Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chocolate Brownie Layered Birthday Cake - another epic Paleo cake

It's getting closer to Christmas, I still have all of my presents to buy, I'm starting to get a bit stressed and anxious about it I think so today I really need to get out into the shopping centers and get it done!! I just don't really like shopping. I tried to get it done online but I didn't hit the 'purchase' button always wondering if there was something else I needed to add to the cart or I may find something better and now it's too late!! O'well, at least I have a pretty good idea of what I want to get everyone, I will embrace the outing and enjoy my little shopping adventure. Now all I have to decide is which shopping center am I going to go to. First world problem I know.

Finally, here is the recipe for the Birthday cake I did last weekend. Everyone loved it. Especially the birthday boy!! You've got to love an exotic chocolate birthday cake that's actually nutritious. It's also low GI and from all the research I've done on teenage acne and skincare Low GI helps to keep it under control along with the antioxidants in the raw cacao, healthy fats in the nuts,seeds and avocado, vitamin C and antioxidants in the goji berries and blueberries and coconut sugar is a low GI sweetener ranging from about 35-37 from what I've read and that really covers everything that makes up this delicious cake. I could rave on about all the other nutritious elements it contains but hey, this is a guilt free, heart healthy, body enhancing, metabolism boosting treat! Not a lesson on nutrition. Just get into it and enjoy, your body will thank you for it. :-)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Raw Christmas Tarts - Fat free, Rawtill4 and Paleo options

It's my oldest sons birthday today, 24. Wow, how did that happen so fast. All mothers say that but it's true. It just feels like yesterday that they were little. Heading off for the first day of school, running around the house playing with there toys, siblings and friends. I think the thing I miss the most is them being small enough to embrace and cuddle. I loved that. I never felt that too many hugs would spoil them. I really believe that it creates a more secure child that grows into a well adjusted adult. Feeling loved and wanted is one of the most important aspects when it comes to feeling confidant and independent and also helps with creating their own relationships when they get older. To be able to love someone freely and feel the love in return without that person having to reinforce the love for you constantly creates secure relationships. Being needy and clingy can be a bit overwhelming and draining and in the end just gets too hard. It is my belief that children that are not shown this love, touch and nurturing at a young age tend to grown up feeling like this. Always looking for it and why not, it's an essential requirement of self development, confidence and creating the ability to love unconditionally.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bishops Cake

Whenever I think of this cake it takes me back to being about 8 years old, the Christmas tree is up, it's raining (I lived in the tropics) there's a bowl of fresh nuts on the coffee table and nut shells on the carpet (we later worked out that the dog was shelling her own) and mum's in the kitchen making amazing Christmas food. My mum is a fantastic cook. We never went without when it came to good food. There was always an abundance of super fresh seafood as my dad would get it straight from the trawlers (until he came home from a visit one day only to inform mum that he had purchased one, a prawn trawler that is!) cakes, cheesecakes, roasts, vegetable dishes, pate's, panetone and all things Christmas, even the house was beautifully decorated. 

My dad is European so we always had some sort of exotic traditional German and Italian treats. This must be where my love of food developed. I distinctly remember at the age of 16 after 4 years at boarding school and being 10 kg heavier I decided that being a fatty was not for me. I didn't want to live on diets so here started my journey of eating healthy and moving my body. I devoured every Pritikin book out there and started to healthify all of my favorite recipes, treats and meals. This passion of mine to create healthy alternatives isn't a new one, it's been my life long obsession. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Teriyaki Tofu and Edamame Stir Fry with Noodles

Sorry about the pics guys, I don't win any prizes for my night time photography but I really wanted to add this recipe to my online cookbook and share it with you. More vegan food. It's becoming a bit of a habit that I really like. As you know, I don't alter, everything I eat is vegan. My husband was also wrapped that he was able to eat the food he prefers rather that compromise and eat what the boys want. Their back now! The oldest son is also back home after nearly 6 months overseas. He usually has his own place but as you can imagine, funds are a little on the low side after such a long time away. I'm proud of him though, only one day at home and he was back at work, walked straight in and was put in charge of a large section of the job. He works in construction. The company he works for where hanging out for him to get back which is great. He's a very dedicated employee, passionate about what he does. Good to see him get back on his feet straight away that's for sure. We don't do bludgers (Aussie slang for Lazy) in this house. Mean I know, but I think they appreciate how well they are all doing and I can tell you I'm very proud of them all. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Summer Fruit Christmas Cake with Lemon Cashew Cream Frosting - An Aussie Vegan and Paleo celebration cake.

It seems that the good old fruit cakes dates back to the 1420's when in Rome they worked out that you could preserve fruit with sugar which at the same time was cheap and available. I think what saddened me the most while researching Christmas Fruit Cake was the bad wrap it got. I think America is to blame for that insinuating that it wasn't appreciated by anyone so was handed from family to family as a way to get rid of it. Or did I misinterpret it and in actual fact it was a member of the family that got passed from pilar to post hence the term 'He's a Fruit Cake' meaning the person is a bit crazy. Even so, it's still demeaning to one of my favorite if not my all time favorite cakes.

It also seems that us Aussies are the only ones that like to consume fruit cake all year round. Well why not, there a great standby and should be enjoyed year round I think. The only different being that we put a lot more effort into your Christmas version. Your everyday Aussie fruit cake is pretty basic but I still think it's pretty special. There's nothing wrong with simple, some of the best flavours are just plain and simple, it' leaves room for us to dress it up and give it wow factor for special occasions such as Christmas and Wedding, which is the other celebration were the Fruit Cake comes into it's own.

This years version is a decadent, grain free, gluten free, dairy free and egg free Fruit Cake made especially for our summer festive season incorporating the amazing tropical fruits we enjoy here in Australia at this time of year. It just seemed like the right thing to do. It's a little bit different to last years Tropical Christmas Cake with White Chocolate Frosting. This is one unusual cake as you'll see, the liquid ingredients are also made with blended fruit as I had an abundance of Rockmelon and it was going into everything that week. The results were pretty good too I must admit. This cake has come our really well. It's been in the fridge for over a week and the flavours just keep getting better and better and the thick and creamy Lemon Cashew Cream frosting on the top really sets it off. Just ask my oldest son, he's nearly devoured the whole thing himself and even made the comment.. 'Mum, you could sell this you know, I'd pay at least 10 bucks for it!!' Well you've had to take that as a good reason to post the recipes, so without further adieu, here it is,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tropical Christmas Fruit Mince Tarts

It wasn't until my daughter was working at Brumbies (an Australian bakery) that my family developed a healthy obsession for these delicious sweet and fruity little pies. It was her job to close up each night and at the end of the day any items that hadn't been sold had to be thrown out. Needless to say we saved a lot of money on bread at the time. When Christmas came along they had their famous fruit mince pies for sale. Well it didn't take long for my gang to develop a craving for them, I think I can remember we may have started to hide them so they wouldn't be eaten all at once. Some evenings she would bring home anywhere from 10-20 pies. Lucky we had Granny and Grandad staying with us that year to help with consumption. I must say there got a bit addicted to them as well. You know how the oldies seem to always have a raging sweet tooth!! ;-) Don't tell them I said that. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Jam Filled Cashew Cookies - vegan, paleo and refined sugar free.

I'm on a roll with this sugar free 100% fruit jams I found. I could make my own but it's a  novelty to find a good quality product that's prepacked and there's no way I'm going to turn expensive blueberries into jam let alone actually find Black Cherries to be able to have a go at making it.

Christmas time always makes me want to create new things and just about every year I get inspired to do something with shortbread. One of my childhood memories was devouring the beautiful Scottish shortbread my mum used to buy. Remember making a batch.. I ate the entire bowl, no one even got to see them them at all. Needless to say I never made them again, the temptation was just too much for me. Luckily I grew out of that and now I can make a whole batch of anything and everyone gets a taste..

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tropical Mango & Pineapple Fruit Mince

We are on the countdown to Christmas again. This has to be the most fun time for cooking and creating anything and everything from snacks, party food, sweets, treats and desserts!! There just seems to be so many good reasons and some not so good reasons to be consuming something delectable and delicious that we just don't eat at other times of the year. There's absolutely no reason why we can't enjoy this time and not have to get caught up in the media frenzy of detoxing, pre-festive seasons diets, detox's and excessive exercise programs,  just so that you can re-tox and bulk up again! WTF!! There's no reason for that, just eat real food, it's taste so much better and makes you feel better. Isn't Christmas all about having fun, enjoying yourself, feeling great about yourself so that you feel amazing in your new chrissy outfits, your moods are upbeat and enthusiastic so you can enjoy all the get together's all the while still being able to eat and enjoy.