Flowers and Berries Ice-cream Cake

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Being a herbalist I often don’t see much distinction between food and herbs. They all contain the same phytochemicals and can have a therapeutic effect, they are simply used in different ways. Many herbs used in herbal medicine are also considered foods and visa versa, such as oats, nettles, dandelion leaves, artichoke, aniseed, rosemary, turmeric, alfalfa, fennel, ginger, garlic, kelp, tamarind, peppermint and so on. For me, the lines tend to blur between them at times. I delight in pondering the herbal actions of specific foods and exploring the food-like uses and qualities of herbs. And when I’m in the kitchen, this merging of herbs and food can be a lot of fun! Continue reading

Coffee Caramel Cake in Ireland

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1 and a half cups of almonds

Combine and pulse together in food processor until the mix becomes crumbly. Taste test for preferred level of sweetness- add dates gradually as you go. If your dates are a bit dry, the mix won’t be sticky enough so you will need to add a little water, or pre-soak the dates.

1 cup of almond paste

1 vanilla pod (or some vanilla essence)

4-6 dates

pinch of salt

Blend together in food processor, until it becomes smooth. Add water if you need to. Again, taste as you go: I’m writing this recipe from memory! Spread over the base and put in freezer while you are preparing the next layer.

Teaspoon of coffee. (I used a mix of real and dacaf)

Heaped tablespoon of cacoa or cocoa

1 cup of hazelnut spread

approx 6-8 dates

A handfulor walnuts

A heaped teaspoon or two of coconut oil

Blend everything together in food processor until relatively smooth. Add water if need be. Spread over the previous two layers and put in the freezer to set. Cut into chunks when set.

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Coconut Cheese Cake

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Last friday a friend gave me some fresh young coconut meat that she was given by a man at the local markets. This was an ingredient I had tried previously to source with no luck, so I was absolutely delighted by her gift and it inspired an evening spent in the kitchen being creative.

First I made a coconut cheese cake with the fresh young coconut meat. No nuts! Lots of people are allergic to nuts so it’s lovely to invent dessert recipes that don’t include them. My recipe was inspired by Emily’s von Euw’s coconut cheese cake recipes, but I changed a few things! The problem is, I can’t find the envelope I scribbled this recipe down on so I’m going on memory here. This place is crazy at the moment with us packing for the Europe trip! Continue reading