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Almond Date Panaforte
200g of good quality couverture (dark) chocolate, finely chopped
200g raw honey
200g (2 cups) raw almonds, chopped roughly
1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
50g sultanas, chopped
50g dried apricots, chopped
8 red glace cherries (or dried cranberries), roughly chopped
1 ½ cups plain flour
½ cup cocoa powder
Icing sugar to sprinkle over the top
Preheat oven 180 degrees celsius. Gently heat chocolate in bowl over pan of barely simmering water until melted. Simmer for another 2 minutes stirring gently. Slowly add the honey, combine and stir well. Remove, set aside.
Combine flour and cocoa in large bowl and mix together. Add the almonds, all the dried fruit and the cherries and combine well. Pour the chocolate and honey over the dry ingredients. Mix quickly until well combined.
Using wet hands, press mixture into greased and lined 18 x 28 x 2.5cm deep slice pan. Bake on middle shelf for 20 minutes ONLY. The Panaforte firms on cooling.
Cool thoroughly in pan, preferably overnight. Sprinkle well with sifted icing sugar. Cut into approx 3cm x 5cm oblong squares. Makes about 30 serves. Store in airtight container between layers of baking paper.
1/2 cup of Organic Buckwheat Flour
1/2 cup of Organic Rice Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 egg (seperated)
1 cup of Milk
1 tbs of Oil (vegetable or sunflower)
Pinch of Himalayan Salt
1 tbs Organic Rapadura sugar
1 cup of frozen Blueberries
1 cup of frozen Raspberries
Sift the flours in with the baking powder, then add a pinch of the Himalayan salt & the sugar to the flours. Make a well in the centre and pour in the egg yolk, milk & oil . Whisk well until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until a stiff peak forms, and then gently fold into the batter. Melt butter in a heavy pan, pour some of the batter in & cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip the pancake & cook until golden.
To make the berry sauce, add the frozen berries to a saucepan and gently heat until they break down.
Serve the pancakes with berry sauce, ricotta or plain yoghurt and lashings of maple syrup!!
Makes around 10 pancakes.
Organic Rapadura is an unrefined sugar, popular for its unique caramel flavour, fine grain and gorgeous golden colour. It is produced by simply evaporating the water from the organic sugar cane juice. It has high nutritional value as it retains most of the natural vitamins and minerals, because, unlike other sugar it is not separated from the nutrient dense molasses part of the sugar cane during the pressing and drying process.
Rapadura is the perfect product for baking and the sweetening of food and drinks. Simply substitute 1 cup of rapadura for 1 cup of other sugars (e.g. white/raw/brown) in any recipe. In Colombia it is dissolved in water with ice and a touch of lemon and served as an energy boosting summer drink.
If you eat nutrient dense organic foods you only need smaller amounts, as your body is satisfied with less. Also your energy levels are improved because the body is getting the fuel it requires to function properly.
Many people believe organic food is just about crops which have not been sprayed with pesticides but it is so much more than that. The soils on an organic farm are encouraged to be mineral rich and because of this the food is nutrient dense.
KALE: A member of the Brassica family, which includes broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage, Kale is a valuable winter vegetable. It is packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that guard against bacterial and viral infections, heart disease, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Kale also improves iron absorption from food.
breakfast - delicious with eggs prepared your favourite way. Could also include mushrooms & tomato on the plate for a hearty Sunday brunch.
dinner - sensational served as a green with roast pumpkin, sweet potato mash or parsnip mash and your choice of meat. If vegetarian team with your favourite legume.
Raw honey is unheated, unprocessed and unfiltered. Honey in its raw form is one of natures’ most perfect foods. It is an antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial. A teaspoon of raw honey can sooth a sore throat or a nasty tickle. Apply liberally to burns and ease the pain whilst speeding up the healing process. Apart from food, Its uses are endless.
Ancient Celts associated apples with goddesses, who were commonly believed to control people's romantic fates. On Halloween, young unmarried boys and girls would race to pluck out an apple from a pool of water with their mouths, and that evolved into the contemporary game of bobbing for apples. Whoever bit the apple first would supposedly be the next among the group to get married.
Halloween is probably a cat's least favorite holiday. The Humane Society advises people to keep pets -- and especially black cats -- indoors to protect them from becoming victims of candy-fueled mischief. Black cats are most at risk for pranks and cruelty because of their lengthy association with evil spirits.
In ancient Egypt, cats were held in high esteem and one goddess, Bast, was represented in the form of a cat. But in the 13th century, when the Catholic Church launched the Inquisition, the favorable feline tide turned as alleged pagans sometimes kept company with cats. Because of their dark coloration, black cats became especially reviled, and eventually people started to think that they were special companions to witches. According to popular folklore, witches can also turn themselves into cats.
Although many people probably don't believe in black cats' evil connotations these days, Halloween can revive old superstitions. For that reason, it's wise to heed the Humane Society's advice and keep them away from festivities.