Nut, egg and dairy free Chocolate Cheesecake

For those who follow the 80/20 rule, this is an excellent choice of food to indulge on.

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Happy birthday to my fiancé! You’re wonderful and I love you! His extended family do not have allergies nor does he but our kids do, so I had the challenge of coming up with a cake everyone would love.

The entire extended and immediate family all agree that it is tastier than the “crazy cake/depression cake” as an allergy friendly cake for birthday celebrations. It is pretty damn tasty. You be the judge.
Try out this too easy recipe with no unusual ingredients and reignite your love for cheesecake.

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This is free from dairy,  egg, nut, gluten and wheat and can be made vegan.
Disclaimer: There is sugar and soy from the dark chocolate.

Ingredients:
Base:
2 cups Shredded coconut
2 cups Dates
3 x dessert spoons Cocoa
Filling:
2 x 270ml ayam coconut cream, frozen for one hour
1 x block of whitikers 50% dark chocolate
3 x teaspoons gelatin (use agar agar to make vegan)
Icing:
3-4 dessert spoons of Olivani Margarine
1 x block whitikers 65% dark chocolate or darker if preferred (minus two rows with my fiancé ate).

Note: If you can handle nuts,  go for gold adding them into the base! Almonds and macadamia would be my choice I think however my son with anaphylaxis cannot enjoy this, or definitely add in oreos if you want to although this does add wheat and gluten in but they are dairy and egg free.

Method

Base
1. Pre heat oven to 180C/350F
2. In a food processor,  mix dates and shredded coconut. A 1:1 ratio.
3. Grease a cake tin with margarine
4. Press the base into the cake tin, making sure it’s thick enough not to have any cracks.
5. Fridge it for 15 mins
6. Bake it for 15 mins
7. Fridge it for 15 or more mins to create a lovely, hard base.
(P.s. yes, this is just a basic bliss ball mix and does make for yummy, healthy cookies!)

Filling:
Cool, so now you’ve got  a base you can do the filling.
1. Break chocolate up into bits
2. Simmer in a pot over a low heat
3. Add coconut cream and gelatin
4. Pour into base and smooth
5. Fridge it for a few hours or overnight
Tip: This will set pretty quick smart, don’t delay too much

Topping
1. Break up chocolate
2. Simmer in a saucepan over a low heat with margarine
3. Pour on top of the filling and smooth
4. Fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.

There we have it!

Pop in a candle and sing happy birthday. It’s cheesecake time!

Food is one of life’s pleasures. Enjoy xxx

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Shredding for the wedding – March Update

SHIT!! ONE YEAR TO GO!!

I have one year.

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One year.

I’m not naturally small. I never have been. This picture was taken 8 months post partum after my first baby, so it’s not unrealistic to look like that again 12months post partum after a second child. It was the first and only time I was ever OK with how I looked and felt. I wasn’t amazing or perfect by any means. But I felt strong, fit, healthy. I worked bloody hard, bootcamp 3x a week and I didn’t have one single cheat meal for months. Although… red wine, white wine, sparkling wine… beer… I had cheat drinks!

So today I told my fiancé no to a burger. He understood but asked me why I didn’t want chips either,  I said “Our wedding is a year away now”. He laughed at me.

I’m somewhere between 2-4kg down. Daisy is nearly 5 months old. It’s slow progress.

Here’s what I’ve been doing:

No refined sugar, minimal wheat, reducing fruit (eventually will cut fruit to one serve a day). Just eat real food.

30 day plank challenge:

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Walking 40 min with the kids in a pram/ergo daily.

A few random reps around the house!

Today’s kid free solo work out –

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Run 500m to the football field
Hill sprints

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Stairs x5
Man press up x10
Sit ups x 10
Squats x 10
Lunge walk
Plank 30 seconds

Repeat 3 rounds

Walk 500m back home

I take full responsibility for my body.
I have no excuses.
I’m doing this..

When I was struggling with the lunge walk today I just thought of walking down that aisle feeling confident…

Work it! Smash it!! Bring it home!!!

Baby Daisy – A Healing Birth

My second baby, Daisy, was born 21 months after my first. Honesty I didn’t think birth could go so well!
It’s quite funny having Mothers intuition,  because it tells you some things and not other things. I felt a deep connection to this baby, but I couldn’t feel the name. I maintain that babies pick their own names.
Johnny was loud and clear, like Johnny himself. Daisy… all I could feel was a daydreamer, a deep soul, a bright light, a ray of sunshine. My partner and I thought her name was Eleanor because it means ray of light and we liked the option of shortening it to Ella. I felt like, with all the painful false labour niggles,  “Ella” was going to come very early but the niggles never took flight. I said to my partner “Maybe it’s not Eleanor” so we discussed other names and Daisy seemed to be the only other contender. Then several things happened, I had a flower land on my belly during a photo shoot, while out shopping with Dad he was talking about “Ella” and on the radio came the song “That’s not my name” and lastly, being spring time there were Daisy’s everywhere I looked. So two days before she was born, I was pretty set on Daisy. This must have been the mental push I neesed because I thought I was in labour the very next night buuut then my MIL came over. Her visit actually totally stopped any labour sings in their tracks! On Monday, at 39 weeks pregnant, I had a typical day with Johnny then woke up from nap time feeling contractions. I text my midwife and my partner to say that they were about 5minutes apart. Half an hour later I called my fiancé and told him to stop working and get home now. Don’t pass go and don’t collect $200. Shut the gate and get home.
While in labour I did loads of cooking and baking and invented banana nice cream with bliss ball sprinkle. It tasted amazing.
My Mum and brother picked up Johnny. Mum was very slow in her actions, sitting on the couch, looking at me critically asking “Lesh, are you sure you’re in labour? Does it hurt?”, to which I answered,  “yeah mum, I’m having a contraction right now”. She didn’t believe me but took Johnny for the night anyway.

My fiancé arrived as they were leaving, 3.30pm. The midwife asked that we come in ASAP to avoid Auckland traffic. Shoot,  I hope I don’t have this baby on the motorway, I thought I had better take some old towels just in case!
Into the hospital,  I was SO EXCITED, I couldn’t wait to meet Daisy-Ella-whoever she was. 7cm dialated, cool beans. Waters broke, hopped in the birthing pool, chatting and laughing all the way up to 10cm dialated then my serious face came on came suddenly when it was time to push. Pain, intense, wow, the midwife barely got her gloves on, my fiancé stood behind my shoulders and rubbed them/hugged me from behind, and the head came out. The midwife told me I had to calm down and breathe the baby out, so I got back into the zone and pushed her out in seven minutes. At 5.20pm she floated up to me and my fiancé. We kissed and marveled at our baby.
It’s such an unforgettable moment when you see your grey little human come up through the water into your arms. She didn’t cry, she looked straight at me, “Her eyes are blue!” I said, “You did so well, you did so well” I kept telling my baby. Everyone laughed. But a baby is a birth partner, they give the signal that it’s birthing time and they use their body to help themselves out of the birth canal.
It was surreal, I couldn’t believe I’d just had a baby and that it went so well! And that was it!!
“I can stand up!”
“I can just go and shower? What?”
“Wow omg, so I can casual as get dressed and go to birthcare now?”
It was a beautiful,  amazing birth which had such a healing effect on my first, complicated birth.
(Link to my first birth here: https://dearlovehealth.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/my-birth-story-a-natural-birth-with-post-partum-haematoma/ )
The simplicity of her birth cemented in my mind that her name is Daisy. Such an aware baby, following her Dad’s voice around the room. She had him under a spell in an instant.
I spent the first three days with her, something I ached for with Johnny.
Several nurses at birthcare commented on my room being the quietest in the whole building. We had a partnership, we were in sync. She made such a gentle entrance into this world and it showed.

Dairy Free Seafood Chowder

You know those foods you love that make you pause for a moment of appreciation for how good it tastes?  Seafood chowder is a firm favourite food of mine. Since going dairy free, I haven’t been able lovingly sit down at the table with a bowl of chowder and exclaim over and over how delicious it is.

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Now today has been a busy Thursday. Up early with the kids, buying them clothes for change of season, playgroup for a few hours, nap time, cloth nappies to deal with, breastfeeding, housework then off to the fruit shop, butchers and supermarket. I am exhausted but so happy that I made the time to cook dinner (two hours late). When I sat down to eat it, it was well worth the effort.

DAIRY FREE SEAFOOD CHOWDER

Ingredients:
Hoki (Fish)
10 mussels – boiled until shell opens
Himalayan salt and cracked pepper
Dairy Free Butter or margarine
One medium brown onion – cubed
One medium red sweet potato – cubed
Two carrots – cubed
Thyme (fresh is best) a spoonful,  finely chopped
Two dessert spoons rice flour (or regular flour works here)
One corn on the cob – cooked
One 400ml tin full fat coconut cream
100ml rice milk
One cup water
Parsley to garnish

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In a large pot or saucepan, melt butter over a medium heat
Add cubed vegetables,  stir for five minutes so they soften a little
Add flour, salt and pepper stir continously
Add coconut cream, rice milk and water to deglaze the pot,  bring to a simmer

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Cut corn off the cob, add in
In a frypan, fry hoki and mussels in a little butter, salt and pepper
Add seafood to the chowder
Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes
Garnish with parsley
Enjoy

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