Sweet Potato Delights - Junko Maria Furugori
This was one of the desserts
this year’s Autumn Retreat and it brought some openly expressed
the lunch table.
I had fun adapting Japanese macrobiotic chef, Deco
Nakajima’s recipe. The
more juicy nature of the orange -fleshed sweet potatoes we get
here in England, compared to the yellow-fleshed ones more
common in Japan, called for a few extra
ingredients to create a good consistency. The only secret to making
and quick: cook the sweet potatoes and apple until just soft enough to
to mash. If you feel adventurous try
and using different varieties of sweet potatoes. Enjoy!
Ingredients: (To make
approximately 16 portions)
Sweet potatoes (steamed, peeled and
Apple (peeled and cut into
Dried apricots (chopped)
30-50g Ground almonds
powder to taste
Rind of 1
A dash of
oat or other grain milk
- Pre-heat the oven to 190°C,
Gas Mark 5.
- Dip the apple cubes in salted water (approx. ½ tsp
+ 100ml water) and place in a small saucepan. Sprinkle with cinnamon
powder and simmer with the lid on until soft enough to mash.
- Combine the mashed sweet potatoes, apples, apricots, sea
salt, tahini, vanilla essence and orange rind in a bowl. Add the
quantity of ground almonds to create a thick enough mixture to form
into mini sweet potato shapes. Adjust with the oat milk as necessary.
- Use two spoons or a wet cloth to form the shapes and lay
on an oiled baking tray.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with cinnamon powder and
serve either hot or cold.
This week has given me a lot of joy.The first meeting with the other students
went well. The group was diverse mixture with men and women in
proportion, and there were some people I already knew.
We had some lessons together with the
students from the other courses (Taiko and Purification), which brought
dynamics and comfort in the group. And after I got to know the others
realised that several women had the same problems as I, which gave me
connection to the group.
We started the day with the wonderful
exercises that I have
been accustomed to all these years through the shiatsu training. The
delicious and like a treat because at
home I have
to take care for my husband and son and here it was like a holiday.
Tomoko’s yoga lessons were
They were sometimes challenging, but she helped us very well to get the
attitudes and made more aware of our own body.
The taiko lessons by Grete were a welcome
surprise, and despite of my sore arms, shoulders and neck, I was not
by that, in my surprise. In fact it felt good. This was something I
build up condition in a good way. So it is definitely worth of
Jan’s lessons gave a good balance to the
other lessons, and were very pleasant and interesting. When we had a
time every night, I enjoyed both giving and receiving.
A very nice group, a lovely week. Great
experience. I met many nice people, amazing teachers and cooking
was glad that the staff people also participated in the lessons. I
course, and will come back as soon as possible. Thank you!
(Jenny Coppelmans - www.jennysmassage.nl)
It was a great week and just what I needed.
For the last few
years, I was stuck in a low point. I am almost recovered, but the
not finished yet. This week was tremendous.
In the taiko lessons, I re-found pleasure to express
physically in a beneficial way. In the lessons with Tomoko, I re-found
and subtlety of the body. These experiences were to feel the subtlety
of the body,
to let everything cooperate and activate, and to use all capacity. I
training of the body is training of the mind, and it is the basic
all we do in our creativity to reach the maximum joy, gratitude and
I may be a bit over-joyed at present, and now have to
this into my daily life to carry on my work, as promising not to avoid
face difficulties and challenges without fear. I feel myself growing to
stronger and positive. The process to reach my deeper level
been on for a while, and this week was an extra push into this