Winter warmer cornbread…

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Winter has officially arrived in Cabarita Beach! And whilst home with sick boys this mama needed a baked treat that could double for sweet or savoury!

So a quick phone call to my beautiful sister and I had a cornbread recipe to try!

I ate it with avocado and egg for a morning snack and then nut butter, strawberries, lsa and honey for the sweeter needs of the afternoon snack…

Both perfectly amazing!

Ingredients:

1 cup cornmeal – finely ground polenta

1 cup plain flour

2tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup natural yoghurt

1 egg

3 tbs honey

3 tbs melted butter

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Line a loaf pan with baking paper

Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately

Stir wet ingredients in to dry

Transfer to lined pan

Bake for approx 30 mins or until browned, springs back when lightly pressed in the center, and begins to pull from pan sides.

Also great toasted the next day when not in it’s first flushes of freshness!

x

 

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Planting with the little fellas…..

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I don’t always have success with getting things to grow ….. (or stay alive if I’m totally honest) That’s Dan’s domain!

But with an egg carton, seedling soil and a plastic bag, even I got these seeds from the local $2 shop to sprout.

I’ve slowly learnt that investing in good quality soil to begin with will give you a head start every time.

The boys filled the egg cartons with seedling soil, made finger holes for seeds and then set about sprinkling them in. We gave them a water with seasol and tied them in plastic shopping bags to create a bit of a micro climate. A few days in the sun and the bags were removed and magic…. little cornflower seedlings.

Fingers crossed I can get them to grow a little bigger before planting in the garden….

x

Raw brownies….. nothing but goodness!!

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Try this… try this… try this…….I found this recipe on a blog called Back On Pointe and just had to give it a go…..

One of the best versions of a raw brownie I have ever tried! It will convert even the biggest sweet tooth!

Ingredients:

Bottom Ingredients:
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1 cup mixed raw walnuts & almonds

Top Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup raw cacao
4 tbsp raw almond butter
4 tbsp raw honey

Instructions:

•Mix together all bottom ingredients in a food processor until well blended.

•Spread bottom ingredients in a large glass baking dish until evenly distributed

•Mix together top ingredients in a food processor until well blended.

•Spread top blend over bottom layer base until evenly distributed.

•Place in freezer for 30 minutes.

•Cut into squares and devour….

•Re-freeze whatever you don’t eat for a later date.
Makes approximately 16 squares.

Beach bike rides with the ladies…

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Beach bike rides with the ladies! The group is getting bigger and the kms are getting longer. Kingy to Caba with a lovely bunch of ladies this morning.

Who would have thought 20kms would be so enjoyable!

New adventures every Friday morning for those who are free and local. And of course all the little people are always welcome.

Next weeks mission…..??

  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Surfing
  • Kyaking
  • Mt Warning
  • Mountain Biking
  • Boxing
  • …………………………..
  • …………………………..

xx

 

 

Baked sweet potatoes…

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This idea never occurred to me until I saw a pic on instagram the other day. Whole baked sweet potatoes….

So simple and so much better than the standard baked potato on so many levels!

Brushed with olive oil and himilayan salt and slow roasted in alfoil for 2 hours  then one more hour out of foil, (ridiculously slow oven) they were finally ready! We topped the potatoes with cabbage, carrot, cucumber, sundried tomatoes, hummus, yoghurt and I had a craving for anchovies….weird…. so on they went! Basically anything that was in the fridge was fair game. And it was absolutely, amazingly delicious.

xx

Dirt pit no more….

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When we first moved in to our perfectly located home…. it wasn’t so perfect. We had a giant dirt pit for a front garden and everytime the wind blew (which was a lot in Caba in October) we would have a fine coating of sand and dirt float in through the windows and doors. Not much fun for this mama! So Jack and I lovingly weeded for two whole days and used a stash of bricks from the back yard to create a border. We found a lovely lady on Gumtree selling Moses in the Cradle for a dollar and ended up scoring about 50 for $20!! I think she felt sorry for us!

All the other plants were amazingly donated by our lovely neighbours. I think they felt sorry for us too…. And with Dan’s green thumb our garden is now flourishing. Gardens definitely have to be the best way to make a rental feel like a home.

xx

Quinoa and cinnamon bake…

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Some cinnamon goodness with a hit of protein… Perfect snack for a chilly Tuesday afternoon.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked and cooled (which is about 1 cup raw quinoa)
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 almond milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180º
  2. Place quinoa in a large mixing bowl. Line a baking pan or pyrex dish with baking paper and grease lightly
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, almond milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Add maple syrup and whisk.
  4. Add egg mixture to cooked and cooled quinoa and stir to combine. Pour into dish evenly.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until set and golden.
  6. Using parchment, remove bake from pan as soon as possible so that it doesn’t steam.
  7. Cool completely and cut into squares.

Super delish straight from the oven plain or spread with nut butter. My boys even had some for dessert topped with some stewed apple and rhubarb. Mmmm think I might have some too….

xx

Recipe found on Popsugar