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Miele steam oven butternut rissoto

I was invited to watch a cookery demonstration at the Miele showroom in London by the lovely TV chef Silvana Franco. Silvana was using the steam oven and prepared a number of dishes that were suitable for children (and weaning babies).

The beauty of the steam oven is that you keep much more of the nutrients in the food. The other thing that surprised me was that there seems to be no transference of tastes in the foods cooked together in the steamer, so you can cook your main meal and dessert at the same time, cutting down on time spent in the kitchen. Always a winner for me!

Here is a recipe for butternut risotto. Steamed risotto is so simple to make. Simply put all the ingredients together, cover and then steam. Remember that children under the age of 5 need more fat in their diets than adults, so don't worry about using butter and cheese. The guide below is for cooking in a steam oven, but you can adjust the timing for a regular oven.

Butternut risotto recipe (Serves 4 young child…

Quote of the day ...

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pose of the day

Tittibhasana A, originally uploaded by yogamama.co.uk. Tittibhasana A or Firefly

Quote of the day ...

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pose of the day

Vrishchikasana Scorpion pose, originally uploaded by yogamama.co.uk. Vrishchikasana, Scorpion pose

Eat Pray Love: a quest for change and happiness

Eat Pray Love is a film about a woman's quest to travel and heal herself after a messy divorce.

The film is beautifully shot and Julia Roberts does a pretty good job of displaying the emotional pain of the character Liz Gilbert. She gives up her life as a successful writer in New York and sets off on her travels to Rome, India and Bali in an attempt to change her life.

Liz Gilbert took a risk and took herself way out of her comfort zone, she explored not only different cultures and countries, but also took a look at herself on a deeper level

I too have travelled a lot in my life I have stayed on retreats in India, hugged trees in Greece, practised headstands in the Sahara… Yes, travel has been amazing, and some of the people I have met on these journeys have had a big impact on my life.

My inner journey started off more than 20 years ago in Australia, where I had a respiratory arrest after suffering an acute asthma attack. I stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated. Three months l…

Eat Pray Love

Last night I attended a screening of the film Eat Pray Love, which will be released later this month. The film is an adaptation of the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, a successful writer (played by Julia Roberts), and her struggle to find what she really wants in life. She embarks on a journey around the world that takes her to far-flung and exotic destinations such as Rome (Eat), India (Pray) and Bali (Love) and which turns into a quest for self-discovery.
I had read the book previously and was not massively overwhelmed by it, but I was eager to see how it would be translated to the big screen in true Hollywood style. After watching the film, myself and a group of other bloggers were invited to discuss the film. It was interesting to hear other people's views of what is essentially one person's personal journey.
I don't want to spoil the plot, so I will leave it you to go and see the film and come to your own conclusions. The film will hit UK cinemas on the 24th of September…