Friday, 22 March 2013

ALMOND MILK.


Almonds are like, really good for you. The internet tells me that almonds are one of the only alkaline nuts, an excellent source of vitamin E and almost 20 percent protein! Making almond milk is simple and doesn't have that weird gritty mouth feel that shop bought stuff does. I've been on a milk making mission (it didn't sound that weird in my head) I also made soy milk, rice milk and oat milk. Almond milk had by far the best flavour of them all but feel free to send any tips for other recipes my way!

For some reason I decided to peel the skin off my almonds, it was really fun and kind of therapeutic at first almost like peeling bad sunburn but then it just got super boring and tedious plus it's totally unnecessary. 


Ingredients

1 cup raw almonds soaked (overnight is best or 4 hours minimum)
4 cups water - the water at my place tastes weird so I use cooled boiled water
4 dates 
Vanilla paste/extract or the real deal - don't use the brand in the photo it's perfect for baking but way to strong for this

In a food processor or blender, blend the nuts, dates, vanilla and water on high speed. It takes about five minutes to get to the right consistency so give your blender a break in between so it doesn't explode. Once everything is nice and blended strain the milk through strategically placed cheesecloth - keep the leftovers as it can be added to baking. There you have it, almond milk AND slightly soggy almond meal. 

Also, I'm in the market for a new food processor/blender any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Shouts out to the beautiful roses in the back ground, aren't they pretty?




Thursday, 14 March 2013

ICE BLOCKS

Summer has left us lost and lonely and didn't even text me back when I asked if he wanted to come over (dick) this is by far my worst. break up. EVER! For anyone else still holding on to Summer this will definitely help dull the pain of Autumn's arrival. Oh Autumn, why you only dry my washing 90%?

I didn't originally plan on posting this recipe so I apologise for the lack of pictures but this is so simple I doubt you need them anyway! I posted this picture on instagram and facebook last night and a lot of people have been asking how I made it so here is my secret recipe! Spoiler alert - it's very similar to my coconut banana ice cream recipe.

For everyone who likes Niceblocks these are perfect replacement if you can't get your hands on one and/or don't feel like paying $4 (!!!! a lot of money in terms of ice blocks) from your local dairy - I wont name names but yes it happend. On a side note the Days Bay Dairy on the beach sells them for $2.50 you go Days Bay Dairy!



Ingredients - makes 4

2 small frozen bananas
1/2 cup cashews soaked overnight
1/4 - 1/2 cup water or coconut milk
1 Tbsp maple syrup/honey
Vanilla paste

Optional:

Dark chocolate
Shredded coconut
Toasted almonds

Method

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth, if the mixture is too thick just add more liquid. Put the mixture in to your ice block molds and freeze for at least an hour. Once frozen all the way though you can eat them as is or smother them in chocolate, toasted almonds and coconut.

To decorate, melt the chocolate over a double boiler and dip your ice blocks into the chocolate then into your toppings.

Coconut Milk vs. Water 

Both are very tasty! Coconut gives it a richer creamier texture and probably a few more calories too! If you use water you get a stronger banana flavour in the end product.