Monthly Archives: May 2016

Art of Calm Summer

We fervently believe that the daily experience of eating should confer rewards, not only in terms of the impact on physical health, but equally through the pleasure and enjoyment of creating and savoring beautiful, natural food. So as Derwenthorpe blooms (despite fluctuating temperatures), and there is evidence of a new season in the fruit and veg appearing on shelves in our shops, and in some cases in our gardens, we’re turning our attention to the magnificence and creativity of raw living food. 13087267_10154144092463698_3612667507796789037_o

Derwenthorpe blooms
Derwenthorpe blooms

With this in mind, we’re making summer the ‘Art of Calm Lunch‘ season, and inviting anyone who wants to experience raw food and learn more about it to a 3 course lunch here at Derwenthorpe (to the east of York). We aim to share a variety of dishes with our guests as well as recipes and other relevant information. The price of these lunches is £25 per person and can be arranged to suit, on a Saturday, Sunday or Tuesday throughout the summer months. As we believe food should be enjoyed without rushing, we will allow 2 hours for lunch from arrival to finish commencing at 12.30. There is more here about the food we prioritise, but also see below for our latest soup recipe (raw soup doesn’t have to be served cold!)

Soup Recipe
For this superbly tasty, nourishing soup, we’ve combined carrot with courgette, but as the first recipe on our recipe page indicates, there are other options which work very well, too. 
 
Courgette & Carrot SoupCourgette & Carrot Soup
Ingredients
1 Courgette
1 Medium Carrot
1 tsp Grated Ginger or Ginger Powder
1 tsp Miso Paste (or more if desired)
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Sesame Oil or Olive Oil
Approx ½ pint of hot (just boiled) Water
Method
Cut courgette and carrot into small chunks and add to blender. Add ginger, miso paste and lemon juice and then add the water. Blend for approx 90 seconds, then test the soup to check it is desired temperature and has properly blended. Continue to blend as required and add more water if necessary.
(Serves 2)
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Something new on the horizon …..
Occasionally we’re asked to recommend one of the two Calm classes, Mind Calm or Body Calm, when someone recognises that learning meditation may be relevant to them. The extent of the experience of stress, and consequently the extent of the relevance of meditation sometimes makes it challenging to recommend Body Calm over Mind Calm or vice versa as they each offer numerous powerful insights in addition to the easy to learn meditations. It makes sense, therefore to occasionally bring them together to form a ‘Calm Weekend‘, which we’re now making available for up to 3 participants, and including lunch for the full experience. 
The price to attend is £130 per person; this includes the optional 8 week follow-up.
The timings are: Saturday 10.00 – 5.00pm and Sunday 10.00 – 4.00pm.
If you have attended either Mind Calm or Body Calm with us before, we will adjust the price for you.
The first of these in our calendar is for June 25th & 26th, but as always, we are open to finding mutually convenient weekends to run these classes. 
 
And finally, the Art of Calm Detoxing for Healthy Weight Loss is still half price for anyone booking in May. We recognise that this is a significant undertaking and we are very happy to discuss it in more detail first (with no requirement to proceed if this is not for you / not right at this time). 
Annette
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Graham