I love eggplant, I love tofu and I love black beans. In fact, Eggplant & Tofu in Black Bean sauce is one of my favorite dishes in Chinese and Thai restaurants.

Try this delicious and easy recipe.

3 small eggplants, sliced and quartered
1 15 oz. can of black beans (or 2 c organic black beans, soaked and cooked)
1 small onion, chopped
1 t Himalayan sea salt
2 T olive oil
1 15 oz. package of firm tofu, chopped
1 T Chinese five-spice seasoning
1 T wheat-free soy sauce

Saute eggplant, black beans, onions and salt in olive oil until golden brown. In a separate pan, fry tofu until crispy brown with Chinese five-spice and soy sauce. Combine the two and enjoy!

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During an interview this weekend for my upcoming book about love, one of the interviewees shared a great method for tapping into your intuition.

I thought I would share it.

When trying to make a decision by following your intuition, ask yourself the question at hand and pay attention to the feelings that come up. You’re likely to feel either an opening or a closing in your heart chakra area.

If you think of one option and feel a tightening (which is how I experience it), then it may not be the right choice. If, when you think of another potential choice, and feel an expansion or opening – typically with a bit of excitement/relief/joy – you know you’re on the right track.

The trick is – taking the time to stop, get quiet and observe this within yourself. Doing so will allow you to observe either the expansion or contraction within you.

Happy Intuiting!
-Heather πŸ™‚

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Of course, I’m not truly homeless, but that’s certainly the feeling I’ve had of late. Check out Karen Bishop’s latest update to get more in-depth information on this, especially if you’re also feeling this way.

It’s a new moon today (pacific time, that means yesterday as I write this) – which often means new energy and bringing new, great stuff in. In fact, the angel card I pulled this morning was “New Opportunity” – so all signs definitely point in that direction.

But, back to the homelessness, or at least the feeling of such. Kauai is beautiful and in just 4 short months I accomplished what I came here to do. I have a solid feeling that this isn’t my spot, but no place else feels right either. I love the Oregon Coast (I’ve had a “condo on the Oregon Coast” on my intention list for about 7 years now!) and moving there would certainly put me close to my family (my sister is having a baby!) and within close proximity to my small, yet powerful group of soul friends. However, it doesn’t feel right to step into that just yet either.

So, here I wait. For a sign. For a nudge, for the knowing. Karen Bishop says it’s coming, my intuition says it is as well, but my mind and ego are in a hurry. They would really like me to make a decision NOW. They want to know what my plan is and where I am going.

The trouble is, I simply don’t know. And my ego/mind HATES not knowing! But, during my meditation today I surfaced with the resolve that I will not make a move of any kind until I do know. This is, of course, totally counter to how I had been living my life – following my head and going at a break-neck pace. I love the slower pace of my life, the warmth, the ocean and my tan. πŸ™‚ But Kauai is odd and simply a place of growth for me. I’ve started a deep healing journey here and finished my first poetry book (out this summer – turning final edits into my publisher this week!). In addition, I’m writing more poetry than ever before – it flows out of me effortlessly. I feel more connected and centered than I have – ever – in my entire life.

At the same time, I feel a shift coming soon. My dreams are vivid and often leave me clues. During a recent healing session, I received guidance to bring greater transparency to a couple of my relationships – the next night I had a detailed dream as to how that transparency should come about. I’m journaling, meditating, walking, stretching, processing, asking, crying, getting angry and then writing some more and doing the whole process over again. I’m cleaning things up, shining light on areas within myself I had avoided or simply hadn’t the time for. It is a fascinating process, and when I look at it like this – from a detached, objective point of view – it seems rather beautiful. At times, I’m deeply connected to this beauty, other times I’m so irritated with the slowness of things, I can barely stand it. πŸ™‚

And so, I continue to write, while I wait.
Below is a poem I wrote (And I really shouldn’t say “I” wrote it – the words just start tumbling out of me and I have to scramble to get pen to paper to capture it. I can’t even tell you if what I write is true poetry – it simply comes out and I write it down.) the other night – at Brennecke beach while the sun went down:


On an island
in the middle of
the Pacific

I am alone.

The beach stretches for miles
The ocean lays out as far as the eye can see

Yet, there is only me here.

Darkness has fallen
The couples, kids and families
are safely tucked

Only I remain
to write
to feel
to ask
and to receive.

I thought myself an island
But then, I came here
and realized that no one person
can ever be an island,
no one person can ever sustain
all alone in the darkness.

So, I pack up my journal, pen and books
Blow a kiss to the butterflies and palm trees
And I head home
to an ocean that is not an island
to a place where I no longer have to
pretend to be one.

It is time
Time to heal what
has not been lost
Open myself up –
wide and free,
Just like the mainland.

Β© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

Happy Writing and Much Love to YOU!

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We have great news! This blog has been re-created as The Metaphysical Menu. You can catch all of the amazing recipesΒ here. We can’t wait to see you there! Xo

Sorry for the delay folks – I had company in town last weekend.

Here is a great chocolate recipe – it’s a rich, decadent fix for chocolate cravings and with the agave nectar – won’t spike your blood sugar. Also, I often double this recipe for a thicker chocolate bar. Enjoy!

1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c agave nectar
1/2 c organic cacao powder (carob powder would work too)
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 c chopped almonds (walnuts, pecans – or any nut you prefer) – optional
1/4 c shredded coconut (unsweetened) – optional

Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender until mixture is smooth, except for almond chunks. Pour into an 8×8 pan or round cake pan. Put in freezer for 1.5 hours or until set. Keep in freezer and cut bars out as needed.

Happy Eating!
Heather πŸ™‚

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I’m a cookie girl.
If I bake a batch, I have to immediately give them all away or I’ll eat them. All.

Nana’s cookies are no exception. Their chocolate cookie is ginormous and is pretty heavy on calories and carbs…regardless of the gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free goods. And so, Nana’s cookie bites give me the best of both worlds – lower calories and no gluten/dairy/sugar.

Check out the ginger spice flavor – A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
The Fudge isn’t too bad either.

For 130 calories, and all of my food requirements, Nana’s cookie bites are a great treat.
Just don’t eat all of them. πŸ™‚

Happy Eating!

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I’m going to the Kauai Vegetarian Society’s monthly potluck tomorrow and in honor, made this vegan and raw apple pie. I’m adapted the recipe from one found online by John Kohler. Feel free to adapt and make it work for you!

1 1/2 c sunflower seeds
3/4 c raisins
1 T raw cocoa powder

Process until finely ground and sticks together. Press into 9″ pie pan until smooth and flat.

3 medium sized Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped into small pieces
3/4 c raw agave nectar
1 T cinnamon
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
shredded coconut (for topping)

Mix all filling ingredients together in a bowl. Pour filling onto crust and smooth with a spoon.

Sprinkle shredded coconut all over top of pie. You can also sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top of coconut as well.

Place in the freezer or fridge for an hour before eating.

Happy Eating!

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I tried to get this to publish all day yesterday and today. Sorry folks! But here’s the anti-climatic last poem for National Poetry Month. xo

Sleep No More

4:30am on a
Thursday morning.
Sound asleep
A scratch on
My arm.
A nightmare
flits through my
I fling it across the room
Suddenly awake,



No more sleep
for me.
planning my return to
Where there are no

Β© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

Today marks the end of NaPoWriMo. πŸ™
I can’t believe I wrote a poem, almost every day of the month. Almost.
It was fun, although challenging and I think I actually wrote some good ones.

I’m going back to my regular one week blog schedule to write about my journey in the tropics (which as you can see from above, took a dramatic turn for the worse), my writing and anything else that is on my mind.

I’m such an Oregon girl. Damn!

Much love,
Heather πŸ™‚

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Friends Among Strangers

Washed over me
Gently, gracefully
As your story unfolded
It was sad, but rang so true
I felt the comfort of friends
Even among strangers
Here, in this strange place
I discovered my truth
The truth I had searched for
My entire life
Right before my very eyes
In the eyes of strangers
Who are now friends
Every ache, ounce of pain
And misery was confirmed,
Understood and acknowledged
My entire life made sense
And peace,
Peace was my
only emotion.

Β© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

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