A friend of mine sent me an amazing recipe for low-carb chocolates – basically made from coconut oil and butter.
The original recipe is from Primal Perks, and here is my version. The main differences is that I dropped the sweetener, used peanut butter (yes I know peanuts contain carbs but given the amount used it will add very little to the total) and I made 1/2 the quantity for my first attempt.
By the way it only takes about 10 min to make.
- 90 g coconut oil
- 25 g nut butter (almond or macadamia) – if you are not too purist use crunchy peanut butter which is what I did
- 1.5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 60 g unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
- Melt all ingredients together in a pot
- Cool mixture slightly and pour into ice-cube trays
- Put into freezer to set for a few hours
- Once set, pop them out of the mould and place in freezer bags
They are excellent and very filling. They naturally separated a little as they froze, giving that nice three-layer effect. I think they may make a great pre-race snack which I will try on my next race.
Thanks to my friend Trevor for sending the original recipe to me.
We had dinner the other day at one of the restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Lois ordered one of the vegetarian meals. This divine looking vegetarian platter arrived a few minutes later (certainly much better than the baked potato, spinach and butternut vege platters of the 80’s). But the only problem is that it is not what she ordered. But that didn’t stop me from taking a quick photo of it before it was whisked away to be rapidly replaced with the correct meal.
On Friday evening, Lois and I went to the Taste of Cape Town festival. It was an amazing mix of great food, fantastic wines, and a massive selection of micro-beer. In short, a great evening!
I think that the best part of it was that most of the vendors were small independent companies making and selling great produce, and there was so much to choose from. Several restaurants were selling starter portions of their signature dishes, so both Lois and I filled up on a selection of small meals.
Fresh Spices from the Jewel of India; their curry was amazing. Lois had the vege and myself a chicken curry.
Some of the the beer from the Craft Beer Project; mostly sourced from micro-breweries. We shared a lovely pear and then apple cider.
French Onion Soup and Muscles.
The festival is spread out on a field at the Green Point Cricket Club, and you can park in the Stadium just across the road. This is the first time that we have been to the fair, but it was a lovely way to spend a Friday evening, and I am sure that we will both be back next year.
Yes there are loads of people, but it is so spread out that you hardly feel crowded at all.
Here are a few more pics.
Lois and I have been back from our trip to Spain and France for about 2 weeks now, and I am finally getting my photos into a semblance of order (well at least ordered enough to start posting them here). We had a wonderful experience in Barcelona, but I am really not sure where to start to describe it (the food, architecture, people, festivals or the culture).
Well I guess that it is best to start with my first impressions. It was noisy, hot, full of people and I loved it all! This is a city where the rule “never leave home without your camera” applied. Almost every time I left the apartment I found something to shoot. Sometimes it was a planned trip, but more often that not it was something unexpected that was not on the itenary, and certainly not in the guide book.
Like Venice, Barcelona is a city where you want to wonder around and get a little lost (something that in the Gothic Quarter where we were staying was very easy). You will find wonderful squares, fountains and moments of quiet in the most unexpected places.
I cannot tell you exactly where this square was or how to get there, but I think it makes for an amazing photo. It reminds me of those confusing Escher pictures of the stairs going all over the place.
And this fountain was found in a little building called Casa de l’Ardiaca (the door was open so I just walked in), right next to the Barcelona Cathedral. I am not quite sure if it is open to the public because next time the door was firmly locked.
Neither of these two places were on my “shoot list” for out trip, but I am really happy with both shots. In my next post I will speak a little about the food in Barcelona.
By the way, in case you are wondering why the watermarks in my images have come back (I have been resisting it for ages), it is because somebody else started watermarking my images (with my name) on my behalf, so I have caved in :-)