Homemade Organic Pizza

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A truly satisfying dish. One to be proud of. One that should come with the warning sign of
WARNING: Awesomely Addictive Pizza! Beware, it is delicious and knowing you made it yourself is a huge creativity boost as you can adapt this dish in many ways, different bread bases, different types of cheese and so many different toppings, the possibilities are endless! Research, trial & error.
You would think given the simplicity of it that we would all be making our own. Maybe this recipe can inspire more people to do so. I can’t believe I have gone my whole life and never made a proper pizza, when I was about 13 or 14 years old I crafted a sweet chocolate pizza in a home economics class and yes it was smothered in chocolate and all kinds of sherbets and chewy sweets (I shudder now to think what was actually on it, the allergies I have now would most definitely be going wild if I were to indulge in a slice of that bad boy! Luckily for me I have seen better days and can now cook in better ways )

This Pizza recipe contains absolutely no: artificial flavours, colours, preservatives or additives or anything artificial at all for that matter.
It is free from: gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy, yeast, sugar and animals.
I used organic ingredients as inorganic foods have had dangerous, life threatening additives added to them and are un-natural and almost void of nutrition. Once upon a time organic food was simply just known as ‘food’, grown, sold and eaten in all its freshness. Now, you have to buy ‘organic’ food to ensure its just food and nothing else and to know it is safe enough to consume!
The system is so corrupt and seemingly does not care for our health despite what it advertises, preaching that it is safe to use products like roundup to spray onto our fields of food, despite the people spraying the crops are wearing masks and full body covering suits! When and who decided it would be a good idea to mass spray deadly chemicals onto what we use as fuel to live? Guarantee they don’t eat it! It is totally backwards and lethal to the uneducated fool. Time to wake up!
I urge you to research further and scrutinise everything you are consuming, to the last ingredient, its place of origin and how it is cared for.
Buy organic! Just do it. Most products are about 20p more expensive, a lot are the same price and some products that are organic are actually cheaper than those that are not, check it out, save yourself from deadly disease via the consumption of weed killing chemicals and start buying organic today.

This pizza was a winner all round, I did a little trial one first with just cheese and tomato for the boys lunch and they absolutely loved it! Yay! It only takes around 30 minutes to cook and it is tremendously healthy as every ingredient, in a moderate dose, is health promoting and nutritional.
My younger Sister came to stay as she often does, usually we would have got some kind of take away food or would have eaten separately prior to dinner time but since I have turned into a foodie freak and I am now almost completely homemaking everything and will not touch anything that doesn’t have specifically listed ingredients stating it being organic and animal free, that’s just not an option anymore. So that’s the take aways cancelled. I know my family think I’m a weirdo and can’t understand why I stress and worry and even bother to live this way but since I have seen the light, I feel, it is vital to do all I can to consume responsibly. Thus meaning avoiding all known allergens / foods that are unhealthy and unethically sound. Last time my sis came to stay her and my mother ordered the greasiest, cheapest and nastiest pizza going, laced with everything that would make me very ill and riddled with guilt, it made me want to puke looking at it and I actually didn’t ‘try’ it and just let them carry on. I did however have some garlic bread. They then both passed out (screaming gluten) and I thought to myself, “this is no good! It just won’t do” To think about what is actually in and on top of that pizza is seriously nasty, if you care enough about ethics! After eating food or consuming anything, if it makes you feel anything less than alive then it’s not good for you. I cringed at it all and I made it my mission to provide a healthy version that we can all enjoy. After a little research on a base, a cheese and how to cook it, this homemade pizza started coming together nicely.

Firstly you will need a cheese, I am dairy intolerant so this is a ‘vegan’ cheese meaning it does not contain any animal products. It does contain nuts and quite a few of them so unfortunately if you have a nut allergy this cheese will not work for you, however I would love to see a vegan cheese that is nut free also so if you do happen to create one for yourself please share it here in the comments or send me a link. Thanks.

Soft Cashew Cheese

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Here is the link to the full cheese recipe article (link)
My sister says it tastes like Philadelphia cheese, I’m not sure if this is a compliment or not though!
It is, however, the most delicious cheese I have ever tasted and the fact it has no animal milk involved really warms my heart. This was my first ever cheese. Like the Pizza all in all, this cheese can be adapted using diversity to create wondrous cheeses, tailored to tickle your individual taste buds.
This is an amazing cheese that actually tastes like a cream cheese!

To make this cheese you will require:

1 cup Organic Raw Cashew Nuts
1 cup Soaking Water
2 tablespoons Agar Flakes + ¼ cup Water
1/3 teaspoon Organic Raw Garlic
1/3 teaspoon Organic Raw Onion
1/3 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
¼ cup fresh Organic Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Method:

1) Soak the Cashew Nuts in 1 cup of Water for at least 8 hours.
2) Crush a clove of Garlic and chop the Onion and measure them out. Leave it to air.
3) Combine the Agar Flakes + Water in a pan, bring it to the boil then simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently.
4) In a blender combine the Cashews + the soaking Water, Garlic, Onion, ACV, Lemon juice and Salt. Blend on high for 2 minutes.
5) Add the heated Agar to the blender and blend for around 5 minutes until the cheese thickens.
6) Remove from the blender and set it in to a bowl.
7) Refrigerate your cheese and use it in a variety of amazing ways.

Tomato Puree Sauce

For this sauce I feel it was a little sweet so next time I will use less Agave. Feel free to follow precisely or adapt to your personal taste.

You will require:

6-8 Large Organic Tomatoes
1 tablespoon Agar Flakes
1 tablespoon Organic Agave Syrup
1/3 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Method:

1) Chop and blend the Tomatoes, salt and Agave into a puree.
2) In a pan add the combined ingredients and gently heat the Tomatoes and add the Agar. Bring it to the boil and then simmer for 6-8 minutes, stirring continuously.
3) Remove from heat and mix thoroughly.
4) Leave it to set in a jar until it is required.

Bread Base

For the bread base I used a very simple recipe as the variations were slightly overwhelming, most recipes including yeast which I did not want to use. I wanted to do a mix of flours but couldn’t find a suitable recipe and yes I was anxious I would get it wrong if I changed it as I am not a very great bread baker! I struggle with the volumes of ingredients and this time as it was for my sister I didn’t want to screw it up. I settled for safe rather than potentially sorry option here!
Nevertheless the bread is awesome and a winner with the kids too.
Silly I forgot to add the Chia Seeds to the actual Pizza base but I did try it again with them and it worked brilliantly so I would recommend adding 2 teaspoons Chia seeds.

For this flatbread pizza base you will require:

2 ¼ cups Buckwheat Flour
½ cup Organic Tapioca Flour
2 cups Warm Water
¼ cup Organic Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 teaspoon Organic Raw Garlic
1/3 teaspoon Organic Raw Onion
1/3 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Organic Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Food Grade Baking Soda
1 tablespoon Organic Agave Syrup

Toppings

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For this particular Pizza the toppings we used were:

1 Courgette
¼ tin Sweetcorn
1/3 Green Pepper
1/3 Yellow Pepper
1 Red Onion
½ Patty Pan
2 Chillies

The cooking method used:

1) Preheat Oven to Gas Mark 4. Line baking tray with parchment paper, grease it and heat in the oven.
2) Measure out the dry ingredients and combine in a bowl.
3) Measure and combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and blend on high for no more than 2 minutes.
4) Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Pour and scoop the mix on to the baking paper and spread it out evenly to ensure even cooking.
5) Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how crispy you require the bread.
6) Remove from the oven and spread the Tomato sauce evenly over the bread base. Next add a thick layer of cheese, I did not want to heat the cheese to melt it so I just used a knife to spread it across. Then add the toppings.
7) Place the tray back in the oven for 10-20 minutes.
8) Remove the Pizza from the oven, let it slightly cool then cut diagonally.
9) Serve and devour!

Enjoy your very own Homemade Organic Pizza and share it with your loved ones spreading the word of health.

 

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HOMEMADE NATURAL LAUNDRY WASHING POWDER

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Yes, yes, yes, I did it…finally got it right 🙂

My fabrics are clean and smell awesome. Yay! More importantly the powder is safe and free of dangerous chemicals!
The recipe below is homemade and all natural and it’s definitely been worth the wait.
After months of trying I have found the perfect laundry detergent recipe and I am so happy to share it with You!
Upon discovering how dangerous the advertised store bought washing powders and liquids actually are, with their harsh chemical ingredients that are ridiculously hard to pronounce, I got really upset at the thought of what I was allowing next to my children’s skin and decided enough was enough. How cool is the notion of home-crafting your own anyway? Very cool and really very satisfying knowing you know exactly what’s being used and the fact that it works just rocks! Ok so the store bought brands have a high potency of fragrance and are really really really cheap but they are not natural and far from eco-friendly, in my eyes it’s just not worth it, that is my babies skin I am putting those deadly chemicals on. The system over time has lured us in to just buy whatever is mainstream and has some how numbed our minds to not even question what we are buying even though the list of oddly named ingredients is plain to see, people just do not seem to care, playing ignorance and some people really are that stupid to not even think twice, only caring about price. Not this Muma.

If we think about the impact we are having on earth and the water supply by flooding it with these poisons then we are able to see how we are carelessly destroying the only place we have to live, our true source of life. Do we want to live on a totally poisoned world? That is the way it is heading unless more people wake up, quick. Eventually we will have corrupted our Mother Earth so much we won’t have grass to stand on.
One by one we can stop this mass destruction and try to create a natural clean and green world. It may take a while but why would we want to pollute our planet when we really do not need to. Eco-warriors need to lead the way by example, reaching out to others and through guidance, helping everyone to understand the damage we are actually doing and how easy it is to make these changes. You don’t need to be a wacky scientist or have a state of the art laboratory (that would be nice though), just a few natural ingredients, a grater, a spoon, a cup and a tub!

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To have the pleasure and satisfaction of making your very own washing powder you will require:

Ingredients:

1 cup Organic Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oils infused Soap Bar
1 cup High Grade Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda)
1 cup High Grade Sodium Carbonate (Washing Soda)
1 cup High Grade Citric Acid
1 cup High Grade Dead Sea Salt
½ cup Organic White Wine Vinegar

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Once you have acquired all the ingredients you will require:

The method:

1) Acquire a cup for measuring, a cheese or soap grater, a bowl to mix it together in or an airtight tub to mix / store it in and turn on the washing machine
2) Simply grate a bar of soap to fill your cup using the grater
3) Measure out the Sodium Bicarb, Sodium Carbonate, Citric Acid and Sea Salt into equal parts to each other and to the soap (1 cup)
4) Combine these all together in the bowl / tub and mix very thoroughly being very careful not to gust the powders up your nose or you will sneeze (every time!)
5) Use 1 cup of finished mixture to add to the laundry in the machine
6) Add the additional ½ – 1 cup of white wine vinegar to further freshen and soften
7) Set the machine and move on to your next job!

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Tips:

– You can make your own Sodium Carbonate from Sodium Bicarbonate by popping it in the oven for 30 minutes and baking it at around 200 Celsius. You must mix it regularly whilst its baking or it will harden and although the lumps can be broken down its better to keep it as fine as possible so it will mix well in this recipe once it has cooled. Alternatively you can buy it ready-made (purchase at great prices from Intralabs.co,uk).
– I recommend using a richly infused with essential oils soap bar. You can use a plain base soap and then add oils afterwards although using a scented bar helps the oils to be distributed evenly through the mixture. Adding oils to the mix afterwards makes it difficult to ensure you get the oil in each dose you add to the fabrics as it clumps up and may only reach one load leaving all the other loads scent free (not good!) + it requires a lot of drops
– When grating the soap I used a grade size that would give me a larger consistency of shavings (there is just something I like about the idea of large slithers of soap knocking into my fabrics). Next time I will attempt a smaller grade so the soap is distributed more.
-The soap tends to ‘run off’ together in the tub and separate from the powders so it is essential you stir thoroughly before using the mixture each time to gain maximum even distribution.
– Before I was stupidly using borax as a main ingredient from a recipe of unreliable source, cross reference is very important. I DO NOT recommend using borax. Just because it’s natural it does not mean it’s good for you! Borax is a major irritant to skin, it causes nappy rash and it can choke you up in an instant if you use it without a mask. I would recommend you keep it away from contact with skin. It is great for abrasive cleaning though i.e. the toilet or the sink!
– Don’t be under the impression that the vinegar will hold its potency through the wash taking over the scent of the oils. This is not the case; you cannot smell it at all in the final product. It is added for softness!

I’m so glad I can finally post this article, seriously so happy to have done this. Bring on the Lab! I hope you enjoy this recipe, good luck and thanks for reading my posts 🙂

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Berry Boulder Bombs – Homemade Healthy Raw Snacks

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They’re big, they’re bad and they are back! Woah I just couldn’t help myself from resisting making another batch of health bombs and this time I have almost doubled them in size as I kept opening the fridge for another one and well bigger is just more economical here!
Who knew snacks were readily available just like that and totally raw…I’m more than happy, just need to curb the moderation and respect, happiness helps (thanks to Saffron for this morning’s boost)!
So previously I made Coconut rolled Goji bombs and ate the whole lot in like 36 hours as my kids didn’t like them and when I’m down or stressed I eat!…a lot! They were delicious and so easy to make, besides being fun, next time the kids can help and it can become a fun activity, rolling the balls, chopping the berries etc. they don’t seem to like Coconut so we’ll try a different mix perhaps this one although I feel it maybe too dark for them as the Cacao penetrates through the other flavours.
This time I was pondering on what to do with the leftover Almond pulp from the milk I had just made and you know me by now I just can’t stand waste so I needed something to do with this mountain of Almondness, I remembered I have a very dear friend who writes about and cooks (or doesn’t cook) the most amazingly inspirational dishes so I thought I’d see what ideas she had as I am new to the real food lifestyle and I’m so glad I did. She’s awesome at making the most simple of dishes into the most magical, every time, especially raw ones. And through her inspiration I decided not to make an Almond & Cacao butter but to try a different type of snack ball. Yay! With a little tweaking and experimenting it worked wonderfully, tasting sweet and holding together just right. I recommend 1/3 cup Almond milk here as I actually used about ½ and it’s proven a little too much. Live and learn ey!

Here’s my recipe.

Requirements:

1 Mixing Bowl
2 CUPS Almond Pulp
1/3 CUP Almond Milk
1/3 CUP Millet Flour
1/3 CUP Coconut Butter
1 tblsp Cacao Powder
1 tblsp Hemp Flour
1 tblsp Milled Chia Seed & Blueberry Powder
½ tblsp Passion Fruit Dry Extract
13 dried Incan Berries

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together.
Roll into balls. Roll into extra Chia seed.
Put them on a plate and place in the fridge overnight to set.

It really is that simple.

but watch out…a moment on the lips really is a lifetime on the hips with these bad boys!

Homemade Raw Snack Balls

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Next batch of Coconut milk, water and oil done…now what to do with all this left over Coconut pulp, it can’t simply go to waste, even after three times in the nut bag it still must have some use…yay…it does! Wow looking for a healthy filling snack, well here we are, just remember it is Coconut and you will wear it around your waist! Introducing Mamma’s Pulp Balls!
How cool and resourceful are these. Make your Coconut milk and with the left over pulp, just add a small amount of your desired liquid, a little natural sweetener, nuts, berries, seeds or whatever else takes your fancy and there you have a full batch of healthy snacks. Now that’s making the most of what you have an not wasting a thing, ok so it means another 30 bicycle crunches per 3 balls but hey when you need a snack, you need a snack and being this yummy and nutritional let’s face it there is a lot worse out there. Moderation now!
And yummy they are, this was my first batch and I kept it quite simple using Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil, Agave Syrup, Goji berries and an extra few magic powders that I had on hand, I rolled it all into balls then rolled each ball in desiccated Coconut just to be really Coconutty, placed them on a plate…(ate a few)…then popped them in the fridge to set.
They are so cute and they really set off my creative flare as they have to be the most versatile snack out there. What to use?  What to combine? The possibilities really are endless and I was still having fun making different types yesterday out of Almond pulp…that’s in a follow up post.
I totally recommend at least 12-18 hours in a very cold fridge to get the perfect density going on here, if you have a freezer, I’ve heard a while in there works a treat and if you just can’t wait and don’t mind a lil softness, heck they are raw snack balls, dig straight in!

We are all looking for sweet indulgences that won’t leave us with the guilt of that being unhealthy right? Well these babies do just that, although they contain quite a lot of healthy fats and may plump you up a bit, you can be assured that they are totally nutritional in a beneficiary way. Sweet snacks that are good for you seize the day!

Being resourceful in this way means you are being eco-friendly and respectful of food by re-using and creating no waste. It means you will save loads of money on bought-in snacks too as the pulp from one batch of milk makes a large batch of balls. You can change it up any which way you want using different pulps, milks, waters and oils/butters/fats which means you have your own custom homemade snacks for life at an extremely low cost…providing you don’t let the binge monster take over that is 😉

I’m thrilled to have discovered this new raw and totally vegan way to make deliciously satisfying snacks and I urge you to try your very own and then pass it on so everyone can see just how simple and cost effective natural healthy food really can be.

Homemade Almond Milk…with a roar!

 

WP_20140731_008[1]I finally did it! Finally, like nearly a year and a half later…it’s really been that long? Goodness me! Time does fly when you look backwards.

The day was a beautiful one. Bees were collecting from our flowers, I saw a bat, I was filled with his sacred love, my children smiled and laughed and boy oh boy did Mama make some yummy Almond milk. Just as I thought you could not beat coconut milk…bang in comes Almond to sweep me off my feet, triumph! Yay!
So delicious, where has this been all my life? Happiness. They say good things come to those who wait and I’m sure there’s something about patience being a virtue but can’t quite remember that one. Few cobwebs about me as of late but nevertheless good things are finally coming out of this home.

Making homemade vegan milks is such a simple and satisfying process, it’s almost ludicrous to do it any other way.
It seems traditional English methods of simple healthy nutrition are as good as lost to the modern culture of Britain today.
It’s easier to buy poison at a cheap cost in abundance in more than convenient ways and it’s rather a struggle to locate and afford natural food.
Cow’s milk as we all know is widespread and seen as a staple and necessary produce for daily human consumption, while most of us (unknowingly or not) are dairy intolerant / struggle to consume animal produce, it’s readily available and almost frowned upon to not intake, whereas natural vegan (non-animal) milks such as Almond, Barley, Coconut or Oat are almost unheard of.

Very few people know (or care) of the inhumane and cruel ways in which Cows are kept and treated for their milk in the Western World. If being artificially impregnated and pumped, until raw, full of hormones and antibiotics wasn’t a bad enough risk to the animals and humans health, research and tests show their pus and blood escapes along with the added hormones during the process and is actually in the cartons you find in nearly every supermarket or convenience store.
The Cows’ babies are taken at birth and many are killed for Veal whilst the vast majority of Westerners happily consume their Mother’s milk experiencing intolerance. The Mother is left bereaved and is kept in conditions that leave her about to burst at the udders, screaming for release.
The majority of cows in this country aren’t fed grass or even fed healthily and they certainly aren’t gently milked for their well-produced liquid they are merely hooked up to machines that yank and pull at them causing sores and infection with no care at all.

Have you ever looked into a Cows eyes in this situation? Have you ever seem the look the animals really give when any image is publicised? Have you ever given a second thought of compassion to how the animal feels, how your milk got on that shelf or what’s even in it? To me the Cow screams help, why, how can humans be so disgraceful and cruel with their ethics? Time to wake up and start giving a damn. The process is undeniably cruel.
Its always been a puzzle to me as to why the human race sees it happily acceptable to drink from the teat of another species, many would shudder at the thought of drinking a humans breast milk from a Woman’s nipple, being of the same species, would they mate with a Cow perhaps? I mean really, it doesn’t take too much of a brain to know Humans milk is safe, healthy and highly nutritional for another human, we quite easily wean our young at tender ages off of our own milk as it’s apparently no longer vital, to then somehow find it plainly acceptable to move onto another species which has been shown to decay humans, seriously what’s up with that? How did we work out we need another species milk over our own? What actually went through the guy’s head that first miked a cow’s udders? Where were the female humans to help that hungry baby? Humans over other wild species have the brain to decipher using ethics regarding such matters and we should respect this gift.
Today’s modern Western culture that ever surrounds me is very simply and undoubtedly insane and it’s time for change.

Almond milk is made from Nuts that grow on trees that would fall to the ground and decay if not harvested.
It is a heart healthy and high protein drink! Soaked Almonds contains calcium, potassium, sodium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, copper, niacin, fiber, fats and sugars, yum! Almonds also contains vital vitamins and phyto-nutrients as well as being antioxidants.
A handful of soaked Almonds is a real health bomb and Almond milk is by far healthier for Humans than animal milk (as you’d expect really) although non soaking of Almonds does not release vital nutrients and can cause digestive discomfort. Pre-soaking Almonds, releases healthy nutrients by neutralising the phytates and this method in fact works as a digestion aid, a prevention of disease and helps to maintain a healthy BMI whilst being extremely tasty and moreish.
Almond milk whilst bringing all the above nutrients / benefits, is naturally sweet tasting so your quids in by saving on the Agave and Vanilla. It is so versatile, it can be used in any recipe calling for milk, it’s a natural sweetener, it can be consumed hot or cold and it’s a winner warmed with children before bed, it is divinely delicious with everything…honestly you have to try this stuff!

To prepare your own Almond Milk all the ingredients you will require is Almonds and Water.
Additional sweeteners and flavours such as vanilla or agave, can be added if you like but keep in mind this is a naturally sweet and tasty drink.
The equipment required is a suitable strainer i.e. a nut bag (homemade or ethically bought) along with a good blender or I’m sure a stone pestle and mortar would do the job too if you’re feeling really primitive and have an abundance of nothingness to dwell in. Also a cup and preferably a glass jug and dish ill be needed.

Method:
– Soak 1 cup of Almonds in a dish for around 12 hours. Overnight seems to be the best method. Make sure All the Almonds are covered with water as they will expand (using warm water will allow for easier skin removal if required). Cover the dish.
– Simply drain off the water, rinse the almonds well and re-use it for the compost (at this stage removing the skins can be done but it remains optional).
– Next take 2 to 4 cups of water depending on your desired consistency and place in the blender with the soaked nuts. (Use 2 cups water for a creamier liquid, more suited for coffee like drinks)
– Blend for 2 minutes on full speed
– Strain through a nut bag / cheesecloth into the glass jug.
– Drink then as it is, heat it gently or store cold in an airtight glass bottle / container in the fridge and consume within 3 days.

Other methods would be to use blanched (skin removed) Almonds or Almond flakes. Again, over night, soak the nuts then blend for slightly longer without straining. This ensures the whole nut is consumed, an absolute winner in breakfasts.

Enjoy this divine beverage and reap its amazing benefits from your kitchen today!

I vow to spread the word of my new found knowledge of nutrition to all I can reach whom show interest in heart felt healthy consumption. For a World of Compassionate Love.