Plenty of indulgent blow outs and healthy everyday treats to keep you on track.
I try my best to make desserts as healthy as possible so that they can be enjoyed more often without sacrificing texture or flavour. I have been experimenting a lot with vegan desserts so there are plenty of those.
As she walked towards me with a glass jar adorned with jasmine flowers I felt equal parts excitement and pure anxiety.
“It’s German the Herman Friendship cake. Do you know about it?”
My anxiety levels rose. And no doubt my face looked fearful.
Herman. Yes, I certainly did know him.
A sourdough cake batter that is lovingly nurtured for 9 days on your kitchen bench before being divided up and shared with friends to do the same. On the 10th day, you bake him into a delicious cake.
All of which sounds right up my alley on any usual day.
But I was on the eve of being home alone with two sick kids while hubby was overseas working for 2 weeks.
See why I was anxious?
My beautiful, thoughtful friend Zanni had chosen me to share her Herman with. Chosen me to keep him alive and well. To love him and transform him into an edible feast.
But could I do it? Did I want to?
Yes and yes (and a little bit of no), but I rose to the challenge and I did it.
I sprinkled it with a little raw cacao to add to the ‘old’ rustic nature of the cake. Are you buying it?
Although a lot of fun, I’m a little sad to report that I was not overly enthralled with the taste. It was nice, but I wanted it to be NICER for all the effort. Still, I enjoyed the process. And I ate fermented cake. Pretty darn cool.
You can get the recipe and read more about the cake’s origins here.
I managed to get through the entire weekend without any chocolate at all. We didn’t buy each other eggs and I am trying to reduce Miss 3.5’s sugar intake so she didn’t get any either. Don’t worry, she is very unaware of the whole affair so she was not bothered. Goes without saying that our 8 month old didn’t eat any chocolate either.
Wow, what a boring healthy family! (more…)
After yesterday’s heavy post, I thought I’d get back on your sweet side with some homemade jam. Did it work?
My very good friends Robyn and Rocco gifted me with about 3kg of figs from their tree last month. Tiny, sweet, gorgeous things. I was ecstatic until I realised I couldn’t actually eat that many figs before they were going to turn.
What was I to do? That’s right, make jam. But I also stuffed them into biscuits, brownies (so good! Use this recipe and just chuck in a cup of chopped fresh figs with the nuts in step 4), plus I ate them on muesli everyday.
And I STILL had about a kilo left over. Jam, was their destiny. (more…)
Happy New Year! I am looking forward to absolutely rocking 2014 and I can’t wait to share all the fun stuff with you so I hope you’ll come along for the ride…
Meanwhile, Australia’s long hot Summer continues and I’ve been busy in the kitchen with the King of Summer fruit – Mangoes. The sweet, silky flesh of ripe mangoes is the perfect partner in this rich, but fruity dessert. It’s a cracker served after a spicy meal. (more…)
Yep, I’m giving everything the Christmas makeover at the moment. I just love helping you prepare for the festivities!
First there was the chilled dairy free eggnog, then a delicious rolled turkey breast with cranberry couscous stuffing and most recently, some delectable christmas cake brownies (yum, yum, double yum!).
Today I present you with… christmas pancakes. Go on, I know you want to! (more…)