I never quite realised until I started my market stall at Hampstead Market in January just how many people are turning vegan. I know it might be ‘in vogue’ at the moment, but whatever people’s reasons behind the craze, it’s so great that so many of us are becoming more aware of our health and what we are eating, as well as contributing to a greener planet and less animal suffering. It’s win win if you think about it! Continue reading
Christmas is a time for deliciousness. There’s just no doubt about it. And (contrary to what some people might think) that doesn’t stop if you’re vegan, plant-based, raw, paleo, or whatever you might be, if you’re healthy then Christmas can be just as delicious for you too. Continue reading
It’s Hanukkah this week, so to celebrate I wanted to make a recipe for guilt-free donuts. It might seem a little random but there is a reason behind it – the Hanukkah story talks of the miracle of the oil, whereby oil that would have only kept a special lamp alight for one day actually lasted eight days – and because of this it’s traditional to eat foods cooked in oil, like donuts or potato latkes.I’ve used a little coconut oil in these as a nod to tradition but unlike normal donuts these are baked (not fried) which makes them heaps healthier but just as yummy! Continue reading
I’ve always loved a good crumble – it’s such a delicious thing to eat all year round, not to mention how simple it is to make! Traditional crumbles are a tad on the unhealthy side – loaded with flour, sugar and butter (yuk, yuk and double yuk) but luckily it’s just as easy to make one just as yummy without any gluten, dairy or refined sugar. Continue reading
There must be some unwritten rule somewhere giving coleslaw the right to turn up at every salad bar, crash every barbecue and sneak into every family party buffet. To us, cabbage and carrots drowned in mayonnaise shouldn’t even be classed as a salad, maybe a condiment or a side dish, but a salad!? Never.
You might have realised we aren’t the biggest fans of traditional coleslaw. For starters it’s incredibly unhealthy (we’ve seen so many people load up their plates with coleslaw under the pretence that they are ‘being good’) and to be quite honest our taste buds are of the opinion that it’s a little bit bland. And don’t even get us started on all the nasties that lurk in shop bought versions! Continue reading
When I was a little girl, my Grandpa used to have a magical orange tree. All year long it would stand in his lounge producing little tiny oranges which were never bigger than a golf ball. But amazingly once they fell off the tree (so the story goes) they would turn into Terry’s chocolate oranges, packaging and all. Of course we never ACTUALLY saw this happen and my brother, cousins and I always took Grandpa’s word for it.
Even after the truth came out, the tree still continued to produce its ‘fruit’ on birthdays and other special occasions. At the end of last year Mr H and I bought a house together and shortly after moving in a little orange tree turned up on our doorstep, a housewarming present from who else but my darling Grandpa.
But my chocolate orange tree is a little different you see. Mine is like chocolate orange tree 2.0; it produces four ingredient chocolate orange energy balls. Ok so it doesn’t, but I do use the zest of its little fruit to make them. Here’s how;
Makes around 10 small balls
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup cashews
- 4 tbsp cacao powder
- zest of 1/2 an orange
In a food processor, first blend the cashews until they are all chopped up super small. Then add the dates, cacao and orange zest and blend until all the ingredients are mixed together nicely. Then shape the mixture into small balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Magic!
Love, Mrs H xx