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Wholesome Fruit Mince Tarts

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This was a strange decision to make mince tarts for the blog… I’m not a great fan of dried fruit, or fruit peel for that matter. But I got chatting to my gorgeous friend Jo last week and we were discussing the finer points of a good mince tart. Not too sweet, no chunks of fruit peel (IMO), and a good pastry – has to be good pastry. So I think that’s why I wanted to give them a go, so that I could make a version that was tailored to my liking. And I guess that is the beauty of cooking really isn’t it!

This is not a super fast recipe, but it’s also not super difficult. At this time of year especially when everything and everyone can be a little crazy, sometimes I like/need the therapy of small, simple tasks. Finely dicing apple, pushing pastry into moulds, it is something that I don’t always have time to do, and when I do I like to think about the people I’m making this for and infuse it with as much love and good vibes as possible. That may sound a little naf, but there you go.

I really love this passage from Sally Fallon:

“Food preparation is actually a sacred activity. According to esoteric lore, if a woman could see the sparks of light going forth from her fingertips when she is cooking, and the energy that goes into the food that she handles, she would realise how much of herself she imbues into the meals that she prepares for her family and friends. It is one of the most important and least understood activities of life that the feelings that go into the preparation of food affect everyone who partakes of it. This activity should be unhurried, peaceful …

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Fig Popsicles with Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

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Hello, Autumn! And hello, FIGS! If you happen to live in Melbourne, particularly the inner north as I do, you’re be very aware of the fig-tastic-ness that is everywhere. Unfortunately not in my back yard, but luckily we have a work friend who regularly comes to the fig party with a beautiful donation 🙂

Just because I’m still hanging on to summer, I still feel the need for frozen treats in the freezer. And these are highly recommended! Super easy to make, and deliciously refreshing.

I’ve spoken about the nutritional beauty of figs before here (back when I had an overhanging fig tree next door…), but to give you a little recap, you can expect to find calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamins A, C and E among other things. They are also wonderfully high in fibre, go figs!

So if you manage to get your hand on some, here is one quick and delicious serving suggestion. I’ve listed some others below.

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Fig Popsicles with Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

Makes 7-8 popsicles

2 cups coconut cream (full fat)

1 large ripe banana

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 – 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

5-6 fresh figs, thickly sliced

For the sauce

2 tbsp cashew, macadamia or almond butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Decent pinch sea salt

Place the coconut cream, banana, vanilla and maple syrup if using in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Taste and make sure the sweetness is to your liking.

Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds, poke in a couple of slices of fig to each one and transfer to the freezer for at least 4 hours, or until frozen.

To make the caramel sauce, simply combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine.

Serve the popsicles once frozen …

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Golden Turmeric Milk – to cure what ails ya.

turmeric milk 0Turmeric is a magical spice. From the same family as ginger, this root herb is warming and bitter in nature, but has a lovely mild, woody flavour. The healing properties of turmeric have been greatly researched, and it is used widely by natural therapists, both in liquid, capsule and powder (dietary) form. It has a long tradition in India, where it is used generously and daily in the diet.

Turmeric is a beautiful antioxidant, scavenging free radicals and protecting our DNA. It is also massively anti-inflammatory (great for arthritis, menstrual pain), is protective of our liver, improves liver detoxification, and can decrease blood lipids – improving cholesterol levels. Not only that, but turmeric can promote wound healing, is antimicrobial, and its active component curcumin can be used in cancer treatment.

turmeric milk handThe great thing about turmeric is that it is fairly easy to get through your diet. You need around one teaspoon daily to have a therapeutic effect, or less for general wellbeing. Apart from adding it to your curries, stews, soups, and rice or grain dishes, turmeric is also great friends with cauliflower, and egg, so feel free to sneak some into your omelettes.

One potential downer of this superhero called turmeric, is that it can be quite poorly absorbed by the body. Lucky I have a couple of fancy tricks for you. First of all, turmeric is fat soluble, so be sure to consume it together with some fat – usually the meals that you would be adding it too do have fat of some kind, so this is great. Secondly, black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric by over 1000% – wowsers, so add some black pepper into the same meal.

Another idea is this golden milk, an ancient, traditional drink. This is my version. It is a …

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Celebration Biscuits with Home-Made, Sugar-Free Sprinkles

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I love making biscuits – they are quick, easy, and can be super basic or fancy depending on the occasion. We have been making these biscuits, that I adapted from Jude Blereau originally, for ages. They are such a good, sturdy biscuit that have the required crunch factor, and are wheat, dairy and egg free. The best thing, well apart from the fact that they taste delicious, is that they lend themselves perfectly to cookie cutters! Winning!! So many egg-free or shall we say alternative baking projects of mine are wonderful, but certainly could not hold their shape in the oven. These can take any cutter you can throw at them! Octopus, stars, dogs, moose, dove, bunnies, and some sort of wolf -looking animal are just some of the shapes I have tested, with excellent results!

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These are lovely on their own, but they do make a great base for toppings. I have kept it simple today and gone with chocolate and sprinkles – but home-made, sugar-free sprinkles that are a breeze to put together. Freeze dried fruit gives a fantastic result, which I buy at my local health food shop, farmers market or deli. If you have trouble finding it, you can always use any superfood powder that you have hanging around, or even crush up some herbal teas to give you the desired colour. I chose coconut and white chia as the base for the sprinkles as they are a nice blank canvas for the colour, and are nutrient rich in themselves.

A couple of other notes:

These biscuits are excellent with choc-chips.

These biscuits are also excellent sandwiched together with chocolate, particularly mint chocolate.

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Celebration Biscuits with Home-Made Sprinkles

1 cup wholemeal spelt flour

¼ cup almond meal

¼ tsp baking soda

pinch of sea salt

¼ …

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Meg Thompson

Naturopath & Nutritionist
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