Friday, 10 April 2015

Cultivating Silence & Baking Anzac Slice..

These days, life is loud. It's mostly a happy joyous toddler kind of loud, new words repeated over and over, block towers crashing, maracas shaking, ride on wheels scooting in and out of the kitchen. And then of course there are the other kind of loud. Protests to put shoes on, take clothes off, get into the bath, not get out of the bath and definitely not come inside from the garden.  So when it's quiet, for a few hours each day, I'm all about the silence.  

These days I revel in silence. I dance with it at every opportunity. I notice the bird song, the afternoon breeze, the tap dripping and our old house creaking.  I breath deeply and take it all in, enjoying each moment of the quiet, the total still.

And it's not only the noise of the days activity that's loud, but also the online noise. I'm beginning to realise that some days the noise of soical media is just too much. Just when I feel like I'm up to date and on top of things, there's always more to catch up on.  So today I'm cultivating silence. I'm letting go of the social media to do's, I've deleted Facebook from my phone and I'll endeavour to only look at Instagram occasionally.  Small steps and far from a social media detox, but a little way to finding that inner calm, space for my mind to clear and my soul to expand. 

In one of my quiet moments this week, I baked an Anzac slice.  It's a twist on the classic Anzac biscuit and I have to thank my lovely friend Shell for the original recipe (which I've adapted) and for her genius idea to throw the mix in a slice tin, instead of having to roll out each little biscuit.  Big points on time saving.  It's now my go to slice for a lovely morning tea treat and works so well because you can customise all you like and make it your own.

Anzac Slice

1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of  desiccated coconut  
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of bi-carb soda
2 tablespoons of boiling water 
125g of butter
1 tablespoon of golden syrup or good local honey
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 tablespoon of linseed
a sprinkle of mixed spice (optional but I added it this week because I was having hot cross bun withdrawals)
(you could also add nuts, more seeds or a handful of white chocolate buttons)

Preheat oven to 170 degrees and line a slice tin. 
Combine oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl. 
Melt butter and syrup in a saucepan on a low heat. 
Mix bi-carb soda and water then add to the butter and syrup.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine.
Then add in the chia, linseed, mixed spice and anything else you fancy. 
Mix well and then press the mixture gently into the lined tin.
Bake for 20-25 mins, but keep an eye on it as it can dry out easily.
Allow to cool and then enjoy with your favourite pot of tea. 

Note: You could make this dairy free by using coconut oil, but the oil will more melt easily and may not hold the slice together as well. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, perhaps, even with a little silence cultivation thrown in!
Much Love & Light
xxx

9 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of silence as well, always have been. With three boys in the house it's hard to find a lot of the time, but if I don't get at least a little peace and quiet I get quite fraught. Wishing you a soothing weekend. CJ xx

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  2. Yum! Thanks for sharing that recipe! My Aunty has always made hers into a slice which I love! And I love those silent moments, so few but so appreciated! Xx

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  3. I don't have any children but I am a huge fan of silence!! I think it must come from growing up in a big family, where the house was so rarely quiet. I also live in a very noisy city so coming home each day, I resist the temptation to put on music and just soak in the silence.

    Anzac slice is actually a beloved snack here - they call it "flapjack"! I'm tempted to make some this weekend after seeing this :) Wishing you a happy weekend, filled with some precious silent moments xx

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  4. I think it's all about small steps right now! I was wondering what Anzac was, I was thinking it might be some kind of flapjack! looks nice. X

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  5. I have done the same thing for an hour or so today - a headache and a busy few days got on top of me and I feel so much better for having switched off completely. Recipe looks delicious too! x

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  6. I giggled at your description of the day it's pretty much the same here the noise though when crashing and banging is times three. So yes indeed I adore silent moments.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I will be trying it for sure. I love silence, it seems to be harder to find these days. x

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  8. I made this yesterday for a girlfriend unpacking boxes in her much anticipated new home. It was yummo and just what we needed (despite the fact I had undercooked it!). thanks!

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  9. I like the sound of this recipe! It reminds me a little bit of flapjacks.

    I know what you mean about social media silence. I've grown weary of all the hand-wringing I seem to see in my feed about social issues - don't get me wrong, they are so (so) important, but I have to wonder what effect it's really having. I feel like it's just making me sad as opposed to actually doing anything about said issue. There's a reason I don't actually watch the nightly news anymore - I find it so down-heartening and FB is heading very much in the same direction for me.

    That's not to say I don't keep up with current events, I just do it on my terms, which is easy now with online news. I tend to now just check notifications on FB and post my own stuff and that's about it, really. I used to spend ages scrolling through my newsfeed but I don't do that anymore. I'm still fairly addicted to IG though!

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