Conscious living 

At FOODMood find travel stories & tips, recipes, Bunny books & cards, and playful posts about what comes to mind. Plus audios and videos to encourage, inspire, uplift, and laugh.

For decades I have been sharing the practicality of living in conscious choice in one-on-one sessions, workshops, trainings, and as a public speaker. FOODMood is my online platform to share this idea. Every post is an expression of consciously living my choices with joy, sass, self-reflection, and hope.
 

Giant green stalks. Affectionately known among friends here as ‘sparkles’, a play on the  German word for asparagus, ‘spargel’.

Russian salad is a bit like the term borsht. There are as many recipes for how to make either of these as there are people making them. One co...

May 16, 2020

Inception to Publication – what it takes to make a blog post. Notes on process.

Working on Social distancing – A visit to Moscow, it nagged at me, the time it takes me to make a post. The post itself began on Friday, 10 April. The post was published Friday 8 May. Part o...

May 9, 2020

This is a one of two portraits done by my friend Konstantin Zubrilan in whose studio I spent many wonderful salon like afternoons and evenings. It reminds me, I was once a person who had her portrait painted. The second portrait is in the hands of an old friend in the...

View of lake Lugano, at our first Qi gong group.

Just before Lugano went on lockdown four soul sisters came together to do a session of Qi gong and have a walk. We did this in one of their spectacular gardens. The sun was shining, and we enjoyed, complete with giggles a...

May 1, 2020

My beautiful, magical carnations which give me joy a hundred times a day.

It is the end of April as I write this and in Lugano we have been on lockdown since 17 March. Various parts of the world are observing varying degrees of lockdown for varied time periods. Just a f...

Chickpea. Garbanzo beans. Ceci. Chana. Gram. Top top mama. Nohut.


Whatever country you’re from whatever you call it, this beautiful bean is one of my personal comfort foods. 

As a very small child I am told my teeth would not come in and Poppa, my Spanish great grandf...

On one of their royal pillows, Bunny & Bearli pose on the terrace with their homemade masks, compliments of Poppy.

Creativity in lockdown is a particular delight.
 

When one evening Claudio said in his super sexy accent, “Bunny & Bearli need masks”, my ears perked up.

He...

April 13, 2020

 Click the image of me in Rome giving out hugs or this caption to see the video - and send it to someone who you want to hug/needs a hug today.

Remember when it was a thing to stand in the street and give FREE hugs?
I am told that YouTube videos went viral of people fro...

If you are wondering where Vladivostok is, go to Japan and take a left. For an image of the entire Russia Far East see the bottom of this post.

For me personally, Vladivostok is the epicentre of my universe. It is where I began my life abroad and from where the core fri...

Bunny & the Bearli's admire coconut palms at sunset on the beach outside our guest house Whispering Shells in Kalutara, Sri Lanka.

King coconut. Possibly one of the things that makes me love southern India and Sri Lanka so much is the coconut. Plentiful on the trees, co...

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Bunny Chronicles Origin Story

A free workbook to learn more about the themes, locations, and details of the Bunny Chronicles and your own life and world too!

Bunny Chronicles Origin Story
Magical Portugal

A free workbook to explore and learn more about the themes, locations, and details of Bunny & Bearli’s adventures in Portugal - and your own life and world too!

Magical Portugal
Asparagus risotto a Salute to spring

Food Speaks Recipe

Asparagus risotto a Salute to spring
Ceci, my favortie bean

Food Speaks Recipe

Ceci, my favortie bean
Coconut Cookies - Southern India & Sri Lanka in a nut and a cookie

Food Speaks Recipe

Coconut Cookies - Southern India & Sri Lanka in a nut and a cookie
Summer Salads - eating in a heat wave

Food Speaks Recipe

Summer Salads - eating in a heat wave
The banana and its role in the ideal breakfast bread

Food Speaks Recipe

The banana and its role in the ideal breakfast bread
Asparagus, nature announces spring

Food Speaks Recipe

Asparagus, nature announces spring
Sauce or gravy?

Food Speaks Recipe

Sauce or gravy?
FOOD & Culture: Emily's kefir & chia seed pudding

Food Speaks Recipe

FOOD & Culture: Emily's kefir & chia seed pudding
Bunny's only dessert: Maggie's gluten-free chocolate orange cake

Food Speaks Recipe

Bunny's only dessert: Maggie's gluten-free chocolate orange cake
Old New Year Russian Style

Food Speaks Recipe

Old New Year Russian Style
Dizee's Irish coffee rings in the season

Food Speaks Recipe

Dizee's Irish coffee rings in the season
Mom & Nana's Anisette Cookies

Food Speaks Recipe

Mom & Nana's Anisette Cookies
Thanksgiving - gratitude is an everyday holiday

Food Speaks Recipes

Thanksgiving - gratitude is an everyday holiday
Ode to the Crock-Pot

Food Speaks Recipes

Ode to the Crock-Pot
Food Speaks for IWCL: using food to express gratitude

Food Speaks Recipes

Food Speaks for IWCL: using food to express gratitude
Giorgia's Granola

Food Speaks Recipe

Giorgia's Granola
Artichokes: Anti-inflammatory Thistles from Heaven

Food Speaks Recipe

Artichokes: Anti-inflammatory Thistles from Heaven
Charlies Flourless Birthday Cake

Food Speaks Recipe

Charlies Flourless Birthday Cake
Easter: Bunny's Bread Holiday

Food Speaks Recipe

Easter: Bunny's Bread Holiday
A Nowruz recipe to Celebrate the New Year, the Coming of Spring & Every day Living

Food Speaks Recipe

A Nowruz recipe to Celebrate the New Year, the Coming of Spring & Every day Living
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