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Almond, Orange and Honey Cake

Almond, Orange and Honey Cake We had a bit of a family shindig last weekend for Rory’s dad’s 70th birthday. I gave this cake a whirl and was pretty happy with the result. This is a good one for anyone wanting to avoid gluten or refined sugar. The recipe list might seem strange, but it works! If you don’t have ground almonds (or almond meal), like I didn’t, just grind up some almonds in the coffee grinder until they're nice and fine. This cake is delicious with coconut yoghurt. Actually I would go so far as to say it MUST be served with coconut yoghurt.   Ingredients   1/2 cup orange slush (to make orange slush you will need 4...

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Honey and Tumeric Chai Latte

Honey and Tumeric Chai Latte Tumeric seems to be the ‘buzz food’ at the moment. Not only is it tasty, it’s an anti-inflammatory and is rich in anti-oxidants as it contains curcumin. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fibre, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Add that to cinnamon and cardamon, and a few other healthy spices and you have a delicious winter warmer that is good for you. Go you! Chai is usually made with black tea as a base. In this recipe I have left it out, but you can add it if you want to. Just add 2 teaspoons of black tea leaves...

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'Show me the honey' Bee Aware Month 2016

September is Bee Aware Month - hosted by Apiculture New Zealand, it is aimed at getting people on board with looking after our bees and making life more cosy for them. And what do you know, this year the theme is ‘Show me the Honey’. How deliciously convenient! So I thought I would put together a bit of a ramble about honey; honey in general, and our honey to be more specific. Honey is an amazing food. It’s the only food we eat that is made by insects (unless you are counting deep fried crickets, which I am not) and is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water. Honey...

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Lemon, Honey & Blueberry Muffins

  This recipe is a Chelsea Winter one that I adapted slightly and is really delicious. These muffins are full of flavour, not too sweet and pretty low on refined sugar. They last well and also freeze really well (as if you will have any left-over).   Ingredients   2 ½ cups plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons lemon juice ½ cup caster sugar ½ cup honey, warmed if firm 1 cup coconut oil, melted 2 eggs 1 egg yolk zest of 3 lemons 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries   Preheat the oven to 190℃. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases. Place the milk in a non-metallic...

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Honey Oat Clusters Recipe

Honey oat clusters Whenever I get a spare five minutes I love to throw together some baking. This recipe is great as it’s super fast to make, pretty hard to mess up and you can customise it to suit your taste. It’s also an easy one for the kids to help with. I reckon that because they contain oats it totally counts as breakfast.  The cranberries and chocolate chips can easily be replaced with whatever kind of dried fruit you have in the pantry; almond and date, apricot and white chocolate, the options are endless! Ingredients 2 large bananas 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup shredded coconut 1/2 cup cranberries 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/3...

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