Anthony William is a blogger and author on natural healing that I admire a lot and when I read this recipe based on the therapeutic properties of Chaga mushrooms I immediately wanted to share it here. I’m in no position to personally endorse anything as an anti cancer agent but, given the proliferation of the disease in today’s society, I feel that people should be aware of its potential and given the choice to use what they choose alongside of, or indeed in place of, conventional treatment. Here’s his take on Chaga and a suggestion on how to use it.
Spiced Creamy Hot Chaga
Nothing quite hits the spot and soothes the soul like a warm drink on a cold day (or anytime of year!). Add in the incredible medicinal properties of Chaga mushroom and some special healing spices, and you have yourself a deeply therapeutic and delicious drink to enjoy. This recipe would be wonderful to serve to friends and family or to savor on a quiet morning or evening alone. read more →
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I have just recently started baking a coeliac-friendly version of these bad boys for my Rake of Cakes stall in the Bullring Market and decided I had to share the recipe! For this recipe, I’ve used our delicious new Commons Farm Raw Milk to make the custard and it makes for a wonderfully creamy finish. I’ve also used Silly Yak Puff Pastry, which is 100% coeliac friendly and available in the freezer instore!
– Make sure you have defrosted the pastry in the fridge before starting to bake.
– Use the best quality vanilla extract you can. I love Neilson Massey Organic Vanilla Extract.
– This recipe makes about 30 – 32 tarts
– The custard is delicious over desserts or on its own as well!
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The main ingredient in this recipe is tempeh, not sure what tempeh is? Well it’s a traditional soy product that stems from Indonesia. It is made from whole, fermented soybeans, has a firm texture and a nutty flavour. It contains more protein, fibre and nutrition than it’s well known cousin, tofu, and is used as a meat alternative in dishes whether you are vegetarian, vegan or just trying to reduce the amount of animal protein in your diet. Even though we sell it instore it hasn’t been on my shopping list for quite a while so when I came across this recipe I decided to give it a go and remind myself what I’m missing out on!
1 packet tempeh, cut into 1 inch cubes
120ml cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs tamari
2 cloves garlic, minced
60ml cup olive oil
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp arrowroot starch
Preparing the Marinade
1. In a bowl, mix together the balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, tamari, garlic, olive oil, and thyme.
2. Add the tempeh to the bowl, stir and cover.
3. Let sit in the fridge for 2-24 hours, mixing occasionally.
1. Preheat oven to 180C
2. Place tempeh and sauce in a glass dish and cook covered for 20 minutes.
3. Remove from oven, stir around and bake for another 20 minutes.
4. Remove tempeh cubes from sauce and set aside.
5. Place remaining sauce in a pan over medium heat.
6. Add arrowroot starch and stir constantly to thicken.
7. Plate tempeh and scoop marinade over top as a sauce, or serve on greens or whole grain of choice.
I really enjoyed cooking with tempeh and was reminded just how versatile and tasty it is. Like tofu it readily takes on whatever flavour you choose to pair it with so the choice is limitless. I marinaded and baked it for this recipe but it can also be cubed and stir fried or crumbled and used like mince for bolognese etc. It’s going onto my shopping list from now on and if you haven’t tried tempeh yet I’d urge you to give it a go.
We all know at this stage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we should breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper – but if you feel you can’t face a cooked breakfast first thing in the morning every morning it doesn’t mean you have to rely on high carb/salt/sugar cereals. Why not have a go at making your own granola?
It’s incredibly simple, you can make a batch and keep it for two weeks plus if making your own you decide exactly what you want to go into it depending on your tastes and needs. Personally I like to keep the carb relatively low in the morning but want to ensure a good source of protein so I’m not reaching for the scone or biscuits come 10am!!