Strawberry tart -Mansikkatorttu

ImageWhat do we Finns love in summer -berries. Our forests and fields are full of berries. Wild forest blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, lingonberries, cloudberries…planted blackcurrants, redcurrants, strawberries, raspberries..All these amazing treats just a hand pick away. My little daughter tasted blueberries for the first time and loved them, who wouldn’t. Wild blueberries are so tasty, drastically different from bush blueberries as I have noted before.

I will continue to add raw food delights to my blog. I know, you must think I have lost my mind being so excited about  raw food. I want to highlight that I am interested in ”raakaruoka” not ”elävä ravinto” as we distinguish those two in Finnish. In English I don’t know whether there is such a clear distinction between ”raw food” which is uncooked food and delights made of mainly nuts etc. to replace flour, eggs, dairy and so on, whereas ”living raw food” is more about growing your own stuff and eating sprouts and all sort of greenies, I am not into that 🙂 I love good food so much so for me something that does not taste good even though being healthy is useless!

The recipe below is a fantastic alternative for strawberry cake. It is gluten, egg and dairy free so perfectly suitable for people with these allergies (of course nut allergic cannot eat this!!). This recipe is also from the book called ”Raw food delights”. Even my carnivore Aussie man loves these kind of raw food treats and that is a win!

Base:

7 dl (700ml) almonds

5 tbs honey

3 tbs vegetable oil

Filling:

3 pureed bananas

1/2 litre of strawberries

Topping:

5 dl (500ml) cashew cream (see the recipe in this post )

Decoration:

1/2 litre of strawberries

1. Crush almonds in a blender.

2. Add honey, oil and salt. Blend more.

3. Press half of the mixture in a cake tin or on the plate.

4. Pour half of the banana puree on top and half of the sliced strawberries on the top of them.

5. Add the half of the rest of the base mix on the top of banana puree and strawberries.

6. Add the rest of the banana puree and sliced strawberries.

7. Pour and press the rest of the base mix on top.

8. Pour cashew cream on top and decorate with strawberries.

Enjoy on a beautiful summer day!!!

Mainokset

Raw Food Chocolate Cake -Raakaruoka suklaa kakku

KuvaI promised to share the raw food chocolate cake recipe with you. This recipe is from the book called Raw Food Delights. I guess it is originally a Swedish book or at least the writer is Swedish based on what I have heard. You would not know that this cake is raw food and never ever even seen an oven. Like I mentioned in my previous post this dairy, egg and gluten (wheat, rye, barley) free diet is a totally new world for me. I, however, have decided to make most of it. The interesting thing is that for the past few weeks when I have not eaten any dairy I have felt much better physically. My whole body feels somehow cleaner and my tummy is happier. I will not become a vegan as I love my steak but I have to say that other animal’s milk that is actually meant for its calf does not make sense to me anymore. The more I think about it the more unlikely it is that I will go back using milk as such again. Butter and cheese are very processed so I don’t mind them but milk as a milk, strange. Like one of my friend noted the whole Finnish culture and cuisine is around milk. Grown up men drink milk from the can, at the grill in the middle of the night a Finnish man buys  sausages and chips with the can of milk. We drink milk, piimä (buttermilk), quark, smetana, cream, yoghurt…all the time every day.  A trip to Spain was also very eye opening as Spanish don’t use that much milk but the cuisine is fantastic. I guess we have made ourselves dependent on milk even though there are many other things we could eat and cook. The recipe below is probably the best demonstration about this. After eating this delicious coco dream you will ask where do we even need milk and eggs!? Also, this recipe is perfect if you have a toddler and don’t want to pump them full of sugar or E code preservatives and colourings! I have also another raw food cake recipe for you that is a white chocolate strawberry cake alternative and will share it with you soon. For all these amazing recipes I have to thank my dear cousin who has been baking these treats for me during the summer holidays here in Finland! Like I said this is  a new world for me but worth trying and I will master it in the end, I have decided so.

Base:

5dl (500ml) walnuts

5-6 tbs coco powder

hint of salt

2 tbs coconut oil

2 tbs honey

15 fresh dates

1 1/2 dl (150ml) cashew cream (2dl cashew nuts, 2dl water and 1 tsp vanilla powder -not sugar! Just mix these all together in a blender.)

Avocado chocolate mousse icing:

I have given you this recipe in my previous post but here it is in case you need it.

1dl (100ml) dates

1 dl water

4 tbs honey

1 tsp vanilla powder (from organic stores)

2 avocados

1 dl coco powder

1. Crush walnuts in a blender.

2. Add coco powder and salt, blend well.

3. Add all the other base ingredients and blend more.

4. Tap the base in teh bottom of the serving plate or cake tin.

5. Prepare the chocolate mousse by mixing dates, water, honey and vanilla in a blender. Add avocado and coco powder and blend well.

6. Pour the mousse on the top of the base. Let the tart set in a fridge and serve it as any dessert with coffee or dessert wine. Sprinke some fresh strawberries and mint leaves on top. Yummy!

PS. I have also thought about adding stories in both Finnish and English in future, I would love to hear your opinion about it. Should I write also in Finnish like many other Finnish bloggers seem to do?