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Decadent Date and Maple Slice

It’s a Sunday, how about some slice?

Recently I have been busy most Sundays making myself some healthy slices for the coming week to keep me away from those pesky chocolate bars. Upon informing my international flatmates of what I have been making I have realized that a “slice” as we say back home in New Zealand is quite a vague and nondescript name for these little treats that accompany our coffee on an afternoon at our favorite cafe. “A slice of what?” they say, well it’s a date slice of course a deliciously decadent raw date slice that will be fueling my busy week of activities.

All of the good stuff:

For the base:

2 C of oats (or a mix of nuts and oats)       – 1 T Cocoa

1/2 C of desiccated coconut                      – 2 T Honey

– 1 T coconut oil

The top layer:

– 3/4 C coconut milk                                      – 2 T maple syrup

– 1/2 C chopped dates                                  – 1/2 C cashews

The steps:

1. Simmer the coconut milk, maple syrup and the dates in a saucepan over a low heat.

2. In a food processor, finely blend the oats, cocoa, coconut, honey and coconut oil until you have a moldable consistency. If the mixture is too dry, add some more coconut oil.

3. Press the oaty base mixture in to the bottom of a non-stick square cake pan or in to a loaf tin (makes a thicker slice) and place in the freezer whilst you prepare the top layer.

4. Take the coconut milk mixture off the heat and let it cool slightly. Place the cashews in the food processor and add the coconut milk mixture to blend. The consistency should be similar to caramel.

5. Remove your base from the freezer and pour the top layer evenly over the base. Freeze overnight until the slice is set then cut the slice in to slices (of course!) Store in the freezer ready for snack time!

New Year, New Me, New Home

Hello my blog.

I’m sorry I went away for so long but I have good reasons for leaving you so empty and out-dated, you see I was taking time out of my old life to start my new one. New lives are pretty complicated things you know; they require an awful lot of dedicated time and effort to birth them in to reality. There are cities to scour, homes to hunt for and jobs to snatch up. There are fresh friends to make, unique lingo to learn and strange foods to eat. There are also new rooms to fill, renewed routines to begin and unheard of recipes to try. With all of these new aspects to cultivate and pursue my days have felt short but my life has felt full and a full life is what’s most exciting about starting anew.

I finished my European travels in November and I have now found that my latest stop is the place I call home. Beautiful, vivid and adventurous Vancouver is where the new me begins. Although right now in January I must say it is more like grey, dreary and gloomy Vancouver. But even in the wet and wintry season I still feel at home, with the beach near by and the mountains in my view I know that this is where my new life is.

Since leaving the professional rowing world earlier in 2014 I have now found the gut feeling I have been looking for, that instinctive feeling where things just feel right, even when some days they’re wrong. Making the decision to finish up my rowing career and end my Olympic pursuit was a complicated and at the time painful decision, but it was the right one. Now I feel like I can prepare for my next long term pursuit in finding my path towards becoming a sport psychologist. This is a path that won’t be clear and won’t be easy but the timing is right to get the ball rolling, because when you’re passionate about something, the timing is always right.

So I find myself now in this wonderfully diverse Canadian city that has so much to offer. Not unlike the surrounds I’m used to back home in New Zealand, there is so much on offer here but on a much grander scale. Being around people of all ethnic backgrounds is a great bonus of being in a city such as Vancouver; there are so many opportunities to learn about not only Canada but also the rest of the world and what’s to complain about when Canadians are just so damn nice!

As the time passes on I am sure I will get used to the subtle differences in language and Canadian culture, although I am not sure I can learn to love a Caesar cocktail (is that a requirement for obtaining residency? I should look in to that) but for now I will stick to the cultural fusion. The fusion of Canada and New Zealand is an easy one as we tend to get along famously, apart from some strange cocktail preferences, so since I am now back in a beautiful, grand and functional kitchen I have started getting back in to my deeply missed passion of cooking. To kick-start my new life and my renewed blog I have made an ultimate “New Zanada” fusion recipe with these ….

Maple walnut ANZAC biscuits

Ingredients:

3/4 C Oats                                                          50g Butter

1/2 C Flour                                                          1/4 – 1/2 C Maple Syrup

1/2 C Desiccated Coconut                                  3/4 C walnuts or pecans (or a mix of both!)

1/2 t Baking soda mixed with 1 T hot water

How it’s done:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius or in my Canadian kitchen 350 degrees fahrenheit.

2. Mix all of the dry ingredients and nuts together (minus the baking soda)

3. Melt the butter and maple syrup over a low heat, stir the baking soda into the hot water and then add to the  butter and syrup mixture.

4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients, mix and place spoonfuls on to a greased or baking paper lined tray *.

5. Bake until golden (approximately 15-20 mins) and enjoy the fusion of these great flavours in a simple yet  classic and tasty biscuit.

* Make sure there is enough space between biscuits on the tray as they expand during cooking.

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