Posts in Gluten-free
Almond, Maca, + Chickpea Flour Granola

I am the kind of person who likes to make lists and check things off. I get immense satisfaction from organizing my days and adding up the little accomplishments. While this has served me well in terms of getting things done, staying on top of the small daily tasks and being someone who doesn’t forget deadlines, it also has worked against me in terms of adopting more of a yoga mindset into my life. 

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Broccoli Chickpea Soup with Turmeric + Tahini

Back in the days of high school and homework, due dates and deadlines were something to be avoided at all costs. We wished they didn’t exist and were constantly trying to push them just a little farther away in hopes that maybe they would disappear. Did anyone else feel like that in middle school, high school, maybe even in University?

The funny thing is, now I am the exact opposite. Due dates are something I self-impose and have a hard time functioning without.

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Lemon Chia Baked Donuts with Sticky Lemon Glaze (gluten-free) + The First Steps of a Creative Process

The most difficult part of any creative process is often the very beginning. Taking that first, tentative, unsure step towards making something from what was previously nothing. As a choreographer, how to start is something it seems that I have to relearn with every new project. Beginning this performance that I am currently in the middle of rehearsing has been no exception. 

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Lemony Garlic Herb White Bean Dip + A Pretty Simple Cooking Dinner Party

I always enjoy reading stories of why people began to cook. Why they fell in love with the act of blending ingredients together, sprinkling spices, mixing brownie batter and that glorious moment when you pull a perfectly puffed pan of muffins out of the oven. I feel like it can reveal an intimate slice of the trajectory of a person’s growth. 

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Dark Chocolate + Orange Blossom Date Caramels
“So there’s attention, creation, love and dessert.” -Anne Lamott

Do you ever catch yourself getting tunnel vision? That palpable sense that everything is getting smaller and tighter around you? It may sound a bit dramatic, but lately I feel this happening with all of the things I am juggling every day. Classes, rehearsals, writing weekly, travel plans coming up and then of course the daily little details of meetings, meals, responding to emails and keeping the house fairly tidy. They pile up until they are all you can see and think about and they completely block the view of the bigger picture. I think it is normal that our focus hones in and out in cycles, but I know that when I find myself honing in a little bit too much, it’s time to readjust. 

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Bissara | Moroccan Split Pea + Fava Bean Soup

There is some strange relationship between me and the taxis in Tangier. It is rare that I have a normal, uneventful ride- usually there is some happening or detail about it that is worthy of a humorous retelling. At least half of my Morocco-related stories start with the phrase, “so I was in a taxi the other day…”

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Chocolate + Walnut Thumbprint Ghriba

It is a common cliché to have a chat about the weather when you have nothing else to talk about. However, I would like to preface the following weather-related chat by saying that in Tangier, each season brings a weird beast of its own and winter is most definitely something to be talked about. 

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Warm White Bean + Eggplant Salad w/ Roasted Garlic + Oregano Vinaigrette

I was listening to an On Being interview the other day with Ellen Langer, a social psychologist who studies mindfulness in its simplest form. She was talking about the mindful practice of language and how changing just one word in your inner dialogue can have a massive effect on your subconscious and overall being. For example, we react completely differently to situations whether the activity we are doing is labeled “work” or “play,” even if it is the same activity. As Langer said, “you change a word or two, here or there, and you get vastly different effects.”

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Super Cozy Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Stew

This coming week is slightly daunting, to say the least. I have 5 yoga classes to teach, 4 contemporary dance, 3 barre classes, and 2 substitute ballet gigs for kids. It’s a whirlwind of class planning, choreography, creating perfectly timed playlists and above all, trying to keep myself solidly grounded during the 6-day storm. At the conservatory where I teach, this marks the first week of classes for the school year, so the pressure is stronger than usual to draw in new students and keep things high energy and interesting.

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