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Sweet Honey! Peanut Butter Cookies

Sweet Honey! Peanut Butter Cookies
sweet honey - you're the best!

My favorite peanut butter cookies: packed with whole grains, sweetened with honey, refined with vanilla, made with pure peanut butter - and butter-free :-)

Recipe: Sweet Honey! Peanut Butter Cookies

!Fantastico!


Kahlua Walnut Brownies: reeealy good!

A large bottle of Kahlua from the duty-free = inspiration!

Here's the resultant recipe: Kahlua Walnut Brownies

These are absolutely fantastic (and relatively healthy). Beautiful in texture and exquisitely flavored: rich, dark, moist, chocolaty, and not too sweet. Voted "best brownies of all time" by my partner!

happy birthday to me!


it's my birthday!

Just returned from fabulous Mexico - and it was just my birthday too :-) Here's the beautiful cake I made for the occasion: a superb Mexican Dark Chocolate Torte with Honey Vanilla Marshmallow Icing. The cake was a hit: striking and delicious.

Curious about the shirt? So was I when I bought it in the Mayan town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, not knowing anything about Maria Sabina other than she was obviously an important woman... actually she was a shaman!

Cream Puffs ~

minus the cream ;-)

Here's a great sounding recipe makeover for Cream Puffs. I'll try this recipe using all whole eggs rather than extra whites...

(Healthy) Dark Rum Walnut Brownies


Dark Rum Walnut Brownies: Bittersweet dark nutty fruity chocolaty bliss

Time for some awesome rich chocolaty Dark Rum Walnut Brownies!

Compared to traditional brownies (that generally have a lot of butter/oil, refined wheat flour, refined sugar...) these are healthy. You still need fat and sugar to make a really good brownie - and these definitely have fat and sugar. The difference is this: these have more healthy fats (like egg yolks and omega3-rich walnuts) and healthier sugars (from mineral and fiber-rich dried fruits like prunes). They are also packed with healthy dark chocolate.

Recipe: Dark Rum Walnut Brownies

Yum!

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Rosemary Oat Cakes with poppy-seeds
Rosemary Oat Cakes with poppy-seeds: a pretty little cocktail cracker

Here are some lovely little Rosemary Oat Cakes - this time made with poppy-seeds. Originally, I made these savory little cocktail crackers with sesame seeds. The poppy-seeds are smaller, which helps them adhere better to the dough - particularly when slicing through. The flavour and visual contrast the poppy-seeds provide is also pretty special :-)

Crispy Beer Flat Bread...

Here's a great-sounding recipe for Crispy Beer Flat Bread (from recipezaar) that I'll try soon. One thing I will change is the 2 c all-purpose flour for something a little healthier like fine whole spelt flour, or whole wheat flour... or maybe 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 corn flour (orgainc of course!) with chilli and Corona or any good Mexican cerveza... mmm...

Super pancakes (for one or more)

"Super" because they're packed with nutritious filling whole grains and
are awesome tasting. Have a couple of these and a fruit smoothie and
you're set for the day!

Recipe: Super Pancakes

Vanilla Walnut Shortbread Cookies...

I made somewhat traditional shortbread cookies over the holidays that went over very well. They were actually more like Mexican Wedding Cakes as they included a generous amount of ground nuts. The thing that made the cookies extra special was the large proportion of walnuts, the sweet cultured butter (butter made from fermented cream - popular in Europe), and the exquisite Mexican vanilla. The texture of these was beautiful as well: they literally melted-in-your-mouth.

Healthy?

Well, not exactly. These have a lot of butter, sugar, and refined wheat flour - though I'm sure they would taste great made with a fine whole spelt or wheat flour - or even possibly a gluten-free flour mix...

Cultured butter may be healthier than regular butter since it has lactic acid bacteria (from the fermentation), and almost no lactose. Cultured butter is also slightly higher in fat. I love the flavour of this type of "sweet" butter :-)

Walnuts are definitely healthy: very high in omega-3 fatty acids, high in Magnesium, and they help lower "bad" cholesterol.

Recipe: Walnut Shortbread Cookies