Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Icecream

It’s been a bit of a lazy day and I didn’t feel like making dinner for everyone. We all had something different and ate separately. I had Satay porridge with mushrooms….followed by a long nap on the couch. Husband encouraged me to get up since it was only 7:45pm and he knows I won’t sleep if I stay passed out on the couch.

While I was passed out on the couch though I was day dreaming…..mostly about karate actually…..but also about a new ice cream recipe…..so I got up and made it…..and it was as good as I planned…..and even hubby liked it so I then had to make a second batch for him because his plea to save him some came as I licked the last of it off my spoon. Neither bowl hung around long enough for a photo!

So here is my “dreamy” recipe:


  • small handful of hazelnuts – briefly toasted in fry pan and skins removed
  • 1 and 1/2 frozen bananas sliced
  • 3 heaped teaspoons (or more) cocoa or cacao
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of non dairy milk (just to make it easier to blend bananas – if you are more patient you can omit)
  • 1 rounded teaspoon black or hulled tahini


  • In a chopper or small food processor briefly chop the nuts (or if you are keen do them by hand or in a bag crush roughly with a heavy rolling pin), and set aside.
  • Put the other ingredients in the food processor or chopper and pulse until smooth and creamy like thick soft serve.
  • Add in the chopped nuts and pulse briefly to mix in.
  • Eat (try to resist making orgasmic moans of pleasure as this attracts interested looks which usually means attention to the contents of the blender which then means less for you or that you have to make another batch!!)

Stride with pride down the fine line beside.


PRIDE – Hokori










What do you think, when you hear the word “proud”?

Does pride come in a volume, other than loud?

And can pride exist in the absence of ego?

Does “proud” approach “humble” the further on we go?


Where does pride fit in to your self esteem?

How should you give feedback to the rest of the team?

Can the path to humility meld with self deprecation?

Does praise lead to pride? Is it mere adulation?


Does the absence of praise lead to self loathing or doubt?

Can a lack of direction drag your arrogance out?

Must you boast? Must you crow, to ensure you are heard?

Can you feel pride within, without saying a word?



Do you need others’ input to make you feel pride?

Or is it something intrinsic you feel deep inside?

Are humility and pride two sides of one coin?

Or is there a stronger yet more flowing join?


Can you walk the line proudly as you stride ‘cross the floor,

Leaving ego and arrogance in a sack at the door?

Can you take a step further? Do this if you dare:

Carry pride away with you and leave the sack there.







One year on

OK so it’s now 2 years on…..things are getting more serious, I am training a LOT more, I have changed styles, and changed instructors, but I still love everything about it.

A work in progress


A year ago today I stepped into a Dojo for the very first time. I am not convinced that I even knew what a Dojo was before that. That day I really had no idea I would be training, let alone still training now; I just came to bring my (then) 5 year old and watch what he was doing. Fortunately for me the Sensei invited me to train with the group that day and fortunately I said yes. The rest is history.

I had no expectations of what Karate could do for me; no preconceived notions of what it was about, although I was pretty sure the breaking board stuff was just for show. I didn’t know there were so many different styles. I didn’t know what a kata (form) was. I didn’t know what any of the Japanese meant. I had no idea about Dojo etiquette. And even…

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