I’m reminded over and over again that the heart of events is in the kitchen. The heart has a beat, a rhythm like no other. When I’m in the heart, I’m in my element, in my playground, in my home, which is open for nourishment as long as I’m there.
I like the way flavours and colours flow playfully, joyfully and synchronistically like in a concerto or presented on a blank canvas. I admit I like the designs and scribbles on my canvas.
When people appear at my kitchen door with smiles on their faces, rumbles in their bellies and anticipation for their delicious surprise, their curiosity is soon met with childlike glee when their tongues are tickled by new creations from my heart.
When the produce is fresh and there are mouths to feed, this kitchen mama opens up her heart wide and serves with endless joy.
When people moan and hum with delight from foreign flavours, my smiles appear as quickly as the drool from their lips.
When the oven is hot and the blender is buzzing, the aromas that circulate the atmosphere only add to my symphony of delight.
I witness teeth bite with gusto and fingers licked, before plates are cleared, clean up takes place and excitement is followed by anticipation for the next meal to be savoured hours later.
Like a child open to the wonders and mysteries around me, my heart and passion to nourish with wholesome meals revels in it’s playground of flavours.
Speaking of feeding people, remember my culinary tour in Europe? Well Here’s a little update of t past month in Sweden and Norway.
I love Feeding people’s bliss with creations they have never tried before and inspiring their palates beyond their wildest imagination. Here are some pics to show you what I mean…
But before I show you these visuals, I’d like to express my gratitude and deep thanks to Kailash Kokopele, a dear friend, an extrodinary musician, world traveller, chocolatier and Qi gong practitioner. I became an instant fan of his three years ago in Bali when I heard him play healing sounds from various instruments. We kept in touch ever since and reconnected a month ago in his beautiful sanctuary in south Sweden, the perfect place to start my culinary tour.
We made epic raw love infused chocoaltes with new friends Lucie (owner of Europe’s best online superfood company http://www.vitalvibe.eu) and Nadia (a lovely gypsy from Spain). He introduced me to Master Marcus, the owner and creator of YangTorp, Europe’s only Qi Gong Sanctuary, where at I had the privilege of being the chef and training his chefs for three weeks, even particiapted in the last week of a very special Qi gong retreat with 15 people from Norway, Sweden and England. I am now officially a fan of Qi gong and start my mornings with the sequence taught to me. It’s really a life changing experience. I must also acknowledge Annica Svensson, the backbone and the one who runs Yangtorp from the inside out. She has been with Yangtorp since the beginning of it’s creation. Thank you Annica for your dedication to your practice, to Master and to living the lifestyle many could only dream of.
I’m now in Prague and look forward to discovering the wonders of one of the top wonders of the world! Stay tuned…
Delicious, raw, love infused homemade chocolate with Kailash, Lucie, Nadia in Kailash’s sanctuary in the woods. Yum!
Love making chocolate with this super being!
Incredibly delicious, smooth, raw homemade chocolates (essences of rose, orange, mint, coffee, raspberry)
A special intro to Yangtorp by the Master himself!
Had the honour of being the chef at this unique, healing, powerful ceremony in south Sweden July 10-13
Most of the participants are present in the pic. Such an amazing group of people from Europe and USA! (And Canada of course…me!)
I got stopped by the foam robocop in Copenhagen airport on my way to Norway hahahaah
Preparing the fresh organic produce for a 50 person weekend retreat ceremony July 17-19 in Gorgeous Norway!
Had the best kitchen to cook up a storm for 50 people!
The dancers broke their 30 hour fast with fresh fruit cut by the kitchen mama’s loving hands!
The dancers healed and were delighted to receive their nourishment after fasting for thirty hours.
Very happy bellies!
Cooking alone for 50 people is not fun so I’m thrilled to have had some happy helpers.
No words.Norway is beyond beautiful!
Upon returning to Sweden from Norway I put on a last minute rawfood workshop with five lucky participants.
Two very happy rawfood lovers making mock tuna sushi
All the way from Ukraine and making her first rawfood dish! This happy participant was thrilled to be here and is now a rawfood creating fan!
They are ready to reap the benefits of their play!
Freshly picked veggies with a green Vinigrette…yummy!
Everyone’s plate is ready to devour (I mean savour)
Just a few of the many vegan creations I whipped up while looking fashionable in the kitchen at Yangtorp Qi gong retreat Center in south Sweden. July 23-aug 8
Made new friends and had a blast training and creating magic in the kitchen with chefs at yangtorp
It took 17 years to build this sanctuary and as you can see it was worth the wait! But it could not have happened without the magic wonders of Yangtorp’s backbone Annica Svensson, who has been at Yangtorp since the beginning of it’s creation and is the one who runs it like a queen that she is.
Not only did I fall in love with this kitchen but I got to spend most of my waking hours in it for three weeks!
I love this system of preparing meals!
A new friendship kindled.
It was a really well balanced group of people from Sweden, Norway and England. Thrilled that I could feed their bliss and feed mine participating in their Qi gong classes too!
I loved daily Qi gong practice with wonderful teachers and students alike
Every morning at 6:30am I looked forward to playing in the kithcen with Annabrit, a very talented rawfood chef from Norway, lucky Yangtorp to have her apart of their team!
In the Chinese calendar I’m a fire dragon so when I saw this outside of yangtorp it was impossible not to get close
Next stop…..Prague! Yay!