Desserts, RECIPES

Orange Loaf

*Will make about 10 slices

INGREDIENTS

  • 300g all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 185g sugar
  • 125ml canola oil
  • 200ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 130ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 2 small oranges
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

ICING

  • 90g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

Extra zest for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a 9×5″ loaf tin.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the oil, milk, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Pour into the loaf tin and place in the oven for 45 minutes. It should be starting to turn golden brown on the edges. Test and once it comes out clean, its ready. If it’s not, leave in for a few more minutes.
  7. Make the icing by mixing the icing sugar and orange juice together until it forms a thick icing. Spoon onto the cake once cooled.
  8. Top with some extra orange zest or oranges slices.

Enjoy !

Cristina for Peas and Peace

HEALTH

Follow your dreams !!!

I am 57 years old, and I am here to dispel the notion that being a certain age restricts you in terms of the activities you can do. I am a firm believer in the notion that age is but a number, it is all in how you feel on the inside. I would like to illustrate this via my love of ballet.

From a young age, I have been fascinated with the dance world, and the innovative ways in which it marries music, movement, and expression. I Took ballet classes in my teens, but life caught up with me, and I eventually resorted to simply spectating at performances here and there, nothing more. However, as time went on, I could no longer fight the urge to revisit it for myself. There was one small thing holding me back in my mind. If I were to go back, and start from the beginning, I would be placed in a class with young children, and would need to keep up with them, and the fear of old knee and other injuries flaring as well. Still, despite all of these apparent concerns, something compelled me to enroll myself.

This is a photo of me at my midterm recital, as you can attest, my fifth positon is not perfect and I need to work on and improve many movements and steps. Regardless, I made it! I attend two hour classes twice a week and can keep up with my much much younger class mates. My passion for the art of ballet inspired me to push my limits, stay fit, practice the sequences, and better myself with each and every class.

Somewhere, I am hoping that I could maybe also be an inspiration to a parent or grand parent, anyone really to follow their passion or dream. This goes to show that no matter how old you are, you can do anything you set your mind to, it’s never too late! If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, find out the necessary steps, and work towards your goal.

Desserts, RECIPES

Pecan Pie

Crust
2 cups spelt flour
6 tbsp coconut oil (solid)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup cold water
Filling
1/2 cup vegan butter
2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup pecan halves, for topping
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Add spelt flour, coconut oil, salt and cinnamon to a food processor. Pulse until crumbly. Add cold water slowly and pulse to combine. Wrap up in cellophane and set aside to chill in the fridge. 
Add vegan butter and 2 tbsp coconut sugar to a pan and melt over a low heat. Add in chopped pecans and stir to coat well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 inch tart pan. Add dates, maple syrup, 1/4 cup of coconut sugar, cornstarch & vanilla extract to food processor and blend well to a smooth paste. Add this to the warm pan of pecans, stir well and simmer gently for 5 mins, until thick.

Roll out chilled pastry between baking paper the circumference of the tart dish and trim off the excess. Pour in pecan filling and top with the remaining pecan halves. Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool.
Chill in the fridge until ready to serve !!!

If you like you could top you slice of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream !!!

TRAVELS

Traveling with Peas & Peace

Jerusalem Israel at the Machane Yehuda Market

TRAVELS

Israeli Vegan Sushi 🌱

Art on a plate at Green Roll in Tel Aviv and delicious

Desserts, RECIPES

Chocolate-Almond Cookies

This is my go to recipe when I have nothing sweet in the house, have not soaked cashews overnight as many recipes require. This recipe literally takes 20 minutes to make, baking time included ! They are bite size, perfect with a coffee or tea in the afternoon when you need that little pause.

Ingredients: :

3/4 cup almonds 
5 pitted dates
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp almond butter
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax combined with 2 tbsp water)
Pinch sea salt
2 tbsp of cacao powder

Preheat the oven to 350 F
In a food processor, process the almonds into a fine meal. Add the dates, maple syrup, Salmond butter, coconut sugar, flax egg, sea salt and cacao powder. Process until well combined.
Shape into balls with a scooper (I used a 1 inch but you can certainly make them bigger and use a 1 1/2 inch scooper). Flatten with damp hands. Place onto a lined baking sheet and top with a slivered almond or topping of your choice . Place in the oven to bake for 10 minutes or 15 minutes if you used the larger scooper. They are sooo moisty & yummy !

Enjoy!

Cristina for

Peas & Peace

Mains, RECIPES

Spanakopita

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Simple Spanakopita, you can make it in 2 steps and prepare the feta the day before

12 ounces of fresh spinach
7 scallion stems , chopped
1/4 cup Italian parsley
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup+  vegetable broth
1 pound of phyllo sheets
1/3 cup of olive oil for brushing phyllo and more if needed

Feta filling

1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
2 tbsp apple cidre vinegar
1 tbsp water
3/4 tsp sea salt

Preheat over at 350 degrees
In a pan, cook the scallions in the broth until soft
Add the spinach, salt & pepper and cook until wilted, add more broth if needed, the mixture shouldn’t however be too liquid, then turn off the heat. Add the parsley and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

For the filling, drain and rince the cashews. Put them in a food processor, add the vinegar, water and salt. Pulse until a coarsely chopped texture. Add the feta to the spinach mixture and mix well.

Brush the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with some of the olive oil

Lay half of the phyllo at the bottom of the pan and generously brush entire surface.
Spread spinach mixture on top. Then cover with the remaining phyllo sheets. Brush with rest of the olive oil.

Bake for 1 hour until it is golden brown on top. Let it cool completely before cutting. It makes 24 pieces but you can certainly turn it into a meal and cut into larger pieces.

Enjoy !

Peas and Peace

Desserts, RECIPES

No Baking Required Date Squares

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Only 4 ingredients ! perfect for lunches, snacks, breakfast and not sweetened with sugar

CRUST

1.5 cups raw almonds
1.5 cups oats, if you have an intolerance to gluten use GF oats
10 pitted dates roughly chopped
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

DATE FILLING

25 pitted dates roughly chopped
1/2 cup of water

Line an 8 x 8 square pan with parchment paper (my trick is to put the pan above the paper,  trace with a pencil all around and then cut with scissors 🙂

In a food processor , process the almonds and oats until fine, add the dates and process again. Add the melted coconut oil and process until sticky. Set aside 3/4 of a cup of the mixture for later (for top layer). Take remaining of the mixture and press firmly and evenly into your pan.

For the filling use the food processor as well and process the dates and water until a paste forms. Spread the date mixture onto the crust and spread with a flat spatula.

Sprinkle the 3/4 of the mixture previously set aside and press down with your fingers. Let set in the fridge for 1 hour minimum. Cut into squares and ENJOY !

Cristina for Peas and Peace

Desserts, RECIPES

Guilt Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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They contain no sugar, therefore very healthy !!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates, soaked in hot water to soften, then drained 
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (non-dairy)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat
  2. Process the dates and almond butter in a food processor to form a paste, then process in the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips.
  3. Stir in chocolate, some might not stick to the dough, simply add them to top of cookies once flattened.
  4. Shape into 14 cookies on the baking sheet and flatten.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes
  6. Cool on  a wire rack

Yum !!!

Cristina for Peas and Peace

MISC

Bleeding Hearts

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🍃Had to share these photos of my beautiful bleeding hearts 💕They are presently in full bloom. Nature and its beauty at its best. Take the time to take a beautiful walk through your garden, or a friends or simply at the park ! and absorb the beautiful colors & scents.
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TRAVELS

Chinatown Victoria BC, Canada 🇨🇦

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The Chinatown in Victoria, British Columbia is the oldest Chinatown in Canada 🇨🇦 and the second oldest in North America after San Francisco

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TRAVELS

Happy Cow

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Happy Cow is an app and it has been my saviour when travelling anywhere in the world !!!

Travelling planning is made easier knowing what restaurant options you have depending on your destination. If few options are  available, I might be tempted in renting a hotel or a condo with a kitchen. Some destinations such as Paris as an example, where there are a multitude of choices of restaurants & cafés, the need for a kitchen becomes less of an issue.

Since 1999, HappyCow has helped users find over 90,000 restaurants, cafés, and grocery stores in over 180 countries. Read 425,000 + reviews and photos. With HappyCow, you can search for vegan, vegetarian or vegan-friendly restaurants, bakeries, health food stores, catering, farmers markets, juice bars, and coffee shops!

• Filter by Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, cuisine type, and more!

• Easily search near you or worldwide

• Find popular and undiscovered eateries with keywords, perfect for foodies

• See hours, directions, photos, and reviews

This is an app that you want to absolutely download !

Cristina for Peas and Peace

MISC

The Verve

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Rainy Day today, perfect for reading, baking, cooking, dreaming…….and listening to great music !. If you enjoy the alternative genre or would like to discover it, listen to The Verve. Best on SIRI this way it plays their many albums 🙂

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RECIPES

Breakfast in a mug

 

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