Chocolate milkshake with coconut milk and cacao

chocolate milkshake
chocolate milkshake

Oh bonjour chocolate milkshake that’s really delicious, healthy and feeds you and a friend.

Makes just over 1 Mason jar but it’s really filling so 4 kids or 2 adults

 2 bananas
¼ cup cacao
splash of vanilla essence
¼ desiccated coconut
4-6 dates depending on size and sweetness, make sure you take the pips out
1 ¼ cups coconut milk
1 tsp coconut nectar, honey, maple syrup….if you like it sweeter

Whizz it all up together in a high speed blender until totally smooth!

And if you want to be jazzy and do the coconut around the top of the glass…melt some honey on a plate, turn the jar upside down and roll in the runny honey and then do the same on a plate of desiccated coconut and it should all stick.

Photos Jase Hancox, Colab Creative

Sundried tomato, veggie lasagne with rosemary cashew cream cheese

Veggie lasangna with cashew cheese

Last week I managed to persuade my whole house to participate in a detox week…well 5 days because some of us had parties at the weekend and none of us have the will power to arrive at a party and dance away with a soda in hand. So we gave up sugar, coffee, dairy, all grains/legumes, alcohol and any non grass fed animals. It all seems to be going well apart from the coffee heads and Jase got pissed because all he wanted was bacon. I made this vegetable lasagne one night because I haven’t done much experimenting with cashew cheese and I was keen to find out what the hype was about and whether I was going to turn my nose up…I am a big fan of le fromage you see. Well it was actually really good and when smeared all over a lasagne it did trick you into thinking you were eating a cheesy béchamel.

The detox week went pretty well until on Friday night I got a little overexcited about partying with my buddy Anna because Jase was out of town. I decided it would be a super idea to skateboard to town in a floor length kimono, handbag on my arm, hmmm this is already sounding quite ridiculous and I didn’t even mention that my penny board is bright pink. It didn’t take long for the first injury…you see town is downhill so you get some speed up and then you out of control, so I slowed myself down by grabbing onto a rose bush….what a clever dick! That was the first bloody incident. Then we went to a Mexican party at Anna’s friends, drank margaritas, ate tacos and had a swell time. Then hey, next good idea, lets skate home. Skating uphill went ok, then we got to our road which is unfortunately for me a natural bowl. So before I knew it I had decided to bomb the hill from the top, kimono flowing in the wind a bit like a super hero cape, it was awesome I was going really fast but then the speed wobbles hit. I had one of those slow motion moments when your like hmmm this is going to end with my face on the pavement. So smash, I tarmac planted at about 30 k/ph, I think head first because I still have a giant egg on my head, and grazes all down the side of body, and a lovely one on my forehead too. So lesson learnt….don’t drink margaritas and skate, and also, get better at skating! Anyway Jase now thinks I am a badass with all the tough stickers all over my body so I’m feeling pretty cool.

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Veggie lasagna with cashew cheeseCashew cheese

1 cup cashews (soaked for 2-4 hours)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp and ½ tsp nutritional yeast
2 slices of a shallot (roughly a tsp chopped)
¼ cup water
sea salt (needs quite a few big pinches) pepper and dried rosemary or any other herbs you fancy

Tomato sauce

1 shallot finely sliced
2 big garlic cloves sliced
1 sprig of rosemary with the leaves taken off
2-3 tbsp olive oil
4 medium tomatoes roughly chopped
½ cup sundried tomatoes
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
handful of basil leaves

Vegetables

4 small courgettes, sliced thinly lengthways
1 red pepper cut into about 3 big pieces around the core
2 big handfuls of spinach
 

First soak the cashews for 2-4 hours in cold water.

If using actual dried sundried tomatoes soak them too in boiling water for about an hour.

You can get started on the courgettes by slicing them lengthways into thin strips and grilling them, I used the bbq but a griddle pan on a high heat or the oven will do fine too. Drizzle them in a little olive oil and grill until they are soft and have some charred lines. Do the same with the red pepper.

Wilt the spinach in a big frying pan with a little olive oil and some seasoning and set aside.

For the tomato sauce, on a medium heat fry the shallot and rosemary until soft, then add the sliced garlic followed by the chopped tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes have softened and some start to fall apart. Blend with the sundried tomatoes, basil, apple cider vinegar until smooth…oh and add some seasoning.

Now you can start assembling the lasagne. Spoon a bit of the tomato sauce on the bottom of your dish and spread it evenly. Then layer over the courgette, a teeny bit more tomato sauce, the wilted spinach and grilled sliced peppers. Finish with the remaining tomato sauce, a sprinkle of extra sundried tomatoes and some dried rosemary.

Heat it up in the oven at 180˚C for about 30 minutes until hot

While it’s in the oven you can make the cashew cheese. Drain the cashews and give them a rinse with cold water then put all the ingredients in a food processor, they normally have a smaller bowl bit for when you are doing small quantities. Pulse away until it goes really smooth, mine took ages so I just left it going for a few minutes so don’t panic it will get smooth eventually.

Check it for seasoning, it does need quite a lot of salt and you can keep adding more dried herbs and yeast to make it taste cheesier. If you wan’t it runnier just add a splash more water etc.

When the lasagne is hot, spoon over the cashew cheese layer and serve away for totally fake cheesy goodness!

Photos Jase Hancox, Colab Creative

 

Spring pea, courgette, lemon and avocado soup

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This is a late post because last week was my birthday and I got distracted and taken on adventures in the South Island. And what a fabulous birthday it was, my first ever hot one and I spent all day in my shorty dungarees which was ace. We started off the day in Christchurch and went to the Farmers market in Deans bush, ate ice cream and then road tripped down to Akaroa. Akaroa is a cute little French village on the East coast, there are actually french people there, I felt oh so european again which was super, and we played Petanque, for hours and I beat Jase lots and then I got stung by a bee.

So the most exciting part about Akaroa is that they have penguins!!! And Dolphins!!! So we went on a dolphin, penguin hunting mission and 4WD through the rain and fog, yes New Zealand is funny and you can go from hot summer to cold rainy winter in a flash. We went adventuring in this huge bay and then found all these penguin boxes and figured they came up there to sleep at night but it turns out all the Mumma penguins were in the boxes sitting on the babies. We met the farmer who looked after them and he lifted the box and let us have a look and shit they were cute, totally black and about the same size as my hand, and they were yellow eyed penguins which are extremely rare…score! We didn’t find any dolphins but we did find a seal so I was happy. Then we drank bubbles in party hats and went to The Little Bistro, a cute little restaurant in Akaroa and had a hearty 3 courses and a bottle of red by which point I was a little bit cross eyed and giggly…yay for birthdays!

I was cooking for a detox group last week and I made a really delicious soup with cauliflower, cashews and avocado and it was all creamy and amazing so here is my version using some Spring veggies and herbs.

Spring soup

 

Serves 6

1 big tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped up small
½ cup cashews
8 cups of water
4 medium courgettes, grated
3 cups of frozen peas
 
1 avocado
1 lemon zested and half juiced
handful of mint, parsley, basil
sea salt and pepper

In a big saucepan melt the coconut oil on a medium heat, then add the onions and cook until they are soft and transparent. Add the garlic and stir for a few minutes making sure it doesn’t brown. Add the water and cashews and simmer for 15 minutes.

Put the grated courgette and peas into the pan and let it bubble away until the peas are cooked, normally around 5-10 minutes.

You can now blend it all, maybe wait until it’s cooled down a bit just in case your blender melts but most are heat proof.

Blend it up with the avocado, lemon zest, juice, herbs and salt and pepper. Don’t be shy with the salt it does need quite a bit!

Blend until it’s silky smooth and serve with a drizzle of good olive oil and it’s good with some parmesan, and if your not a veggie some crispy bacon would be amazing!

Chocolate ganache tart

IMG_3120 I have finally made it to the last leg of my journey back to New Zealand!! I am currently sitting in the Koru Lounge in Auckland which is bliss after 2 actual days of travelling. Just had a shower and a raid of the breakfast bar and of course stealing some booze from the fridge….it’s ok it’s not actually stealing, you allowed to take it, I’m sure people would have frowned at me less if it wasn’t 7:30am but I need to get my monies worth!

I had a long stop over in Shanghai which was interesting, they do eat funny things there, lots of packets of dried fish and crabs that sit in a fridge and I assume you just munch them…shell and all. I ordered up some won ton soup which had teeny shrimps floating in it with their legs and heads on…you could even see their eyeballs, I felt like they were watching me eat, it was scary. But they did have epic fresh mango smoothies for just a $2 which gave me the ultimate brain freeze…probably a good thing as I needed perking up after no sleep.

Anyhoo what a fabulous trip home, on my last weekend I summoned the whole family, cousins, Uncles and Aunts for my pretend Christmas/birthday/my sisters birthday and bonfire night. It was awesome we had sparklers, honey and mustard sausages, and fireworks yaya for two Christmases. We didn’t actually have turkey or anything, but we did do crackers and some party poppers and drank lots of wine and had a jolly time.

For pretend Christmas I made this absolute cracker of a choccy tart. I had something similar in a new Vegan restaurant in London called Nama which was so incredible that I thought they must have sneaked cream in. After a few tests I got this coconutty, super chocolaty tartness which you could feed to everyone, and maybe don’t mention that it’s vegan as I’ve learnt that people (my sister) think your weird and gross and don’t want to eat it.

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Makes 1 normal cake tin sized cake

1 ¼ cups of ground nuts (whatever you have, I used almonds and hazelnuts)
½ cup desiccated coconut
6 dates
3 tbsp coconut oil
pinch of salt
 
Chocolate filling
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp cacao butter or coconut oil
150g dark chocolate at least 70% I use green and blacks 85%, chopped up small
2 tbsp maple syrup or any other sweetener like coconut nectar/honey

To make the base whizz the nuts up in a food processor until they are ground up small. Add the coconut, dates and whizz until the dates are combined, then add a pinch of salt and the coconut oil. Push it down into the base of your cake or tart tin, making sure its firm and smooth all over then stick in the fridge.

To make the chocolate filling, heat the coconut milk, maple syrup and cacao butter up until it bubbles then pour it over the chopped chocolate, stir it until it’s smooth then add a pinch of salt. Pour into the cake tin, sprinkle over some cacao nibs if you have some and chill in the fridge for around 2 hours until it’s set.

Cauliflower rice salad with mango, red pepper, herbs and The Fat Radish curry sauce

IMG_2956It’s my last week in the UK before I fly home to beautiful Wanaka and my handsome Mr who I won’t have seen for over 6 weeks! I am getting super excited but then I have had to say quick hello’s and goodbyes to lots of people which of course sucks, although showing my best pictures and describing my life in an extremely positive light has hopefully tempted a few to come visit.

I’ve been hiding out in Dorset for most of my trip, London is far too scary and stressful and there are a lot of pretty odd people there who don’t walk past and say hello which is a change from extremely chirpy Wanaka. So I have been wellied up, walking dogs, cooking lots for my Mum and apparently todays task is clearing out all my stuff. My room is most definitely about to become a guest room….sad face!

This recipe was inspired from THE FAT RADISH Kitchen Diaries cookbook which I just bought a load of to give out as presents. I would have got one for myself but books take up way too much valuable weight in a strict long haul suitcase. Anyhoo, when I ran off to live in New York for 2 months about 4 years ago I got put in touch with the crazy clever English boys Ben and Phil who started up The Fat Radish and boy oh boy have they done a sweet job. The restaurant is just ridiculously cool, and the food is so fantastically fresh, colourful and homely. They have a real farm to table vibe with vegetables being the star of the show (FYI they were totally the creaters of the Kale trend). I worked in the kitchen for their events company Silkstone which meant I got to cater at some incredible venues and I was over the moon inspired but what they were up to. Oh just thinking about it is making me want to jump back on a plane to that crazy city! If you ever travel to NYC it’s a must visit in the Lower East Side and the book has a gazillion delicious looking recipes that will make you want host a party and pretend your cool like them living in New York.

cauliflower rice salad

cauliflower rice salad
cauliflower rice
Serves a crowd…probably around 6 
 
1 cauliflower, cut in florets
1 red pepper, diced into small squares
2 small spring onion, finely sliced
handful coriander, roughly chopped
handful parsley, roughly chopped
2 handfuls rocket, roughly chopped
½ mango, cut into small squares
4 tbsp of The Fat Radish curry sauce

First off make the curry sauce recipe from below. Then steam the cauliflower florets until tender, around 10 minutes then leave aside to cool in a colander so they dry off.

While it’s cooling prep the veg to go into the salad.

Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice, don’t go crazy or it will go too smooth. Chuck it all into a big bowl, mixing through all the chopped herbs and vegetables and about 4 big spoonfuls of the curry sauce. It will take some seasoning so don’t be shy with some crunchy sea salt and pepper.

Serve at room temperature along with a green salad.

THE FAT RADISH curry sauce
makes 2 ½ cups (too much sauce for the recipe but it’s amazing added to just about anything!)
 
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 green apple, peeled cored and thinly sliced
1 (2 inch) knob of ginger, peeled and minced
1 kaffir lime leaf  (or 1 lime zested and juiced)
1 ½ tbsp curry powder
2 tsp turmeric
1 can coconut milk
salt, pepper
 
Place the oil in a saucepan set over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, apple, ginger, lime leaf, curry powder and turmeric and cook until softened, about 10 mins. Add the coconut milk and simmer for another 10 mins. Remove to cool and blend till smooth and season. 

Carrot and courgette spaghetti with coconut and lime dressing

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 Oh mon dieu France you have really outdone yourself this week! After leaving the grey stinking rain in the UK to beautiful sunshine and 32˚C in Capbreton on the French coast I found it very hard to leave. It’s been an epic week of friends, lots of crazy yummy, anonymous fresh fish…speared out of the sea with a harpoon none the less! Longboarding to the beach, running and trips to chic Biarritz to pootle about looking in all the fabulous shops, eating ice cream, drinking wine and snacking on all the Tapas. Biking out to the lake in Hossegor for oysters and then sampling all the delicious french wines on the bike home….tres bien! It was a super special bunch of girls to get together, 2 of us from New Zealand, 1 from Canada and the rest Switzerland and France with 1 very brave male host. You can imagine the high pitched excited squeals that rung in the air.

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girlsOne of the oddest things that happened was when we saw two slugs doing the dirty one evening which was probably the weirdest thing I have ever seen, after some googling and intense staring we worked out that they are hermaphrodites and thats why there were two strange wiggly things. (New fact for you all)

This recipe was inspired from the most insanely yummy lunches I had with my Mum just down the road from us in Dorset at The Pythouse, the cutest cafe/restaurant with pick your own vegetables. It’s very much the garden to plate concept which is tres cool. The new chef there is also an ex Ottolenghi chef so since he is my favourite chef ever I was dying to go and try his creations. I had a salad very similar to this one but with Kohlrabi, I tried to get hold of some in France but I by accident bought black radish which turned out to be yummy for about 20 seconds then you get hit by a wall of peppery spiciness . So use real kohlrabi or substitute for courgette. I also was excited to use a spirulizer for the first time ever, can’t quite believe I don’t have one yet, off to amazon immediately to get that sorted.

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Serves 6-8 as a side salad or around 4 as a main

8 carrots, spiralized
2 courgettes, spiralized
1 handful fresh mint, roughly chopped
1 handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
 
Juice and zest of 2 limes
1 tsp of sesame oil
1 tsp coconut oil
1 garlic clove, minced on a microplane
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, minced on a microplane
 
200ml coconut cream…or milk
pinch chilli flakes
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp coconut nectar or any other sweetener 
3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
 2 tbsp coriander seeds, toasted
 
On a low heat add the sesame oil and coconut oil to a non stick small saucepan, stir in the garlic, ginger and chilli flakes and let it all sizzle for a minute stirring all the time so it doesn’t catch.
Add in the coconut cream, lime juice and zest, fish sauce, agave and let it simmer and infuse for about 10 minutes, season to taste and then set it aside to cool.
 
Using a spiralizer, spiralize the carrots and courgettes into a big bowl. Add the chopped herbs, coriander seeds, and sesame seeds and dress with the cooled coconut dressing. You will probably need to season it all a bit more with some salt and pepper then serve away.
 
Food photos forced  by me and taken by Camilla Rutherford
 

Peanut butter nut bars with raw chocolate

IMG_2740Excuse my love affair with peanut buter at the moment but it just seems to make the tastiest treats EVER! Now I thought that the banana and peanut butter cake was the tits and then this little beauty got created yesterday and I think it easily makes the top 4 incredibly, insaneley delicious treats list! It’s a little bit sweet a little bit salty and 100% yumtastical!

So a little update on my basketball career….and unfortunately it’s bad news. We played in the semi’s this week, I’m not entirely sure why it’s called the semi finals when we were the two last teams in the league but we played and we lost which means we lost the entire competition haha!

peanut butter and nut bars Makes 14 bars

½ cup pitted dates
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
¼ cup  melted coconut oil
½ cup desicated coconut
½ cup shaved almonds
½ cup of roughly chopped mixed nuts, I used brazil and almonds
¼ cup mixed seeds
pinch of salt
 
Raw chocolate
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cacao butter
½ cup cacao powder
¼ cup maple syrup
pinch of salt
 

Put the dates in a pan with a splash of water and the coconut oil on a low heat. Cook them so they soak up the water and become squishy and start to fall apart and all the water is gone, then add the peanut butter and stir until it’s all mixed together. take off the heat and mix with the rest of the ingredients and press into a small, lined baking tin and chill in the fridge.

To make the chocolate, put the coconut oil, cacao butter and maple syrup in a bain marie until melted then stir in the cacao. Leave to cool and then pour over the nut bars. Leave to set int he fridge for about an hour then slice into bars. Keep them stored in the fridge as the chocolate melts fairly easily!

High energy power balls aka “Flossatrons”

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Woooh what a fun week. We have been filming for an Air New Zealand ad in Queenstown showing all the cool hotspots to go when you visit. Pretty much the best job ever, not so much for the boys as they were filming Olya and I getting sped around in Lamborghini’s and Porches. Then chasing each other in go karts and getting pretty out of control in dirt buggies and flipping them upside down, note to self, do not drive behind the crazy Russian again!

After the race day at Highlands park, Cromwell, we did a few wine tastings. One in the the Gibbston Valley at Waitiri Creek which is a gorgeous little church surrounded by vines. They looked after us so well and after we did a million takes of us sipping flipping delicious wine in the sun and smiling (probably because with every new take we were getting slightly more intoxicated) they brought us a massive cheese plate and a yummy wood fired pizza.

So those were the good days, the one I was least excited about was the bungy day. I can’t say I’ve ever had the urge to throw myself off a bridge but apparently it was compulsory so I manned up…or not if you watch the video of me having a very high pitched, squeaky, panic attack at the top and not jumping after the 1…2…3! Anyway I did jump, and I hated it so much I closed my eyes the entire way and then pulled my jumper up over my face to hide the view haha.

We are now back home in Wanaka after staying in the fancy St Moritz hotel in Queenstown which was very snazzy indeed. I have got to say staying in hotels rocks, I could get used to my bed being made. Jase and I had a double, super king sized bed that was so huge we had to play marco polo to find each other at night.

Thanks so much to Jase and Will at CoLab Creative for hiring me for my first slightly awkward cameo appearance!

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Now onto foooood:

Meet Flossatrons!! I promise I didn’t actually name these myself but some friends did last summer and I’m not going to lie it made me feel like my little energy balls were some sort of cool transformer superheroes and bliss balls sound way too hippy!

Anyway these little action packed balls are full of energy boosting ingredients and I normally have one in my bag for hungry emergencies. They are perfect to have before an early surf, mountain snack and general quick fixes for loading up with energy and filling yourself up…and they can fit in your pocket…cha ching!

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Makes 10
 
½ cup roasted unsalted peanuts
¼ cup hazelnuts
¼ cup oats (you can use gf oats or just swap for buckwheat, or more nuts)
¼ buckwheat groats
½ cup coconut flakes
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp cacao powder
pinch salt
½ cup dates
1 tbsp coconut oil at room temperature
½ a small banana
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Add the peanuts, hazelnuts, oats, buckwheat groats and desiccated coconut to your food processor and blend until fine. Then add the all the remaining ingredients.

Whizz until the mixture is all combined and it is easy to stick together.

Roll into balls and roll in the coconut flakes for decoration.

Raw peanut butter, banana and chocolate cake

0L9A9829Oh my gosh I think Spring is finally almost upon us!! I keep waking up and singing like Mary poppins while the birds tweet outside the window, it doesn’t last long though because my voice is a bit like a strangled cat, but I feel all sparkly and jolly inside.

Today we went up skiing and it was scorching, nice bit of slushie sliding and then the day came up trumps when some friends invited us to go fishing on their boat. I say fishing, we pretty much just drank wine, ate cheese and watched the line for any nibbles…..and low behond we caught a big trout just as the sun was setting. So today was a 10 and Wanaka really showed off how awesome it is….Bravo!

This delicious invention came across because one of the skiers I cooked for was a big fan of P&B that’s peanut butter for all you non Americans!  After making my raspberry and lemon slice pudding I thought about just keeping the top layer as banana and then of course chucking in some peanut butter and then what makes everything better…CHOCOLATE, then this beauty was invented….and it really rocks! It got 12 thumbs up out of 12 slices so I would say that this cake deserves a gold star and some out of tune singing!

Peanut butter and banana cheesecake

Chocolate, peanut butter and banana cake

Makes 1 cake

Base
1 1/2 cups oats (use gluten free if needed or same amount of nuts/buckwheat groats)
1 cup blanched almonds ( or any other kind of nut)
1 cup dates
2 tbsp coconut oil (at room temp, no need to be melted)
pinch salt
 
Peanut butter
2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts
2 tsp of honey (or another sweetner like, agave, maple syrup, coconut nectar)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
couple of big pinches of salt
 
Banana layer
4 bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla extract, or half a vanilla pod
1/2 cup coconut chips or desiccated coconut
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup (or another sweetner)
 
Topping
100g 70%+ dark chocolate or make some raw chocolate 
handful of chopped roasted peanuts
sprinkle of coconut 
 
Make the base first by whizzing up the almonds and oats in a food processor until fine, then add in the dates, coconut oil and salt until it has enough stick to be able to press down into your cake tin. If it seems too crumbly just add more dates, coconut oil. If your dates arn’t that sticky to start with it helps to soak them in boiling water for about 10 mins. Then squeeze off the water and add them to the mix. 
 
Add all the ingredients for the peanut butter to your processor, I use a vitamix to get quick, smooth butter. Whizz it up until it it’s nice and smooth, taste it and you can add more honey or salt depending on how you like it. Spoon it over the base layer evenly, it helps to run a pallet knife under hot water to smooth it over or it can stick to the base and make a mess.
 
Stick all the banana layer ingredients in your blender, it really helps to have a high speed one or the coconut chips don’t turn smooth, but no problem if your mix is not totally smooth. Pour the mix on top of the peanut butter and stick in the fridge.
 
Melt the chocolate and spoon over the top of the cake however you like and sprinkle over the nuts and coconut. Cool in the fridge for at least 3 hours to set properly and serve