I’m in the Czech Republic now for a while, yesterday evening I had a beautiful walk through the forest and by a lake, I saw a deer and a hare, and fish jumping in the lake. I’m staying in a little village near Hluboká nad Vltavou which is not far from České Budějovice.
I’m in Berlin for a little while, yesterday I went to explore the city and see what is left of the wall, a section about 1.6km long which is now covered with artwork, some of which is really beautiful with inspiring messages.
Berlin is a very green city, parks everywhere, even a small forest (Plänterwald) along the Spree river.
Not been posting here much, so I’m here with an update on everything! Been working on the land a lot, looking after the trees and bushes we’ve planted and growing some veg. You can see where we live now as I’ve uploaded some photos of our land and of the area we live to our new website. Here’s a sample:
The Funky Raw magazine is now sold in more shops across the UK. I’m looking for more people to write about what they are passionate about. While the focus of the magazine is raw food and healthy eating, there are a wide range other subjects to be covered from permaculture and wild food to nature and spirituality. Get in touch if you have a topic you would like to write about. Raw recipes also needed. You can read more about helping out with the magazine.
I also want to tell you about some of the special offers we have over at Funky Raw. Today is the last day to get the Purple Balance raw snack bars I reviewed a little while ago with 14% off. And we have many new offers which run until the end of July: Lots of magazine back issues at £1.99 each, 6% off 1kg chia seeds, 10% off 1kg maca powder and 15% off 500g chlorella powder – see all the specials here.
And finally, do you make your own sauerkraut? According to this article, you probably should. The article says “this means one 16 ounce of sauerkraut is equal to 8 bottles of probiotics.” And most of us need more probiotic beneficial bacteria in our diets.
We spent almost 3 months in Greece, from mid Jan to mid April, mostly on the mainland, although we did go to one island, Evia. The most surprising thing was the weather, it was a lot colder than I was expecting! Although we did have some really beautiful weather too.
This was our route (only approximately, you can only have a limited number of points on Google Maps):
We got the ferry from Bari in Italy to Igoumenitsa and then fairly quickly travelled down to the Peloponnese, assuming it would be a little warmer there, although it wasn’t much different. We stayed on a campsite in Gythio for a month over the worst of the winter, the campsite has a large shared room with heating where we could spend our time when it was too cold and wet!
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Hope you like them, please feel free to leave your comments or questions below.
I got a little behind with travel updates – for now I’ve skipped forward to Croatia, which was November – December last year. Croatia is a really beautiful country, and the local food from the markets was of amazing quality.
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After a short break in London, we’re back on the road. We’re heading to Croatia, but had a little detour to Slovenia. It’s a beautiful country, loads of forest and wild nature. On Saturday we went to Ljubljana, the capital and found an amazing market. Loads of organic veg stalls, plus we got organic raw milk, raw butter, raw sour cream and raw cheese.
I love cheesecake, and it is actually very easy to make raw cheesecake, assuming you can get some good raw cheese to start with. We got some soft plain curd cheese, it needs to be fairly plain to make into cheesecake.
I didn’t measure the ingredients, but I think this is a recipe where it is hard to go wrong.
For the base, you want an approximately equal amount of nuts and dried fruit, you can use various combinations of fruits and nuts. I soaked the apricots for a couple of hours so they would process easier, but you don’t want them too wet otherwise the base will be soggy. Put all the ingredients in a food processor until it forms a sticky ball. If you need more liquid you can either add a little lemon juice or water. As you may know, I don’t generally eat dehydrated food as I find it hard to digest, so this base was soft and sticky, but you could probably dehydrate this is you want a more traditional cheesecake.
For the topping, just mix all the ingredients together. The more lucuma you add, the thicker the mixture will become. And of course, the more honey, the sweeter. (The cheese I used was very soft so I only needed to mix it with a spoon, with a firmer cheese you may need to blend.)
I’m sure there are many variations you can make instead of lemon.
The nature here in central Portugal is amazing. You can hear birds signing and other animal sounds all the time. Yesterday, I saw this, I’m not sure what it is, sort of half butterfly, half something else! It sat there for ages while I took some close up photos. If anyone does know what it is, please let me know in the comments.
Some beautiful scenery in this part of the world. This is the final part of this section of our trip, from Bagneres de Bigorre we drove through the Pyrenees into Spain, across to the Spanish and then French Basque Country then along the Spanish coast to Santander where we took the 24 hour ferry to Portsmouth – we then spent a month in the UK, mostly in London.
This was a beautiful part of France. Châteaux, mountains, hot springs, French markets and lots more, from 17th August to 5th September 2010. Click to enlarge the map or photos.
Today we went to Gibraltar – I’d heard that the Upper Rock Nature Reserve is the only place to have monkeys in the wild, specifically Barbary Macaques. I wasn’t really expecting to see them, but there were loads of them! At one point, I was walking along, happily eating an apple when one of the monkeys came up to me, climbed up my leg and grabbed my apple. Unfortunately this all happened too quickly to get on camera, but I did manage to take the following pics of the monkey eating the stolen apple: