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    In an attempt to be a bit more positive, I've been thinking about things I like.

    I commented on Mianevem's food pictures that I thought that bulgur wheat might be the best thing in the world, and since then I've thought of some more foods that might be, and they are:

    Capers, carroway seeds, wild garlic leaves, Laoganma Crispy Chilli in Oil, mung bean curry, green tea, sprouted chick peas, sprouted lentils, short-grain Japanese brown rice, oranges, pineapple, ginger.

    So those are all nice.

    And I've been listening to this a lot this week and loved it.



    Not much exercising going on, but I did do a 10-minute meditate in the sun the other day. That was good.

    On we go!

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        Hang in there

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          Aw, Mamatigerj, Gandhalfit - thank you so much!

          Doing OK. Up and down. Not quite there. . .

          It's also gone freezing cold here - we had snow and hale yesterday - as it has in so many other places.

          Not much happening, but I did this:



          Which was very nice. I like this channel, he's very fun and upbeat.

          And today, a friend bought round a parsnip, lime, and coconut cake that I have to tell you is amazing!

          But, please mourn for our washing machine, which has passed away!

          Oh well.

          On we go. x

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            Poor washing machine, after years of service (I hope not thankless! ) taking care of your clothes and linens, keeping you in clean shirts and trousers and other things a Lady may not mention.. I hope it gets a firt class burial!
            More seriously, hope you can replace it fast and smoothly ! (and affordably)

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              just keep swimming (as the tune in finding Nemo), you'll get there!

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                Parsnips in cake??? I'm glad you enjoyed it but that sounds like a very strange combination! Though saying that, I've made a gluten-free orange and lemon cake that contained mashed potato as an ingredient to counter the dryness that gluten-free cakes can sometimes have and that was delicious. Did the parsnip have a similar function or was it something you could taste? Hugs for the addiction stuff

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                  Thank you PSW, MamaT, and Zastria!

                  The parsnip case was really great, and, yes, I think it's doing that sort of thing - though this cake wasn't gluten free as far as I know.

                  Parsnips are pretty sweet but also quite strongly flavoured and you could slightly taste them in this cake - I wonder if the lime and coconut recipe is used to make sure the cake has a good strong flavour to avoid it becoming a "parsnip" cake?

                  A local coffee shop does (or did before COVID, I hope they can open up again!) a lovely beetroot and chocolate cake, my mum made loads of carrot cakes, and I made a courgette/zucchini cake with a recipe from Rainbow Dragon a couple of years ago - I feel like they're all a bit more neutral than parsnip in flavour so can support less strongly flavoured cakes?

                  Nothing yesterday.

                  But we continue on!

                  Take care lovely bees!

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                    I was thinking that parsnip cake cake was probably quite similar to carrot cake.

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                      Originally posted by Mamatigerj View Post
                      I was thinking that parsnip cake cake was probably quite similar to carrot cake.
                      That’s what I though too; parsnips are SWEET!

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                        Sorry about your washing machine. That cake sounds interesting.

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                          Thank you, MamaT, Dorothy and Gandhalfit!

                          Perhaps I should have said that a washing machine repair man came round - with a mask on - and has sadly confirmed that the washing machine is beyond saving!

                          Fs in chat for the washing machine.

                          We are shopping online for one this evening!

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                            Just an Eight Brocades last night. You could spend the rest of the year watching Eight Brocades on YouTube there must be thousands of them, and I guess some different styles. I did one from Chicago Tai Chi last night that felt like it was aimed at older people or people in recovery from some sort of illness - very gentle, lots of concern about balance - and enjoyed it. This one had no emphasis or instruction around breathing with the movements, though there was a brief meditation at the start and finish. I enjoyed it though and would like to learn the sequence off by heart.

                            So I will!

                            Otherwise still rather stuck.

                            We bought a washing machine online this morning. I've walked every day. The weather remains odd. The cricket season has just started. All good things!

                            Take care lovely bees. x

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                              Interesting that you could taste the parsnip but not strongly. Lime is delicious in cake, though my favourite of chocolate and lime is probably (definitely) a lot less healthy.

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                                Thank you, Zastria!

                                I think I need a reset. So I will have a think today, possibly about starting a new programme, maybe restarting pandora... or something... because it's not going so great at the moment. Getting hips issues from sitting too much and I just can't force myself out of bed and into my running shoes.

                                I still have a lot to be happy and grateful about - including this website - but remain a bit bored and puzzled about the Endless Cycle. (Perhaps this is just life?) Leeds are doing very well, and that's been a joy.

                                Anyway, a cheery tune for you all!

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