Ok, there’s not beating around the bush, this tart/flan was bloody awesome. The oaty crust was salty and crumbly and the two layers of apple goodness served hot with vanilla ice cream was just divine.
MANDARIN AND POPPYSEED CAKE
2 cups almond meal
1/4 cup coconut flour
6 small mandarins peeled and de-pip if needed
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey or rice malt syrup
2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbs poppyseeds
Preheat oven to 180. Line cake tin.
Blend the peeled and de pip mandarins with eggs, oil and honey. In a large bowl add the dry ingredients. Pour mandarin mix into dry bowl and stir. Pour into cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. Leave for 10 minutes to cool.
If you want to ice it (tastes great on its own) I make my simple greek yoghurt icing. 1 cup greek yoghurt, 2 Tbs coconut flour and 1 Tbs honey. Ice the cake and decorate with mandarins. Leave in fridge until ready to serve. ENJOY
I made this lemon coconut cake for Easter this year and it was absolutely divine. I love lemon and I love coconut so I was really happy with this creation.
LEMON COCONUT YOGHURT LOAF CAKE
2 lemons juiced and zested
1/2 cup coconut oil melted
1 cup greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt for dairy free option
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/4 cup oat or almond flour
1/2 cup natvia sweetener or honey
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup greek yoghurt
1 Tbs honey
1 Tbs coconut flour
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line loaf tin.
In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, honey, oil, vanilla and lemon juice. All yoghurt. Add wet to dry ingredients and stir. Pour into tin and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Can check the inside with a knife or skewer.
Combine icing ingredients together. When cake is cooled, ice with yoghurt icing and leave in fridge until ready to serve. Happy baking
I started off making almond protein balls and then thought if I made cookies I wouldn’t eat them as fast. WRONG! They are mourish. Try them!
VEGAN PROTEIN ALMOND COOKIES
makes about 10 cookies
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
2 TBS rice malt syrup or maple syrup
1/2 cup vegan protein powder. I use True Protein at the moment
2 TBS coconut oil melted
3 Tbs almond butter
Preheat oven to 180c. Line baking tray. Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients separately. Add wet to dry and stir until combined into cookie dough. Roll into balls and flatten on baking tray. Bake for 12-14 minutes until browned. Leave for 5 mins to cool.
Berlin is an absolute MUST when it comes to European cities. The city exudes culture and history, which makes it an intriguing and engaging place to visit. Great foodie scene, plenty of markets, roof top bars and hipster suburbs with great coffee and local street art.
We were lucky enough to stay at a friends apartment in the hipster area called Neukoelln. It was close to the Metro and found it a really nice part of the city, giving us an authentic ‘local’ experience in Berlin. If you are only going for 2-3 days it might be better to stay central in the Mitte.
Wombat Hostel; This was where Rob stayed when he visited Berlin twice. It is nice and central, above a great Aussie cafe and laundromat, full of travellers and good vibes.
Katz Orange; we couldn’t get a table but I have heard some seriously amazing things. It is fancy, it is expensive but the building, ambience and food is incredible. Book ahead.
Schnitzelei Mitte ; Amazing authentic schnitzel restaurant which is always busy. Book ahead. They also offer gluten free schnitzels and it was really yum.
Shisho Burger; japanese burger place and honestly one of the best burgers I HAVE EVER HAD. Explosive flavours plus the edamame beans and sweet potato fries were divine.
CAFES and COFFEE
The BARN cafe; Aussie coffee and brunch
Father Carpenter; Great cafe with great coffee.
TINMAN Berlin; Another Aussie cafe, smashed avo, acai bowls and great coffee.
Dots Cafe; Great coffee. Aussie barista who yells out your order ‘almond flatty, longy with oat milk’
Here is the list of places to eat and drink and dance until all hours that my friend gave to us. Split into the suburbs Neukolln, Kreuzberg and the Mitte area.
Roamers- fun little cafe, can be busy on weekends though!
Holy Flat! – yummy healthy lunch
Cafe Mugrabi – my favorite brunch, best hummus
Dragon Bowl – healthy poke bowls & lunch spot
Bonanza coffee- no food but trendy coffee spot
Sahara- a few all over, cult following! Amazing cheap falafel
Con Tho- Asian infusion
Zola- popular pizza place
La Lucha- fab mexican next door to Zola
Cocolo Ramen- also right by Zola
Berg Dudu – delicious Japanese a bit more pricy
Shiso Burger – honestly just the most delicious sensory delight
Toca Rouge – Asian infusion
Thermoc – French, menu changes daily
Cobbs – vegan fine dining
Klunkerkranich – great rooftop bar for sundowners.
All down Weserstraße!
Yuzu Bar – try the New York Sour, my favourite
Kaduka- Owned by the most lovely people and will take good care of you!
Nathanja & Henrich – local hipster vibes, nice and relaxed
Cafe Luiza – super vibey love it
Mano Cafe – always a great time and great cocktails
Berg Mein Haus am See (my house on the lake)
Neue Odessa Bar
Heideglühen (only every two weeks)
Topography of Terror, Niederkirchnerstraße, Berlin
Hitler’s Bunker, In den Ministergärten, Berlin
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Cora-Berliner-Straße, Berlin
Reichstag Building, Platz der Republik, Berlin
Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Berlin
Berliner Dom, Am Lustgarten, Berlin
East Side Gallery – largest part of the Berlin Wall left standing. Amazing artwork painted along the wall
Map them all out and walk from one to the next. Great free walking tour. You can also meet at Brandenburg Gate for plenty of free walking tours that will give you information along the way if that is your thing.
Here is a link to a map our friend sent us with lots of pinned locations and that walking tour above mapped out
Tattoo shops; we both got our first tattoo whilst in Berlin at a place called UniKat Black. Highly recommend. They were great artists. Our artist was called Salut Manu. An awesome French guy who actually learnt how to tattoo whilst living in Freo, Perth.
MONEY: Germany uses the Euro so it is very easy to exchange or withdraw especially when travelling to other countries in the Euro.
Water: you can definitely drink from the tap in Berlin so grab your water bottle and fill it up before you head out on your tourist adventures.
The airport is also really close to the city of Berlin, so taxis and ubers are very handy. We got the international train into Berlin from Amsterdam and got an uber from the train station. CityMapper also works in Berlin and is a great app to use to get around on the transport. The underground metro is super easy and convenient to use.
Enjoy! We loved Berlin and would definitely go back!
It’s that time of the year again where Poppy’s are blooming and people gather at dawn to show their respect for the diggers who fought for our country 100+ years ago Continue reading “ANZAC BISCUITS”
This brownie recipe is easy, paleo and just FAB … plus turns out even true sugary brownie lovers love them. Full of healthy omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants, it’s a wholesome nutritious winner.
WALNUT CHOCOLATE PALEO BROWNIES
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup peanut butter (can use just 1 Cup total almond butter instead)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond milk
3 Tbs cacao powder
3 Tbs coconut flour
1 cup pitted dates
2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbs honey or maple to make it extra sweet if you like. The cacao can be bitter if you aren’t used to it
Blitz dates, melted coconut oil, almond milk, vanilla and honey in food processor into a paste. Add nut butters and eggs and whip. In a large bowl add cacao and flours. Make a well in the middle and pour the wet ingredients in. Mix. Add walnuts. Pour into lined brownie tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees. Careful not to overbake you want them gooey. Sit in pan for 10 mins before transferring to wire rack before slicing.
Easter is almost here and that can only mean hot cross buns and Easter eggs galore. Make these hot cross buns and woo your mates/family! They are wholesome healthy and not little rock’s – plus sugar free! Continue reading “SUGAR FREE HOT CROSS BUNS”
Now these look much harder than they are. You’ll love them and they taste GREAT! Served with all your fave brekky sides, weekend brunch sorted! Continue reading “ZUCCHINI CORN FRITTERS”
Hong Kong (aka Honkers) is bursting with energy, it didn’t take me long to realise how this place gets its nickname Bonkers. Markets, nightlife, hiking, dining galore – it’s got a bit for everyone and never a shortage of fun. Continue reading “HONG KONG; WEEKEND IN HONKERS”
Give the gift of Zucchini this Valentines day with my awesome chocolatey zucchini muffins ! Great for the chocolate lovers and the healthy queens amongst us. Also great to bake for yourself! Continue reading “CACAO ZUCCHINI MUFFINS”