Monday, October 27, 2014

Epic Chocolate Caramel Layers Cake - an indulgent grain free, gluten free, dairy free Birthday cake

Epic! Yes this was an epic creation. I spent just about all day Sunday creating and making most of the elements for this cake. It was a real labour of love. It was my daughters 26th Birthday on the Monday and her friends are my favourite's when it comes to enjoying and appreciating my healthy alternative creations for her birthdays. I've been doing them for the girls for at least the last 8 years and it's been a total joy. I always get requests for her 21st birthday cake which unfortunately I just threw together and never wrote down the recipe so I now make sure I measure and note anything that may be a winner. Well blogging has also taught me the importance of keeping track of these things as well. I have at least 4 large note books packed to the brim with recipes I've put together. I'm in the process of putting together my first little eBook which has some of my raw tarts recipes in it. It's just a start, I have soooo many ideas for books that I want to do. I just need to get this one done so I know what I'm doing then I think I will be on a roll. 

I'm also at a very exiting, life changing, scary, sad, emotional and adventurous time in my life. My last child finishes school in just under 2 weeks time then heads overseas for a month to have an amazing holiday with his brother and sister. They are going to road trip America. They will celebrate his 18th birthday, Vegas, the coast, the mountains, snowboarding and just generally being locals for a little while as they have a base in Montana in a country home and a car to use to get them to the snow, the national parks and Costco! haha, I do hope they go and check out Trader Joes for me, I've heard so much about it and would love to know what it's like. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coconut Sugar Caramel - thick and creamy and OMG delicious!


 I just feel like I have to share this amazing caramel sauce with you guys all by itself. Its the same one used in the Vegan Caramel Swirl Ice Cream recipe I did a little while ago. I've made a few batches since then and always seem to have a jug of it in the fridge or pantry. It's thick and creamy and goes with so many things. I've added it to tarts I've done for the eBook, the Epic Chocolate Layer cake I am getting around to posting asap!!! Ice Cream and whatever else you like caramel with! Doesn't include licking it off the spoon! but it is a nice.. not really encouraged!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Karen’s Kosher Balls

I had a special event coming up that gave me a good excuse (like I need one!) to create something decadent and special.. And what makes it even more special is the people I made if for love healthy treats!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Smoked Salmon Breakfast Muffins - cheesy, Paleo and dairy free

I made these a couple of times over the weekend and both times they where delicious. So I have to admit the real reason I'm posting them is for myself. Pretty selfish sounding I know but the fact is I actually use my blog as a cookbook as well. I can get my family's favorite recipes from anywhere, where-ever I may be, because I always have my phone or iPad with me. I know the rest of my family will love these so I want to make sure I save the recipe. This will be served over Christmas while I have them all home. Cooking up big healthy grain free, dairy free and wheat free breakfasts is one of my favorite things to do. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Green Monster Omega Crackers

Here is another little creation I put together that's more than just a cracker, its a bit of a supplement as well just like my Cocosups I did last year. I've been trying to think of another way to get more good fats into me and also some of my green powders as I've cut back on both of them in my meals. I tend to add way too much spirulina to my salads just because I love it so much and the texture it creates is just divine.. Well I like it, it makes them go really thick and gooey and scarily dark blue/black/green. Not the type of thing you indulge in at a dinner party that's for sure. I found that the large quantities I was eating was just way too much for my digestion. Like everything you can have too much of a good thing.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Vegan Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Weather warming up, a fresh punnet of strawberries! Obviously you make Ice Cream! My MM always seems to buy fresh strawberries just before he goes back to work and I'm not a real fan of them so they just tend to sit in the fridge and go moldy before he gets back. I can add them to Jstars smoothies but for some reason that sort of feels like a waste for an ingredient that has the potential to be something quite decadent and elegant. Needless to say it doesn't take much to take them from ho-hum to Oh-Wow! You know.. dipping them in chocolate, covering you pancakes with them and smothering with cream and syrup. So just for you here is another way you can turn them into something special and still feel good about eating them. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fruit and Nut Protein Slice with Walnut Coconut Crunch

Today is a busy day for me in the kitchen.. My main man goes off to his new job tomorrow.. 2 weeks on/2 weeks off! As a FIFO wife I'm used to him being away but not for soooo long. He used to do week on/week off. O Well, we'll get used to it. The upside is 2 weeks home and we don't have to do the 5 days a week, 9-5 like most. It's a pretty good lifestyle if you work at it and do it right. Lots of quality time together when he is here and me not have a 9-5 makes it work really well. It does have it's downside but we don't focus on that as it's counterproductive. Everything in life has a downside so why let it get you down, work with what you have and make life fun I say.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Crunchy Granola, Pineapple White Chocolate Mousse and Caramel Cream Tarts

From my happy little roller coaster of a life I bring you these super delicious tarts. In these little treats you will get fudgy, crunchy, creamy, gooey, sweet, tangy and it all just comes together to produce lots of cute little treats. There's lot of left overs from this recipe or you could say it's a quick something to throw together if you have lots of healthy alternatives and extras in your fridge and pantry. The granola is good for everything, especially just having a little pick at every time you pike your head in the pantry. (Note to self: must stop doing that.. bad habit!!) The coconut date syrup and pineapple white chocolate mousse have come in handy for lots of other things as well which I will show you in another post. They all last really well in the fridge or sealed containers in the pantry.