Who Would Have Thought…

Who would have thought that tahini ( ground sesame seed paste) and maple syrup could  taste this good?  Today I made my first raw food dessert – raw caramel slice from  Vladia Cobrdova’s “A Whole New Way To Eat.”

I love the base- dates and almonds, the caramel – basically tahini, coconut oil and maple syrup and the choc top –  mostly just cocoa and coconut oil. YUM.  A little goes a long way – but  make sure you keep this in the fridge.  The recipe  states this will keep for up to three weeks in an airtight container in the fridge, which is good because this recipe made a huge amount.  If you are down this way – pop in for a coffee and a taste.

 

raw caramel slice

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Brown Rice Kitchari: The Energy Guide – Dr Libby Weaver

The Energy Guide

 

The Energy Guide by Dr Libby Weaver is published by Macmillan Australia, RRP $39.99

 

Prep ahead:
• Soak rice and dhal
• Chop or grate broccoli
• Remove kernels from corn cob
• Grate zucchini and carrot
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus overnight soaking

 

Brown Rice Kitchari

 

BROWN RICE KITCHARI
Serves:6
1⁄2 cup (110 g) medium-grain brown rice
1⁄2 cup (105 g) split mung dhal (see Glossary)
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1⁄3 cup (80 g) ghee (see Glossary)
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 teaspoons grated fresh turmeric or 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric (see Glossary)
1 cup (85 g) grated or finely chopped broccoli
1 corn cob, kernels removed (1 cup/200 g)
2 zucchini, grated
2 carrots, grated
1.25 litres boiling water
sea salt
freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
chopped coriander leaves, to serve

Kitchari is considered a food medicine, and this nourishing
meal is very gentle on the digestive system. It is delicious
reheated and can also be served as an accompaniment to
other dishes. Basmati rice can be used instead of the brown
rice and this will reduce the cooking time.”p.197
Wash the rice and dhal, then place in a bowl, cover with cold
water and leave to soak overnight. The next morning, rinse
and drain well.
Melt the coconut oil and half the ghee in a large deep frying
pan over medium heat, add the onion and ginger and cook for
10 minutes or until the onion is soft and golden – don’t rush this step
as the gently cooked onion adds a lovely sweetness to the dish.
Add the seeds and turmeric and cook for 1 minute or until the
seeds start to pop. Add the broccoli, corn, zucchini and carrot
and stir until the vegetables are well coated in the spices.
Stir in the drained rice and dhal, then add the boiling water and
a good pinch of salt. Bring to the boil over high heat and boil for
20 minutes or until tunnels form in the rice and most of the liquid
has been absorbed.

Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook gently for 5 minutes or until the rice is soft and there is no liquid
left in the pan. Stir through the remaining ghee, then finish with a good squeeze
of lemon and a scattering of coriander.

Crunchy Buckwheat Muesli: The Energy Guide – Dr Libby Weaver

The Energy Guide

The Energy Guide by Dr Libby Weaver is published by Macmillan Australia, RRP $39.99

Prep ahead: • Soak buckwheat, almonds and seeds
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus overnight soaking

CRUNCHY BUCKWHEAT MUESLI
Serves:6
1 cup (200 g) buckwheat (see Glossary)
1⁄2 cup (80 g) raw almonds, chopped
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 tablespoons extra virgin
coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon ground turmeric (see Glossary)
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
milk of your choice, to serve
sliced banana and blueberries, to serve

This delicious crunchy muesli uses very little sweetener and
is a nutrient-dense alternative to many packaged breakfast
options on the shelves. The combination of seeds gives it a
wonderful mineral boost. I find many people love it served with
banana and blueberries, but you can use any fruit you like. p.88

Place the buckwheat, almonds and seeds in a medium bowl,
cover with cold water and leave to soak overnight. The next
morning, rinse and drain well.

Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F) and line a baking tray with
baking paper.
Tip the soaked buckwheat mixture into a bowl, add the coconut
oil, spices and syrup, if using, and mix well to coat.

Spread the buckwheat mixture over the prepared tray. Bake
for 50 minutes or until lightly golden and dry. Set aside to cool
completely.

Serve with your choice of milk, topped with sliced banana
and blueberries.

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Oatmeal Snack Balls with Cranberries and Apple: Real Food For Babies and Toddlers- Vanessa Clarkson

 

Recipes and images from  “Real food For Babies and Toddlers” by Vanessa Clarkson (Murdoch Books) 

Oatmeal Snack Balls with Cranberries and Apple

 

Makes about 12

 

Preparation time 10 minutes, plus 2 hours’ soaking (optional)

 

DIETARY INFO: Dairy-free    vegetarian    vegan

 

Cranberry Apple and Oatmeal Snack Balls

 

80 g (23/4 oz/¹⁄³ cup) unsalted raw cashews, preferably soaked for 2 hours beforehand, then rinsed and drained

70 g (2½ oz/²⁄³ cup) rolled (porridge) oats (see note on page 104)

55 g (2 oz/¹⁄³ cup) dried cranberries

50 g (13/4 oz/½ cup) preservative-free dried apple

4 soft medjool dates, pitted

60 ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) coconut oil, melted and cooled

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Put all the ingredients in a food processor, and whiz until the mixture gets clumpy. Empty into a bowl, and shape into golf-sized balls using your hands. Store in an airtight container in a cool place or the refrigerator (although they’ll be quite firm if kept this way).

For little ones: Try shaping into fingers for easier gripping.

 

** Very suitable to put in your work lunch box as a snack –  they were easy to make and yummy – sorry no pictures  they were devoured before the camera came out 🙂

 

 

 

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

 

KickStartDrink

 

+ 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!

 

Post Script: A Whole New Way To Eat – Vladia Cobrdova

A Whole New Way To Eat

Vladia Cobrdova

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743368978

 

Description:

Stunning recipes for fad-free eating from the original modern Australian health food providore.

 

Step into fad-free whole-food eating with recipes you can trust from the original modern Australian health food providore.

 

A Whole New Way to Eat is the healthy recipe collection all households need. Everyone is welcome at the table with this way of eating – whether you’re looking for inspirational vegan, paleo or vegetarian recipes or you’re simply after truly delicious food that just happens to be good for you. From The Best Turmeric Yoghurt and Tahini Potato Salad to the hands-down most delicious Raw Caramel Slice you’ve ever tried, your body will thank you from your tastebuds to your gut. Nutritionist and recipe developer Vladia Cobrdova from About Life recreates over 135 of the mouth-watering dishes she’s made popular in the stores’ busy cafes, takeaway and ready-made meal sections.

 

A Whole New Way to Eat is a modern take on healthy eating for those more interested in eating well than following the latest craze.

 

Author bio:

“Vladia Cobrdova is a nutritionist, recipe developer and Wellness Ambassador for About Life, Australia’s largest wholefoods retail chain. Born and raised in Czechoslovakia, Vladia first saw and tasted avocadoes and mangoes when she came to Australia as an au pair. She started working at a juice bar and health food shop called About Life when she was studying to be a nutritionist. Fourteen years later that business is now the largest retailer of health food in Australia and Vladia develops the recipes for the business. She’s still blown away by the taste of avocadoes and mangoes.”  https://www.murdochbooks.com.au/browse/books/healthy-cooking/A-Whole-New-Way-to-Eat-Vladia-Cobrdova-9781743368978

 

 

 

My View:

I haven’t had the time lately to experiment in the kitchen with recipes from some of the new cook books I have at hand, (we have been on holidays, twice in the past two months and when back home have been extra busy, or had lots of visitors or commitments), this year has just been busy. However tonight I sat down and had a good look at A Whole New Way To Eat by Vladia Cobrdova and I am  now excited about the idea of returning to the kitchen and trying out some of these tantalizing, fresh, healthy and delicious looking recipes.

 

There are great breakfast ideas, dips, sides, mains, snacks, lunch, soups… “The dishes in this book cover every occasion – for when you only have 10 minutes to prepare a nutritious snack to keep the energy levels up and stress levels down, or for creating a meal to impress your guests. Perhaps you want to experience the sense of achievement you get from baking bread and serving with lashings of good quality local butter?” (YES YES YES) Vladia hopes that by sharing these recipes she can pass on some of the enjoyment and satisfaction that cooking has given her, her family and the clients of About Life. (p9)  And the recipes here cater to a variety of dietary requirements; including gluten free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, raw food, meat lovers…there is sure to be something here for everyone.

 

Let’s get cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

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