Thursday, November 17, 2011

Muddy Spoon Evolution

As you may have noticed, my postings lately have been few and far between. I've been rather preoccupied as, a few months ago, Will and I decided it would be a good idea to sell all our worldy possessions, with a few exceptions, and head back to Thailand. Will and I met in Thailand, on the island of Koh Tao, almost three years ago when we had each left our lives in Canada to teach scuba diving in a tropical paradise. We stayed in Thailand for over a year before moving to Bali, worked there for a half year, then made our way back to Canada just over a year ago. We had a great year, met some wonderful people, visited our families, did lots of yoga, and had adventures all over BC and the rest of Canada. After a year, though, we were still pining for Koh Tao and wanted to live the life aquatic again.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Easy-Peasy Macaroni and "Cheezy"

I used to love macaroni and cheese as a kid. Obviously... I mean, what kid doesn't love neon orange deliciousness in a box? However, later in life I realized that the ingredients in packaged mac and cheese aren't actually really food and starting experimenting with my own healthier, vegan, version. I had a few passable recipes, but nothing spectacular until yesterday when I decided to give it another go. I came across a tasty sounding recipe over at the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, then switched it up to suit my tastes and the contents of my kitchen. The result was delicious. The sauce is creamy and cheesy- perfect over pasta but also would be awesome over veggies, or as a nacho cheese sauce (especially if you dial up the spice factor). I used gluten free, organic brown rice pasta, but any kind will do. As an added bonus, it's really quick and easy to make... see for yourself:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cure-All Lentil Dahl

I've been fighting off a cold for a while now, but officially lost the battle a few days ago. As such I've spent most of my time curled up in bed, subsisting off leftovers. Luckily, I have Will, who has been taking ridiculously good care of me. We've decided we're the second coming of John and Yoko, which is working out really well so far.

Last night Will made me this incredibly delicious lentil dahl, which was so satisfying and comforting, he made a double batch this afternoon so we had more for lunch, and will probably have more for dinner. Yes, it's that good. It is loaded with flavour (ease up off the cayenne if spicy isn't your thing), and contains lots of garlic, ginger, and onion- all nutritious powerhouses that are boosting my immune system and telling this stupid cold to 'eff right off. Dahl soup is my all-time favourite soup, and this recipe is the best one I've ever had. He modified it from the first result we found after googling "easy lentil dahl", and the original is here. Note, the recipe I'm posting below is for a double batch, which will make lots of soup- enough for at least 6 servings. You can halve it if you want, but once you try it, you'll wish you hadn't.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall Feast

Lentil stuffed squash, garlic mashed potatoes, and gravy. My gut is pleased.

The season has changed fast and hard in Vancouver, with summer transitioning into fall seemingly overnight. I'm definitely a summer kinda girl, but I've been surprisingly pleased with the cool weather, shorter days, and even the rain. With the new season I've noticed a definite shift in what my body wants. These days, I'm all about warm comfort foods. And afternoon naps...

Last night, after a very rainy day, I cooked up a few simple dishes that really hit the spot for both Will and I. Stuffed spaghetti squash, garlic mashed potatoes, and a very yummy recipe for homemade vegan gravy. We reheated the leftovers in the oven and stovetop for lunch today, and it was just as tasty the second time around.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Falafel Party!

So, it's been an incredibly long time since my last post. Sometime around the end of July, summer finally decided to make an appearance in Vancouver and I've been basking in it's glory since. Yoga, camping, hiking, beach picnics, biking, and playing with puppies have taken priority over making food and crafting, nevermind blogging ... but I'm back!

I'm kicking off my return to the interwebs with two tasty raw falafel recipes. I'm a huge fan of Mediterranean/Greek food, and falafels are a great meat-free main dish. I've been making a cooked falafel for a while, but wanted to give a raw version a go, and tried out two recipes.

The first is adaptation of a recipe by Russel James, and it's my favourite of the two. Check it:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Chia seed breakfast pudding

So, to be honest, I eat ice cream for breakfast every morning. Raw banana soft-serve ice cream, to be specific, sometimes with a little Vega protein powder blended in if I feel like chocolate ice cream, or if I need a little extra oomph. This week though I ran out of frozen bananas and was suddenly without my most favourite, nutritious breakfast. Luckily I had a big jar of chia seeds and some almond milk, and soon I had a new concoction so tasty, Will started asking me to make it for him instead of his regular eggs & toast.

Onion bread + zucchini hummus

Sammich! Onion bread, hummus, avocado, tomato, cucumber, lettuce. YUM!

I know, I know.... bread made of onions and hummus made of zucchinis isn't exactly mainstream, but they are both really delicious, and easy to make. I've been using the bread to make tasty sandwiches and spreading the hummus on just about anything and everything. Although the regular chickpea hummus I make is majorly yummy, the zucchini hummus is a great raw alternative, much lighter and fluffier and just as tasty, in a slightly different way. Try them both and see which you prefer!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Eating on the Road


I was recently asked what I do for food when I'm away from home; specifically, if I bring food with me (rather than grab something on the road). The answer is a definite YES. Yes, I do. For several main reasons:
1. It's not always easy to track down the sort of things I eat- McDonalds has a surprising lack of healthy, unprocessed vegan fare... shocking, right?
2. Bringing food I've made myself is much cheaper than buying food on the go.
3. I eat a lot. If we had to stop every time I got peckish, we'd never get anywhere.

So, this past week Will and I decided to get a little change of scenery and head to Vancouver Island to go camping and do some exploring. Among the usual camping prep, I made a bunch of food to bring with us to keep us well nourished and energized for the trip. I thought I'd share our supply list and some new recipes I tried out that worked out great for the journey. Now, W and I don't have the same eating habits- he's a vegetarian, I'm a (born-again) vegan, and he's a lot less picky about what he eats- he's happy to chow down on veggie hot dogs and chips whereas my fav foods are fruits and veggies (honest, I can't help it!), and I've been experimenting with incorporating a lot more raw food into my diet and wanted to keep that going during our trip. As a result I hope our list and recipes will be useful to you regardless of whether you're a raw vegan or an omnivore who wants to include a few new ideas and/or healthy eats when you're on the road.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Tuna" sushi

Truth time: I'm a recovering sushi addict who appears to have just fallen off the wagon. My obsession began several years ago, with a seemingly harmless avocado roll, and before I knew it, I was chowing down on veggie rolls like nobody's business- a couple times a week, maybe more. I even dabbled in fish sushi for a little while, when living in a fishing village in Belize converted me into a temporary pescatarian. My penchant for sushi faded away sometime while I was living in Asia... which I suppose is somewhat ironic (although, to be fair, Thailand and Indo aren't exactly known for their sushi). In any case, the lunch I ate today has sufficiently got me back into a seaweed-wrapped groove.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Raw Veggie "Stir-fry"

I never would have guessed that the all-time best stir-fry I've ever had would never have seen the inside of a wok, but turns out that's the case with this little doozy. It's delicious by itself, or as the filling for a nori wrap for a little raw sushi action. It would also be tasty over steamed quinoa, which would soak up all the marinade, which is made from ordinary kitchen staples, but tastes so good, I'd pretty much drink it on its own. Maybe...

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Not-So-Cheese Bean Dip... get it?
I defrosted a bunch of pinto beans without much of a plan as to what to do with them, and then figured it would be good to make some bean dip. I threw a few things together and 5 minutes later, I had bean dip, and it was good. The nutritional yeast gives it a cheesy flavour, and you can make this as spicy or as mild as you want... of course, I loaded on the spices, and then added hot sauce too. It's really good to dip tortilla chips or pita in - we got some falafel chips as a treat since I hadn't been able to make bread or baked anything since our oven broke (by the way, while I was making this dip, the oven made another weird noise, and now works again. *shrug*). The dip also makes a great burrito filling - you can either add a little water to thin it out and then heat it up, or just use it cold with some veggies for a quick lunch.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Toots and the Maytals

Tonight Will and I will be grooving to Toots and the Maytals at the Commodore! I've been looking forward to this concert for months - Toots is genuine, old-school, authentic reggae at its finest, and I'm predicting an epic concert. In honor of the concert, here's a little movie I made last year when we were living in Bali, and visited the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali. Tune courtesy of Toots and the Maytals, feat. Gwen Stefani.

Carrot-tahini slaw

I've been addicted to this super easy, very tasty salad recently. It only takes a couple of minutes to make so it's the perfect choice for lunch or a quick side dish. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Raw Double Chocolate Strawberry Pie

 Summer finally made an appearance today, so after lunch Bluebell (my bike) and I went for a cruise in the sunshine. I meandered about town with no real intention other than just to pedal my feet and soak up some rays. Popped over to visit Will on his break from work and also stopped in my local green grocery store. As luck would have it they had a good selection of slightly over the hill produce- I'm a sucker for cheap, organic fruits and veggies and snagged a bag of 5 avocados for $1, a bunch of strawberries for half price, three big cucumbers for $1 (which will get juiced in the morning for some yoga fuel), and a few other things. The avocados and berries needed to get put to use pretty quick so I basically had no choice but to make this raw double chocolate torte with strawberry sauce. Life is tough like that.

Raw Pasta with Pumpkin-Cilantro Pesto

A couple of nights ago, as our supper of baked beans and roasted veggies was just about done, our oven started making a series of unfortunate noises- the result of which was a broken oven. I pouted for a minute or two, since I had been planning on making tasty cookies for dessert, but then I got over it, ate a banana instead, and carried on living my life. Our building manager is going to come check it out after the long weekend, and in the meantime I've decided this is a serendipitous excuse to experiment with making more raw food. I made this tasty lunch in a matter of minutes to curb my post-yoga hungries, and it fully hit the spot (and by 'spot' I mean the veggie vortex that is my stomach). 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Summer Feast

Curry chickpea and quinoa salad, steamed broccoli/mushrooms, homegrown baby romaine, cow-friendly caraway cheese
Although I'm lucky enough to avoid a 9-5, Monday-Friday sorta deal, Sundays are still my favourite day of the week, and I look forward to them all week long. This is largely because my neighbourhood farmer's market rolls into town every Sunday, and after my morning yoga class I ride my bike straight to the market to stock up on edibles... and make friends with as many dogs as possible.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Raw Eye Balls

 I think I'm developing a bit of an addiction to making/eating raw goodness rolled into balls. It all started with raw coco-cacao bliss balls, continued with nutty balls, and last night I made some carrot-cake-esque treats with the carrot pulp I saved from my morning carrot-apple-ginger juice. Among the many health benefits of this lovely vegetable, carrots are high in beta carotene, which makes them a superfood for your peepers. Thus I dubbed them "Raw Eye Balls". I adapted the recipe from a recipe for raw carrot cake I jotted down in my homemade cookbook a long time ago.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Gluten-free, Whole Grain Crackers

After making a delicious raw lemon avocado pie last week, I dropped my food processor bowl and cracked it. Definitely not a big problem in the grand scheme of things, but irksome since I use it pretty much every day. Rather than go to the store and buy another I checked out Craigslist, my go-to source whenever I need something. Within a few days I found a sweet deal - it was new, still in the box, about 1/3 the price of the exact same one in stores, and a 10 minute walk from my house. Beautiful! As an added bonus, it has a shatterproof bowl :)

Speed Racer

I spent a chunk of the day yesterday finishing up a couple projects to bring to the BLIM community market on Sunday, including a couple of cute dresses made from t-shirts. I really like them, and might have a teensy bit of a hard time letting them go... sigh. Luckily I made myself one a while back. And, of course, I can always make more!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Waste-Not Vegetable Stock

Although I'm all for small-space living, one of the downfalls of residing in an apartment is that it makes composting a little tricky. The vast majority of our refuse is compostable, since we avoid buying anything packaged, reuse empty jars and containers, and recycle what little is left. Unfortunately, Vancouver lacks a city-wide composting system (which is silly, considering their pledge to be the greenest city in the world by 2020). So, we've gotta get creative. We do have a vermicomposter on the balcony, the worms get maxed out at 2L of fruits and veggie waste per week. I've found a couple tricks for using up some of the balance. I save the pulp from juiced fruits and veggies to bake into muffins and bread or turn into raw desserts. One of the easiest ways to use leftover veggies is to make vegetable stock:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

BLIM Community Market


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Things have been a little quiet on the blog front in the last little while as I've been getting ready to take part in the BLIM Market outdoor festival, which is part of this year's Car Free Vancouver Day, on Sunday June 19. There's going to be lots of non-vehicular goodness happening around town, and I'll be reppin' Muddy Spoon on Main Street. I've got lots of crafty goodness ready, so if you're in town come say hi!

Of course, life hasn't exactly been all work either - although it's kinda hard to tell the difference between work and play these days... Anyways, we've been heading out as often as possible to hike, camp, bike, and climb. Summer is so awesome. This is our first summer in Vancouver, and British Columbia is definitely the place to be as far as I'm concerned. Ocean, beaches, mountains and forests (nevermind the incredible yoga scene)? Sign me up. We've got a few tasty adventures lined up in the next couple months. So many good vibes all around.

Here's a couple shots of our recent escapades:

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Raw Lemon Avocado Pie + Nutty Balls

I'm really digging raw tasties these days. On my last visit to Gorilla Food I had some awesome avocado-lemon pie and wanted to try to make it myself. I just did, and it was easy as... uh... pie.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rainy Day Cracked Wheat Walnut Cider Bread

This bread takes some serious effort, but it's so damn good, I don't think I mind.
The weather has been pretty awesome lately so I've been spending loads of time outdoors... we went on our first camping trip of the season at the beginning of the week, and spent yesterday climbing in Squamish with a bunch of friends. Between the two trips we spotted seven black bears, which makes me intensely happy. I hope those furry friends are thriving, and all the baby bears we've seen are going to grow up big and strong. I feel incredibly lucky to get to share their forest.

Anyway, I'm off topic. The point is, this morning I woke up to pouring rain and figured it was a great day to spend cooking and crafting. Months ago I came across a bread recipe on one of my favourite blogs, but never got around to making it since it is way more work than the easy artisan bread I usually make. I figured today was a good day to give it a try, and although it really did take a significant amount of time to make, it is really delicious and made a massive loaf that should last us a while.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Raw Coco-Cacao Bliss Balls

I think raw foods are pretty incredible. After taste testing this batch of raw coco-cacao truffles, I think my tastebuds would agree. My friend Leah recently passed on a recipe via her fabulous blog and I'm so glad I finally got around to making them. So healthy, and so delicious. As a bonus, the entire batch cost less than one of these little treats would set me back at a store or restaurant.

These are going to be perfect little energy orbs to take along tomorrow, as we're planning on going for a hike!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer cowl

These days basically all my knitting time has been devoted to making knit yoga mat bags but I've still managed to put together this braided cowl, made of butter soft organic cotton. It's a shorter version of this one that I made last fall. The shorter version means it's not too warm, perfect for staying cozy on chilly evenings. I'm going to find the time to make some more for the June BLIM community market, which is coming up in less than a month now! I'm planning on having all sorts of crafty creations to peddle... if you're in the Vancouver area come on down and say hi!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Soggy Yogi = Fresh Yogi

There's nothing like a long soak in a hot bath for a sore body and tired mind... someday, I fully plan on having a big old claw foot bathtub in which to lounge. For now though, I'm very happy with what I've got, once I add in some of these aromatherapy bath salts. Super relaxing for body and mind - especially when combined with a glass of our homemade wine!

I'm geared up for summer and am planning on making the most of it - lots of hiking, camping, climbing, biking, and maybe a road trip or two... and oodles of yoga, of course. I think my muscles will be thanking me for these bath salts. 

I've made up 8 jars so far, packaged in repurposed glass jars with handmade labels, and I'm very happy to be adding them to the Fresh Yogi collection!

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Friday, May 13, 2011

Staying fresh!

Does your yoga mat ever get that... not so fresh feeling? Nothing sucks the fun out of child's pose like a funky mat. New mats are also stinky, right? Therefore I've started making yoga mat cleaner with all natural ingredients (of course) including tea tree oil, and essential oils. I've got three scents on the go... peppermint, lavender, and orange. Having a clean mat is good, having a clean mat that smells awesome is better!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mexi night

Mexicans sure know about food. You know what I'm talking about - beans, tortilla, spicy sauces. Major yum. Around 2007-08 I spent a couple years living in Belize (south of Mexico, east of Guatemala), studying monkeys, scuba diving, sailing on boats, and, of course, eating fantastic food. Belize is also home to the very best hot sauce in the entire world, Marie Sharp's. As I mentioned in a recent post, I know hot sauce like fancy people know wine, and this is the epitome of spicy bottled deliciousness.

I digress. The point is, I made Mexican food for supper last night and it was really, really good. I made tortillas for the first time since I left Belize (why it took me this long, I genuinely have no idea), unfried re-fried black beans, and vegan enchilada sauce. Here are the recipes... just keep in mind that the measurements are mostly approximations (I didn't actually measure much), so adjust as you see fit, especially with spices... 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Quick almost-raw pasta lunch

I think raw, living foods are pretty awesome. Gorilla Food is one of my favourite places to eat out in Vancouver, but I find it a bit more difficult to whip up delicious raw treats at home (beyond basic salads and such, obviously). A lot of raw recipes seem to rely on imported ingredients as well as the use of a dehydrator, so alas, most of my meals are cooked (which isn't a bad thing, I just like to switch it up and try new things). Anyway, today I managed to rock out a raw, tasty lunch. I grated a zucchini to make some un-pasta pasta. Then I processed two organic, locally-grown heirloom tomatoes with a clove of garlic, red onion, basil and oregano, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes, and a bit of paprika to make a sauce. Poured it over the zucchini "noodles" and added some chopped red pepper, toasted sesame seeds (not raw, obviously),  and nutritional yeast. It was pretty delicious, and filling... although I think I saved enough room to have some raw banana ice cream for dessert.

Next time I think I will add some portobello mushroom to the sauce to "beef" it up- it's the sort of recipe you can switch up to suit your tastes, and whatever veggies you have lying around.

If you have any raw recipes to share, I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May Flowers

Pretty vintage floral fabrics sewn into new yoga mat bags. The sun is shining, and I'm so glad summer is coming!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Spice it up

Fresh chili ristras
If you've ever shared a meal with me, you probably know that I love spicy food. Hot sauce is definitely my condiment of choice... I'd even go so far to say that I'm a bit of a hot sauce connoisseur. Lucky for me, last fall I happened upon a sweet deal at a farmer's market: a 3lb bag of assorted hot peppers for $2.99. I got two bags. I strung some up with embroidery floss to let them dry into chili ristras. Now that they're dry, I throw one or two into pasta sauce or soups to add a little heat.

I decided to take some of the rest of the hot peppers and experiment with making my own hot sauce. I took 1 pound of hot peppers (mostly a mix of jalapeno and serrano), sliced the tips off but kept the seeds and core for more spice. I put them in the blender and added 1.5 cups of white vinegar, 2 cloves of garlic, and a teaspoon of salt. Then I blended it all together and poured the mix into a 1L mason jar:

Friday, April 29, 2011

Upcycled Yoga Mat Bag

I've been neglecting my sewing machine lately, so this morning I got my foot on the pedal and made this yoga mat bag. The material is some vintage fabric I've been holding onto, and it worked perfectly for this project. It's really pretty and very strong; I reinforced all the seams to make sure it won't come apart.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Love

"I believe in God, only I spell it N-A-T-U-R-E" - Frank Lloyd Wright

Happy Earth Day everyone! I hope you are all finding some way to celebrate... hug a tree, play in the sand, eat something delicious and real... or just feel grateful for being a teensy tiny part of a big beautiful world. I've been thinking a lot today of how fortunate I've been to have seen firsthand so many amazing places around the world. I've also been thinking of how important it is for each of us to value our planet not just on Earth day, but every day. Humanity is blessed not only to have evolved alongside millions of incredible creatures, but to have developed the intelligence to allow us to decide whether to treat our collective home with honour, gratitude, and respect, or try to dominate, control, and exploit nature and our fellow beings. Let's make every day Earth Day, okay? 

In reverence to the sights I've seen and places I've been - I hope they thrive long after I'm gone. 

Big Black... in the flesh!

About a month ago I wrote a post to answer queries as to why my blog is named "Muddy Spoon". As I explained, it all has to do with a big black Balinese pig I knew and loved while we were living in a little village in Bali last year. Sadly, I failed to ever photograph my friend, who we named Big Black, despite daily visits to feed him fruit and scratch his big wiry head. As luck would have it, a couple good friends of mine decided to go on holiday to Bali, and upon hearing the Muddy Spoon tale they promised to track down Big Black for me. We drew them a map on a napkin, showing them exactly where on the volcanic island the pig was, and, true to their word, they found him yesterday and sent me some great photos!

Without any further ado, meet Big Black, my swine friend:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easy raw ice cream

This is my latest discovery - raw, vegan ice cream that takes about a minute to make and tastes incredible! 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Quinoa for breakfast, beans for dessert

After making some awesome beany chocolate chip cookies earlier in the week, I was up for more bean-dessert combos. Luckily the Happy Herbivore had another chocolatey, beany treat for me to try. I revamped the recipe ended up with these tasty black bean fudge brownies. They're really dense and creamy, and somehow don't taste like beans at all... just chocolate and bananas. Give 'em a go yourself:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Beans, beans, the magical... cookie ingredient?

I'm just gonna come right out and say it... there are beans in these cookies. Yes, beans. That's why they are power cookies. Not only are they delicious, they are packed with protein, sugar-free, organic, and vegan. A cookie that is good for my body and tastebuds plus the environment and animals? How have I not made these sooner?! I reworked a recipe from the Happy Herbivore website that I found courtesy of the lovely Jessica. When Will saw me making them and asked about the ingredients, all he said was "uh-oh" and even I was a bit skeptical, but they're awesome. Try them out and see for yourself:

Homemade veggie burgers

We just scarfed down these burgers for lunch, and holy cow, they are really good. We had them with organic spinach salad topped with tahini-miso dressing (recipe below), homegrown alfalfa sprouts, and sliced organic tomatoes. Naturally, the burgers were as homemade as it gets. I made the buns this morning with my homemade bread, topped them with freshly made hummus and the pickles I made and canned in the fall. I made the patties too, of course, out of organic navy beans I cooked in the slow cooker overnight. I adapted the recipe from one on Healthy Happy Life. Here's my version:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fresh Yogi Deodorant

 I've realized over the past few months that telling people you make your own deodorant is a pretty great conversation starter... although this might be a reflection on the people I find myself conversing with, I'm not sure... Either way, lots of people have been interested in it, so voila - I present Fresh Yogi Deodorant. It works on people who don't do yoga, too. It's made of 100% natural ingredients with a moisturizing coconut oil base. This is the best deodorant I have ever used. I regularly chase a sweaty vinyasa power yoga class with an even sweatier dance-party Kundalini yoga class, and at the end of it all, I somehow still don't smell. Will uses it too, and loves it. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Slow cooker revival

Kidney beans cooking

I'm not really sure how mainstream slow cookers are these days, but I'm going to humbly suggest that if you don't have one at your disposal, you head over to Craigslist and find a cheap secondhand one. Why would you want a slow cooker? Well, simply put, they are an easy way to make very delicious food. If you work all day, you can throw ingredients into the slow cooker before you leave and come home to a hearty meal and a house that smells nice. Sure beats nuking a frozen dinner, yes? You can even prep the evening before, chopping up veggies or whatnot so they're ready to go in the morning.

Lotus flower cards

Lotus flowers are one of my favourite symbols. They represent beauty, wealth, eternal youth and good fortune. The lotus is a symbol of purity and enlightenment. Samadhi, or the highest state of consciousness, is said to reside in the thousand-petaled lotus chakra at the crown of the head. 

I carved this stamp this week and just finished making these cards. They are, of course, available here in my Etsy shop.

Also, I was very excited to see that the lovely Sophie wrote this great article about me and my creations over at the Vancouver Yoga Review! I am honoured and touched!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Etsy shop!

I'm excited to announce that Muddy Spoon creations are finally available online at my newly launched Etsy shop! I've so far got several sets of my handmade cards available, and I've got a few knit things and other crafty projects to list, so stay tuned! I've added a link to my shop on the right sidebar of this page so you can have a glance to see what's happening :)

It's a beautiful day outside today, and the sunshine beckons... I hope the sun is shining down on you as well!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ganesh is Fresh

I just finished carving this new stamp, of the Hindu elephant God Ganesh, and celebrated by using it to make some cards! Ganesh is worshipped as the Lord of Success, remover of obstacles, and God of education, wisdom, health and wealth. He's clearly a good guy to have on your side.

If you'd like to have some Ganesh cards of your own to send some good vibes to those you care for, send me an e-mail. Much love and may thanks to everyone for your positive responses to the last batch of cards! Stay tuned for more, my mind is full of ideas!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Magical Forest

 Will and I celebrated his birthday yesterday by going for a morning yoga class then heading into the woods for a hike. It was our first proper hike this spring, and it was beautiful. We wanted to share some photos he took with you.

Chickpeas and Bread

"Mulla Nasrudin was eating a poor man's diet of chickpeas and bread. His neighbor, who also claimed to be a wise man, was living in a grand house and dining on sumptuous meals provided by the emperor himself. His neighbor told Nasrudin, 'If only you would learn how to flatter the emperor and be subservient like I do, you would not have to live on chickpeas and bread.' Nasrudin replied, 'And if only you would learn how to live on chickpeas and bread like I do, you would not have to flatter and be subservient to the emperor.'"
- from "A Life Worth Breathing" by Max Strom

Monday, March 28, 2011

The best Indian food ever

I was recently introduced to a fantastic Indian cookbook called Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey... the title alone is pretty great. Now, Indian food is probably my all-time favourite, and I have to say this is the best I have ever had. Vij, who actually lives in Vancouver and has a restaurant a few blocks away, really knows how to cook. We've made the spicy cauliflower steaks a few times, and holy cow, it's like being punched in the mouth by awesomeness. We've been pairing it with coconut red lentil soup from a great vegan blog Will discovered while searching for the cauliflower recipe.

I got home last night after a day full of yoga goodness and was promptly greeted with this tasty treat:

Oh man, it's just so good. We're going to have to check out Vij's restaurant soon for comparative purposes. I can't believe I haven't been to India yet.... yoga and all the delicious food I could ever want... what are we even waiting for?!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Seane Corn Experience - I laughed, I cried, I sweated... a lot.

Although I’m working on being fully present in the moment, I’ve gotta admit that I’ve been looking forward to this past weekend for months. From Friday to Sunday I had the incredible pleasure of taking part in a workshop led by Seane Corn, a master yoga teacher from California. The workshop, in addition to being open to any interested yogis, was actually part of my yoga teacher training at Semperviva. Each teacher trainee has been asked to write an observation on the weekend, and I wanted to share mine with you. 

All Juiced Up

I cannot over-emphasize how much I love smoothies and fresh juice - my blender and juicer are easily my two favourite kitchen gadgets. Lately I've been in the habit of making juice every morning before breakfast. I find it boosts my energy for the whole day, and is a really easy way to increase my fruit and veggie intake. Here are a couple of my favourite recipes:

 Green Juice
1 pear + 1 apple + 2 stalks celery + 1/2 cucumber + chunk of fresh ginger + handful or two of spinach
This photo was taken a few minutes ago, I am drinking this juice in realtime- perfect start to my day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Muddy Spoon Demystified: A Tale of a Girl and a Boar

A few people have asked me recently about where I got the name Muddy Spoon. So here I am to reveal its mysterious origins. First, the definitions of the components as per my macbook's nifty dictionary:

muddy |ˈmədē|adjective ( -dier -diest )covered in or full of mud
spoon |spoōn|nounan implement consisting of a small, shallow oval or round bowl on a long handle, used for eating, stirring, and serving food.verb2 • (of two people) lie close together sideways and front to back with bent knees, so as to fit together like spoons.

Now for the story:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Upcycled hemp pants

While spring cleaning I unearthed a pair of hemp pants I've had for years and worn all over the world. I absolutely loved those pants, but they had seen better days and were pretty frumpy. I figured they could use some TLC, so I busted out my scissors and chopped them up. The top of the pants became a skirt before they knew what had hit them:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Old shirt/ new shirt

While doing a little spring cleaning in my closet I found a tanktop that had been handed down to me. I really liked the material but it was too big, and I'd only been wearing it occasionally as a nightie. I figured I could turn it into something cute and busted out my fabric scissors and seam ripper.

Before shots