Packages! & Food!!!

Packages! & Food!!!

I love getting that big envelope in the mail!!!  I got it February 2nd (thanks to the snail mail) and I also got wonderful news that the chemistry I had taken would be enough to get me into the organic chem pre req at CCNM.  I opened it up and (okay it wasn’t as big a package as I was thinking it would be) read every sheet inside.  Even the stuff that didn’t apply to me (the residence application forms).  I am just so enthralled by everything CCNM has to offer. My excitement grows each day as we get closer to the summer – once the summer hits I know the time will fly by, as it always did when I was doing my undergrad!  I have to admit I am a bit nervous about taking organic chem – not for the difficulty, because that excites me – but for the mere fact that I haven’t taken chemistry since first year university.  I could have taken the general chem pre req but I don’t think that is necessary…I might just pick up an old organic chem book and start reading up to prepare, pi bonds and sigma bonds and energy levels…it’s all very refreshing.  I miss these core science courses – I spent so much time with statistics, behavioral analysis, psychology, etc.  I love the idea of balancing my knowledge of mind and self with the physical and solid!  Hopefully during the pre reqs at CCNM I can make some study buddies and keep them throughout the program.  Every day I’m looking up information on natural healing, midwifery, and the mind-body connection.  This is fascinating.  This is how it should be – going after what makes you feel good, what makes you happy.  Ahhhhh, this is life.

Well, I should say this is the life when it goes right – more to come on how eating poorly (even for a short while) can attract the flu…I was wiped for a week!  Learned my lesson! (Post to follow).  For now, enjoy this nice recipe for a warming thick soup!

Dahl Coconut Curry

This was a GREAT recipe DS and I came across when we were at the Whole Life Expo!  They were actually sampling this at the Arayuma booth so we both decided to try some.  I pretty much followed the recipe with the exception of using more water.  DS has told me that if you soak your lentils overnight you won’t need to add extra water to the recipe :).


1 cup red lentils
2 cups water
Salt (to taste)
1 small tomato, cubed
1 Tbsp Arayuma curry powder (Ayur Masala or Garam Masala)
1 tsp Arayuma ground turmeric
1 Arayuma cinnamon quill
4 Arayuma ginger slices
2 pinches Arayuma curry leaves
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp oil or ghee
¼ tsp Arayuma crushed chili pepper (optional)
½ cup coconut milk
Fresh lime juice (to taste)


1. Place lentils in a medium saucepan and rinse until water runs clear.
2. Add water, salt, tomato, curry powder, turmeric, cinnamon quill, ginger slices, one pinch of curry leaves and half of the onion.
3. Heat to boiling, cover and simmer on low heat until water is absorbed (about 30 minutes).
4. In a separate pan, sauté remaining curry leaves and onion in oil or ghee, along with garlic, chili pepper and black pepper, until onions are tender.
5. Add to lentils along with coconut milk and lime juice, stir over low heat for 3 minutes and serve over rice.