Notes from A Coastal Cafe
This week at The Meadow, we are in the midst of repairs at the cafe, with new floors and redecoration underway. We're aiming to reopen in a couple of weeks... dates to be confirmed.
My daily Ritual: Morning mediation
With the repairs that are happening at the cafe, my work life feels a little upside down. I've found my head can be quite buzzy some of the time and I wake in the middle of the night wondering whether the freezers are still plugged in and where the pot of blue paint might have been put (among many other things!). Having a few weeks away from the cafe with family in January, I realised that I wasn't breathing deeply and often jumping around between thoughts and actions. I've looked at my day and negotiated some morning 'me time' with Nick, so most days I have a few baby-free moments to set myself up for the day. In this time, I workout or do my yoga practice. Writing in a journal has also helped to get thoughts out of my head and a short meditation aims to create a little headspace before the day begins.
Alongside that, I'm trying to remove myself from my desk more regularly to enjoy some winter sunshine on the beach when it appears.
Food notes: Turmeric, rose & pistachio porridge
At home, I'm making turmeric porridge most days, often with toasted pistachios and rose petals. It's so simple and offers a beautiful bowl of goodness, which is much needed in West Wales mid-winter!
Add half a cup of oats and a half a teaspoon of turmeric (or our turmeric blend) per person to a saucepan. Add a handful of raisins, dried cranberries or frozen berries too if you fancy.
Add your choice of milk/ water (about a cup per person).
Heat until piping hot.
Meanwhile, toast pistachios (or other nuts and seeds) in a frying pan. Once your porridge is in bowls, sprinkle with the toasted nuts, rose petals and add maple syrup to taste.
St Davids News
As is always the case on the coast in winter, while the streets are quiet, there is a whir of activity going on behind the doors of most businesses, whether it's repairs or planning for the year ahead. We're getting a couple of new neighbours on the High Street too with Joules next door and Really Wild two doors away who will be offering foraged food from their bistro and retailing the soaps that they make on site. It's the Ras Dewi Sant marathons and 10k races too on 29th February for anyone looking for a little blast of the coast this month.
Catch up soon,