I remember the first time I saw a poster for the Vagina Monologues. I was quite young, and must have been around fourteen or fifteen. It was somewhere on the public transit system, and all I could think was: what on earth are the Vagina Monologues? Do they talk about their vaginas? Why would anyone want to talk about their vaginas? I was a young, awkward teenager who was still figuring out how I felt about my sexuality, menstruation, and other lady issues: are you supposed to shave? How do I use a tampon? What is… down there?!
As I got older, I did a little digging around and eventually found out what the Vagina Monologues were about. I bought the book, a collection of monologues covering issues of body image, menstruation, hair, orgasm, masturbation, sexual violence, and cancer, based on over 200 interviews with women conducted by the author Eve Ensler. Last year, I went to see the show for the first time, and I absolutely loved it. And… a few months ago, I decided to try out for the Vagina Monologues myself. Let me just say that I am no actress (I can’t even lie about a surprise birthday cake)- but, miraculously, I was offered a part! Although I was a little unsure about my acting skills, I was so excited to be a part of the Vagina Monologues and the movement it stands for. We finally performed the Monologues on Monday and Tuesday, and it was a huge success! We sold out both nights, and even increased capacity so more people could attend. I am unbelievably sad that the Vagina Monologues are over now, but so grateful and blessed to have been able to be a part of it and to have done it with such an amazing cast and crew! Together, we raised over £1500 pounds for Fife Women’s Aid and the V-Day Foundation. Everyone I worked with was so immensely talented, and being able to work with them and learn from them has been such a humbling experience. Thank you to everyone who came to see the show- it means so much to the entire cast and crew, and your money is going to such a good cause. If you have never seen it, I highly recommend you go see it- or buy the book!- ASAP.
Because I’ve been extremely busy with the Vagina Monologues and writing my dissertation, many of my meals have been super quick, super easy, and made for on-the-go. This blueberry bliss bowl is one of many, many recipes I’ve been relying on to help me power through long days, and has become one of my favourite breakfasts. If you think about it, it’s pretty much just raw oatmeal!
As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, blueberries are a marvellous superfood. They also happen to be one of the few fruits you can freeze without damaging their anthocynain antioxidants! Anthocyanins are the compounds that give certain fruits and veggies their wonderful colours- blood oranges, pomegranates, berries, red cabbage, and purple grapes are just a few examples of foods high in anthocyanins. Blueberries are also high in vitamin c, fibre, and manganese. If you are ever feeling low in energy, manganese helps you convert your intake of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats into energy! The phytonutrients found in blueberries give the fruit anti-inflammatory properties, which are excellent for fighting certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. These anti-inflammatory properties also mean that if you are ever having a bad breakout, you can use this recipe as a face mask or face wash as well! The combination of raw honey, oats, and blueberries will not only soothe your skin, but leave it feeling refreshed. I am a huge believer in natural skin care and only wash my face with oats, and take care of all potential zits with a dab of raw honey. It works wonders!
*Unlike regular, heated honey, raw honey has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s like magic!
Blueberry Bliss Bowl
2 cups blueberries
1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1 1/2 cup oats, soaked overnight
1 vanilla bean scraped or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 banana (optional)
maple syrup or raw honey, to taste
Toppings of your choice: goji berries, flaked almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, toasted coconut, etc.
Put all the ingredients into a blender. Blend, pour, sprinkle, and enjoy.
Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,