Luscious Carrot Cake

.. That’s right, I’m going to use the word luscious. Because I am so delighted to have finally created a moist, spongey, vegan, gluten-free cake!

Luscious, I tell you.

So without further ado.

First step. Simmer for 5-10 minutes:
3 C Carrots
½ C orange juice
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg/all spice
4 cloves, crushed
Pinch Celtic sea salt
1/2 cup-ish of water

Take off heat and mix through:
½ C rice malt syrup
1 tsp. bicarb soda
1 tbsp. arrowroot powder & 1 mashed banana
1/2 cup canola oil
(Optional: ½ C walnuts or pecans, toasted)

Fold through 2 C buckwheat flour

Bake for 40-45 minutes at 200 °C, or until bouncy and knife comes out clean.

Frosting. Blend together:
1 tub Kingsland/Tofutti soy cream cheese
1 tbsp. lemon juice
½-¾ C rice/maple syrup
Pinch Celtic sea salt

Refrigerate frosting to thicken, ice once cake is cooled.

Devour.

Here, the juice of two fresh oranges made half a cup, and for dried fruit I used dates. For the frosting plain tofu also works. This amount of lemon results in quite a tangy icing, adjust according. It is also lovely with coconut frosting, like that found here

I used banana as egg-replacer which made a lovely texture but changed the taste slightly. I have also made it with half a banana, a Tbsp of arrowroot powder, and a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds which adds a little texture and crunch.

Plenty of egg alternatives exist here: http://vegweb.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=d65d6b49c858f3c477e5c730419aff1f&topic=7678.0

clear conscience

too many people have food guilt. too many people hesitate before they have a bite, or swallow without fully savouring what they have in their mouths. too many people say ‘no’ when they would be much happier saying ‘yes’.

I have found that I have the most guilt when I am not living in alignment with who I really am. I worked answering the phone for Telstra for 6 months, to the day. In performance reviews with my manager, no matter how constructive or wonderful she was, I would feel guilty. And why? Because I was attempting to live in a circumstance that was not conducive to me. I was attempting to fit into a mould that was not ‘me’. I felt I ‘should’ be different, but I wasn’t. Because to work for a company that operates for profit and to be in an air-conditioned office 9-6  is not me.

This leads me to my favourite thing about being vegetarian, and about eating naturally sweetened whole foods. It wasn’t until I explored vegetables that joy took centre stage in my relationship with food. Thoughtlessly eating factory-farmed foods is not part of who I am. Neither is eating processed, nutrient-deficient inedible ‘foods’. Now I know what sits well with me, and it is not the bodily discharges of unhealthy, caged animals.
Living in alignment with that, I can eat this

gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened pumpkin pie to my heart’s content. Guilt free all the way. Doesn’t hurt my belly, and doesn’t hurt the cows. It will make me grin. It will satisfy me. I will share it without hesitation. And then, my body will tell me quite clearly when I have had enough, when I start lusting after crunchy greens or savoury tempeh.

When I listen, my body will steer me towards balance. And everything I eat can feel joyous. That’s my favourite part.

For my absolute favourite take on dietary balance, Check out Jessica Porter and Macrobiotics at  http://www.hipchicksmacrobiotics.com/

If I were Queen of the World….

Let’s begin.

Decree 1: Stop being pansies
You will use so called ‘recycled’ water, and you will like it. All water is recycled; it was wee and poo, and mushed up carrots, and dead animals, and pieces of tree, it fell from the clouds and flowed in a river;  now it comes from your tap. The clouds usually recycle it, now humans do instead. It has been this way forever and forever it will be!

Shower as long as you like, and grow a beautiful veggie garden. As Dorothea Mckeller wrote ‘I love a sunburnt country.. of droughts and flooding rains.’ There is no water shortage. There is only chronic water mismanagement. Water is not a precious resource or a scarce commodity, look around. We must suck it up and clean up after ourselves, and then we will find we already have plenty.

On Desalination: It is irresponsible to take clean water out of the ocean for our use, only to pump dirty sewage, storm water and industrial waste back in. Eventually this will end in even the water of the ocean being too polluted for us to use, not to mention the fish, whales and dolphins being poisoned.

(As a side note, the two biggest water users (above household, fruit and veg) are the meat and dairy industries. It takes 4000 litres of water to make one glass of milk. Which leads us to…)

Decree 2: Leave the milk for the baby cows
It is time for all people to stand on their own two feet. Every other animal in the animal kingdom stops suckling on their mother when they are weaned by adolescence. Why do you have your mouths on the udder of cows in paddocks?

While hitching in New Zealand, I was informed by a cattle truck driver, that for you to drink milk the mother cow has to have a baby every year. As these cows are bred for milk (not meat), the baby boys are killed within the first week and used to make blood and bone fertiliser. (A small percentage are eaten as a ‘delicacy’ or have their fourth stomach used to make parmesan cheese.) The mothers bellow continuously for their babies, when they are seperated soon after the baby is born. This might make you feel sad, but what will really turn you off is knowing that up to 50% of dairy cows suffer from lameness due to mastitis. (A major cause of this is the mechanical suckers which continue sucking at the delicate front teats after they are emptied.) Mastitis is the inflammation of the mammary gland in the udder, causing it swell and the cow to not be able to walk. The risk of mastitis increases 30% with each baby the cow has. The reason this will turn you off is that infection can cause blood, pus and antibiotic residue to get into the milk- only 40-45% of lame cows are detected.

In answer to your questions ‘But where will we get our calcium’- think again. Where did you get your calcium before someone decided it would benefit them to have you drinking cows milk intended for baby cows? 70% of the worlds population do not consume milk and those people have a low to nil incidence of osteoporosis. Excess animal protein makes the human body highly acidic- the body then leeches calcium from the bones to alkalize the blood. This is the reason the first thing to go when you ‘detox’ is dairy. Replace milk with coconut milk, and for calcium there’s sweet potatoes, leafy greens in stir fry, oranges, strawberries, cucumber, prunes, figs, almonds and tofu.

Decree 3: No Nuclear Power for you.
People have recently become aware of and concerned about climate change and ‘global warming. Continue reading