Inspiring food

After gardening the other day I suddenly felt like eating Anzac biscuits….but as many of you know I generally follow a Paleo way of eating, and Anzacs have oats, sugar, and butter….so I adapted the recipe and was really pleasantly surprised at how great they tasted! It made 2 trays of biscuits and by the time I’d put the first tray in the oven the chia had started to thicken the mixture even more which allowed me to roll it into balls and squash it down lightly with the palm of my hand, which made for a more shop-bought biscuit look.

Then I  thought I should try it again before sharing the recipe….just to make sure it worked! I decided I’d make some for my mum who can’t have much honey so I substituted the honey (which was already a substitute for sugar!) back to coconut sugar. Of course this made it a much drier mixture and so I had to add another cup of water. They still tasted great, but not as much as the ones with honey!

So, here’s the recipe with honey if anybody would like to try it, and if you want to substitute anything else go for it!:

Mix 1 cup of almond meal, 1/2 cup each of ground chia, ground sunflower seeds, coconut flour, and coconut. (I ground all these separately in my Thermomix before adding them to a mixing bowl).

Mix 1/2 cup each of macadamia oil and honey, plus 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and warm slightly. Add 1 teaspoon of bi-carb of soda that has been dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water.

Mix the wet mixture in with the dry ingredients and stir for a few minutes until it thickens enough to roll lightly into small balls which you flatten a bit once they’re placed on the oven tray (you can use a fork but I find the palm of my hand works just as well).

Cook at 160 degrees C until they’re browned – I think it was about 20 minutes. Cool on tray. Enjoy 🙂

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Spring is here

Spring has definitely hit us now – days of gorgeous sunshine, blue skies, blossom and bees. It’s so restful just sitting on the verandah with a cup of tea for a few minutes in the morning and listening to the birds busily flitting around and feeding babies. Only a few minutes unfortunately because this is a time of busy-ness for humans as well! The lawn grows so fast it needs cutting every week and the weeds are just as excited as the rising bulbs are to emerge and reach for the sun. It’s a great grounding experience, sitting and weeding, running my hands through the dirt to get as many of the bits of kikuyu out of the garden bed before planting petunias. I feel truly blessed that I’m able to do that and enjoy getting dirty 🙂

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If there wasn’t such an urgency in the back of my mind I could just do a little bit now and then when I can fit it in….but not only does the Spring weather insist on it being done now, so too does the looming date of my son’s wedding. Now less than a mere 3 weeks from taking place in my garden! I’m so excited and thrilled that they’re getting married here….but my plans of a few months back are starting to get cut back to reality. I’ve decided I like weeds in my lawn, they make it more interesting and more attractive for birds, and mulch can cover anything! My mantra for the past week has been ‘I can do ANYTHING, but I can’t do EVERYTHING’. It will be gorgeous and special regardless and I’m determined to be stress-free about it all and enjoy the whole process. So, as much as I love having visitors to my B&B and cottage, I have blocked out the next few weeks so I can concentrate on other matters!

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