Since returning home I’ve been really eager to get involved with everything, and am definitely learning new ways to manage my time. Living on a ship is the simplest of lives and I absolutely love that simplicity. I wake up, cook breakfast lunch and dinner, help with any deck jobs you can, keep the ship clean and sail around trying to save some ocean life. Its a big culture shock to come back to reality after being so detached for so long, and I am finding the hours in the days just are not enough.
So currently I am working out how to juggle family, friends, this blog, creating new recipes and working on new projects…something that most of the population manage to do on a daily basis, I seem to have missed this life lesson!
One of the projects I’m getting together which is exciting is THE GRUMPY SAILOR zine. A collection of recipes from a number of vegan cooks, interviews, articles, rants and artwork, with all proceeds going to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk, UK. They will firstly be on sale at Norwich Veggie Fayre, where I will be cooking up and serving homemade Lincolnshire sausage sandwiches to keep everyone fueled up through the day. If you are in the area you should definitely come check it out on the 26th July.
With all that’s been going on I have not been trying new recipes all that often which sucks, instead been focusing on getting healthy after so much time on a ship- lots of juicing (beetroot is my absolutely favourite), and smoothies with lots of superfoods and trying to get over old injuries so I can start exercising again!
I did have time for this little treat though…
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 1½ cups almond milk
- 1 Tbsp carob powder or 2 Tbsp raw cacao
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
- Pinch pink Himalayan salt
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves
Mix everything except mint leaves in a bowl and let sit for 30 minutes- 1 hour. Stir through mint leaves and serve.
Note: whisk up a tablespoon of raw cacao powder and some maple syrup for a chocolate sauce to go on top!