The elusive rule book.

rule book

Rule book.

The rule book is detailed, for every aspect of your being, but nobody can show you, it’s for reciting not for seeing.

Humans are strange creatures, we all want to live a very long life, but nobody looks forward to ageing, it’s a crime to not look 10 years younger or to go grey gets people raging.

Each silver strand makes up a glittering crown – from my grandmother, a hand me down. Her silky waves ran through my fingers, each time I brush my own hair, that memory lingers.  Invisibility is a word we hear often, but invisible to who? We are mostly invisible to ourselves, you are invisible to you.

Corporations spend millions of dollars telling us that we shouldn’t look our age, no longer in the limelight, you will be better off backstage. Anti ageing propaganda with how to look younger tips, chemically tweaked faces, laminated eyebrows, botox, fillers boosted lips. Ageing is a swear word, being youthful is the goal, more surgery with plastic, nobody cares about your soul. Take this pill, buy this book or sign up to this course, apply this cream at bed time and use your GuaSha stone with force. I’m getting older, and a lot more wise, I’ve seen though all of those marketing lies. We buy in to the hype, and their wallets fill, I know now there’s no magical pill. Brainwashed from an early age that ageing is bad, I’m no longer fighting, I’m no longer sad.

We cannot compare to those glossy magazine covers, photoshop has banished wrinkles from the faces of others. It’s all our fault, or so it seems, so they can sell lotions potions, creams and false dreams. Your skirt is too short, your hair is too long, part your hair in the middle, to the side is so wrong. Suck in your belly, put on your control briefs. Lift up your boobs, put blush higher on your cheeks.

The 50+ demographic has money and time, but companies don’t want to show anyone who’s ageing authentically, with a face like mine. Don’t waste time worrying about ageing, not even one minute, you will find freedom and more time to enjoy life without a self imposed limit.

Getting back in shape isn’t as difficult as it seems, less chocolate and junk food, more veggies especially greens. I just need to move a little more and eat a little less, to keep myself trim and fit into my little black dress.

I see beauty in those wrinkles, the memories deeply etched in the laughter lines around my face, because thank goodness, only happiness not sadness only leaves a trace. We have laughter and good times, the sad and the bad,  but counting all my many wrinkles I know that I’ve had, a life well lived with many happy days, and I’m so very blessed to still be growing in many different ways.

More wrinkles please.

Fishless fingers & crispy kale, a budget friendly meal idea.

fishless fingers

Today I’m cooking my favourite fishless fingers and crispy kale, so I thought you may like to follow along. It took my husband a very long time to even try tofu as ‘everyone knows it tastes like sh*t’ he said. I’m inclined to agree that restaurants have no idea how or the slightest motivation to produce tasty tofu dishes. When I visited Taiwan about 15 years ago, I realised what I’d been missing out on. Each day the locals would cycle to collect their fresh tofu and soya milk. It was simply delicious and that’s why I make my own milk at home to enjoy this protein packed plant milk without all the additives and preservatives.

Fishless fingers or meatless Schnitzel, tofu works well.

Tofu tastes of absolutely nothing, a lot like chicken. It will take on the flavour of any spices added to it which makes it a very versatile ingredient. The beans are cheap and if you subscribe to my channel you will be able to see all the amazing ways to use this cheeky little bean.

Tofu is a great option for budget friendly, vegan family meals.

I get lots of comments from people telling me that vegan food is expensive, and this always puzzles me. The block of tofu I’m using in this meal is just over $2/€2, which I think is cheap as a protein source for a family meal. I served it with crispy kale, steamed broccoli, stir fried veg (carrots, green beans, onion and sweet red pepper). I could talk about tofu all day, stay tuned for more recipes and chitchat.

If you liked my easy fishless fingers you can browse my other recipes by clicking here, or head on over to my YouTube channel by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by, have a beautiful day. #tofurecipes #veganfood #veganrecipes