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No-bake Energy Truffles

Yesterday evening, we had a women’s gathering at my Yoga School. It was Devi Puja where we got to celebrate the divine mother, Durga. The Maha goddess, the Life energy within us that calls us to remain rooted in the heart and be true no matter what life brings our way. It was a powerful gathering and beautifully set up too….just magical! I would post the pics but I don’t have any with me. If I get a hold of it I’ll attached them here.

So for our gathering we were encouraged to bring prasad (blessed food) to share with everyone and I made these babies. Decadent-looking but the easiest thing you’ll ever make. Hidden within the cocoa and melted chocolate exterior is nothing but…..**drum roll**…….Energy bites! I know right!. Mikeala, I was so thinking of you when I made these.

It was a pleasant surprise for the women at the gathering.

Conversations sounded like this:

-‘ohh I shouldn’t have one. I can’t have truffles now, I’ve eaten too much’

-Just try it

-Ohh no I shouldn’t

-C’mon go for it, you’ll be surprised.

-Hmmmm, ok then

*one bite* yum yum yum

-Looks like it’s bad but ohh sooo good for you!

-yeeeee haaaaaa 😉

Ok shall we?

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Yummy ‘n’ Nutty No-Bake Balls

  Together with the sticky ginger nuts I posted yesterday, I also made these no bake balls for the guests at the event. This recipe was given to me by my sister, Mikeala. Whenever we used to gather for wekends together she always brought these with her and they were just too good I had to ask for the recipe.

So the original recipe is from Ali here: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/  But you can totally jazz ’em up as you wish. For instance you can add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, use other types of nut butter, add agave instead of honey, omit some ingredients, add a few more…it’s just really very versatile and that’s one of the many reasons why I love it so. Wanna give it a go?

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Ginger ‘n’ Honey Sticky Nuts

  Went to an event yesterday to talk to pregnant women about my work as a Doula and I made these to take with me. They were a total hit and oohh soo yum! Let’s get to it.

You’ll need:

  • 250g of Cashew nuts
  • 1tsp sunflower oil
  • 1Tbsp ginger infused honey
  • 1tsp ground ginger

Shall we?

  • Put the nuts in a pan to roast for about 5mins on medium to high heat,
  • Drizzle in the oil when they start to get a bit o’ colour on ’em,
  • Fry for another couple of minutes,
  • Add the honey with the ginger and toss it all around on high heat. Watch your spoon because it’ll begin to get gooey and sticky,
  • Take off the heat once it starts sizzling and all caramelised,
  • Let cool and crunch away!

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Indian spiced mini scones (diary-free)

yummy and spicy mini scones

yummy and spicy mini scones

As promised, here it the second mini yum yum I made for the women last Saturday. My sister made these on her birthday, they looked soo yummy that I ate some of it and thoroughly enjoyed them. My stomach on the other hand told me off after that so I asked her for the recipe so I can make one I can eat without a grumpy tummy to contend with. She directed me to here: http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/indian-flavoured-scones-with-onion-chutney.

I’ve changed the original recipe from above to make it dairy-free. Also a little note to say that I put these in the freezer after step 6 below because I wanted it to be fresh for the women in morning. I just popped in the oven on the day and added 10 more minutes to the baking time and it was superb. So just incase you want have it fresh for whoever you’re making them for or for yourself, know you can do the same and it’ll still taste delish! Continue reading

zingy mini Lemon cupcakes (dairy-free)

ohh for the love of lemon ;-)

ohh for the love of lemon 😉

As promised, here are some recipes for the beautiful mini Lemon cupcakes I made last weekend for some beautiful pregnant ladies.

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Celebrations in the forest with sugar-free Banana Flapjacks

The yum yumms

The yum yumms

This Sunday a bunch of us, led by our wounderful ‘guidess’, gathered in the forest where we got to celebrate our Menarche (a girls first period) surrounded and held by mother nature. Some time ago these celebrations where the norm where women would gather and celebrate a girl as she makes the step into womanhood. However these days, this very important phase in a girls life is ignored or if you’re lucky you get a pack of tampax shoved in your face and told to ‘shoooo ‘shooo and we age still carrying that little girl inside of us. So last Sunday, a group of heart sisters met up in the forest where we made a fire, danced, chanted, cried, let go of the inner girl still residing in us, offered all traces of the child in us to the fire and made the step into full Womanhood (see picture below). In the words of our guidess, Satyamayi – “The Goddess inside who demands we look at ourself and the world through our Higher Self,  letting go of the one that holds on to justifying its own story, that wants to point out and blame, to judge or hide… and rise up to embody the true Goddess within. The wise and all compassionate one that commits to seeing the world, and herself, through the clear eyes of the Heart”.

After this energetically charged evening, you can imagine we were famished! so we each brought something to munch on and this was my offering. Some yummy sugar-free and delicious banana flapjacks, dipped in honey (the honey part is your choice 😉 ) I served it with honey on the side for the sisters so they could have the choice to eat it pure or drenched in honey! But before you begin drenching (note: I have nothing against such delicious act) have it pure, you might be surprised at the power of yummy ‘n’ ripe bananas 🙂 Continue reading

Seeded Bread (gluten and dairy free)

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Next up, homemade gluten and dairy-free seeded bread. Why? We’ll because, I just have to have bread …..plus it’s soo much fun and easy to make it yourself, you’ll see ;-).

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Aromatic mini cranberry fruity tart

Fruits tart 1

Hello guys, I know I know it’s been a while. 32 weeks pregnant now and all I wanna do is eat and sleep and sleep again…..and eat and go back to sleep :-). But I have been missing coming on here and sharing with you all so I have mustered the strength from a deeper place to share some new colourful recipes and also let you know what I have been up to.
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Okra “soup”

A little background and why I have written soup like so…. “soup”. I remember when I arrived in England some years back now and one day my big sister, who has been living here for a while said to me, would you like some soup Aijay? And I said, oh yes please. And she came up to me with a bowl of watery, light and drinkable stuff. And I was like, that is soup? And she said yeah! Here soup is a different ball game bebe!

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Moi-Moi (Bean cake)

Evening lovers, today brings a Nigerian classic to the world of freeflow foodies. Since my pregnancy I have seriously been craving (with a big C) food from my country and we happened to discover that there is a shop just 5 mins from our flat that does just that. This guy sells everything, Indian food, Chinese food, African food and most especially Nigerian food! Ben and I were like wah!!!!! So let’s just say I’m a super happy bunny right now. Continue reading

Sunshine Salad

This came up one evening as I was still crashing at my sister’s flat while searching for flats. We decided to invite a friend over for dinner and learn some new chants at the same time. So I thought to make something for the occasion. I just pulled all the ingredients from the fridge and this beautiful one came into being. It made me and my sister smile and I hope it does the same for you. Enjoy 🙂

Sunshine Salad

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Caramelised red onion and cheese muffins

 

Served up!

 

This one was another hit at the get-together last weekend. A little hint of mustard and thyme on the finish married with the classic cheese and onion flavour means there isn’t a lot that can go wrong with this one. Except that you might end up eating one, two, three of them in a row! 😛 Continue reading

Creamy Quinoa in juicy Apricots

Are you ready for another ‘easy? peasy? go!’ recipe? Here it is guys. On the Friday before we flew to England, I saw these juicy beauties at the early morning market. The guy at the stall enticed me with a taste after which I just grabbed a ‘baquette’ and skipped home ever so merrily. I didn’t know what to do with them at first but one sure thing was that I wanted their natural beauty to shine through so I decided not to cook them in any way but just keep it fresh, simple and of course tasty. So I dreamt about this combination and when I finished making them, I was glad the man-boy at the stall introduced me to these juicy cuties. Continue reading

Puffed quinoa and dark chocolate slices

Hii guys, we returned yesterday night from England and had such an amazing time with my teacher and the sangha. I will be posting pictures here soon (although not much of the party itself, just of the food…you know me) Continue reading

Thyme ‘n’ Coconut lentil fingers

Hii guys, I hope you’re all well. For the past weekend, I stayed at my teachers place for some yoga living, loving, satsang and kirtan. ‘Twas magical! and for the gathering, I was flicking through a cookbook (Rose Elliot’s Complete Vegetarian) in the kitchen and found this recipe and decided to make it. So yesterday I decided make these yummies again but differently by baking it instead of frying incorporating some strong flavours with red onions, coconut cream and the strong thyme that is sure to wake your tastebuds with warmth at the first bite. I served it up with the hot almond tomato sauce and it was delish. Continue reading

Hot ‘n’ Sweet Nutty Quinoa salad

sweet and spicy quinoa salad

More often than not when I start with the idea of making something for “the blog”, I find myself blocked with nothing flowing. I go into this state of trying too hard to make something “perfect” or be a certain way that I almost always mess it up. Continue reading

Spiced couscous cake

I read this on one of my cookbooks that said something about a couscous loaf (I’ll dig it out and post the name here when I get back home to Paris) and that was where my inspiration came from. And for lunch yesterday, I was in a Cajun kinda mood so this was the flow  helped with the mighty Tesco spices by my side. You can just set this on the centre table for a light lunch with friends and some salad or even for a picnic. Continue reading

Tomato Spaghetti mama

I met these voluptuous ladies yesterday at the market and I knew I had to have them. I went home and started thinking of what to make with them. One thing for sure in my heart was that I wanted to keep them as they were and show off their curves and beauty. So here is what I made for dinner last night. I loved the ‘aliveness’ of it all the fresh and clean taste of the raw tomatoes with the basil spaghetti leaving a strong hint of nutmeg on the finish. But if you don’t like raw tomatoes my dears, please do look away now because it’s about to get juicy :-). Bonjour Bonjour and tomato love to you all. Continue reading

Cherries ‘n’ a melon basket

My southampton lovers came over this weekend (’twas soo surreal) and spent the evening with us. Dinner was light, dessert was simple and company was great. Thanks again for gracing us with your presence Sam and Ben. Lots of laughing in the company of friends is always medicine to the soul and I must admit it had been a difficult and emotional day but having you guys there made it all history. Thanks again. So to you all, here is what we had for dessert and don’t worry dinner recipe and pictures to follow soon. Continue reading

Sticky ‘shrooms’ and tomato brochette

Hey guys, this one is another quickie that I cooked up two sleeps ago. There isn’t any long story with this except that I had mushrooms and tomatoes in the fridge that I bought 2 days earlier. It was dinner time and we wanted something light, fresh, quick and easy and this was just perfect for the occasion (takes about 20 mins to be ready). I remember Ben’s comment after having this was, “ahhhh, I feel so fresh”. Well that says it all. We did have some pan-roasted Asparagus on the side to go with this which made the whole thing into more of a meal than a snack.

This can be served as a starter or part of a light dinner. Use fresh tomatoes if you can, as they’ll give you that “alive” taste and do I need to go on about the benefits of eating these cancer-fighting babies? Don’t think so. Enjoy my dears. The sun is out in Paris today and on my face too 🙂 :D.