“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.  We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?”  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you.  We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us.  And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Nelson Mandela

Ok, i’ve got a whole week to update you on so here goes..

Last time I wrote I was off to Little Earth Cafe in London for something to eat.  Actually, it was to take Lel out driving but i’m sure she won’t mind me telling you she wasn’t in great form on the driving front!  We made it to Little Earth at about 15:05 and I thought they may be closed as the advertised closing time on a Sunday is 15:00.  I’m glad I trusted my intuition which was telling me to go anyway as they might be fairly fluid with their closing times.  When we walked in they certainly weren’t closing and were glad to serve us with 2 juices (orange, lime, pomegranate), 2 raw nut burgers on a bed of watercress, covered in the most amazing cashew sauce i’ve ever tasted, drizzled with honey mustard and topped with an avocado ‘fan’.  Lel was going to leave a bit of hers so I did the decent thing and ate that too!  Desert was a ‘Nutty Monkey’ which was almond butter and OJ based.  It had some frozen banana in there too but I can’t remember what else.  I love the vibe in that place.  It was just getting dark so they lit candles around the tables and had the usual ethereal music in the background.

The rest of the week was spent preparing for my demos at the Fresh Network open day.  Karen had asked me to do 2 demos of which 1 should be a Christmas recipe, preferably mince pies.  I scoured the internet for a recipe and even asked my fellow alumni from Living Light if they had any ideas.  I didn’t consider that they don’t have mince pies in the US and some thought I wanted a recipe to replicate a pie with minced cow in!!!  Actually everyone who responded to my request on the Yahoo group forum was very sweet in taking the time to help.  Vinette came up with a great looking recipe that I will definitely try out.  In the end I created my own recipe that went down an absolute storm!  I was even surprised how good those pies tasted, a real comfort food when eaten out of the dehydrator, mmmmmmmmm!

So as you may have guessed, the open day itself was great.  It’s the first time i’ve done a demo to that many people (about 30) and I loved it.  Someone even took a photo of me whilst I was doing the demo!  The biggest payoff for me was at the end when I was being thanked for providing such great food.  That’s a great feeling.

I’ve yet to do any of my Christmas shopping and only today did I realise how close it is to the big day.  I haven’t really got many people to buy for so it’s not exactly a major event for me.  I haven’t got any brothers or sisters….all together now, “aahhhhhhh”.  And haven’t got many relatives at all (can you hear violins?) so it’s really just Mum, Dad and friends.  We’re doing Secret Santa in the house and i’ve got no idea what to get the person i’ve been drawn to buy for.  Should it been a good present or a funny present?  We’ve only got a ten Pound budget so I think it may be a bit of a jokey present!