Monday, June 4, 2012

Raw Cacao Truffles

Hi ladies, I tried a combo of these two recipes. I used the fudge recipe and rolled it into truffles, rather than putting it in a pan. Worked great, but there was a bunch of oil from the almond butter. If kept refrigerated, this isn't an issue, but if they are out for long, they will start 'leaking'. Ha. They are tasty and well-liked at a recent potluck. I ground the almond butter fresh at Sundance. Might get a different result with less leakage with the almond butter from Hummingbird ??? Enjoy!

Cacao Walnut Fudge
1 C. Almond Butter
1/2 C. Cacao Powder
1/4 C. Agave
1/2 C Walnuts, chopped.

Mix together almond butter, cacao powder and agave. It is easiest to to this with your hand. Once it is well combined, mix in the walnuts. You can put this in an 8 x 8 sq pan or, use a mold. I used a little heart silicone one that I picked up one day.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Dried Cherry Chocolate Truffles
1 C Almond Butter
1/2 C Cacao Powder
1/4 C Raw Organic Agave
30 Dried Cherries

Mix all ingredients except cherries in food processor. Form a disk, place dried cherry in the middle and wrap disk around the cherry. Roll into ball. Refrigerate.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Savory-Sweet Rutabaga Pudding

YUM! what a surprising dish. enjoy!

2 rutabaga (about 2lbs), peeled, cut into 2 - inch dice
1 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
butter for greasing baking dish
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, beaten
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup bread crumbs (or more for topping)
1 Tblsp. maple syrup
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup raisins, plumped in hot water for 15 min and drained (optional)
freshly ground black pepper
2 Tblsp. butter

1. bring a large pot of water to boil, add rutabaga and 1 tsp salt, cook till very soft (30 min.), reserve 1/2 cup cooking water.
2. preheat oven to 350, coat 2 qt. baking dish with butter (Alder's favorite job!)
3. beat eggs and egg yolk in med. bowl, stir in cream, maple syrup, bread crumbs and nutmeg.
4. drain rutabaga reserving 1/2 cup water, mash thoroughly adding water if dry. add egg mixture, raisins, 1/2 tsp. salt, pepper. stir to combine.
5. transfer the rutabaga pudding to the prepared baking dish. smooth the top and dot with butter. (I sprinkled extra bread crumbs on the top, too)
6. bake til golden, about 45 min. serve hot.

Lamb Balls (kibbeh)

I made these recently for dinner along with a rutabaga pudding. We all loved them. Alder told me that I had to share it with you all so here it is. I hope you enjoy them as we did!

1 1/4 lb. ground lamb
1 cup quinoa flour
1 1/12 cup ground onion and celery in their juices
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 Tbs. ground cumin
2 tsp. sea salt
ground pepper

peel and quarter onion and chop celery then puree in blender. Combine with remaining ingredients in bowl. When well mixed, form balls with your hands 1.5 - 2 " in diameter (kids love to help!). Score them with a fork. Bake at 350 for 15 min.

Can be made ahead and frozen. Reheat in cast iron pan.

Good lunch option with hummus and lettuce in a wrap.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Flax Bread

As promised, the flax bread recipe, cut and paste from Gluten Free Easy site.

I doubled the recipe and baked in a bread loaf pan. S has become quite adept and making this almost entirely by himself!

Kiva’s Golden Flax Bread (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free +)

From Gluten Free Easily

Kiva’s Golden Flax Bread

2/3 cup flax meal

1/3 cup almond meal (optional, but other nut meals can be substituted)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder*

Salt to taste (I like more salt in my flax bread than I would in other bread)

about 3 tsp olive oil or unrefined coconut oil (or butter, depending on what kind of flavor you want and your specific dietary needs)

2 eggs (1 egg will suffice, but 2 eggs holds together just a bit better)

water to texture desired (it makes a big difference, and the wetter it is, the harder it is to get it to cook all the way through, I go for minimal water needed to get things fluid enough to pour the batter)

Mix dry ingredients together well.

Gently beat eggs together before adding (optional, but it blends better that way).

The recipe will work for a regular-sized pie tin or small loaf pan. Double the recipe for a more normal-sized bread loaf pan. Don’t forget to grease the pan well before pouring the batter in.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cook for approximately 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Toothpick or butter knife should could out clean if you insert it into the center of the bread. Enjoy fresh out of the oven or at room temperature for a nice sandwich.


For an herbed bread: add small chunks of sharp cheddar cheese, a tablespoon of crushed thyme, a tablespoon of crushed sage, a teaspoon of oregano or bee balm, small handful of fresh chopped rosemary, fresh ground black pepper to taste, and maybe some coarse salt on top. You can even add some green onion, broccoli, or nettles for extra panache if you like.

Sweet Bread: add cinnamon, honey, cardamom, vanilla, and even some fresh fruit like sliced strawberries.

Pancakes: just make the batter thin enough to spread on a hot cast iron pan or griddle. Unsweetened applesauce is nice in the pancakes instead of water.

Pictures are of this morning’s bread, with walnuts added for extra texture and arugula and sage added for delightful greenness. This loaf was made in a metal pie tin.

Recipe courtesy of Kiva Rose (Bear Medicine Herbals)

*Be sure to use a grain-free baking powder or grain-free baking powder substitution to make these completely grain free. Kelly (The Spunky Coconut) did a handy post a while back on this topic. Be sure to read the comments in response to her post for readers’ thoughts and ideas on this topic.

Shirley’s Notes: My loaf was only 6 inches in diameter and maybe an inch and a half high. I used one tablespoon plus one teaspoon of water. I’ll use a little more water next time to see if I can get a slightly larger loaf as is shown in Kiva’s photos. I used Honeyville almond flour, olive oil, aluminum-free baking powder, a dash of sea salt, and two eggs. For a baking receptacle, I used a stoneware pie plate that I had simply lined with parchment paper. Next time I plan to use a loaf pan. I’ll either use a small one or double the recipe and use a regular-sized loaf pan as Kiva advises.

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Sunny Seed Paté

It was lovely to gather with you Mamas this weekend!

Here's the sunny seed paté spread some of you asked about. I added tahini, a carrot, and some olive oil. The recipe is from The Avocado

Recipe for Simplicity - Sunflower Seed Pate

BASIC Recipe - Combine the following ingredients in a Food Processor (with the "S" blade):

  • 2 cups soaked raw sunflower seeds (ideally soaked for 4-6 hours, but less is okay if there is no time to plan)
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1-2 clove garlic (according to your own taste)
  • 2 TB nama shoyu (or substitute gluten-free tamari or Bragg's Liquid Aminos)
  • 1/2 TB cumin
  • dash of cayenne (or more to taste)

Tasty Additions (add some or all of the following):

  • 1/2 bunch of fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1/2 small onion (about 1/4 cup)
  • 4+ kale leaves
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1-2 stalks of celery
  • 1/2-1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup raw tahini

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Here it is, the sweet potato recipe I promised a couple of weeks ago!  Thanks for your patience, my dears.

This is adapted from Vegetables Every Day, by Jack Bishop.

3 sweet potatoes
oil of choice
spices (I like cardamom, or cracked black pepper with coriander)
  1. Put a large, rimmed cookie sheet in the oven.  Preheat to 425 degrees.
  2. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/2" wedges.  Toss them with oil, good salt, and your seasonings of choice.
  3. When the cookie sheet is hot, brush a little additional oil on the pan.
  4. Add the sweet potato wedges carefully, in one layer, to the hot pan.  You want them to roast, not steam, so make sure that there is a little bit of space around each wedge. 
  5. Bake, without turning or stirring, until bottom of each wedge is well browned.  Turn carefully to avoid smashing the wedges.  Bake until evenly browned and crisp.  Adjust seasonings and dig in!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hazelnut Cocoa Blueberry Goodness

If the late night sweet tooth comes knocking on your door as frequently as it does on mine, may I suggest this four ingredient bowl of goodness.

Blend roughly equal parts hazelnut butter and raw cocoa powder with a dash of your choice of sweetener. Use a fork and just keep mixing until combined. It will be a thick paste. (Notice I'm not suggesting you serve it to guests. This is a late night kind of thing.) Pour a handful of frozen blueberries in the bowl, wait a few minutes until the blueberries just begin to soften, and enjoy.

So I'm just about to post this and Ryan told me I'm basically making a whole foods Nutella. So go figure.