Juliette’s Kitchen- Raw Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse Cake

My father in law is coming over for dinner tonight and I have been busy playing in the kitchen. I had wanted to film this but I’m all alone so have nobody to hold the camera.
Anyway just created this and its yummy!

Base;
1 handful of walnuts
1 handful of sunflower seeds
1 handful of cashews
10 dates
1 handful of dried cranberries (or raisins)

Blend each ingredient, adding slowly till crumb like. Then put to one side.

Raspberry Mousse;
1/2 avocado
1 banana
1/2 tub of raspberries
2 tbs coconut cream
1 tbs coconut nectar (or your choice of sweetener)

Blend together and set to one side.

Chocolate Mousse;
1 banana
5 dates
2 tbs coconut nectar
1 tbs coconut cream or milk
1 cup cacao powder

Blend together.

Now, in a glass cup put a layer of the base, then of chocolate mousse then raspberry on top and place in fridge for 20 mins to set. Then devour this delight!


Juliette’s Kitchen- baby Food

My baby is now just over 6 months old and i have until 2 weeks ago been breastfeeding exclusively. I have read many different books on the subject of feeding your baby but feel that ultimately its your intuition that has to guide you on this journey. Every child is so different and their needs differ. SO there can be no one prescribed method, only guides to work within. My first child i did things in a very different manner to my second.

This time around i waited alot longer before introducing food and i have been alot slower about the process.

I think with my first i was so excited about introducing new foods to him i spread the process along. However this time i am giving my boy more time to get used to each new food. I dont want his digestive system to be rushed. I feel that breast milk should still be the primary food and that i will go at his pace with new foods.

I began his food journey with avocado as this can be eaten raw and is very easily digested and one of the healthiest foods for us all. Then quite by chance he chose his next food of bananna 3 days later when i was holding one for my older boy and my little one lent forward and munched down on it.

I then began following books and introduced raw apple with breast milk but this proved too much for him. He liked it but it was just a step too far. so i stopped and went back to avocado.

After a week and a half i got some organic brown rice and blended it for 2 mins until it was a powder and i then mixed this with breastmilk and water and gave him that. The first time he ate it he wasnt a big fan of it but now he is eating that with banana at dinner time.. well 4:30 ish..

so now he is on two meals a day 11am and 4:30pm.

I would like to keep his diet as raw as possible but am not stead fast on this and as with everything will slowly go with my intuition on the matter, guided by him.

Its an exciting journey embarking on food and one that should be savored. I will keep you posted of the updates as they occur.

One thing i am being careful of is to make sure i get enough nutrients as i will pass them onto him so the better i eat the more he gets. Its important at 6 months to up the iron intake of a baby as its at this point that there natural supply dwindles so by me eating lots of dark greens and brown rice i will be giving him enough so i dont need to worry..

I have also read that it is safe to give babies spirulina in small quantities to help with nutrient levels.. will keep you posted on how that goes as and when….

A few weeks on..
We have increased on the food front but very slowly. We have been making our own baby rice equivalent using quinoa and brown rice flakes. These work very well. The quinoa is a complete protein and easily digested and the brown rice provides iron. We have been using coconut water to mix and 1/4 tsp spirulina as this is high in protein and minerals. Today I added half a pear to it.. I add all the things then blend it with a hand blender.

The other recipes we have tried are
Avocado and banana mush
Apple and quinoa flakes
Avocado and spirulina
And melon mushed

We are aiming to eat mainly raw foods but not entirely


Raw Chocolate Mint Cake

I’m maybe giving into my pregnancy need for sweetness, and also wanting distraction from my final assignment from Uni, but just made another creation – which is even better!
I have loads of mint in the garden so thought that I would try something with that.

Base;
1 cup of almonds
1 tbs coconut cream
1 tsp vanilla seeds
1 tbs raw cacao paste
1 tbs coconut nectar
1 cup of dates

Blend together and then place as base in a pie tin and put in the fridge to set.

Filling;
2 cups of cashews
2 tbs coconut cream
1 cup water
2 tbs raw cacao paste
1 cup fresh mint
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs raw cacao butter
2 tbs coconut nectar
2 tsp vanilla seeds
(I also put in 1 tbs of my strengthening mix to add some nutritional superfoods to it)

Blend and place on top of the base, set in fridge – then devour!


The Flow

Yesterday I trapped a nerve in the base of my spine and also my shoulder from having my 3 month old sleep on me every night, which is a joy. I was in pain and upset. During the night I was awake most of the time in pain so had time to think and meditate an reflect. I started asking why this had happened and what my lesson was. The answer I was getting was about being grounded but deeper than just me grounded into the earth so that all the nurturing I am giving out can be replenished by the earth.
Today I had feelings coming up which have been bothering me recently to do with my worth, on a business front. Working with my husband is great but being on maternity leave means I get to do the things to help him but don’t get any of the glory. That sounds silly but raising children is a rather thankless task. A wonderful one though.
This brought me onto thinking about my spiritual path and developing myself more spiritually. I find with my spiritual journey I have some amazing break throughs and then back to the mundane and as I sat thinking today i wished i could go on another course to deepen my knowledge. This is when it hit me, not on a mental level but in my gut I felt it. I don’t need to go out and do courses. All the knowledge is here within. True spiritual growth comes when we can look at the mundane and see the beauty and the growth in that for it is no different to sitting meditating in front of a beautiful flower.
Then after I told my husband about this feeling I had had I looked at my emails and there was one about a global meditation for releasing fear and connecting to the divine feminine for 40 days. It felt like a gift had been given to me. When we accept where we are only then can we see the divine gifts that are presented every day in all forms

 

As human beings we all want to feel important. we want to feel like there is a purpose to our existence. that we were put here to do something… well i do anyway.. so where do we get that from if we have chosen the role of being at home with the children.

i think a big part of finding that fulfillment is through meditation. by finding that still point, that centre of connnection within ourselves we do not look externally so much for that which is within.

within us all is a deep connection to the divine, to the source of all life, who can and does recognize us for all of our worth and sees our divine potential. It is in that space of connection that we can then see clearly. we can see through all the illusion of the ego. The desperate need to feel worthy when we already are.

It is through union with ourselves that we can ultimately feel fulfilled. But it is an ongoing thing.. meditation needs to become moment to moment. finding the joy and connection in every second of our existence. then everything we do is for a higher purpose. we are then guided consciously through our lives.


Balance

we spend our lives always striving for the next goal, “when i get this.. then i will be happy” but with each step we take we do not achieve the desired happiness.

we spend our lives looking around us for the next fix.. when really the only place to find it is within.

as women, especially as mothers we spend so much time looking after others, fullfilling the needs of our children and along with it a feeling that we are some how less important as we are not remunerated for it.Recognition is the thing that also seems to come up. women are very often behind the scenes supporting the children and partner but not very often getting the recognition for all the work they do to allow the others to fulfill there potential.

As human beings we all want to feel important. we want to feel like there is a purpose to our existence. that we were put here to do something… well i do anyway.. so where do we get that from if we have chosen the role of being at home with the children.

i think a big part of finding that fulfillment is through meditation. by finding that still point, that centre of connnection within ourselves we do not look externally so much for that which is within.

within us all is a deep connection to the divine, to the source of all life, who can and does recognize us for all of our worth and sees our divine potential. It is in that space of connection that we can then see clearly. we can see through all the illusion of the ego. The desperate need to feel worthy when we already are.

It is through union with ourselves that we can ultimately feel fulfilled. But it is an ongoing thing.. meditation needs to become moment to moment. finding the joy and connection in every second of our existence. then everything we do is for a higher purpose. we are then guided consciously through our lives.


Journey Through Motherhood- Constant Contact, well nearly

All parenting is trial and error. We all do what we can and what we think is best and this can vary from person to person and also from child to child. What worked for one doesn’t mean it will work for another.
I have always felt it important to have as much contact with my child when they are young as possible, from co sleeping to carrying in a sling. I have not been dogmatic about it as I am aware of the negative impact that being myopic can lead to but i have done my best. The thought is the more contact the better as this will help the child to feel safe a s secure and thus allow it greater confidence to face the world having had a mother/fathers love all the time. There has been research to show that when babies are left to cry it teaches them that there voice isn’t important, so they learn not to voice there needs but to internalize them. Whether this is true or not it makes senses on some levels to me.
But recently I have noticed a shift, in both myself and my baby. He is now over 6 months and I feel old enough to begin to learn to sleep alone.. When I say alone I mean in a be next to ours, he currently sleeps on either myself or my husband at night.
So tonight I have begun a gentle transition off of me into his bed. I am not leaving him to cry but soothing him and waiting till he is asleep then leaving the room. As soon as he wakes i come back and sooth him afain and so it goes on.. It’s an amazing process if not rather tiring. But slowly and gently we will get there..
At the end of the day they are little for such a short space of time and I am willing to do all I can to make his start as soft and loving as i can