Simple, real food will nurture us.
Community will heal us.
This past weekend I attended the residence of Mercado Sagrado in Big Sur to support one of my dearest friends as a maker at the event. I call her my sister.
The consciousness and awareness was on a different level. Being surrounded by healers, artists, and like minded souls wasn’t just a neat experience … it was healing.
One woman, Adrianna, came up to my friend and myself, introduced herself and asked our names. She didn’t hear my friend’s name the first go around, mistaking her name for Leslie; her mother’s name. She shrugged and said her mom would be around that day … we received a clear sign she was.
To simply be surrounded by a high level of consciousness, while your own self is open, is an incredibly healing experience. And its walking through experiences like this that expands yourself to see your life in new ways; seeing the trees brighter and more beautiful. Feeling the gratitude stronger. Life becomes more magic and less heavy.
There weren’t many people at the event, but the amount of people made no difference in the healing I received from being open and around this group. A community. Connected to and in nature.
Its another form of this that I am cultivating with the women’s solstice dinners. To connect to simple + local plant based food, to be healed by our collective energy, and to step into the next level of consciousness. Its much more than a dinner. Its a healing opportunity. Its work that, if you are called to do it, is life shifting.
On Saturday, June 22nd, I am holding my third solstice dinner at Happy Girl Kitchen in Pacific Grove. The theme of the evening we will be working with is letting go + becoming free. To nourish your inner child and give yourself the permission to let go of control and let your hair down. In other words, where do we need to release our tight grasp on life, trust, and allow ourselves to have fun? To step into the carefree + childlike energy of summer.
Among connecting and meeting the other women, we will experience the ritual of a women’s circle, enjoy a lovely dinner (see menu below), and receive many recipes from the menu so you can continue to cook with more plants at home. We will also be carving out time for reflection and ritual to celebrate the solstice, its energy, and set forth our intentions for a wonderful season ahead.
The healing food that will be served at the dinner on June 22nd is the following:
kombucha margarita mocktails
pineapple salsa + siete tortilla chips
farmers market crudité
vegan jalapeno poppers
Plant based taco bar
walnut ground ‘beef’
cabbage lettuce cups
cashew nacho sauce
farmers market veggies
organic herbed beans + rice
clvr blends adaptogenic chai tea
spiced chocolate torte
(menu subject to slight changes)
And if you can’t make it, the following is a recipe you can try at home. Maybe you even want to celebrate the solstice in your own way, in your own town. For more information and to sign up for the Summer Solstice Women’s Dinner + Intention Setting Workshop, please click here. I hope you enjoy this recipe and wish you a lovely start to this beautiful season ahead of us.
Cashew Nacho Sauce
3/4 cups cashews, covered in water + soaked for at least 1 hour
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 shallot, chopped
1 small jalapeño, de-seeded + chopped
juice of 2 limes
1/2 clove garlic
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 heaping tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
In a small skillet, toast the cumin seeds on medium high until fragrant, or about 1 minute. Set aside.
Heat oil in the same pan over medium and sauté the shallot until soft and translucent.
Place the cumin seeds, sautéed shallots, and all of the other ingredients in a high speed blender. Add 1 1/4 cups of water and blend on high. Add more water, a tablespoon at a time, if needed. Note: the sauce will thicken as it sits.