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Healthy sticky toffee pudding

It feels good to eat! I've spent a few years now honing my recipes into something wholesome mainly because sugar makes my mouth go furry, gluten gives me wombat guts and solid fat greases up my skin. I bet you feel hungry now...
Here's a sticky toffee pudding recipe made with olive oil and without any cream - unfortunately a toffee sauce is not very good without butter and sugar, but I figure a tablespoon on your cake is ok.
This recipe assumes you know how to cook.

For the cake (makes about 10 portions) 200g of dates 150g sultanas/raisins 250g self raising flour (gluten free) A couple of tablespoons of dark brown sugar (mainly for the colour) A tablespoon of golden syrup A bit of vanilla essence 3fl oz extra virgin olive oil 8fl oz milk 1 egg
For the no cream toffee sauce 100g of brown sugar 100g of butter 100ml milk
1. Soak the fruit in boiling water 1a. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees c, and fill a 8 inch square tin with baking parchment  2. Make the cake. Put all the dry ing…

Warm breeze, cool breeze

It can be quite an interesting experiment to work out what we are. The main conclusion is that most of the time we live in an invented reality that is a kind of useful way of negotiating with fellow humans but has no ultimate function. I think ancient peoples knew this well.

Anyway, let's break it down the Buddhist way.
1 - we have a body, meat and bones. It sends messages to a central nervous system. 2 - we experience sensations of pleasantness and unpleasantness  3 - we have a kind of distributed body-heart mind that experiences primitive things 4 - there are things in the mind
The second one is quite interesting because it drives our unconscious behaviour. For example, if there is a warm breeze we feel pleasant - life is good, we are relaxed. This pleasant feeling is something we desire all the time - it's why I go to coffee shops and restaurants all the time, it makes me feel good (unless I go to a mean spirited place, in which case I feel kind of unfortunate). This pleasa…