Posts Tagged ‘raw chocolate’

Lent: Natural Sweeteners on the shelves to substitute as alternatives to sugar

April 2, 2015

It feels poignant to me to write about sugar substitutes at this time, when, I am acutely aware that in under a week’s time it appears that half the population will gorge and double their average weekly Chocolate intake in a single day; Easter Sunday arrives!

However, for the few  of us who have essued the dark stuff since before March (feels almost like 1989…ie a long time!) this is a time for presents in my family, over excessive gifts of sugary sweet confectionary.

We love to Celebrate Easter in my family but since some of them are unwell, diabetic, on medication or simply seeking to not become unwell\overweight etc, we have universally chosen to celebrate rather more demurely, with small Easter gifts to bring great joy instead. I now like my new Easter\Spring shoes and Tea (which I have since becoming less interested in cooked foods, discovered an interest for, later on in life! 😉 )

For those who ‘shouldn’t’ have sugar (inc.most if not all of us…) here is a run down of the chosen alternatives available on the shelves…

  1. Agave – ALERT! I have rarely ever used it as it is a highly refined product (not a ‘nectar!’); v.sweet syrup or powder. I have found it to be a strong stimulant. When I recently asked the Store Manager at Planet Organic in Westbourne Grove, he agreed “it is too much” he stated; “it is simply too much for our system to handle”. Which does he prefer, I enquired {Q} “Date Syrup, Coconut Palm Sugar and Syrup…” He replied
  2. Date Syrup
  3. Sweet Freedom (fruit blend mix) Syrup
  4. Stevia: Syrups and powders (though still processed & refined) pref. natural state ground green leaf. Huhis ndreds of times sweeter than sugar cane or beet. 🙂 My Brighton based colleague grows it in his flat…
  5. Xylitol: Birch Tree sap
  6. Jaggery (conscious foods): I’ve never tried this Indian\Asian sugar but I hear from the followers that it is v.good, with extra vitamins & minerals (so they’d say…)
  7. Coconut Sugar and Nectar \ Syrup: 2 of my all time current favourites: for sweetness and the effect isn’t overly stimulating at all 🙂
  8. My favourite is: Yacon Syrup: I watched these being planted out and sown down out in Monkton Wild Court in Dorset many years ago on a Wild Raw Food Retreat I held over a weekend. These are like the gold of the tuber world! 🙂 Very nice (yet v.expensive in comparison…)

So if you are baking or making sweet creations this weekend (or ever) care to think about the substitutes which can be used instead of the standard sugar, which overly stimulates the pancreas, adrenal glands and overly numbs us as a result (not least robbing us of our vital nutrients).

I am seeking a healthier world view on all these areas, since I quit eating sugar back in 2003 and have rarely eaten it and no chocolate in general since Lent began. I am seeking also to find the best options for alternatives and to utilise them in my own and commercial foods. Less is most definitely, more! 😉

Happy Easter for the Kitchen Buddy friends & crew! 🙂

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Raw Chocolatier debut on SKY TV!

March 25, 2015

Florentine hearts

I few weeks ago, a researcher from Islam TV contacted me to attend an interview about my Raw Chocolatier, live on air. How very excited I was! They whisked me off to the studio within a couple of hours and I spoke about the great benefits to sugar-free and dairy-free Raw Chocolate.  Here’s our interview link from the day:

http://www.kitchenbuddy.eu/artisan-foods/raw-chocolatier/press-coverage/

Events Diary for Spring & Summer 2014 (Eco, Raw Food, Vegan, etc)

June 3, 2014

Kitchen Buddy Nutrition is attending, present at (& occasionally a visitor) at the following events Spring \ Summer 2014

Look forward to meeting you over the coming months at an event or more here…

June

Sat 7th June Doug Graham http://www.meetup.com/northlondon-veganorganic-rawtreat/

Sat 21st St Dunstan’s Fair, Catford. Raw Chocolate Talk & workshop

Sun 22nd Raw Food Pot Luck http://www.meetup.com/northlondon-veganorganic-rawtreat/

Sun 22nd Brian Clements (*TBC) Fresh – Network http://www.fresh-network.com/acatalog/a_day_with_dr_brian_clement_2014.html

July

Fri 4th-Sun 6th V-Delicious & Allergy and Free from Fair at Olympia (online discount tickets)

Sat 5th Goldsmiths Community Day (*TBC)

Sun 6th London Permaculture Festival http://www.londonpermaculturefestival.co.uk

Thurs 17th – Mon 21st Raw Fest www.rawfest.com  (how many times can you spot me in the picture below? 😉 )

August

Sunday 3rd August Yoga & Raw Food Day Workshop TBC (please contact us for details)

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September

Sat 13th Festival of Life http://www.festivaloflife.net

Sat 27th-Sun 28th  (*TBC) VegFest at Olympia.

 

Ecstatic & meditative Dance with Live Music

One Spirit http://www.meetup.com/OneSpirit-Ecstatic-Dance/  Raw & Cooked Vegan Cafe

Urubu http://www.meetup.com/london-ecstatic-dance/  Provides dancers’ complimentary Liquid Love Raw Chocolate Shots

5 Rhythms http://dancingtao.net/home/index.php

 

Nutrition Workshops Update

April 11, 2014

Kitchen Buddy’s upcoming Nutrition workshops plus Raw Chocolate: Healthy chocolate for weight-loss! History & medicinal powers.

Wild Food Foraging Walk & Lunch @Hither Green Festival Week on Saturday 24th May. Info & tickets here: http://ourhithergreen.com/

Smoothies and Raw Chocolate at the London Vegan Fair on 17th August. Info http://www.vegancampaigns.org.uk/festival/stalls.html

Also, locally at the Cat’s Protection League Fair on Sun 22nd June TBC

St Dunstan’s Craft Fair 21st June TBC.

 

Wake up from Winter! Superfood Smoothie Talk & Demo at NYR Blackheath

April 3, 2014

Last night, owner Alina & I were joined by a group of 8 female customers from Blackheath Neal’s Yard Remedies for our Talk & Demo Workshop on healing through superfoods with 3 individual, special smoothies & desserts.

Each ‘Superfood’ is a versatile ingredient in its own right. Initially, here’s what we can do with them, at home: Add to salads, dressings, soups, cereals, desserts and tonight: drinks.

These are fun to make at home; they’re not too sophisticated (or complicated).

We made a fresh Almond milk as a dairy milk alternative, to add protein and fat to the drinks and which slows down the sugar release during the day.

Stress Support, Adrenal Adaptogen

A base of almond milk, banana and berries with added Viridian Omega Oil for EFAs (a blend of flax, hemp, avocado & evening primrose oils) and Rhodiola Root. A delicious, deep pink\purple drink with a creamy texture. Supports the adrenal glands to support against stress eg. revision, exams, a busy day or evening ahead.

Alkaline & Detox Beauty Cleanser

This uses the same base but with added Soul Food Greens – a blend of Spirulina, Seagreens seaweeds, Wheatgrass & Barley Grass powders, plus Omega Oil. A deep purple\green colour to aid in alkalising and reducing acidic affect of processed food or fruit sugar. This helps to rebalance us towards pH7.5 a more balanced state internally. They reduce heavy metals and provide minerals inc. Iron, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium. Alina informed us that this blend (or Spirulina alone) is a useful travel supplement taken on long-haul flights may reduce jet-lag.

Active Energy; Sports & Fitness 

Again, we used the same fruit & nut milk base and then we added additional soaked Gogi berries (in warm water), Chia seeds, Coconut Oil and Baobab powder. This would add Vitamin C for immunity and cell growth, EFAs & energy metabolism, fibre and many minerals inc Calcium and Vitamin K. Coconut Oil contains Lauric Acid to support muscular growth & development and sports performance.  This is a pretty coral\pink\red colour drink\dessert. This was the group’s firm favourite; possibly due to the added fat from the coconut, Baobab fibre and bright colour! Coconut Oil is also antiseptic, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. As such, we shared that it is also useful as a treatment against head lice in children, a treatment against internal parasites and as a make-up remover and moisturiser!

All the smoothies turned out to be thicker due to the frozen state of the mixed berries (but would be thinner with more added juice eg.apple or water.) They’d also make an excellent dessert, or frozen into ice cream or lollies for children.

When avoiding fruit or bananas, use the superfood powders along with Avocado for chilled soups, with added vegetables (inc. cucumber, celery, kale, herbs etc). We suggest that you could also use other fruit eg mangos, kiwis, orange, peach, plum, plantain or pears instead of bananas.

Participant Feedback from the Talk & Demo:

“I really like the almond milk. It doesn’t taste like dairy (milk) – It doesn’t have that … cloying effect that cow’s milk has, it’s lighter.” Lindsay

“I really enjoyed it”. Rosie

All products may be purchased through NYR.

There will be more talks planned for the coming months.  Shop location here: http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/blackheath-store

Including Raw Chocolate, a sugar-free, locally handmade chocolate that is good for you!

A Soulmate Journey with Elena Angel

March 16, 2014

Since meeting Elena a couple of weeks ago at a mutual soulmate’s dance event (URUBU) we have spoken about joining forces for her own activites, in Soulmate journey & Tantra groups. It’s not an area I’ve had any previous experience in, in a class sense, so wasn’t expecting anything particular from her Soulmate journey taster evening. She suggested I make a selection of Raw Chocolates for the participants to hand out as part of the evening, which I did; Spicy Citrus Hearts and Plain Dark Vanilla Chocolate. The evening was held in the beautiful, calm space at the Skylight Centre in Islington – a very spacious-feeling venue with comfortable beanbags and a relaxed ambiance.  I felt more relaxed when I met a couple of members’ friendly faces who I’d met at the birthday party a few weeks previously. The mixed group comprised of 23 participants and we began by explaining how we came to be there and what we’d like to achieve from the evening in regards to either meeting a soulmate, or to improve our current soulmate relationships. Elena explained that the key to understanding our relationships is in the initial ‘soul’ section of the word. We are souls, she shared, having a human experience… After this, she suggested that we move and get into our bodies further and wake up (as it was the end of the week!) We stood up and danced to ‘I feel good’ (James Brown); twisting she divided us into pairs and asked us to imagine our partners’ bodies from an anatomical perspective, the muscles, the bones and the light within the bones themselves. Our job felt easy as we could both easily see oneanother’s inner light, beaming through ourselves. Next, we joined up with another pair and in our group of 4, we were asked to share what we love, feel passionate about, enjoy and are talented in. My partner began and shared that she enjoyed giving (and recieving) unconditional love, to others and those countries affected by political disasters who need support. One of her first loves is also cookery. Her profession was a good reflection of the former, in this respect and her desire to integrate a further healing practice we felt was a good choice. We all listened carefully, then repeated back to her, what she had told us. Then we gave suggestions on ways she could give to a soulmate and what she could offer. In my turn, I explained my love for gardening; decorative plants and flowers, handicrafts – sewing, knitting, creative projects, the rewarding nature of the work I practice with Naturopathic Nutrition and Healing and how special it feels to truely assist in another’s personal development and physical healing. Also I like art, both as pictures to view on walls and to meander around an art gallery. Then baking, preparing food and in service to others with my Raw Chocolate, cakes and other foods; it’s a highly rewarding activity. We shared our suggestions and thoughts in an honest, open and sincere manner; which felt a safe space to do so. We all felt warm (a glow akin to drinking whiskey), happy and valued through our groups’ combined encouragement and by the end , people who’d arrived feeling below-par, were smiling.  Then, in feedback, they repeated what I had expressed but also added in their own thoughts and interpretations. Another member shared that she’d felt safe back in her homeland but had moved to London for her profession and had lost confidence to a degree. As such, she didn’t find it easy to discuss her passions with us at all, until she volunteered her recent spell as a Yoga teacher; her face lit up and it was easy for us to reassure her that she would no doubt find soulmates in this arena. We commented on how courageous it was for her to have travelled across the world to another country, entirely different from her own and to make a new life in London. Here she would find friends and to not give up hope. She continued effortlessless and eloquently in her explanations and I commented as such; she sounded far surer that she’d previously thought. Finally, our 4th member shared that he’d grown up in part of Asia but still held onto some of the traditions and beliefs he was encouraged to from his relatives at home. Now working in IT he felt lost is his identity – who he was and what way to turn to become more attrated to soulmates. We gently questionned him, until he reported his love for his gym fitness classes and working out. Why not try to be a gym instructor,  I suggested, since he no longer wished to stay in IT and this was an area he could develop; but then he expressed a love for massage and we suggested that he enjoyed specialising in a specific area and for him to continue to do that and his soulmates may come through from there. He was over-the moon and grateful for our responses; we all were. We held hands and instantly felt a strong group connection, though we’d known each other for barely 20 mins. After a short tea & juice break, we returned to report back and shared our experiences with the group; and how the group encouragement had meant something valuable to us. I handed round a selection of Spicy Citrus raw chocolates and we ate them with a partner, whilst reading a short poetry quote. We ended by completing an evaluation form and leaving a testimonial, on film for Elena to use. We all said our goodbyes and I learnt that the London Tantra Festival, would be held next weekend, at the Barbican. For more information on Elena’s work visit http://elenaangel.com/

October 1, 2013

NEW for Autumn! Raw & Wild Living foods in S.London. 
Kitchen Buddy Culinary Classes at Gallery London

Back to your Roots: Nature’s Pharmacy

Mon 7th October – Mon 11th November 2013. 7-9 p.m.
The Gallery London, Hither Green Lane SE13. 
(10 mins London Bridge)

Experience the enhanced medicinal benefits of fresh, nutritious meals, local & seasonal fresh produce, a chemical & contamination-free lifestyle; eco- fabrics & fibres and wild superfoods, wheat, dairy-free & no-added sugar.

Learn time-saving methods for delicious dairy-free drinks, no-added sugar desserts and nourishing seasonal vegetable dishes. Light organic supper
Carob & banana milkshake, green energy balance juice, Courgetti pasta and dressing, Carrot Cake, apple tarte, ice-cream dessert, samples to taste.
www.ourhithergreen.com www.thegallerylondon.org

£40.00 per person. Bring a friend £70.00 for 2. Concs.

Registered Nutritional Therapist Theresa Webb Dip.Nut.MBANT

www.thegallerylondon.org   www.ourhithergreen.com

Tel. 07734 166 738.

E. Nutrition@kitchenbuddy.eu

“I like it; I can eat it and know that it’s doing me good (as a diabetic)” A. Hollister

I’ve learnt a lot about healthy food and it’s something I can use in everyday life” WHWC

 

 

Father’s Day

June 17, 2013

Today is Father’s Day (UK) and we celebrated, as is tradition, with cards and gifts. I gave him handmade chocolate covered dried fruit and fresh coconut truffles, his favourites and a couple of cards, designed by Phil, my talented Notts artist\designer. He’d emailed me the pictures with instructions to print off and my Dad loved it; ‘I love Dad’ in colourful fridge magnet style lettering. My sis posted her card and I’d guarded it secretly, for all week. 

My dad was out in the garden, digging, when I returned from church and rather than wanting gifts immediately, took the occasion to explain to me how to best dig over soil (start from a side and work\dig backwards across the area l-r) and remove bind-weed\convulvulous which had secretly, sadly arrived with the wild garlic (loosening the soil beneath but resisting to dig up) thus saving any other near-by plants; wild garlic and leeks in this instance. My lesson concluded with the sharp removal of dandelions (which had dared show their buds in our near-to-full-blooming rose bed). In any other sense, I would have taken it on board in a nocholante way but being Father’s Day, I paid more attention and learning more that I will some day need to replicate this for myself, with or without him around. It brings home the fact that I am still learning and benefiting from such simple tasks and details, but for my parents’ avid garden design, we have a garden which, in parts, resembles that of a picture in a magazine; roses of all shapes & colours are flowering against the fence (scarlet red \ pink), wall (dainty posy pink) shooting up our arbre (yellow) and taking advantage of a shorter crab-apple tree (in bright pink, white and mixed, with pale pink and old-fashioned-mauve still to come). The glass candle holders are courtesy of my grandparents, as a gift, in deep pink and purple; they compliment well our minature irises, chive flowers and soon-to-be ‘lambs ear’.

I am reminded of those nearest & dearest friends who are without a father or a parent today and wish them a happy day with their families and friends. I am lucky, in that I see mine on a daily basis (though I feel not, in some occasions…) as we chose to stay at our house and change it to suit our changing circumstances. 

A family day to re-connect and share a love of music, opera, mini true-bugs (with feather-like antennae) and of course, chocolate (though I gather it would taste even better with a brandy soaked cherry) he is never satisfied it seems unless there is alcohol involved and I’m not going to go there…; he’s the best taste-tester. Hooray for dads everywhere! 🙂

 

In any other time

Healthy Mother’s Day presents

March 7, 2013

Mothering Sunday 10th March ~ Handmade edible gifts for our marvelous Mothers.

Apple & Cinnamon, Chocolate and Chocolate Chip Cup Cakes & Rose Raw Chocolate Truffles (v, g-f). Do you want to order a feel-good parcel?

Valentine’s Chocolate Heart Gifts

February 13, 2013
For lucky fast orders today, or @Ruby & Norms’, or Sweaty Thursdays 5R dance in Vauxhaul tomorrow night:
 
Valentines’ Raw Chocolate Florentine and Rose Hearts plus
Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and Apple & Cinnamon Heart cakes.
ImageBeautiful all eco-wrap & ribbon

Ring, email or pm me for delivery details.