On Cake and Grace (recipe included)

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As kitchen manager, I am in charge of birthday cakes for this quarter – sometimes I make them myself, and sometimes a student that’s been sent to the kitchen for work duties does it, or my best friend Kya who also happens to be my assistant 3 days / week. Sometimes there’s 4 people that have partaken in the makings of 1 cake – and I’m of the opinion that the more people that partake of cooking / baking something, the better it tastes.

There are heaps of birthdays this quarter, which is keeping me busy and also helping me grow as a baker – so far I’ve made chocolate ice cream cake, hot fudge cake, angel food cake (I had no idea you could make such from scratch until a few weeks ago), and chocolate peanut butter poke cake (which I had never tried until a few weeks ago…

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Homemade “Nutella” – Dairy free, refined sugar free

2 cups nuts of choice (i used cashews)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
optional: 2 tsp oil (for extra smoothness)
1/2 cup milk of choice (I used soy)

In a Vita-mix or food processor, blend the nuts and oil until they’ve turned to butter, then add all other ingredients and blend a long time until it’s smooth like Nutella! Depending on the quality of your food processor it may take some patience, but it’s totally worth it.

Bomb Diggety Bolognese (vegan)

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To attest to how fabulous this recipe is, you should know that I had thirds both times I’ve eaten this, whereas I’m the type of person that sticks to one helping. I actually didn’t make it for myself but I came up with the recipe and left instructions with a friend, who nailed it much to my delight. The original recipe I used as a frame is HERE . I’m sure it’s a lovely recipe too, but as I tend to do to recipes I tweaked it a lot, partially based on personal preferences and partially due to limited ingredients on hand. 

Bomb Diggity Bolognese (vegan) 

~serves 4~

1/2 onion, diced

3 cloves garlic

1 1/2 carrots, thinly sliced

1 stalk broccoli, diced

1/4 head cauliflower, diced

3 cups diced tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp basil

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp oregano

pinch red pepper flakes

pinch…

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The 90/10 Rule

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I love fried pickles, especially dipped in ranch, so today when I saw some at the fair I decided to treat myself. I wanted to post this to show you guys that there is flexibility within clean eating, at least in my opinion. I eat mostly healthy not as punishment but because I physically feel heaps better when I do, but sometimes, a girl just needs a slab of cheesecake or some fried pickles, can I get an amen? 😀 I aim to eat clean 90% of the time – people have different definitions of clean, but pretty much it’s food that you can pronounce and you know where it came from. My “clean” that I’ve found to be the best for myself is adhering to a vegetarian (mostly vegan) diet, and avoiding refined sugar and white flour. The other 10% of the time if I want a piece of cheesecake, I’ll eat a piece of cheesecake, etc and ENJOY IT. No guilt whatsoever. After all, the occasional piece of cheesecake or fried pickle is not what caused the obesity epidemic and the many other diseases and ailments floating around, what causes that is people eating junk all the time.

Now, I’m not saying you must be sure to include “cheesecake” or whatever it may be for you in your diet. Some of you may not crave it. But I just wanted to encourage you that if you want the occasional “cheat”, it’s okay to eat it and enjoy it – and it’s actually good for your metabolism.

I was researching views on the 90/10 rule and here’s and excerpt from Shane @ shanemillerfitness.com….

A cheat is usually a higher sugar, higher fat meal which boosts your metabolic rate. The process of losing bodyweight, whatever the method, must obey the laws of thermodynamics, which state that calorie expenditure must be higher than calorie intake. Consuming fewer calories helps you lose weight initially, but eventually prevents you from continuing to lose weight.

Your cheat meal gives you a boost. It’s almost like a reset button for your metabolic rate.