Monday, March 10, 2014
I am super excited to be involved in an up and coming Brancott Estate wine & food event, where I will be creating a wholesome Petite Kitchen style dish for guests, paired with a lovely Sauvignon Gris. I will also be working along side some other very talented ladies, Jordan Rondel from The Caker, Jess from Jess' Underground Kitchen, and Delaney from Heartbreak Pie.
Watch this space as I will be giving away some tickets to this exclusive event! Eleanor x
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Good morning Sunday! The kids requested pancakes for breakfast, here is the recipe I came up with. In the blender, add 1 large banana, two large free range eggs and 1/4 cup of organic oats, then blend until smooth. Grill in a skillet greased with ghee, butter or coconut oil for a minute or so until golden on both sides. We served ours with coconut cream, blueberries and honey. Simple, wholesome and nourishing. Eleanor x
Friday, March 7, 2014
Today I share my recipe with you for this fantastic raw fig tart with 'milk chocolate' ganache and an incredible almond date crust. Naturally gluten free full off goodness, this tart is perfectly sweet and wonderfully simple to prepare. I used mascarpone for the filling, but have also included a dairy free version using cashew nuts. If figs aren't your thing, you use pretty much any type of fresh fruit! Enjoy! Eleanor x
For the crust:
1 1/2 cups ground almonds, or ground nuts of your choice
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup medjool dates, pitted
4 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, or melted butter
a pinch of sea salt
For the mascarpone ganache:
1 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey, maple or brown rice syrup
For dairy free cashew ganache:
1 cup cashews, soaked in water overnight then drained well
2 tbsp melted extra virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey, maple or brown rice syrup
For the fig topping:
4-6 fresh figs, sliced finely
Grease a cake tin, and line both the base and sides with baking paper.
Place the crust ingredients in to a food processor, and process for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture starts to come together like a dough. Press the mixture evenly in to the prepared cake tin, and press the edges up slightly around the side of the tin.
Add the ganache ingredients in to a food processor, and process until smooth. Taste, and then add a little more sweetener if you prefer (I don't like it too sweet).
Carefully spoon the ganache in to the base, and spread out evenly with the back of a spoon.
Arrange the figs on top, and then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
New to green smoothies? feeling a little overwhelmed or unsure of where to start? Not to worry! as today I share with you some simple tips for creating a brilliantly creamy and refreshing green smoothie, perfect for when you are feeling like a little boost of nourishment.
I like to keep my smoothies basic and not too complicated. For example, in the smoothie pictured, I have added 1/2 an avocado, 1 small frozen banana, 1 cup coconut water, a large handful of cos lettuce, juice of half a lemon and a small handful of fresh green grapes to a blender. Simply whizz until smooth, and then enjoy!
Four simple steps to creating your own delicious green smoothie:
1. To begin with, choose a liquid base for your smoothie. I use about 1 cup, but you can add a little more or less depending on the thickness desired. I like to use coconut water, but all types of nut milk, rice milk or oat milk work fantastically also.
2. Next, I like to add something a little creamy, and also as a good dose of healthy fats. I usually add 1/2 an avocado, or 1/4 cup coconut cream. A handful of activated nuts or nut butter adds a terrific dimension also.
3. Time to choose a handful of fruit! I usually opt for a frozen banana, as I always have an abundance in the freezer. I also love a little mango or pineapple if I am wanting something tropical, frozen grapes, apples, figs and berries are also a perfectly sweet addition.
4. Last but not least, add a large handful or portion of greens. Some great options are, spinach, kale, spinach, cos lettuce, celery, broccoli, a bulb of fennel or half a cucumber.
Once you have mastered the art of creating a delicious green smoothie combination, you can get a little fancy. Here are some tips to help you take your smoothie to the next dimension.
1.You can add the juice of half a lemon or lime for a fresh zing. Some herbs also make a nice addition, for example, a small handful of mint or parsley work well.
2.Spices make an excellent addition, as well as adding extra health benefits. Turmeric, a little pinch of cayenne pepper, or ginger all work well.
2. I like to freeze my fruit or vegetables to produce a chilled & refreshing smoothie. If using fresh, you can add a couple of ice cubes instead.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I am super excited to have the talented Nicola Reilly from Forever Fit, guest posting here on the blog today, she explains the importance of a healthy digestive system, and gives some fantastic tips on how to build a nourishing and nutrient rich diet. Thanks Nicola!
YOU ARE ONLY AS HEALTHY AS YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
You hear people say all the time you are what you eat, which is so important to understand. However equally important is you are what you are able to digest an absorb. Because you cannot create real health and wellness if you aren't absorbing the nutrients and vitamins from the food that you are eating. This is where the health of your digestive system plays a huge role in the health of your body.
You can get everything from the food that you eat, however making a few tweeks here and there by adding some new foods can enhance the potential of your bodies ability to digest and absorb everything you do eat.
Get into making home made broths and use the broths in your soups and as a base for your stir fry sauces for dinner. Then you can use powdered gelatin to make delicious jelly desserts and treats for the whole family. Combine that with good quality fermented foods and or probiotics and you are going to rep the rewards from your healthy nourishing nutrient rich diet.
- Article by Nicola Reilly.
Nicola Reilly - Online Personal Trainer, Nutrition and Lifestyle coach. Owner and operator of foreverfit.tv and the online gym. Nicola teaches her members how to create real health and get in the best shape of their life by finding foods that work for them, exercising correctly and leading the lifestyle that inspires them. Find out more about Nicola here. www.foreverfit.tv
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I have had quite a few requests for my hazelnut milk recipe. In this version I have added dates, cinnamon, vanilla bean and a pinch of sea salt for a truly luxuriously creamy and deliciously sweet dairy free milk. See below for the recipe, and feel free to share with your family and friends! Eleanor x
2 cups soaked raw hazelnuts (soaked in water overnight)
6 medjool dates
4 cups filtered water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla bean paste
Place all ingredients in to blender and blend for 1-2 minutes. Leave to sit for a further 20 minutes. Pour the liquid through several layers of cheesecloth or muslin, then using your hands, squeeze all of the milk in to a bowl. Pour the hazelnut milk to a glass jar, and store in the fridge.
Will keep for up to 3 days.
*refined sugar free
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Sundays smoothie is fresh fig, berry, beetroot, avocado and hazelnut milk with a little added lemon juice. Beautiful, vibrant and perfectly sweet. I wish you all a beautiful afternoon. Eleanor x
Friday, February 28, 2014
This week for Viva - The New Zealand Herald, I share my recipe for these delicious little black bean & cacao lava cookies. These rich and velvety delights have the most amazing soft and fudgey texture, they are naturally gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. These lovely little morsels are sure to please even the most avid cookie fan, they're absolutely scrumptious!
Find the recipe by clicking HERE.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I am super excited to be able to share a collection of delicious and nourishing recipes over on the Nature Baby page. First up are these apricot, coconut and lemon snack bars. These delicious treats are incredibly simple and fast to prepare, and require no cooking. They are naturally sweetened, making them great for sustained energy through out the day. The recipe uses ground almonds, but ground seeds would also work well. You could also roll the mixture in to bite size balls, making them a little more enjoyable for the kids.
For the recipe, visit the Nature Baby facebook page HERE. Eleanor x
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Tuesday nights dinner is a wonderful bowl of tasty goodness. I cooked rice in home made organic chicken stock, then topped with herb roasted free range chicken, sliced avocado, broccoli, a large dollop of extra garlicky lemon aioli and toasted seeds. I quite often make variations of this dish depending on what vegetables, meat or seafood I have on hand. So simple, comforting and nourishing! Eleanor x