Monthly Archives: June 2013

Milled Nut ‘Milo’

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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.

Recipe

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

Do:
(Thermomix)
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.

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Preserving Leeks

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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

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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.