Butternut Squash Curry

Butternut Squash- Watercolour on paper

Warm and comforting foods are on the menu everyday at home. This means soups and stews are simmering nearly everyday on the stove! I can't get enough. My body is craving root vegetables and easy to digest foods. My raw salads will have to wait till spring… 
Every Friday Riverford's veggie box brings me delicious veggies to cook with, and to improvise with!
Needless to say that at the moment squashes, parsnips and carrots are kings and queens.
And this is perfect since mother earth has planned to give us exactly what we need each season…

This month's recipe is a wonderful warming curry, delicious served with brown rice and yogurt.

Butternut squash is an amazing fruit that we use as a vegetable. I love it's nutty flavour (and I must say that the organic ones definitely have a ton more flavour…). You can roast it, make it into soups, dips, or even grate it like carrots. It contains Vitamin B6, which helps keep the nervous system functioning optimally. It is also said to help reduce inflammation in the body… 

It is also simply delicious and I get very excited when the squash season starts! 

I hope you enjoy this recipe, do let me know and if there is anything you'd like to see on this blog please do make your requests! 

Butternut Squash Curry

Serves 4

1 onion, diced
1cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
1tsp dried chilli flakes
2tsp coriander seeds
2tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp Garam masala
1 red pepper, cut in chunks
1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into roughly 2cm chunks
100g red lentils
750ml vegetable stock (I use Marigold powder diluted in hot water)
400g tinned tomatoes
1 big handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Sea salt and Black pepper

Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
Add the onions, ginger and garlic, a pinch of salt and sauté until the onions have softened, stirring frequently.
Add the chilli flakes, the coriander, cumin and gram masala. Stir for a minute or two, then add the lentils,  red pepper, squash and stir until well coated.
Now add the stock and the tomatoes.
Simmer, part covered for about 30min, stirring form time to time.
When the squash is soft and the lentils are cooked, add some fresh coriander and mix well.
Delicious with some brown rice and some yogurt.
You can also serve it the next day, the flavours will have developed even more…
Bon appétit!

Yoga for Unlocking Creativity

Watercolour by Sybille Pouzet

Saturday 8th November 2014- 2.30- 5pm
@ Yogaplace- Bethnal Green


A workshop using a long fluid and creative sequence to unlock the body and the mind, some meditation, and some time to reflect.
The need to be creative is important for everyone in every walk of life. It leads to increased self expression and an awareness of everyone’s unique role in our daily lives. Yoga can be a tool to unlock our own creative potential.
We will be exploring how to use our yoga practice for that purpose.
It will be a playful and exploratory session.
This is a class for everyone looking to bring more creativity to their daily lives.

Bring a notebook and a pen!

The workshop will end with tea, homemade treats and chat to share before we all go back to our activities!

Yoga For Autumn

Saturday 11th October 2014- 2.30- 5pm
@ Yogaplace- Bethnal Green

Get strong, stay warm, grounded, balanced and relaxed to enter the colder month with ease and grace!

 A lovely flowing practice to keep your immune system strong, your body and mind energized, cleared, balanced, and calm.

As autumn arrives, a transition is occurring around us as the trees change color, the days are getting shorter and cooler. We can naturally feel more introspective, in need of more sleep and warmer foods. As animals tend to hide away and hibernate, we may feel like doing the same! However, for us, these colder months are very often some of the busiest months of the year! Our yoga practice can be a wonderful tool to help us adapt to these changes and go through the colder seasons with more ease, strength and balance. 

In this workshop, we will use breathing and movement as a tool to keep our mind and body clear, strong and relaxed, releasing anything that we do not wish to carry forward. We will warm and open the body through a well rounded strong slow flow asana practice. Hip openers, twisting, standing and arm balancing poses,  as well as some more restorative floor poses will be incorporated to make sure your whole being can be fully restored and rejuvenated.

All levels are welcome, you will always be given the possibility to adapt the practice to your own needs.
The workshop will end with tea, treats and chat to share before we all go back to our activities!