A Tonic Bath – Blackberry shoots
Preparation Time
10 mins
Cooking Time
5 mins
Serves
1

170g young blackberry shoots

560ml water

Saucepan

Sieve

Combine Blackberry leaves in a saucepan and heat to 45C. Infuse for about 5 minutes, strain through sieve and add to the warm bath.

Agave Vinaigrette Apple Slaw
Preparation Time
20 Minutes
Cooking Time
nil
Serves
4

Agave Vinaigrette

200 ml olive oil, 100ml Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, 1tbsp prepared mustard, ½ tbsp. Organic dark agave syrup,1 tsp minced garlic

Apple slaw

½ small cabbage 2 apples, cut into matchsticks ½ cup mint leaves

Agave Vinaigrette mix all the ingredients together.

then toss together the cabbage, mint apples and dressing.

Banana Honey & Oat Muffins with Chia
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
15 Minutes at 200c
Serves
12 Muffins

125g plain flour

125g wholemeal flour

2 med bananas mashed

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 egg lightly beaten

75g rolled oats

75g butter

1 tbsp baking powder

175 ml low fat milk

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

30g soft brown sugar

3 tbsp honey

Pre heat oven to 200c. grease and flour a large 12 hole muffin tray.

Sift flours, baking powder and spices. Combine with oats.

Beat butter and sugar. Add egg

Mix gently alternating spoonful’s of flour mixture, with milk until combined.

Mix bananas, chai and honey together and add to mixture

Divide equally to fill muffin tray. Bake until muffins have risen and are golden brown.

Garnish with more chia seeds, icing or slices of banana or enjoy as they are!

Bliss Balls with Linseed Meal
Preparation Time
20 Minutes
Cooking Time
No Cook
Serves
24

½ cup linseed meal

2 cups dates

4 tbs carob powder

1 tbs cocoa powder

1/3 cup crushed hazelnuts

3 tbs almond meal

¼ cup peanut butter

1 tbs tahini

2 tbs rice malt

2 tbs hot water

pinch of cardamom

coconut for rolling

Soak the dates in enough boiling water to cover them. Soak for 15 minutes, then drain and mash. In a large bowl mix linseed meal, almond meal, carob, cocoa, hazelnuts and cardamom. Place rice malt and tahini in a small bowl, add hot water and mix until runny. Make a well in the linseed mix and pour in rice malt and tahini and mashed dates. Mix until mixture is sticky dough, then add nut butter. Mix thoroughly. Form into 1 inch balls using wet hands, then roll in coconut . Store in the fridge.

Carob Cake Vegan
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
180c 20 - 25 minutes
Serves
6

Juice of 1 lemon,

200ml soy milk (almond milk),

50g vegetable margarine (olive oil or flax),

50ml sunflower oil,

150g castor sugar,

300g plain flour (can use Gluten Free),

2 teaspoons Gluten free baking powder,

50g carob powder

Mix lemon juice and milk leave to curdle. Cream margarine and sugar till light and fluffy. Add baking powder, carob and flour and mix. Stir in the sour milk and beat for two minutes.

Pour into two 20cm floured and greased tins and bake at 180c for 20 to 25 minutes. Check centre of cake is dry before removing from oven. Leave to cool in tins for 5 minutes and turn onto wire wrack to completely cool.

Try Cashew cream, fudge icing or creamed nuts as a filling.

Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
160c 30 Minutes
Serves
12 Muffins

60g unsweetened cocoa powder

60g ground hazelnuts

60g agave syrup or other syrup

3og butter melted

1 egg separated beat egg white till stiff

60g semolina

1 tsp vanilla

1tsp coffee

1 tbsp milk

Combine hazelnuts, semolina and cocoa

Beat sugar egg yolk vanilla and coffee till stiff beat in milk and butter till thick and creamy, beat in hazelnuts, semolina and cocoa. (if stiff add a little more milk) Lastly fold in egg white. Spoon into muffin tins and bake 30 mins or till firm.

Coffee Cake with Carob
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
190c 25 Minutes
Serves
6

2 tablespoons coffee (drip, instant or barley)

250ml water

2 tablespoons carob powder

100g castor sugar

200g self-raising flour (Gluten Free)

2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

90ml sunflower oil

Make coffee and leave to cool. In a mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients add the oil and coffee. Beat with a spoon until mixed.

Put into two 20cm tins, greased and floured and bake for 25 minutes at 190c. Check centre of cake for dryness before removing from oven. Allow to cool 10 mins in tins then turn onto wire rack to cool.

Suggested filling: Cashew Cream

Dyeing with Herbs
Preparation Time
1 day
Cooking Time
4 hours
Serves
1

Scales

2 large stainless steel saucepans

3 or 4 buckets (for soaking, rinsing) or access to large sinks

Rubber gloves

Wooden rod for stirring

Wooden rod to dry wool hanks on / over

Large Colander

A mordant (Alum – Aluminium potassium sulphate; Tin – Stannous chloride; Chrome – Potassium dichromate; Iron – ferrous sulphate) see more

Herbs Colours

Weigh wool (wool requires to be scoured before use) to be dyed. (Natural Fabric can also be used it needs to be in a raw state)

Make wool into smallish hanks much easier to handle. Tie the hanks in several places loosely. The dye needs to access all sides of the wool but you don’t want it to knot.

Wool needs to be scoured to remove oil. This is done by soaking the hanks for an hour in water containing some liquid detergent or soft soap and ammonia. The water should be about 50c.

Drain the water and squeeze wool gently to get as much water out as possible.

Soak in cooler water containing detergent or soft soap for a further hour. If the wool is still oily soak overnight and rinse it several times.

When the wool is scoured enough let the wool dry. You can wring out in a pillowcase in the dryer for a short time before putting over wooden rods to dry naturally and slowly.

Collect at least twice the weight or more of the fresh herb needed. (Dried can be used but fresh is best)

Chop herb, bruise stems and leave to soak overnight. If you use tap water add a touch of vinegar.

Mordanting

25g mordant and a small amount of cream of tartar will make enough to dye 100g of fabric /wool

Dissolve the required amount of mordant in hot water and stir into a large saucepan of water deep enough to cover the wool to be dyed.

Heat until warm then gently tip in the soaking wet wool. Slowly bring the water to simmering point. It should take about an hour. Hold on simmer for another hour.

The wool will not shrink or felt do not stir it around or poke at it. Take the saucepan off and leave to cool.

Now bring the herbs and the water they have been soaking in to the boil in a large saucepan. Reduce to a simmer until the water takes on a darker colour that the one you wish the dyed fabric to be. This will take at least another two hours. Remove the saucepan from the heat and leave to cool. Strain to remove hard herb.

Lift the wool from the mordant with a wooden rod and slide into the coloured water. Put the saucepan back on the stove and bring it back to the boil. It will take about an hour.

Let the water cool till the wool can be handled with rubber gloves. Lift the hanks from the water and gently squeeze excess dye.

Rinse hanks in a bucket of warm water and give a final rinse in a bucket of cold water. Do not be tempted to rinse under running water.

Squeeze hanks and blot to remove excess water and hang on wooden rods to dry completely.

Fresh bath – Rest from the Heat
Preparation Time
10 min
Cooking Time
12 hrs
Serves
2

300ml Apple Cider Vinegar

300ml Spring Water

25g of Chamomile Flowers

Stainless Steel Saucepan

Bowl with cover

Sieve

Bottle

Put the apple cider vinegar, spring water and chamomile into the saucepan. Heat to simmer, do not boil. Pour the mixture into a bowl and cover, Leave for 12 hours then strain and bottle.

Garam Masala mix
Preparation Time
15 Minutes
Cooking Time
30 minutes
Serves
1 cup

1/3 cup whole cloves

¼ fennel seeds

¼ cup black peppercorns

4 cinnamon sticks

½ cup green cardamom pods

½ cup cumin seeds

½ cup coriander seeds

2 tablespoons ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground ginger

Pan toast all the whole spices over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or oven toast in preheated 95c oven for 30 minutes

Crush cinnamon sticks with a rolling pin. Tap cardamom pods to remove seeds

In a spice or coffee bean grinder, grind the spices together. Sift batches together to ensure its well mixed.

Glace Fruit & Nut Loaf
Preparation Time
2 Hours
Cooking Time
1 1/2 to 1 3/4
Serves
8

50g unsalted butter

1/3 cup soft brown sugar

2 Tablespoons of breakfast Marmalade

2 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup plain flour

1 Teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 ¼ cups pitted dates, chopped

1 ½ cups raisins

1 cup Brazil nuts

2/3 cup red, yellow and green cherries

½ cup chopped glace pear or pineapple

½ cup chopped glace apricots

½ cup chopped glace peaches

1/3 cup chopped glace figs

1 cup walnut halves

2/3 blanched almonds

  1. Preheat the oven to slow 150c Lightly grease and line a 20.5x8x7 bar tin.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add marmalade in a small bowl with electric beaters until pale and fluffy. Add egg gradually, beating thoroughly after each addition.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and nutmeg into a a large bowl. Add the fruit and nuts and mix until each piece is coated in the flour mixture. Add to the egg mixture and mix to combine well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the tin, pushing well into each corner. Wrap the outside of the tin with baking paper and sit the cake on several layers of newspaper in the oven. Bake fir 1 ½ - 1 ¾ hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 30 minutes, and then turn out onto wire rack to cool.
Gluten Free Muslie Bar
Preparation Time
20 Minutes
Cooking Time
Dry in Oven on Low heat 24 hours
Serves
12

3 medium applescored & shredded (or pulsed in a food processor

1 cup raw almonds

1/4 cup raisins 6 dates,chopped

1/4 cup maple syrup or agave

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Grind the almonds in a food processor just before it reaches an almond meal consistency, leaving some small pieces. Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Stir until well combined. Grab handfuls of the mix and place onto small trays. I found it easier to form them into bars on the trays rather than in my hands as the mix is pretty wet. Once they are the shape you want, dry at a low heat for 24 hours, flipping halfway through. Once cooled, they harden to make crunchy bars, so if you prefer them softer just dry them for less time.

Guacamole
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
nil
Serves
6

2 large ripe avocados

2 tomatoes seeded and finely diced (optional)

2 red chillies, seeded and finely diced (optional)

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 small Spanish onion, finely diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt & pepper

Sour cream (optional)

220g Gluten free corn chips

Mash the avocadoes and mix in the rest of the chosen ingredients. Serve chilled with corn chips.

Jumbuck Dumplings
Preparation Time
5 minutes
Cooking Time
15 minutes
Serves
8 dumplings

2 cups of self-raising flour

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Salt and black pepper

About ¼ cup milk or water

Put flour, parsley, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir in milk or water until dough forms a soft doughy consistency. With floured hands roll dough into balls and place on top of stew whilst it is simmering. Cover and cook about fifteen minutes.

Lemon Biscuits
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
Moderate Oven about 10 minutes
Serves
12

2 eggs

Lemon essence 2 drops

1 teaspoon of baking powder (Gluten Free)

1 cup sugar

3 cups plain Gluten Free flour

2 teaspoons of cream of tartar

½ teaspoon salt

125g butter (or nuttlex)

Cream butter & sugar, add eggs, and essence of lemon, add sifted flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt. Mix roll out thinly and cut out and bake in moderate oven till lightly brown.

Lip Salve
Preparation Time
10 mins
Cooking Time
5 mins
Serves
20g

2 teaspoons of beeswax

2 teaspoons almond oil           

10 drops mint / or oil of your choice

Gently heat the wax and almond oil in a double boiler until the wax is melted. Remove from the heat and add the essential oil.

Store in a small wide-mouthed jar and apply as needed.

Make your own bath bombs
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
Drying time 24 hours
Serves
4 bombs

1 ½ cups bicarbonate of soda

½ cup citric acid powder

Sweet Almond oil

Essential oil

Dried petals or herbal tea

Food colouring

Rubber gloves

Moulds

To make the mix, sieve together the bicarbonate of soda and the citric acid powder in a large dry mixing bowl. This is enough to make about 4 bombs depending on the size of the moulds.

Transfer ½ cup only of the base mix into a medium bowl and stir in a tablespoon of dried petals or herbal tea. Set aside

In a small bowl combine 6 drops of your chosen essential oil with ½ teaspoon of sweet almond oil and 8 to 10 drops of food colouring. Pour this mixture into the ½ cup of base mix and stir quickly with a teaspoon so things don’t start fizzing.

Wearing rubber gloves continue to combine the ingredients with your fingertips until they start to stay together when compressed in your hand. It’s essential that you do this with your fingertips, not a spoon so the liquid is evenly distributed.  Place the mix into the mould.

Wipe a little almond oil over the moulds so the mix comes out. Leave to dry for 24 hours then turn the bombs out.

Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
15 Minutes
Serves
4

1 cup Organic Quinoa Grain

1 Onion Diced

1 tbsp oilive oil

1 tsp fine sea salt

4 tsp Moroccan spice mix

½ cup dried cranberries

1 tbsp lemon juice

250g pumpkin, diced

2 cups vegetable stock

A handful of fresh coriander, chopped

A scatter of crispy fried onions.

Mix cranberries with lemon juice, cover and microwave on high for thirty seconds. Place Quinoa in a strainer and rinse thoroughly. Allow to drain. Heat olive oil in a large fry pan and sauté onion for 5 minutes, until softened.

Add Moroccan spices salt and pumpkin and sauté for another 2 minute, until fragrant. Add drained Quinoa and vegetable stock. Stir thoroughly and cover pan. Allow to simmer for 15 Minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir through the cranberries, Serve garnished with the fresh coriander and onions, if desired.

One Bowl Chocanana Muffins!
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
180C 20 Minutes
Serves
12 Muffins

2 ripe bananas

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 rice milk

¼ cup oil

1 egg

1 ½ Gluten Free Self Raising Flour

½ cup choc chips (dairy free)

Preheat Oven to 180c and grease 12 hole muffin tin

Mash bananas in a bowl and then add egg, milk, sugar, oil and mix well. Add flour and choc chips and spoon mixture into muffin tin.

Bake for 20 minutes

Cool on rack.

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake Style
Preparation Time
15 Minutes
Cooking Time
2 to 4 hours in freezer
Serves
8-12

Base:

1 cup hazelnut meal

6 Tbsp raw cocoa powder

3 Tbsp maple syrup, agave or rice malt

1 tsp vanilla paste

1 pinch sea salt

Filling:

2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight

6 Tbsp hazelnut butter or nut butter of choice

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup maple syrup or syrup of choice

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup water

2 tsp salt

 

Sauce:

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup maple syrup or syrup of choice

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Use nine inch spring form pan or silicon. For individule serves us a muffin pan.

Blend all ingredients for the crust together in a food processor. Remove from processor and press the crust into the bottom of desired pan, about 1/4 inch thick.

In a food processor or mixer blend together cashews, maple syrup, water, and salt. Run until totally smooth. Add cocoa powder, hazelnut butter and coconut oil to cashew mixture and blend together.

Spoon or pipe the filling on top of crusts. Stick cheesecake in the freezer until solid. ( 2 hours for individual, 4 for large single).

Once frozen remove cheesecake from pan.

Mix the sauce ingredients together with a spoon. Put some ontop of each cake and chill till hard.

Top with hazelnuts. Serve cold