Monday, 8 February 2016

A day in the kitchen and a recipe...

On Saturday I set up my iPad on the kitchen bench and watched THIS documentary while I prepared lunch and some snacks to include in my husband's work lunchbox during the week ahead.
It certainly gave me much to consider after a number of similar docos we'd watched recently.

I had already spent a few hours on Saturday morning re-acquainting myself with recipes I used to make as well as re-visiting a raw food site I haunted back in 2014 for healthy meal ideas. Sometimes you need to go back to find your way forward again, right?

There were new recipes added to the page so after checking what we had in the fridge I decided to make Loaded Coleslaw with Maple Mustard Dressing and serve it with lamb cutlets for lunch. The only change I made was to use rocket (arugula) instead of spinach leaves as I like to use what I have on hand in my pantry and fridge if possible. It was YUMMY!

(May 2017 - that raw food site is no longer active..sad)

Funny how you make one thing and suddenly you're wanting to make a lot more!

Again raiding the pantry and the fridge for what was on hand I made a Mango & Lime Mousse which was served with fresh raspberries and blackberries for dessert that night and breakfast the next day...

...a fresh batch of Protein Balls...

...a gluten free / dairy free / sugar free Pear and Cranberry Cake...

...and a batch of gluten free and dairy free Almond & Amaranth Rock Cakes.

While preparing the food I was drinking from my huge water bottle and already feeling like I had taken back some of the self-control I'd lost when introducing sugar back into our diet early last year.
On Sunday I decided to go through my recipe files with fresh eyes before planning this week's menu and shopping list. 
The past few months I've had an on again/off again relationship with a mystery virus that some days leaves me feeling as though I've walked into a double decker bus.
At first it surprised me because it came out of the blue and for three days I was unable to do much at all, then I bounced back for a few more days before succumbing to this extreme lethargy and pain all over again, and again.

I do believe that 'we are what we eat' and had to admit to myself and my husband that my (lovesick) re-acquaintance over the past 9 months with wheat, sugar and dairy had not only made me feel yuk and caused me to gain quite a few kilos, but it had also reduced the amount of healthy fresh food choices each day because I was filling up on the not-so-healthy-stuff.
Sadly this meant less good stuff being made for him as well.

I saw my doctor last week and had a wide screen of blood tests taken (to do with my Hashimotos management, high blood pressure and the new mystery illness) but I'm not sitting back to wait for the results before returning to a fresher food plan. This weekend was a time of reflection on what truly matters in regards to mine and my husband's health, energy and vitality. 
You see, he also has the auto-immune disease Hashimotos and he too has been struggling to find energy;  energy we had a year ago when we were careful with our menu and dietary requirements.

My business, Elefantz Designs, has taken more time from me that I should have allowed, and that in turn caused me to make shortcuts with our health via what I served on a plate - but you can't borrow from Peter to pay Paul and somewhere along the line payment must be made. For us this is no more obvious than in our health.
Onward and upward, I say. 
Fresh is best, and it's my responsibility to work with our bodies and give the best nourishment we can afford whilst also attending to our current need to recover from the bad choices of the last nine months.

I thought you may like to try my recipe for Almond & Amaranth Rock Cakes?
This has been tweaked and re-tested for about two years and has now reached its Goldilocks moment because it's 'just right'.

Preheat oven to 190C (375F)


1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup amaranth flour
1/2 cup dessicated coconut (or spelt flour if you can tolerate a bit of gluten)
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1/3 cup rapadura sugar OR coconut palm sugar OR zylitol
grated rind of one lemon or one orange
I cup of dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, dates - your choice)
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1 egg
1/4 cup of almond milk


Into a large bowl add the almond meal, amaranth flour, dessicated coconut, baking powder, lemon rind and coconut oil.
Use your fingertips to mix the ingredients until it looks like breadcrumbs.
Add the dried fruit and mix in.
Beat the egg and almond milk together with a fork.
Make a well in the centre of your dry mix and pour in the wet mix.
Mix the ingredients together until combined.

Place heaped tablespoons of the mix on a greased tray and flatten slightly with the back of your spoon.
Bake for 14-15 minutes.

Makes around 24 rock cakes.

These little rock cakes freeze very well, so if you have gluten free friends you could make a batch and store in the freezer for unexpected coffee dates!

Download the recipe HERE if you'd like to keep a copy in your recipe folder.

So tell me, what dietary changes do you need to make this year?



Ɓgueda said...

"... has taken more time from me that I should have allowed,
and that in turn caused me to make shortcuts with our health via what I served on a plate..."

I do not agree with you this time. I think you was doing the correct: Working in your business for to look for a good future for your family. You works hard every day. The day are 24 h. You work hard in your home, in your kitchen too.
Today you decide more work in kitchen, little work in business. That is correct too.
You, Jenny, try the best for your family in every moment. You do a good work always :) And delicious recipes!!!. Thank you. Have a blessed day.

Brenda said...

Good Morning Jenny! Hubby and I have had to change our diets since his heart attacks. One of our main discoveries and easiest to do away with was the canned food. If you pay attention and read a label, they put things that I do not think even they can pronounce and may not know what they actually, would a scavenger eat them? Now, we can our own fresh from the garden vegetables as much as possible. Fruits and some vegetables we go to local farmers markets and then can what we do not eat fresh. It truly is amazing the energy levels that we do loose because of what we eat or do not eat also. Thank You for sharing your recipe and your life. Keep me informed of what you do find out! Have a great and glorious day!

Heather said...

Hi jenny, I would love the recipe for the pear and cranberry cake if possible
Please The salad looks amazing and will give e it a go

Dawn said...

Snap..doing the same as you most days with exception to one cup of list is written for the next supermarket visit to make these rock cakes..thanks for sharing x

Dawn said...

Snap..doing the same as you most days with exception to one cup of list is written for the next supermarket visit to make these rock cakes..thanks for sharing x

Tammy said...

Sounds like a wonderful recipe. Do you have a recipe for the pear cake as well?