Delightful Autumn Recipes and a Tribute

Here in Australia, April means Autumn and I love this time of year. Beautiful mild days and cooler nights that are just calling for some really delicious, warm meals that fill little and big tummies alike with yummy goodness, both raw and cooked. So, here are my favourites at the moment, from my kitchen to you xx

Soups are such an autumn dish and this one would have to be my favourite raw soup. It is rich and creamy and full of flavour and is the right colour for Autumn too! Carrot and Ginger Soup😀

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Now if you’re after a raw soup that is a little more traditional, then give this Warm Pumpkin Soup a go.

So warm and comforting when served in a mug!

So warm and comforting when served in a mug!

My Mini Tofu Patties are very cute and are a yummy change from tofu in stir-fry or on kebabs (no that there is anything wrong with serving it that way of course!) They make a gorgeous little burger for small hands and are really lovely served with loads of fresh salad, turning them into an almost raw meal.

Mini Tofu Patties

Mini Tofu Patties

Now this meal is a hands down family favourite! We eat it anytime of year, but I think it makes a gorgeous autumn dish with all its rich colours and flavours: the warm comfort of the Veggie Chili, combined with fresh salad and zesty guacamole. It’s a dish that straddles summer and winter beautifully.

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Veggie Chili

And finally, here is my one of debut posts from April 2013  (that I cut and pasted from my blog page and popped into my recipes). ANZAC Biscuits. This is not a raw recipe at all, but rather a tribute recipe to our service men and women that I adapted to vegan.The 25th  April is the day us Aussies remember our soldiers both past and present and show our gratitude for their service. I hope you like them:)

ANZAC Bikkies lest we forget

Lest we forget….

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Happy Easter!


This post is full of “I’m sorries” today😦 My husband accidentally posted the draft copy of this blog post to you all yesterday. I deleted it off the home page but I can’t take back all the emails you all got with my crappy incomplete blog post. So, I am very sorry (and a bit embarrassed) about that! Please continue reading my more refined and polished version of: “Happy Easter”
xo Rahnieaster bears

I have to apologize for the Christmas photos that have been gracing my home page for way too long now. It has been a little like leaving the Christmas tree up too long after New Years, (and we all know that is just tacky, looks awful and brings bad luck😉 ) so, I’m really sorry! I have been hugely neglecting my blog over the last 4 months with only the occasional recipe post and nothing  else. So, today that changes with an Easter themed post and I promise to post more often than just on internationally recognised Holidays!

Lets face it, if you’re not religious and you don’t believe in the Easter Bunny, then Easter is all about chocolate, the change of seasons and did I mention chocolate?? I am religious, so Easter has some pretty significant meaning in my life (a topic for another day), but it has to come with chocolate!

I love Easter and Autumn. It is a lovely time to just relax and do family stuff , so today we are making our own homemade raw chocolates and a couple of other yummies, yippee!

I have to admit I don’t have very good molds, one is just the firm plastic type and I am dreading getting the chocolates out of it. I have one silicone which is way more practical and easy to use, but it’s really big and has some tears in it! We’ll see how we go with what we have on hand:) We are using the recipe that I posted in my recipe pages this week: Raw Chocolates. It’s simple and it works well enough for the kids to do it themselves. But do keep whisking it in between pouring! Choccies that have separated, don’t taste that great lol.

So here we go! I hope you enjoy the virtual ride!

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Our 3 ingredients

Here are our 3 ingredients, but we decided to add a 4th: desiccated coconut!

 

 

 

Our 4th ingredient!

Our 4th ingredient!

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Easter Teddies

They actually came out of their molds quiet nicely. How cute are they??

We also made Raw Chocolate Brownies

Raw Brownies

Raw Brownies

And while all this was happening our bread machine was busy kneeding these for us! (recipe here)

Ready for the oven :)

Ready for the oven:)

Which, after about 30mins in the oven turned into these.

Yummy!

Yummy!

Crosses are just organic white flour and water mixed into a paste and the glaze is rice syrup thinned with a little water.

On the raw-er side of things though, I thought you might like to have a look at these little babies that I came across whilst browsing around the net…. Raw Hot Cross Buns😀 another delight I will have to wait for until I have my own dehydrator *sigh*:) For those of you who have a dehydrator, I’d love you to give these a go and let me know how they turn out!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone xo

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Happy New Year!!

I do hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas! We had a lovely day at home with family and friends, good wholesome food all mixed in with rain. Considering the kids received a paddle pool and a slip ‘n’ slide, rain was not what we wanted, but it did make for a pleasantly cool day after all the hot weather of the days leading up to Christmas.

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I didn’t get to make all of those yummy recipes, but there were some big hits on the day that I will definitely be repeating for next Christmas (or even before!) They are however, but not surprisingly, all in the desert category!

And here they are…

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My Gluten Free, Vegan Christmas Cake (click here for my version) before and after shots. I decorated it before baking it, but I would recommend doing it afterwards and the goji berries burnt and the weight of the almonds etc in the center contributed to it sinking in the middle after cooling, *sigh*. Not the best turned out cake but it was moist and had a lovely flavour. I have to credit the recipe to Sally Wise , (please check out her blog to see the original recipe, not vegan).photo (28)

Another fav on the day was my Chewy Chocolate Bars which I rolled into balls and then either into dried desiccated coconut or cacao powder to make them that little bit more special.photo (40)

and they disapeared even as I was taking photos!photo (44)

And then, finally these little beauties: Raw Fruit Mince Pies I got around to making 4 days after Christmas were gobbled up quick smart!photo (31)

The days since have been spent doing this, well that’s what the kids have been doing anyway:)

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Happy New Year to you all!

xo

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Ideas for a “Raw-er” Christmas

Well, I had planned on doing some awesome pre-Christmas posts full of Chrissy recipes that I had had the time to lovingly prepare and blog about……Ha! I haven’t stopped being uber busy doing everything else, for about 3 weeks and now I’m all outta breath and outta time!

However, I have come across some really beautiful Christmas recipes and thought this would be a nice way to share some of my favourite “foodie” bloggers’ blogs with you.

So, even though I may not be making all these recipes this Christmas, it’s inspiration for another time and hopefully I will get to make one of them this week….

Apparently though, my kids have these

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Cacao Pancakes

and
this (my latest creation!)

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Green Melon Smoothie

on order for Xmas brekky:)

For later in the day these little Raw Chard Salad Rolls from The First Mess, look so colourful and fresh! What yummy way to begin a healthy Christmas meal, all red and green!

Considering it is Summer here, I think they would go along nicely with my Watermelon & Mint Frappe too, (recipe making an appearance soon, promise!)

Whilst checking out the Almost Raw Vegan I came across Catherine’s Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings”. I thought they would be a nice change from the old, traditional cauliflower “cheese” and would make a nice addition to baked veggies or a colourful salad.

The salad I am planning to make for Christmas is my version of kale salad. It has nearly all of my favourite salad veggies (I love a packed salad), but you could add more variety, change it up completely or keep it simple, what ever you like. The dressing compliments almost anything.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch of kale, washed and the leaves broken off into bite sized pieces
1 punnet cherry tomatoes washed and cut into quarters
1 avocado peeled, seeded and finely sliced
1 large carrot spiralized
1 medium beetroot spiralized
1 small or 1/2 a large Spanish onion finely sliced into rings
1/4 cup pine nuts
Place all ingredients in a good sized salad bowl.

Dressing:
(can be made a couple of hours before if kept in an airtight container and refrigerated)
1 large lemon juiced
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 Tsp cold pressed, virgin, olive oil
2 Tsp Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
Himalayan salt and fresh black pepper to taste
Pop all dressing ingredients into a jar and shake well.
Pour over salad and gently toss
Serve immediately.

One dish I will be preparing for Christmas Day is my mum’s legendary Lentil Burger Patties. They are so yummy eaten hot with baked veggies, warm on a burger bun or cold at a picnic. (I will get this recipe up asap too. I have written it out, just waiting for the photos.)

These Buttery Agave Pan Rolls from Vegan Monologue look too good to refuse, they are so cute! Not raw, but a soft and fluffy side that would be perfect with either my Raw Almond Pulp hummus or Raw Cashew Cheese.

Raw Almond Hummus

Raw Almond Hummus

Just this week I discovered this blog Karen Luvs Life  and she has some really pretty and yummy sounding recipes up, it’s a feast for the eyes, I promise:) In particular check out these super pretty Raw Fruit Mince Tarts (with a nut free version) and her raw Christmas Layer Cake. Do check out her whole blog, there are more than just deserts here! Oh and she has another blog too that’s worth a look as well: Karen Luvs Raw, you should see her Raw Almond Shortbread House. Wow!

Jo Whitton over at Quirky Cooking has this super yummy looking Raw Macadamia Lime  Cheese Cake, that would look pretty “spesh” on the Xmas table too.

And finally, I  am intending to create a beautiful festive fruit salad, with colourful melons, berries and mint sprigs, served with a raw chocolate dipping sauce…

Clearly I won’t be making all of these delicious things, but I will let you know what does make it to our Christmas table and I’d love to hear what makes it to yours:)

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas!!

xo

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What to do with all that almond pulp!

A few months ago, thanks to my lovely friend Fiona who cooks up a storm as part of the team over
at  www.myhousekitchen.org, I began to make raw almond milk. I love raw almond milk and so do the kids, particularly in smoothies, fruit ice-creams or made into chocolate almond milk. However, along with making one’s own almond milk comes an over supply of almond pulp! So what to do with it?

Well first thing if nothing else is freeze it. It freezes well and for a reasonably long time too. I couldn’t say exactly how long, as it leaves our freezer on a regular basis and makes its way into a recipe.

Another way to store it is to dehydrate it either in your oven on the lowest with the door ajar or if you’re lucky enough to have a proper dehydrator, obviously you’d know how to do that:)

But if you do have an extra few minutes or so on your hands after you have made your milk, why not try one or two of these yummy recipes……

Coco-Choc Balls
My kids love them and they are easy for little ones help make too.

Coco-Choc Balls

Coco-Choc Balls

Raw Almond Hummus
Sweets are awesome, but it’s nice to have some savoury options up one’s sleeve too! My kids are none the wiser to the fact that this one is not made with chickpeas, (go here for that recipe).

Raw Almond Hummus

Raw Almond Hummus

Or these ones that I am yet to try….

This one’s not raw, but looks really yum and fits with my current reality: not owning a dehydrator.

Sweet and Savoury Alomond Pulp Crackers by the veggienook.com

Raw Almond Plup Fudge by the rawtarian.com

How good do they sound! Love to hear what you do with your leftover almond pulp!

xo

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Lazy Sunday Meals…..

It’s Sunday here in Aus and it’s the one day in the week where I really don’t want to cook. I love my early morning trips to my local farmers’ market, (check out my post here) but after lugging all that wonderful fresh produce around, the last thing I want to do afterwards, is cook! Which means I like recipes that can be made by someone other than moi, that the kids really love and that make use of some of the amazingly fresh food that I’ve just brought home.

So I thought I would share our typical Sunday eats, made up of some of my kids’ favourite meals that even my nine year old can make:)

Green Smoothies – of course!! And The Chocolate Greenie would have to be THE family favourite. Beautiful bananas, sweet, madjool dates, fresh spinach….who could resist!

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My Hey Pesto! is a great one. I keep a jar of it in the fridge for days such as these! Versatile, easy and all I’m required to do is monitor a pot of boiling water! (and when I do finally buy a spiralizer-thingy we’ll be completely rawing it and the kids can do the lot!)

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A mid-afternoon pick-me-up? My Favourite Green Juice of course! I have to admit, I do need to supervise this one closely, but there is nothing more exciting for my lot than poking veggies into the juicer with the safety plunger! They argue over it lol:)

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And hows this for a knock-up Sunday evening meal?? Cacao Pancakes with fresh berries, Raw Coconut Yoghurt or Sweet Cashew Cream and maple syrup? Yeah baby!!

Cacao pancakes for dinner, yum!!

Cacao pancakes for dinner, yum!!photo (11)

Happy Sunday everyone!

xo

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My first ever RAW cleanse…(I lasted a day!)

I did this “cleanse” and wrote the post about it a few weeks ago, but didn’t post it here because I felt like I had failed. I had set out to do a 10 day raw cleanse and ended up only doing 1 day! The more I thought about my “1 day”, it began to highlight an important fact: that sometimes it takes baby steps to get where we want to go. So I decided to share what I did anyway, because just 1 day or even 1 raw food meal is a success and a huge benefit to mind and body. Even if it is just to let our selves know that eating raw IS possible.

So here it is, my 1 full day of all raw. I hope it gives you some courage to take some baby steps too:)

When it comes to food, I struggle with self control and moderation. I know I am not alone, but it feels like I am alone when I am staring in the fridge and ALL the yummy things my hubby eats that I shouldn’t, are just begging me to eat them….. and I cave, on an all too regular basis!

I have been wanting to do a proper cleanse for a long time and I have over the months, incorporated a few daily cleansing rituals into my life, but I have never been able to make it past lunch time on juices and smoothies. Dinner just always smells too good and well, you know how that ends…..

But today I am going to cleanse come hell or high water and I’m being accountable to the great wide world of the internet and taking it a day at a time….. So here we go!

DAY ONE: So far I have indulged in my daily cleansing routine: oil pulling first thing, 1 huge glass of lemon water followed by 1 big glass of plain water before brekky, dry brushed myself before my shower and then had my green smoothie for breakfast. However! This smoothie is different, no nuts, madjool dates or cacao! (which is big for me, as I love and depend on these things so much!) I wanted this one to be really cleansing and light on my digestive system.

Here is what I made:

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into chuncks
  • 1 Small lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 Lebanese cucumber
  • Handful of coriander (cilantro)
  • 2 Kale leaves
  • 2 Handfuls of English spinach
  • 500ml coconut water

All blended until very smooth and creamy. It made roughly 1L of which I drank most of and my little Miss 4 had the rest.

And to my surprise we both really enjoyed it!

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11am-ish is morning tea time at our place for Miss 4, who likes crackers with my super yummy cashew cheese and then a few madjool dates. I had to leave the room and drink water, it nearly killed me haha!

1pm-ish I made a repeat of the above and shared it again with Miss 4. She’s having raw honey on some of Daddy’s homemade bread and a bowl of frozen berries.

2:30pm and I’m craving something to chew! Having a Berry Banana smoothie instead:)

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This afternoon, I have had a few cravings, mainly around the times that my kids were eating afternoon tea and then later when I was cooking my ratatouille to go with some pasta for their dinner. I have just kept busy and drunk lots of water.

My dinner consisted of a nice hot jasmine tea. I wasn’t hungry at all and just wanted something warm and comforting to drink, so jasmine tea it was. Here’s to eating raw all day!

So all up, my 1 day was a fresh food day that was 100% raw, 100% healing and 100% clean. I am loving that my 1 day cleanse was a success, as that is something I thought (for me) was totally impossible!

Next time I endevour to cleans for longer😉

If you would like to check out another blogger who loves her  “1 Day Mini Cleanse” , check out: Almost Raw Vegan

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