Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week 🙂
Still no signs of Summer here in Bath! (Will it ever arrive I wonder?) Last Saturday it rained non stop all day so we decided to go to the cinema and watch the new Spiderman film. It seemed like the perfect way to spend a wet, rainy afternoon and we hadn’t been to the cinema in ages.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the film. It’s very different to the previous Spiderman trilogy. The new film seems to be more targeted at teenagers than the previous films but, despite it being a 12A, Lil’ L absolutely loved it and didn’t find it too scary at all.
On Sunday afternoon the sun made a rare appearance! It was perfect timing as it was our lovely friend Joni’s birthday and she had a little gathering at her house to celebrate.
It was so lovely to see Joni and all her family. Lil’ L had a great time playing with Joni’s 3 grandchildren.
Joni & Derek put on an amazing spread of buffet food, including a roasted vegetable dairy-free quiche which I must have a try at re-creating. It was delicious!
During the afternoon we kept popping into the living room to check how Andy Murray was doing in the Wimbledon final. Needless to say he lost, but it was a great match all the same.
In our house, the most popular sporting event of the year is the Tour de France. As well as enjoying the race itself, I love all the spectacular scenery you get to see as they make their way across France.
Bradley Wiggins is currently in the yellow jersey and he’s a strong candidate to win overall. If he does win, he’ll be the first Englishman to win the Tour ever! Go Brad!
So what have I been up to since the weekend? Well, I’m still busy working on the family cook book. I’m hoping to get all the writing drafted before Lil’ L breaks up from school so I really need to get a move on!
I’ve also been enjoying reading Ani’s Raw Food Desserts which my sister bought me for my birthday and trying out some of Ani’s recipes, as well as my own raw dessert creations.
The first recipe I tried from Ani’s book is one of her signature sweets – the Raw Lime Kream Bars. The ingredients are very similar to those I using for making raw cheesecakes. I quartered the original recipe and made 28 Lime Kream Mini Bars. They are really refreshing, especially if you eat them straight from the freezer. Perfect as an after dinner treat.
After taking this pic, I coated some of the mini bars in raw chocolate. They’re yummy but, for me, the chocolate detracts from the zingy lime flavour. In future, I’ll stick to the original version.
Here’s how I made them:
Ani Phyo’s Raw Key Lime Kream Bars
1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
1/4 cup lime juice (which I made from about 3 freshly squeezed limes)
1/8 cup agave syrup
1/8 cup liquid coconut oil (I placed the coconut oil in a bain marie to melt it)
1/4 cup water, as needed
Combine the cashews, lime juice, agave syrup and coconut oil in a blender, and blend on high speed, adding water as needed. I stopped the blender a few times to scrape down the sides and remix. Keep blending until the mixture is completely smooth. Scoop the mixture onto a non stick tray or into a square container. Smooth with a knife to desired thickness. Freeze until chilled (2-3 hours, or overnight). Cut into mini bars and serve. These treats are best stored in the freezer and will keep for weeks.
If you find cashew nuts are a little pricey, check out Indian supermarkets or the Indian aisle in larger supermarkets. Asani’s 750g bag of cashew nuts is currently selling for £4.99 (66.5p per 100g) which is half the price of any other brand. I’m definitely going to stock up on my next shop!
Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are! 🙂 xx
This time last year…. I’m Running a 10K to Raise Money for Macmillan