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Avocado Rock Cakes

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 in Blog, Snacks, Sweet Tweets | 0 comments

  I met my Dad’s parents – Nana and Pop – when I was around 12 years old. I had very vague memories of them as a child just before we left England to move to Australia. I think we were visiting them or staying with them the night before we boarded the flight for our new life in Australia – I was almost 4 years old.  I remember walking with them and Mum on a frosty morning to the park and feeding swans. I can’t remember much more, and I think even when we lived in England, we rarely saw them. Anyway, they had finally come out from England to Tasmania for a holiday after years of making excuses. “Oh no. We could fly all that way. What about Poppet (the dog)?” “Oh no, we can’t leave just now, the garden is about to bloom and will need tending”. (It’s just as well you could smoke on flights back in 1983, or they would never have come!! Nana was a big smoker – 40 cigarettes a day for most of her life! I know!! Smoking on airplanes?? I know, it beggers belief really!). But this time Dad had bought them plane tickets, and they had no escape! 😉 They were here for just three days when they announced (in their very plummy and proper English accents): “we think Tasmania is the most beautiful place. We’ve decided to move here!”  And move they did; both in their late 60s, Nana with chronic arthritis and Pop with two hip replacements. They came and their whole house! I’m sure they went home and everything just went from cupboard and drawer into box and was addressed: “Tasmania – the most beautiful place on Earth!” They were truly eccentric people from Pop waging war on the eucalypts that surrounded their garden and dropped bark on the lawn! He’d be out their everyday picking up the bark. He couldn’t stand it and through it looked so untidy. Errr, it’s not England, Pop, where autumn comes, you rake up the leaves and be done with it. They’ll keep dropping bark all year long!!! Nana would sit all day typing letters to her friends and family back in England (she couldn’t write well because of her arthritis), doing cryptic crosswords and reading history books. She lived on a diet of cigarettes, coffee, cheese sandwiches and rock cakes. She didn’t cook much, but made rock cakes and marmalade cake. I have her marmalade cake recipe which I love, (I have made some changes), but I don’t have her rock cake recipe. I had a hankering for rock cakes on Sunday, and I thought “what if”…..and so these bad boys were born. **AVOCADO ROCK CAKES!** I wonder what Nana would think? In all honesty (and I’m not just blowing my own trumpet), I’m not sure she’s be able...

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Avocado-carob Granola

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 in Blog, Breakfast, Snacks, Sweet Tweets | 0 comments

Who doesn’t love granola? Come-on. It’s like the perfect “healthy” treat. You can nibble it like a little birdie, sprinkle it on your brekkie bowl. use it in muffins, sprinkle it in yoghurts, mix it into parfaits. What’s not to love? Well, not all granolas are created equal – equal in healthiness that is!! Some can be quite high in sugars and/or fats. And that’s something that none of us need added to our daily nosh. I made an apple-blackberry crumble the other night and made the crumble with avocado instead of butter. It was sensational. You can find the recipe on the blog. But I made too much of the crumble mix, so I decided to turn the rest into granola. It turned out so much better than I’d hoped. And I’m kinda thinking that given that I dried it out – it’ll have a resonable shelf-life. Not sure. The jury is still out on that one. 🙂  I’ll let you know if I keep it long enough to find out! 😉 Let me know what you think. J x AVOCADO-CAROB GRANOLA 1 ripe avocado (don’t use a hard, watery or stringy avocado – it just won’t work. 2 Tbsp carob powder 3 – 6 Tbsp maple syrup – depending on your desired sweetness and how well the granola is sticking together pinch of salt 2 cups of nuts/seeds – I used walnut, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, buckwheat grouts. But any combinaton will work. 1/3 cup coconut Dry roast nuts/seeds. Blitz to very coarse chop in food processor. If you’re using buckwheat – add it with the coconut and avocado – you don’t want buckwheat flour. Add avocado, coconut, pinch salt, carob, maple syrup. Mix using a pulse action. Don’t give it a long razz – as you might end up with a gummy mess. Add 3 Tbsp maple syrup and taste and check for sticking-togetherness. If you need more, add another Tbsp. But only just a pulse action to mix. Transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper. Jiggle the clumps into smaller lumps (granola style). Bake in very slow oven for 30 – 45 mins. Depends on your preferred level of crunch and hardness. Allow to cool and store in a jar. Use within a week. Tweet!    ...

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Chick Pea Chips

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 in Blog, Breads, Snacks | 0 comments

Birdseed Chick Pea Chips 1 cup chick pea flour ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp turmeric Approximately 1 cup water   Mix the chick pea flour, salt and turmeric together. Gradually add a little water to make a paste. Continue to gradually add water until you have a smooth batter that is quite loose. Pour batter into a disposible piping bag, or a large zip lock bag or a squeezy dressing bottle. All of these work well. Snip a small hole in the bag and drizzle a stream of the batter into a medium hot and lightly oiled pan (if your pan’s a sticker). You can make shapes – hashtags, spirals, love hearts, initials, words – the list is endless. Flip shapes after around 30secs. Remove from the pan and place on some kitchen towel. Repeat until you have a pile of shapes Now that your chips are cooked you can flavour and crisp up, if you like. Put chips into a bowl and add salt and a splash of vinegar. Mix to coat. Place on greaseproof paper and place into a moderate oven to crisp up and set the flavour for around 15mins. Other flavour ideas: lime and black pepper. Paprika and garlic. Cumin and garam masala. Sweet chilli. Use as a beer snack, scatter on top of salads, use as a dip dipper, add to soups as a fancy...

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Sunflower Seed-Banana-Date Pops

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog, Snacks, Sweet Tweets | 0 comments

School holidays are always fun. But they can also be full of mess and chaos that little people create. For example: Miss B loves to cook. At every opportunity, she grabs her cookbook and is pouring over recipes and begging to use the kitchen to bake (wonder where she gets that from 😉 ). Last holidays it was the meringue disaster. Did anyone see that video of the lady cooking meringues in the microwave? No? Well, Miss B did. And so off she went – like a little wind-up toy. Out came the eggs, the sugar, the baking paper and oh, the delicious mess. The delicious disaster that the meringues were.  She tried problem solving why they weren’t working. She must have tried a dozen variations, but none of them worked! But  through it all she learnt heaps. Moeover, she had a great time. But meringues aren’t all that healthy. And I’d rather she experiemented with recipes that encourage intuative eating and baking, rather than concocting sugary tweets. So here’s another super easy, super healthy, super yummy tweet. It makes fantastic use of sunflower seeds, but you can easily use pepitas, or a combination of them both. The only sugars are the natural sugars found in the dates and banana. It’s dangerously simply to make and dangerously easy to eat. They’re great for lunchboxes as they’re nutfree and low GI giving little engines the right amount of burn. Plus little people can make them. Little people can decorate them. And it’s not a drama if little people sneak one or two. 🙂 1 banana, mashed  5 Medjool dates OR 7 -8 dried dates, soaked in boiling water for 30mins.  1/2 cup sunflower seeds, freshly roasted and freshly ground Heat oven to 150oC Roast the sunflower seeds – either in a pan or in the oven or in a popcorn maker. Once they turn golden brown and start to pop, they’re done. Grind into a meal in a food processor or Ninja or Thermomix or any machine that blitzs things! Blitz the banana and the dates to smooth. Add the sunflower seed meal and give it all a good razz. Spoon mixture into lightly greased pop moulds. If you want to make little rounds, then put even mixture into matching halves. You can put little surprises into the middle of the pops, if you like. I put cranberries, roasted buckwheat, roasted sunflower seeds and seseme seeds in. Other options might include carob, raisins or sultanas, goji berries, a chocolate button. The possibilities are endless.   Put into oven and cook for around 15 mins. Allow to sit for 5 mins before pulling moulds apart. Give the Grunkies some chocolate or a jam or icing and let them decorate....

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Waste Not Want Not Cake Pops

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog, Snacks, Sweet Tweets | 0 comments

Now we all remember the cake pop craze! I remember refusing to buy the overpriced cake moulds, but relented at the dripping tap nagging of my Grunkies. Well, it sat in the cupboard. It sat and it sat and when we moved, I was close to donating it to St Vinnies. But Miss B saw it and secreted it away into her suitcase. So we made the cake pops. Yep, cute, so great for parties. Yep, small, so nobody eats too much and cake isn’t wasted. Yep, great idea, but so fiddly that they ain’t gunna get made often. But I found the moulds other day and an idea came to me…healthy cake pops! Easy cake pops! Lunchbox pops! Nourishing pops! Healing pops! Something that’s not just pop, but has a bang as well! 😉 So here ’tis.   Waste Not Want Not Pumpkin Seed-Banana Pops Two ingredients! Yep, TWO ingredients!! 2 x banana, mashed 3/4 – 1 cup pumpkin seed meal (depends upon the size of your bananas) 1/4 tsp cinnamon or ginger or nutmeg (optional) Heat oven to 155 Roast your pumpkin seeds. There are THREE ways to dry roast seeds. (1) Dry roast in a pan. Keep pumpkin seeds moving and when they start to brown and pop, remove from heat. (2) Alternatively, roast in a moderate oven for 10 mins. (3) Third method: put into a popcorn popper. Once they start to smell like they’re roasting, stop the machine and tip out. It doesn’t take long. Put roasted pumpkin seeds into a food processor, Ninja, Thermomix, Vitamix – any chopping device. Blitz until they are nicely chopped into a meal. It doesn’t really matter whether they’re coarse or finely chopped into meal; it just changes the texture of the final product. Mix the mashed bananas with the pumpkin seed meal. (Add spice – optional). Grab your cake pop moulds and grease. Spoon into  half the mixture on one mould. (6 or so half-cake pops).  Then do the same on the other mould – so that they’ll meet up when you put the moulds together. Pat down the batter with a wet finger. Flip one mould on top of the other mould so the two sides of the batter meet.   Put on a baking tray and into a slow oven for 15mins. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 mins before gently pulling the moulds apart. When cooled, top with your favs: dairy free chocolate, caramel sauce, coconut, puffed amaranth, goji berries, cranberries, pineapple chucks. The ideas are endless. But they are so yummy. Low in sugar, but high in all the goodness that bananas and pepitas offer. What’s not to love? Get popping and waste not want not! 🙂...

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Birdseed Chick Pea Wraps

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 in Blog, Breads, Breakfast, Mains, Snacks | 0 comments

Birdseed Chick Pea Wraps 1 cup chick pea flour ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp turmeric ¼ cumin seeds or nigella seeds or fennel seeds 1 tsp garlic, chopped very finely (optional). (Use ginger as well or instead, if you’d like) Approximately 1 cup water Mix the chick pea flour, salt, turmeric, garlic, seeds together. Add a little water to make a paste. Continue to gradually add water until you have a smooth batter that is quite loose. Pour into a medium hot and lightly oiled pan (if your pan’s a sticker). Flip wrap after a minute. It should lift from the frypan easily once cooked. Allow to cook on the other side for around another 30 secs to a minute and place into a clean, folded tea towel until you’re ready to...

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Seedy Clusters #1

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 in Blog, Snacks, Sweet Tweets | 0 comments

So it’s a beautiful Sunday. Blue skies, still air, gentle warmth from the winter sun. Miss B was reading (she’s discovered Harry Potter!) and Little Miss was bored and wanted to do some baking.  I was up to my neck in business paperwork (blah!), so any excuse to escape the office, is a good one! I needed to make some tweets that the grumkies could take to school for recess – so I wanted them to be nut free, low GI to keep their little engines chugging along until lunchtime, and yummily healthy so that they’ll enjoy eating while getting the benefits of the seeds. Also, I needed to use up the assortment of jars of honey lurking at the back of my cupboard. Why is it that nobody finishes a jar of honey? I had 3 jars of Manuka honey which were either ¼ or 1/3 full, and a half-full jar of bush honey that I’d bought while visiting the folks down in the Huon Valley. I then turned my attention to the cupboard. What to glue together with the honey? Well….that’s kinda a no-brainer – bird seed, of course! But, wait, I do have my reasons! Millet – because it’s so high in a number of necessary body functioning minerals, which support in healthy heart function, reduce the risk of diabetes, can prevent the formation of gallstones and certain cancers, help repair tissues, and is uber high in fibre. Gotta love millet! Buckwheat – because it’s one of our super bird seed grains that is very high in essential minerals and is a complete protein – great choice for vegetarians and vegans!  It’s also very high in rutin which is great for blood vessel health and is known to help stabilise blood sugar. Go you good thing! Pepitas – because they’re a great source of zinc and are brimming with anti-oxidant rich Vitamin Es. Sunflower Seeds – because they’re also another giver of Vitamin E which is a must to prevent and combat a number of health issues.  They are an excellent source of phytosterols which are known to lower cholesterol. Org, preservative free Coconut – because it tastes yummy! And it’s extra good for your hair and skin ,is high in essential minerals and dietary fibre. But really, it tastes so yummy – do you need another reason to include it? Cinnamon and Ginger – because it’s winter and we’re in cold combat mode. So these anti-viral little beauties will help with this! Rice flakes – I’m not a big fan of white rice and think that perhaps they won’t offer that much in the way of nutritional health – but….they do have a nice in mouth-feel and will help to bring all the components of these clusters together. Plus, Little Miss demanded that we use them, and well… this is a team effort! Dark Honey –...

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