• I found hope in Hope thanks to nature and my nieces.
  • Reminder: There is always light at the end of the tunnel(s).
  • Possibilities.
  • "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains." Happy 200th birthday, Walt Whitman
  • Spring is always the most alive after the darkest and rainiest of winters. #hyggehouse
  • "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis. Or, as the Secret Sisters sang, "Tomorrow will be kinder."
  • "It was here in Big Sur where I first learned to say amen." Henry Miller

Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

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  • Last week I drove through the area of Malibu that was most hard hit from the fires. It was completely devastated only last December but now, life is blooming again in a way I've never seen it before. The scars are there and it will take 20yeara to get back to where it was but life is back. That's the amazing, heartbreaking and beautiful thing about life. #malibustrong #earthday



Baby it’s cold outside

January 15, 2007


On my flight last week I watched a CBS segment where chef Bobby Flay made the best-looking oatmeal ever. Since I was on a plane that only served peanuts, I began to immediately anticipate the moment I would make this. That moment arrived today thanks to an ice storm that’s taken over most of the U.S..

When I heard that the storm was coming, I did something I’ve never done before: stocked up. I made sure to have on hand lots of ingredients for soup (instead of just opening a can), lots of tea, baking supplies (warm cookies on a cold day – check!) and of course things for the fabulous oatmeal recipe. There’s only one way to survive the cold; stay warm. And that’s what I’m doing with yet another great hot oatmeal recipe, home made chicken soup and baked goods. Ah, the charms of winter!

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Sautéed Apples & Raisins and Bruleed Crust with Cinnamon Cream Serves 4

1 1/4 cup steel cut Irish Oatmeal (I use Mc Cains in the tin because it’s Gluten-Free and terribly yummy)
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
2. Stir in the oatmeal, salt and zest and cook until the mixture begins to thicken slightly.
3. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until cooked, about 30 minutes. 4. Add the milk and sugar and stir until combined.

Sautéed Apples & Raisins:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into medium dice
1/2 cup raisins, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes and drained

1. While the oatmeal is cooking, heat butter in a medium saucepan, add the sugar and cook until melted. Add the apples and raisins and cook until the apples are soft.
3. Set aside until the oatmeal is done.

Cinnamon Cream:
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons crème fraiche or sour cream
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Whisk together ingredients until combined. Set aside.

1/4 cup turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw)

1. Preheat broiler.
2. Place a few tablespoons of the apple/raisin mixture in the bottom of 4 bowls or ramekins. Divide half of the oatmeal on top of the apple mixture. Place the remaining apple mixture on top of the oatmeal then top the apple mixture with the remaining oatmeal.
3. Smooth out the top of the oatmeal and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the turbinado sugar over the top of each. Place the bowls on a baking sheet and place in the broiler.
4. Broil until the sugar is golden brown and completely melted. Remove from the oven and let rest a few minutes before serving.
5. Crack the top of the sugar crust with a spoon and pour in some of the cinnamon cream. Serve immediately.

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    KayBNo Gravatar
    January 17, 2007 at 1:42 PM

    Thanks for the recipe – I think that’s what we’re having for dinner tonight in front of the fire.

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