I hope you’re having a great week so far
Look what we’ve had in Bath these past couple of weeks …
yes, that is indeed a clear blue sky with not a single rain cloud in sight
Summer finally appears to have arrived! It’s been so nice to spend time outside without the umbrella
School started back this week, but the beautiful weather has softened the blow. Some mornings we’ve walked along the river path to school, which has been a lovely way to start the day. After school, we’ve been heading straight to the park, which has been a great opportunity for me to catch up with the other mums. What a difference a bit of dry weather makes!
But despite all this beautiful weather, now that the school break is over, it’s time for me to start focusing on planning this term’s kid’s meditation workshops, studying for an imminent Buddhist exam… and getting that cook book finished!!!
Last month, I finally got round to purchasing a food processor. I started looking at food processors last December, but didn’t want to rush into buying one until I knew, for sure, that I needed one and would use it regularly enough to justify the expense.
This year, I’ve been making lots of raw desserts which use dates as a sweetener and binder. Unfortunately, my mini chopper was just not powerful enough to chop dates. Even if I pre-soaked the dates to soften them, the chopper would start smoking where the motor had started to burn. I also blew up a stick blender trying to chop dates. Basically, I needed something more powerful.
Thanks to my kind, generous family, I had enough birthday money to purchase this sturdy piece of equipment…
The motor has a 12 year guarantee, so this one should be a safe investment. I’m amazed how effortlessly the processor chops dates and nuts. In no time at all, they’re totally obliterated!
One of our favourite desserts this summer has been raw peach cobbler. It’s so simple to make. Dates, almonds and walnuts are whizzed in the processor to make a course meal (this literally takes a couple of minutes…)
then sprinkled on top of sliced peaches (I use tinned peaches as fresh peaches in UK supermarkets seem to taste so bland)…
we then drizzle a little Alpro chilled soya cream on top as a finishing touch.
I tend to make a large batch of the cobbler and keep it in the fridge (it easily keeps for 2 weeks).
Here’s how I make it…
Preparation: 2 minutes
47g / 1¾ oz / ¼ cup soft dates
80g / 2¾ oz / ½ cup mix of raw almonds and walnuts
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
drizzle of agave syrup (optional, to taste)
2 x 400g canned peach slices in natural juice (or 3-4 sweet fresh peaches, sliced)
Non dairy cream (I use Alpro chilled soya cream) or ice cream
- In a food processor, pulse the dates, nuts, vanilla extract and sea salt until they resemble a course meal. Add agave syrup, to taste.
- Arrange the peach slices in four small bowls or ramekins. Top with the cobbler. To make it even more special, add a scoop of ice cream or drizzle of non dairy cream before serving.
As well as peaches, this raw cobbler is also delicious served on top of other fruits, such as berries, mango or pineapple.
Have a fantastic weekend everyone
I hope the sun is shining wherever you are xx
This time last year… A Beautiful Time en Provence