Raw Vegan Five Layer Goddess Cake

Actually, that title should probably read, ‘Radiantly extravagant, (mostly) Raw, (definitely) Vegan Five Layer Tropical Fruit Maple Pecan Birthday Cake, but it wouldn’t fit in the title bar.

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Homecoming Lunch: pittas & fritters

Family and best friend food faces!
Family and best friend food faces!

All together again! Because I’m always on my travels I haven’t seen my bestest friends for a couple of years, so today three of them came over, I made a big celebration lunch for our reunion; we even Skyped in the missing one in Australia which was fun – it’s Saturday night over there so she was a bit far gone on the gin!

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Sesame poppy seed cookies

More recipes from the yoga kitchen, a little afternoon treat for the guests when they come in from a walk or bike ride.

250g all–purpose/plain or gluten free flour, mixed with 1 tsp baking powder
100ml honey
120g unsalted butter
1 large egg
½ tsp vanilla or almond extract
1 grated lemon or orange zest
100g sesame seeds and 25 g poppy seeds
25 g desiccated coconut
25g Cocoa powder if you want them chocolatey

Stir together the flour, baking powder, seeds, coconut and cocoa if you’re using it.
Melt the butter and honey gently in a pan and mix them together, when a little cool (so the egg doesn’t cook) mix in the beaten egg, essence and zest. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hr.
Roll the dough into 1cm thickness then cut with a cookie cutter, or roll into little balls with your hands.
Place the cookies on the baking sheet. Bake in oven at 160 degrees C for 10-15 minutes until just browned at the edges,

Everything-free cakes

I spend most of my days making food on a yoga retreat, which usually means at least two or three of the group are lactose intolerant, gluten intolerant, sugar-free or any combination of these. So in the intIMG_4145erests of the group, all the sweet treats that I make are free from all of these things, which has meant substituting the usual culprits (butter, sugar, wheat flour) for Olive oil, honey and gluten-free flour. And what a revelation, so much so I’ll probably never bake with the bad-boys ever again.

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Healthy Paddy’s Day Breakfast

Homemade granola, yoghurt and fruit breakfast pot
Irish flag breakfast

Named in honour of my friends Paddy and Vicki’s wedding, rather than St Patrick’s Day, it’s the perfect cure for a Guinness and Whisky induced hangover.

Designed to look like the Irish flag from the side, it has fresh fruit to replace your vitamins, natural yoghurt to replace good bacteria in the gut and homemade granola and toasted nuts for the carbs and protein you’ll no doubt be craving. Continue reading “Healthy Paddy’s Day Breakfast”