Giant Lamington: A Whole New Way To Eat – Vladia Cobrdova

Recipes and Images from A Whole New Way to Eat by Vladia Cobrdova (Murdoch Books)

GIANT LAMINGTON WITH RASPBERRY KAKADU JAM

 

 

+ Vegetarian

+ Gluten-free

Considered a gift of the Dreamtime, the Kakadu plum is Australia’s star superfood. They have exceptional nutritional and antiseptic properties.“p.230

 

prep time: 35 minutes

cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves 6–8

 

 

6 eggs

115 g (4 oz/1/3 cup) honey

80 ml (2½ fl oz/1/3 cup) melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

65 g (2½ oz/½ cup) coconut flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

100 g (3½ oz/1 cup) almond meal

35 g (1¼ oz/½ cup) shredded coconut

 

Kakadu jam

170 g (6 oz) raspberries, fresh or frozen and defrosted

50 g (1¾ oz/¼ cup) coconut sugar

1 tablespoon Kakadu plum (salty plum) powder, or use the zest of 1 orange

45 g (1½ oz/¼ cup) chia seeds

2 tablespoons coconut water

 

Cacao frosting

40 g (1½ oz/¼ cup) coconut oil

55 g (2 oz/½ cup) cacao powder

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) coconut cream

 

 

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Lightly grease a 30 x 12 x 10 cm (12 x 4½ x 4 inch) loaf (bar) tin and line it with baking paper, leaving the sides overhanging.

 

Use an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment to whisk the eggs and honey for 5 minutes or until well combined. Add the coconut oil and vanilla bean paste and whisk for another 2–3 minutes until well combined.

 

Combine the coconut flour, baking powder and almond meal in a separate bowl. Gently fold into the egg mixture until just combined, then spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.

 

Meanwhile, to make the jam, combine the ingredients
in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set.

 

To make cacao frosting, put the coconut oil in a frying pan with 60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) of water and cook over low heat until the oil melts. Add the cacao powder and coconut cream and stir for 2 minutes or until combined. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

 

Transfer the cake to a serving plate. Spread with jam and drizzle with the frosting. Scatter with shredded coconut.

KickStart Morning Drink: A Whole New Way To Eat – Vladia Cobrdova

Recipes and Images from A Whole New Way to Eat by Vladia Cobrdova (Murdoch Books)

 

KICKSTART MORNING DRINK

 

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+ Vegetarian, + Vegan, + Gluten-free, + Dairy-free, + Paleo

I love to have this cup first thing in the morning to kickstart my metabolism. It’s also great as an afternoon slump pick-me-up, instead of coffee or hot chocolate. It can also be served chilled.” p.38

 

prep time: 5 minutes

cooking time: Nil

 

 2 teaspoons Cinnamon Five Spice (see page 174) +

2 teaspoons finely grated ginger

Juice of 1 lemon

250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) hot water

1 tablespoon raw honey,
or use vegan sweetener

1 pinch dried chilli flakes

 

 

Put all of the ingredients into a mug, stir to combine well and enjoy.

 

 

+ note  Cinnamon Five Spice is a combination of cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, fennel, cloves and pink Himalayan salt. All these spices get you moving in the morning; not only your body, but also your digestive system and metabolism!

 

Salted Macadamia Nut Slice: Food To Make You Glow – Lola Berry

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Recipes extracted from Food to Make You Glow by Lola Berry. Available now, RRP $39.99, Plum.

Link: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781743548479

salted macadamia nut slice
Salted caramel and maca nuts … this is pretty much my dream treat, and
the fact that it’s good for my beauty regime only makes me love it more!
Macadamia nuts are full of the proteins and good fats needed for shiny hair
and strong nails, plus they are a great source of palmitoleic acid, which
hydrates and heals the skin.” p126

base
· ½ cup desiccated coconut
· ½ cup macadamia nuts,
soaked for 2–3 hours
(or overnight), then rinsed
· 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
· 2 tablespoons almond butter

salted caramel filling
· 1 cup pitted medjool dates
· 1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
· 2 tablespoons macadamia nut butter
· 3 tablespoons maple syrup
· 2 large pinches of salt flakes,
plus extra to sprinkle

topping
· 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
· 3 tablespoons maple syrup
· 3 tablespoons cacao powder

BEAUTY salted macadamia nut slice

Line a 21 cm x 18 cm baking tin with baking paper.
Place the base ingredients in a food processor and blend until the
mixture is nice and biscuity and starts to stick together. With damp
hands, press the mixture over the base of the lined tin and transfer
to the freezer while you make the filling.

For the filling, put the dates, maca nut oil, maca nut butter, maple
syrup and salt in a blender or food processor and blend until
smooth and sticky. Spoon the salted caramel over the base and
spread evenly with a knife, then sprinkle a few more salt fl akes
over the caramel layer and place in the freezer for 30 minutes,
or until set.

To make the topping, mix the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and
cacao powder together in a bowl. Pour this over the caramel layer
and then put it back in the freezer to set.
To serve, slice while frozen and enjoy straight away, or leave it to
come to room temperature before tucking in.
Makes 12–16

p126 food for beauty

Green Kiwi Smoothie: Food to Make you Glow – Lola Berry

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Recipes extracted from Food to Make You Glow by Lola Berry. Available now, RRP $39.99, Plum.

Link: http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781743548479

green kiwi smoothie
Green smoothies are a massive part of my diet, so I’m constantly trying to come
up with new green inventions. This one is zesty and full of the good stuff – it
reminds me of summer but you could really eat it all year round! The kiwi fruit
will push your vitamin C levels up to the max and have your immune system
functioning at its best.” p. 142

· 2 handfuls of baby spinach
· 2 kiwi fruit (skin on if organic)
· ½ cup chopped frozen mango
· 2 pitted medjool dates
(or your choice of sweetener)
· grated zest and juice of 1 lime
· ½ avocado
· 2 cups coconut water

to serve
· 3 tablespoons Coconut
and Sunfl ower Seed Protein
Granola (page 144) or other
paleo granola, plus extra
· a few slices of kiwi fruit
· edible flowers

Pop all the smoothie ingredients into a blender and process until
lovely and smooth.

“To serve, cover the bottom of two serving glasses with the granola
(I love doing this as it makes a lovely a surprise, though you’ll need
a spoon to get to the last bit), then pour over the smoothie. Top with
kiwi, lots of pretty edible fl owers and a last sprinkle of granola, then
away you go.”

Serves 2
p142. food for immunity

 

Coconut Banana Bread:Fast Your Way To Wellness – Lee Holmes

Fast Your Way To WellnessRecipes and Images from Fast Your Way to Wellness by Lee Holmes (Murdoch Books).

Coconut Banana Bread 

Makes 8 slices

119 calories per slice (498kJs)

 

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“Your standard pre-office banana-bread fix will be a long-lost memory with this scrumptious upgrade. This recipe is gluten-free and free of any of the laboratory-derived ingredients found in
many commercial banana breads. Make it on a non-fasting day
and take a slice to work with you when fasting for a deliciously filling late breakfast.” p.134

 

3 ripe small bananas

3 medium eggs, lightly whisked

90 g (31/4  oz/1/4  cup) rice malt (brown rice) syrup

stevia, to taste

a few drops alcohol-free vanilla extract

30 g (1 oz/1/4  cup) coconut flour

3/4  teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1/2  teaspoon salt

fruit, to serve (optional, on non-fasting days)

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a 21 x 9 cm (81/4  x 31/2  in) loaf (bar) tin.

Peel and mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, rice malt syrup, stevia and vanilla, then mix well. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, then mix well. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean. Completely cool in the tin on a wire rack, then slice and serve with fruit (if using).

Sweet Surprises

It is almost Valentines Day…again..already, and what better way to say I Love You than sharing a meal or a sweet treat made with love?

Here are a few suggestions to make cooking for that special someone, easy. And if cooking isn’t your “thing” how about gifting a book or two? I will have several to give away in the next few days.

Now what will it be? Moulded Chocolates, recipe by that well known chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs? Or Simmone Logue’s delicious Caramel Kisses?  I’ll post both recipes and you can make that difficult choice or choose to make both 🙂 

 

Moulded Chocolates

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Chocolate by Kirsten Tibballs (Murdoch Books, RRP $49.99)

Makes: 50   Gluten-free

Moulded chocolates look like sparkling jewels — the plastic mould makes the chocolate contract and become shiny. Handle the chocolates as little as possible to maintain the shine. You can make these moulded chocolates with milk or dark chocolate if you prefer.” p. 74-77

 

Chocolate Shells

Ingredients

100 g (31/2 oz) good-quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped (a)

red oil-based powdered food colouring

500 g (1 lb 2 oz) good-quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped (b)

 

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Method

 Temper the chocolate (a) (see pages 12–14). Sift in the red food colouring and mix to combine. Polish chocolate moulds with cotton wool to eliminate any fingerprints. (I have used two heart-shaped moulds for this recipe. All moulds vary in shape and size – select ones you like.) Using your finger or a brush, paint a thin layer of the red chocolate into the base of each mould and scrape the top of the mould with a metal scraper to remove any excess red chocolate from the top surface of the mould.

 

Temper the chocolate (b) (see pages 12–14).

 

Once the first red chocolate layer has set, fill the mould with the tempered white chocolate and scrape the top and sides of the mould to remove any excess chocolate. Tap or vibrate the mould on a work surface from side to side to dislodge any air bubbles trapped on the surface. Turn the mould upside down suspended above a sheet of baking paper and tap it firmly on the side of the mould with a scraper or palette knife to remove the excess chocolate. (Once set, the chocolate on the baking paper can be stored and re-tempered for ‘Sealing the mould’ – see page 77.) Scrape the mould while still upside down to remove any drips of chocolate. Turn the mould the right way up and tap and scrape again if necessary. Place the mould on its side to set or if your room temperature is warm, place for a short period in the refrigerator.

 

Ganache Filling

Ingredients

200 g (7 oz/11∕3 cups) coarsely chopped good-quality milk chocolate

100 g (31/2 oz/2∕3 cup) coarsely chopped good-quality dark chocolate

260 ml (9 fl oz) cream (35% fat)

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

1 teaspoon unsalted butter

 

Method

 Put both chocolates in a heatproof bowl. Put the cream and vanilla bean seeds in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, whisking by hand until all the chocolate is melted and combined. Add the butter, whisking to combine. Scrape the ganache down from the side of the bowl and cover with plastic wrap so it is touching the surface of the ganache. Leave the ganache until it cools to just below 30°C (86°F), then use immediately.

 

Transfer the prepared ganache to a piping (icing) bag with a 5–10 mm  (1/4–½ inch) plain nozzle. Pipe the ganache into each chocolate-lined mould, leaving space to seal the mould with more chocolate. (You can also use a teaspoon to spoon the ganache into the moulds.) Leave to cool at room temperature – as long as the temperature doesn’t exceed 23°C (73°F). If the room is too hot, place the ganache in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 24 hours before sealing, to enable the ganache to firm up. You can also put the mould in the refrigerator, but for no longer than 15 minutes.

 

Sealing the mould
Once the ganache has been setting for a minimum of 1 hour in the mould, temper the remaining white chocolate (see pages 12–14) that was tapped out of the mould. If your mould has been sitting for more than 12 hours, warm the surface slightly with a hair dryer. Place a sheet of baking paper under the mould. Spread a layer of tempered chocolate on the base of the mould and tap on the side of the mould with the handle of a palette knife or spatula to pop any air bubbles. Scrape firmly on the surface of the mould with a metal scraper wider than the mould or a metal spatula. Scrape again if needed and then scrape the excess chocolate off the sides of the mould and repeat the process with the second mould.

Let the moulds sit at room temperature for 10 minutes and then place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Turn the mould over onto a clean work surface and tap to dislodge the chocolates. As soon as they come out, move them gently to the side and tap again if needed. Store the chocolates at room temperature – as long as the temperature doesn’t exceed 23°C (73°F). If the room is too hot, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 

 

 

Flourless Blood Orange and Almond Maple Cake: Get Lean Stay Lean – Dr Joanna McMillan

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Images and recipes from Get Lean Stay Lean by Joanna McMillan (Murdoch Books RRP $35)

Flourless Blood Orange and Almond Maple Cake

This is such a simple cake recipe, yet you won’t believe how beautiful it tastes. I use blood oranges when they are in season. If you can’t get hold of any, simply use navel oranges instead. The almonds have been roasted before grinding them to give a deeper depth of flavour. You don’t have to do this and can simply use almond meal instead if you prefer. The recipe as it stands is dairy free, but it is delicious served with a spoonful of Greek-style yoghurt.” p.208

 

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Serves 6  Time 2 hours 15 minutes  DF GF V

 

4 blood oranges, skin on, plus extra orange segments to serve

Mint leaves, to serve

6 large free-range or organic eggs

175 g (6 oz/1/2 cup) pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil to grease
the baking tin

250 g (9 oz) flaked almonds, pan-roasted, then ground (alternatively, you can use almond meal, see note)

Handful whole almonds, to serve

 

 

 

Put the oranges in a saucepan and cover with water. Place a piece of baking paper over the top of the oranges—this helps keep the oranges from bobbing on the water surface. Gently bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to fan-forced 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Brush a round
22 cm (81/2 inch) springform cake tin with the extra virgin olive oil and line with baking paper.

Drain the oranges and slice in half, removing any pips. Using a food processor or a Vitamix on level 10, blitz the oranges to a paste.

Add the eggs and blitz again. Then add the maple syrup and baking powder, and mix together well.

Pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for about 1 hour. To test that the cake is ready, insert a skewer into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean the cake is cooked. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

Remove the cake from the tin, decorate with fresh blood orange segments, whole almonds and mint leaves, and serve.

 

 

 

Note Using nut meal in place of flour keeps the cake gluten free and since nuts are already high in fat you don’t need to add additional butter or oil as with a traditional cake. This, of course, also ensures you have all good
fats present. You do, however, need to be careful with your portion size,
as nut meal is energy dense—not always easy with a delicious cake! Just
be sure to cut each quarter of the cake into a further four slices to keep your kilojoules appropriate for a snack.