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Easy party recipes (Part 1) Fancy Rum balls made of cake crumbs!


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Rum balls
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A promise is a promise so, here’s the first part!
What do you do after you’ve cut and shaped a birthday cake or sliced and set the fruit or chocolate cakes which are set beautifully on the table but are left with a load of uneven broken slices and crumbs nobody want? You make Rum balls!
Yes, it’s that simple, cheap, quick & easy 🙂 (I got this trick from a friend about a year ago)
I will give you the natural & regular recipe for those who are not particular about sugar.

Ingredients
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1. 1/4 of a big bowl of cake crumbs
2. 1/2 to 1 cup of organic soy milk. Half for the rice syrup users. (or regular organic milk)
3. 1/4 cup of rice syrup. That might make it sticky so add a little rice flour to compensate. (1/4 cup icing sugar if you prefer to rice syrup)
4. 1 tsp. vanilla essence (look for the natural ones in a nature shop if possible)
5. 2-4 tbsp of Rum according to taste (optional)

Method
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Roll in shredded coconut or cover in melted organic (if possible) chocolate, put in paper baking cups, refrigerate and serve!

Raisin flavor
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1. Add 1/4 cup raisins
2. A sprinkle of red wine (instead of Rum)
3. Roll in melted chocolate & add one raisin on top

Coconut flavor
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1. Add 1-2 cups shredded coconut
2. Pour organic melted chocolate in the bowl instead of rice syrup

This is just a beginning… everyone can put their signature to it. I played around a lot with this recipe along the time. You just have to dare and not be afraid of being creative, you can always correct a mistake by adding a thickener or loosen it the other way with a liquid ingredient while tasting all along, it’ll always turn out good. The Rum balls can range from very small to medium or even large if you fancy. They can be coated in shredded coconut, in plain dark or white melted chocolate, literally any coating of your choice, colored or chocolate sprinkles, caramelized chopped hazelnuts are particularly classy, there is no end to the possibilities… You just need an extra pair of hands to shape the balls and it’s finished in a much quicker time than on your own.

Note:
The chocolate has to be melted with a drizzle of oil, on the very lowest fire you have, from the start or it’ll burn! I use number 1 on my electric cooker or a Bain-Marie which is simply putting a small bowl with your chocolate in within a larger bowl (or pan on stove) of boiling water which will slowly melt it.

Enjoy it and let me know if you tried!

Dead-easy 100% Natural Party dips & party table in a new series of easy party recipes!


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I have finally decided to post the dips I made for a birthday party this winter. I am posting the photo of the table & have decided to make it my new series of 100% natural party recipes as an incentive or I’ll procrastinate forever 🙂
The dips take a second, they are really easy to do. I don’t have too much patience for long & complicated… (I used too but not anymore) so, don’t panic… the idea that it’s homemade therefore complicated is just a myth, time have changed & people are adapting to the fast-paced life we have been pushed in.
I’ll start with the dark-orange-tomato-dip and go clockwise to the olive-dip,the ketchup-mayonnaise & finally the Guacamole-dip recipe.

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Time to party!
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Tomato dip recipe
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Ingredients
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1. 3 fresh tomatoes (preferably organic)
2. 3 tbsp. oil (I put olive, it was undetectable)
3. 2 cloves garlic
4. 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
5. 1 tsp salt (taste & add according to taste)
6. 1/4 tsp. black pepper (again add if needed)
7. 1 heaped tbsp. tomato puree

Method
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Mix in blender (I use a small hand one) add pili-pili if you like it sharp. I took my family to keep on tasting as I don’t include it in my food plan & added if they thought some ingredients were lacking (mainly salt & pepper)

Olive dip recipe
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Ingredients
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1. 1 tin of pitted green olives (around 400 to 500 gr. = 14 to 17 oz.)
2. 4 heaped tbsp. mayonnaise (try the natural organic if possible)

Method
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Mix in blender & enjoy!

Ketchup dip recipe
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Ingredients
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1. 50% mayonnaise (natural)
2. 50% ketchup
3. Scotch whisky (according to taste)

Method
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Mix by hand and taste. This is a very popular “trick” so you probably know it 😉

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Pits to keep guacamole from darkening
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Guacamole dip recipe
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Ingredients
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1. 1-2 ripe avocado (depending on the quantity you need)
2. lemon juice (start with half a lemon & add to taste)
3. Salt & black pepper (to taste)

Method
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Mix in blender. Leave in pits when refrigerated so the paste doesn’t darken. That’s how easy it gets and let the compliments pour in 🙂

My dead-easy mock honey cake recipe! (100% natural & no machinery needed)


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My mock honey cake
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If you have followed my blog you know about my all-wholemeal-Spelt-sugar-free cakes. This is a recipe I found in a magazine which I have “translated” to my ingredients (a friends taught me flexibility when following new recipes) my family absolutely loved it and actually preferred it to the too sweet honey cake. It is so easy to do you only have to stir for 2 mn by hand.
Let me know 🙂

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Ingredients
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1. 3/4 cup Tea (boil half the amount add 1 tea bag,when water’s colored add the other half cold non-boiled)
2. 1. 1/2 cup rice syrup (honey or any natural sweetener)
3. 2 cups wholemeal Spelt flour (or any white flour you have)
4. 1 pinch of salt
5. 3/4 to 1 tbsp baking powder
6. 1 tsp ginger powder (I left it out once & it was fine)
7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
8. 2 eggs (I put 1 egg once & it was perfect)
9. 1/4 cup of olive oil (nobody feels it but take the oil of your choice)

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Method
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Put it all in a bowl, stir then pour in baking pan. If you want two cakes as I’ve done just double the recipe.
Bake in oven for 1 hr on 120 degrees Celsius (248 Fahrenheit) then, the last 15 mn on 150 degrees Celsius (302 Fahrenheit)
Enjoy the compliments you’ll get for not much effort 😉

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New Teddy bear & balloons 7th Birthday cake idea!


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Birthday wishes!
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This was the design chosen by the birthday girl which brought a priceless smile at the results! I used the classical simple cake recipe which you will find on this post…

https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/hello-kitty-birthday-cake-or-swiss-roll-recipe/

or, you could use the 100 % natural cake recipe which you will find on that one…

https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/multi-user-quick-easy-100-natural-dough-for-18th-birthday-special-ganache-cake/

I could not use natural products as the design demanded coloring and sugar but you could innovate or cover it with the natural Ganache on the second link I gave you.
Do not be afraid to be creative and if it doesn’t come out perfect the overall effect and the heart put in it is what will count.

The main thing is that you and everyone around should enjoy the experience!

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Warts, of any kind, forget the doctor, head to the kitchen


I am so fascinated by this piece of knowledge which I feel could come to help so many people that I simply had to reblog it!
My thanks goes to this amazing blogger… Living Simply Free

P.s

Having tried out on my youngest this method (I had done it many years ago and was reminded by my kids about it) I have to add the lesson I learnt in the process.

By putting too much garlic which spread onto healthy skin I burnt it so, as a result I came up with the idea of putting garlic on a sticky plaster (no gauze) which will allow only the wart to come in contact with the garlic.

I hope this information will help prevent others from these mishaps.

Quick, cheap & easy mock cheese cake recipe


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A cup of tea & sheer bliss!
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This is a very easy recipe with very common and inexpensive ingredients. Besides a blender it doesn’t need any machinery. As I’ve told you in previous posts, I don’t have too much patience nor time for lengthy and complicated recipes.
As I’m on a macrobiotic food plan I don’t eat dairy products so, this is a perfect alternative. The taste is not the one of cheese but it’s nevertheless a delicious cake.
Let me know the results if you feel like venturing in the experience (for the fun) of a cozy Sunday afternoon 🙂

Crust Ingredients
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Crust dough
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1. 3 cups of fine oat (or refine it with mixer)
2. 1 cup regular flower (wholemeal for a natural touch)
3. 1/2- or 1 cup rice malt if desired sweeter (sugar or honey)
4. 3/4 cup oil (of your choice)

Method
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1. Mix ingredients with a spoon
2. Apply on a baking sheet in a mold, flattening it with a spoon
3. Put in preheated oven for 10 mn on 150 degrees Celsius = 302 degrees Fahrenheit
4. Put out to cool

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Filling ingredient
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1. 500 gr= 17.63 ounces plain fresh Tofu
2. 4- or 8 (for sweeter) heaped tbsp rice malt (sugar or honey for some)
3. 1 tbsp vanilla essence or pure vanilla powder if available
4. 1 tsp lemon juice
5. 1/2 tsp sea salt (for yin & yang balance)
6. 1/4 cup arrowroot or corn flour if unavailable (it’s cheaper too)

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Tofu filling mixed
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Method
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1. Press tofu to remove liquid
2. Mix all ingredients with blender in bowl till creamy
3. Pour unto crust and flatten with spoon
4. As an option you can add raisins or whatever you fancy. Nuts, dried fruits…
5. Put in (the same degree) preheated oven for 30 mn. Turn off.
Leave in oven for another 30 mn. Take out.
6. Remove from mold only 6 hrs after
7. Serve preferably 2-3 days after being stored in fridge but mine have enjoyed it straight away 🙂

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Ready to bake
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…and ready to eat!
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Simple & easy party treat idea!


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This is the most simple, fast and decorative party snack. All you have to do is melt on a VERY LOW fire, some naturally sweetened chocolate or the regular for those who take sugar with a spoon of oil (the one of your choice) stir all along and once all melted, take off the fire and dip the washed strawberry in, put on a tray and after two minutes literally, store in the fridge and you are done!
If the chocolate hardens while you are working, put it back on the most extremely low fire you can till all melts again, take off fire and continue dipping.
You could use a Bain-Marie to melt it but it’ll then take a bit longer. Oh! Last thing… I felt more comfortable dipping the larger part of the strawberry as I had more grip (my two fingers! Well washed obviously 🙂 )on the pointy side but the first two or three were trials and far from perfect.
I’m sure a lot of you know this trick but I had not thought about it until someone close gave me the idea. I thought it was brilliant and wanted to share it with you, hoping it might help someone out there like me 🙂
Let me know if I am right and the best of luck!

The easiest, cheaper natural Eco-friendly laundry detergent recipe ever!


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Today, I am going to give you something totally different!
I had mentioned in a previous post, that a while back, I had gone through intensive research for a year and a half developing and searching recipes for natural cosmetics and home cleaning products well, here are the easiest ingredients for your laundry powder soap.
(Not liquid which I personally find impossible to store and work with.)

Let me know of your experiences… I am always open to learn new and different ways of doing it 🙂

Ingredients
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1. 4 cups of natural soap flakes (Can be found in any supermarket under any name or make)
2. 2 cups of washing soda (Or called soda crystals)
3. 2 cups of Borax (I found that very expensive so I purchased instead a cheaper brand of natural laundry detergent. I nevertheless found that omitting the Borax without replacing it with a substitute, did a good job too)
4. 6 Tbsp of oxygen bleach (Found as well in a regular supermarket)

Method
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Pour everything together and mix thoroughly. Use it in the same amount as regular powder!

With time passing by, I realized that I did not have to be so particular with amounts and just poured the ingredients into a big box in fairly equal amounts taking in account that the soap flakes is the larger ingredient and oxygen bleach a distinctively smaller one in the recipe.
That way it was not a strain to renew my batch every time.
It is an easy, cheap way to be aware of your health and the environments.

I hope this was of some help to all of those looking for an easy alternative way of living!
Keep me updated 🙂

Last week’s cheapest, easiest pie crust and Viennese strudel update (different flavors…)


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Last week I posted an apple crumble crust cheap and easy which you can look up here… https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/apple-pie-cheapest-easiest-and-fastest-crust-recipe-with-the-simplest-of-ingredients-obviously-100-natural/

Today, I will give you an update… My different flavors to that dough recipe which I thought was my ingenuity 🙂 but Wikipedia is the correct source of information, so I looked it up there to check if my ideas were just mine and that’s what I came up with…

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The best-known strudels are Apfelstrudel (German for apple strudel) and Topfenstrudel (with sweet soft quark cheese, in German Topfen cheese), followed by the Millirahmstrudel (Milk-cream strudel, Milchrahmstrudel). Other strudel types include sour cherry (Weichselstrudel), sweet cherry, nut filled (Nussstrudel), Apricot Strudel, Plum Strudel, poppy seed strudel (Mohnstrudel), and raisin strudel.[7] There are also savory strudels incorporating spinach, cabbage, pumpkin, and sauerkraut,[8] and versions containing meat fillings like the (Lungenstrudel) or (Fleischstrudel).
The only thing that changes is the baking time which goes down to 1 or 1.30 hrs versus the 2 to 2.15 hrs for the apple pie which has a much bigger amount of dough. I nevertheless check in between to make sure it does not over bake.

I put this time on the rolled out dough a different filling of, carob or cacao powder for the nonsensitive, a lot of raisins to get it sweet with less natural sweetener, a big spoon of rice syrup or honey or even sugar for those who use that, in other rolls I will add poppy seeds to all those ingredients…

I have tried all kinds of different nuts with raisins which is just heavenly, but that was about twenty years ago today I find them harder to digest, nevertheless it can occasionally be a good idea. Almond powder can be good too with natural sweetener or sugar.

Some will have cinnamon, raisins, 1 big spoon of rice syrup and a dash of oil…

You can innovate… Be the master of your own creation and risk different flavors or just follow the so many different ideas we got here from Wikipedia 🙂

Good luck with it and most importantly have loads of fun. It’ll taste much better that way. Let me know whatever the outcome is and all the more if it’s a big humoristic flop, the best ideas have been created that way!

Apple pie cheapest, easiest (no machinery needed) and fastest crust recipe with the simplest of ingredients & obviously 100% natural :)


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Hot & crispy!
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Hi!

Today, I’ll give you a 100% natural quickest and easiest recipe for a apple pie and a Viennese délicatesse (delicacy) adapted to a no-sugar recipe with the dough leftovers of the pie crust.
The ingredients are so basic you can find them in every country possible!
I love to peel the apples in big quantity so I can make apple sauce at the same time, with only cinnamon and a little water (cinnamon brings out further their sweetness). I use the Boskoop apple which originates from Holland because of its strong sweetness which gives me the possibility to bake or cook without sugar and no complaints from family members. (It was so successful this time, I got two of them “ordering” it for their birthdays 🙂 )
Besides, there are so big it’s much easier to peel a big amount that way!
Just use the sweetest in your country.

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Boskoop apples
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Crust recipe
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1 kg flour=2.20 lb (you can use 100% wholemeal,white,spelt…)
2 big cups of olive oil or any of your choice ( no mug that’s too big!)
2 big cups of boiling hot water ( the heat makes it more malleable, very easy to roll out)

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The easiest crust on earth!
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For the ones who believe in Yin and Yang balance, you could add a pinch of salt.
I stir it with a spoon, it takes 1-2 mn.

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Filling
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Cinnamon
Boskoop apples (you can use a lot like I do or a little, it’s a matter of taste)
Raisins

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Method
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Divide the dough in four (two for each pie)
Roll out the dough on a baking sheet quite thinly and put it in a round baking tin, it could be deep, shallow. You could want a big oven square tray or as I did this time as an exception, two smaller, deeper round ones which gave me the opportunity to do with the dough leftovers a bigger Viennese apple Strudel.

Sprinkle generously cinnamon on it, then the raisins, add as many apples as you want ( I use a lot but some might prefer less) Sprinkle again generously with cinnamon, add raisins and roll out the second piece of dough on a baking sheet, turn it upside down covering the pie (the paper visible to your eyes and dough invisible) then peel off the paper and stick the borders together cut the dough all around (those are your leftovers for the Viennese apple strudel) then, brush the dough with an egg or if you don’t use them as I, take rice syrup add a little water and brush gently.

Put in a 150 degrees Celsius=302 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 1.45 mn to 2.15 mn depending on the thickness and depth of the pie.

Viennese apple strudel
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Take all the bits of dough left, roll it out thin on baking paper then sprinkle generously with cinnamon (yes, just repeat the same gestures 🙂 ) add the raisins and apples in smaller pieces so it rolls easier and roll it. Leave it on the paper, gloss it with the rice syrup or egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds or with nothing… And just pop it in the oven with the rest.
For those who use sugar you could add some everywhere with the apples. The Viennese strudel could be decorated after the baking, in the traditional way with icing sugar which makes it look quite appetizing!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and find it easy enough to try it out on your own. Just let me know what were your impressions 🙂