Monthly Archives: June 2013

Milled Nut ‘Milo’


I’ve been experimenting a lot with trying to make alternative nutrient rich versions of treat foods so today I decided to trial a Milo-like drink recipe I found in my travels that incorporates a lot of nuts. (recipe below)

Honestly, I’m not that enamoured with it as a drinking ‘chocolate’ per se but it does make a pleasant sweet nut drink that would go nicely with breakfast provided you keep stirring it to prevent the ‘Milo’ from settling to the bottom. I do think it would go nicely on the top of cake like carrot or walnut, or even just added to porridge, muffins etc for a nutrient boost.

I think I will add it to my home made breakfast bars.


You need:
3 tbls (40g) lindseed (aka flax)
2 tbls (25g) sunflower seed
2 tbls (25g) sesame seed
2 tbls (25g) pepitas (pumpkin seed)
1/3 cup (50g) almonds
1/4 cup (25g) Brazil nuts
1/4 cup (25g) pecans
1 cup (100g) raw cacao powder
1 cup (100g) rapadura or coconut palm sugar

Place all ingredients into tm bowl and mill for 10 seconds on speed 9.
Note: if you are using cacao beans mill first 10 seconds on speed 10.

(stick blender)
Place all ingredients into a high sided bowl and blend until mixture takes on a Milo-like appearance.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two months in the fridge or up to 6 months in the freezer.


Preserving Leeks



Today I needed a quarter of a leek naturally the power of bulk buying over took me and I ended up with a bunch of them. So I decided to freeze the rest for later.

You can blanch them before freezing but I decided to try fresh freezing basically as following:

1. Cut the leeks into thin pieces.
2. Bag the pieces in freezer bags ensuring you get most of the air out.
3. Note what is in the bags and a user by date. They should last about 3 months but tend to get more bitter the older they are.

Good for ussr in soups and casseroles.

Super Easy Orange Vinegar Surface Spray



This is really easy to make and makes an effective, chemical free, environmentally friendly spray which can be used for cleaning surfaces and bathrooms.

All you need is oranges, a peeler, white vinegar and a jar.

It’s three simple steps:
1. Peel the orange and place the peel in the jar.
2. Add vinegar to the jar and place the lid on.
3. Leave the jar for approximate 4 week’s to cure and your spray is ready to use.

If you are trying to clean something that needs a bit more work, just sprinkle some bi carb down first. It will smell strong at first but this will clear soon.

I started using this when I found I was coughing a lot after cleaning the bathroom and best thing is I don’t have to worry about my little toddler helper being exposed to nasty chemicals.

I like to make this when I am making cordial. Waste not! Lol.