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  1. Lou

    I JUST got some of that black sesame spread… obsessed? YES. Yoga retreat sounds fabulous…. smart birdie for sure.

  2. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    What a lovely birthday present – and made even lovelier by the fact that you got to share :)

    I’ll be keen to hear what you think of those ‘fruitnut’ bars because I keep seeing them and making myself walk past, given the cost per bar. However, we know I’m prone to deviations from those efforts at will power (so many deviations!) and I sense I will buy them eventually. It would be good to have informed guidance ;) Also? I want that black sesame spread!

  3. msihua

    Arrghhh I can’t believe you got a bottle from Vien on her pumpkin butter!!! I WANT!! VIEN if you’re reading this, I WANT!!!! LOL

    1. msihua

      I would also like to add that I am quite shameless :P

    2. Vien @ We Dare Food

      HAHA :D Can you believe that I finish 4 jars in a week?! yes! I promise that I’ll send you one the next time I make some! PROMISE!!

  4. Ames

    Wow, pumpkin butter! Now that’s something I’ve never come across before, sounds delicious! The most adventurous spread I’ve come across was fig jam (which admittedly is not that adventurous)… what a lovely gift for you mum too :).

  5. Theresa

    I haven’t done yoga nearly enough in the past few months, but I would like to do a retreat like that. I’ve been doing pates instead, following along a podcast made by the US military called Fit for Duty. It’s partially for hilarity, and mostly because Lt. Jason Payne (his real name) kicks my ass in a good way.

  6. leaf (the indolent cook)

    How was the yoga? I used to practise it some years ago, before other hobbies replaced it… wouldn’t mind trying it again though. That pumpkin butter looks delicious, lucky you!

  7. Johanna GGG

    yoga – love it in theory but it is years since I did it! nut butters – just the usual ones (though who could ever get sick of peanut butter on toast or in a sandwich). But that food looks good enough to entice me onto a yoga retreat – and congrats on winning the go natural and pumpkin butter – glad it went to a home where it was appreciated

  8. hungryandfrozen

    So nice to hear that your mother and yourself had a great time at the retreat. I am a HUGE yoga fan – I just follow youtube videos generally, but I do sometimes go to classes when I have the time. So mostly youtube, haha.

    Black sesame paste! Wanty want want. In the meantime, will have to make do with whole sesame seeds. Kinda exciting about their calcium, will anticipate my fingernails getting strong and shiny!

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I’ve tried yoga at home and ended up pulling muscles and feeling quite awkward afterwards. Methinks it’s probably a result of me being the teacher though :P

  10. whisperinggums

    Now I’m worried … how come WayChoc knows something is better than crack? Regardless, I did love the yoga retreat and the magpies were a hoot to watch, particularly the one that got away (because we, naughtily, let it) with a goodly chunk of friend. It felt very clever and thought all its Christmases had come at once.

  11. Sarah

    Answer to your question: yes, I’m absolutely a fan of yoga! But I went back to yoga this week after a 2 month break… and I’ve been soooo sore ever since! Booo.

    Glad you and your mum had a good time on your yoga retreat! :)

  12. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    That black sesame spread sounds really interesting. What do you put it on?
    I’m just looking forward to all the new flavors of nut butter ready to hit shelves. In particular peanut coconut, mmm :)

  13. Emma

    We have a wide variety of dim sum treats in our freezer, and one of them is filled with a substance mighty similar to that black sesame spread. It gets all oozy when we heat it up and looks like a creepy eyeball trying to take over dinner. I like it, though!

    Haven’t done yoga in a while. I always do the free online videos but they’re so hit or miss, mostly miss. They’ll be super slow and boring, then suddenly terribly difficult but still slow and boring. Not quite the same as in a proper setting:)

  14. Three-Cookies

    Black sesame spread sounds awesome. I tried sunbutter (after reading about it on your blog), nice but I prefer PB. Sunbutter with raisins was better. Cows butter is pretty good too:)

  15. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    I want to get back into yoga, I felt so good during the time that I was doing it semi-regularly.

    OMG that black sesame spread needs to make it into my pantry! I’ve been looking all over for black sesame paste to use in desserts, but even our local asian markets don’t seem to have it.

  16. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    LOL I had to laugh at the magpie stealing your friand but i’m such a wuss if it happened to me I’d probably scream :P

    Oooo I would love to try the new fruitnuts too :) I love these bars so easy to eat and so yummy ~

  17. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    That is such a lovely gift! I am an ashtanga yoga fan, and hope to attend some sort of retreat someday.

    The homemade pumpkin butter and black sesame spread look stellar!

  18. cc11

    I would love a Yoga retreat right about now – what a wonderful gift!

    And OMG black sesame paste, I have never seen it before, but I wants me some! (Funnily enough I was going to make a black sesame cake this weekend but couldn’t even find black sesame seeds!)

  19. Fatboo

    OMG, black sesame spread…. *whimper*….

  20. Ashley

    Aww, what a lovely gift :) I always say I prefer to give time than ‘things’ as well when it comes to pressies :)

    I’m unfortunately not a fan of yoga though. My knees and ankles all bend the wrong way and bending my knees and holding them in positions hurts when I’ve tried yoga :( I’m also an adrenaline junkie and yoga’s a bit too easy going for me I think, although I do love pilates!

    Homemade pumpkin butter sounds so goooooood!

  21. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Fun! :D I love the magpie story. :)

    I used to do the Sun Salutation regularly every morning, and that’s the yoga practice I’ve had so far.

    Two fancy nut butter discoveries: pumpkin seed butter (which I haven’t tasted yet but I loved how green it was :D) and tigernut butter, however tigernut is not actually a nut. But it tastes gooood. :)

  22. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    aaaaw! What a sweet pressie and what a relaxing getaway. I’ve been having a crack at yoga over the last few weeks and don’t mind it. I reckon you DID eat a jar of that sesame spread!

  23. Catherine

    Gosh I envy you the quality Mum time! I don’t think we could bond over yoga, more like tennis and a beer afterwards. Lucky you!

  24. Tammy

    What a fun retreat and that spread sounds amazing.

  25. Vien @ We Dare Food

    I’m so so so glad that you liked it!! :D hehe
    LOVE BLACK SESAME SPREAD!! Back in Malaysia, we have jars of these imported from Japan! We’d get them from Isetan (Japanese department store) and a jar never last longer than 2 weeks!!!!

  26. Louise

    What a wonderful and thoughtful present. A complete change, but nice and close still. And cheeky junior magpies to boot. Oooh, pumpkin butter. I love pumpkin anything. I made pumpkin butter once, and it was damn good if I do say so myself. Maybe I should make that again sometime. I do have half a rather large pumpkin in the fridge at the moment. I think I had one of those fruit and nut bars (trying to recapture the memory of Lara bars in Texas) and it wasn’t all that. But tonight, tonight, I had my first taste of Mitzi Blue Paparazzi Creme chocolate and raspberry tits. Conceptually bizarre. The milk chocolate was lovely, the raspberry tits astonishing depth of flavour, but well, odd. Sadly I didn’t take pictures, just ate it, so there will be no blog post unless I venture back to Pott’s Point someday soon, which would be fun.

  27. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    homemade pumpkin butter…homemade pumpkin butter!!! amazing. love the sound of a yoga retreat. I’m a novice but love my stretches in the morning. I should take a full class on of these days. Black sesame spread is making me giddy too!!! Spread the love. I do not have any unusual spreads on me, although I did buy some honey kaya to try! Am yet to crack it open though. Im a bit scared…
    Heidi xo

  28. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Go Natural almond and apricot bars are a staple in our office, they are fantastic.

    Yoga is one of those things I have on my must do one day list. Everyone seems to love it so much, maybe it needs to move up the list a bit.

  29. April

    Happy belated birthday to your mum! How nice that you got her a yoga retreat as a birthday present… even nicer she brought you along (*suspicious eyes* did you plan that all along?! :P)!

    Where did you get the black sesame spread from? I’m interested in trying it out!

  30. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    i do yoga every day! i love it. and the black sesame paste reminds me of tahini! i want to look for that here.

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