A Photo Shoot with a Koala at Chi Medicinal Farm

It seemed like a normal Sunday afternoon. I was in the kitchen preparing dinner for our B&B guests who were soon to arrive when I noticed a grey, furry shadow schlumping across our deck. I walked over to the window to see what it was and low and behold there stood a beautiful Koala bear staring straight up at me. I begged him not to go anywhere, praying he would listen, as I ran to get my camera. To my surprise, when I returned, the Koala was waiting patiently... ready for our photo shoot.

                                             Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 1

                                            Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 1

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 2

                                          Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 2

                                          Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 3

                                         Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 3

                                            Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 4

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 4

                                            Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 5

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 5

                                            Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 6

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 6

Surreal, Magical, Spiritual. A blissful experience I will never forget. Thank you Koala Bear ... you little poser. xo Jo Eden Law



"Tea began as a medicine..."

"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage." - Okakura KaKuzo, The Book of Tea 1906

Minted Chickpea Burger with Sweet Golden Yoghurt Sauce

These Chickpea Burgers are a favourite of anyone who tries them ... even the most staunch carnivores have eaten these and actually said, "THESE CAN'T BE VEGGIE! Can I have another one please?!"  So I ALWAYS make a double batch. ;)

Minted Chickpea Burger with Golden Yogurt Sauce

Serves// 6


Sweet Golden Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup greek yoghurt (or vegan yoghurt)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 TB honey (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Minted Chickpea Patties

  • 1 (400mg) can chickpeas, well-drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shallots, minced
  • 2 TB bread crumbs (or gluten free crumbs)
  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 TB tahini
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 TB coconut oil, for oiling the pan

To Assemble

  • 6 buns or wraps (or gluten free buns)


  1. To make the yogurt sauce, place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix through until combined.
  2. To make the patties, place half of the chickpeas in a medium bowl and lightly mash. Add the mint, shallots, bread crumbs, and lemon juice and mix well.
  3. In a food processor, combine the remaining chickpeas, tahini, salt, pepper and cumin until smooth. Add to the mashed chickpeas, mix well, and form into six patties.
  4. Place 2 TB of Coconut Oil in a fry pan over medium heat and cook the patties until dark golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. (The trick is to flip them just once allowing a tasty, crispy bark to form on the surface. Drain on paper towels on a wire rack.)
  5. Stack a patty (or two) on a Gluten Free Bun or Wrap and drizzle with yogurt sauce and fixings (lettuce, tabbouleh, tzatziki, carmalized onions, roasted veggies...). Whatever takes your fancy.
  6. Serve with a gourmet mixed salad or baked sweet potatoes fries.

I hope you take this recipe and make adjustments or flavour additions where your tastebuds (and your tum) see fit. I eat primarily gluten free
but my husband doesn't so we make mine gluten free and his with gluten. To each their own. In the end it's all about health and jammed packed flavour.



The Vegan Mirror

“Two people have been living in you all of your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to.” [Sogyal Rinpoche in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.]

I have been revisiting Veganism on and off for years. Dabbling a bit here and there and integrating some of the principles into "My Cup of Chi", both for the health benefits of plant based living in addition to eating more consciously and respectfully. Through this journey I have struggled with some of the harsh attitudes and snide remarks that surround this "social movement". Why is Veganism such a passionate topic creating a great divide? Why must we ridicule or chastise others in order to stand up for what we what we believe in. Then I realized, perhaps there is a little vegan and non vegan in all of us. Perhaps we are fighting with the mirror?

“The voice that speaks with truth, wisdom and clarity is the one that remains silent.” – Jo Eden Law

Nettle [Urtica dioica] "weed" of treasure

Nettle, Stinging Nettle or urtica dioica is one of our most treasured "weeds" in our garden. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant that has a wide range of medicinal uses that has been used for thousands of years . The "sting" comes from the fine hairs on the plant which act as fine needles that release irritating chemicals such as serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine. Our skin reacts through symptoms of pain, redness, itching, swelling and numbness. Once nettle is cooked, soaked in hot water or dehydrated, the stinging quality is eradicated.

Nettle is super delicious and highly nutritious when cooked or used in a variety of recipes such as teas, pestos, soups, stews, stirfries or smoothies. It is also a common treatment in our herbal apothecary which we use medicinally to alleviate a variety of ailments. The most common uses are for urinary issues, allergies, hayfever and arthritis. It is also available in tablet or capsule form from most health food stores and pharmacies.

Nettle is a safe medicinal herb when used appropriately however as with any medicinal treatments precautions must be taken before use. If you are pregnant or diabetic, you should avoid taking stinging nettle.  If you are taking prescription medications, have a medical history or have further questions we recommend speaking to your healthcare provider to determine whether stinging nettle is right for you.

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2017 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.



                                                                            Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

                                                                           Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

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Thank the Goddess... of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa)

Thank the Goddess who created Quinoa (Keen-wah). This amazing ancient grain that has a history of being around for thousands of years and was the staple diet of the Incas has only made it into the culinary mainstream over the last decade. It is another superfood, complete with nine amino acids, naturally high in fibre, high in protein and low G.I. The other amazing property of this pseudo grain is that it is gluten free. Delicious, highly nutritious and perfect for gluten-free warriors!

Thank the Goddess.




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