Short & Savoury

Summer is totally about quick, easy, fresh and tasty.

So over the next wee while that’s what I’m gonna give you.

There may or may not be a lot of reading involved on your behalf- which means there may or may not be a lot of writing on my behalf- it also means more time for you to spend out on the deck in the sun eating a yummy salad and drinking a crisp Pinot Gris…

I love raw broccoli- slightly spicy, great texture and such a beautiful colour.

Raw Broccoli and Cranberry Salad

Raw Broccoli – cut into small pieces- kinda like couscous

Toasted Almonds

Dried Cranberries

Your favorite vinagrette (balsamic, oil, seeded mustard, honey)

Mix everything together and enjoy- seriously it is that easy!

This is also great if you add some chilli flakes for a bit of heat, or avocado, feta, wild rice even red rice for texture.

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Made this morning- scone by the afternoon

I had a hankering this morning for scones.

I was meeting my sister and her soon to be three year old twins at the park for a play then a coffee- what situation is more suited to turn up to with freshly baked scones than this?!

These scones were not your ordinary scone, they were AMAZING- even if I do say so myself! And if you cant take my word for it then take my Mums- because she also loved them.

Those of you who know my Mum know she is a straight shooter who is not afraid to say what she thinks whether its nice or not- and today it was very nice- so nice she told me to take them all home with me when I left or she would eat them all, and that would be bad for the diet!

They were practically good for you as I made them with Extra Virgin Coconut oil instead of fatty butter, they were sweetened with unrefined molasses sugar and had glorious chunks of dark chocolate and tart dried cranberries dotted through the moist and crumbly layers, perfect for a mid morning snack with a hot cuppa .

Vegan Scones

3cups Plain Flour

2Tbs Baking Powder

80g Extra virgin Coconut oil- hard

1/2cup packed Molasses Sugar

Pinch of Salt

With finger tips rub the above ingredients together till there are no lumps of oil (it should look like bread crumbs). This can also be done in  the food processor.

I used Dark Chocolate chunks and Dried Cranberries but you could use white chocolate, dried cherries, orange zest, dates- anything your heart desires.

Mix flavourings into the dry mix and stir till mixed evenly.

Lastly add Rice milk (or any milk you like- almond milk would also be good, or coconut milk) slowly until the mix starts to come together- how much milk – enough so that when you fold to combine no dry flour is left at the bottom of the bowl- if you make it too wet- add some more of the magic mix -too dry add more milk.

Turn out onto a lightly floured bench and cut into 8 portions.

Put onto grease proof paper and bake 180c till a skewer comes out clean- 20-40minutes.

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Muesli bars are so last year…

Well we are about half way through Sober September. You can look at it one of two ways… we have around 15 days to go… or we have successfully detoxed for 15 days.. the good ol’ glass half empty or full.

It is amazing how much money we have saved over the last three weeks! I have been making a big pot of vegetable soup for Mr Lid to take to work instead of popping down to the shop to buy a salad or a sandwich usually ending up in  quick $15 spent without the bat of an eyelid.

We face a few challenges this weekend with Mr Lid away for a night on a work conference (poor man, with all that temptation of a breakfast buffet, fancy dinner and free alcohol) We have a mates 30th on the weekend which is dinner and drinks then a catch up Lunch with friends to round out the weekend… sometimes it is easier to hide away but man does it get boring! Don’t get me wrong I love spending time with Mr Lid I also like to talk to other people too!

One thing I find hard about detox is when the clock hits 3:30 in the afternoon, the dreaded three thirtyitis sets in and sugar cravings start, day dreams of chocolate and naughtyness.. mmmm

But I have made the yummest bar of goodness that is chocolaty and jam packed full flavour and it keeps you full till dinner time- and to make it even better (how can it get better I hear you say?!) it is naturally sweetened, gluten free, vegan and oh so goooood

Energy bars

2 cups Dates (chopped)

1/2 cup Prunes

1 1/2 cups Water

Bring above ingredients to a simmer in a pot till the water is almost gone and the fruit is mushy, you can use the mix like this or blend till smooth.

1 cup Ground Almonds

1 cup Raw Cashew nuts (roughly chopped)

1 cup Desiccated Coconut

1 cup Mixed Seeds (Sesame, Pumpkin, Sunflower)

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries (or diced Apricots)

3/4 cup Cocoa Powder

Put everything in a bowl and mix. Add Date and prune mix to the bowl and mix well- you can knead with your hands if easier.

Put into a paper lined tray and press down till flat and even. Leave to set in the fridge. Cut and eat. You could also roll into truffel sized balls and roll in coconut for a snack on the go or to have for a more fancy afternoon tea.

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