Monday, February 23, 2015

Paleo Orange & Raspberry Friands

I love the idea of being able to enjoy the odd treat. But, traditional friands, muffins and cakes are laden with nasties that are simply more damaging than the small amount of pleasure one may believe they bring. 

However, all hope is not lost. This paleo version is definitely worth sharing. 

With no refined sugar or flour, these friands are different because they use macadamia meal rather than the traditional almond meal. The result is that lovely buttery nutty flavour you get from macadamia nuts.

Inspired by a friand recipe in Luke & Scott's Clean Living Fast Food, I made these as a test batch and they turned out so well I have made them several times since. 

Paleo Orange & Raspberry Friands
Makes 8

1/2 cup raw honey ( slightly less if you prefer less sweetness)
180g butter, melted
1 cup macadamia meal
3/4 cup coconut flour
4 free-range eggs ( organic if possible) - at room temperature
2 tbs orange zest
1 tsp fresh orange juice
8 raspberries

Preheat your oven to 200'C (180 fan-forced) and line a friand pan with 8 friand paper cases.

Combine honey, melted butter, macadamia meal, coconut flour, eggs, orange zest and juice in a bowl and mix well. 

Spoon mixture into friand cases and insert one fresh raspberry into each muffin so that it is just visible on the surface.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 5 minutes.

Serve with herbal tea or espresso if desired. I like to have one on occasion with a jasmine tea.

Store in the fridge in an airtight container or freeze individual friands in aluminium foil.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Win the Ultimate Cleaning Duo with Omo & Jif

Moving into the world of solids with a baby was an interesting experience to say the least. Not only did I have to worry about the nutritional content and variety of the food I cooked, but the experience was at times somewhat challenging. It was fine whilst Mr W. was on puree's and would happily consume whatever concoction I whizzed up, but fast forward a couple of months, introduce a strong will and a little independence and you start to get the picture. 

Did someone say food fight?

Regular food splatters and destruction ensued and so did my OCD for keeping things neat and clean. I quickly discovered I needed a laundry product that was tough on stains and could happily compete with Mr W's new found love of bolognese sauce.

As a parent you soon learn that food stains ( particularly bolognese and beetroot related) can often be the hardest to get out of their clothes. And when kids are learning to feed themselves even the best bucket bib ain't gonna cut it.

Late last year I attended a Mum & Kids Bloggers Brunch where I met a great group of fellow bloggers and their kids and discovered some fantastic new 'Mum & Kid-Friendly' products. Omo and Jif  were two such products which promised to make my life a little easier.

What I love about OMO Ultimate is that it actually works, it can remove stains that have been there for up to 48 hours and I no longer have to pre-soak. Woohoo! 

Jif has been in my house since I was a kid. I remember Mum using it. Jif Easy Lift Bathroom is as its name suggests - EASY! It's lift-action formula quickly softens and detaches dirt and soap scum so you don't have to waste time with endless scrubbing. It also leaves the surface streak free - as it should. 

Thanks to team at Unilever and The Food Mentalist you too can try these products and see for yourself just how effective they are. We are giving away the Ultimate Cleaning Pack containing :

1 x Jif Bathroom 750ml Spray (RRP $6.49) and
1 x Omo Ultimate 1L- ( RRP $12.99) ( top or front loader)

To enter tell us why you simply must try these two products. Entry is open to Australian Residents only and closes next Sunday 8 February 2015 at 12pm.

Don't forget to leave a valid email address so you can be contacted if you win.

This is a sponsored post.