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healthy salted caramel peanut butter bars

29 August, 2016

Confession time. Now that I have discovered how easy it is to make my own peanut butter, I have gone a little peanut butter making crazy. Dark roasted, light roasted, lightly salted, honey, cinnamon, smooth, crunchy… I am starting to think that I may have taken this peanut butter obsession to the next level (if that were even possible).  When life gives you peanuts? Make peanut butter I say.  Having so many variations of peanut butter around has given me…

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lemon coconut slice

24 August, 2016

I adore lemons.  Every morning I start the day with a cup of hot water and lemon. I add it to almost every meal. And although I rarely order lemon desserts, every time I actually do (think lemon meringue tart, lemon cheesecake…) I wonder why I don’t all the time (the answer is usually chocolate or ice cream).  Because of this, there is rarely a time where I don’t have lemons in the house.  Lemon coconut slice is one of…

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dark roasted peanut butter

13 August, 2016

 It’s no secret that I love natural peanut butter.  In fact, you may call me a connoisseur. So the fact that I have never actually made my own may come as quite the surprise to you. Especially considering that I have owned a Vitamix for a few months now.  I usually buy my peanut butter in bulk from the local organic health food shop. But recently, I have not been loving the depth of flavour as much. #firstworldproblems  Although there is…

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raspberry chia jam

9 August, 2016

 I don’t know how many of you are “Friends” fans, but it is probably one of my top 5 favourite shows of all time. I cannot tell you the number of times that I have watched every single episode. Let’s just say that it’s enough that you would be hard pressed to come up with a question from any of the seasons that I can’t answer. As my mum would say, my sister and I actually speak “Friends” to each…

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piñata cake

23 July, 2016

Having a strong cake game is a really big thing now.  Making a birthday cake is no longer a birthday formality, but rather a spectacular showcase of creative, loving genius.  Think a simple tea cake will suffice? No no no my friend. Add some caramelised salted fig and then we can talk. And unless your carrot cake is a two-layered, naked version with quinoa, then I’m sorry, but it’s a no go.  I mean, have you been to a first birthday party lately?…

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savoury chickpea pancakes

17 July, 2016

A few months ago, I was introduced to savoury chickpea pancakes or “socca” at a cafe at Byron Bay. Since then, I have seen them on quite a few menus. Made from chickpea (also known as garbanzo or besan) flour, these incredibly quick and easy to make gluten-free pancakes have since become a favourite. Originally from Southeastern France, the pancakes are more like a pizza-flatbread than a pizza, and can be topped with virtually anything, which is probably why I…

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dark chocolate and walnut cookies

8 July, 2016

I love playing hostess. Especially when I have enough time to organise myself and actually make something for my guests. There really is something special about a fresh batch of cookies, scones or really any other baked goods and a boiled kettle to greet friends with.  This cookie recipe is fantastic. Not only do the cookies take less than 30 minutes from start to finish, they are soft in the centre, delicious  and relatively healthy (well, they’re not exactly kale… but they do have…

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green goodness bowl

5 July, 2016

The best thing about what seems like endless days at home writing assignments and a thesis? Getting to make a proper, cooked lunch everyday.  However, in spite of the temptation to spend hours in the kitchen being somewhat significant, I try to keep pretty self-disciplined about my study timetable. So when it comes to deciding what to make it has to be; a) simple, b) take minimal preparation, c) uses ingredients that are in the house and d) nourishing, so that I am not left feeling sluggish, with energy…

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