Category Archives: Vegan

Turnips, history and masterpiece recipe

I’ve generally considered turnips as okay. Nothing very special and certainly not a root vegetable that I’d pick over the staple potato. Today I had to use some up as they were the last of the organic veg left from last week and new was due! So turnips are the vegetable of the week. And after a little investigating I came up with a masterpiece recipe. Lush!

History of Turnips

The masterpiece will come later. So before that here’s some history of the humble turnip.

Graham Taylor turnip head

Graham Taylor turnip head

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Raw Cacao Liquor Chocolate recipe

I bought a bag of cacao liquor and was determined to save it for the next batch of raw cacao chocolate. The trouble is it makes the most delicious chocolate drink, so it’s tough to make the stuff last.

TIP – pack your cacao liquor away in a box so you’re not tempted to indulge before raw chocolate making time!

While I was hoping for big things from this cacao liquor chocolate I still stuck pretty much to my standard proportions. That is 150g cacao powder, 200g fat, 200g sweetener.

However, I made more than this amount, however, and did reduce the proportion of cacao powder by using cacao liquor. I did this to reduce the bitterness of the chocolate. I also included some coconut oil and vanilla to achieve the same effect.

raw cacao liquor
Cacao Liquor in it’s raw state

Cacao Liquor chocolate Ingredients

Everything is organic and raw!

  • 300g Cacao Liquor
  • 50g Cacao butter
  • 100g Coconut oil
  • 250g Lucuma
  • 50g Peruvian Carob
  • 1 and 1/2 vanilla pods
  • 2 tsp Baobab powder
  • 1 tsp camu camu powder
  • Dried blueberries, goji berries and cranberries (sweetened with apple juice)
  • 2 tsp Chia seeds

Like all raw chocolate it’s very easy to make, unless you do the tempering process. I don’t so it’s straightforward. So melt the cacao liquor and butter with the coconut oil in a glass bowl or jug in a pan of boiled water.

Be patient this can take some time. All good things come to those who wait…

Then mix in the other ingredients. Use as much of the dried fruit as seems right. Of course you can use different fruit, if you please.

The mix will be pretty runny still. This makes it a little messy when pouring into your moulds. I use ice cube trays. These make a nice chunky single raw chocolate thing.

Cacao Liquor chocolate in ice cube moulds
Cacao Liquor chocolate in ice cube moulds

I am lucky enough to have a bar mould. The lovely Trishul Smith gave me this some time ago. It really does make your raw chocolate look like the real thing.

Stick the moulds in the fridge for a couple of hours. This version of raw chocolate is quite fatty, This means it will melt easily so you need to chill it and keep it chilled.

Raw chocolate from cacao liquor
Raw chocolate from cacao liquor

So is the cacao liquor chocolate any good?

I’m biased but I’d say this raw cacao liquor chocolate is gorgeous! This recipe was my attempt to make a less bitter version of raw chocolate. It worked.

Using Lucuma and a little Peruvian Carob makes sure your raw chocolate is sweet enough without being overpoweringly sweet. It’s not white sugar sweet. It’s not corn syrup sweet. It’s sweet enough!

The whole process is very easy, so give it a go and let me know how you got on in the comments.

Spurious arguments against nuisance vegans

I’ve been vegan now for 19 years just about. The following image was attached to a tweet. It contains probably the dumbest argument against being vegan I’ve come across in all that time. For a start it doesn’t make sense.

Argument against nuisance vegans

Ok so it’s clearly a comedienne here, trying to be funny, but please try harder. I suppose she’s just trying to be outrageous (racist) to get a few laughs but it’s crap. It did get me thinking about some of the spurious arguments against vegans I’ve heard over the years. So here’s a selection, in no particular order. And I’ve provided some responses to these too. It may be useful to someone. Continue reading

Enpee Masticating Juicer

I’m a juicing fan. The only drawback is the cost of juicers, this Enpee Masticating Juicer might be the answer… Sure you can get a cheap centrifugal juicer but I’d always recommend going the extra mile and investing in a slow juicer. I personally, have a vertical juicer. But you can read about the vertical vs horizontal debate in this post.

Lauren's Enpee Masticating Juicer
Lauren’s Enpee Masticating Juicer

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A year in the Heath by Jetpack and me

Well 2013 was a hectic year and there were some great blog posts, even if I say so myself. The stats I use on this blog come from and the Jetpack people. They are great for a day to day quick check of how many visitors the site has had.

I do like the trends of visits over the weeks and months. The graphs show you the improvements, or otherwise, in traffic. Good stuff but not Google Analytics…

You can get a better version in your account, which has the advantage of having the stats for all your accounts in one spot. I do find this useful. Continue reading