Parsnip, Apple and Cashew Soup

I absolutely love the combination of parsnip and apple together. I make cashew milk every few days and absolutely love how creamy it is. The combination of the cashews in the soup really make this creamier and also pack it full of healthy fats and protein. I soak my cashews first before I add them to help remove irritating phytic acid and cashews can be soaked for at least 30 minutes.

I make this soup on a regular basis and have it for lunch or dinner. If you love soups have a look at my other soup recipe: Coconut and Ginger Chicken Soup and how I make my own homemade stock.

Parsnip, Apple, Cashew Soup
A deliciously warming and nutritious soup. Made with broth and cooked with ghee and cashews makes this dish a balanced meal for lunch or dinner.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 litre Bone Broth (I like to use Chicken)
  2. 3 Parsnips chopped into equal size pieces
  3. 1 Apple, chopped (preferably organic- I have a high powered blender so I don't need to peel it)
  4. 1 sweet potato, cubed
  5. 1/2 cup cashews (preferably soaked for 1 hour)
  6. 1 onion roughly chopped
  7. 4 cloves of garlic
  8. 1-2 tbsp. Ghee (you could also use olive or coconut oil)
  9. 1-2 tbsp. Collagen (optional- add extra nutrients)
  10. 1-2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast (optional- just adds flavour)
  11. sea salt and pepper to season
Instructions
  1. Add oil to a saucepan and saute onions with garlic. Add parsnips and sweet potato. When a little softer, add apple, drained cashews, collagen and nutritional yeast.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and add broth.
  3. Bring to boil and allow to simmer for 10-15 mins or until parsnips and potatos are soft and cooked through.
  4. Add to blender gradually and blend till smooth.
  5. Taste and add extra salt or pepper as needed.
  6. Serve with a dollup of ghee and sesame seeds.
Notes
  1. This recipe freezes well too
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Raw Nacho Not Cheese Kale Chips

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Raw Nacho (not) Cheese Kale Chips

I am a huge fan of kale. It is also a local product for us. Green Vitamin have enlisted local farms to grow curly kale here in Hong Kong using organic heritage seeds- and it is flourishing. The chinese eat kale all the time and the Chinese Kale is also delicious in green smoothies and I love stir frying it with Garlic. It is a little bitter though and is more stalk than leaf and so is not so good at making Kale Chips- so I am glad to have the choice of supporting local organic produce.

This recipe is a product of many raw Nacho (not) Cheese dip recipes (especially from this book and from here). Using cashews and nutritional yeast as the starting point and adding red pepper, paprika, cumin and garlic to create that tangy cheesey spicey kick. It works so well with the kale. I always love to add my spin to things to deepen the nutritional value and taste. I have added walnut oil and tahini to mine. The Chinese use sesame for so many ailments and to boost good health and I am a massive fan of the black and white varieties. Tahini (or indeed just the seeds) in this recipe add a flavour dimension and a healthy fat punch to this recipe.

Raw Nacho (not) Cheese Kale Chips
A crunchy, cheesy snack packed full of goodness and nutrients. Hugely moreish and delicious.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch of Kale
  2. Nacho not Cheese
  3. 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 2-4 hours)
  4. 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  5. 1 red pepper (de-seeded)
  6. 2 cloves of garlic
  7. 1/2 tsp cumin
  8. 1/2 tsp paprika (to taste)
  9. 1-2 tbs tahini paste or sesame seeds
  10. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  11. 1-2 tbs Walnut oil/Avocado oil
  12. 1 tbs water
  13. Salt and pepper to season
Instructions
  1. Tear the kale off the stalk into 'chip' size and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Put all of the Nacho not Cheese mix ingredients in your high speed blender and mix until smooth
  3. Add 1-2 tbs of the mixture to the bowl of kale and massage into the leaves so they are thickly coated. Add more if necessary.
  4. Add the chips one by one to your silicon dehydrator sheet (or on a greased baking sheet) and dehydrate at living foods temperature (100F) for 12-18 hours or until crisp. You can also use an oven on its coolest setting.
  5. Store in a air tight container either in the fridge or a cool dry place.
  6. Enjoy crumbled on eggs or in salads or as a snack on its own
Notes
  1. The batch of Nacho cheese will make several batches of chips or can be used as a dip, salad dressing or is also great on veggie pasta or burgers.
  2. Save some of the silica packets from nuts/seaweed containers to help keep your dry goods fresh.
Adapted from adapted from Nacho Cheese Kale Chips in Practically Raw
Adapted from adapted from Nacho Cheese Kale Chips in Practically Raw
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Christmas Chocolate Box

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So having decided to make the Christmas presents this year, I have way more stress than normal!!! Yes Pinterest is great for inspiration but crap at actually sourcing things!! Anyway I digress- chocolate box. I have been enjoying making healthy chocolates as most have you have seen. I also have felt so good being dairy and gluten free for the best part of the year that I wanted to try making some dairy free truffles. I have never made a truffle in my life so this was a bodge job gone good. I mean very good- these are some tasty chocs. Super easy to make. This recipe is gonna make me 17 boxes (probably less due to creative sampling- lets say 10 boxes really!!)

Technically some of the chocolate I have used is not dairy free but that’s just for the outside so not really necessary. Add more cacao to your ‘Elixir of Life’ to make it really rich.

So most have been adapted from this mix I like to call my ‘Elixir of life!’

1 can of coconut milk- I tried the whole put it in the fridge for it to separate and it didn’t so I just used the whole can!
1/2 cup cocoa butter
3-4 heaped tbs raw cacao powder
1 tsp maple syrup (as I was out of coconut nectar and iherb aren’t delivering till tomorrow and I have no patience!)
2-3 drops vanilla essence (all the essences I used are by Medicine Flowers)

So I wizzed this up and refrigerated it thinking it may get solid and it went at best chocolate moose! So because these have got an airplane ride to get through I had to thicken it to ball it up somehow! That’s where the nuts come in!

Meanwhile I am soaking 1/2 cup raisins in some dark rum for the coconut balls and mixed peel, candied cherries and raisins and dried cranberries in tokay for the Christmas pudding marzipan balls (at least overnight is best)

Almond banoffee pie

1 cup of ground almonds (I use my dried ones from making my almond milk)
1 ripe banana
Medicine flower banana essence (to taste and optional)
Baileys Creme Caramel flavour (to taste I used about 1/2 shot and a bit more 😉 )
1 tbs coconut mana
4 tbs if the ‘elixir of life)
Coconut flour
1 bar of endangered species chocolate (or for dairy free ground almonds and cacao for rolling)

If you are using whole almonds blix them up till just before it hits almond butter. So they are ground and getting sticky. Add the banana and mash with a fork, add the rest I the ingredients to taste and leave the coconut flour to turn it into a bit more dough like. Roll into balls and place in freezer. Next day roll in milk chocolate (or to keep dairy free ground almond and cacao powder).

Pistachio Mint
The next few are similar-
1 cup of pistachio nuts (raw and unsalted)
Medicine flowers mint essence to taste
Vanilla essence
5-6 tbs of the ‘elixir of life’
Coconut flour
1 bar of 85% chocolate (I used green and blacks)

This one needs less flour as its less wet. But add, mix and taste as you go. Ball up, freeze. I rolled these in 85% dark chocolate with a little coconut oil mixed in.

Hazelnut Cranberry

1 cup raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Vanilla essence
1-2 tbs coconut mana
5/6 tabs elixir of life
Pinch pink Himalayan rock salt (or sea salt)
Coconut flour
Cacao to roll in

Second verse- same as the first. Whizz hazelnuts and cranberries together. Mix everything else leaving coconut flour till end to soak up extra moisture ready to ball up. Rolled in raw cacao powder.

Cashew, Raspberry and White Chocolate
1 cup raw cashews
Fresh Raspberries
2 tbs coconut mana
Medicine Flowers Raspberry and also Vanilla
Pinch of salt (as above)
5/6 tbs of ‘Elixir of life’
Coconut flour
2 bars of white chocolate

So as before whizz the nuts and in a bowl with the mana, Elixir, then add the other ingredients except the fresh raspberries. The raspberry essence should be used sparingly as it just makes the taste of the fresh raspberry pop! Add the coconut flour to soak up excess moisture. Add a little at a time. Ball, freeze. White chocolate is hard to melt- excessive heat makes it thicker so take off the heat and stir and return. Take your time, have patience (what I keep telling my daughter possibly as I constantly need to hear it myself!

Marzipan Christmas pudding

Now I have made marzipan before but since it contains raw eggs I didn’t feel comfortable making it for other people to consume in a weeks time so I bought it. In an ideal world I would have searched for an egg free recipe and if anyone has one please share it with me.

200g marzipan
Handful of glacé cherries, mixed peel, dried cranberries and raisins soaked at least overnight in Tokay.
Drained liquid from above
About a cup Ground almonds (again leftover from almond milk- if anything this may get some of you making almond milk!!)
Coconut flour
1 bar of green and blacks maya gold chocolate

By far the sweetest one of the bunch. Put the marzipan in a bowl and add drained fruit. Using a bit of the liquid and some elbow grease (mine’s called Niall!) mix the two together. It takes a strong wooden spoon and man! Add the drained liquid bit by bit to help make the marzipan more pliable. It is then super sticky. Add ground almonds to counteract the sweetness and some coconut flour (although not much as its always going to be sticky and too much flour will make it chalky.) work quick while balling this one you don’t want it on your hands for too long. I used green and blacks maya gold cause I like the spicey notes. But 85% would be really nice too

Rum raisin coconut balls

Made exactly like the coconut bounty balls I made see here

But I added medicine flowers rum essence and a rum soaked raisin to the middle while rolling. Add some of the drained rum liquor if you like or soak the raisin in coconut water if you want this alcohol free. Roll in 85% chocolate as before

Phew sorry it’s rough and ready and without pictures the right way round! but I wanted it out there… Merry Christmas xxxx

Also below is where I got some inspiration and sound good too.

http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/confectionscandies/r/dftruffles.htm

http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/sweetsaucesfrostings/r/Vegan_Chocolate_Ganache_Recipe.htm

http://blackberriesandbloodoranges.com/2012/05/16/dairy-free-dark-chocolate-truffles/

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