Aloha, Teaching, & A Winter’s Tale

Aloha beautiful ones,

It has been a while since I’ve written a blog, so thanks go out to all my new subscribers and new clients.

It’s been a time of change and new perspectives, that’s for sure.  In March I did some Hawaiian Wisdom Training with Ho’okahi, wife of the late Kahu Abraham.  It was certainly an eye-opener. Ho’okahi has a clever way of re-framing words, dreams and experiences into different perspectives and more useful understandings, and using metaphor throughout her daily interaction.  That said, she does not mince words and speaks her mind and her observations without apology. I found the training extremely challenging, and I fell down in a heap after I came back.  Which is kind of what I expected. Perhaps what I needed.

I’ve come home and re-designed my house and my relationship.  And, this last month has been a complete detox from sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy and alcohol.  I’m not one for diets, but this one has been necessary.  I’ve joined in on Selfish for 27 Days, an online event focused on self care, self enquiry and self expression.  I’m focusing on my yoga, my body, my mind and especially my perspective.  It’s been a dive into a deeper articulation of what is important to me.  More to be said on that in another blog.  I’m feeling fantastic, and just as well, I have a big trip ahead of me in July and August.

In 5 weeks time I’ll be in Italy, teaching Lomi Lomi in Verona, and then to Canada, where I will be teaching in Victoria B.C. and Toronto, Ontario.  What an absolute pleasure!  I’ve found fantastic yoga teachers to complement each training. There is an opportunity available for one more student in Verona, and in Toronto.  On the way home to Oz, I will be checking out the big island of Hawaii to host one of my Lomi retreats in 2013.  And then relaxing doing a yoga retreat there for myself :).  Sounds like a lot of “retreating” but it’s really more about coming home to self.  I’ll be back in Australia on the16th August.

Well, that’s my blog for today.  Here’s a fantastic recipe to warm you up as our weather cools in the southern hemisphere.  Absolutely delicious.

Margaret Fulton’s Pea & Ham Soup

Ingredients

Pea & Ham Soup

Winter Warmer - Pea & Ham Soup

2 onions, sliced
300g green split peas
2.5 litres (10 cups) water (for 800g of ham)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1 smoked ham hock, around 800g
2 carrots, diced
1 cup sliced celery
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste
cracked black pepper to serve

My Easy Slow Cooker Method

1. Put split peas at the bottom of the Slow Cooker.

2. Add all other ingredients and cover with water.

3. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs or on high for 4-6 hours, or until meat falls off the bone easily.

4. Remove bone, discard fat & skin. Chop meat up finely, return to soup.

Margaret’s StoveTop Method

1. Put the onions, peas, water, pepper, thyme and bay leaf into a large saucepan.

2. Add the ham bone, bring slowly to the boil, reduce heat and simmer half-covered for an hour.

3. Add the carrots and celery and cook for another hour.

4. Remove thyme and bay leaf and discard.

5. Take out ham bone, cut all meat from bone removing excess fat and skin, shred and return all but half a cup of meat to the soup.  Add the salt (if required) and lemon juice just before serving.  Serve the soup topped with the remaining meat and garnish with cracked black pepper and a few thyme leaves.

Note: Add spicy smoked sausage to turn into a hearty main meal.  Serve with crusty bread, if you wish. This recipe freezes well in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Serves 4-6.

12 thoughts on “Aloha, Teaching, & A Winter’s Tale

  1. Hi Annabel

    I agree with you, and making a conscious commitment for 27 days is just the beginning..

    Looking forward to your stories of Canada 🙂

    xxx
    Kimberlee

  2. WOW – what an amazing life journey you are on….so much to look forward to and then so much of your learning to share.
    Love the soup recipe and interested to know how you detoxed?

    • Hi Celena, I know there will be huge learning with this mid-year trip, much learned already and I will be journalling and blogging as I go, although probably the blogging will come later when I have more time! You’ll find links within the text of the blog to the Candida Diet website, and to Selfish in 27 Days as well as a couple of other links, they are in red. When you hover your mouse over them, you’ll realise they go somewhere else, and click on them and you’ll see where that is! Best wishes, Kimberlee

  3. Amazing life of transformation and fulfillment! Hi beautiful Kimberlee. I know you are doing great! :))

    Thank you for the letter and delicious recipe. The soup looks yummy. I will try to make it. 🙂

  4. So much giving and receiving is reflected here Kimberlee. Congratulations on undertaking Selfish in 27 Days. Are you finding it challenging? How are you staying on track. I would love to detox from sugar. My diet is filled with bread at the moment. I get comfort from it. Maybe I could try yummy comfort soup instead. This recipe sound lush. I think I might try it and replace the ham (yummy) with chicken for my non-red meat eating husband. Do you think that would taste just as good?

    • Hi Krishna,
      yes it has been a challenge. I always go in strong and then find it hard to keep up the pace. I remember someone telling me once “it’s a marathon, not a race” and he was taking about a job, but you can apply it to just about anything in life really. That’s another blog post coming up for me 😉
      I stayed on track by taking small, quiet moments for me. Instead of hours, which is what I was doing in the beginning.

      There are some very interesting links between food and comfort, but also what KIND of food. Candida overgrowth creates sugar, yeast and other cravings. It may not be the bread but what’s in the bread that your body is craving. Have a look at the Candida Diet website on my blog – you’ll find it very informative. Or Google Candida Self Test.

      Recipe would be fine with chicken (I think!) Perhaps a little stock, or salt if needed. I use a homemade stock that I made with the Thermomix, it keeps in the fridge for months.

      Have a beautiful day, Krishna
      Kimberlee

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