Recently I’ve been craving coffee, delicious dark bitter sweet coffee. I thought it was because I was busy with a list of jobs as long as my arm and I needed a little shot of energy. But when I looked a little deeper I realised it wasn’t to sustain my energy it was to sustain my adrenaline high. The buzz of being busy had me hooked. I was fixated on getting things done, rather than enjoying the flow and seeing the magic in process. All very ironic when you consider what I was working on was organising and planning a retreat for the Bladder and Kidney. The Kidney Bladder Meridians are linked to the water element and are all about flow. The bladder meridian runs the length of our spine all the way down the back of the leg, finishing right at the end of the little toe and is responsible for our will power. The kidney with its links to the adrenals often aids the will and provides us with the physical chemicals to push on through. The season of these organs is winter, to balance all that action we need to deeply rest, restore and replenish.

So one of sections of the weekend (apart from cookery lessons, yoga, meditation and shiatsu) is to be how to live life, take action and get things done from a place of support for the Bladder and Kidney organs rather than constant calling on their energy to produce results. In Chinese Medicine terms, the action (Yang) should come from stillness (Yin). To do that takes a confidence, a belief that everything will turn out just perfectly and to be honest in my preparation for the weekend I wasn’t that confident that publicity would manifest, people would come and the weekend would happen so I went into overdrive to try and make sure that it did. Finally I realised what I was doing to prepare for the weekend was the antithesis of what the weekend was about. Now I have settled into the flow of the event, that may or may not happen, already I have learnt new recipes, researched functioning of the brain and practised more mindfulness. I’m still drinking coffee but because it is delicious not for the adrenaline kick. To calm and nourish my kidneys that have become overwrought through work and stimulants like coffee, I have increased my oat intake. The universe has supported me in this by providing me with a 24 kg bag of oats that is almost as big as me at a reduced to clear, bargain price of €11 :). I’m eating oats everyday in many ways – here’s one of my favourites from Heidi Swanson’s “Super Natural Everyday”

Butter a baking dish approximately 25cm x 25 cm and cut the bananas to coat the base, cover these with half the mixed berries and on top of this sprinkle the dry ingredients which have already been mixed together. Melt the butter and beat it together with the maple syrup, milk egg and vanilla extract. Shower the remaining berries on the top of the oat mix and gently pour the wet mix over all the ingredients. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 for 35-45 mins. Its like breakfast and dessert all in one.

  • rolled oats 200g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon 1.5 tsp
  • fine salt 0.5
  • maple syrup 60 ml
  • milk 475 ml
  • egg 1
  • butter 60
  • vanilla extract 2 tsp
  • banana 2
  • mixed berries 200 g

Oh and there are still place available for the Bladder Kidney weekend in January. Press Cooking Courses on the drop down menu on the home page for more information. ?