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The 12 Days of Yule – Day 3 – Date and Walnut Truffles

Published December 22, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Date & Walnut Truffles

These little guys are so easy, with only 5 ingredients… and so ver moorish.

Makes about 8 truffles, but scale up the quantities to make more.

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight

1/2 cup dates, soaked

3 dsp Raw Cacao Powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 pinch salt

Method:

Put everything into the food processor and process until smooth.

Shape into small balls and dehydrate for a few hours unti the outside is crisp.

Keep in fridge or freezer until you want to eat them.

Try to save some for later…

The 12 Days of Yule – Day 2 – Walnut and Carrot Loaf

Published December 21, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Walnut and Carrot Loaf

A delicious alternative to meat for special occasions.

Ingredients:

6 medium carrots, grated

2 cups walnuts, soaked overnight

1 tsp garlic flakes

Olive oil, nutritional yeast, soy sauce and dried herbs to taste.

You can vary your seasoning according to your taste. Maybe add some fresh chilli for a bit of a kick, or make a curry version with curry spices. I like it plain and simple with a bit of garlic and parsley in.

Method:

Place everything in the food processor and process with the S-blade until well mixed. A few larger lumps is fine – it all adds to the flavour and texture.

Transfer the mixture into a silicone cake or loaf mould and place in the dehydrator on a low setting until the mixture is firm enough to turn over and remove the mould.

Dehydrate further until the loaf has reached the desired texture.

You can freeze this until you are ready to use it. I transfer mine back into the mould and wrap in greaseproof paper.

Serve with the Tomato Sauce I showed you yesterday.

The 12 Days of Yule – Day 1 – A Jug of Tomato Sauce

Published December 20, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Tomato Soup/Sauce

This soup can be used as a warm soup any time of the year, cold like a gazpacho or as a sauce, which incidentally goes very well with the Walnut and Carrot Loaf I’m going to show you tomorrow.

Ingredients:

8 medium Tomatoes

1 litre Date-Soak Water (leftover from soaking dates)

A splash of olive oil

Seasoning to taste: I like to use: Parsley, garlic, paprika (which also gives a good colour) salt and pepper. You can vary this to your own taste.*

Method:

Blend everything in a blender (you don’t need a high-speed blender – an ordinary one will do.)

When you have a smooth mixture, transfer to a saucepan and heat to blood temperature and enjoy.

Can be frozen before heating for later use.

* Add an avocado for a creamier mixture.

Ridiculously Healthy Garlic Mushrooms

Published November 28, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I went on a mushroom forage last week. I didn’t find any to bring home, but I did learn a lot and it has renewed my love of all things fungi (and edible!)

I love  mushrooms and garlic and this raw garlic mushroom recipe really is the bees knees…

Garlic Mushrooms

Ingredients

Mushrooms (I used a whole box of mushrooms from the supermarket, but any edible mushrooms will do)

1 cup cashew nuts (soaked until soft)

water to blend

1 – 2 tbs olive oil to help emulsify the water

1 tsp garlic chips or 1 clove garlic very finely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

nutritional yeast flakes – about a handful

seeds (I used sesame seeds and pre-soaked & dried sunflower seeds) – about a handful

Method

Blend the cashews with water and oil until creamy and smooth.

Add the garlic and seasoning and blend again.

Pour into a large bowl and add the yeast flakes and seeds.

Stir thoroughly.

Chop the mushrooms into bite-size pieces and drop them into the mixture.

Stir the mushrooms gently to coat them in the mixture and leave for about an hour to soak up all the liquid.

Lay the coated mushrooms out on a dehydrator mesh and dry overnight.

These keep for a few days in the fridge and can be eaten as they are, or with salads etc as a side dish.

The seeds add a bit of crunch to the mushrooms and soaking them in the sauce for a while adds to the flavour as they absorb all the delicious juices.

You can add herbs or spices to the mixture as you wish. Parsley goes nicely with garlic and I like adding a bit of paprika (I love paprika – perhaps I’m secretly Hungarian!)

Power Bombs

Published March 18, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

These are a perfect “pick-me-up” if you’re flagging a bit, or in our house, they’re more of a “get-me-through-this-all-nighter!”

Mix the following together in a bowl or food processor:

2 tsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp raw carob powder

1 tsp maca powder

1 tsp purple corn flour

2 tsp raw agave nectar

1 tsp goji berries

1tsp coconut oil (melted)

1 tsp ginkgo tincture

Roll into little balls and chill in the freezer for an hour.

Nom as required.

Wheatgrass & Wasabi Kale Chips

Published March 16, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I had some Wheatgrass & Wasabi Kale Chips From Inspiral Foods and wanted to create my own version.

Equipment

Bowl

Blender

Dehydrator

Ingredients

1 cup Cashew Nuts (soaked)

1 dsp Wheatgrass Powder

1 dsp Nutritional Yeast

1 tsp Wasabi Powder

pinch Sea Salt

pinch of Ground Pepper

splash Olive Oil

A large bag or several big leaves of Kale

Method

Blend the cashews in a little water.

Add the Wheatgrass and Nutritional Yeast and seasonings.

Stir in the oil.

Wash the Kale and remove large stalks.

Massage the sauce all over the kale until it is thoroughly covered.

Dehydrate on a non-stick sheet for 24 hours or until dry and crunchy.

Remove from non-stick sheet half way through and place directly on mesh to speed drying time.

Brownies’ Honour

Published March 12, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Honestly, these brownies taste divine! And they are a snip to make!

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

Ingredients

1 cup dates

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1 dsp/tbsp honey

1 tsp cinnamon

1 pinch sea salt

Method

Mix everything together in a food processor (with S-blade) until a fairly smooth (with a few nutty lumps) texture is reached.

Spread out in a silicone square cake pan and dehydrate for 1 hour.

Turn out, cut into 6 “fingers” and dehydrate a further 2-3 hours to create a crispy outside, leaving the centre soft and creamy.

Alternatively, try freezing the mixture in the pan, scoring the bars first and enjoy after a few hours’ firming in the cold.

Cheezy Sauce

Published March 10, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

This quick and easy sauce goes with lots of things. I like to have a jug of it in the fridge for those emergency cheezy recipes.

Ingredients

1 cup cashews, soaked for at least half an hour

2 or 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

pinch salt

water to blend

Method

Blend everything together until nice and smooth. Adjust the quantities as required. You could add some herbs for variation. Parsley and basil are nice.

It’s also really nice with some red pepper and chilli added.

Will keep about a week in the fridge if covered up.

Decadent Valentine’s Treat

Published February 14, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Raw Chocolate Coated Strawberries.

I’m sure no explanation or preamble is required.

Ingredients:

8-10 ripe strawberries

2 dsp coconut oil

1 dsp manuka honey

3 dsp raw cacao powder

Method:

Melt the oil and honey in a bain-marie

Add the cacao powder and stir in until a rich chocolate is reached. Use a whisk if you have lumps.

Dip strawberries into the chocolate.

Place on a plate and put in freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden.

Enjoy with a loved one on the night of love. ♥

I Just Can’t Get Enough (of that raw fermented stuff…)

Published January 27, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

So, I’ve done Kimchi, Sauerkraut and Water Kefir. I’ve bought live probiotic powder and turned my hand to raw cheese; what’s next?

Yogurt, of course! This is something I will find very useful in my raw dishes. (Especially at breakfast, where I’m trying out things-that-are-not-smoothies!)

I’ve been doing my research and decided that first I will try Oat Yogurt. I’ve not done this before, so it will be a 24 hour experiment. I will let you know how it turns out!

Here’s what I’ve done:

In a ceramic bowl, I mixed:

2 cups wholegrain oats (I only had rolled oats but whole oats would be preferable as they’ve not been processed.)

3 cups water

the contents of 2 probiotic capsules

I’ve stirred the mixture together and covered it. Now I need to leave it  to stand at room temperature for 24 hours.

Tomorrow night I will take a look and see whether the mixture needs blending to make it smooth and creamy, or whether it is fine as it is.

I’ll blog my results of this experiment tomorrow!

UPDATE: 24 Hours later.

I uncovered my oat mixture and to be honest it just looked like uncooked porridge. I tasted it and there was none of the sourness I have been led to expect.

I decided to blend the whole mixture and add a couple more probiotic capsules (the powder from the inside) and leave it in the bowl for another 24 hours.

So, a bit disappointing really, but tomorrow might yield better results. Patience Poli, patience…

UPDATE 2: Another 24 hours later.

The yogurt looks a lot more like yogurt now and is rather sour to taste – more like I was hoping for.

I gave it a good stir and it looked right, so I added some frozen strawberries, soaked cashews and dried cranberries.

I now have a lovely yogurty breakfast, which I will have in the morning.

UPDATE 3: The following morning.

Yum! This is delicious!

Now I know how to do it, here’s the recipe:

Fruity Breakfast Yogurt.

Equipment:

bowl, blender

Ingredients:

2 cups Oats

3 cups Water

4 Probiotic capsules

Strawberries

Cranberries

Cashew nuts

Agave Nectar

Method:

Soak the oats in the water. Add the contents of the probiotic capsules.

Cover the oats and leave for 24 – 48 hours at room temperature. This depends on the temperature of your home. It will take longer in Winter.

Soak the cashew nuts for several hours or overnight.

Blend the oat/water mixture and pour into a bowl.

Add the cashew nuts, strawberries and cranberries (these are to taste so no precise amounts are given.)

Add a little agave nectar to sweeten if required.

Serves 4 – 6.

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