Thursday, 30 August 2012

Coconut Butter

It's all coco-loco to me!

Coconut oil & coconut butter are different things. The coconut oil is just the fat or oil extracted from the coconut flesh which has been dried (cold pressed extracted makes it 'raw' coconut oil - which I use) . The cacao butter is derived from the cacao bean which is the bean where chocolate comes from.  When the cacao bean has been roasted it becomes a cocoa bean or if ground it becomes cocoa powder. I first discovered

Friday, 24 August 2012

Chocolate salted fudge slice (raw)

This recipe came about by mistake. I was going to a clothes swap and as usual I was doing too much, trying to fit it all in. I actually set out to make a Dragon fruit & Lime pie with a chocolate crust! I realised once I'd over processed the nuts for the base of the pie, that I had to start again! Not wanting to waste such divine ingredients I made a new base and turned the 'old' base into the fudge topping. As is often the case, the 'mistake' turned into

Monday, 13 August 2012

Curried parsnip soup

I'm always on the look out for an interesting new dish.  I'm just not satisfied with the same old flavour combinations year in, year out.  This soup came about a few years ago while I was cooking for a local cafe. I had to cook a different soup every single day throughout the winter, quite a challenge, especially when using organic and seasonal produce. I’d start most days staring at the same produce and have to come up

Monday, 6 August 2012

Tuscan kale is so good for you it just jumps out and says so! Just look at the dark greenness of the leaves! When I first discovered it, other than juicing with it, I didn't really know how to get it and it's goodness into my daily diet. I found it a bit fibrous and chewy. Sometimes I added it to my pasta dishes and found myself comparing it to spinach, which is soft and delicate. Then I discovered