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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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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.

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. ♥

Purple People Pleaser

Published January 6, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I’m really into eating foods of different colours. The brightly coloured foods are rich in antioxidants and eating a range of colours ensures a good intake of the range of vitamins. On a spiritual level, eating a rainbow diet nourishes the chakras.

Here’s one of my favourite ways to get purple foods – my special Purple Smoothie = Pure Bliss!

It is packed with superfoods and usually keeps me going for ages, on my little purple cloud…

PURPLE PEOPLE PLEASER

In a blender, mix the following:

1 banana

1 handful purple berries (eg Blueberries, Blackberries, etc)

1 1/2 pints water kefir

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup soaked almonds

1 tsp baobab powder

1 tsp xylitol (substitute agave or stevia if you wish)

1 tsp maca powder

1 tsp lucuma powder

1 tsp purple corn flour

When everything is nicely homogenised, strain through a nut milk/ strainer bag and save it (keep reading…)

Pour into a large glass and enjoy… =)

Getting a Bit of Culture

Published July 28, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about Cultured Vegetables.
Now, to be honest, I had no idea what these were, but when the universe keeps banging on about something, I have to sit up and listen.
About a month ago I read a Sauerkraut recipe in one of Shazzie‘s books: Detox Your World (it’s a great book, by the way – I highly recommend it)
My first thought on reading the recipe was “Eeuw! No way! I’m not eating rotting vegetables, thank you very much! I’ll have something else.”
And that was that. I left it, until I saw this interesting article on Cultured Vegetables, which explained it all to me. I had one of those “Aha” moments (and no, not a flashback to the 80s pop group!) suddenly it made sense, but I still felt a bit anxious about making my own.
What if I did it wrong? Could I accidentally introduce a pathogenic bacteria and give it room to grow?
However, a quick look at the price of Cultured Vegetables convinced me that I had to make my own.
I found this useful tutorial and had a go.
I used cabbage and cucumber (keep it simple to start with,) and a couple of lettuce leaves to keep the vegetables under the water. Here is my Sauerkraut in a Kilner jar. I ‘pop’ the gas 2 or 3 times a day and it should be ready to eat on Monday!

 

 

Originally published on www.pollyskitchen.blogspot.com

My Detox

Published July 3, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

I’ve been “off-grid” for a few days whilst undergoing a mini detox.
My raw food journey thus far has been interesting, enlightening and sometimes challenging, but I am loving it and learning more about myself than I thought possible from a diet!
I’ve lost just over half a stone in weight, but that’s not my main reason for doing it, although I had started getting a bit “chunky” with all those cakes! I felt that I need to become healthier and I’m already noticing changes.
My headaches are decreased and my aches & pains have almost gone, but these past few days I’ve discovered the most so far.
Part of my detox was to avoid technology. I sat in bed reading, exercised and mostly just drank smoothies for 3 days. When I returned to ‘civilisation’, I had no emails, no phone messages, 1 text and only 2 updates on Facebook, so clearly the world can manage without me!
I felt very cold towards the end of my first day and this, apparently is normal. My sense of smell has cranked up a notch. Some smells are now simply disgusting to me, where they were relatively unnoticed before. And I discern some pleasant scents more clearly than before and this is nice.
On the second day, I experienced intense lower back pain which was only slightly relieved by applying a hot water bottle. This has mostly gone, after 3 days, but I clearly need to identify the root of my joint pains. The consultant has ruled out any degenerative disease, which is a relief, but I do see a physiotherapist so I hope he can help me unravel my problems.
Mentally, with no computer or mobile phone to distract me, I managed to read 1 1/2 novels and sort out a lot of worries which had been playing on my mind.
And I slept… oh how I slept! I must have had a lot of healing to do because we heal in our sleep.
I feel really good now, both physically and mentally. I’m much more positive, and looking forward to another detox in a few weeks!

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