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Below the Line
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Sunday, 29 December 2013
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
It's kind of great, because it is working from home and means I'm around for my kids and we can still homeschool etc... but also kind of the worst of both worlds, because I don't get to disappear to an office have coffee breaks etc... I'm still a stay at home mum with two kids and a dog, but now I do other stuff on top of that!
I'm really enjoying it, but it's totally exhausting, and basically that's why my posts are becoming more and more sporadic.
But it's Christmas holidays now, I've slept for nearly three days and I feel almost human, so I figure it's time to post a recipe. I don't actually have anything new, more of a Christmassy adaptation. It started with the fact that everyone around me is going on about gingerbread lattes that Starbucks only do at Christmas.
I don't care.
That doesn't even sound one bit nice.
One drop in your hot steaming milk and you have the most deliciously yummy Christmas treat you can enjoy whilst out shopping with friends.
This is something I've been doing for a while, but here's where it gets interesting. Tonight I was making peanut butter cups (well, cashew butter really) which are super easy. You can make GAPS legal 'chocolate' by melting coconut oil with honey and cocoa powder (if you add a dash of cream it's even more delish) which I layer with cashew butter and freeze in little cupcake trays, then store in the fridge.
When I had about half the recipe left, I remembered another blogger saying that you could melt creamed coconut with peppermint oil and put that in the middle to make chunky 'after eight' style bites.
I'm too lazy to get out another pan, so I just stirred the oil into the ganache and it was flipping good.
I made another cupcake tray full of them, but I still had some left...
So I stirred in some raw milk and made the most delicious mint chocolate milk shake I think I've ever had. Too much to drink now though, so I've put some in the fridge. Just hoping Matt and the kids don't spot it before me tomorrow morning...
Easy GAPSy treats just in time for the holidays, and you can whip them all up in one pan in less than 10 minutes.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
|When I was young and short hair was cute circa 1997|
|hibiscus flower tea|
|'virgin' shiny hair around the crown, then drier coloured hair|
|day one: definitely ginger, but fairly low key|
|day two: flaming orange. I loved it, but sadly it couldn't stay...|
|day three: plenty darker but still with a fiery glow|
|day four: and we've settled down to an even auburn tone.|
You can use indigo or coffee to make it darker, or cassia and chamomile to (very) gradually lighten, but you can't use a commercial dye on top of it. If your hair doesn't fall out it will be burned worse than any bleaching disaster you have ever had.
Make sure you want to commit to healthy hair colouring for life if you go for it!
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
If you are lucky enough to have an orchard with pears this recipe is perfectly frugal for this time of year. If you don't, well, pears aren't too expensive...
Like most of my recipes, this bears little resemblance to it's title, but it was named by a five year old, so.... It's more like a pear omlette, but that doesn't have the same ring to it.
It was inspired by an apple omlette I saw on pinterest, but my daughter is allergic to apple, so a few tweaks later and we have something the whole family can enjoy.
You will need:
4 large eggs
2-3 ripe pears
2 vanilla pods
Slice or chop the pears (I've tried both and they are equally delicious) and fry in some butter with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Whilst that is cooking, throw the eggs, vanilla seeds and bananas into a blender and blend until they are fluffy and foamy. Throw your left over vanilla pods in some vodka.
Add a little more butter and then pour your mixture over the pears.
Cook on low until it's just beginning to set and then flip it (if you are a culinary genius) or grill it (I do the second) to get a nice golden top.
You can slice it like a pie to serve.
My kids like it with honey, I'm all about ice cream.
Enjoy it how you like.