Raw Carrot Cake with Coconut-Matcha Frosting

Ok so I know Easter is aaaaall about the chocolate, am I right?

We’re bombarded with pictures of perfectly decorated eggs that promise to be oh-so-simple to do at home and that always end up with me getting edible glitter in my eye, melted chocolate in my hair, and cacao up my nose. It’s a beautiful sight to behold.

It is, however, a sight for another post. This time we’re celebrating Easter with Mister Easter Bunny in mind!

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake

We’re making a delicious, spiced, moist, and super indulgent raw carrot cake!

I know, I know, raw carrot cake doesn’t sound like the hoopidy-doo-da does it? But I can promise you right here and now, that this one is worth it.

I too have had many a bland carrot cakes, both baked and raw, and left feeling empty inside. This one though. This is is bursting with flavour and texture, with just the right amount of sweetness to make it indulging without being sickly. Continue reading

Pretty ‘n Pink Pitaya Smoothie

This is hands down the prettiest smoothie I’ve ever made!

It’s just so bright and vibrant that it makes any grey old day seem that bit more special. It’s impossible to be gloomy when I’m holding a glass full of bright pink awesomeness!

Pitaya Smoothie

The reason it has such an incredible colour is the pitaya – also known as dragonfruit – so it’s 100% natural. If you’ve never tried pitaya, it’s similar to a kiwi, but not as acidic.

Pitaya is not an overly sweet fruit, which is funny because since it’s so vibrant you would kind of expect a sweet-fest going on! You can add a pitted date to your if you like it sweeter, but I’ve tried both and I’m fine with it as is! Continue reading

Chilli and Cherry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Brownies need to be fudge-y. That’s a fact.

My mother used to make the most delicious gooey brownies, that were perfectly soft in the centre and had that crisp and cracking top. While I was the cookie master, my mother was the brownie queen.

They were delicious. They were also filled with white sugar, and flour; things that I’m not very keen to use in my baking.

So, in light of craving some healthyfied home-made brownies, these chilli and cherry chocolate fudge brownies were born. I know these would make her proud!

Chilli and Cherry Chocolate Fudge Brownies

These are super fudge-y, rich, and perfectly dense. The centre is super gooey and moist, which, for me, is absolutely essential in a brownie. It is a brownie after all, and not just any chocolate cake!

That brings me to the chocolate part. This chocolate fudge brownie is super chocolatey, as we’re using cacao powder, which is absolutely awesome, and to make it even chocolatey-er (because who doesn’t love chocolate) and decadent we’re also adding some chocolate chunks to the dough.

Too.delicious! Continue reading

Parsnip, Ginger and Apple Muffins (Gluten Free)

These muffins.

Oh good god, these muffins. If the evil witch from Hansel and Gretel had made her house out of these muffins I would have devoured the whole thing before she even knew I was there.

I want my next pillow to be made out of these parsnip, ginger, and apple muffins just so I can munch on them in my sleep.

Anyways… I think you get that I love these muffins.

Parnsip Ginger Apple Muffins

They were the perfect balance of golden crispy on the outside while the inside stayed moist and fluffy.

The apple gives it that lovely sweetness, especially when combined with the sultanas, that bake beautifully and make each bite so super delicious. Then add the warming spices like ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg and you’ve got yourself a party!

They are sweet without being sickly, which means that you can totally get away with having one (or three) for breakfast. I love adding some honeycomb to mine, it’s just so luscious! Continue reading

Vegan Chilli Cheese Fries

Ok so I know the words vegan chilli cheese fries sound like a huge contradiction. I mean, how can such a thing even be possible right?

Well my lovelies, ’tis indeed possible. It is oh-so-possible and oh-so-delicious that even my darling boyfriend, who is not a fan of the regular chilli cheese fries, declared this one of his favourite dishes that I’ve made to date.

BOOM!

Big statement huh! Well this definitely does not disappoint, and it’s got such a huge wow-factor to it that makes it perfect for when you want to jazz things up a bit in the kitchen.

Vegan Chili Cheese Fries

Don’t worry though, you won’t have go spend hours slaving over the stove. This is actually surprisingly easy to make, and you can even made the chilli and the cheese sauce the night before and then just simply heat it up once your fries are done.

Simple, but impressive.

The baked fries are perfectly crispy and salty, and go beautifully with the creamy and thick chilli. The squash cheese sauce just ties it all together and makes this the kind of dish you just want to attack while no one is looking, so no one sees how you get chilli all over your face and squash sauce in your hair. I’m sure I’m not the only one… Continue reading

Sydney Eats: The Boathouse, Palm Beach

The Boathouse Palm Beach

Like any normal human, I have an ever-growing hit list of restaurants, cafes, and eateries that I want to try.

The Boathouse in Sydney had been top priority in my list, and when I finally did get to go I was far from disappointed. Actually, I loved this place, and can’t recommend it enough. Everything is amazing, from the setting to the beautifully presented (and delicious!).

I mean, how could you not love eating a fresh fruit salad right by blue waters, with the sun shining and surrounded by happy people? Everyone is happy when they’ve got some yummy food in front of them! Continue reading

Apple, Plum and Blackberry Crumble with Vanilla Cashew Cream

Crumble is a beautiful thing.

Breaking through the crunchy golden layer and reaching the bubbling stewed fruit below is the thing dreams are made of. It can turn a gloomy day into a bright one, and make even the simplest of days into a special occasion.

I didn’t grow up on crumble, as some of you already know (and those that didn’t will know now) I grew up in Brasil. You see, hot, scorch-y weather doesn’t exactly invite bubbling breakfasts. As soon as I moved to London though, and these beauties came into my life, it all made sense as to how people endure the cold and grey winters.

Staying indoors with a bowl of this apple, plum, and blackberry crumble makes me one happy lady! You get a velvety smoothness from the cream with a caramel-like crunch from the topping and a bubbling sweetness from the fruit, all in one bite. Pure magic!

Apple Plum Blackberry Crumble

The topping of the crumble is just so divine. You get an amazing nuttiness from the coconut sugar, which browns and caramelises so beautifully with the oats and almonds.

Oh and don’t even get me started on the fruits! I love the bubbling and oozing as they bake, while the whole house becomes intoxicated with the smell of vanilla and cinnamon, making even the coldest days feel a bit warmer.

It’s a dish that tastes down right naughty, even though it isn’t at all. Happy happy times! Continue reading

Rainbow Veggie Baked Frittata

I remember as a kid going into my grandmother’s chicken coup to pick fresh eggs in the morning. There was so much excitement, so much mystery. Would the chickens have laid eggs for us to pick? How many would there be? Which chickens laid them? I just know you’re getting excited even as you read this.

But then one sad day, as I walked away from the chicken coup in my pink and yellow girly pijamas, as happy a 7-year-old as can be, a rooster decided it would be fun to casually attack me from behind. Have you ever had a huge bird claw itself onto your clothes and frantically flap it’s huge wings? It’s the exact opposite of fun.

So, for a while, I went off anything related to chickens and eggs. Might have been post traumatic rooster-stress, or maybe I was just being a difficult child. Whatever the reasons though I got over it and can now look at eggs in all it’s glory!

Rainbow Veggie Baked Frittata

Anyways! Back to this frittata!

I’m definitely big on quick and easy lunches. Huge actually.

Unless I’m testing and making something for the blog, I like my meals to be in my plate and on it’s way into my mouth with little effort. Oh, and it’s gotta taste amazing. I never said I wasn’t picky!

This frittata ticks all the marks.

It’s super flavoursome, fuss-free to make, looks gorgeous, and can be eaten either hot or cold, which means I can grab a slice straight from the fridge and either squish it between two slices of break or plop it on top of my favourite kale salad.

Oh, and smashing some avocado over it is compulsory, of course. Continue reading

Flourless Chocolate Chunk Blondies (Vegan + GF)

Oh gaaawd these blondies!

I’m not sure exactly why these haven’t been a part of my life previously, but at least I have corrected my ways now. I am happy to report that my kitchen has a stock of deliciously fudge-y pieces of sweet bliss.

Happy times indeed!

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

These flourless blondies are soft and densely fudge-y, with an almost melt-in-your-mouth quality to them. The top is golden and cracking, while the middle remains moist and is speckled with bits of molten chocolate chunks. Simply, heaven!

I love having mine warm, with a hot cup of tea and possibly even more nut butter slathered on it, slightly melting from the warmth of the blondie.

I feel giddy just writing about it! Continue reading

Face + Body Honey and Oatmeal Scrub

My skin had been in desperate need of some tender loving care lately.

It just hadn’t been feeling as “happy” as it usually dose, and that could’ve been from the soy latte I’d had (yep, apparently soy milk can make your skin protest. That was definitely news to me!) to whatever other million reasons really. So I decided it was time my honey and oatmeal scrub came to the rescue.

Honey and Oatmeal Face Body Scrub

This scrub is the perfect mix between soothing and exfoliating, as you get the ground oats and Epsom salts that gently scrub away your dead skin cells and at the same time you get the coconut oil and honey, which deeply moisturise your skin leaving it feeling super silky and glowing.

Raw honey is actually amazing for the skin, as it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It helps to soothe your skin and is high in antioxidants, so it’s awesome for a glowing complexion! Continue reading