[Volume 1, Edition 2 - Changing Tides - The Natural Fork, Knife & Plate Series]
“The ocean surface is in continual motion. Waves are the result of disturbance of the water surface; waves themselves represent a restoring force to calm the surface. The standard example is the rock-in-the-pond scenario. The rock provides the disturbing force, and generates waves that radiate outward, eventually losing their momentum and dissipating their energy so that the pond returns to calm.”
bLANk’s Meatless Chilli Infused Mushroom and Roast Pumpkin, Coloured Quinoa and Rocket Salad – Makes – Approximately 25 minutes
Rocket and Spinach Leaves – 1.5 cups Red and White Quinoa – 3 cups Diced/Chopped Button Mushrooms – 1/2 tbsp Chilli (Dried or Fresh) – 1/2 a Red Capsicum – 1/3 cup Red Onion – 10cm Cubed Cucumber – 1.5 cups Cubed Pumpkin – 1/2 cup Halved Cherry Tomatoes – Lime Juice – Cracked Pepper – Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1/2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Dice the pumpkin, mushrooms, cut the cherry tomatoes, onion, capsicum and cucumber. On baking paper place the pumpkin on the tray and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle the cumin seeds over them and make sure they are coated and tossed well. Allow to cook until soft and crunchy.
2. In a pot, add 3 cups of boiling water from the kettle (To speed up the process) and tip in the white and red quinoa. Allow to cook between 9 – 14 minutes.
3. Grab a saucepan and hit the heat up high for the mushrooms so that you don’t stew them. Let the saucepan heat up first and then add the mushrooms with the chilli. Sauté and cook until soft.
4. In a bowl, tupperware container or what have you and toss together the rocket and spinach, capsicum, red onion, cucumber, tomato, lime juice, cooked quinoa, roast pumpkin, chilli mushrooms and cracked pepper. Serve warm or cold!
Abbies Quick Chunky Hummus – Makes 1 Cup – Approximately 4 minutes
1 can drained Chickpeas – The Juice of 1 Lemon – 1 tbsp of Tahini – ‘Sprinkling’ of Chia Seed – Pepper – ‘Dash’ of Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 Clove of Garlic – Fresh Mint
1. Mash the chickpeas with the olive oil and lemon juice with a fork.
2. Mix the crushed chickpeas with the tahini, chia, pepper and crushed garlic until combined.
3. Garnish with extra sesame seeds and some fresh mint and serve with some freshly cut vegetables!
I believe we change for two reasons, either you learn enough that you want to, or you’ve been hurt enough that you have to. Simply put, one of the hardest lessons in life is letting go – change. Weather its guilt, anger, love, loss; change is never easy because we fight to hold on and we fight to let go.
[Sliced red capsicum, cherry tomatoes and carrots with my dad's Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race 'scroggin'!]
Abbies ‘Everything Red’ Power Salad – Makes 5 Cups – Approximately 15 minutes
3 Fresh Beetroot, boiled or roasted – 2 tbsp of Dried Cranberries – 1 cup of Cooked Red or Mixed Grain Quinoa – 1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes, halved – 1/2 cup of Fresh Mint, torn – 1/2 cup of Fresh Coriander, torn – 1 tbsp of Chia Seed – Pepper – Dash of Extra Virgin Olive Ol and Balsamic to dress
1. Boil or roast the beetroot until tender and cook the quinoa.
2. In a bowl toss together the halved tomatoes, torn mint and coriander, dried cranberries, beetroot, chia seed and quinoa.
3. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic over it and season with some cracked pepper!
Abbie said “it might be best served as a side dish as it is quite sweet and rich in flavour, but in saying that the two of us polished off meal size portions so go wild if it takes your fancy!”
[Mango for dessert and Santa Vittoria Azzurra for thirst]
“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better” – King Whitney Jr.
Three months ago, I made a decision, a conscious choice to transform every part of my life, not particularly because I wanted to but rather because I needed to. I knew if I didn’t do it now, I wouldn’t get to where I wanted to be or feel what I wanted to feel.
I felt my mind had out grown the life I was living. What I was practicing mentally, and teaching my mind didn’t fit in with the way my reality was shaped.
Sometimes it takes the worst pain to bring out the best change. I was hurt, I was hurting, and I couldn’t remember what inner peace and contentment felt like.
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hand on a minute longer, never give up, then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Over time, I realised that I had compromised myself and my primary morals due to the people around me – it was in this understanding, I knew something needed to be done. We realise that some people just aren’t worth the pain anymore, when we are no longer able to change the situation we are in; we are then challenged to change ourselves. I was challenged to do just that.
“Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted. We can not change our past, nor can we change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.”
I found that if one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. What we surround ourselves with, reflect ones mind and psyche of yesterday. Throw away what has no dynamic living use so I did, I cleared everything to begin my personal ‘bLANk’ canvas all over again, not from scratch but rather a new enlightened perspective. I let go of fear and simply embraced my life’s reincarnation.
Everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, and things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they go right. Sometimes we just outgrow things, don’t try to fix it, or repair it, just let it be.
Maybe none of us have that much control. If we stay, it was the right thing to do and if we go, that, too, was the right thing to do. Or either way, we’ll probably never know. But this, for me, this change in my life was right on par.
I stepped out and trusted my instinct and allowed a new path to emerge. Change starts within, we must learn to trust our intuition, and once we do, change then transpires around us. It’s not about perfect; it’s about the effort, the energy and strength that we put into our personal renovation or revolution every single day because change is built into the nature of things, nothing is inherently fixed, not even our own identity. No matter how bad the situation, anything is possible. We can do whatever we want to do, create whatever world we want to live in, and become whatever we want to be.
Life is too short, grudges are a waste of perfect happiness, it’s all to easy to hold them but it takes strength to let them go, laugh when you can, apologise when you should and let go of what you can’t change.
Find the fire inside you, accept all that you are, all that you have struggled and achieved, accept that no day is ever going to be the same and that change is a necessary nutrient to life.
Not all change has to be useful. You don’t repaint a house just to protect the wood, you do it because you want a new colour. It is enough that some change is just fun!
Start where you are, with what you have, just do what you can. Don’t let the past and useless details choke your existence. Don’t let toxic people or memories rent space in your head, raise the rent and kick then out!
Learn to give time, time…
[The Natural Fork, Knife & Plate Series - Just be]
*Disclaimer: All photographs in bLANk’s ‘Natural Fork, Knife & Plate Series’ are taken by bLANk and rightly owned by bLANk