Commercial Break: Gluten Free, Organic, Fair Trade, Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

We interrupt this story to bring you a commercial for something very yummy:

Doves Farm organic, gluten free, fair trade, vegan, very crunchy chocolate chocolate chip cookies!!!!!

Find them at your local health food shop, or if you’re lucky they might have them in the Free From section of your supermarket ūüôā Of course there’s always Amazon, or any number of alternative online shops you can find them in ūüėÄ

They’re absolutely delicious and very crunchy, but if you prefer your cookies moist, just dunk them in your tea ūüėÄ

Mmm, I think it’s time for a little smackerel of something ūüėČ

The Circle of Life

Make your own compost ūüôā

Save all your raw fruit and vegetable peelings, apple cores, tea bags, soapnut shells, etc etc

and take them outside to your compost bin (any container will do but make sure it’s got drainage holes in the bottom)

Toss your ‘green waste’ in there, (ie raw fruit & veg waste)

but also add some ‘brown waste’ (such as brown paper, black and white printed paper like newspapers or old paperback pages (no colour print), dead leaves) every so often otherwise you’ll end up with a wet soggy, stinky mess. ¬†You want about 2 parts ‘green’ to 1 part ‘brown’ according to the science ūüôā

Then eventually it will rot down to something moist and earthy, just teaming with baby earthworms (I don’t know where they came from) and ready to host your new plants. ¬†Don’t ask me how long this took, I didn’t time it, but it was probably about a year. ¬†We just eventually thought it looked composty and tipped it out of the bin and there you have it. ¬†Click here if you want advice from experts ūüėÄ

Now you can pot it …

… sow some seeds in it, …

… and in a few days (this is less than 2 weeks later) your old vegetables will be providing you with new vegetables ūüôā

I’d better thin these ūüėČ

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Food Wordsearch

food wordsearch

Search for the following food items and draw a line through them – they might be forwards, backwards, vertical, upside down or diagonal. ¬†And you don’t have to print it out if you don’t want to – just click on the pic, then right click and save it to your computer, then open it in ‘paint’, or whatever picture editing program you’ve got, and you can draw the lines on there ūüôā

APPLE    POMEGRANATE    DATES    FIGS    LENTILS    TOFU    BEANS

POTATOES    SPINACH    KALE    SQUASH    PORRIDGE    PEAR    OATS

CABBAGE    LETTUCE    TOMATO    PEAS    APRICOT    PLUM    LEEK

BROCCOLI    CUCUMBER    CAVOLO NERO    CHERRY    ORANGE    RAISINS

PARSNIP    TURNIP    WALNUTS    BANANA    CARROT    ONION    GARLIC

PEPPERS    CASHEWS    GRAPES

Wild and Fruity

Remember the¬†No Bake Blueberry Flapjacks? ¬†Well, I didn’t have any blueberries so I decided to improvise with something wild – the blackberries are ready!

blackberries

so many blackberries

So many blackberries and we only needed a few so we left plenty for others ūüôā

butterfly

And we saw plenty of others enjoying them.

ouch

I did sustain a nasty bramble injury – ouch!

picked

But we got what we needed ūüėČ

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No-Bake Sugar-Free Apple and Blackberry Flapjacks

You’ll need:

chopped apple

4 small apples, peeled and chopped.

washed blackberries

Washed, freshly-picked blackberries

soaked pitted dates

Fresh dates, pitted and soaked for 1 hour.

I didn’t measure how many blackberries I had but you can tell from how they look on the plate (it’s a small sandwich plate). ¬†The dates weighed 200g before they were pitted and soaked.

all the fruit

blackberries and apples in first

Put the apples and blackberries into your food processor together and whiz for a few seconds until well blended.

then add dates

Then add the dates and thoroughly blend it all together.

transfer to bowl

Transfer the delicious jammy mixture into a bowl – then lick the spoon – mm mmm ūüėČ

add oats

Mix in enough rolled oats to make a stiff mixture

put mixture in tin

and then transfer to a square tin. ¬†Flatten down so that it’s smooth and even. ¬†Put in fridge.

melt chocolate

Get some lovely vegan organic fair trade chocolate.

Melt it.

Cover your flapjacks.

Put them back into the fridge to set.  Done!

finished 1

finished 2

finished 3

finished 4

These are good! ¬†And just so you know what that means coming from me I’ll be honest and say that I don’t normally like blackberries. ¬†I so want to like all berries – I love the look and smell of all of them, I love picking them, but blueberries are the only berries I like the taste of. ¬†I have previously not even been able to enjoy apple and blackberry pie or crumble with sugar on. ¬†Just don’t like ’em.

Until now. ¬†These flapjacks are yum. ¬†Wholesome, beautiful, wild fruit and I love ’em.

This is quite a momentous occasion for me. ¬†I hope you like them too ūüôā

Raw Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Indulge yourself

raw chocolate chocolate chip cookies

Believe it or not – this is a health food! ¬†Here’s how:

You’ll need 1 cup of organic raw Brazil nuts, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed:brazil nuts

200g or so of pitted organic fresh dates:fresh dates

3 tablespoons of organic raw cacao nibs:cacao nibs

1 tablespoon of organic raw carob powder (or cacao):raw carob powder

2 teaspoons of organic vanilla extract:organic vanilla extract

And 50g of organic fair trade raw chocolate:raw chocolate

1.  Bung the dates into the food processor and chop/mix into a gooey, pastey consistency. Transfer to mixing bowl.

2.  Now put the nuts into the food processor and finely chop into tiny bits.  Add to the dates in the bowl.

3.  Add cacao nibs, carob powder and vanilla to the bowl and mix thoroughly with a fork.

4.  Plonk the whole mixture back into the food processor and process again so that your thick, sticky, soft, heavy mixture is thoroughly and smoothly combined.  (My food processor Рwhich is just an attachment of my hand blender Рis very small so I did my mixture in two halves).

5.  Now pile up your cookie mixture onto a smooth worktop and spoon out enough to make one cookie, press it flat on top with a knife and cut out your cookie.  Slide a knife under the cookie and put it on a plate.  Cut out all your cookies like this.  I made 10 thick cookies out of this mixture, with a bit left over for tasting.cutting cookies

6.  Then cover them in melted chocolate:melted chocolate

7.  Then chill:chill

8.  Indulge in your health food chocolate chocolate chip cookies

Don’t forget, the Brazil nuts in these are packed with¬†selenium, an essential trace mineral¬†which¬†is a powerful¬†antioxidant that combats the damage that free radicals cause in the body, and it can improve cardiovascular health and¬†fight cancer as well. It also plays a role in thyroid health, assisting with the metabolism of iodine and the production of critical thyroid hormones.

Just google it or see¬†here¬†for more info ūüôā

So go on – get this health food down you!