresh chutney

WARM spiced yellow lentil dahl with homemade coconut cream and mango fresh chutney

Ingredients:  Lentils 2 cups yellow lentils (rinsed and drained) 2 cups cherry tomatoes, whole 3 medium sized carrots, finely chopped 1 cinnamon stick 3 bay leaves 2 teaspoons brown sugar Water/ vegetable stock Coconut cream: 2 cups fresh coconut meat 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted) 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 3 cloves garlic, chopped 4 green...
RAW coconut, blueberry and goji popsicles

RAW coconut, blueberry and goji popsicles

Sometimes it is simply too hot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Luckily, every $2 shop worth its salt sells popsicle moulds, and making something good is pretty simple. (Note: for a creamier version, replace coconut water with coconut cream – equally amazing but def not raw!) Ingredients: 2 cups fresh (or frozen) blueberries 1 cup...
WARM carrot, coconut, ginger and fennel soup

WARM carrot, coconut, ginger and fennel soup

As the seasons change and winter sets in, we innately seek to warm our bodies with well cooked, nourishing foods. The crisp and cool salads of summer suddenly seem less appealing, and the idea of a big pot of soup and an early night in becomes more so. This soup is full of wintery seasonal...
WARM yogi porridge

WARM yogi porridge

This porridge is so great in the cooler months of the year – it takes a bit of preparation time, but is totally worth it! Best to soak all grains the night before for more nutritious, not to mention quicker, cooking.   Healing ingredients:   Banana: High in fibre, iron, protein B6 and B12, bananas are...
RAW cacao-banana chia breakfast balls

RAW cacao-banana chia breakfast balls

Variation on a familiar theme, these raw food balls are an easy and nutritious idea for breakfast or morning snacks. Chia seeds are a great addition to breakfast as they are higher in potassium than bananas and contain more calcium than milk! Healing ingredients:  Banana: High in fibre, iron, protein B6 and B12, bananas are...
RAW wakame, zucchini, avocado and quick pickled ginger salad

RAW wakame, zucchini, avocado and quick pickled ginger salad

As autumn begins to descend, the ingredients available for salads also begin to dwindle. However, greens like spinach, zucchini and celery, and earthy vegetables like sweet potato and eggplant are more readily available. In the cooler months, it might be a good idea to accompany a seaweed salad with a miso soup or cup of...
word from the wise: antony hegarty on future feminism

word from the wise: antony hegarty on future feminism

  Future feminism (direct link to live recording of monologue) “I’ve been searching and searching for that little bit of my constitution that isn’t of this place and I still haven’t found it. Every atom of me, every element of me seems to resonate, seems to reflect the great world around me. So, I’ve come to...
PICKLED: Spiced beetroot and pear chutney

PICKLED: Spiced beetroot and pear chutney

Due to a bit of over enthusiasm with the blender, this chutney looks like more of a relish but it is lovely all the same! Garlic-free , onion-free and sugar free, I used both red and gold beets, corella pears and stevia leaves to generate sweetness. Cube the pears and beets for more of a...
RAW breakfast: green tea soaked prunes with vanilla bean coconut yoghurt

RAW breakfast: green tea soaked prunes with vanilla bean coconut yoghurt

‘Free’ and ‘radical’ are two of my favourite words, but in the context of your insides, an accumulation of free radicals disrupts the development of healthy living cells – a process linked to heart disease and cancer. Free radicals gain their name from the radical process in which, once ‘freed’ from a weak molecular bond,...
word from the wise: my mistress is the open road

word from the wise: my mistress is the open road

(Alice Springs, 2012)   The untented Kosmos my abode, I pass, a wilful stranger: My mistress still the open road And the bright eyes of danger     (Robert Louis Stevenson)  
Protein-rich hempseed hummus

Protein-rich hempseed hummus

Hempseed has a rich, nutty flavour and can be consumed as an oil, or in seed form. It is a strong source of omega-3 essential for vegans and vegetarians. Packed with high sources of protein, this hummus is great for topping roast vegetables, salads, spread on pumpernickel or with fresh vegetables. Sprinkle with extra hempseeds...
WARM date & gingerbread cake

WARM date & gingerbread cake

This cake is a veganised version of my mum’s gingerbread. It is so dense and decadent. I have no self control, so when I make this cake I do so knowing that I will be eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner…! However, obviously great for sharing, and if you bake in a more shallow...
word from the wise: the invitation (by Oriah)

word from the wise: the invitation (by Oriah)

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, is the kind of spiritual writing that could be written off as ‘plastic shamanism‘. However, Oriah’s cultural identity aside, I think that in a world so dominated by the material, the immediate, and that which is defined by solidity or tangibility, The Invitation is more than anything, a narrative of divine and...
RAW zucchini pasta with pistachio, basil & lemon pesto

RAW zucchini pasta with pistachio, basil & lemon pesto

This is a really easy raw salad, and can be altered depending on the ingredients you have at hand – parsnips or beetroot can become the ‘pasta’, and the pesto modified to suit. Healing Ingredients: Basil: A calming and soothing herb useful to aid digestion, stomach aches and anxiety, basil is also a high source of...
RAW peppermint creams

RAW peppermint creams

In this recipe, coconut oil, desiccated coconut, peppermint oil and stevia are blitzed to create a creamy centre akin to the creamy fillings of after dinner mints. Depending on the desired texture, add more or less coconut oil to the mixture, and blitz until you are happy with the texture. For this recipe you can...
WARM Ayurvedic roast tempeh salad with digestive spices and seeds

WARM Ayurvedic roast tempeh salad with digestive spices and seeds

In the Ayurvedic tradition, spices such as whole coriander seeds, fennel and fenugreek are utilised in cooking to stimulate and aid digestion, cleanse the system and assist in the breakdown of food sources. Healing ingredients:  Tempeh: A staple of the Indonesian diet, tempeh is an unpasturised fermented form of soy. Regarded as equal to animal flesh...
RAW turkish delight superfood balls

RAW turkish delight superfood balls

  The combination of pistachios, rose water and cranberries give these little balls a turkish delight flavour. You can however, also replace the rosewater with lemon. Healing ingredients: Cranberries: Native to North America, cranberries were traditionally used by Native Americans to treat kidney and bladder diseases. Later the berry, high in Vitamin C, was used to...
Vegan nutrient sources

Vegan nutrient sources

I have adapted this list from one that my naturopath made for me, and it covers most of the foods that I include in a weekly shop. Although I do eat some imported ‘superfoods’ such as goji berries, chia seeds, quinoa and cacao powder – there are plenty of local sources for essential nutrients. Food...
WARM quinoa, lemongrass cranberry & lime salad

WARM quinoa, lemongrass cranberry & lime salad

This is a nice light salad to add to the table at Christmas, if you are so inclined. Festive colours aside, combination of earthy almonds, piquant cranberries and herbed lime dressing make this a lovely salad for any occasion. Nutrient combining: Despite being a light salad, the combination of Vitamin C rich parsley and cranberries...
word from the wise: Anthem

word from the wise: Anthem

Anthem The birds they sang at the break of day Start again I heard them say Don’t dwell on what has passed away or what is yet to be. _ Ah the wars they will be fought again The holy dove  She will be caught again bought and sold and bought again the dove is...

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