The Life Changing Loaf of Bread

My dear friend, Kathryn appears on the blog today, with a lovely guest post. I have whipped up this recipe myself, and it really did take me less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Kathryn is a recent graduate of Chiropractic at RMIT. She is very in tune with wellness and movement, and their practical applications in daily life. In her spare time, she loves the great outdoors, Cross Fit and functional movement, and even speaks a little French on the side. She is such a multi-talented person!

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THE LIFE CHANGING LOAF OF BREAD

I have been wanting to make this little gem for quite awhile – and with the end of University and a post-wisdom tooth recovery on the horizon I finally had an opportunity!

I was a little hesitant at first as I tend to avoid all grains (it has oats in it), but I let that slide as my curiosity won out.

In fact, I used organic raw rolled oats (which have had less processing in them than regular raw oats), and was informed by the nice man in the health food shop that they are actually quite nutritious.

In terms of effort this is a one bowl wonder that takes about two minutes to whip together.

Definitely let it sit in the tin for at least a couple of hours before you bake it, it make sure it goes nice and dense.

If you can be patient, it really is best to let it sit for a good few hours to cool before you cut it, as it will be crumbly. In fact the next day after some time in the fridge is best.

I have had it with poached eggs and avo, with tahini, peanut butter, cold roast potatoes – really the sky is the limit.

I tried it toasted this morning as well, very very scrummy!

Go – Make It – Enjoy.

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The Life-Changing Loaf of Bread
Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:
1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds
½ cup / 90g flax seeds
½ cup / 65g hazelnuts or almonds
1 ½ cups / 145g rolled oats
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder)
1 tsp. fine grain sea salt (add ½ tsp. if using coarse salt)
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (for sugar-free diets, use a pinch of stevia)
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or ghee
1 ½ cups / 350ml water

Instructions:
1. In a flexible, silicon loaf pan combine all dry ingredients, stirring well.
2. Whisk maple syrup, oil and water together in a measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable).
3. Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon.
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4. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day or overnight. To ensure the dough is ready, it should retain its shape even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it it.
5. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.
6. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes.
7. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack in the oven and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped.
8. Let cool completely before slicing (difficult, but important).
9. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well too – slice before freezing for quick and easy toast!

Melting Raw Honey, to keep the benefits

Raw honey has amazing properties for wellness. It is a powerful healing product, made by nature. However, raw honey can be a bit difficult to use- especially in its solid form.

Here is a quick guide to getting the honey to a liquid state, so it is a bit more ‘user friendly’ without destroying any of the wonderful benefits. Heating it in this way ensures the honey doesn’t reach a high temperature, all the while gently distributing the warmth to bring the honey from a solid to a liquid state.

Step 1: Bring a saucepan, half filled with water to the boil

Step 2: Remove saucepan from the stove, and leave to cool for 3-5 minutes

Step 3: Remove the lid from the jar of honey, and place it in the saucepan, so it is sitting in the water, but not getting any water into the honey

Step 4: Leave the jar sitting in the hot water for about 10 minutes, stirring every now and then to distribute the heat.

Step 5: Remove the jar from the water, and let it cool on a bench, place it on a coaster/wooden chopping board if your bench is prone to marks. Keep stirring every few minutes until it has reached room temperature.

The honey should now be liquefied, and gone from a light, solid colour, to a more rich amber, liquid. Enjoy your lovely raw honey!

Throw Together Meals

Sometimes, we just throw our meals together.

And I don’t mean carelessly, or without thought. More referring to the food we make when we are short on time, mismatching foods or simply finishing up left overs to clean out the fridge.

Last night, I had a cheap cut of meat, which I slow cooked for a few hours, and added some herbs and tomato paste to make a gravy. In the last 20 minutes I threw in some thinly sliced veges to soften, and steamed some cauli and sweet potato on the stove to make a mash. Topped with some quark (European style cottage cheese) and it was so tasty!

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Today for lunch, we had an odd half zucchini sitting in the fridge. I sliced it up, topped with koy cheese and paprika and grilled it for 10 minutes. It came out toasty, and I added fresh parsley, spring onions and pepitas.

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It’s great to share simple and easy meals. They don’t have to skimp on nutrition, quality or flavour. Share with us your go to ‘throw together’ meals!

 

Video Series, Coming Up!

Dear readers,

How long it’s been! We are back, with bigger and better ideas than ever before. Including new recipes, filming some DIY, Q & A sessions, and informative videos.

Topics that we would love to cover:

  • minimalism
  • clean eating
  • fermenting
  • essential oils
  • chemical free cleaning in the home

We would love to hear from you though, do you have any questions or topics you would like covered?

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5 minute study snack

This is one of my go to recipes for study. 

Full of healthy fats, immune boosting vitamin C and plenty of wholesome ingredients to see you through exam period.

This recipe is super versatile, so I’ll provide a base recipe, and you can throw in what ever is sitting in your pantry! Easy.

  
Chocolate ingredients:

Equal parts coconut oil and cacao (I used half a cup of each)

Sweetener to taste (honey, maple syrup or coconut nectar)

Instructions:

Place coconut oil and sweetener in a saucepan over very low heat. We want to melt the oil, but keep it at a low temperature so as to not denature the beneficial properties of bothe the oil and the other ingredients we are adding later.

While the coconut oil is melting, roughly chop up some dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. I used sunflower seeds, pepitas, apricots, cashews and dried cherries. Use whatever you have lying around.

Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and pop in all the chopped bits, spread evenly over the base.

Once the coconut oil is half melted, turn off the heat and whisk until liquid. Place in cacao and whisk again until smooth. 

At this point, I sprinkled some Camu Camu powder over the nuts and seeds. It is very high in Vitamin C, which we all know does wonders for the immune system.

Final step is to pour the chocolate mix over the fruit and nuts, shake it a little to settle the chocolate to the bottom, and coat the nuts and seeds. 

Pop it in the fridge to set. Once solid, cut into bite size pieces and enjoy!

Study Treat: Banana-Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bites

Here’s a snappy little recipe to see you through exams.

Don’t go out and buy packets of lollies and junk food to snack on while you are cramming pre-exams. It won’t do your brain, body or study any good. Enter the goodness of nature. Tidy bites of banana with gooey peanut butter, covered in brain boosting chocolate. Yes Please!

Chocolate banana sandwiches.

•Freeze banana pieces

•fill with peanut butter

•smother in chocolate (even amounts of cacao, coconut oil and a dash of honey)

•freeze

•eat them all.

Happy studying!

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Cultured Butter Recipe- 2 Ingredients + a Mason Jar

Using a culture to ferment dairy is the most simple way to introduce probiotics and reduce lactose content. If butter is an ingredient that is part of your diet, then sourcing your own organic cream can be all you need to have beautiful, homemade AND CULTURED butter without additives or preservatives.

2 Ingredients, and all you need is a mason jar!

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Using kefir grains to introduce a hit of vitamins and good bacteria to your cream takes this from an average butter recipe to one that is cultured, and highly beneficial to your gut. All you have to do is pop it in a jar and leave it on the bench ferment. A few more steps, and voila- you have butter!

Read here for more information about kefir grains. 

Ingredients:

Cream (try and find organic, unhomogenised)

Kefir Grains

Instructions:

Step 1: Add cream to a clean glass jar. Have a jar that is big enough to be filled about half way with the cream.

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Step 2: Shake the jar for a few minutes to thicken the cream. Add the kefir grains, and leave the jar on the bench.

Step 3: After 1-2 days, the cream will be the consistency of whipped cream and smell a bit like yoghurt.

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Step 4: Strain off the kefir grains from the cream, and place the cream back in a jar.

Step 5: Shake the jar until the butter separates from the buttermilk. When you hear a ‘thud’ when you’re shaking the jar this is usually when the butter has separated out.

Step 6: Strain off the buttermilk (keep it for baking!) and rinse the yellow butter under cold water.

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Step 7: Try and rinse off all the butter miik, as this is what causes the butter to age faster and it won’t keep as well.

Step 8: Knead the butter with your hands and continue rinsing until the water runs clear. Place back in the jar (make sure it’s clean) and shake for another minute. This gives it a smoother texture.

Step 9: Rinse again under cold water, and store in a jar. Add a pinch of Himalayan salt if you want salted butter.

Raw White Chocolate and Macadamia Treats

These are seriously amazing. Just amazing.

They are raw, dairy free, refined sugar free, gluten free and have the most amazing flavour.

This is the kind of recipe that I keep on hand if I have guests coming over, and want to impress them with a healthy treat. People never guess that the ingredients are nourishing and good for them!

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Ingredients

1 cup macadamias

1 cup of desicated (or flakes) coconut

1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup for vegan option)

1 tablespoon coconut nectar

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean)

1 cup of tahini

1 pinch of salt

Instructions

Step 1: In a saucepan, over very low heat, melt coconut oil and honey together. The temperature needs to be kept low, so as to not denature the ingredients (or else it wouldn’t be classified as raw!)

Step 2: Once they have started to melt, add the tahini and vanilla essence, stirring for 1-2 minutes more.

Step 3: In a bowl add macadamias, salt and coconut.

Step 4: Add the tahini mix to the macadamias and stir through until all the ingredients are combined.

Step 5: In a loaf tin (or small tray) line with baking paper and pour the mix in. Gently agitating the tray so the mixture evens out and becomes flat.

Step 6: Pop into the freezer for 1 hour, until set solid. Cut up into squares and store in the fridge (for a more fudgey texture) or in the freezer (to last longer).

5 Ingredient, 5 Step Seed Crackers

Have you ever seen those recipes for crackers that seem amazing, but in reality are a pain to prepare and you think ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’? Yeah, me too. I simplified a few recipes to make this one quick and easy, anyone could do it. Hello, healthy crackers!

These crackers took about 5 minutes to make, 40 minutes to bake and in that time I had also whipped up some gorgeous dips and cleaned my kitchen! Productive day, and so rewarding to pull some crunchy, nutritious home-made crackers out of the oven. I felt like Superwoman.

They are nut free, gluten free, dairy free and would be perfect to serve up at a dinner party or a BBQ. I flavoured my crackers with 1 teaspoon each of cumin and paprika. You could use whatever herbs and spices you wanted to make these lovely crackers your own.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup flax seeds

1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 tsp of salt in 1 cup water

Instructions

Step 1: In a blender, blitz sunflower seeds and pepitas until they are crushed into small pieces. Don’t go past this point, or they will turn to mush.

Step 2: In a bowl, add chia seeds, flax seeds and the blitzed seed mix from the blender. Add the salt to the water now.

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Step 3: Add water to the seed mix, and allow to sit for a few minutes, stirring every now and then until the water has absorbed.

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Step 4: Line a baking tray with baking paper, and place the mixture in the middle. Get another piece of baking paper, place it on top of the mix and use your hands to spread the mix evenly over the tray.

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Step 5: Pop it in the oven, at 180 degrees Celsius and bake for 40 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into pieces with a sharp knife.

Voila! You just made your own crackers. Kudos to you, my friends.

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Little Big Sugar Salt – Melbourne Breakfast Adventure

Little Big Sugar Salt is a quaint cafe, in North Richmond. With ambiguous signage, we wondered along the street and almost walked straight past.

Ordering our coffees, and after not-too-long an almond milk cap and espresso arrived. The almond milk was absolutely delicious, after complimenting the waiter, he told us it was made in house. Almonds, water, salt a date or two, just the way it should be.

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On entering, a small open kitchen, coffee machine and bench seat gives the deceptive appearance that there isn’t much more to the cafe. The friendly wait staff directed us to find a table, and after turning a corner, we found a hallway leading to an enchanted communal dining area.

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Art work, adorning the walls.

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A hipster menu, disguised as a newspaper was delivered. Full of irony and intended puns, we sifted through the findaword, recipes and finally found a succinct menu of ‘sweet’, ‘salt’ and ‘sandwiches’.

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Regan’s ‘R. Swanson’ dedicated to the Parks and Rec fans: pulled pork, double smoked ham, egg, manchego, pickles, mustard;

my ‘The One’: kim chi, sticky kumara, poached eggs and cashew cream cheese.

All day breakfast, yes please.

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My kumara really wasn’t very sticky, but I was completely full of good fats, protein and vegan/dairy free/gluten free goodness. They really do cater for all sorts of dietary requirements.

Regan’s breakfast arrived on bread, which wasn’t mentioned on the menu. With a whole newspaper, you’d think they would be able to fit that kind of detail in.

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The wash room was pinterest worthy. Seriously, go, just to wash your hands.

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With the size of kitchen/cooking facilities available, we were surprised at the quality of the food that arrived at our (probably reclaimed) wooden table. Retro, contrary, hipster details made this a conversation-stimulating experience. The selection of hot sauces in the wooden condiment box kept Regan occupied for a good few minutes.

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This is a picture of the small, blue sign, proclaiming the location of Little Big Sugar Salt. Or, look for the stunning arch windows… visit: https://lbsscafe.com/ to see their website.