Monday, May 14, 2012

A Cup of Dahl + 3 Fertility Facts Worth Knowing

There is an evident chill and crispness in the air.  The days are noticeably drawing in and the need for some hearty and warming food is upon us.  It’s a nice change to say the least.

  I have been super busy over the last couple of weeks with extra shifts at work to contend with.  My work as a Fertility Nurse is never dull and I think it would be a fair call to  say it is the most complex area of nursing I have ever worked in.  Everyday I make a new discovery about the female and male reproductive systems and everyday I learn something about human nature.  Talking openly about human reproduction is not something everyone is comfortable with which contributes to a lack of understanding and knowledge when it comes the cycle of reproduction.   With that said I thought I would share some basic fertility facts that tend to surprise women whenever we meet.

1. A woman has two ovaries, each the size of an almond
2. A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have 
3.  Female fertility starts to decline at the age of 27 

And one more thing - the ovaries are super sensitive to everything going on in the body so treat them with care and nourish them with beautiful food that they can do great things with.  A good starting point might be with a cup of dahl.............

Serves 4 – 6

1 brown onion, sliced thinly
3 tsp turmeric,
1 tsp garam masala
knob of ginger 2.5cm x 2.5cm thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely crushed

1 cup red lentils
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
1/3 cup tomato paste
2 – 2.5 cups water or vegetable stock (see note below)

1 carrot roughly diced
½ red capsicum

¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
¼ cup coconut milk
1 tsp sea salt
Black pepper to season
1 Tbs roughly chopped coriander (add as much as you like)

Heat a dollop of coconut oil in a medium size saucepan placed over medium heat
Add the brown onion, tumeric, garam masala, ginger and garlic, stirring until onions soften
Add the lentils, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, tomato paste, diced carrots, red capsicum and water
Reduce heat to a low simmer, place a lid on the saucepan and continue cooking for another 30 mins or until lentils soften and become mushy
Add the lime juice, coconut milk, sea salt and black pepper to season
Sprinkle with fresh coriander to serve

* if dahl becomes to thick feel free to add additional water to thin if needed.

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  1. Beautiful! I too crave curries/dahl when the weather cools.

  2. Mmmmm! Turmeric is supposed to be a wonderful anti-inflammatory, too. Love the pics- That table top is to die for!

    1. Thanks Amanda - the tabletop is an old tee chess that my parents had sitting in their garage. When I spied it, I knew I had to have it.

  3. So lovely indeed! I bought some packets of these dried wonders just for this weather, thanks for such a great recipe to enjoy them!

  4. i just found your blog. i am soooo impressed... sooo happy! so many beautiful recipes.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comments Tracie. Welcome to Wholepromise! - Sherilyn

  5. Hi Sherilyn,
    Just discovered you via the Wellness Warrior and SO Happy I did.. Your recipes look amazing.. will definetly be adding a few to my ever expanding list of recipes to try
    x Tegan

    1. So did I! Love your site gorgeous photos!

  6. Anonymous18/5/12

    Hi Sherilyn,
    I have just spent an hour (or two) browsing through your beautiful blog. I have given up writing down the rcipes I would like to try and might just start at the beginning and work my way through your index. Thannk you for the inspiration - I'm sure my children will be grateful too!
    Kristin x

  7. Hi Sherilyn, I have just discovered your blog thanks to the Wellness Warrior and I wish I had known about it sooner! I can't wait to try your raw chocolate and the dahl recipe above - nothing beats a good dahl!

  8. A big thank you to all of you for your lovely comments. Welcome to Wholepromise! x

  9. hmmm fertility facts are interesting. I'm only 26 but definitely thinking about "when". It's funny that 26 seems young to many to have kids. Love this dahl, would be perfect for lunch today!
    Heidi xo

  10. I high appreciate this post.male fertility It’s hard to find the good from the bad sometimes, but I think you’ve nailed it! would you mind updating your blog with more information


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