Archive | September, 2013

DIY Natural dish washing detergent

26 Sep

I am a Mama trying to Go Natural.

I am by no means a perfect Mama & I fail (a lot) at the whole “going natural” thing.

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One area that has been weighing on my mind lately is “the washing of our dishes” you see I am kind of addicted (yes, I said addicted!) to my bright green store brought (very, very un-natural) dish washing liquid.

It bubbles, it froths, it smells so clean, it cuts through grease & leaves my dishes gleaming. But it is made from ingredients that are known endocrine disruptors & possible carcinogens.

And we are eating & drinking it’s residue off our cups, plates & cutlery. Well no more!!

After much research & trialling several different home made detergent variations I have found our new “more natural” way to wash the dishes.

Does it smell as good as my store brought dishwashing liquid – YES. Does it cut through grease the same – NO. Does it froth & bubble the same – Sadly NO.

BUT, although it takes a little more effort to wash the dishes it is a small price to pay for the health of my family.

So my addiction to the lovely bright green detergent has been broken.

Now I know a lot of recipes that are floating around the internet call for washing soda & borax in them & seemingly these products make for nice, clean shiny dishes. But on the side of my packet of electric washing soda it says “wear gloves when using”. Now  I don’t wear gloves when washing our dishes nor when eating off them!. I think that any product that calls for the usage of gloves should not be ingested in any form – that is just my personal opinion. I know that many claim that borax is fine to use, but the Environmental Working Group claim that it is an endocrine disruptor amongst other nasty things, so I just don’t feel 100% comfortable using it. If I am going to be ok with using a hormone disrupting product- I will stick with my bright green dish washing liquid!

So my dish washing powder does not use either borax or washing soda & as a result may not work as good as other recipes – but it is healthier & that is the object of the exercise after all.

Dish Washing Powder a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 Plain bar of  Soap (I use sunlight soap here in Australia, I hear it is on a par with Dr Bronners)
  • 2/3 cup Bicarb soda
  • 3 Tablespoons Salt
  • 20 drops Eucalyptus oil
  • 10 drops Lemon oil

I have a thermomix style machine that just eats bars of soap. So I place all the ingredients in my thermomix & blend for 30seconds on power 10 & viola you have yummy smelling dish washing detergent, that is the consistency of laundry powder. Keep it in airtight sealed jar & try not to introduce any moisture to it or you will end up with damp, clumpy soap mush.

This soap powder can be made in any blender or food processor (you just might want to pre-chop your soap bar) or at a pinch you could grate your soap bar & mix in with the other ingredients, I just don’t think it will melt into the water the same.

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How to Use

I am lucky to live in a home with a double sink so I fill one sink with hot water & 1 teaspoon of our dishwashing powder – to wash the dishes in & the other with some water with a dash of white vinegar – to rinse my clean dishes in. I find this helps to remove that greasy feel that you get from using natural soap. If I have a burnt pot (who me 😉 ) then I add 1/2 a teaspoon of powder direct to the pot & scour it to get it clean. If there are quite a few dishes to wash sometimes I have to let the washing water out & re-fill the sink, so that there is enough soap power to get them all clean.

How do you wash your dishes, what are your green cleaning recipes, I would love to hear them.

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Sugar-Free Vegan Spelt Cacao Self Saucing Pudding

22 Sep
This chocolate Pudding is divine!!
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It is rich, chocolatey & decadent, yet still light & fluffy – the ultimate in dessert contradictions!
It is topped with thick & gooey chocolate sauce – which is just the way chocolate sauce should be!!
And all of this chocolate decadence is healthy!!
This entire pudding is sugar & dairy free.  The coconut oil & coconut kefir give the pudding a slight “coconut rough” taste &  mellow out the bitterness that you can sometimes get when using cacao.
This pudding is not for the faint hearted!! Or for the dieting!! But it is for all of those who love a good wholesome home-made chocolate pudding & are looking for a little chocolate comfort!
So what are you waiting for??
Make yourself some “chocolate comfort” in a bowl today.
 Sugar-free Vegan Spelt Cacao Self Saucing Pudding a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 1 c Spelt flour
  • 3 t baking powder (make your own)
  • 3 T cacao powder
  • 2 T water
  • 1/2 c dates
  • 2 sticks stevia
  • 80gm coconut oil
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 160ml coconut milk kefir (make as with dairy milk, just use coconut milk instead. It may need an additional 12 hours fermenting time. It can take 2 – 3 batches for your milk grains to adjust to the coconut milk, but even batches that do not ferment properly can still be used in cooking while your grains adjust to the coconut milk)

Chocolate Sauce

  • 2 T Cacao
  • 250ml water
  • 2 sticks stevia
  • 1 T Maple Syrup

Blend dates, coconut oil, stevia & coconut kefir in a food processor until smooth. Add the vanilla essence & cacao. Combine the spelt & baking powder, mixing in until all is combined to a thick batter consistency.

Heat your oven to 180 degrees. Place you pudding in the bottom of an oven proof dish or bowl. Sprinkle the 2T of cacao & 2 packets of stevia over the top of your pudding. Boil the kettle & pour over 250mls of hot water. Sprinkle the maple syrup over the top & bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer in the middle comes out clean.

During the baking your pudding will float up & the water will turn into a thick & gooey chocolate sauce that will be hidden under the pudding.

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This recipe can also be made non-vegan substituting the coconut oil for butter & the coconut kefir for dairy kefir. I have tried it both ways & it tastes delicious, either way.

Go forth & enjoy some “chocolate comfort”

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Super Easy Thermomix Hollandaise Sauce

16 Sep

I love Hollandaise Sauce, but I never make it.

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I have tried numerous recipes. I have even had one on one lessons from a Chef. But nothing has ever really worked for me. No matter what method I try, I can only get a recipe to work maybe once, maybe twice but never again. I have made a whole lot of acidic scrambled eggs, split oily concoctions & other major fails.

That was until I started making it in my Thermomix, now I am in love with making my own Hollandaise, because it makes it for me & it works every time 🙂

I can be grilling salmon, assembling a salad & the Hollandaise is making itself. Now that’s my idea of cooking!

You can choose to make your Hollandaise with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, I prefer the vinegar as it makes it a little tart & cuts through the butter. But,its all a matter of preference & lemon juice makes a  more traditional Hollandaise.

Hollandaise Sauce a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 150g chilled unsalted butter
  • 2 T lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • pinch himalayan salt & pepper

So here is the hard bit!! Are you ready??

Put all ingredients in your Thermomix & turn it on for 8 minutes at 90 degrees on speed 3. Sit back & wait for the Magic to happen.

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If you are worried about the high amount of butter in this recipe, never fear – butter is good for you!

It not only tastes great & makes everything taste better it has a myriad of health benefits which can be read about here.

Enjoy

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Lemon Kefir Ice Cream

12 Sep

This Ice Cream is the best Ice Cream I have ever tasted hands down & thats saying a lot. In my previous life I used to have one of those pink loyalty cards for Mr Baskin’s in my wallet – I think I have  tried all 31 flavours several times.

And this ice cream beats all 31 – hands down!

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Think rich, sweet, creamy lemon curd – but in Ice Cream – eat your heart out Mr Baskin’s

The bright citrus burst of lemon works perfectly with the effervescent nature of the tangy kefir cream. It produces a dense rich ice cream that will keep you coming back for more & more & more

My “Miss Two” loves this ice cream just as much as me, so it’s an all-round winner!

To make the Kefir Cream  – ferment your kefir as normal just use cream instead of milk & ferment it for 48 hours to ensure it is well fermented & has thickened nicely. (only use pure cream, not thickened).

This ice cream is so easy to make, all you need is 4 ingredients & an ice cream maker & hey presto you will have yummy ice cream.

Lemon Kefir Ice Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 c kefir cream
  • 1 lemon zested & the juice
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1 T Vanilla extract

Whisk all of the above ingredients to combine.

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Follow your ice cream makers instruction & pour into your ice cream maker & wait for the magic to begin.

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Enjoy this ice cream with our yummy honey dumplings – they go perfectly together!

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Enjoy & just call me, Mrs Baskin’s

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Healthy Honey Dumplings

7 Sep

Ever get a craving for comfort food? Simple, plain food that gives you the warm fuzzies.

Well for me comfort comes in the form of golden syrup dumplings, but for my little one its anything with honey & I do mean anything with honey! She will eat it straight from the tub by the spoonful if I am not watching…

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So for a special treat I decided to combine our two loves & create “honey dumplings” & they were so good they have become my new favourite. Yummy fluffy soft dumplings with sticky golden honey sauce mmmm….. So good – they have been declared our new favourite & they are refined sugar free to boot!!

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They are such an easy treat that can be whipped up in minutes, yet tastes so good. We had our dumplings with our Lemon Kefir ice cream, which made a heavenly combination, so look out for that recipe in the coming weeks!!

Healthy Honey Dumplings a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 60gm butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 3 T kefir
  • 1 t stevia
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c water
  • 4 T honey
  • 2 T butter

To make your dumplings rub the butter into the flour, stevia & baking powder until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Beat the kefir, vanilla extract & egg together & stir into your breadcrumb mix gently to form a nice wet dough.

Place your water, honey & 30gms of butter into a saucepan & heat till simmering. Once simmering add your dumpling dough in by the spoonful & place the lid on your sauce pan to allow your dumplings to cook & the sauce to thicken for 20 minutes, keeping it gently simmering all the time.honey-dumpling-4

Then scoop out your dumplings to serve & pour over your golden honey sauce, have them with cream, ice cream or even on their own!!

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Trust me you will love them

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Make your own Aluminum Free Baking Powder

2 Sep

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It seems like every time I turn around there is another product we need to make ourselves or eliminate from our diet.

With Aluminum being linked to the rise in Alzheimer’s & my memory not being what it used to be – store brought Baking Powder has to go.

Aluminum is added to commercial baking powder to get the baking powder to react slower to heat, it is added under all sorts of names & guises the most popular being “sodium aluminum sulfate” but just because that name doesn’t appear on your packaging doesn’t necessarily mean you are safe.

This recipe for home made Aluminum Free baking powder acts much in the same way as the store brought ones, just without all the nasties & potential memory loss!!

Making your own baking powder is Super Easy & only takes a minute.

Aluminum Free Baking Powder a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Bicarb Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch or Cornflour

Combine & store in a sealed container as you would your store brought baking powder

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All baking powder looses its ability to rise over time. To check your baking powder is still raring to go simply boil half a cup of water & add 1/2 t of baking powder to it. If it fizzes like crazy you are good to go, if it’s a little lack lustre it might be time for a new batch.

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