Monthly Archives: September 2015

Chocolate Soufflés 

Chocolate soufflés. Can I get a ‘hell yeah’. I just want to devour every single one of these without even taking a breath. Is that wrong? If it is I don’t want to be right. This recipe is thanks to the bloody awesome Irena of Eat Drink Paleo who has let me share it with you, everyone give Irena a big virtual hug for being so darn generous!

These chocolatey treasures are from her newest cookbook Happy Go Paleo which I am loving hard right now. I have been lucky enough to get my mits on both of Irena’s cookbooks so far and even meet this legend in the flesh. Her personality is as gorgeous as she looks and the chic just has spunk. I loved her first cookbook Eat Drink Paleo and this new one is friggen tops as well. It incorporates great basics like kraut, broth & how to activate your own nuts & seeds, as well as beautiful looking meals, salads, sweets & a 2 week meal plan! Oh, you want soufflés? Ok then. 

Serves 6

Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes + time to cook the sweet potato

Ingredients

Coconut oil or butter, for greasing 

4 eggs, separated

1 tablespoon vanilla essence

½ cup cooled melted ghee, butter or coconut oil (or a combination)

⅓ cup preferred sweetener such as honey, maple syrup or rice malt, plus 1 tablespoon extra

⅓ heaped cup cacao powder

1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato (baked is best)

1½ tablespoons tapioca flour or arrowroot flour

⅓ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda sea salt

Coconut ice-cream, strawberries and mint, to serve (optional)

Preheat the oven to 175°C. Grease a tray of 6–8 muffin cases with a little coconut oil or butter. Alternatively you can use individual ramekins.

Using an electric mixer, whisk the yolks for 1 minute, until creamy. Add the vanilla essence, melted ghee/oil and your preferred sweetener, and whisk until well incorporated.

Add the cacao powder and mashed sweet potato. Whisk for 20 seconds, until well incorporated, then sift through the bi-carbonate of soda and tapioca or arrowroot flour. Whisk again for 20 seconds, until the mixture thickens and starts to form a ripple trace.

Place the egg whites and a pinch of salt in a separate, spotlessly clean bowl. Whisk for 1½ minutes, until soft peaks form. Add half the egg whites to the chocolate mix and gently fold in with a spatula. Add the rest and gently fold until everything is well combined.

Add 2–3 tablespoons of mix per muffin case, not quite to the top, because the cakes will rise. Or fill the pre-greased ramekins with the mixture, leaving about 1 cm from the top. Place the tray on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 25 minutes. The cakes should feel quite soft and bouncy when you touch them and they will be super-moist and soft on the inside.

Once baked, turn the oven off and open the door. Place the tray on the oven door, and allow to cool for 5 minutes. This gradual temperature change should prevent them from collapsing. Serve immediately as is or with a dollop of coconut ice-cream, fresh strawberries and mint. These can be eaten warm or cold and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.

Tip: Baking time might vary slightly depending on your oven or how big your muffin casings are. If you are baking it as a round cake in a spring-form or a cake tin, give it about 45 minutes.

 

Strawberry Chia Pots- (Paleo, Vegan, Sugarfree)

I don’t know about you guys but I have had some pretty hit & miss experiences with the ol’ chia. I have added it to muffins & they sucked up that much moisture that they ended up tasting like shoeboxes. That’s a fail. I have made chia puddings that have had the consistency of eyeballs & the texture of snot. Obviously this was also a sub-optimal outcome.  You will be pleased to know that these pots of deliciousness are not snotty, eyeball-esque or as dry as cardboard, so go me. Feel free to leave me a virtual high 5 below.

Did you know ‘chia’ is the ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? True story. These little powerhouses are a great source of antioxidants, fiber and a decent source of protein. There’s your fun fact for the day, make sure you share it with someone.

This serves 2….or 1. I’m not here to judge.

500ml coconut milk (or milk of your choice)

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 tsp vanilla extract or powder

1 tbs honey/rice malt syrup or maple syrup (optional)

1 punnet of strawberries, hulled

1/2 cup toasted coconut (optional)

In a bowl mix the chia, milk, vanilla & honey well & set aside to stand for at least 15mins to allow the chia to soak up the liquid. Pop the strawberries in a food processor & blend until they are puréed. Now stir the coconut through the chia mix, spoon into a serving bowl, top with the strawberry purée & dig in.

Mint Choc Chip Cookie Dough Balls (paleo, vegan, grain free)

So, I have just started taking my own photos, can you tell? You probably can because they are ordinary at best BUT the only way from here is up! I got a DSLR for my birthday a few weeks ago and despite having no clue what the hell I am doing, I am giving it a crack. Here’s a few tips for those who are also photographically challenged….

1. Google can show you pretty much anything, a word of caution, the search ‘best bliss ball pictures’ is not going to give you what you expect…. Or perhaps it will. Refine your language or prepare to have some images you didn’t want burned into your brain.

2. If all else fails, the ‘auto’ setting works & filters fix most things. Instagram, making bad stuff look way better since 2010.

3. The thing that has helped me the most has been THIS BOOK called Scrumptious & Styled by the awesome Caroline Potter of Colorful Eats Nutrition. Not only is the ebook stunning to look at, it takes you step by step through all the important stuff and is explained in a way even a muppet like me can understand. It is a food photography book but is completely relevant to all manner of photos. If you need help this book gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

On to the recipe for the balls.

500g raw cashews

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

35g butter/ghee/coconut oil

50g coconut

2 tbs honey/rice malt syrup/maple syrup

1/2 cup raw cacao nibs (Or Choc chips) 

4 drops doTERRA peppermint oil

Blend the cashews until they turn into a flour-like consistency, add the butter, honey, peppermint oil & blend until a smooth dough. Add the coconut & cacao nibs & pulse to combine. Roll into balls & store in the fridge or freezer. That easy. Not even kidding. Go forth & dough ball.