Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fruit and Nut Slice - Paleo, Vegan option

The first time I threw this slice together was when my son arrived home after working away for the week with a huge bag a mixed fruit and nuts. He dumped it into my pantry and I was like! Far out, where am I going to put that! It had a lot of peanuts in it and some fruit, not much compared to the amount of nuts but somehow it worked. The combined flavours were lovely. I've done up 2 versions, one is vegan and it contains a fruit and nuts mix I put together myself. I've added all of the information to the recipe which gives you quite a few options. 

Non vegan version with the store bought fruit and nut mix containing peanuts. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Vanilla Protein Cookies ‘n’ Cream - Raw vegan, Paleo

So the wet weather is upon us! It hasn't stopped raining for about 24hrs and it seems it's not going to stop anytime soon. Truth is, I actually love rainy weather. I'm a girl from the tropics so being rained in gives me a festive sort of feeling. It reminds me of my childhood. Christmas holidays were all about constant rain, the swamp on my parents property filling up, us out in the canoe, swimming amongst the paperbarks and climbings trees so that we could jump into the water off our homemade swing which was just a huge rope with a massive knot at the bottom for us to hang on too or sit on. I won't mention the leaches or the massive pythons that were also in there. I love that about youth. Not a care in the world. 

So yes? I have donned my raincoat, wet weather shoes and a hat and I've ventured out for a nice walk in the rain to check out the beaches and the surf. The surf!!! OMG, it's amazing. The foreshore is abuzz with experienced surfers and anyone else game enough to have go. There are perfect waves the whole way down the coast not just in a few good spots so it's great to see then all spread out and not have to fight for a wave. (but I think that may still be happening in some spots ;-) ) 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Seven Logs

We are busy bunkering down preparing for an onslaught of wind and rain! There's a huge tropical low of the East Coast of Australia that's supposed to bring with it something like 250-500ml of rain! All I can say is that I'm glad I live on a hill. This is going to be another big test for the leaks in our roof. I have my buckets ready. Other than that, I love rain, I love storms and I'm looking forward to it.

I have a big wet weather walk organised with one of my dear friends for Sunday morning. We will don our raincoats and a hat to keep the water out of our eyes as we check out the beaches and rocky outcrops to watch the waves smashing in. We should also be able to watch some of the worlds best surfers being towed out onto the huge waves by jetski's. The quicksilver and Roxi Pro surfing comps are on soon so they are all here. It's what they do in this extreme weather. All beaches are closed but they love it and they are very good at it. They have their friends out their on the jetski's to help them out if they have any difficulties. It's pretty good to watch actually. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Crunchy Cacao Granola Heart Cookies

I've been totally absorbed in a project I'm working on that's taking up all my time and hindering my love of blogging. After the positive feedback I got last week from the Birthday cake and the need to more recipe with a ton of flavour but no nuts or seeds and my love for creating vegan treats I created these super crunchy and chocolaty Cookies just in time for valentines day. Don't be alarmed that the post is a bit late as they only take 5 minutes to throw together and about 20 minute to bake. Give them another 15 minutes to cool you have a delicious treat any chocolate lover will drool over as the aroma takes over not only the kitchen but the rest of the house. 


Monday, February 9, 2015

Anzac Granola - allergy friendly, nut free, seed free, vegan and Paleo option.

I was given a challenge last week that I just couldn't refuse. I had quite a busy week but I just love doing stuff like this. I was asked to make a birthday cake for a little boy who has a lot of food intolerance's. It's my passion to recreate healthy alternatives as I don't believe that living a healthy wholesome life means you need to miss out on delicious treats. I actually think the healthy alternatives taste so much better anyway and to be able to eat treats without guilt or that stodgy OMG I feel disgusting feeling that tends to permeate your body afterwards just makes it all that much better. 

 As he is only 2 years old I wanted to create lots of different tastes and textures for him to try and also to give the cake a special look as it wasn't going to be covered in brightly coloured sweet and chemically laden concoctions. I threw this granola together one morning to pile in the middle of the cake on top of the chocolate ,banana, avocado frosting and it came out divine. So here I am sharing it with you (and his mum who wants the recipes ;-) ) I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Blissballs - Banana and Mango

Fifo wife time!! As always I spent a couple of mornings making healthy treats for hubby to take back to work. I make up a stash of afternoon snacks and a large loaf of my Luving Life Bread  and sometimes a slice or cake as well. This time he got to take the rest of a Tim Tam cake I made on the weekend. (Now that he is back at work I might find some time to share the recipe if anyone would like it) I had lots of home grown super sweet ripe bananas and mangoes so decided I would do something different this time to the usual chocolate blissballs that he loves. Plus good son No 2 has filled my pantry with rolled oats (like 4 large bags of the stuff) as after a trip to America with his brother and sister last November to do some snowboarding and just hang out in the snow, has come home with a ravenous passion for Porridge!! And it's summer. I have tried to get him to eat that stuff for years. I know it's not grain free but it's a whole food and to me a better option than store bought bread that is made up of countless unrecognizable numbers and ingredients. Me, being a purist and all feels that Porridge is perfect. Its just Oats and Water!! He adds coconut sugar to it for sweetness and that's it. Cheap, healthy, wholesome Uni student food.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paleo Lamingtons - dairy free

Just because we make healthy choices doesn't mean we have to miss out. Here are my Paleo, grain free, gluten free, dairy free Lamingtons just in time for Australia Day. I was a bit nervous when the family tried them but when I got comments like 'they taste like the real thing' I thought! YES! I am definitely going to share this recipe. I just whinged it with the cake but made sure that I wrote down the recipe. I went back to the good old method of creaming the eggs and sugar, I don't know if it made any difference as the cake it still quite dense but it works well with the thick firm layer of chocolate and coconut and the whole Lamington flavour and experience is still there and that's what it's all about. 

I hope wherever you live you are having great weather because I tell you what we have got an absolutely beautiful day here today. We got an inundated with rain yesterday as we got drenched in something like 150ml over a 24 hour period. Everything looks amazing, bright, clean and colourful and today we have clear skies, sunshine and perfect temperatures.  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Lentil Mushroom Bolognaise

Well, here I am in the Tropics. I was awoken this morning to sound of rain on the tin roof of my parents house in Darwin. Perfect start to my first day up here. I missed getting up here for Christmas to see them all. My brother and sister and their families are here as well so I try to get up as often as I can. So much has changed since I left 13 years ago but at the same time some things have stayed the same. I went for a nice long walk yesterday afternoon, my body was screaming out for it after a full day sitting in cars, planes, drinking tea and chatting. I did the walk I used to do when I lived up here. It was great! I walked past my old house that I designed and built back in 1991-2 on 5 acres. To see the garden and trees all now more that 20 years old was fantastic. They are huge!! Other than that not much has changed but I have heard that the new owner have re-done the kitchen and bathroom which I'm sure was needed as they do tend to get a bit tired looking after a while.

Today I want to share with you the recipe for my versatile vegan Bolognese sauce. As you can see from the pics I served it with wholemeal gluten free noodles but for my husband but I had it with spiralled zucchini noodles (zoodles) and sometimes I just pour it over a pile of grated zucchini, carrot, beetroot and lots of chopped greens.  Sorry about the crap pics, I really need to work on my night time photography.