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Lambs lettuce & radishes for inspiration :)


Minimalist style ©copyright2015owpp

Minimalist style
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I was preparing myself a plate of organic greens washing the earth off & noticed the colour contrast, the beauty of fresh food which lead me to a photo shoot craze… There was no photoshop involved besides the middle one where I played a bit with the colour.
Which one is your favorite?

Having fun messing around with colour... ©copyright2015owpp

Having fun messing around with colour…
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Aren't greens elegant? ©copyright2015owpp

Aren’t greens elegant?
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Easiest cheapest 100% natural organic crêpe/pancake recipe


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And… voila!
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I know there are a load of you who know how to do crêpes (French-thinner-pancakes) courtesy of Wikipedia…

A crêpe or crepe (Listeni/kreɪp/[1] or /krɛp/ French: [kʁɛp] ( listen), Quebec French: [kʁaɪ̯p] ( listen)) is a type of very thin pancake, usually made from wheat flour (crêpes de Froment) or buckwheat flour (galettes). The word is of French origin, deriving from the Latin crispa, meaning “curled”. While crêpes are often associated with Brittany, a region in the northwest of France, their consumption is widespread in France, Belgium, Quebec and many parts of Europe and North Africa. Crêpes are served with a variety of fillings, from the most simple with only sugar to flambéed crêpes Suzette or elaborate savoury galettes.

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The batter
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But as it’s a simplified recipe I have adjusted to my dietary needs as, no-sugar-eggs-dairy… I thought this one might be of some help to those who follow the same organic wholesome food plan but for those who don’t, just switch back to sugar, plain flour or any oil you have 🙂
You can’t get anything easier or faster & it’s a load of fun to do with your kids or grand-kids so… here you go!

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Small pan & ladle
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Ingredients (for about ten small ones)
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1. 2 1/2 cups 75% whole Spelt flour (or just plain)
2. 2 1/4 cups water
3. 1 to 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil (or anything on hand)
4. 1 tsp. organic baking powder (optional)

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The swiveling…
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Method
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Mix well the two first ingredients & add baking powder just before putting it in pan, mix very well too.
Heat frying pan (I have an old small one but it’s the only one I know how to work with for my pancakes)
put a heaped teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (but you can use any available) put your (small) flame
on high first then switch to between-high & low after about 4 minutes, pour a small ladle of batter slowly
(once the oil is hot you should hear it sizzling as it touches the pan) while swiveling the pan to even it
out then wait about a minute (you’ll get the feel of how long with the time) flip it over with a fork or
as a chef would do with a swift hand-motion then once it’s ready slide it on a plate.

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First side happening…
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I chose this time to serve it as a snack with rice syrup spread on it, rolled it & poured a little on too,
but I have served it in many different ways in the past as with minced seitan (vegetarian meat) as a filling
& creamed mushrooms as the topping or with a creamy wok as a filling… but all you have to do is use your creativity & improvise anything you desire as ice cream on the side with whipping creme & chocolate syrup on top of the pancake…

I hope the photos will make the instructions easier but mainly, have a load of fun & Bon appétit!

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Second side…
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And the end result :) ©copyright2014owpp

And the end result 🙂
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no-electrical-appliances quick & easy vegan chocolate cake


Moist & delicious! ©copyright2014owpp

Moist & delicious!
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This is a recipe I found by a vegan/vegetarian blogger (I have searched long for her link to put in here with no success as I follow a lot of bloggers)
Her recipe included ingredients which I do not use as… sugar/rice syrup for me, oil/olive or sesame for me, coconut milk/soy or spelt for me, so I just translated it into my “language”.
I love easy recipes which do not include electrical appliances & ingredients all houses have so I do not need to go out running to find them & this one fitted my criteria.
I was taking time off the blog but this is the exception… I find it important to share a quick-cheap-&-easy recipe that could help others.

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Chocolate oozing out…
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Ingredients
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1. 3 1/2 cups wholewheat flour
2. 1 1/2 cup pure cocoa (you can use carob powder instead but it’s not as strong a flavor or coffee if you want to change it to a coffee flavored cake)
3. 2 cups rice syrup (sugar for some)
4. 2 tsp. baking powder
5. 400 ml = 13.53 fl. ounces soy milk (spelt or coconut for some)
6. 1 cup oil (olive,sesame any of your choice)
7. 1/4 cup of rum
8. 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (optional)
9. 2 tbsp. shredded coconut to sprinkle on top (optional)
10. A few pieces of unsweetened chocolate to put in the muffins (optional)

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Ready for oven
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Method
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1. Put the dry ingredients in a bowl, mix then add the liquid ingredients (I did not have apple cider vinegar so I did not use it)
2. You can be creative & make muffins out of it as I did, with pieces of chocolate tucked in the middle if you want it fancy, a flat or high cake with or without shredded coconut on top or anything else that tickles your imagination 🙂
It’s as simple as that!
3. Put in a preheated oven on 170 degrees Celsius = 338 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 mn (muffins)
& about 30 mn for the cake as it has more dough.

I’m including below photos of the cakes & of the unsweetened 100% natural chocolate if you want to make your own research to purchase it.

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With coconut on top
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Enjoy it preferably accompanied by your loved ones around a log fire 😉
Now, it’s my imagination running…

Where's my cup of tea? ©copyright2014owpp

Where’s my cup of tea?
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See the melted chocolate? ©copyright2014owpp

See the melted chocolate?
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Unsweetened chocolate ©copyright2014owpp

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


Hot & crispy! ©copyright2013owpp

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)

The easiest crust on earth! ©copyright2013owpp

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 🙂