My Latest Life Update and This Week’s Delicious Recipe: Saskia’s Warming Ratatouille

Well, it’s been six months since I last blogged. It’s been such a strange time in my life, and in the world at large. I’ve actually found it incredibly rich as well as challenging, and it reminds me of how amazingly courageous we humans are. Although the storm has not yet passed, the initial shock and destabilisation of the pandemic has eased for me, and I personally feel able now to look outwards and re-engage with my work and creativity in a more public way. I am opening up my life coaching practice again, and I’ll be running my popular and empowering Vitality Detoxes, with the first one starting in just over a week (If you are interested in joining us click here)

If you have read my previous few blog posts, you will know that one of my major life focuses has been, and continues to be, on trying to have a baby. And alongside that, my life as an artist has also been blossoming – if you are interested in following my creative unfolding and my yurt-life you can do that on Instagram here 🙂 I am having so much fun with it, as well as being up against my growing edge, learning to be less judgmental of myself so that I can let my creativity flow with joy and ease. Not always easy but getting easier!

Life in the yurt is still heaven and I feel blessed to live in this nature-connected and creative way. I’m lucky to have the warmth, comfort and ease of running water (I’m going to be putting in a fully-functioning kitchen, including a dish washer, soon!). I have electricity and a gorgeous wood burner and, after the experience of living in a motorhome for nearly two years, my yurt feels like a luxury apartment 🙂

As always, I am cooking, cooking, cooking. Because I am a creative cook I make up new recipes nearly every day. Most of them I don’t record, but with my new kitchen I want to start getting back into the habit of writing them down, so that I can pass them on to you 🙂 I’m even thinking of doing more recipe videos – hurray! I can’t wait to share more foodie deliciousness with you over the coming weeks and months. Much love to you. xxx

This Week’s Delicious Recipe: Saskia’s Warming Ratatouille

Vegan Ratatouille

Here is a taster of one of the cooked recipes in our yummy Vitality Detox Plan. It’s a clean and nourishing meal whilst still having the comfort food factor that we often crave at this time of year. It’s fun and easy to make, and a great one for the freezer or for cooking up as an autumnal family supper, with or without extras such as pan-fried fish fillets or roast chicken thighs and quinoa or rice.

Makes enough for 2 servings

3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion
1 red pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small aubergine
1 courgette
2 tsp mixed herbs
1 can organic tinned tomatoes
½ tsp date syrup or honey (optional)
1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
unrefined salt and black pepper

Fry the red onion and red pepper in the olive oil over a low heat until soft. Add garlic and cook for another minute or so, stirring. Add the aubergine, courgette and mixed herbs. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.

Add the tinned tomatoes and, if using, the date syrup/honey and lemon juice. Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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