December 18 is National “I Love Honey” Day — Foodimentary – National Food Holidays

National “I Love Honey” Day Five Food Finds about Honey Greeks and Roman referred to honey as a food fit for the gods. A honey wine was developed, and largely consumed by many. Its given name was mead. Honey was so in demand in the eleventh century that it was a stipulation for German peasants […]

via December 18 is National “I Love Honey” Day — Foodimentary – National Food Holidays

What a wonderful post to see! Thanks Foodimentary for giving me a reason to eat honey today! For the holiday season, why not try some pohutukawa honey from New Zealand. The pohutukawa is considered the New Zealand Christmas tree.

Other naturally sweet treats you can enjoy this holiday season are pomegranates (sweet and tart), persimmons (great made into jam) and oranges (clementines should be in season).

For some other easy to make sweet treats, try a spirited beverage. Mead is honey wine, a traditional drink at the Yuletide season. Mulled wine or cider is served warm and contains sweetness, spices and citrus. And of course eggnog and rum are a classic. There are many coconut and almond milk based versions theses with the main flavours being granulated sugar and nutmeg.

Not a fan of fruitcake? Perhaps fruitcake inspired oatmeal will change your mind. Gather together your favourite dried fruits and add to cooked oats.*

*A combination of steel-cut and rolled oats make  a palatable and more healthy mix.

When cooking the oats, mix with orange zest, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ginger) and water. Or to be really decadent and true to the fruitcake and holiday spirit, cook in eggnog and rum! Top with spiced brown sugar or drizzle with maple syrup. Breakfast may never be the same again!

Happy Sugar Sunday everyone!

Sugar Sunday – The rain made me do it

Product review

Inclement weather and indulgent dining go hand in hand.

It had been raining on and off the last few days and my curbed appetite for sugar was reawakened with every falling raindrop. Despite following responsible shopping practices (don’t go shopping when you’re hungry and only buy what is on your list), I was intrigued by a tub of cashew-based ‘ice cream’.

I had eaten less than an hour before and was mostly firm in sticking to my list, yet I couldn’t pull myself away from the “dark chocolate fudge frozen dessert”. At $7 for a 500mL tub, I talked myself into buying it. I reasoned that it wasn’t an item I could easily make at home as ultra smooth cashew cream befitting frozen dessert is difficult to attain with my food processor. I also felt the need to product test as a duty to my blog followers (you’re welcome).

The result? Absolutely delicious!

Most of the ingredients are recognizable and pronounceable with the added bonus of containing fair-trade cocoa. It is produced by Oregon company So Delicious Dairy Free.

http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/about-us

A serving size, ½ cup, has 180 calories, 9g of fat and 18g of sugar. That’s a lot of sugar but not a lot of dessert. To put it into perspective, a ½ cup is about half the size of your fist or 4 generous spoonfuls. Indulge responsibly! This treat is best enjoyed as an accent to some fresh raspberries or strawberries (or whatever healthy fruit you have available. Chocolate pretty much goes with anything).

product link:

http://sodeliciousdairyfree.com/products/cashew-milk-frozen-desserts/dark-chocolate-truffle

Oh and I broke another ‘rule’. Instead of sticking to less than a serving size, I polished off that tub in two sittings. I wonder what the salted caramel cashew cream frozen dessert is like….?

Sugar Sunday – It’s my Easter Birthday

If bread be the staff of life, then let me eat it all day long!

Every now and then, March babies, like myself, will have a birthday that falls on Easter. This is one of those years. Whether you celebrate this holiday (Easter not my birthday) or not, you will probably come across an assortment of Easter breads somewhere in the Western world. Following is a link from the Kitchn website on 15 Easter Breads from Around the World:

http://www.thekitchn.com/rich-eggy-sweet-15-easter-breads-from-around-the-world-recipe-roundup-112930

Other breads with religious significance are challah, a yeasted sweet Jewish bread often braided; pretzels, said to be shaped in the form of hands crossed in prayer and communion bread, used in Catholic ritual.

Let them eat cake.”

Breaking news!

This year I decided to forgo an official cake for my birthday. Yes, shocking I know. I did make spring-themed cupcakes, though, and used the leftover batter and icing to make a small cake fit for a Lilliputian. This will serve as my non-traditional birthday treat.

Life is sweeter with a bit of sugar in it but even better when consumed in a reasonable amount. In keeping with the theme of National Nutrition Month (the 100 meal journey – making small changes one meal at a time), I challenge you to skip the super-size and candle-laden cake and partake in one of the following instead to mark your special day:

  • a piece of fair-trade chocolate
  • a glass of dessert wine or champagne
  • a slice of pie
  • a scoop of ice cream
  • a small cupcake

It’s my party and I won’t have cake if I don’t want to.