My Blog has turned 1!
So the time has come, my little ol’ blog has finally turned one year! It’s all grown up!
Thank you to everyone who has been reading my blog since I first began it on September 27th 2009.
I originally started this blog because I had created a whole lot of recipes and I wanted to share them with people. Now I aim to inspire people with my recipes and help to encourage them on their health-food-loving journey.
Q & A with Nutritionist Karen Fischer on Healthy Skin I love Karen’s book ‘The Healthy Skin Diet’, so I was so happy when she wrote this Q & A on tips on how to grow better skin! It’s a must read for those who want to know how diet affects your skin and what you can do about it. You find her at her website/blog and on twitter: @karen_fischer.
Guest Post: Mushroom Medicine by Dr. Sarah Cimperman, ND Naturopathic Doctor Sarah Cimperman divulges into the mystery that is medicinal mushrooms and gave us a great recipe for mushroom soup.Her website is Dr SarahCimperman.com, and her blog is, A Different Kind of Doctor.
Guest Post with Amy Green: Five Tips for Starting a Gluten-Free Diet Amy Green is the author of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. She wrote a great post on tips to and start transition to a gluten free diet. Thanks Amy! I know there are many people who suffer from gluten intolerance out there so it was great to have someone so experienced to offer up their tips. You can visit Amy’s fantastic blog Simply Sugar and Gluten Free and follow her on twitter: @Amys_SSGF.
Guest Post: Beautiful Swiss Chard Saute with Salami and Raisins by Mariana Cotlear Mariana share with us her delicious recipe for Beautiful Swiss Chard Saute with Salami and Raisins! Thanks Mariana! Mariana Cotlear is a food health advocate who you can find at her blog: ‘Epicuriosa: A foodie’s unprocessed thoughts on eating, cooking and how we can fix they way we eat’ and follow her on twitter @epicuriosa.
Guest Post: Catching on to omega 3â€™s with Emma Stirling APD Dietitian Emma Stirling gave us the low-down on all things omega 3 and where we can get these beneficial good fats. Find Emma on her blog Scoop Nutrition and follow her on twitter @EmmaStirling.
Guest Post: All About Fermented Foods with Naturopath Helen Padarin Helen Padarin tells us all we need to know about wonderful fermented foods.Thanks Helen! She’s an experienced and passionate Naturopath who knows what she’s talking about! You can find Helen on her website Nourish-ed or on the Nourish-ed facebook.
Guest Post: Easy Lemony Marinated Mushrooms by Stephanie Chung (Student Dietitian) Fellow blogger and nutrition student lent her time to write a delicious recipe for Easy Lemony Marinated Mushrooms. I’ve tried her recipe many times and it’s really delicious! You can find Stephanie at her blog Juicy Fresh Bites or on twitter @freshbites.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to my blog this year!
Creation of Wholesome Whole Foods. I created the Wholesome Whole Food blog carnival to help collect ideas and help people to find more ideas on eating and living well. It happens every Friday, so if you have a blog and blog about healthy food feel free to join in! Thank you to everyone who has entered in the blog carnival so far! It’s always great to see new people.
My top 5 recipes on healthfoodlover.com:Prosciutto Bacon, Steamed Romanseco and Avocado Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
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Thank you to all my wonderful readers (and commenters) over this past year! Without you, my dear readers I would just be talking to myself. It is the readers who really make blogging special and intercative so thank you for reading my blog!
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Recipe: Jaffa Chocolate Cake with Jaffa Icing
The cake is healthily adapted from this Flourless Orange & Chocolate Cake Recipe
This cake is very dense and rich so a small piece definitely goes a long way.
- 2 organic oranges
- 6 dates
- 50g butter
- 50g coconut oil
- 200g dark chocolate
- four eggs
- 200g almond meal
- In a blender or food processor add the zest of 2 organic oranges and blend with 6 dates. Peel the oranges (removing the rind) and blend with the zest and dates until you get a smooth paste. Set aside.
- Melt: In a double boiler, melt 50g butter and 50g coconut oil with 200g dark chocolate until all melted together.
- Beat four eggs till thick, fold in almond meal (200g), date paste and choc-butter mix into the eggs.
- Pour into a lined and coconut oil greased tin.
- Cook for about 115 mins at 180 (not fan forced) or until skewer comes out clean.
- Leave to cool and then spread with Jaffa icing (recipe below). Note: Icing will harden at room temp/in the fridge.
Jaffa Icing (aka Orange, Cacao, Coconut and Macadamia Butter):
See the original post here.
Place a big handful of raw macadamia nuts into a food processor and blend till smooth butter is formed. AddÂ zest of Â½ orange, add 1 T. cocnut butter and 3 T. cacao powder. Blend until very smooth. Pour into a bowl and set aside until ready to ice the cake.