Strawberries and Cream Dream Cake

Strawberries and Cream Dream Cake

I’m so happy to share this recipe with you all. Sometimes recipe testing goes on and on and on and… you get my drift! The biscuit is too crumbly, the cake didn’t rise, the raw cake didn’t set or worst of all, it’s just tasteless and quite horrible and no matter how many times you test it, something you imagined to be so delicious in your head, just will not work! It was a slightly different story when it came to creating this beauty! The first time I tested this cake, I leaped for joy! That’s what I do when the first test is already bang-on! I hope you leap with happiness when you taste this perfect summer cake too. Full of wonderful British strawberries, bursting with flavor, in a feather-light layer of vanilla-infused mousse, topping a smooth pistachio layer with a hint of orange, ending with a crunch from the ‘white chocolate’ strawberries and cream Qnola base. It really is one dreamy Clean Cake! Strawberry vanilla mousse 1 x 400ml can coconut milk, 230g set thick cream140g cashew nuts, soaked in 300ml filtered water with ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt/ sea salt for 3-4 hours250g strawberries tops removedFinely grated zest ½ lemon25g/ml lemon juice100g raw runny honey¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt1 ½ tsp baobab powder, see note below½ vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped out90g coconut oil, melted Pistachio orange cream 70g pistachio nuts, soaked in 150ml filtered water with ¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt/ sea salt for 8 hours30g cashew nuts, soaked in 100ml filtered water with ¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt/ sea salt for 3-4 hours80g/ml almond/ cashew/ oat/ rice milk30g raw runny honey50g coconut oil, meltedFinely grated zest ½ orange White chocolate’ strawberries and cream Qnola base 100g cacao butter70g cashew butter40g raw runny honey¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt½ vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped outFinely grated zest ½ lemon100g strawberries and cream Qnola/ beetroot Qnola/ quinoa puffs The night before, place the can of coconut milk in the fridge for the strawberry vanilla mousse layer and soak the pistachio nuts for the pistachio orange cream layer.…
polenta

Raspberry, blueberry, plum polenta

A lot of chefs say, ‘what grows together, goes together’ and I really do believe in this. Just think about it, summer salads of courgette ribbons, shaved runner beans and summer herbs, savoury winter tarts of beetroot, parsnip and carrot or the combination of end of summer-autumn fruits in this delicious and warming pudding made with plums, raspberries and blueberries, all of which have been growing abundantly in my garden (except the blueberries that I pick from my friend’s down the road). The fruits cooked all together make the most wonderful mix of flavours and lovely juices, whilst the polenta and almond crisp-crumble layer on top adds great texture, with the almond extract adding a marzipan like flavour, yum! Feel free to use other seasonal fruits, blackberry, pear and apple is a lovely combination, or even just apple studded with raisins or sultanas… I love quince too! Fruit filling 250g plums, stoned weight, about 7-8 plums120g raspberries, fresh or frozen120g blueberries, fresh or frozen2 tsp coconut sugarJuice of ½ orange (40g/ ml juice)2 strips orange zest, using a potato peeler½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped out but do not discard the pod, add it to the fruit too! Polenta almond crisp topping 50g polenta (fine or quick-cook)70g ground almonds70g brown rice flour35g coconut sugar¼ vanilla pod, seeds scraped out1/2 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp pink saltFinely grated zest of half a lemon70g coconut oil, melted1 tsp almond extract Preheat the oven to 200oC.…
goji berries

Goji Berry: It’s a Super Food, But Does it Taste Super Good?

I have been trying to eat and cook a lot healthier lately and I came across an awesome superfood called goji berries. As they’ve gained popularity rather recently, I am sure you are wondering:  What do goji berries taste like? I was definitely hesitant to try them out at first because they sound quite exotic, and I had heard not so good reviews about the taste, but you have to try everything at least once, right? Here’s the lowdown on goji berries, how to prepare them, and why you should start eating this superfood – right now! Where to Goji? Goji berries are commonly grown in Asia, mainly in China and in the Himalayas of Tibet. You may also hear them being referred to by different names – Chinese wolfberries of Tibetan goji (source). Nowadays, goji berries can be found in some well-stocked groceries – check out your local grocer’s health food section – or in most health food stores. These superfoods are all the rage now, so you should not have a hard time finding them in dried or powdered form. You may have to search a little bit harder for the fresh berries, though. Berry Good While goji berries are seeing a resurgence in popularity today, they have actually been around for centuries, used in ancient Chinese medicine.…

Baobab, mango, mulberry and ginger bites

It’s Thursday and it’s looking a bit grey and wet outside, so here are some energy-boosting sunshine squares to boost you through today and the rest of the week. These delicious bites are not only energy-boosting, but super-skin boosting too. This is thanks to not only the skin-plumping good fats from cashew nuts, hemp, and sunflowers seeds, but thanks to the amazing feel-good fruit, Baobab! Baobab, I love to use Aduna, is rich in vitamin C, almost 50% fiber and higher in antioxidants than goji berries and acai berries. Vitamin C helps protect cells from oxidative stress, contributes to the normal formation of collagen in the skin and helps promote good skin health, not forgetting the antioxidant-rich white mulberries, alkalizing mango and immune-boosting ginger which is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. These gorgeous squares are the perfect pick-me-up for when you need them plus they’re delicious, as everything we eat MUST taste great, and just happen to be very nourishing at the same time. With its great citrus flavor, baobab also really lifts up and compliments the sweet mango, whilst the mulberries add a little extra happiness! Makes about 30 small square bites 100g dried mango soaked for 1 hour in cold water, preferably filtered 3 tsp lemon juice Pinch Himalayan pink salt 50g cashew butter 50g hulled hemp seeds 60g sunflower seeds 60g cashew nuts, roughly chopped 20g fresh ginger, peeled if not organic and roughly chopped 50g desiccated coconut 6-8 tsp baobab powder 30g dried white mulberries Drain the soaked mango and leave in a sieve for about 15 minutes to let the excess water drain off.…
Berry Banana Muffins

AM Berry Banana Muffins with Buckwheatie Seed Streusel

These amaranth, buckwheat, mixed berry and banana muffins are full of great things! With a spoonful of coconut yoghurt, they make a delicious breakfast (hence the AM!) with protein, fibre and a steady release of energy from these powerful pseudo-grains and seeds, as well as the banana and berries. If not for breakfast, make a batch on Sundays to pack in your lunches throughout the week, bake some for weekend brunch or tea. The oh-so-soft muffin is finished off with a crunchy buckwheat groat and seed topping, lightly spiced with cinnamon and mesquite. They’re full of flavour, texture and nourishing wholesome ingredients, what could go wrong?! This recipe is gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free. For an egg-free vegan variation, try replacing the 2 eggs with 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds mixed with 6 tbsp. water, stirred and left for 15 minutes), and adding 10g arrowroot to the dry ingredients. I have not tried it yet but do have a go and let me know how you get on, whichever recipe you try. The night before, you will need three separate small bowls to soak the following bowl 1soak 75g whole amaranth grainbowl 225 pumpkin seeds25 sunflower seeds10g flaxseeds/ linseedsbowl 370g buckwheat groats15g pumpkin seeds15g sunflower seeds15g flaxseeds/linseeds Soak the seeds and grains in a generous amount of tepid water (enough to cover plus a bit more) and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt or sea salt.…