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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…

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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 loveĀ  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.

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