Raw ice cream

I was inspired today by a friend who posted a picture of some delicious raw ice cream and, what with the sun being out, I decided to play.

1 cup of soaked cashews (soak for 1 hour and drain)
1 cup of de-shelled hemp seeds (a great source of omegas 3 and 6, essential to brain development)
8 pitted dates
2 cups of water
2 tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup of cacao powder, or organic cocoa powder if you can’t get hold of the raw stuff
1/3 cup of lucuma (optional, makes it taste caramelly)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs hemp protein (optional)

Blend and then freeze for an hour. We have just sat and eaten it and it was delicious.

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Coughs and colds- medicinal tea

So last night i developed a rather nasty cough. My little one got it first and then I picked it up. So today I am speaking with rather a raspy voice..
So i have made a healing drink which is working wonders and have a delicious soup cooking as we speak which should knock anything out

Cough tea-
1 sprig of fresh Rosemary
2 stalks of thyme
A knob of Ginger finely chopped
1/2 a chilli
2 sage leaves
1/2 lemon squeezed

Topped of with honey- what this tea is doing is loosening the mucus and clearing my air ways, the sage is working on soothing my throat and they are all killing the bacteria or virus creating this…and it tastes lovely

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7 months old – the food journey continues

So Eliah is 7 months old today and still loving breast the best but he is getting into his food. At this time breast milk definatly feels like it should still be his main food source but with foods coming in to support that and to help his slow and steady exploration.
I am in no rush and some says he does want to eat a meal and that’s fine. He tried papaya the other day and really enjoyed that.however I am aware of the food miles and trying to keep things mainly local where possible. We are growing loads of things here so I am excited when they are ready.
Food wise we are about to expand the repertoire now and introduce a few new things. I want to bring in lettuce and courgettes in the next couple of weeks. One thing I am finding is that most of the books out there are based old ways of doing things and not on the growing superfood diets. You may say well surely that’s because the old ways are the best. Well with our nutrient deficient soil we are all in need of a higher nutritional diet. So when it comes to things like hemp seeds and reishi mushrooms I wonder when the time is to introduce them.
We are going to try deshelled organic hemp seeds today. These are such a superfood packed with omega 3 and 6 and so much more so I figure if he is old enough to eat meat, and no he isn’t going to then surely he is old enough for hemp seeds blended up
Well we did
1/2 tbs de shelled hemp seeds
1/2 organic pear skinned
4 tbs filtered water

Blended and he loved it.. So did I.. It tastes great. And I have to say tonight is the longest he has slept at bedtime so far.. Fingers crossed..

Feeding a baby is a really big journey of discovery about our views on food and how we want to live. I know this time round it’s really got me thinking about the local aspect as so many of the great baby foods like avocado cant grow here.. We have been really busy planting fruits and veg as by far the best nutrients in food come when they are freshly picked and haven’t travelled for days before reaching us..
Anyway more recipes to come


Nutritional boost smoothie

Been feeling rather tired and in need of a boost so followed my intuition and made a new smoothie recipe and boy is it good. Serves 2 or if your breastfeeding just one
This will give your brain, immune system and heart a boost

2 cups of filtered water
1 small banana
1/2 cup de shelled organic hemp seeds
1/4 cup of goji berries (pre soak for 2 mins)
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 tbs coconut oil
5 pitted dates
1tsp spirulina
Then blend in a high speed blender till creamy and delicious

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My birth story

This was the birth of my second child.my first was very easy and very quick so we planned a home birth. Then 2 weeks before the due date at 1.50am my waters broke. My husband build a fire and got everything set up, the midwife came round and we all began the process of labour. It was all progressing well and we felt it was moving into transition when my older boy appeared and decided he wanted to watch. This made me hold back a bit and then a new midwife arrived as everyone thought the birth was immanent. It was at this point everything came to a grinding halt. I was so upset i had been through 6 hours of labour and really thought i would be meeting my new arrival soon. The midwives left telling us that if active labour had not established by 1.50am we would be in hospital being induced. We proceeded to look up everything we could to get labour going again. I was exhausted and upset so at 8pm we decided for an early night. We had asked friends to send healing to help the process along so we felt supported. I woke up at 2.10am with contractions coming regularly. I couldn’t believe it, we were only 20 mins outside of the time. So I called the hospital to beg but to no avail. So I packed the bag and woke my husband up. He was so upset as he doesn’t like hospitals. We arrived at 4am on the midwife lead unit of the Rosie hospital and were shown into a room. For about half an hour my husband looked grumpy as he tried to adjust from put beautiful living room so lovingly set up to a sterile room. He came around though. We were told we had till 8am to get things moving faster or we would be induced. This was the furthest thing from what we wanted as our plan was to be completely natural. At 8am the midwives changed over and in came our saviour. A beautiful midwife calls Villa walked in and said I am going to deliver your baby. You have to work with me but i will do everything i can to give you the birth you wanted or as close as possible. We all smiled at each other and it felt like god had given us an angel to guide us through this journey. Villa managed to fend off the journey up to the delivery unit and induction until midday. At this point i was having full blown contractions every minute that were so painful but we were using sound and breath to get through it. When you make the sound UH it helps to connect you into the earth and allows you to release the pain with the sound and breath. My husband giles was so good at helping me do this and encouraging me. At midday Villa had to examined me and we were all sure it was imminent and to my horror I was still only 3 cms dilated. I felt gutted. I couldn’t understand what was happening and why my body wasn’t shifting even with all the pain and contractions. At this point Villa turned to us and said i am sorry but we have to go up to the delivery unit but i am going to be mean and march you up the stairs. On the flight of stairs up I had 4 contractions but we got to the room and they began strapping things on me. I was getting scared. Villa turned to my husband and told him to put the music back on. Then she said to me pull yourself together, start your breathing again, you can do this. You need to calm down or this isn’t going to go the way you want it. I listened. Then the doctor began talking about induction and the pain and what pain relief I wanted. My husband was explaining that i had just got some gas and air and we would leave it at that. She began saying how much more painful it would get and advising me to have more but my husband held fast and said not yet. Then I felt the urge to push. I was scared as I knew I was only 3 cm dilated but it was such a strong urge. So the midwives said to go with it and sure enough three pushes later and a head was there and then a beautiful boy was being placed on me to feed. We had done it and Villa had delivered it as she said she would and with only a few puffs of gas and air. We were so grateful to her for all her help and the other beautiful midwifes there who helped us. It wasn’t how we had planned but as I write this my beautiful 6 month old baby is asleep on my chest and nothing could be more perfect.


Juliette’s kitchen- raw delight

There must be something about Fridays that leads to new creations. We are off to a friends for dinner tonight and whilst Eliah sleeps I have made a new creation.
There are three steps to this but it is really quick.

Base;
1 cup cashews
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1 cup goji berries
1/2 cup coconut nectar (or unrefined sugar)

Blend all ingredients up until you have a fine powder, then add 2 tbs of a fruit juice of your liking (I used some grapes for this).
Pat down into a dish to make a base and place in the fridge to set for 10 mins.

Middle layer;
1 avocado
1 banana
1tsp vanilla essence
3 fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup raisins
2 tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut milk/cream

Blend this up and scoop on top of the base layer.

Topping;
(I use raw chocolate for this but you could melt down some organic dark choc if you wanted)

To make the raw chocolate topping
1/2 cup cacao butter
1/2 cup cacao paste or powder
Sweeten to taste I used 3 tbs sweet freedom syrup

Melt this down over a low heat in a bowl over the water. You don’t want the water to touch the bowl. Once melted, pour on top of the cake and leave to set in the fridge for 20 mins.

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Community

In our society we are faced with a growing problem. We have been cut off from each other, cut off from our sense of community, from our support networks. In times gone by children were raised not by individuals but by the community and everyone was there to support each other. Today we all exist in our own private bubbles, too scared of what people might think to be open and honest half the time. No wonder so many people are on medication. Today some friends came round and we were able to share a meal together and talk about things going on. As parents we were able to discuss research we had found to help inform one another. I say we brin back the community and we learn to grow from each other as everyone has special gifts to offer. We just need to give people the space to trust themselves and know they are supported. It is only then that society will once again thrive


Juliette’s Kitchen- Banana, Papaya and Cashew Slices

This was a bit of an experiment that worked out well, or at least everyone said they did!

3 bananas
1/2 papaya (optional)
1/2 cup of oats
1/2 cup cashews
1 tsp vanilla essence

Blend together and place in a baking tray which has been greased in a pre-heated oven at 190 for 25 mins.
Cut and leave to cool then take out and serve, this makes 8 slices.

Nutritionally, papayas are very good for digestion and filled with vitamins (they are great in smoothies).
Bananas are full of potassium, good for our hearts and giving us energy.
Oats are great as a slow release energy and to aid in calming and digestion.
Cashew are a great source of protein and health fat.
Additionally, there is no sugar in this recipe yet they are yummy.


Juliette’s Kitchen Recipes- Nettle and Watercress Soup

Today i decided to do a what’s being eaten in Juliette’s Kitchen post to help give people interesting ideas on meals to cook as i know it can be a chore coming up with new ideas.

So today i made a nettle and watercress soup. This is filled with iron and iodine, vitamin a, c and e.

to make this soup its really simple..

Nettle and Watercress Soup

start by sauteing one leek 

1 chillie

1 tsp fresh grated horseradish (great time to thin your crop in the garden)

1 tbs coconut oil or olive oil

when the leeks are soft then add in the nettles 1 cup

and 2 small potatoes diced

1 carrot diced

all with 1/2 pint vegetable stock

let this cook for approx 30 mins simmering – you may need to top up the water if its running out. You want the veggies to be covered

Next you add a cup full of watercress for the last 2 minutes.

Then take off the stove and blend and season to taste

A delicious and nutritious soup


My food journey

Having a baby always highlights nutrition for me. I remember when my oldest boy was born I had such a desire/need to understand food and what we actually needed to be healthy. I looked around and saw so much junk being consumed and the sickness because of it and wanted a better start for my son. I began to train as a nutritionist at this point mainly so I could raise him (Samuel) with the best start. It was at this point I really began to turn my diet round.
Now second time round and nearly 7 years on I know alot more than I did before.. But again I feel it’s time for me to refresh my knowledge and more than anything re examine choices and beliefs around food.
I firmly believe that food is our medicine, but that it should be a really enjoyable medicine.
Quite often I get strange looks when I talk about foods that we eat but I feel alot of that boils down to lack of knowledge. We live in a world where we have moved away from the old ways, we have substituted the magic of the land for the chemicals of the labs.