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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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RAW coconut yoghurt

RAW coconut yoghurt

  Healing ingredients: Coconut: a truly amazing food, coconuts provide the body with a range of nutrients including bacteria, magnesium, calcium and potassium. As a food source, cultured coconut forms an alkalising and anti-fungal yoghurt that soothes the stomach and repairs minor damage to the intestinal lining by rebalancing the pH state of the gut...
word from the wise: you are your own refuge

word from the wise: you are your own refuge

  ‘One is one’s own refuge, who else could be the refuge?’     Buddha.  
RAW pina colada salad

RAW pina colada salad

Woohoo summer! This raw salad is light, fresh and so easy to make! I use the lettuce leaves to make wraps, however you could omit these altogether and serve the remaining ingredients as a salad in their own right. As always, aim for local and organic ingredients! Try especially to use organic pineapple and cucumber,...
RAW seaweed, shiitake & goji berry superfood salad

RAW seaweed, shiitake & goji berry superfood salad

Healing Ingredients: Kale:  Kale contains a potent glucosinolate phytonutrient, which actually boosts and body’s detoxification enzymes,  clearing potentially carcinogenic substances more quickly from your body. (For more information, see Vibrant Dish) Sea vegetables:  The Japanese use wakame to purify mothers’ blood after childbirth. It is high in calcium, iron and iodine, and has been linked to treatments of cancer and weight...
word from the wise: kiki smith on using the body to create

word from the wise: kiki smith on using the body to create

  ‘…the idea that you make something out of your own body, your own energy, is really profound – that you can make something that gives pleasure to other people. And all you have to do is show up and do it. It’s a tremendous freedom and a tremendous power that you can just use...
WARM mexican quinoa & grilled corn salad with tahini & lime dressing

WARM mexican quinoa & grilled corn salad with tahini & lime dressing

Quinoa: Ancient super grain, all the way from the Americas to the shelves of the local health food store… the debate concerning superfoods and food miles has been rallying quietly for a couple of years now, but the general consensus seems to be that buying Fair Trade and ethical products is most usually of benefit...
word from the wise: feminism is for everybody

word from the wise: feminism is for everybody

   
word from the wise: Rudolph Ballentine & Radical Healing

word from the wise: Rudolph Ballentine & Radical Healing

  ‘Healing is, by its nature, a knitting together, a restoration of wholeness. It requires that we see and accept lovingly all parts of ourselves. Our ability to contain more, to expand our identity, to accommodate the multifarious aspects of ourselves is the basis of healing.’
RAW himalayan salt & cacao nib glittery chocolate

RAW himalayan salt & cacao nib glittery chocolate

All that glitters… and this raw chocolate totally does! The salt in this recipe gives the chocolate a beautiful dark glittery density, and the cacao nibs provide a crunchy texture – but if salted sweets aren’t your thing, try some of the alternatives listed below the recipe. Healing Ingredients: Cacao: high in magnesium, an important...
word from the wise: Taking Sides

word from the wise: Taking Sides

    When I take a side, I create the opposing side.     
RAW coconut, lime & kiwi 'cheesecake'

RAW coconut, lime & kiwi ‘cheesecake’

This raw dessert uses coconut, (rather than nuts) to bind the cake ingredients. I find many raw desserts very ‘nut heavy’ – nut bases with nut creme fillings – so I wanted to try something a bit lighter. I didn’t think that the shredded coconut and coconut milk would bind, but it worked beautifully! The...
word from the wise: be zen, be peaceful

word from the wise: be zen, be peaceful

  Sit quietly, Do nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.  
RAW kale & walnut tabouli

RAW kale & walnut tabouli

I was never much of a fan of tabouli, but I was living in a warmer climate during April of this year and had an excess of kale at my disposal. Too big for a jar, too bountiful and unruly to squeeze into the fridge. And so this faux tabouli was born. Healing Ingredients: Kale:...
word from the wise: be hopeless

word from the wise: be hopeless

  ABANDON ANY HOPE OF FRUITION “Fruition” implies that at some future time you will feel good. One of the most powerful Buddhist teachings is that as long as you are wishing for things to change, they never will. As long as you’re wanting yourself to get better, you won’t. As long as you are...
RAW pear, ginger & lemon breakfast tonic

RAW pear, ginger & lemon breakfast tonic

Healing Ingredients: Pear: High in vitamins C, K and copper, pears are also high in antioxidants and a great source of nutrients for the body in the morning 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...
WARM activated chickpea salad with coconut yoghurt

WARM activated chickpea salad with coconut yoghurt

Melbourne weather has been windy, warm, rainy and cold throughout the past week. In both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, windy and transeasonal weather is recognised as a particularly ungrounding and confusing time for the body and the mind. The inclusion of earthy foods such as root vegetables, whole grains and warming spices is recommended...
RAW breakfast tonic: goji orange gingerade

RAW breakfast tonic: goji orange gingerade

When consumed first thing in the morning in a cup of warm water, lemon and ginger act as a metabolic stimulant and liver cleanser – there really is no better way to start the day. Once the tummy and organs have been warmed, the nutrients in this breakfast tonic are more easily absorbed by the...
BAKED matcha & red bean marbled cupcakes

BAKED matcha & red bean marbled cupcakes

Matcha! Matcha! Matcha! It’s a push to call any cupcakes healthy, but I think these ones come pretty close. With a matcha green tea base, red bean swirl and a sprinkle of pistachios they are also gluten free -and of course, vegan. So, close enough really! I used a recipe from Eat Drink and Be...
RAW Sauerkraut

RAW Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut craving! I rarely crave fermented foods – a bit of miso here, some tempeh there, but I read this beautiful post ‘Healing Wise – Herbal Vinegars’ on Weed Wanderings (linked from Wise Woman Tradition) and worked up a sauerkraut craving. I have only really ever eaten sauerkraut in its cooked form, and have always loved it. But...
RAW marinated shiitake, beetroot & walnut nori rolls

RAW marinated shiitake, beetroot & walnut nori rolls

What with the splash of sunshine yesterday, I was craving some raw goodness after a long winter of miso and soups! The kale and sesame seeds in this recipe add a decent kick of calcium, and the beets, ginger and apple cider vinegar alkalise the body to clear out any stagnation. These little rolls are...

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