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Cashew Cream

Published March 8, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I like to mix up a batch of this and keep it in a box in the fridge.

I use it in smoothies, sweet recipes and as a creamy side dish with fruit and sweet treats.



1 Cup Cashew nuts, soaked and rinsed

1 Banana

1 dsp/tbs Baobab Powder (this is optional – I use a lot of baobab!)

1 dsp/tbs Honey or Agave syrup (again optional, but gives a lovey taste)

Fruit juice/ Water or Fruit-Soak Water as required.

A pinch of Vanilla Powder or a bit of chopped Vanilla Bean


Blend or process everything until really smooth. Use  little liquid if required.

The consistency should be that of a thick cream, but make it thinner if you want to pour it.

Keeps for about a week in the fridge.


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.


bowl, blender


2 cups Oats

3 cups Water

4 Probiotic capsules



Cashew nuts

Agave Nectar


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.

Quick Delicious Shake

Published January 23, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I’ve run out of spinach!

Luckily, Mr H should be able to pick me some up at work tonight, but meanwhile… what can I put in my green smoothie? (I’ve taken to making sure I get a couple of pints of green smoothie every day because I feel better on it.)

Well, disaster averted because I have some standby Wheatgrass Powder; not as good as the fresh stuff, but not a bad substitute.

Wheatgrass powder is 21% protein, 22% carbohydrate and only 2% fat. It has lots of fibre and also contains plenty of magnesium and zinc, as well as a bit of sodium.

I made this delicious quick smoothie (which didn’t even need straining)

Wheatgrass & Blueberry Super-Smoothie


2 pints Water Kefir (I always have some of this available!)

1 handful Blueberries (I used frozen)

1 dsp Wheatgrass powder

2 tsp Baobab powder

2 dsp Purple Corn flour

1 Banana

1 tsp Coconut oil

Agave nectar to taste

Blend everything together and enjoy

It’s a lovely dark purple colour, so my crown chakra is buzzing now!

Melon Cake (not a cake; a smoothie!)

Published January 9, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

I don’t know how I’ve done it, but I seem to have created a green smoothie that tastes a bit like a cake! (Well actually, I do… it’s like this:)

Melon Cake

Make approx 2 pints (depending on amount of water used)

Equipment: Blender, nut milk bag, bowl


1/2 Honeydew melon

3 handfuls baby spinach leaves

1 banana

1 tsp lucuma powder

1tsp coconut oil (solid)

Water to blend (or coconut water)


Blend the melon and coconut in just enough water to blend smoothly (you may not need water if you have a high-speed blender – I don’t, but water stops the smoothie being to strong. Go with your taste)The coconut will emulsify with the water, making the smoothie look milky.

Add the spinach and lucuma powder and blend until smooth.

Pour the mixture into a nut milk bag and strain into a bowl.

Rinse the blender and pour the juice back in.

Add the banana and blend smooth.

Enjoy you cake! =)

Now, that’s going to bead my winter baked food cravings!

If you don’t have any Lucuma, try a dash of maple syrup!)

The Biscuits of the Oat King

Published January 6, 2012 by Polana Fowdrey

Following on from my previous post, wherein I gave the recipe for a delicious purple smoothie, here’s what I do with that lovely purple pulp…


Take the pulp from a Purple People Pleaser

Add: 1 cup oats

1tbs sweetener of choice

1 cup sparkling water

1 tsp purple corn flour

1 handful blueberries

Mix everything together, either by hand or in a food processor. Try not to break the blueberries up too much – they add a lovely texture.

Leave the mixture to stand for 1/2 hour. This allows the dry ingredients to soak up the moisture and the sparkling water allows the mix to “rise” a little and you get a lighter biscuit.

Spoon the mixture onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet and dehydrate on 115F for several hours until the biscuits are soft and chewy.

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!

Getting My Oats

Published June 10, 2011 by Polana Fowdrey

Today I made Oat Mylch – Here’s how:

I took a pyrex jug and put 1 litre of water inside (you could easily use a bowl instead)
I then laid a piece of muslin over the top.
I dropped 1 cup of oats into the muslin, so that they all fell under the water.

I also added 1 tsp honey, but this is optional
Then I placed a plate over the top and left them soaking for 1/2 hour.

After half an hour I removed the plate, gathered up the edges of the muslin and squeezed out the Oat Mylch. It comes out thick and creamy and is wonderful for the skin too!

After I’d squeezed out as much Mylch as I could, I put the oats aside (for later!) and poured some of the Oat Mylch out for our lunchtime smoothie!

Here’s the Oat Mylch. I made just under 1 1/2 litres this way. It needs stirring before use, but it is quite a versatile milk – not brilliant in tea though!
Lunchtime was upon us, so I made a delicious smoothie with:
1/2 pint Oat Mylch
1 mango (just the flesh!)
a handful of strawberries.
Blended together, they made the most gorgeous, rich, creamy, sunshiney drink!
Shown here with Chocolate Love Buckets!
Chocolate Love Buckets
I chopped the remaining strawberries into quarters and layered them in sundae dishes with a couple of Chocolate Love Bombs, (from a batch that turned out a bit soft, due to too much liquid and I’d kept in the freezer. Even mistakes can be utilised!)


Here is a delicious Chocolate Love Bucket!


Our delicious lunch. Imagine – eating chocolate for lunch, the healthy way. This is heavenly!


Mr H enjoying his chocolate Love Bucket. Mmmmmm. =)
Later in the day I was a bit naughty when we visited Mr H’s parents, because it is impossible to resist Mrs H’s delicious Okra Curry! It did get me wondering whether okra can be eaten raw, and whether I could create a raw curry? Hmmm… best get my thinking cap on.
Anyway, those soaked oats (you thought I’d forgotten about them, didn’t you?)
Baccus Gets His Oats
1 cup oats (soaked and Mylch squeezed out)
1 desertspoon (dsp) raw cacao powder
1 dsp carob powder
1 cup dried vine fruits (pre-soaked)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
2oz (50g) coconut cream (you could use coconut oil if you prefer. I use the cream because it is cheaper!)
Mix it up, press into silicone moulds and leave to dry under a tea towel overnight.
In the morning (hopefully!) there will be some oaty chocoaltey cakes!
Night night… =)
PS… next day… here’s a pic:
… and they are yummy!
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