so seemingly small,
to the whole universe
as tiny whispers
like the sounds
of butterfly wings,
and the clear voice
of the living truth.
Enjoy these nutritious almond burger patties just as they are with a little tamari drizzled on top. Or serve with a chunky salsa (recipe below) that's almost like a salad. We also like to layer the burgers onto our favorite buckwheat bread, and pile high all the fun toppings.
Ingredients: Makes 12 small, or 6 large burgers
1 cup whole, dry, almonds (soaking 6-8 hours optional)
1/2 cup carrots, scrubbed and grated
4 tablespoons leeks, sliced
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons Spectrum walnut oil
2 tablespoons pure water
1 tablespoon South River Azuki Bean Miso, or your favorite
1/2 teaspoon galangal powder (all spices from Mountain Rose Herbs)
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper, for spicy heat
2 lettuce leaves
Stoneground mustard, or your favorite, optional
Grind almonds in blender until powdery. Transfer to food processor.
Add carrots, leeks, parsley, oil, water, miso, and spices. Pulse until well mixed.
Take a few tablespoons at a time and roll between palms to make balls.
Place on Teflex deydrator sheet.
Press balls with a fork.
Dehydrate for 3-4 hours, turning over after two hours.
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
4 tablespoons sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons cucumber, peeled, and finely chopped
4 tablespoons celery, finely chopped
1 small Bubbies pickle, finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, pressed, optional
Rinse all veggies under cool running water. Pat dry and chop. Place in bowl, squeeze garlic through a press, adding to veggies, and mix.
Assemble burgers with a base layer of bread, with a little optional mustard spread on top. Add a layer of lettuce, the almond patty, and then the topping.
The Little Story: Resonance and Sea Turtles!
We returned this week after a five day visit to glorious Hawaii. Dad and Sharon had gifted us this trip so that we could all be together, along with our cousin Courtney, and her delightful little one year old daughter, Trinity. The time was filled with great talks, laughter, having fun with Trinity, a steady stream of food, twice daily swims in the warm ocean, and sea turtles.
Two nights before we embarked on our vacation, Sea Turtle came to me in a dream vision. (This photo from istockphoto.com comes close to the feeling.) The turtle was evocative, and moved with utter fluidity and grace. It was definitely making an inner connection with me, much like a "calling". Needless to say, I was eager to see "Honu", the name the Hawaiian people have given to this revered sea creature.
We swam in the heavenly turquoise blue waters with the sun and sky that reflected upon the surface, creating endless patterns of swirling colors. Unfortunately the camera had been left at home, so I couldn't capture the water.
For four of our five days Rex and I were blessed to swim with the sea turtles. They came close to us, but kept a safe distance of 10-15 feet, perhaps due to the fact that man is one of their predators. I wanted so much to touch one. On more than one occasion we made direct eye contact. We became attuned to the change in energy that alerted us to the turtle's proximity—there was a resonance, an elevation in our consciousness (much like when the local pods of orcas are here in the San Juans) a minute or two before sightings occurred—a timeless and expansive feeling. Within a minute after this shift, a head, or a flipper, would break the surface. Then I would move my awareness into intuitive listening, and messages were transmitted to me about the ocean (both physical and the greater spiritual ocean), messages that I needed to hear, ones that reached deep into my heart.
On the fourth day both times we swam there were no turtles. I thought maybe I'd been taught all that I needed to know from them, and I was okay with that. On the fifth day, no turtles came during our morning swim. But just as we had gotten out of the water, I happened to look back toward the sea, and Honu popped up. I rushed back in, filled with excitement, swimming as fast as I could to where I'd seen her, and began singing Honu.
Suddenly, there was her sweet, ancient head, and she looked at me—and she was closer than she'd ever been. After three sightings, I was getting quite tired, and needed to go ashore. I felt she sensed that, because she disappeared and never came back to the surface. My heart was so full. I laughed with sheer joy each of the three times she appeared that last day of our trip. The messages she brought were to love life, to play, and to savor each moment.
We had more kinds of savoring through good wholesome eats from the Veggie Star cafe in Honolulu, rated a #1 sandwich store in Travel & Leisure magazine, just blocks from where we were staying. The Veggie Star and its sister cafe, Ruffage, had great veggie/vegan food, which kept us filled with yummy smoothies, soups, and super fresh salads. If you go to Honolulu and visit the Veggie Star, be sure to tell Joseph (who made our food), that you found out about the cafe through The Healing Feast. He had a laptop, and we showed him our website, and we told him we'd spotlight the cafe in this week's Healing Feast.
Once again I learned that love travels across galaxies, through ancient waters, through people, the food we eat, through sea turtles, and more. When Rex and I look for these resonances and make finding them a priority—an art form—our lives become greatly enriched. That which we are seeking comes to us, yet so often in a surprising and unexpected way. Blessings be with you in your personal quest for the most nurturing of all food, love.