My Darling Lemon Thyme
I love cookbooks, apart from finding a new recipe I actually enjoy just reading them and the stories behind the recipes, the lovely thick pages, beautiful photography, in a nutshell they make me happy.
I was reading a blog post about 6 months ago and it was about a cookbook called My Darling Lemon Thyme. It was an amazing, glowing post, telling me that this cookbook would pretty much change my life. I needed it. So much so, that I decided I had to have this book in my life immediately. I bundled the kids in the car (naps be dammed) and went to my nearest bookshop that afternoon to get it. I was not disappointed! I would call it life changing for me because it opened up my eyes to new ingredients, beautiful dishes full of nutritious ingredients. Emma uses natural, whole foods and makes the recipes easy, fun and accessible to make. There is a real fusion of whole foods and vietnamese flavors in her recipes which are just delish. Its become my most used ‘everyday’ cookbook in a way others haven’t done for me. As well as using the full recipes, I can pick it up and make a beautiful side dish or dressing to make a dish that much better.
Oh and the Chocolate Chills.
My 3 year old, Bear, has been a fussy eater since the get-go. Im constantly battling with him at the dinner table, constantly trying new food for him or hiding vegies in there somewhere. Constantly feeling guilt that I cant manage to get him to eat better.
I saw this recipe for Chocolate chills, which is filled with good things, dressed up as a chocolate ice block. Bear loves them! I always have a batch in the freezer now, and they also got me thinking outside the box for other ways to get good stuff into him.
Give these a go – you wont be disappointed.
What you need –
1 cup raw cashew nuts
1 cup pitted dried dates
1/4 cup cocoa powder
250ml – 300ml coconut milk
1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup
What to do –
Place the cashews and the dates in seperate bowls and cover fully with water. Place in the fridge and let them soak overnight.
In the morning, drain and rinse them both and add to a high powered blender (I have a NutraBullet and this works great). Add all the other ingredients and blend blend blend until smooth as possible.
Transfer into some ice block moulds and freeze overnight.