Moving On And Moving In

The last week or so has been one hell of a bumpy ride. We are finally in our new house (I cant call it home yet) and beginning to start getting organised. We have moved into a smaller house which we get the privilege of paying more money for! Gotta love renting hey? In an attempt to soothe my somewhat fractured soul (we didnt want to move but the landlord sold the house unexpectedly) Ive been playing in the kitchen. Ive gone from a fabulous range cooker to a crappy little built in oven and hob and so you’ll excuse me whilst I indulge in a little pity party! 

Anyhoo… at the weekend we took a trip to Leeds as the teens were doing their grade 6 Rockschool exams, so we visited the Chinese supermarket to stock up on a few bits and pieces. They had some exotic (to us country bumpkins) ingredients which I found rather exciting and the rest of the family found worrying! So far I’ve made a not to be repeated desert with some taro root; served up, perfectly fine if unexciting taste wise, boiled purple sweet potato; and…. most thrilling of all…. made purple flour! 

 

This has made me very happy! It is such a lovely, vibrant purple and I can’t wait to create a cake with it! I really hope it holds its colour through the baking process – assuming I can get to grips with the new oven that is.

Here in Northern England it’s the summer solstice. It’s a bit cooler than it was when we moved in and we’ve had some rain, which the birds, in the trees at the bottom of the ski slope like garden, seem to have enjoyed. 

Hope that the turning of the year brings you everything you’re hoping for. 

 

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Hazy, Lazy Days of Summer

The Paleo/Primal lifestyle isn’t just about the food you eat, It is an entire way of life, and reducing our stress loads plays an important part in that. Moving is a very stressful experience, even though I’ve moved countless times throughout my life so the physical aspects of it don’t feel too onerous to me, the associated admin really gives me the jitters. Taking ten minutes to unwind after the tedious task of dealing with utility companies and council departments is crucial self care in my opinion! The added bonus of course is knowing that I’m filling on up vital vitamin d without having to pay for supplements. What’s EVEN better is that there’s an app for that! Look, how cool is this? 

In just over ten minutes my clever body created more than three times the amount of vitamin d contained in one of these little capsules!

 

What a bargain. I can’t recommend this app enough; its called D Minder and there is a free and a paid version. At £1.49 for the paid one it’s a darn sight cheaper than supplements. I bought it because I found the free one was a bit glitchy, plus I liked that I could save history on the paid one. What’s great about the app is that it is completely customisable to your circumstances, right down to your skin tone; as my pale English skin burns pretty easily I love that it tells me when I need to get out of the sun to avoid burning. It is a fantastic tool in my opinion, because vitamin d is so enormously important for our general health and well being, and anything that increases our awareness of our needs is worth celebrating.

A good book and a cup of something good to drink also help with the unwinding – my dandelion coffee with a smidge of manuka honey is doing me the power of good, as well as being pretty delicious. Lots of paleo people drink the real thing, but my system is super sensitive to caffeine these days, so much as I love the aroma of freshly ground and brewed coffee, it doesn’t love me, but dandelion coffee and chicory aren’t bad substitutes.   

 That’s me ready to take on the next round of moving hassles. How did you de stress today?