Hemp Protein Brownies

It’s been miserably wet and cold. I was going to go shopping but I wasn’t prepared to brave the pouring rain so I reluctantly resigned to baking. For a change, I was going to bake something new, something obscenely healthy, something to justify being stuck at home, something with a good chance of fucking up and tasting like grit. What else was I going to do yeah?

And I did. I made a batch of insanely healthy brownies. Gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, grain-free, vegan and all that jazz.  You wouldn’t be able to guess what else went into them either! Avocado, banana, hemp seeds, and spinach *gasps*

My first thought when I pulled the baking tray out of the oven was, “Uhh, what’s this? A slab of dung cake?” My eyes obviously didn’t take too kindly to them. What about my other senses?

I gave them a light touch, “Hmm, surprisingly soft and spongey”.

Why not give it a sniff? *brings my nose to the baking tray and takes a big sniff* Smells chocolatey enough.

Maybe its not as bad as it looks *takes a nibble*

*And another. And another.*

My god this stuff is surprisingly good.

*Smears cake with some green stuff*

Oh my, this is actually really good. There, I said it.

*Proceeds to gobbling. Om nom nom nom.*

 

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Acai Smoothie

For about an entire year, I’d start my day with a smoothie. It was a great way to consume more raw greens and creating less kitchen waste. But it was really so I could justify spending $850 on a blender. I’d chuck in scraps that would usually end up in the worm bin like celery and broccoli leaves, kale stalks, and fruit that are about to go like fluffy apples, brown bananas and mushy pears. *shudders*

After a year, I kind of got tired of it and would far rather fried eggs and honey smoked bacon over a green glass of something which the Boyfriend would always say tasted like grass. A year later, it seems like I’m back on track again.

This Acai Smoothie is a great start for anyone wanting to experiment on green smoothies as it is certainly not grassy but very much pleasantly sweet and fruity. One that makes you go mmmm! I suggest starting with something mild like baby spinach before progressing on to kale, celery and chards with herbs like coriander, brahmi, mint or parsley added on top. The one I never got past was cos lettuce but some reckon it’s as mild as spinach #whataloadofbollocks. Also, it’s a good idea to gradually build up the greens or you may end up with a terrible bloat.

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Wonton Soup

When it’s cold and dark outside and my hands and feet turn into deadly ice blocks, I look forward to nothing more than a comforting bowl of wonton soup. It’s like a grandmother’s hug. Warm, soothing and always pleasant. With every sip of hearty broth and every mouthful of meaty parcel, a hungry stomach will bounce in sheer delight.

I just love it when the entire house is permeated with the uplifting aroma of ginger, garlic and chicken stock. One that’s been on a slow simmer all afternoon. A sure sign dinner will be a tasty one. And damn right it’s tasty.

Wontons can be easily dressed up or down. They can be made with just pork mince, salt and sesame oil. Or when one is feeling fancy pants, predominantly prawns or like mine, full of various tasty bits. If you’re very naughty, you can even deep fry them, served with thai sweet chilli sauce.

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