Cardamom Tahini Granola

The mister and I are heading to Costa Rica. AGAIN, you might say? Yes, again. I have fallen in love with the country, the people and of course the weather. I would buy property there in a heart beat if it wasn’t so damn blasted expensive. I am offering a retreat this coming November at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort and will most likely make a visit once a year mandatory until I find another land that I love more. 

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This brings us to granola😊 Everytime we travel  we try to stay with AirBnb. The mister and I eat pretty special diets. Him being Celiac and both of us plantbased. We like to manage our food as much as we can and staying in a place with a kitchen REALLY makes our lives easier.  Our set up is to get a place, find food, and then make food ... but that can be expensive if you want all the comforts and option of being home. We love our superfoods and the last time we went to CR we spent a small fortune in the local organic market buying all of said staples and supplies. Well not this time. This time we are taking everything we need. Hemp seeds, chia seeds, granola, steel cut oats, cinnamon, sea salt and  even our homemade sourdough! 

The mister and I have talked about bringing our food on the plane with us for ages. Airlines TRY to accommodate the needs of their passengers and some go above and beyond (Air Singapore is amazing) but truth be told they just aren’t set up for allergies. The mister flew home from Hong Kong with next to nothing to eat. Our attendant on Air Canada took some snacks from first class to help but suffice to say, that was a long trek home. I have seen lots of insta accounts taking food on planes but it wasn’t until my friend @drtarasunshine posted her oats on route to Barbados that I was like OK, this is SO HAPPENING when we fly to CR! It is important to add here that while I made it thru security, I almost didn’t. If my jars had of been any more liquid he would have taken them away. It helps to SMILE and also, he wanted my recipe🤣

 Ok GRANOLA TIME... we took a huge bag with us cause there is nothing better than a sprinkle of this stuff on oats, toast or in a bowl with some banana and papaya!!  Homemade is always the way to go. I hope you enjoy this recipe and IF you make it, please let me know!

TAHINI CARDAMOM GRANOLA 

  • 3c gf Oats  
  • 1/2c desicated coconut
  • 1c raw almonds chopped
  • 1/2c raw walnuts chopped
  • 1/2c raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2c raw sunflower seeds
  • 1tsp cardamom
  • 1tsp true cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp sea salt
  • 1/2c raisins
  • 1/2c tahini
  • 1/3c maple syrup
  • 1/2c coconut oil
  • 1tsp vanilla

METHOD

Preheat oven to 325

Mix dry ingredients together. In a small pot add tahini, syrup, oil and vanilla. Stir until well incorporated.  Add to dry and mix. Spread out evenly on 1 -2 sheet pans (I love my Pampered Chef) and bake twice.. once for 15 minutes (remove from oven and give a gentle stir) and then a second for 15-18 min or until golden brown. 

 

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Tahini cardamom granola🥣🥣 

 Let cool completely in the pan and transfer to an airtight container like a mason jar.

Back to Life

Have you ever felt jet lag? Like real true blue no fucking around jet lag? I have. I’m still in it as a matter of fact but slowly the fog, the headaches and the nausea is fading away. It might sound severe and I’m sure it’s different for everyone but that is how it manifested for this lil yogi. We left beautiful Ubud last Saturday and it couldn’t have been a more beautiful morning. Woke up at 5, groggily gobbled overnight chia oats as I knew the day of travel was going to leave us two vegans tired and very hungry (more on that in a few). Picked up at 6 to arrive at the airport for 7:30. 

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This🙌🏼

First flight was reasonable from Bali to Hong Kong which takes approximately 5 hours. We had a bit of a delay (as you do😬) so I took advantage of it and practiced a little yoga. One thing I can say for sure is that I am over what people think when I am out in public.  I mean, if it comes down to people staring at me cause I'm stretching my body than really so be it.  I can't begin to describe how different I felt after flowing, practicing handstand and doing some planks.  My body felt energized and my mind felt clearer and calmer which is exactly the desired affect pre 15 hour flight.

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Handstands are ALWAYS a good idea!

Firstly let me say that I love to travel.. I mean I think that's pretty obvious but that doesn't mean I love ALL aspects of travelling.  Who does?  The line ups, the security, the long flights, and the deplorable airplane food is just some of the frustrations you might encounter but if you are a VEGAN who is also GLUTEN FREE (the mister is celiac and I am intolerant) than the latter problem of the food on airlines is just, well, infuriating; forcing you to squirrel away nuts and seeds, fruit and anything else you can get on an international flight.  Airlines will respect if you are a "strict vegetarian" and they will even respect if you eat gluten free but unfortunately they do not recognize the 2 together leaving the 2 of us shit out of luck.  I will give Air Canada's staff credit for "feeling bad" and at least trying, but once the tin air bus is up in the air there isn't anything that anyone can do... 15 hours and scant 6 hours of shite sleep later you  stumble off the plane, thank your lucky stars that you don't have to wait for baggage (carry on rules)and almost cry tears of joy when you see no line up at security (cause when the F does that happen????), you're both stamped and officially welcomed back to Canada by one of the nicest immigration officials ever and you're home free.  Only to get welcomed by freezing rain and -10 weather.  Yup, winter is in full affect.  My Bali soaked skin is nothing but a distant memory as the Canadian weather and the plane ride zaps all moisture from our bodies.  Dehydration is in full swing no matter how much water I drink.   Cranky, exhausted, hungry and cold we finally make it home.  My sneakers take in ALL of the slush post taxi ride but we made it HOME.  I open the door and there he is..the only reason i wanted to come home (That and family, teaching, friends....) SAM. 

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SAM

He makes strange for the first couple of days which breaks my heart but eventually he comes around.  He's a good boy.. I love him to bits but he's still a kitty and I feel terrible that we left so long not to mention I leave again in less than 2 months for another month.  He won't be pleased so please, mum's the word....

Thankfully I have a full day to integrate back but me being me I reply "I can" without missing a beat when a sub request comes thru next morning.  WTF was I thinking?  As my jet lag takes a hold of me I leave to teach in a fog beyond fogs but as soon as we get rolling I am so glad I said yes.  I needed to reintegrate myself into the rooms and what better way to do it.  I love teaching and once the words come I am actually grateful for the jet lag, it's forcing me to slow down and take my time.  Teaching this whole week back has felt more authentic in my body than ever before. Proving that taking this much needed time off was exactly what this lil yogi needed. 

It’s Raining Again

Good morning from Ubud. My initial plan today started off GREAT. I woke up around 6 and saw the sky was turning a beautiful clear blue and said YES!! Went back to bed for an hour and started planning the day. Our days here don’t differ too much from one another really. Starts with a meditation (truth be told not everyday but we try), lemon water, Bali coffee and a homemade breakfast of fresh fruit (omg the dragon fruit💕),

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DRAGONFRUIT👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼

and granola or oats or a variation of all the above.. Go to a yoga class at Intuitive Flow and then figure it out from there. We’ve been staying at Pondok Rama #3 or “The Divine Goddess Santuary” (aptly named on Air B&B) which is on a rice field just north of the hustle and bustle of Ubud. It has been lovely. The mister has been a true champion at getting us around on the scooter that was made available to us ($5/day) so it’s been great to get away from the madness. Allowing for real decompression... 

3 weeks on Bali is a good length of time. We’ve been in ubud for 9 days and still have 8 more sleeps to go. Reflecting on our trip we realized that putting Vietnam in for those 8 days at the beginning was probably not the best idea for us. I want to go back to Vietnam when a) the weather is better and b) when we have more time. I am however glad we did it. Anytime spent travelling is never a negative thing.. 

Getting back to today... blue sky didn’t last long. When we looked at coming to Asia I knew the weather was going to be questionable. I watched the weather patterns and decided that it was going to be FINE. And it has been FINE. I will return to  Toronto with a tan to prove I was indeed in a tropical climate but my god it hasn’t been easy. Rain upon rain it has done💦💦☔️☔️ I never knew it could rain so hard! I was in India during monsoon season and I still didn’t experience rain like this. I don’t want to sound like a petulant child so I’ll end with this..  if you don’t mind rain, come to Bali whenever you want, but if you want really nice weather, trust the patterns, and get thee to A dry place. 

oh hey look, the sun is coming out again!!🌦🌦🌦

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Trip with the Mister

Hello again everyone, 

I have been very absent over the past year and for the people that do read this blog I am very sorry about that. I have gone thru some massive changes over the past year and I’d very much like to share some of them... firstly, I have a mister. A wonderful man who loves me dearly (as I do him). We had a very rough start (understatement) with all the odds stacked against us but miraculously we are thriving with a very bright future ahead. Secondly, that said mister and I moved in together. Some naysayers thought it was awfully fast but when you know you know. I really wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out before we committed but I followed my heart and stayed the course and I am very happy I did. You see I have never wanted to get married before. For the people that have known me longest it was a big surprise to hear I had changed my tune. At 42 (now 43!) I had finally met the man I want to spend the rest of my life with so moving in and moving forward was exactly what we were going to do. Naysayers be damned. 

The last big shift was me retiring the restaurant industry. This is rather huge..-Back in 2015 I retired and went on sabbatical to become a yoga teacher. I did my first teacher training with the intention to not go back to managing restaurants. I wanted to be a yoga teacher but after returning to Toronto I realized very quickly that I HAD to go back. Teaching just wasn’t going to pay my bills.

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Fast forward 2 years..

Teaching a very full time schedule and working nights at the restaurant. It’s been exhausting. I always thought the term “burnout” was just something people said when they were tired but now I know it’s an actual thing. I felt like I was in a constant state of jet leg and once the mister and I moved in together he saw the schedule I was trying to maintain and offered me an “out”.  My dear wonderful generous mister offered me my out. So I took it. I gave my beloved restaurant of 7 years 4 months notice and started planning THIS... 

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The entrance to our homestay in Hanoi💛 

With an end in sight we started thinking about where we would go. It started with India, then Sri Lanka... both beautiful destinations which we will DEF get to (I was in southern India for a month in ‘15).  We couldn’t quite wrap our heads around where we would stay and for whatever reason bailed on the idea completely. Which brought me back to BALI. I was also in Bali in 2015 and had a bit of a love hate relationship but really had a calling to return. Travelling alone can be a major bummer when shit goes south and that’s what happened in the last week on that beautiful island. The mister had not been there however and had a keen interest in going. Soooo... 

Here we are in Asia☺️ We started 1 week ago today and have been to Hong Kong and now we’ve been in Hanoi for 4 days. We are in our own little homestay after two nights in hotel and are really laying roots. One thing we were not prepared for.. finding vegan and gluten-free options! We have been blessed to find a wonderful yoga studio and cafe OM STUDIO  who has been feeding us but other than that it’s been a real challenge (the mister is celiac) ... big reco is to get cards made with allergies and restrictions printed (we didn’t do that😑)... We have 5 more days here until we fly to BALI. Please stay tuned for more. I promise to not be so absent. 

Ps, sobriety fucking rocks. If I wasn’t sober NONE of the amazing things that are happening in my life would be happening. Period.  

If you aren’t already following me on Instagram please find me on all of the things @terianncarty

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👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼 So cute! 

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Om Studio.. formerly Zenith. Don’t let the outside scare you.. head inside and up the stairs. The ladies there are ahhhhhmazing🙏🏼 

Panama

So here I am in Panama. First all inclusive experience since 2004 and def the first one since getting sober. My sponsor is getting married and when asked the obvious answer was yes. Middle of January in Toronto isn't the friendliest of weather and I'd never been to Panama so, here I am. A couple of days before the trip I started to have doubts. I mean it's an all-inclusive so that means booze everywhere and lots of it. I started to feel trepidation around not knowing anyone but the bride and wether I was going to have proper food, no yoga... Blah, blah, blah. All fear based excuses to why I was obviously having doubts to this vacation. Well, day 1 is pretty much in the can and I can tell you I'm incredibly glad I said yes to this trip. The food is pretty limited and yes of course the booze flows like water and there's no yoga classes but hell I'm a bloody teacher so I can teach my own damn class☺️ Fact is it's been great. I have met some amazing women (and men) whom I know I will be friends with after this week. One woman in particular who amazingly enough doesn't even drink. How awesome is that? I will be leading us through a class on one of the most beautiful beaches I've been on. The sand is back, grey, white and everything mixed into one. The volcanic sand is just gorgeous. The ocean is stunning and the sun is exactly what this little yogi needs. I'm so glad I said yes. Saying yes to life is what makes life worth living. Having the courage to say yes even if you are nervous with the outcome. Life is too short to say no to amazing experiences. Life is just too damn short period. Say yes... 

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