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Sugar Free Candied Popcorn

5 Dec
pop-corn-honeyWith the Christmas season comes Parties!!
We LOVE parties around here and fortunately so do our friends!
But with all these parties comes the challenge of “what are we going to take to share?”
My daughter is used to our healthy, un-processed foods, but some of her friends are not so sure about trying new things & can smell a “healthy” food a mile off.
So my challenge is to make something I feel comfortable feeding my daughter & that all her little friends will like too. This candied pop corn fits the bill, it is truly delicious & even the fussiest of our little friends seem to keep coming back for more.
Made with Organic GMO free pop corn, honey & butter it only takes minutes to whip up & will keep an air tight container over night.
You can make a million variations of this recipe, add cinnamon & spices, vanilla essence & even peanut butter to create your families favourite candied pop corn variation.
Sugar Free Candied Pop Corn a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 3 T GMO Free Organic Pop Corn
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 25 gm unsalted butter
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/2 t Himalayan salt

Place your coconut oil in a saucepan over high heat, add your pop corn kernels & keep shaking & moving your saucepan around to ensure that none of your pop corn gets burnt while its popping.

In another sauce pan place the rest of your ingredients & let them come to the boil. If you want soft sticky pop corn, let your candy ingredients boil only for a few minutes, if you want hard candied pop corn, let it boil for several minutes until the mixture begins to darken & if you place a drop in cold water it forms a soft ball.

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I like my pop corn drowned in the candy sauce so I pour my freshly popped pop corn into my saucepan of hot candy mix & stir quickly to coat, but you can just as easily pour it over your pop corn & stir quickly to ensure it coats all of your pop corn before it goes hard.

Try this, trust me you will love it 🙂

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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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Easy Home made butter in your blender

30 Aug

I am lazy, a somewhat sad, but ultimately true fact!

The other day while discussing our favourite Organic brands with another Mum, I happened to mention that I like a certain type of store brought butter, to which the other Mum replied that she never buys butter & makes all the butter her family consumes.

A bad bout of Mummy guilt ensued!

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I don’t buy some of my butter, I buy ALL of my butter. So off I went to the supermarket in pursuit of pure cream to churn into butter – to dampen my Mummy guilt.

Home I came with my cream, excited to have a go. Only to consult the internet & find that making butter is a multi-step process that requires special butter bats (Whatever they are?) & lots of rinsing & kneading & other fun stuff.

Did I mention I am lazy??

So my cream languished away in the fridge, while I mustered the enthusiasm to get up close & personal with it & knead it into submission (butter).

Then I had an idea surely I could get my blender to do all the work, while I supervised! Thus this butter recipe was created. I find that this butter lasts just as long as butter made with lots of washing & kneading – just without all that time & effort!

Easy Blender Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 600mls Pure Cream – make sure it is just 100% cream, no thickeners etc
  • Salt, I use about a teaspoon –  but you can do it to taste – I like it salty

I made my butter in Bella (my Thermomix knock off).

To start pour in the cream & beat at the highest setting for two to three minutes. The fat (butter solids) separates from the buttermilk & the fat ends up above the blades.

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Pour off the buttermilk (saving it for baking, pancakes etc) all the while kneading & pressing the butter solids against the edges of the blender jug to squeeze out as much butter milk as you can.

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Once you have pressed out as much buttermilk as you can. You can add your salt & refrigerate your butter as is  – but it will only last a few days.

Or, you can wash your butter by adding water to cover your butter & a few ice cubes to your blender & blending for 30 seconds – this will wash & knead your butter for you :). You can omit the ice cubes if you live in a cold climate, they are just to keep the butter solid.

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Pour off the water, squeezing & kneading your butter with your spatula to remove all liquid, if your water is quite milky you can repeat the process until your water runs clear.

Then add your salt & put it into your container & viola you will have homemade butter and be the envy of all the other mums, without all the effort !!

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It will be our “Little Secret”

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Make your own Coconut Butter – save a bucket load of cash

29 Apr

It seems every sugar-free or grain-free dessert recipe I come across these days wants Coconut Butter, which is great. But at close to $20 a jar at our local Health Food Store, we can’t be throwing that stuff around.

Now what if I told you, you can make your very own Coconut Butter for a fraction of the cost &  it’s super easy.

Would you be interested?

Making your own Coconut Butter is easy, it just takes patience, a bag of shredded coconut & some form of Vitamix, Stick Blender, Food Processor or a Thermomix.

You thought Coconut Butter was some magical part of the coconut, right?………me too.

It’s just poor old coconut flesh beaten into submission until it turns into rich dreamy butter, that tastes pretty similar to unsweetened Coconut Ice, remember that from your Sugar consuming days?

Because not everyone is lucky enough to have a Vitamix or Thermomix sitting on their kitchen bench I have included more in-depth instructions for how to make Coconut Butter with a Food Processor or Stick Blender.

My preferred method is actually the stick blender! – I love blending that coconut into butter – what does that say about me? Eeeek……..

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Stick Blender method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Pour about a quarter of your shredded coconut (2 cups) into your blending container & start blending it.I find an up/down movement to be helpful once it starts to look like the image below add another two cupfuls & repeat the process until you have the entire bag in your blending container.

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This will take 10 minutes or so, so be patient. It will be worth it in the end, I promise.

Keep blending until the coconut starts to warm up & become moist. If this isn’t happening for you then add the coconut oil to help it along. Keep blending until your coconut has turned into a warm paste. Taste to make sure you are happy with the consistency, if it’s too grainy keep blending but if it is buttery & still a little powdery then you have successfully made Coconut Butter. Congratulations!

Now you can jar your butter & make some serious desserts!!

Food Processor method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Ok so this method is a little more time consuming as you have to scrape down the sides of your food processor more often to keep the coconut blending so that it can turn into butter, but it is still completely do-able. I actually have found that sitting one side of the food processor on a stack of books helps to keep it on a lean & keep the coconut in the blades. To make coconut butter this way will take a little longer, but persevere. You will get there in the end.

Vitamix method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut
  • 1 t coconut oil (maybe)

Simply pour the entire bag of coconut into the blender and blend for five minutes at 6. It may need a few additional pulses on high to get a smooth consistency. This is definitely one of the easiest ways to make coconut butter 🙂

Thermomix method for making Coconut Butter a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need

  • Bag of shredded Coconut

Pour your bag of coconut into your Thermomix & set to grind for 3 minutes at 37degrees on speed 8. For a very smooth butter you can turn the Thermomix to speed 9 for an extra 30 seconds.

You may need to stop the Thermomix & remove the lid to push down the coconut off the sides a few times during the three minutes.

Viola you will have smooth, creamy warm butter ready to jar & use at your leisure

Now what are you going to do with all that yummy Coconut Butter?

Chocolate coconut fudge

How about Chocolate Fudge 

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