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Lisa’s Leek Crackers

Published November 18, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

I bought some lovely crackers in Infinity foods in Brighton last week. They were made by a company called “Raw Lisa” and were delicious.

They were called “Seed Snaps” and contained buckwheat, seeds and onion.

I wanted to make something similar, but I had to change a couple of ingredients.

I had run out of sunflower seeds, so I used pine nuts. I didn’t have psyllum husk so I used a bit of sprouted flax seed.

Also, I never buy onions these days, but I did have a leek…

Where Lisa’s crackers have lots of nice crunchy seeds in them for a lovely texture, mine have a smoother consistency.

Having said that, the taste is along the same lines and it’s lovely to have some delicious homemade crackers, which are an approximation of a fantastic product on the market.

Here are my Raw Lisa-style crackers:

1 cup buckwheat groats

1 cup sunflower seeds

½ cup pine nut kernels

½ cup sesame seeds

1 leek

3 pitted dates

splash soy sauce

splash vinegar

1 tbs sprouted flax seed

Soak the seeds, dates and buckwheat for several hours

Process the leek and add the drained seeds

Process everything together until mixture is thick and homogenous. Add soy sauce and vinegar. Mix again.

Spread onto dehydrator sheet and dehydrate on 115F overnight until crispy.

Store in an airtight container in fridge or freezer. They will keep a few days, possibly weeks, but are more likely to be scoffed quickly.

Carrot Bread with Banana

Published November 17, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

I made something a bit different for supper this evening. I was going to save this for breakfast, but… oh well!

Here’s the recipe:

Raw Carrot Bread

Ingredients

4 carrots
1/2 apple
1 cup. cashews, soaked
5 pitted dates,  soaked
about a cup of date soak water
1/4 c. chia seeds, ground
1 tsp xylitol

1 tsp  salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation: 

Process carrots and apple in food processor until well chopped, Place these in a mixing bowl, while you chop dates and cashews in food processor. Now add to chopped carrot/apple. Grind chia seeds (I use the grinder on the food processor). Add ground chia to mixture and stir well. Add xylitol, salt, and cinnamon and thoroughly mix. Use about a cup of date soak water to help the mixture stick.
Spread on dehydrator sheet and dehydrate on 145 for 1.5 hours, then turn down to 110 and dehydrate 5-6 hours or until desired moisture is achieved.

I like to cut  my breads into triangles before dehydrating, using a pizza cutter. This makes it easier to “slice” when the bread is “baked.”

Serve with Sweet Coconut Butter:

Sweet Coconut Butter

Ingredients

1 tbs coconut butter

1 tbs olive oil

1 tsp xylitol or sweetener of your choice

1 tsp baobab powder

Preparation

Mix everything thoroughly together and spread onto Carrot Bread

Place some sliced banana on top and enjoy.

Yummy… now, what are we going to have for breakfast…?

Tropical Bug Buster

Published November 1, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

I have nearly had a cold for 2 days now and frankly, I’m fed up with it.

One of the benefits of being healthy and having a good immune system is that I don’t get ill very often. I do pick up viruses, but usually shift them within a few hours. Two days is too long for me to feel “not-quite-right.” Yes, I know, I’m a prima donna!

Anyway, my impatience got the better of me and I made this today:

Blend the following:

1 litre water kefir (drain out the grains and use them again!)

1 banana

1 inch slice of pineapple, chopped

1/2 mango

1 kiwi fruit

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp baobab

2 zinc tablets, crushed

Make a jug full. Drink as required.

I would have liked to put a teaspoon of local honey in this, but I don’t have any…=)

I’m drinking it now and I feel better already. I can assure you I won’t be putting up with an “almost cold” tomorrow!

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