Our Raw Nut Butters

As usual, we are cooking simple…and we got almost 5kg of almonds from the organic shop (FOR FREE!!) soooo had a lot to do.

With a proper blender, just blend the almonds until they become a paste, buttery texture 🙂

You can use any nuts : cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, …

You can toast them too just a lil’ bit before mixing.

How To Make Chocolate Petals To Decorate Sweets

Chocolate petals or flowers are a beautiful addition to any cake or dessert. If you think it’s difficult, no worries just stay tuned for the technique! 😉

 

To make chocolate petals you will need: some baking paper and/or acetate/rhodoid sheets,  a piping bag (if you cannot make one with the baking paper), some vegan chocolate, a bent spatula and something cylindrical like a french baguette mold or a muffin mold.

     

 

 

 

 

Make the piping bag with the baking paper or use one reusable.

Start with tempering your chocolate (better if you would like the chocolate ending shining and glossy). You can skip this step if you don’t care 🙂

After cutting some bands of the baking paper, use the piping bag with your tempered chocolate on the baking paper or acetate sheet as the picture shows:

Working quickly before the chocolate hardens curve it up into a half circle. Carefully transfer the chocolate petals on their baking paper(or acetate sheet) to your mold and set aside in the fridge.

Here is the result after a few minutes, the petals became harder and the chocolate is now solid, like this:

 

Last step is to gently remove the paper from the petals. You can use it as it is or also make chocolate flower sticking them all together…

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!

Raw “Millefeuille” (Fat free, Sugar Free)

This raw millefeuille will blow your mind, as it is crunchy, creamy, sweet and sooo tasty!….

For this recipe, you will only need a blender or a food processor, some dates, bananas and apples. If you have time you can soak the dates (I’ve used medjool), otherwise it’s fine.

Chop the apples in slices, cut bananas into thin and long slices, prepare the dates caramel using your blender (dates+ water – the water we soak the dates in or filtered water), set aside.

Prepare the millefeuille: first layer is banana slices, second layer is apple slices, third layer is caramel sauce, repeat all over until you have nothing left 😀

-You can add a pinch of cinnamon on top or into the caramel sauce, if you like it-

Keep refrigerated if you can resist the temptation, or serve it as it is! Bon appetit!

 

 

 

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

I am always grateful to meet people who became friends, even with the distance. Joe is one of them. We share the same passion of vegan food. We had good times cooking together in Montreal. Here’s his recipe of Vegan Shepherd’s Pie.

 


VEGAN SHEPHERD'S PIE
Ingredients: 
- Yellow potatoes 1,5kg
-Sweet potatoes 600g
-Vegan margarine 100g
-Crumbled tofu 150g
-Spanish onions 200g
-Grounded sunflower seeds 75g
-Grounded flax seeds 75g
-Vegetable oil 100ml
-Yeast flakes 50g
-Tamari sauce 25ml
-Smoked Paprika powder 3g
-Corn in grains 300g
-Creamed corn 1200g
("mais en creme", canadian preserves)

Directions:
Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Drain and pound with the margarine. Salt, pepper to taste and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the tofu, the onions, the sunflower /Flax seeds, the yeast flakes, the tamari sauce and some oil.
Then pour on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake at 350 ° F for 10 minutes. Towel at half-cooking.
Start the dishes starting with vegan '' meat '', corn, creamed corn and potatoes. Sprinkle with smoked paprika.

....and Voila! Tabernak c'que c'est good!

If you are in Montreal make sure to check JOE LE RATON VEGE

 

 

DIY Gift : 4 ingredients Matcha Truffles

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Because I believe in homesteading and the joy of Do-It-Yourself….winter time especially all-christmas-new-year-period is another excuse to consume,

I suggest you to look at this recipe, and realise how easy it is to make. I promise your cherished ones will love these matcha cocoa truffles.

 

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 For about 15 of them you will need: 

For the filling: mix 180g coconut butter with one and an half Tablespoon of matcha tea powder and two Tablespoons of coconut nectar. Put 10 minutes in the freezer.

For the ganache: rawcocoa with sweetener & some cocoa butter (or simply vegan dark chocolate)

-some nice packagings for your truffles


You can keep these little things in the fridge or in the freezer for longer (up to three months)

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Best food combinations to maximise your energy! – 80/10/10 –

This is based on my personal experiences with food/nutrition/sport and I am doing better when I am eating this way. I’m not saying that you HAVE to eat this way, I just share with you a way to maximise your energy with easier digestion….

Wherever I stay, I always bring this to put on my kitchen closets/shelves to check and do the right combo. Eat the energy you want to become.

 

Basically, what are we talking about in terms of foods? 80/10/10 works out easily and naturally 
if your calories break down approximately as follows:

90 to 97% from sweet and nonsweet fruits
2 to 6% from tender, leafy greens and celery
0 to 8% from everything else (other vegetables like cabbage and broccoli, plus fatty fruits, nuts, and seeds)


You can generally accomplish this with two or three large fruit meals during the day, plus a large salad in the evening. 
Fruit predominates heavily, yet you consume as many greens as you like.

Main Source: the 80/10/10 by Douglas N. Graham

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Disclaimer

The information contained in The 80/10/10 Diet is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor. Dr. Douglas Graham does not give medical advice or engage in the practice of medicine. Under no circumstances does Dr. Graham recommend particular treatment for specific individuals, and he recommends in all cases that you consult your physician or a qualified practitioner before pursuing any course of treatment or making any changes to your diet or medications. — Douglas N. Graham, DC

Over and over again, I hear people saying they’ve tried “everything” to lose weight—low fat, high fat, low carb, high carb, low protein, high protein, all kinds of pills, shots, powders, and shakes—you name it and they say they’ve tried it. The main cause of their failure is misinformation. There are reasons for each of these dietary failures. What they were told was “low fat,” usually 30%, actually is not low fat at all, and they have no idea how to get to an effective low-fat 10% as described in this book. High-fat diets can be dangerous and put you at risk for the diseases that most Westerners die from prematurely. Low-carb diets are also dangerous, and most people have no idea that the ideal diet consists of 80% carbs.

But, it must be the right carbs.

FRUITS ARE CARBS – FRUITS ARE FAST FOOD

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Other Fundamental Elements of Health

Are You Thriving or Surviving?

Rate yourself, from zero to ten, in each of the following areas.

 

1. Clean, fresh air

2. Pure water

3. Foods for which we are biologically designed

4. Sufficient sleep

5. Rest and relaxation

6. Vigorous activity

7. Emotional poise and stability

8. Sunshine and natural light

9. Comfortable temperature

10. Peace, harmony, serenity, and tranquility

11. Human touch

12. Thought, cogitation, and meditation

13. Friendships and companionship

14. Gregariousness (social relationships, community)

15. Love and appreciation

16. Play and recreation

17. Pleasant environment

18. Amusement and entertainment

19. Sense of humor, mirth, and merriment

20. Security of life and its means

21. Inspiration, motivation, purpose, and commitment

22. Creative, useful work (pursuit of interests)

23. Self-control and self-mastery

24. Individual sovereignty

25. Expression of reproductive instincts

26. Satisfaction of the aesthetic senses

27. Self-confidence

28. Positive self-image and sense of self-worth

29. Internal and external cleanliness

30. Smiles

31. Music and all other arts

32. Biophilia (love of nature)

Pumpkin Coconut Chai Latte

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“Balance should be the goal of those looking for health, since being too yin or too yang without being stable to return to balance constitutes a state of disease. A modern person will often be simultaneously too yin and too yang. This is because yin and yang have not emerged, due to a lifestyle more extreme than the person can integrate. When one is well balanced, it is possible to become either very yin or very yang in response to the demands of the moment, without being stranded in a simultaneous excess of yin and yang, which is always stressful. The balanced person easily expands or contracts, becomes more active or passive and at the same time remains anchored in stillness (emptiness permeated with Wonderful Existence), the place where yin and yang fuse into unified reality.”

(from “Healing with whole foods” by Paul Pitchford)

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I definitely prefer eating/drinking raw foods but when the weather is cold in fall time (or when we have a non stop rain week…) I sometimes like this kind of hot treat…..

For this recipe, I’ve used homemade coconut milk (which is basically two tablespoons of coconut flour and about half liter of filtered water that I’ve been bringing to a boil.) but you can also find coconut milk from grocery stores.

Use about 150g of the pumpkin, skinless and of course seedless. Chop into cubes and add to the coconut milk (300ml) in a small pan.

Add spices according to your taste: from 1/4 of a teaspoon to a whole teaspoon of each spice: cinnamon, ground nutmeg, one, two or three cloves, ginger + chili (if you want to add some pep) + two or three fresh dates for natural sweetener.

Let the mixture cook on a medium fire for 15-20 minutes. Then, blend it. Serve it hot. It’s really delicate! If you’re a sweet tooth, you can dip your homemade vegan caramelized cocoa beans, choc&hazelnut cookies in it 😉

 

What people think of Squitti’s Cakes

If you are curious about our cakes and what we are doing,

you can check out reviews of our customers and people who tried our cakes:

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  • On YouTube:

From Joe – Le Raton Vege, Montreal (in French, Quebecois)

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From Ariadna y Ernesto (in Spanish)  screenshot-from-2016-10-30-141552

 

From Biren (in English)

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Wild Cooking: Nettle, Hogweed & Ground elder Pesto

WILD COOKING

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Urtica dioica, Heracleum sphondylium & Aegopodium podagraria PESTO

Collect the leaves of nettle, ground elder and hogweed in the wild 🙂

Put water and distilled vinegar in a big bowl and soak the leaves for about five minutes to disinfect.

Drain and mix the leaves in a blender. Add cloves of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt (or celery salt). I would add an avocado for extra creaminess... Blend blend blend - while listening to "Young Folks" 

I know it's tempting to eat like this, but better if refrigerated 😉 ENJOY!

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Green Thai Curry with Rice Noodles

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Fast food IS fruit , and fruits and veggies are the best way to get all the nutrients we need – but…sometimes you just need something warm, delicate, what I call comfort food: green curry noodles dish is one of them.

It’s easy (peasy) to make. You just need a couple of veggies, here I’ve used what I had (carrots, tofu, broccoli, red and yellow capsicums, some shallots and finally the rice noodles)

 

Green thai curry sauce

In the wok, put 1 tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon green chili paste.

Add 1 kaffir lime leaf crushed, 1 slice of galangal crushed, 2,5cm of cut lemon grass, 1 tablespoon coconut milk, 1 handful of vegetables (green bean, squash, eggplant, carrot, onions), 3 tablespoons coconut milk. Cook until texture is thick.

Then add 6 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon light tamari soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of molasses or sugar. Cook for roughly 3 minutes.

Finally, add 3 tablespoons coconut milk and chopped mint or thai basil (3/4 leaves)

Before serving, add 1 tablespoon of coconut milk. Gin Khao!

 

Natural coloured sugar

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If you need sugar for decorate a cake or use in your recipes, I’ve imagined a food colouring free sugar recipe for you guys.

It’s very simple: blend 70g of cane sugar with 5 tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers. annnnnd done.

Can do the same with dried lavender, dried calendula, or any kind of dried edible flower. Easy Peasy 🙂

Sunshine Smoothie

Ingredients: 5 kiwis , 1 mango , half pineapple (frozen) , half fresh lemon juice , 2 passionfruits , Water as needed

Fruits are not local but organic. Most of the ingredients were going to be thrown away in the bin (organic shop) so I saved them and made this superyummy smoothie. If you make it, I can certify you your mind will travel far away 😉

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