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Cashew Cheese

I use a very basic recipe to make this amazing, mouth-watering treat.

1 cup soaked cashews

1 lemon juiced and zested

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1/2 teaspoon salt ( I use Celtic or Himalayan for all those yummy minerals)

I blend all the ingredients together until a smooth paste forms. Then I add the zest and fold it through (sometimes I skip the zesting).

I freeze my chesse in small batches. I find that I can’t go through too much anyway at one go, it’s pretty heavy.

I use this cheese as a salad dressing, on my raw seed crackers, or just with crudités as a snack.

I credit my discovery of nutritional yeast for single handedly curing me of my dairy addiction! Giving up the huge quantities of cheese that I ate before was always going to be a challenge. But the familiar flavour of the yeast, led me to experiment and discover that I could substitute yeast for cheese in some recipes and not lose the flavour!

For example, to make a cheesy pasta sauce:

1 cup soy Or other non dairy milk

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

salt to taste

BOOM simmer on a stove, add your favourite vegetables (mine are mushrooms/spinach). Add your pasta and you’re done. ❤️

If you’re not a pasta fan (I’m not), I toast a piece of gluten free bread and add my cheesy mushrooms on top, and sprinkle with herbs like parsley, coriander, thyme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaky Gut Treatment Protocol Phase Two (Seed)

In this next phase, the focus is on planting the ‘seeds’. Killing the bad guys leaves room to add some of the useful bacteria we need in our system.

Using a combination of foods and supplements again is the best way to achieve this. We not only want to add the good guys into our diet, we also want to provide food and a good environment for them to grow.

Cultured vegetables and various fibres like Slippery Elm and psyllium are a great place to start. Instead of juicing, this phase is great for blending green smoothies! The good bacteria thrive on the fibre we are now providing. Again, focussing on vegetables is key and limiting fruit and sugar means that the leftover bad guys are not being fed and allowed to grow and reproduce again. I do not mean that you are never allowed to eat anything sweet again, once the good bacteria have regained their footing and your gut health is optimal, your body is able to cope with a larger variety of foods.

Black garlic

So a mom at school introduced me to Black Garlic.
I’m addicted.
Apparently it can be made at home.
My first effort was burnt to a crisp. I apparently needed to keep checking it towards the end..
The second (using proper, expensive, unbleached, purple garlic) was the perfect texture, no taste :/
I’m the vaguest kind of scientist there is: no notes, no system, just blind trialling.
Third and last batch I’m back to the cheap garlic.
Fingers crossed.

The method I chose from the many available online:
10 days in a rice cooker
Except I only have a pressure cooker (I’m wonderful at following instructions)
I separated each layer using South Indian idli trays.

My wonderful mom friend provided me with two samples.
The first was made by a chef in a restaurant kitchen. The UMAMI flavour was a revelation.
Layers of flavour poured out of each bulb.
The next was made by herself using an old rice cooker.
Much less complexity of flavour, but as you crave that umaminess more and more, you get less and less fussy 🙂

Well worth a try if you have a spare rice cooker. I might just have to buy one I’m so desperate for more!!

 

 

 

Day One

For the 165th time (or so it feels)
Based on the documentary Simply Raw: reversing diabetes in 30 days; I have attempted a raw food diet many many times in the last 12 months.
I am using a very empirical, close-your-eyes-and-jump-right-in, trial and error method rather than researching the raw diet thoroughly. Hence my many false starts.
Day one is always easy…. This time my focus is 100%.
Through each mis- trial I’ve discovered new ammunition to help me stay the course.
Doing this diet in winter is probably not the smartest idea.
I have honed my focus and determination to a pure unyielding laserbeam. My dads 60th in 11 days is a great motivator. I’m hoping once I reach day 11 something else exciting will help me extend the diet…wish me luck!!
 
Raw crackers, cashew cheese and raw pecan pie to finish 🙂
Dog tired.

My shame… And my salvation

Every single time I “fail”
I learn something about why
And how I can do better next time

Like the guy who created electricity…. Tried a couple thousand times before the bulb lit up
I’m hoping to keep my trials to single figures :):)

 

Vegan Guacamole

Fantastic, relatively healthy quick-n-easy dip – great to get your omega’s while being a little bit naughty J
Ingredients:
Avocado
Lemon juice
Salt
White Pepper
Tabasco
Tofutti supreme sour (optional)
Method:
Mash 3 x Avocado
Add  teaspoon lemon juice
Salt and white pepper to taste
4 drops of Tabasco (or more to your taste)
Mix thoroughly
Then add 2 tablespoons of Tofutti supreme sour cream (or more to your taste)
Optional Extra:Stir through one more avocado that has been cubed to add texture!
Enjoy!