It is DAY 30 of "Gluten Free Vegan Recipes with Breville" and we celebrate our Breville Sous Chef Food Processor Giveaway today with the spectacular Mariel Hemgingway -- Actress, Presenter, Speaker, Environmental Activist, Best-Selling Author, and Yoga and Holistic Living GODDESS.
Yes, Mariel is the granddaughter of illustrious author, Ernest Hemingway. However, Mariel has become famous in her own right for her talent as an actress, as well as her expertise in holistic living. At the tender age of thirteen, Mariel took Hollywood by storm with her debut performance in “Lipstick”. Four years later her work in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” earned her an Oscar nomination. She has since made thirty films, made numerous television appearances, and hosted several environmental and humanitarian documentaries.
For over twenty years, she has been pursuing her passion for yoga and health (have you seen her poses?!) and has established herself as one of the most respected voices of balanced health and well-being, speaking and leading wellness retreats all over America, sharing her insights about movement, silence, nutrition, and home. Her website is a fabulous resource for natural living with an informative blog, home and lifestyle tips, healthy recipes, and more.
Mariel is the author of four books, including: FINDING MY BALANCE: A MEMOIR WITH YOGA, MARIEL HEMINGWAY'S HEALTHY LIVING FROM THE INSIDE OUT, MARIEL'S KITCHEN, and the soon-to-released THE WILLING WAY with her partner Bobby Williams.
With an emphasis on fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, MARIEL'S KITCHEN shares 75 super easy, nutritious, delicious, gluten free, sugar free meals that are organized by season. These fresh dishes can be made by anybody with simple easily-accessible ingredients. There are easy summer breakfasts, hearty winter dinners, delectable desserts, easy snacks, salad dressings and marinades, as well as delicious drink recipes. Some of my favourites include: Jicama, Carrot and Cucumber Salad; Roasted Artichoke, Eggplant, and Tomato Stacks; Warm Mediterranean White Bean Salad; Chocolate Almond Walnut Brownie Cake; and this delicious Fall Vegetable Paella she is sharing today. This dish is quick, easy, and super tasty. I made this dish last weekend from local ingredients I purchased at my farmer's market, and I felt like Mariel was whispering over my shoulder!
The beauty of MARIEL'S KITCHEN is that there is something for everybody. This book is not vegetarian, but Mariel is mindful about offering vegetarian substitutions. She also shares a comprehensive list of seasonal fruits and vegetables, some great tips on going green, how to best utilize local resources, shopping tips for purchasing organic and sustainable foods, a pantry staples list, and her favourite core recipes that become the foundation for multiple dishes. This is actually one of my favourite things about this book. Mariel stresses the importance of creating "a repertoire of doable, nutritious recipes that are tasty enough to repeat and that share lots of ingredients." I really think this is the secret to success in any healthy kitchen for busy people.
The other thing I love is that all of the recipes are accompanied with beautiful photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, and heartfelt stories about her love affair with fresh food that makes her kitchen “the heart of her home," all peppered with Mariel's personal philosophy about food, the environment, and the connection between mind, body and spirit. This cookbook is inspiring. Mariel really does answers her own question, "So how do we make real food a part of real, everyday life?" I LOVE the "Find the Sacred in Food" section too! You can also find all of Mariel's favourite products, like great spices and beautiful cooking oils, on Open Sky.
Mariel has so many exciting projects going on it is hard to decide what to focus on. She is currently producing STOP MONSANTO, a film about the dangers of genetically-modified foods, with Blythe Metz from Blythe Raw Live. This is of particular interest to me with the extremely important Prop 37 vote coming up next week. Please support them and VOTE YES for transparent food labelling of GM foods. We have a right to know what is in our food!
Now, at the age of 50, with two grown daughters (Dree 24 and Langley 23), Mariel is celebrating her passion for the outdoors, connecting with nature, and becoming younger through food, breath, and exercise. She has partnered with Robby Williams -- an eco-adventurer whose life has been dedicated to nature, adventure, and healing -- to create an inspiring lifestyle company called The WillingWay.
The WillingWay is "A Journey of Possibilities." It is about inspiring unlimited potential. It is a movement, a force… it is the Will and a Way to live your life on your terms for your greatest health and happiness.
As Mariel and Robby both live vibrantly in their fifties, they are passionate about becoming younger, happier, and healthier than ever before with the philosophy that age is more about your habits, choices, and lifestyle than the reality of years gone by. I have heard them speak, and am constantly inspired to be alive, vital, extraordinary, open hearted, magnificent and free!
These two nature dwellers go to Lakota sweat lodges, plunge into icy mountain streams, dive into the ocean in mid winter, ride motorcycles through the desert, speed climb El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, run barefoot with the Tarahumara Tribe in the Copper Mountains, big wave surf in Indonesia, ski jump and wing suite base jump off The Iger in Switzerland, and hike unclimbed Alskan Glaciers. They use their adventures (from the simple to the extreme) to remain present and connected to gratitude. Mariel has a new show coming out in a few weeks - MIND, BODY, SPIRIT WITH MARIEL HEMINGWAY - that will focus on The WillingWay's lifestyle, healthy eating and connecting with nature.
Mariel and Robby are travelling all over the world sharing their experiences about about anti-aging, having fun, and feeling great to inspire everybody to find his/her own unique way of living an amazing life -- a life that fits you. Check out their upcoming book, THE WILLING WAY, which will be released in December this year. Watch their videos, and like me you too will say, “I’ll have what THEY’RE having!”
Mariel, thankyou for graciously sharing your delicious recipe as part of this event. You really inspire me....
Special thanks to Heather Reinhardt for co-ordinating this contribution.
Reprinted with permission from Mariel Hemingway and Mariel's Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life copyright © 2009. Published by Harper One, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.