Thursday, 25 April 2013

ANZAC Day

It was this day last year that we rose before the sun.
We rugged up our babes, and made our way to the war memorial.
It was one of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever witnessed. Not because of the sun, but because of where we were, who we were with and what it was all about.

Flying at halfmast in their Honour
Now I really wanted this post to be like our minutes silence today, so I will share some photos we took on that day.
War memorial Canberra

And as I said last year, this always brings tears to my eyes, I cannot help it, it is the day to remember those who would go to protect our little families with their lives. It is our History.
Thousands of Poppies placed at the names of those whose served

Lest we forget
 
I still can't get this upright. This is our little guy checking out his great Pop's medals


The tomb of the unknown soldier


Pool of Reflection



Friday, 19 April 2013

The breakfast bar is open

Quinoa Date cookies, low cal, sugar free, healthy
Would you choose these from the breakfast bar?
I don't know about you, but new years resolutions kinda don't stick well. I always forget what it is I am supposed to be aiming for. Don't get me wrong, I have goals, and I get there, I'm just saying I don't know if a NYR is the best way to stick to your goals.

One of my goals this year was to find some healthy options for a quick breakfast. There are just some days that too much needs to happen before leaving the house, and my breakfast is last on the list.

Smoothies are good. Actually smoothies are great. One of my faves is a banana choc smoothie with chia and flax- no need for sweetening with the ripe bananas. And these smoothies leave me full all morning, but there is only so much smoothie I can do, so the search was on .

I was looking in particular for a breakfast bar kinda thing. They were everywhere. but not exactly what I was looking for. They all seemed to need sugar or honey or the like to bind them, that is not what I need first thing in the morning, it just makes me crave sweet things all day.
easy quick breakfast

That is until I found this recipe, it needed a little adaptation to fit my needs, but the basics were there and that is all I needed. Just to know I could do it.

Quinoa date breakky bikkis

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Quinoa flakes
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (I used Macadamias, just cos I had 'em)
1 cup dried dates chopped

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

grain free, paleo,
delicious and easy
 
Yeah that is it! I got about 17 rounds at about 65mm diameter each
 
Preheat oven to 175C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine quinoa, nuts, and coconut.
Stir in spices.
Add chopped dates and stir until well and evenly mixed. Make sure the dates are no longer sticky.

In another bowl, melted coconut oil, mashed banana and vanilla extract.
 
Combine all ingredients stir until well combined.

Spread the batter evenly onto the baking sheet, about 10-12mm high.
Or I used my scone cutter and pressed a couple of tablespoons of the batter into it for each one.
 
Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. They tend to brown at the bottom first, so be sure to be careful.
Let cool completely, store in airtight container and keep in the fridge. Or freeze, they freeze really well.
These really are a healthy breakfast option at about 80 calories each round and 2gs of fibre and protein-awesome!
This opens up the breakfast bar...bar? well It just makes making breakfasts bars easy :)
So next time you notice those bananas getting nice and ripe, get set to make these.



Good, anyway you look at it!
 

Monday, 8 April 2013

super easy dairy and flour free brownies

So after crashing down from the sugar high of the super simple, super sugary flourless chocolate cookies. I came to and figured it might be time for some thoughtful food.

I have seen black bean brownies, and chickpea brownies, I bet they taste delicious, but legumes and me- we're not good friends. Sure they pretend to like me and I have a good go too, but when it comes to long term relationships- we just don't work (digestive wise).

I saw Nigella had some flourless brownies, I was ready to go. They looked great. However I have made it a mission of mine to not use almond meal or nut meals. Dadda just does not like the texture, and if it doesn't pass the Dadda test, well it just doesn't cut it.

Martha Stewart had some too, and they looked great, but so many steps. I really did not have the patience when it cam to making these. I wanted something simple, something accessible, something my brothers could easily make!

Then I found this recipe, it was almost exactly what I was looking for, so with a few changes, I had delicious brownies in a flash!


Super Easy Flourless Chocolate Brownies


twolicious, theGFCookie, gluten free flourless brownies
who could refuse such a tempting treat?


1 + 1/2 cup coconut sugar (use brown sugar if you don't have coconut sugar)
180g coconut oil (as it's a solid, it's easier to weigh)
4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla
140g or 1 1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts or more chocolate if you'd like to be nut free (I had cashews on hand).

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C or 350*F.
  2. Line an 8x8 inch square baking pan.
  3. Place sugar and oil into the bowl of your stand mixer and beat until well combined (you can easily use a hand mixer and the biggest bowl you can find!).
  4. Pop the eggs in (I like to do it one at a time) and combine completely.
  5. Next is the vanilla. Mix until combined and a bit fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the salt and cocoa and blend until smooth.
  7. Fold in the chocolate and nuts.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and bake about 25 minutes. until glossy on top and when you shake the pan it no longer jiggles in the middle (if it still jiggles give it another 5).