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Food for Easter Bunnies: Apple Carrot Cake

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Ingredients

(yields 1 baking tray)

For the cake:

250g butter

250g brown sugar

peel of 1 orange and 1 lemon

4 eggs

1 pack baking powder

100g almonds (grated)

100g walnuts (grated)

200g peeled carrots

200g peeled apples

1 pack vanilla sugar

cinnamon

a pinch of salt

For the frosting:

150g greek yoghurt

1 dash rum

100g caster sugar

 

Combine the butter, 2/3 of the sugar salt, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, orange and lemon peel and mix until fluffy. Slowly add the egg yolks and keep on stirring. Beat the egg whites until stiff with the rest of the sugar and fold into the mix.

Sieve flour and baking powder, mix with the walnuts and almonds. Grate the apples and carrots and blend everything well into the butter mix.

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. Spead the mix onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake 50 minutes.

Take out the cake, leave to cool.

For the icing, put the yoghurt into a bowl, add the rum and slowly add the caster sugar. Spread on top and store in a cool place to allow the icing to set a little. If it’s too runny for your taste, add an extra bit of caster sugar!

 

Happy Easter!

Enjoy!

 

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Mediterranean couscous

This is one of my post run favourites – warm, easy to make and absolutely delicious. Do those 5 minutes of prep work as soon as you’re back home and while this goodness is simmering hop into the shower, get back to life and food is almost ready. I mean, how great is that?! No runchies with that one, I promise.

 

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Ingredients

(serves 2)

1 cup couscous

1 cup fresh baby spinach

1 small onion

Β 1 garlic clove

1.5 cups cherry tomatoes

2 rosemary sprigs

1 bay leaf

salt, pepper

sage leaves fresh/dry

optional: feta to sprinkle on top, 1/4 cup white wine to add with the water

 

 

Chop up the onions, rosemary and sage, grate the garlic and heat olive oil in a pot. As soon as the oil is hot, add the tomatoes and sweat until the skin has almost popped and has some color to it – just be careful not to burn them and stir. A lot. As in: stir more than you’d think is necessary to keep the tomatoes moving. Add the herbs as soon as the tomatoes are almost done, sweat lightly and add 3 cups of water (and the wine, if you’re using some), also add the bay leaf.

Simmer on very low heat for about half an hour until the tomatoes are super soft and the water has completely infused with the herbs. When the water has reduced a little – if it really did reduce too much, add a bit more and wait until it’s simmering again, then add the couscous, spinach, salt, pepper, stir for some 3-4 minutes until the couscous is cooked. Voila, ready to serve!

 

If you follow a certain diet – pale0, vegan, no wine (sorry, but who in their right mind would do such a thing?!), the optional ingredients may not be for you – just keep an eye out, you’ve been warned.

 

Enjoy!

 

Sunshine morning

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Ingredients

1 banana

1 apple

5 kumquats

1 passion fruit

1 greek yoghurt

1/2 lime

cinnamon

 

Wash and chop up all the fruits, remove the seeds from the kumquats and cut the passion fruits in halves, then scrape out the seeds with a spoon.

Mash the banana, add cinnamon and yoghurt and mix well, add the lime juice and then top with the rest of the fruit.

Enjoy a bowl full of sunshine and deliciousness that will brighten even your most tired mornings.

 

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Do you want fries with that?

Uhhhhmmm… yeah. Duh. They’re fries and therefore delicious! We’re not talking soggy, terrible, over salted and tasteless fast food fries but fragrant, crisp and amazing homemade sweet potato fries that are whipped up in no time.

 

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Ingredients

1 big sweet potato

1 sprig rosemary

1 clove garlic

1 tbs olive oil (or coconut oil)

salt, pepper to taste

 

For the dip:

1/2 cup greek yoghurt

1/2 lime

 

Cut the potato in half lengthwise and slice it into bite sized wedges.

Fill a big bowl with water, add the potato pieces and a cup of ice. Leave the mix in there for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

 

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Dry the potatoes with a paper towel and add oil, chopped rosemary and garlic.Β Toss until all slices are covered well with oil, then place them on a cooling rack lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt an pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes until well browned and flip at halftime.

 

Mix the greek yoghurt with lime juice and serve immediately.

Enjoy!!

Chili

Comfort food at its best – a spicy, creamy and protein packed chill for that one day (well, okay, make that a week) in spring where winter suddenly thinks it’s not over yet.

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Ingredients

3 tbs quinoa

3 tbs black lentils

3 tbs red lentils

1 can kidney beans

1 small can corn

1 tsp raw cocoa powder

1 bell pepper

1 sweet potato

100g cherry tomatoes

2 carrots

salt, pepper, chili, paprika, herbs to taste

 

Heat a tablespoon olive oil and dice the carrots, bell pepper and sweet potatoes. Roast the tomatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes until they color and smell super aromatic. I love to add a bit of rosemary here, too.

Add 4 cups of water, wash the corn and beans and add to the chill. Stir in the quinoa and lentils as well as the cocoa powder.

Turn down the heat and simmer for a good 30 minutes. Check back to stir occasionally and – if needed – add more water.

Season and add a bit of carrot green pesto on top.

Enjoy – winter’s almost over!

 

 

A salad feast

Think that’s an oxymoron? Try this recipe and think again.

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Ingredients

For the salad:

1/4 mango

1/2 avocado

2 cups salad greens of choice

1 tsp chia seeds

1 hard boiled egg

10 cherry tomatoes

For the dressing:

1 tsp honey

1 tsp carrot green pesto

1/2 lime

 

 

Dice the mango and avocado. Peel the egg and slice, if you serve it warm, it tastes absolutely delicious!

Mix all ingredients for the dressing, add to the rest of the ingredients and serve with 2 slices of crisp bread.

 

Peanut butter cups

What would life be without those sweet little treats? If you ask me, you’ll hear something between boring and impossible!

So, here’s a clean recipe for peanut butter cups – for more guilt-free happiness.

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Ingredients

For the chocolate covering:

1 cup coconut oil

1 1/2 cups raw cocoa powder

3 tbs honey or maple syrup

optional: a pinch of salt

Filling:

Peanut butter

For the covering firstly melt the coconut oil, then slowly add the honey, salt and cocoa powder. I love using a bain-marie made of steel, but a glass bowl will do the trick. Mix until you have a smooth, liquid chocolate paste.

Put about 2 teaspoons of the chocolate mix into your forms, put it into the freezer immediately and keep your chocolate mix warm and smooth. When the chocolate has hardened (after about 10 min.) place a dollop of the nut butter in the middle of each form, cover with the chocolate mix and let everything harden up in the fridge.

They will keep in the fridge for 4+ weeks (if you haven’t eaten all of them by that time!).

Enjoy!