Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Beautiful Food: Chocolate Cake To Die For


Wheat, refined sugar and dairy free amazing Chocolate Cake Recipe.

You can't stop at just one piece especially served warm from the oven.

Ingredients

150ml olive oil (I use a good quality yet mild tasting one)
50g cocoa powder
125ml boiling water
Any spice or zest of choice (cinnamon, chilli, allspice, lavender, orange zest, mint)
90g almond meal (If not using buckwheat flour use 150g almond meal)
60g buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp bi-carb powder
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
2 tablespoons date paste.
3 large eggs
pinch of salt (Himalayan salt if you can)

Date Paste: Place a handful of dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water to soften for 30 minutes. Remove dates from water and place in blender. Blend dates using some of the water by adding as much as you need to get a smooth but thick wet paste (baby food consistency).

Cake Method:

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
Line a spring form cake tin with baking paper.

Place coco and boiling water in a bowl and whisk to combine. Add in vanilla and other spice of choice.
In another bowl place eggs, olive oil and rice malt. Beat on high using an electric beater until thick. Add cocoa mixture and date paste and mix on low speed till combined.
Add almond meal, buckwheat flour, bi-carb and salt stirring with a spoon till just combined.

Pour into lined tin and bake in oven for 40 - 45 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for 15  minutes before removing from cake tin.

Serve warm, with cream of choice, sifted cocoa, berries, grated dark chocolate of choice.





Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Beautiful Things: What I Am Loving Lately



Hello to you beautiful babes. The season has finally changed and I am a little happy because Autumn is one of my favourite times. (I can't believe we are in Autumn already!!!)

What have you been up to lately?
I have been running, yes running. Running around looking at options to launch into a new area of business, very exciting.

I have been looking after sick kids, alas the bugs have arrived, time to pump the lemon and ginger. I've heard Cinnamon is really good too at warding off the germs.

I have also been tiding up my wardrobe. I'm getting rid of the old, the things that I never wear and no matter how pretty I still find them I am just not wearing them, so they must go. Emotionally it's hard to throw pretty things isn't it but I want to make room for some new updated pieces...

With March here I have fallen for so many new things and below is what has made it to my loving lately list to surround myself with all things beautiful.


A new season.

The colours  are divine. The sun is divine. It smells divine.

To spend us much time outside is the goal, I'm breathing it all in.



Misskelly Made In Tasmania - click this link to have a huge Jewellery swoon! GORGEOUS.

I was lucky enough to win one of Pat's, owner and designer, one of a kind necklace. Perfect with a pair of jeans and a white or dark plain t-shirt. I'm letting this necklace do all the talking. I went for this dark tawny gray green, also one of my favourite colours to wear at the moment.


Pumpkin.

Roasted in some ghee with thyme, salt, pepper and a smidge of maple syrup - help us all!

I adore pumpkin season.


Chocolate Cake.

This cake is divine and yes we ate the whole thing in one setting, I may have had a slice or two or three...

It is dairy, wheat and refined sugar free so of course you can have the extra slice.
I will post the recipe this week so come back later in the week for this one. Comming Soon.


Looking up.

This one is for us all.
Yep, look up and beyond because I believe you can do anything you want to.
I feel empty when I am not stepping out and in the direction of my passions. If your uncertain or just want some encouragement come and read this.


HOT CHIPS.

Yes it's a bit naughty but I seem to crave them at the moment. They have to be soft and fluffy on the inside and crunchy golden on the out. Salt and Vinegar or Lemon and I am a happy girl. I am blaming it on the cooler nights...


In my handbag.

Autumn means variable weather where I live. Come and see what I have in my handbag ready for Autumn times, click here.




What are you loving at the moment that makes you feel beautiful?

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Beautiful Chats: Empty and Why No One is Talking About It


Empty.

Not a nice word. This is one of those words that makes you feel, well, empty.

Have you ever felt empty? I sure have.
I'm not talking about those days that we simply miss the mark, we all have those. (Note: do not look at Pintrest on these days.)
Emptiness, this is different. This is a spreading from our inner most core that slowly invades. It's a feeling that something is missing, to feel unsatisfied, to feel like you want more but you don't know what that is or you don't know how to change it.

The problem with empty is that it's hard to talk about. If I say the word... I can't. If do I may appear ungrateful. After all, I am so lucky. Life is full and good, but empty - I do dare to say it.

I want more. Is it wrong for me with all the good in my life to want more? Is it reckless, silly, not responsible? I don't think so but it does depend on what this "more" is.

More to me is actually about you - others.

I want to help women. This is my more. I want to help women using the passion of my heart, the things that moves me.
What moves me is my passion. My passion is telling women everywhere that they are beautiful and the world around them needs their voice with their own passion to move us, to give us more. This is a women's beautiful.

This "what moves us" is also found in the very core of ourselves. Empty tends to come in and mask this passion with things like - self doubt, fear, life's demands, too much risk and uncertainty. Empty is very good at squashing our passion and our passion's voice. Let's face it, how hard is it to put yourself out there? - Hard.

The reason I am talking about being empty today is that I am determined to banish empty from my own core and fill myself up with more of what moves me. It's not about saving the world or being an expert, it's about living my time to it's fullest.
I meet so many women on a daily basis who are also looking for their more and I say push out empty and fear, grab your hearts passion, your personal more and step out. To feel empty is good because it's your hearts way of saying it's time to step out in your passions no matter how hard, risky, embarrassing.

I personally am not going to apologies or stay quiet in my passion any more. At times it may just be cute and sweet, sometimes it may ruffle feathers. It may be contrary to what the world or rather the media says but it just might be the voice another, somewhere needs to hear this day too.

Empty has to go and instead I have some serious passion love going on. It's time to talk and ask your heart what's yours?

A women's beauty is definitely found in the passionate voice of her mores.
I am grateful for every women who stands up in her own defining more, what moves her to move us. This is beautiful.

Tell me, what is your more?

Add you "voice" to the link up below. Blog, website or passion, share with us below.




Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Beautiful Food: Beautifully Delicious Raspberry Yoghurt Loaf



This Raspberry Yoghurt Loaf is di-v-ine!

It is a whole meal in one and perfect with a dab of butter and a hot cup of coffee or tea.
It's one of those breads that you can have for breakfast, a snack or for a late night munchie moment.

You can freeze it too, ready sliced to jut pop in the toaster in the morning or place in the kids lunch boxes, that is, if you really want to share...

Raspberry Yoghurt Loaf

60g butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 egg beaten lightly
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup yoghurt piled high
A big splash of vanilla essence
2 cups plain flour
1/3 cup sugar (you can use rice malt syrup instead)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bi-carb soda
1/2 cup oats (optional)
1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds (optional)
Raspberries

Heat oven to 190c (170c fan forced). Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Place all the "wet" ingredients in a bowl and gently stir until just combined.
Place all the "dry" ingredients in another big bowl and stir till combined as well.
Next, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold through gently till just combined. The mixture will look lumpy and only just combined.
Pour half the mixture into the loaf tin and then sprinkle with raspberries which you can leave whole or chop into pieces. You can also do several layers of batter, then raspberries to suit as this stops the berries from sinking to the bottom or staying on top. Pour the last of the mixture in and smooth the top.
Place in the oven, 190c, and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce oven to 160c (140c fan forced) and bake for a further 45 minutes.
Allow to cool in the loaf tin for around 1 hour before slicing and serving. You really must toast this one for that di- v- ine moment.





Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Beautiful Food: Decadent But Easy Green Salad


I love a green salad.

Personally to me, when you mention the word salad it can instantly seem kind of plain, boring and unexciting when it comes to meal time. However, we are meant to eat lots of them because they are so good for us.

Well I am changing all that for myself and hopefully for you too if you feel in a boring salad rut. 
My green salad is not plain, it is not boring, but rather it is actually quite exciting if I do say so myself. The secret is green flavour.

Salads are not just some kind of watery lettuce with a bit of cucumber that, lets face it, a lot of us grew up with - wet and on their way to mushy. 
They are also not time consuming to make or complicated being full of hundreds of ingredients that all you can think is "who could be bothered". Salads get to be delicious, easy to prepare and rather simple yet decadent. Decadent not being a word often associated with salads but that is about to change.

My salad bases always start off dry and just before serving I add moisture with delicious sauces or dressings and a few of my fave wetter ingredient depending.

The good thing about starting with a dry base is that from there you can add and go in any direction with flavours each time. A dry base will also keep in the fridge for a few meals without turning to that mush with browning ingredients.

My green salad has a simple base and from there I add other tastes and flavours to suit my mood. Here is how I prepare my decadent green flavour salad.

Decadent Green Salad

Green Flavour:

1. One Leaf or Mix of Choice: Spinach, Kale, Asian Greens, Lettuce varieties.
2. Herb of Choice: Basil, Dill, Thyme, Mint, Coriander, Parsley and or a mix of a couple depending.
3. One Acid or Flavour Punch: Onion - red, brown, white, Shallots, Spring Onions (if you don't like onions simply skip).


Toppers: Add just before serving. The trick is to keep it simple. Often I will just pick one of the below types of ingredients and let it be the star of the show salad however, here I have given you heaps of ideas to get your salad imagination flowing.

1. Meat of choice
2. One or Two Veggie or Egg Extras: Semi-Dried Tomatoes, Capsicum, Carrot, Cucumber (yes if you like it), Grated Zucchini, Asparagus, Pumpkin,
3.  One or Two Nuts, Seeds or Spice: Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts, Macadamia, Chilli, Paprika, Pepper, Salt etc.
4. One Sprinkle Extras: Flax Seeds, Buckwheat, Noodles, Couscous, Pasta and more. 


Dressing / The Moisture:

1. Go For It: What do your taste buds and ingredients suggest? My top four dressings that I love at the moment are below.

Lemon Olive Oil: Combine olive oil, lemon juice, mustard (optional), salt and pepper.

Macadamia Dressing: 60grms macadamia nuts, squirt of lemon juice, salt and pepper and herbs of choice (optional). 
Process to a smooth past with some water to desired consistency.

Honey Soy: 2 tbs soy sauce, 1 tbs or more of honey, squirt of either lemon juice or mirin.

Curry Dressing: 1 tsp curry powder, 60mls coconut cream, salt & pepper, chilli (optional), tiny squirt fish sauce (optional), squirt of lime juice. 
In a dry pan toast curry powder for 1 minute over heat. Add in the coconut cream and other flavourings and bring to a gentle simmer. Remove from heat and add lime juice. Serve warm or allow to cool.



Decadent salad perfection!!

I would love to here your thoughts and ideas on salad and any easy salad dressings that you love. Just share in the comments below.


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Weekend Fun




Why not bake a batch of cupcakes and let your kids, yourself or the man in your life decorate them - whatever they turn out like. You can grab a yummy recipe for cupcakes by clicking here.

I am also thinking this for dinner, click here, but outside in the beautiful evening.

Have a lots of fairy lights left over from Christmas, that's perfect, why not decorate your kitchen, dinning area or even outside, in a non-Christmas style of course, in twinkle pretty pleasure for the New Year.

Don't forget if your out and about then go with orange power, you will not regret it - click here.

Have a wonderful weekend gorgeous babes.