Thursday, 10 October 2013

TEA TIME


About five o'clock, a sleeping toddler, the daily paper and a new magazine the mailman brought, tea and a raw food pastry from the fridge. I have lots of work to catch up to but taking a mini break of calmness in between.

(Not that a calm moment blogged about really is 100% pure calm as one really does do the blogging too; photos and typing and such. But close enough.)




It's semi-crappy weather outside, quite raw and wet, but colorfur and pretty too. We went out for a while with Dag during the day and now it feels awesome to be on the warmer side of the window, looking out and sipping my tea. One of the absolute best autumn things to do.



I've had a flu for over a week and I always crave black currant tea when ill.  I pimped my cup of such up with spiced honey; cardamom  cinnamon and clover. 

I have had the fridge filled with the rawfood pastries that were left over our  restaurant day popup café. It's practical with raw sweets as they are easily frozen. Digging in on the last ones now!



I made the pastries inspired by a recipe from the book Raw Delight:
For the crust you'll need almonds and hazelnuts, a dash of some good salt (I have himalayan salt), a few drops of water and a soft date or two, then you grind it together quite roughly in you mixer.

Put a spoonful of the crust in pastry (or silicone) molds, press with your finger to form a little pot.

Make the filling out of mashed berries and dried, soaked dates. Seriously, date-mash and berries makes an awesome jam. Slurp! My filling is made of raspberries, but blackberries for example work well too. Spoon the jam in the molds over the crust and smooth it out a bit.

Finally, the chocolate icing is made of coconut oil, (raw) cocoa powder and some sweetener; honey or agave syrup. I put in a spoonful of cocnut sugar (dried nectar from coconut flowers) too. Warm the coconut oil up until it melts and mix in the rest. Pour it on the pastries and let cool. Done!

You can make these even if you don't own a mixer, a hand mixer for the dates and berries will do. You can use chopped hazel nuts and finely ground almonds, or chopped versions of both nuts and mash them a little finer in a cloth with a hammer.

10 comments:

Natasha said...

That sounds delicious. I need to make some sweet things to keep in the fridge for cravings.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I've had the flu too. For several weeks! Horrible. I drank lots of green tea and ate all of the oranges in the house as that was what I craved. We are now having the exact opposite weather to yours, here in Australia! Hot and dry. The grass has gone all tan and crispy and I'm having to water the pot plants and herb/lettuce garden twice a day. I've been enjoying your blog. I liked the picture of you and Dag looking at cows from a few weeks ago. He must enjoy his walks with you! We have the same crocs too. Ha ha! I'm wearing mine now. I hate being barefoot inside. Hope you're feeling much better too. Justine

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Dashfield Vintage said...

Delicious! I've said this before but seriously, you need to write a cookbook! Your healthy treats are very inspiring.

Diana Brito said...

I saw these and have become obsessed. Might you have a recipe with the approx. measurements. Thank you. Diana from San Francisco

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Diana Brito : I use the measurements a bit so-so but I'll look the ones form the original one up for you!

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Justine : yes, they are super comfy! And look alright :D

Diana Brito said...

Thank you. I have bought my dates and have almonds and hazel nuts, the coconut oil and I am ready to go. ;) Thank you so much.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Diana : Alright, the measurements are based on the original recipe modified a bit by me, then you can check the texture and sweetness yourself as you go along. Convert the measurements vie the web if they are not what you are used to :)
crust:
2dl almonds & hazelnuts (50/50 or to your preference)
(some ground vanilla if you like)
a hint of good salt (himalayan for examle)
1-2 dates (soft or dried and soaked)
about 1 spoon of water
Filling: 250grams raspberries and 6 dates
Topping : 2dl coconut oil. 1,5dl cocoa powder adn 0,5dl agave

Good luck :)

Diana Brito said...

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I will make them this weekend while I am sewing my daughters costume for Halloween. Diana