Daily Words of the Buddha for November 30, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for November 30, 2017  —  niyyāna — going out of saṃsāra, departure, way out, release, deliverance

Kodhaṃ jahe vippajaheyya mānaṃ,
saṃyojanaṃ sabbamatikkameyya.
Taṃ nāmarūpasmimasajjamānaṃ
akiñcanaṃ nānupatanti dukkhā.

One should give up anger, renounce pride,
and overcome all fetters.
Suffering never befalls one
who clings not to mind and body and is detached.

Dhammapada 17.221
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Triple-layer ice cream cake


Three ice cream layers loaded with Biscoff spread, dark chocolate and meringue pieces.

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I had a jar of Biscoff spread sitting in the pantry after picking it up on a whim… in fact, I have a whole shelf full of stuff that I’m not exactly sure what to do with! You know how it goes – you read about something often enough on food blogs and stumble across it in a store so you buy some. Then you need to come up with something interesting to do with it.

Offering to bring dessert to a casual dinner with friends proved to be the perfect inspiration in this case! With our European heatwave still in full swing, ice cream was a no-brainer. Ice cream cake with three layers of different flavours and textures was the winner. A creamy cookie butter layer, a rich mousse-like chocolate layer and soft vanilla layer studded…

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Mini panettoni with dark chocolate


Festive baking time! Rich, yeasted sweet bread studded with dark chocolate, in a handy little size for parties and lunchboxes.

mini panattoni with dark chocolateMakes 24 muffin-sized panettone
Active time about 2 hours
Resting time 5 – 6 hours
Baking time about 40 minutes

Because it is made in so many stages, I recommend reading through the whole recipe first, then dividing it up to suit your schedule – if you don’t have time to do the whole thing in one day, you can refrigerate the dough overnight after the first rise and pick it up the next day.

Note that all the ingredients (including milk, butter and eggs) should be at room temperature.


1 x 7g sachet (2 1/4 tsp) instant yeast
60ml (1/4 cup) milk
1 large egg yolk
15g (1 Tbsp) sugar
50g (2 heaped Tbsp) all-purpose (plain) flour

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer…

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The 12:12 Gateway

Mother Earth Father Sun

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The energies of the 12:12 gateway are now permeating the human psyche. This year it coincides with a new moon (in Sagittarius). In a week or so we will commence our last Mercury Retrograde for the year, followed by the December Solstice and then a Full Moon on the day when many are celebrating the birth of Christ. We are in for a busy December!

The number 12 is of particular significance. It is made up on 1 and 2, and adds to 3. So we have both Unity (1) and Duality (2) leading to Catalyst for Change (3).

Being part of all-that-is, we are always in Unity with the creator, but we have chosen to experience the veil of forgetfulness in this dimension, which creates our perception of Duality from the creator (and every one and every thing else). Once we realise the true nature of our being…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for November 29, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for November 29, 2017 —  parittāṇa — protection, shelter, refuge, safeguard, safety

Dhamme ca ye ariyapavedite ratā
anuttarā te vacasā, manasā kammunā ca.
Te santisoraccasamādhisaṇṭhitā,
sutassa paññāya ca sāramajjhagū.

Those who are devoted to the Dhamma made known by the Noble Ones
are unsurpassed in speech, thought and action.
They are established in peace, gentleness and concentration,
and have reached the essence of learning and wisdom.

Sutta Nipāta 3.332
The Discourse Collection: Selected Texts from the Sutta Nipāta, translated by John D. Ireland

Foodstyles: Senorita Bread Copy-Cat Recipe of Filipino Star Bread Bakery

For the dough:
2 tsp or 1 pack instant yeast
1/4 cup tepid water
1 teaspoon sugar
3-1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs


For the assembly:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 cup sugar


1. Dissolve yeast in tepid water, which is water with a temperature anywhere between 100 and 110 degrees F. To proof yeast, add 1 teaspoon sugar and let stand for 10 minutes. If the mixture doubles in volume then yeast is active.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the milk, melted butter, eggs, and yeast and combine well. On a clean surface dusted with flour, knead the mixture into a smooth elastic dough. Add more flour, if necessary.

3. Let the dough rest in a bowl greased lightly with canola oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until the size doubles, about three hours.

4. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Shape each part into a log and divide into eight equal parts with each piece weighing about 2-1/2 ounces. Roll each piece into a 3- by 5-inch rectangular sheet. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and sugar, and roll the sheet like you would a jelly roll. Start from one corner and roll towards the opposite corner. Then sprinkle the rolled dough with more breadcrumbs and sugar. Place the pieces with the seam-side down on a greased baking sheet.

5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Let the rolls rise for another 30 minutes. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.


Spanish bread freezes very well. Toss a frozen roll in the microwave and reheat for 30 seconds.

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 28, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for November 28, 2017  —  tulita — weighed, estimated, compared, gauged, considered

Susukhaṃ vata jīvāma,
verinesu averino.
Verinesu manussesu,
viharāma averino.

Happy indeed we live,
friendly amidst the hostile.
Amidst hostile people
we dwell free from hatred.

Dhammapada 15.197
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 27, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for November 27, 2017–  ajāta — the unborn, or where there is no birth

Imesu kira sajjanti,
Eke samaṇabrāhmaṇā;
Viggayha naṃ vivadanti
Janā ekaṅgadassino.

Some recluses and brahmins, so called,
Are deeply attached to their own views;
People who only see one side of things
Engage in quarrels and disputes.

Udāna 6.54
The Udāna and the Itivuttaka, trans. John D. Ireland

Weekly Tarot Guidance for the week of November 27 through December 3, 2017

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As we approach the end of 2017, not many are winding down, rather there is a gearing up for changes on the horizon. This week, Venus will enter Sagittarius, Jupiter will trine Neptune, Mercury will begin its final retrograde of the year, and there will be a Full Moon in Gemini. Listen to my Weekly Tarot Guidance below:

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November Astro-Tarot

The Path You’ve Chosen

Sun in Sagittarius

New Moon in Scorpio

Mars in Libra

Venus in Scorpio

Jupiter in Scorpio

Uranus Retrograde

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Prepare Yourself For a Massive Energy Shift As Mercury Retrograde Combines With a Full Moon on December 3

As it turns out, December the 3rd will bring about ample amounts of spiritual energy. Not only will there be a full moon, Mercury will also be going into retrograde. Now, this full moon that is  […]

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Daily Words of the Buddha for November 26, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for November 26, 2017 — visāradā — skilled, confident, wise

Sukarāni asādhūni,
attano ahitāni ca.
Yaṃ ve hitañca sādhuñca,
taṃ ve paramadukkaraṃ.

Easy to do are things
that are bad and harmful to oneself.
But exceedingly difficult to do
are things that are good and beneficial.

Dhammapada 12.163
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Asian Foodstyles: Malaysian Chicken Curry


  • 1kg chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 star anise
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp palm sugar (or soft brown sugar)
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 400g green beans, trimmed and cut into 5cm lengths
  • Handful of coriander leaves, roughly torn
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 or 5 long, red chillies, trimmed, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 lemon grass stalks, trimmed with the outer leaves removed and thinly sliced
  • 5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 large shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 or 3 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 300g jasmine, Thai fragrant or other long-grain rice
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 5 cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. First make the curry paste. Put the garlic, chillies, lemon grass, ginger, shallots and turmeric in a food processor and whiz to a paste. With the motor running, trickle in a little groundnut oil and blend well, scraping the sides of the processor several times. (Or you can pound the ingredients together in batches using a pestle and mortar).
  2. To make the curry, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Heat the groundnut oil in a large cast-iron casserole or heavy-based pan. Tip in the curry paste and stir over a medium heat for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes until they are beginning to soften.
  3. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and stir to coat them in the spice paste. Add the lime leaves, cinnamon stick, star anise, coconut milk, stock, sugar, soy and fish sauces and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook gently for 30 to 40 minutes until the chicken is tender.
  4. For the rice, rinse the grains in cold water to get rid of any excess starch. Drain and tip into a heavy-based pan. Add the rest of the ingredients with 200ml water, stir well and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Leaving the lid on, remove the pan from the heat and leave to stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve while still hot.
  5. Skim off any excess oil on the surface of the curry. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Tip in the beans, put the lid on and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes until the beans are tender. Scatter the coriander leaves over the curry and serve with the coconut rice.

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 24, 2017

Pāli Word a Day for November 24, 2017 —  pārimaṃ tīraṃ — the further shore, nibbāna

Attānaṃ ce tathā kayirā;
sudanto vata dametha.
Attā hi kira duddamo.

One should do what one teaches others to do;
if one would train others,
one should be well controlled oneself.
Difficult, indeed, is self-control.

Dhammapada 12.159
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita