Gooey, rich + moorish. I CAN stop at one piece, as it is so satisfying!
This is definitely going to be served over the christmas festivites this year. A decadent, sweet treat that has some highly nutritional ingredients (cacao, coconut oil, cashews, walnuts) + is healthy-ish! 100% gluten free, dairy free + whole food based.
Can you believe that December is here on the weekend?! The actual official start of the festive season! I’ve already started planning the christmas lunch menu, something that gives me so much pleasure! It is also my husband’s birthday on Christmas Day, so it’s always double the celebrations. I love, love this time of year!
2 cups raw cashews
2 cups organic shredded coconut *unsweetened
16 pitted dates
1 cup raw organic cacao powder
1/2 cup honey (can also use agave, or maple syrup – vegan)
1 tsp organic vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup honey (can also use agave, or maple syrup – vegan)
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
8 drops doTERRA green mandarin essential oil *food grade (You can purchase here)
Blitz the cashews + shredded coconut in a food processor until it resembles sand. Add the dates, cacao powder, sweetener, vanilla bean paste + salt. Process until a smooth, creamy texture is achieved.
Press the fudge into a lined loaf tin (I like nice, thick pieces) + press the walnuts pieces into the fudge all over. Place in the fridge.
Wash out the food processor, then add the coconut oil, sweetener + cacao powder. Blitz until combined + silky. Add the green mandarin oil + pulse a couple of times.
Gently pour the ganache over the fudge, dust with a little cacao powder + place back in the fridge to set (a couple of hours). Cut into bite sized squares + store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week (if it lasts that long!)
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Poke is pronounced (poh-keh) and rhymes with okay. Okay?!
If you haven’t heard of a poke bowl, well let me introduce you. Poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian and refers to chunks of raw, marinated fish (salmon, snapper, tuna) – in salty sauces often made with soy sauce, ponzu or spicy black-bean paste to highlight the fatty fish.. which is then tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and hot sauce.
Kinda like a sushi bowl. Get your chopsticks out!
I must add avo is a bloody good addition to this bowl. It gives a nice creamy element. Only, I had run out when I made this. Boo.
You can use whatever vegetables you fancy in your poke. Try radish, crispy fried shallots, kai lan, lettuce, bean shoots etc. Mix it up!
1/4 cup organic tamari
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp grated ginger
2 fillets salmon *sashimi grade
2 sliced green onions *green part only … reserve the white for your garnish
white sesame seeds
1 bunch broccolini
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
cooked brown rice
wakame seaweed *buy dried from your Asian supermarket + rehydrate with water
1 cup edamame
snow pea sprouts
lime *cut in two
fermented red pepper + miso mayo *or, try mixing home made mayo + organic sriracha
black sesame seeds
shichimi togarashi *you can purchase from an Asian supermarket + gives some heat
Combine the tamari, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar + ginger in a large flat bowl. Stir well.
Remove the skin from the salmon fillets and cube into 1cm pieces (a tip is to keep the salmon a tiny bit frozen – not completely, so it is easier to cut). Place the salmon in the marinade and coat well. Scatter with green onions (green part) + a pinch of white sesame. Place in the fridge to keep cold.
Trim your broccolini. Get a cast iron skillet hot + drizzle the sesame oil in the pan. Add the broccolini, + a little splash of kecap manis. Sauté until cooked, but still a nice crisp to it. Set aside.
Assemble your bowls. Add a generous scoop of brown rice, lay the broccolini on top. Add the cucumber ribbons, carrot matchsticks, wakame seaweed, edamame + a generous spoonful of kraut off to the side. Place your salmon in the bowl + a bunch of snow pea sprouts on top. Add half a lime in each bowl.
Drizzle spicy mayo all over.
Scatter with green onions (white part), a pinch of black sesame + schichimi togarashi.