Thursday, July 31, 2014

Homemade Creamy Body Butter

It wasn't my intention to blog this recipe but I always feel compelled to at least give as much as I can in the way of ingredients, methods and preparation. There's  nothing worse that seeing something you want to have or do and not having any idea where to start. So this is not an exact recipe, it's a guide with some general instructions on how to make a healthy, homemade, natural body butter from ingredients you just may already have in your pantry. I never measure the ingredients and every time I make a batch the contents always depends on what I have at that time.. when I run out of body butter there's no waiting, I need it asap so I just make do. Lately I've been adding a natural store bought lotion as all of the ingredients in it are very greasy and I have a bad habit of adding too much cacao butter to the mix in winter which makes it set way too hard. With the coconut also setting during winter it's a double whammy. The lotion also helps to make it really light and fluffy but the trick is not to over-mix it or you will lose the lot and have to wait for it to cool as it will melt and turn into a warm to hot liquid and that defeats the purpose of purchasing good quality raw ingredients. You'll than have to cool it and have another go at fluffing it up. This usually works but can be time consuming.

So here you go, have a try, use what you have or get some extra ingredients appropriate for your skin type. Mine is very dry so I use all of the richest most nourishing ingredients I can get my hands on. I've listed some skin advantages of the ingredients I use so that you can make your own choice on which ones you'd prefer to use or invest in.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Strawberry Carob Tarts

 Strawberries are in season at the moment. Australian strawberries are at there prime from May to October as they are a winter fruit meaning they are in abundance and the prices are great. We are getting them for $2 a punnet. To be honest I'm not really a fan of them which is surprising because I generally love anything that's a fruit or vegetable. Lucky for my family though because I'm not really good at sharing my favorite fruits so I'd probably hoard them somewhere and they'd get none! It's something I'm working on and I must admit, I think I'm getting better.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Baked Veggie Sauce – Catchup!

 I've been playing around with my diet lately. Why you ask, (well I would!) because I read a blog post by Kate Callaghan about how she improved her health just by putting on some weight! Arggghhh.. Try getting your head around that one! The fact is I felt fantastic, had great energy, loved what I was eating, loved the weight I was at what ever it was as I don't weight myself, loved  how my clothes fitted and how I felt about myself. BUT! I do have all of the symptoms she got rid of. I've been trying to fix mine for years. So, I took a deep breath, then another one and kept going until I nearly hyperventilated and passed out, came too and admitted to my husband "I'm going to try and put on some weight!" There I said it! What is it about vocalising to someone and putting it out there to the universe that makes you feel... OMG, now I have to do it! And you know what.. He was really pleased. He's always trying to gently tell me that a little extra meat would look great on me. So when I have those Arggghhh moments I just reinforce myself with my 'it's for my health' mantra and his total approval and delight about me being a bit fuller really helps to seal the deal because the fact is, he is the only person I want to attract, I don't give a hoot what anyone else thinks of me. As much as it really does help to keep me on track life is really about how we feel about ourselves so i'ts not going to work if I'm not happy with myself so I'm working on that as well.

There's also another reason, and this ones just as important.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mushroom and Black Olive Stroganoff - raw vegan light lunch.

There's something special about Zoodles! They just go so well with everything. Cooked, raw, savoury, sweet, sides, mains, snacks, I love them. From all the pics coming up on Instagram lots of other people do too. I made this a few weeks ago but never got around to posting. It's a quick and easy light lunch, snack or side. If it's cold where you are and you feel like a bit of warmth then put it in your dehydrator or oven at the lowest setting to warm up a little, it's divine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cornflake Cookies

It's been a hectic couple of weeks as you can see from my lack of posts. First off, hubby got home on the Thursday, that afternoon he got an email about relocation that needed to be done for a camper company. It had to be taken from Cairns to Brisbane asap. Before I knew it we were on a plane and on our way to Cairns for an adventure. Far out! You should have seen it. It was rough. There was no central locking, we had to check the oil, it was empty so we had to fuel it up, they said we get chairs and 2 sleeping bags! NOT! We got 2 pillow cases and sheet! The gas ran out in the little gas cooker and you couldn't shut the windows when we were on the highway because the wind blew them in so they wouldn't go all the way up leaving a big noisy gap.. Hahahahaaa. It was hilarious. Well it was funny once we got over the initial shock.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Vegan Savory Cream Cheese

I'm really surprised I don't already have this on my blog. It's a staple! A healthy and equally as tasty alternatives to cruddy store bought processed favorites that I like to have on hand at all times. Another is tomato sauce. Did you know it has just as much sugar in it as chocolate sauce! Now, don't get me wrong I'm not against sugar but there's good sugar and there's not so good. My tomato sauce recipe is one of the easiest things to make and doesn't take long at all. I substitute the xylitol with coconut sugar, maybe I should revisit the recipe and post again. I made a batch yesterday, along with this cheese sauce so I'm all stocked up. Think I'll make some of my Meat Free Sausage rolls this afternoon for Jordi seen as he is on holidays and they make a good lunch or snack. Wish I could find gluten free pastry though, if you know of any good brands made from good ingredients with no nasties in Australia please let me know..

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mixed Mushroom and Seaweed Stew

I am on a mission to sort out my tummy and for the next couple of days I am going to cut out avocados. I am wondering if they are part of the cause of my stomach pains. I know I've had others tell me that they can't eat them for the same reason as well as bloating but I've been in denial.. I love them! ;-( and the fact is that I always eat them and I don't always have a some gut, so it may not be them but i'll try anything once! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Zoodles with Cheesy Mushroom Sauce

I love to eat fairly lightly during the day, although I must admit I am trying to change that a bit.. I'm using fruit to complement my daytime eating as it digests nice and quickly and makes me feel alive and energised. This is a lunch I made for myself last week. It was super delicious and like everything I make very versatile. By adding avocado or cashews to the sauce you can turn it into a really satisfying meal.

Vegetable noodles are all the rage now, they've been around for years but due to the recent grain free, paleo and raw vegan craze they are almost becoming the norm. If you've never tried them, they are amazing, the taste and texture is so similar to normal spaghetti the only thing you will miss is the big 'Blah' moment you get after finishing a big pasta meal, especially if it's combined with a heavy protein. Don't be fooled either into thinking that they're gooey and fragile because they're not. That's another thing that always gets me, the texture is nice and firm and they don't fall apart at all. Some people steam or fry them before they eat them but I'm a hard core raw zucchini fan, it seems like sacrilege to me. My fridge always has a decent supply of zucchinis in it. They're a staple in my diet.