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Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart – May’s SABH

May 20, 2013
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Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart – May’s SABH

Im soooooo excited about this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop! As the hostess with the mostess this month, I got to choose the theme, and as you guys are aware, I chose raw! There was a little bit of confusion around the theme, but its something I have been looking in to since going veggie. There really is a whole world out there of food techniques and beliefs that I hadn’t even fathomed. After watching a raw dessert being made on an episode of Veg, I knew I had to try it. Its looked perfectly fudgy and decadent, but was completely raw, completely vegan, and completely good for you!! 😮 I KNOW RIGHT?!?! So Raw Chocolate Ganache Tart – May’s SABH Adapted from The River Cottage Ingredients Base: 175g walnuts 125g almonds 1 tsp salt 200g dates. Filling: 4 medium sized ripe avocados 150g virgin coconut oil 200g raw cacao...

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Chocolate peanut butter “ice-cream”

February 24, 2013
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Remember a little while ago I made that Angelic Hot Fudge Sauce? Simple, warming, delicious – and funnily enough, for a SABH! Well using similar ingredients, I’m flipping the temperature dial to cold – and I mean fuh-reez-ing – because this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop is……Licence to Chill! I don’t know about you guys, but every time I say it (even in my head), I kind of do a “cool dude” voice. Its hard to explain, but it happens. I’m not proud of it. Anyway, the Feb hop is hosted by the lovely Heather over at The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, so you can head over to her blog to find out all the deets on entering. But in the mean time, let me tell you a little about this dessert. So I’m kind of still on that health thing (a little more so now as the...

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Harvest Box and a Special Offer!

October 4, 2012
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Harvest Box and a Special Offer!

I find it hard to snack smart. With so many deliciously unhealthy options around, and not many deliciously healthy options, its much easier for me to play dumb and go for the quick fix unhealthy snack. Dont get me wrong, one needs a good sugar hit every now and then for the pure unadulterated pleasure. She saays as her hips scream in pain 😉 But balance is key here people. Balance. As some random stroke of luck, the awesome peeps at Harvest Box sent me over a little pack to try at my desk. No questions asked! Love! Included in my Harvest Box was “The K2”  banana chips, goji berries, dark chocolate, pepitas and sunflower seeds, “Kokoda Trail”  roast almonds, pistachio kernels, cranberries, flame raisins, macadamias, sunflower seeds, pepitas and milk chocolate, “Spiced Up” Lightly spiced and roasted peanuts, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, egg white, cane sugar, sea salt, garlic spices...

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Angelic hot fudge sauce

September 20, 2012
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Angelic hot fudge sauce

Sometimes we need a little balanced in our lives. Usually, once a month I like to indulge in a dessert that makes my thighs/hips/belly scream in terror and use said dessert for my Sweet Adventures Blog Hop. This month, I’m taking a step back, putting my hearing aid on, and listening to my body. This month, I’m doing a sugar free, dairy free, bad fat free dessert *queue dramatic music* Well not a complete dessert. You see this month’s theme is sauces. I’m getting a little saucy, in a very angelic way 😉 I know……..it’s not like me. But hey, balance is good right? This dessert is my healthy version of a banana split topping i.e. chocolate, nuts, honey – but you could really use it on anything, or in anything. So for more hop goodness, and to find out how you can join, head on over The Kitchen...

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Soy and Quinoa, Banana and Custard Apple Bread

May 19, 2012
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Soy and Quinoa, Banana and Custard Apple Bread

When a box of Custard Apples turned up at my doorstep, I had no idea what to do with them. I have never even eaten a custard apple. How are you meant to eat these mammoth things?? They’re huge! I pondered over this for a good couple of days. By this time, the custard apples had ripened to a slightly softer consistency. Kind of like a ripe avocado when pressed. Ok, I’m going to have to cut one of these babies open and see what I’m working with here. Can I just say…..O.M.G! They’re delicious! Don’t let their ugly duckling exterior fool you. Their flesh is gorgeously fresh, yet with a beautiful custard flavour. It’s really hard to describe how they taste actually. In my head, that explanation cuts it, but you really need to try them out for yourself. As I was scooping out the flesh with a...

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Pear and frangipane tart

December 2, 2011
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Pear and frangipane tart

Who doesn’t love a good tart? Having done a couple of other tarts before and conquered my constant bickering with pastry, I was pretty comfortable with tarts now and wanted to try a few different ones. I’ve done lemon, chocolate, snickers, you know, all the important food groups, but had never tried a frangipane tart and after a purchase of some pears that were basically just for show in our fruit bowl, I knew just what to do with them. I wasn’t actually paying attention to the recipe when I made this and baked the tart first. You are meant to bake it all together. In hindsight, this wasn’t such a bad this as my biggest fear is undercooked pastry and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Pear and frangipane tart Adapted from Delicious UK Ingredients Shortcrust pastry 225g plain flour, plus extra for...

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Guilt-free chocolate fudge cake

November 23, 2011
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Guilt-free chocolate fudge cake

As you may or may not know, Stud and I have been on a health kick in the lead up to our wedding. We have swapped our ice cream and ice magic desserts for strawberries and yoghurt and hey, we’re ok with that (for now ;)) but when you are going somewhere like a picnic, all you can think about is brownies or cookies or some other kind of crazy good but unhealthy dessert that’s reasonably portable. So I turned to google (as you do) and up came a “Guilt-free chocolate fudge cake”. Guilt free chocolate fudge? Yeah whatever! I shouted at taste.com.au but after reading the ingredients, I found out why. Tofu! Hmmmm – maybe if I don’t tell anyone there’s tofu in it, they might like it upon first bite and then not care? Its worth a shot for some low cal cake and hey if it...

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Frozen vanilla yoghurt

July 4, 2011
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Frozen vanilla yoghurt

I’m a procrastinator. Stud will attest to this. It’s not even my (or his) opinion. It’s a full blown, honest fact! I put off cleaning, important duties (you know, bills, etc), making things (well in honesty, I don’t put them off, it’s more bursts really. So I do, do it, but only when I am in the mood and then can go months before finishing it hence we have lots of little unfinished crafty bollocks all over the house), you know, anything that isn’t as fun as cooking and I can think of a good reason. It’s pretty much the same with this post. At the end of summer, (in an attempt to slim down to fit in to a wedding dress) I wanted to make an alternative to ice cream that would keep us full and satisfied but also tasted great. So I went searching for a great...

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A taste of Harmony – Chicken and veg sausage rolls

March 31, 2011
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A taste of Harmony – Chicken and veg sausage rolls

Last week was Harmony Week at work which celebrates cultural diversity in the workplace. We were encouraged on “A Taste of Harmony Day” otherwise known as Friday, to bring in a dish from our cultural background. Easy enough, no? One would think so, however I wanted to make something I could be proud of, something what was easily transportable and something that was either Aussie or Scottish (OK so I was hijacking Studs heritage but it totally doubled my choices so don’t judge me). The more I thought about it, I realised you can’t really get any more Australian than a good ol’ sausage roll! I have a pretty bad weakness with them actually. I would never really buy them but placed next to me (or even on the other side of the room for that matter), I can never stop at just one….or eight. Something about that little...

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Cook Yourself Thin by Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell

August 17, 2010
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Cook Yourself Thin by Harry Eastwood, Gizzi Erskine, Sal Henley & Sophie Michell

One of my girlfriends came over recently for a girlie catch up as she had just got back from overseas. I was excited to see her and excited to cook for her but didn’t want to have to spend ages in the kitchen for dessert. So I made this tiramisu a few hours before and let it set in the fridge while we gossiped for hours. It was so simple and tasted fab, and was only 217 calories! Ingredients 2 and a 1/2 tablespoons orange liqueur, Grand Marnier or Cointreau (I didn’t actually use the liqueur as I didn’t have any at home so I flavoured the coffee with a little vanilla bean paste) 120ml strong black coffee 20g Maya Gold chocolate (Green & Blacks) 2 large eggs, separated 40g caster sugar 200g light cream cheese 150g 2% fat Greek yoghurt 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, plus extra to dust 12...

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