Truth….I had a craving and it had to be lemon! Light, fluffy, tangy, absolutely scrummy…’nuff said.
Summertime and lemon…do ya know of any better combo? (Whispers quietly, actually lemon any day of the year always hits the spot for me 😉 ). And now we have lucious blueberries in season so we get homegrown stuff which makes it all even better and tastier…ahhhhhhh
Plus, found out I need to improve my hand at ‘swirling’ things into cake. Read on to see how mine came out and promise not to laugh 🙂
Ok, enough talk let’s bake.
We had a family gathering yesterday with food, music and the much Love in the air, You know when you think, if I get any more relaxed now, I’m gonna melt…this was like that. For the gathering, I came along with this yummy number.
‘Twas originally supposed to be a carrot cake until I had a look in the fridge to find the carrots had gone bad. So I brought out a whole bunch of cake ingredients from the cupboard and asked google what to do with lots of ginger. I came upon the great Nigel Slater’s recipe and it just hit me in the head with inspiration. You can find Nigel’s lovely recipe is here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2003/nov/23/foodanddrink.shopping.
But for this diary-free version with date syrup, gingerbread spices, orange soaked sultanas, less sugar and still lots and lots of ginger, read on.
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Crunchy yummy nuts shell for a yummy spicy cake!
First of all, excuse the quality of the pictures here. I only decided this will be fab to share when I was in the middle of making the cake so had to use ‘zee phone….but not bad ehh?.
I had some sisters come over with their babies about 2 weeks ago and yet again it fell on me to do the dessert…surprised? Yeah me too 😉 :-D. I wanted to make some’in cozy and warm and spicy and Autumn-like and thought, apples just scream Autumn!, don’t they? So I decided to go for it. Here we have a spicy apple cake, packed full of apples with a generous hazelnut top. The hazelnut top was an inspiration from a BBC good food on their Apple Cake in a nutshell shell recipe. A really good recipe that.
Warning: This cake is seriously nutty, light, delicious and just fills your mouth with spices that remind you of Christmas. A bit too yummy that I didn’t get to take the picture of a proper piece until I got to the very last one in the tin.
There is a seeded version of this (for those allergic to nuts) at the bottom of the
cake page so keep reading :-).
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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
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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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
Just made these now (recipe inspired by the goddess herself from her book Domestic goddess). I have a couple of ladies coming over tomorrow for a private flow and wanted to make something for us to enjoy after class. Also the fact that my moon time is a day or two away contributed a LOT to this craving 😉 Continue reading