FEATURE RECIPE: SPICY FRUIT AND NUT BISCUITS
These small morsels I call “Spicy Fruit and Nut Biscuits” are guaranteed make your mouth water and melt slowly once they get there. They include the unique flavours of all spice and cloves along with apricot jam and peanut butter. The jam gives the biscuits a moist centre and the allspice and cloves add a hint of spice. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the ingredients complimented each other. Delicious.
I make these biscuits small to go further especially with little people in tow and because they are so delicate.
This recipe has been shared at the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck this week.
- 3/4 C peanut butter
- 1/2 c vegan margarine
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- egg replace to equal 1 egg
- 3 TBS apricot jam
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 C of flour ( I used GF self raising, if using plain flour add 1 tsp baking powder)
- water on hand to thin if needed
- Preheat the oven to 175 c.
- Using an electric mixer cream the peanut butter and margarine for at least 2 minutes scraping the sides as you go.
- Add sugar and continue to cream for at least another minute and scrape again.
- Add egg substitute and mix again until incorporated.
- Scrape down the bowl and add the jam. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl mix together the flour, all spice, cloves and salt
- Incorporate the wet mixture into the dry and mix well with a wooden spoon.
- The biscuits need to be rolled into balls so if the mix is to thick thin it out with the water.
- Roll into balls, place on a greased cookie sheet and place in the oven for 15 minutes or until brown on the bottom.
- Please be aware these bickies need to be handled carefully when hot and then allowed to cool when out of the oven.
TWO YEARS (and counting) WITHOUT SHAMPOO AND MY OTHER BEAUTY SECRETS
For some time now I have been gearing up to write a post about the two years I have not used commercial shampoo. While admittedly I am not a fan of the name, the “no ‘poo” method of hair washing is becoming increasingly popular among those of us who care about animals, the environment, our bodies and the number of chemicals infiltrating all three. There is also a significant cost reduction in using this method.
I am one of a growing number of people who use bicarbonate soda ( baking soda ) as a hair wash and scalp scrub and then follow with an apple cider vinegar rinse. To be honest I am not sure how long I have been using this method on my hair, definitely two years and maybe longer.
My frugal heart is drawn to home made products for the home and body. I use very few products apart from unfluoridated toothpaste , which I have made in the past though Big G and I like the flavour of the one we use. I enjoy vegetable based soap and essential oils.
I own zero make-up which is amusing in itself as I have a hugely talented daughter who is successfully pursuing a career in make up arts. So proud of her because she is amazing at her craft. This, however, is a case of the apple falling far, far away from the tree.
When I was nominated to participate in the ” make up free selfie” promo on Facebook recently I had a little chuckle because every photo of me is a makeup free selfie.
Make up is not for me. My goal is always to live as minimally and gently as possible and when it comes to beauty, hygiene and face and body care I strive to follow this guide. No judgment from me if you do like to “put on your face before going to town” as my mum used to say. Do what you do.
Gee this is turning into the post I have been gearing up to write!
Not today. I want to get some home grown, not photo shopped photos together which might illustrate a head of no ‘poo hair looks like. Funnily enough, or not so, I started to receive links talking about minimal products and hair care and I was excited to see so many people embracing this method of washing your hair. Check some of them out on my post last week.
Today I have a couple more from Annie at An Unrefined Vegan and Lucy Aiken Read who blogs here and has written a book about going ‘no-poo as well. Incidentally I might add I have not been asked to promote these pages or books. I am merely highlighting the material I have received about the subject in the past week or so.
No fruit bowl picture this week. Shrug.
I figure that sharing an image of the same types of fruits in a half full fruit bowl week in and week out is not anyone’s idea of a good time.
Take my word for it. This week my fruit bowl at the end of the week is the same as last week with lemons, oranges, apples and a few pears as well as a couple of kiwis which need to be eaten very soon. Not a kiwi fan, so it won’t be me. There will not be any waste.
There are veggies left in my fridge which you will see on the bottom and third shelf. These will not be waste, I have been pre-planning the meals for this week and have included them in the mix. There is a small spotty carrot in the front which will go to the compost. Oh and the purple carrot I mentioned last week which turned out to be tasty and excellent in juice will be eaten without a doubt.
The containers on the second shelf are full of pasta ( gluten free and not) from dinner the night before this photo. These too have an intended destination and are always good for quick meals and soups. There is a container of peaches we eat on a regular basis in the glass bowl which will not go to waste.
Not bad on the waste front really. With G and I being away over the weekend we ate less meals at home though we took lunch with us both ways to avoid high cost, unnecessary garbage and little to no menu choice. The veggies would have been used up if I had been around to play in the kitchen as I often do on weekends.
Have a fantastic weekend and keep shining.
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