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Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

The Happyolks facelift we began planning last October is finally here! Designer and dear friend Samantha Kogle became pregnant almost immediately after we started in on things, so, naturally, my interest in site talk was backseat to LIFE most times we met for coffee. Sam is a badass, there is really no other way to say it. I honestly do not know a woman in my life with more moxie, humility, and grit. In the past six months she has conquered a massive company merger, two trimesters of pregnancy, buying her first home, single-handedly managing the layout of a local magazine, oh… and building out this site. Wowsa, no?

Then there’s Ali Nelson. Effusive, vibrant, and courageous beyond measure, Ali inspires me with her radical authenticity and uncanny ability to encourage the women who know her and wish to know her with her unique voice and craft. Kindred spirit. Soul sister. Hometown kin that, if we lived close now, I know I would smother to death trying to get her goodness to rub off on me. Not pretty. She hand lettered this new logo, which I adore. In our first email exchange when she asked about the general vibe I was going for in the update, I literally sent her a stylesheet of images of PEOPLE, not logos like a normal person would/should do, comparing faces and personalties that were emoting “lovely” postures (think Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly) vs “quirky” postures (think Susan Sontag, Marlon Brando). I preferred, as you probably can guess, the latter. Ali, being the amazing visual artist that she is, made it happen.

This makeover was for me, in some ways, to match how I feel in my skin on the internet six years into this gig. But it’s mostly for you. I have received SCORES of emails with requests for changes over the years, and I’ve heard you. Since this has always been a part-time affair, NOT a career blog, it has taken me a little longer than most to get around to things. At long last we finally have a subscribe feature that works(!!), a recipe index that actually makes sense to peruse, and there are a few other features that you may find popping up over the next few weeks, months. I hope this place is easier to navigate, easier to read (darker script!), and generally more pleasant to poke around. Hugs from Australia.

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Tilly Bean

Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Adapted from Gourmet 

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lavender buds, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 Tsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1 3/4 cup cultured butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup local honey
  • ––– 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ––– 2-4 tsp 2% milk

 

Preheat oven for 300′ F. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Set aside. In the basin of your stand mixer, beat together butter, honey, and confectioners sugar. Add flour mixture and mix until dough resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Gather dough into a ball and then divide into three equal portions. On a lightly floured surface, knead one portion of the dough with the prepared rosemary until evenly distributed. Repeat with prepared lavender, then again with the thyme and lemon zest. Roll out dough portions on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake for 2o minutes or until golden brown.

For the icing, mix together powdered sugar and milk to make a paste. Place in fridge until ready to use. Drizzle and spread across completely cooled cookies Icing will harden in 10-15 minutes.

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks | Shortbread Clouds, Three Ways

Happyolks

Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker Review

Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker

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Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill, Green Review

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Sarah B’s Breakfast (Cookie) Bars

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I am guessing that Sarah B from My New Roots hardly needs any introduction? She is one of the most inspiring voices on the plant-based recipe scene, always with a smile and a smoothie on hand. Her way of reinventing traditional dishes into healthier versions of themselves is downright amazing. And if that wasn’t enough, she is one of the nicest and most positive persons we have met.

Her long awaited cookbook has the same concept as the blog, but is printed on beautiful paper and with the recipes divided into seasons (five of them!). There are plenty of inspiration for all flavours here and we have lots of dog-eared recipes yet to try. If you enjoy our type of cooking, you are going to love this book. It’s a gem.

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I am not sure why we chose to feature this exact recipe, a more colourful one would probably be more representative for the book. I guess we were intrigued by the thought of eating giant shaped cookies for breakfast. The fact that they are vegan and had a can of white beans in them, probably also sparked our curiosity.

Sarah writes that its time to ditch the plastic packaged breakfast bars as they are filled with too much stuff that doesn’t do us any favours. Her bars (or cookies) are loaded with whole-food fiber, protein, healthy fats, real fruit, and as we mentioned above, even beans.

We have already made these quite a few times. They taste really delicious with a hint of orange. Even though they seemed a little crumbly to us at first, they held together very well when baked. We find them perfect to make for a pantry cleaning, as almost any kind of nuts, seeds and dried fruit can be added. We also made one version where we subbed the maple syrup with a ripe banana and two dates. Baby Isac loves them too, and since they are filled with so much good stuff, we love making them for him.

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Fully Loaded Breakfast Bars (Recipe from My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season)
Makes 10 large bars (although we make our bars slightly smaller than Sarah and get 12 bars from one batch.)

1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 1⁄4 cups / 325 g gluten-free rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1⁄2 cups / 250 g cooked white beans, such as navy, white kidney, or Great Northern (about one 15-ounce / 250 g can)
1⁄4 cup / 60 ml coconut oil, melted
1⁄4 cup / 60 ml pure maple syrup or raw honey
Grated zest of 1 organic orange
1⁄4 cup / 60 ml unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄3 cup / 60 g chopped unsulphured dried apricots
1⁄4 cup / 30 g  raisins
1⁄4 cup / 35 g pumpkin seeds
2 cups / 60 g organic, non-GMO cornflakes (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
Combine the chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl, and set aside for 15 minutes to gel.
Pulse 1 1⁄4 cups / 125 g of the oats in a food processor until they resemble a very rough flour. Transfer the flour to a large mixing bowl and whisk in the remaining 2 cups / 200 g oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Pulse the beans with the coconut oil in the food processor until the mixture is creamy. Add the maple syrup, orange zest, chia gel, applesauce, and vanilla extract, and pulse until smooth.
Pour the bean puree over the oats mixture and stir until everything starts to come together. Add the apricots, raisins, pumpkin seeds, and cornflakes and stir to combine—you may need to use your hands at this point.
Shape the dough into 10 equal balls, and then flatten each one into a patty shape. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the bars are golden. Let cool completely before enjoying. The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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PS! We are coming to London last weekend of September for two different events. We will be talking at the Food Blogger Connect conference at Chiswick House on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September. We are also excited to be talking and cooking at the Fare Healthy festival at Borough Market on Sunday 27th September. Check out their websites for tickets and more info.

Green Kitchen Stories

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides | @naturallyella

I had no intention of really cooking much for the fourth since we were hiding inside (our dog really hates fireworks and it’s easiest just to watch a movie). However, Mack was cool with hanging out with M for the day so I took advantage, went to the farmers market, and got inspired to do a bit of cooking.

Instead of a recipe, I thought I’d share four ideas that I made yesterday. Each one is extremely loose and can easily be adapted to flavors you may like. Summer is the best time to take produce and have fun.

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides
Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Farmers Market Summer Vegetarian Sides

Breakfast Radishes | @naturallyella
Armenian Cucumbers

Grilled Radishes | @naturallyella

Grilled Radishes with Armenian Cucumbers and Pearled Couscous

Ingredients I used: Pearled Couscous, Armenian Cucumbers, Breakfast Radishes, Scallions, Feta, Lemon Juice, Champagne Vinegar, Olive oil, and Salt/Pepper.

Saying I love Armenian cucumbers is a bit of an understatement. While these beauties aren’t actually straight cucumbers (just related), the flavor is of a sweet cucumber. I could easily eat grilled radishes with these cucumbers without the couscous (but the couscous makes it more substantial). I already had leftover couscous and just tossed everything together with a drizzle of the vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil. Keep it vegan by ditching the feta or for gluten-free, use quinoa or sorghum.

Grilled Radish and Armenian Cucumber Couscous Salad | @naturallyella

Grilled Corn | @naturallyella
Grilled Corn | @naturallyella

Grilled Sweet Corn

I have a particular way I grill corn that I think is worth the bit of extra effort. I peel back the husk, remove the silk, butter (or olive oil) and sprinkle with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic. Toss is on the grill until the husk is charred and the yellow of the corn has perked up. You can easily eat the corn now, but I peel back the husk and return it to the grill to lightly char.

Grilled Shisito Peppers | @naturalyella

Grilled Shisito Peppers

Toss the shisito peppers with olive oil, soy sauce, honey, and sesame seeds in a cast iron skillet. Cook on the grill, stirring occasionally. (I would typically roast the peppers in this mixture but it’s been 100˚ and I wasn’t about to turn on the oven except to make pie, because pie did happen). I eyeballed the drizzle of each liquid but any extra thickens into a nice sauce.

Tomatoes | @naturallyella
Tomatoes | @naturallyella

Heirloom Tomatoes with Basil

It’s the beginning of July which means I’m starting my overeating tomatoes. This is about the easiest way to serve tomatoes: slice, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh basil, salt, and pepper. Done and done.

grilled vegetarian sides | @naturallyella

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GRAPEFRUIT + WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA

Grapefruit & Watermelon Agua Fresca . Sprouted Kitchen

I am motivated by the “summer bucket lists” I’ve been hearing about or seeing on Instagram. With Curran and the work we have to do around the house, I’ve thought the fun parts of this season would fall to the wayside but that is silly thinking. There are local weekend trips to take, pizza down at the beach at sunset, farmers market hauls for peach crisps, and apricot jam to swirl into plain yogurt. There may be a fence to build, a storage area to fix up, and a kitchen that needs updating but those tasks can blend in with the things that make us feel alive too. I forget that sometimes. Head down, responsibility, get things done… it’s never that stuff that lightens my heart and fills me up even though it’s my default setting. Time for a summer list. 

It started warming up around here this week and I’m not great about drinking water. My goal is to reward every two tumblers of water with a more tasty drink – I have a cucumber, apple, kale juice in the fridge which I like over ice or this super refreshing grapefruit and watermelon juice with a splash of sparking water for fizz. Sunkist sent me some California Star Ruby grapefruits that were super juicy and the watermelon juice cuts the tartness just right. I went for a 50/50 blend this round, but you could alter that based on preference. Also, it makes a dreamy cocktail mixer. The happy hour fix is crushed ice, this juice, a tiny tip of triple sec and a glug of tequila for the best summer margarita. Maybe a little extra lime if you have one around. This recipe makes enough juice to make about six cocktails so it’d be great for a small party. All said, I hope your summers have started off in the best way. 

Grapefruit & Watermelon Agua Fresca . Sprouted Kitchen

Grapefruit & Watermelon Agua Fresca . Sprouted Kitchen

Grapefruit & Watermelon Agua Fresca . Sprouted Kitchen

GRAPEFRUIT + WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA // Makes one generous liter

I use a juicer for efficiency sake, but I understand not everyone has one. For the grapefruit and lime, you could squeeze the juice by hand or with a citrus juicer into a bowl. The watermelon pieces can be blended in a food processor and then strained to get a smoother juice. You basically need about 2 cups of each grapefruit and watermelon and the juice of one lime. Use whatever grapefruits you like, I find the red varieties produce more juice.

 

  • 4 California Star Ruby Grapefruits, peeled
  • 1 small watermelon, cubed and peeled
  • 1 lime, cut in quarters
  • crushed ice
  • sparkling water, optional
  • tequila and triple sec, optional

 

In a juicer, juice the peeled grapefruit, watermelon and lime. Stir together to mix. Add more lime to taste. 

As an agua fresca, enjoy cold over ice. I add a splash of sparkling water. It also makes an excellent margarita with a bit of triple sec and a shot of tequila. 

Grapefruit & Watermelon Agua Fresca . Sprouted Kitchen

This post is sponsored by Sunkist Growers. Fruit and compensation provided by Sunkist, all opinions are my own. 

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