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The 12 Days of Yule – Day 9 – The Yule Log

Published December 28, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

The tradition of the Yule log goes back centuries. A specially selected log was burned at Yule and the ashes saved for the new year.

Today most of us don’t have open fires and I don’t think the landlord would appreciate me burning a yule log, so a cake version is required.

This yummy mixture can be made in advance and frozen or whipped up the day before the hoards arrive.

Yule Log

Ingredients

  •   1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
  •   1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight
  •   1 cup raisins, soaked for a few hours
  •   1 cup organic apricots (unsulphured) soaked for a few hours
  •   1 cup dried figs, soaked for a few hous
  •   6 organic dates, soaked for a few hours and cut into small pieces
  •   1 dsp(UK) (US tablespoon) maple syrup or agave nectar
  •  The grated zest and juice of 1 organic orange

Method

Drain the almonds and walnuts, and place them in the food processor and process until broken down into very small pieces.

Add the raisins, cranberries, cinnamon, orange juice and orange peel.

Add the date pieces down the chute of the food processor as this will bind the mixture together.

Remove the mixture from the food processor and put it in a large mixing bowl.

Chop the apricots and figs into small pieces and mix into the main mixture.

Shape the mixture into a log shape (be creative – do knobbly branches etc!) onto a dehydrator non-stick sheet and dehydrate on 115˚ F until it is the right consistency. You can remove the non-stick sheet half-way for more even dehydrating and re-shape the log.

Slice this and serve with a warm sauce. (Tomorrow’s recipe!) Tip: Save the cranberry soak water.

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Flour Power

Published March 9, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I do have a bit of an issue with “all purpose” things – how can something be good for everything?

Well, I have developed a type of raw “flour” that I can use for most things – generally in place of flaxseed (which I’m not terribly fond of) in cakes, crackers, granola etc.

Here’s my recipe for Most-Purpose Flour and two recipes using it.

MOST-PURPOSE FLOUR

Ingredients

Almond pulp (from making almond milk)

Oats

Maca powder

Baobab powder

Optional sweetener

Method

Dry the almond pulp on the dehydrator until it is really dry.

Place in the almond in the food processor, with the S-blade. Add some oats, a spoon of maca and a spoon of baobab.

Process until the mixture it a uniform texture and store in a sealed jar until use.

Quantities are vague for this recipe because it really depends on how much you have. I used about half-and-half almond and oats and a tablespoon of each of the superfoods.

For variation, try using other nut pulp, seed pulp, alternative superfood powders, etc…

Now for the recipes:

MACANOLA

Ingredients

Dried fruit (I used apricots, figs, cranberries, pineapple, plum and mango) soaked until nice and squishy

Most-purpose flour

Mixed seeds, soaked overnight or for several hours.

Method

Place the soaked seeds and fruit in a bowl and add sufficient flour to coat everything. Hang on to the fruit soak water for other recipes, but discard the seed soak water.

Spread the mixture over non-stick dehydrator sheets and place on rack in dehydrator on 115℉ overnight.

In the morning you with have a lovely crunchy granola which can be eaten as-is or as a cereal with milk.

Store in a sealed jar or box for up to a week.

CREPES D’AMANDE

These are like crispy, slightly wholemeal crepes.

They’re not light and fluffy as pancakes should be, but serve a similar purpose.

Ingredients for each crepe:

1 Banana

4 dsp/tbsp Most -Purpose Flour

A drop of water, fruit juice or fruit soak water

(multiply quantities to as many crepes as you want to make)

Method

Chop the banana and place in food processor

Add the flour and process with S-blade

Add liquid if required to form a smooth, just-pourable consistency/

Spread into a circle on a non-stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate for 4 hours.

Flip and dehydrate for a further 2-4 hours until the right consistency is reached.

The crepe should hold together and roll around a filling without breaking.

Serve with your favourite filling.

I ate mine with cashew cream and fresh raspberries. They were absolutely divine!

Almonds, Almonds, Everywhere…

Published January 22, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I have neglected my blog for the past week, but I’m back now and I do have a big bag of almonds

Almonds

Image by Shelby PDX via Flickr

I made this delicious milk when I came home from work today:

Strawberry Almond Milk

Equipment

Blender/liquidizer

Nut milk bag

Ingredients

1½ pints water

1 cup almonds

2 cups strawberries (I used frozen because it is January, but fresh is probably best)

Method

Soak the almonds overnight.

Place in blender with water and strawberries

Blend thoroughly

Sieve through a nut milk bag

Save the pulp to make Almond biscuits

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Having drunk half the milk, I made the rest into this: (this is what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow.)

Cheery Berry Chia

Equipment

Dry grinder (optional)

Mixing bowl

Ingredients

1 pint strawberry almond milk

4 dessertspoons chia seed

1 cup cranberries (I used dried)

1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)

3 teaspoons agave or maple syrup

Method

Coarsely grind the chia seeds (you could use milled chia seeds instead)

Mix all the ingredients together and leave overnight

Options

I added 1 teaspoon baobab powder and a multivitamin, because I like to get a powerhouse in for breakfast.

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 I wanted to use the pulp from the Strawberry Almond milk to make some biscuits (cookies), but I needed this first:

Almond Butter

Equipment

Food Processor

Ingredients

2 cups almonds

Drop hemp seed oil

Pinch salt

Teaspoon agave nectar

Method

Place almonds in food processor and process for several minutes.

If the food processor is powerful enough, it should eventually form nut butter, but I had to add a drop of help oil to get the blending underway. Finally, when you have a smooth butter, add salt and agave (optional)

Keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Will last a few days.

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With all my ingredients to hand, I could proceed:

Almond Biscuits

Equipment

Food Processor

Dehydrator (or fan oven

Ingredients

2 cups almond pulp (I used almond & strawberry pulp)

6 dsp maple or agave syrup (I know, it’s a lot, but it’s worth it!)

2 dsp chia seeds

2 dsp almond butter

2 dsp coconut butter

Method

Process everything together until smooth and shape into small biscuits. I was able to make 36!

Dehydrate overnight on 115°F (45°C)

Keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Will keep for several days.

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