Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mercury Retrograde, Full Moon and 10th Anniversary!

Eating more balanced organic quality vegan macrobiotic food I started to pay attention to not only my body (physical), also my feelings (emotions) carefully. I noticed so many things around affect me and I am aware of how nature is ruling the global. Nature is making a balance by yin and yang of universal order. 

dynamic clouds over the ocean

I know noting about Mercury Retrograde, moon cycle and season affect our body and emotions before. After I learned macrobiotics way of eating and living I started understanding everything is connected. A full moon and new moon have a different energy and different affect on us and season’s changing is very important to balance us.  

beautiful green sea vegetable on the sand

When I found out about Mercury Retrograde a long time ago I was going through very difficult time for me to accept how I was feeling. I was grateful to find out about how Mercury Retrograde affect on us. Now I believe that Mercury Retrograde comes as one of universal order to balance us out three times year (sometime four times year). I only know a little of astrology so Mercury Retrograde means to me Mercury is moving backward not forward. During Mercury Retrograde I usually feel stacked and even feeling exact the word - going back word if I stressed out and push too hard during this period. Another word I go through a dark spot and I feel extra sensitive. Sometimes everything and everybody irritate me. I feel very lonely. 

In the past, my computer acted up – I had experiences of crashing my Apple computer twice during Mercury Retrograde period. Things were missing and could not find them. I usually checked the date of Mercury Retrograde to be aware of challenges are coming, but this month I was pre-occupied over my left arm and shoulder which have been giving me a trouble and had pain and limited mobility. I already have pain and limited mobility on my legs and feet from the car accident I had in 13 years ago so having more pain and limited ability was over the limit – after three months of arm and shoulder problem I lost my patient completely. I became very unhappy person. I was also trying to organize our 10th year anniversary and teaching at La Casa De Maria for Health Classics Macrobiotic Conference. When Mercury Retrograde hit on June 6th and full moon came June 13th, also the lowest and highest tide… I felt everything sink in and hit me to the bottom after I watched a movie that I should have not watched. I had a nightmare and the PTSD condition came back. I was not able to talk and just cried for many times for a long time. I started to hate myself and do the things I did not want to do – like being super bitch to my husband and even to my 4 legs family. Of course my husband was getting effect by Mercury Retrograde so he was a super grouchy too. We thought we never make to our 10 year anniversary, but I found out it was Mercury Retrograde nick of time and this Mercury Retrograde time somebody wrote that we do the things we don’t even want to do and this made all sense to me. It was not we hate each other - it was Mercury Retrograde (this time till July 2), but we talked about our 10 years of ups and down (yin and yang life) and how grateful for us to be here together still after we met 23 years ago. 
--> Our 10th anniversary at Health Classics Conference

10th anniversary cake by Tiziana

We shared many things together to celebrate this10th last week: meditation, playing an ukulele, the beach with our dogs –there I showed my love as swimming in the ocean by myself (usually I am afraid to go the ocean because of my limitation on leg mobility), teaching a cooking class and exchange the gifts. It has been so much shifting and transformation for me.

cooking class at Health Classics in Santa Barbara

 We also enjoyed summer solstice evening with many friends of the Health Classics conference who made this celebration possible, Health Classic organizer, Larry Cooper, Chef Mark Hanna and ChefTiziana Slipo Tamborra who made our 10th anniversary cake. I am sending my love to all of people who support us. 
with Tiziana and Larry

Keith, Pamela, Micheal, Tiziana, Heidi, Mark, Dara and Cynthia and more

I want to thank my husband, Eric Lechasseur for being with me for the happy and batches time, healthy and painful time, full moon and new moon time and Mercury retrograde time!

10th anniversary gift: Tie pin and the money clip with diamonds with the engraved box from me to Eric

10th anniversary gift: Tin and Diamond pendant from Eric


Monday, June 2, 2014

Borage Floweres

Gardening is one of my favorite things to do in everyday life. It started when was very young when my grand mother was award grower of chrysanthemum in Japan. I watched her grew and taking care of her chrysanthemum flower with her love as they were the most important of her life. I remember that chrysanthemum flowers really acknowledged and appreciate her love and gave her back their love by showing as a most beautiful blooming flowers.
Spending time with my grand mother taught me that plants and trees have heats of their own as a part of nature just like us.

This week I saw beautiful borage* flowers finally bloomed. 

© borage with a bee IMG_0886

I planted organic borage seeds in March and grow them watch carefully.


I love using borage flowers for my cooking garnish: soup, salad and grains for summer time. They are beautiful blue flowers lift up our spirits.
 ©Borage Quinoa Salad IMG_0860

Borage flowere in a basket IMG_0893

I also love using these flowers for making my skin oil with an organic rose-hip oil *.

Borage flower in RH oil L1100508

* Here are more information about Borage & Rose Hip oil by Wikipedia.

Borage is also known as a starflower, is an annual herb. It is native to the Mediterranean region and has naturalized in many other locales. It grows satisfactorily in gardens in the UK climate, remaining in the garden from year to year by self-seeding. The leaves are edible and the plant is grown in gardens for that purpose in some parts of Europe. The plant is also commercially cultivated for borage seed oil extracted from its seeds.

Traditional medicine

Traditionally Borago officinalis is used in hyperactive gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders,[12] such as gastrointestinal (colic, cramps, diarrhea), airways (asthma, bronchitis), cardiovascular, (cardiotonic, antihypertensive and blood purifier), urinary (diuretic and kidney/bladder disorders).[13]
In Iran people make a tea for relieve colds, flu, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney inflammation.[citation needed] It is said to be warm in nature and alleviates symptoms that are caused by using food that is cold in nature such as cucumber and fish. People with heart problems can benefit using the borage tea,[medical citation needed] since it promotes reaching more oxygen to the heart, that’s why one should use this herb in moderate amounts.[14][unreliable medical source?]
Naturopathic practitioners use borage for regulation of metabolism and the hormonal system, and consider it to be a good remedy for PMS and menopause symptoms such as the hot flash.[15] The flowers can be prepared in infusion.

Rose hip seed oil is a pressed seed oil, extracted from the seeds of a wild rose bush.
The oil contains provitamin A (mostly beta-Carotene). It has been wrongly said to contain retinol (vitamin A) which is a vitamin solely made by animals from provitamin A. It does however contain levels (up to .357 ml/L) of tretinoin or all-trans retinoic acid, a vitamin A acid that retinol converts to.[1]
Similarly, while the fruit is rich in vitamin C, the oil does not contain any, as it is a water soluble vitamin.
Rose hip seed oil is high in the essential fatty acids: linoleic acid or omega-6, and linolenic acid or omega-3.

It is commonly used in skin care products. It is commonly used for a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, acne and eczema, for mature and sun burnt skin as well as brittle nails and wrinkles. Rose hip oil is also frequently used to heal scarring and diminish photo-aging

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Vegan Macrobiotic Cooking Class:

Wonderful season of spring. This season helps us to open our heart and mind and transformed to change our life to grow for us.

Let's learn to cook for opening our mind and changing our life.


Menu Sample:
1. Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad © IMG_0527

2. Homemade Natto (fomented soy beans) Canapé
Natto Canapé

3) Carrot Soup

4) Conditment: Carrot Green Top Gomashio (sesame salt)

5) Water Sautéed Greens

6)  Myer Lemon Amazake Cream
Lemon Amazake Cream copy

Hope you join our cooking class.

Love, Sanae

Monday, February 3, 2014

Chinese New Year of 2014 at Seed Kitchen

--> I am from Japan originally and Japanese people use Chinese calender and follow 12 Chinese animal symbols as much as Nine Star Ki which macrobiotics people study also. My mother and sister mastered Chinese 12 animal symbols and Nine Star Ki so I grown up with them and even add the western astrology when I was in high school. I love all them to bring my self-esteem up and simple guidance for my life.

I usually talk about new year prediction in my new year cooking/lecture class, but this year I asked Eric to make one of my favorite dish – Gyouza/Pot Sticker (which usually has meat, but we make it with shiitake mushroom and cabbage) so we wanted to make these as Special Chinese New Year menu at Seed Kitchen so he made it Gyouza Wonton, Sweet Sour Tempeh Salad and Carrot Cup Cake!
They were so good...I can still taste in my mouth how they were so delicious!!!
Sorry for people who could not make it, but at least the photos for you...

Gyoza Style Wonton Soup

Sweet Sour Chinese Temepeh Salad

Carrot Cup Cake

After we ate I offered that the 2014 year of horse Chinese predication and 2014 view for each person who attended this event.
Here is short version for people who could not come since a couple people have asked.

Chinese New Year Prediction for 2014
Year of green/wood/tree horse

The horse which is the seventh sign in Chinese astrology is a symbol of nobility, fame, elegance, grit (courage and resolve; strength of character), endurance, vitality. True spirit and determination.
Known as the year for leaders, 2014 is set for those who want to make a difference and know how to make it happen.

This is the year of forward thinking, strategic planning and long term investment.

People who cater for alternative medicine will have an increase of demand for their services and more people will crave for more peaceful existence. This will be the year where people will get together to help and give support to each other.


·  Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
·  Lucky Numbers: 2, 7

All the work you did in 2013 with your work and social life can be pay off although there are still ups and down. You may see yourself become quite the socialite and see a big rise in popularity but please be aware that 2014 will not be the greatest of year for the Rat as they are the conflict animal for the Horse year.

·  Lucky Colors: blue, yellow, green
·  Lucky Numbers: 1, 4

If you are Ox and able to accept change and learn to adapt at the beginning of the year, you will do well in 2014.  You also could see many good opportunities come your way throughout the year. It is an eventful year for the Ox and one where they shall need to learn to adapt and adjust to changes quickly or they could see themselves left behind and missing out on some very good opportunities presented to them.

·  Lucky Colors: blue, grey, white, orange
·  Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4

The Tiger can rejoice in the fact that overall, the year of the Horse will be a very fortunate year for them and they will achieve a great deal in 2014. Tigers ending the year of the Snake with problems should not worry as they should be short lived and their luck should change for the better as the year of the Horse sets in. The Horse will need to put some effort in to their actions during the year but they will help them. 

·  Lucky Colors: red, pink, purple, blue
·  Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9 
It will go very well for the Rabbit in Horse year with many good career prospects and exciting times although they may get frustrated at times with the pace of the year as there will be a lot to handle at once for the Rabbit in 2014. One of the highlights of the Rabbits year will be their social life which will be filled with many events and opportunities to meet new people and make some really good connections in the financial world.

·  Lucky Colors: gold, silver, grayish white
·  Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7 
The year of the Horse is a year that can be very successful for the Dragon although they will have to be careful and avoid taking too many risks through the year.  There will be some aspects of the Dragons life that will be harder than others but with some determination and perseverance, they should be able to make the year of the Horse a successful and satisfying year when you take care of yourself and family.

·  Lucky Colors: red, pale yellow, black
·  Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9 
For the Snake as the fast pace that a Horse year has to offer can sometimes unsettle the pace of the Snake and cause them to feel isolated from everything going on around them; this year may not be the greatest in every aspect but that does not mean that there will not be many successes for the Snake throughout the year of the Horse.

·  Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
·  Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
This can be a very memorable year; just make sure that you do not take others good nature for granted this year as there is a risk of problems caused by people helping the Horse and getting it thrown back in their face.  

·  Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
·  Lucky Numbers: 2, 7
Many opportunities for the Goat in 2014 and this will be a year where the Goat has the option to make this either a very satisfying year or also a calm and relaxed one. Career will go smooth for the Goat in the year of the Horse and they should be able to take on a lot more responsibility through using their experience from previous years. The year of the Horse is a good year to set plan In motion by taking on a more authoritative attitude towards your career 

 ·  Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue
·  Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8

The Monkey will want to make the most of the year and there will be many aspects where they are able to thrive in a certain part of their life but there is also risks of overworking themselves in the year of the Horse or deceive themselves in to thinking that they are doing better than they actually are although the Monkey can still do very well In the year of the Horse so do not focus too much on this.  

·  Lucky Colors: gold, brown, yellow
·  Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8 
The Roosters amazing organisational skills will help them out a huge amount in the year of the Horse and they will find that they enter the year fully prepared for whatever lays ahead. A great way to get ahead this year would be to write a wish list of what they wish to achieve this year and check back on the list regularly and add to what they would like out of this year. 

·  Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
·  Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 8 
The Dog may find that they have learned a great deal in the last few years and this will be portrayed through their actions in the year of the Horse. 2014 can be a very satisfying and proactive year for the Dog where they can achieve a great deal with many satisfying rewards both emotionally and physically. 

·  Lucky Colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold
·  Lucky Numbers: 2, 5, 8
The Pig will do extremely well during the year of the Horse and will have a great deal of great moments and opportunities to develop themselves. The Pig may have not had the best outcome from the year of the Snake but they should find that they are entering 2014 with a great  sense of confidence.

Whatever you do, remember that this is the year of you who have a determination to change your life better to move forward to be happier.
Good luck!
Love,  Sanae