Thursday, July 17, 2014

raw chocolate fudge with cacao nibs + sea salt

Over the years, I've had many conversations with people about the very limited amount of dairy that we consume. Inevitably the question always comes up at some stage 'but where do you get your calcium from?'. I'm really no expert, but in my humble opinion this whole- you have to eat dairy to get enough calcium business, is just plain crap. We do eat little amounts of homemade yoghurt, kefir, butter and ghee nowadays, but we haven't always and I still don't believe the hype that dairy is the only way. Tahini is my secret little weapon when it comes to boosting my families calcium intake, along with dark leafy greens, broccoli, chia seeds and quinoa. I add a sneaky spoonful of tahini to our smoothies (or add a few tablespoons of raw soaked sesame seeds to the mix when making homemade almond milk for the same effect) and I've been known to develop whole recipes around the stuff... namely the yummy toasted muesli recipe and chewy millet slice in my cookbook which is loaded with the stuff! But I gotta say, this here recipe is the best use of tahini I've come across to date. 7 ingredients including the salt, 5 minutes of prep and a little chilling time later and you are blessed with the most beautifully rich and incredibly naughty tasting fudgey-toffee-like goodness that's actually ridiculously good for you! To all you mums out there who say your kids won't eat tahini, I give you this (via the lovely Susan Jane White). I reckon you won't have any problems getting this one into them. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

flourless banana, cinnamon + dark chocolate muffin recipe {gluten + dairy-free} + 4 years of blogging!

I started this blog 4 years ago, yesterday. I didn't really know what I was doing (understatement!), I didn't really know what I wanted to share, or how. I didn't know if anyone would ever read, let alone cook my recipes. All I knew is I wanted to do this, however I could. I started out like most bloggers do, sharing adapted recipes, fearing that my own original recipes weren't somehow good enough. My photos were crap and I hadn't a clue what I was doing. The day I pushed publish on that very first post, my baby boy was two and my big girl was turning 4. I was a mum at home with two little ones, getting ready to make a start on something that I had no clue about or idea of where it may lead.

Just like motherhood, I can't even remember what life was like before all of this. I don't remember what it feels like to have nothing on my to-do list. I don't remember what it was like when the world still felt big, back before I was in contact with lovely people from all corners of the world! Some weeks it's an absolute joy sharing what I do with the world, but if I'm being really honest I have given some serious thought to having a good proper break from it all too. But I just don't think I ever could...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

homemade lemon + lime cordial recipe

Growing up, our water came straight from the sky and onto our tin roof, before draining into the dark green tank that sat perched amongst the jasmine flowers at the back of our house. There were no chemicals added, at all. We bathed in this beautiful rainwater, drank it and mum prepared our meals using it. I was the kid at school who wouldn't share her water bottle with friends, not because of germs or anything like that (we didn't worry about things like that when I was little!), no, all I cared about was running out of that fresh rain water from home! Yes there were taps at school which I could've used to fill up my bottle when empty, but the thought of all that chlorine made me guard my drink bottle like it was made of gold or something. 

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