Raw Peach & Macadamia Cream Tart

Raw Peach & Macadamia Cream Tart

I was recently sent a bag of macadamias from Australian Macadamias (which I am truly grateful for) and I have compiled a list of recipes that I would like to create and share with my readers. For my first recipe, I bring you this Raw Peach & Macadamia Cream Tart. I have combined some of the elements from my Raw Lemon Tart and Raw Carrot Cake with one of my favourite summer fruits, peaches.

This recipe suggests using cling wrap when preparing the base, as it makes life a whole lot easier. However, if you are trying to avoid plastic, then you can press the mixture straight into the tart pan (or pie dish).

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Slow Cooker Roast Lamb with Oven-Roasted Potatoes

Slow Cooker Roast Lamb with Oven-Roasted Potatoes

After the massive amount of dessert that has been coming out of the Becomingness kitchen in the lead up to BecomingSweet, there was a polite but persistent request from my husband for a big roast dinner.

I am a huge fan of roast lamb - and while it's a tough call, I would have to say that it is my favourite roast meat. Unfortunately, here in Australia, it's probably the most expensive too - but when I saw these boned shoulders at my local butcher for a pretty good price, I knew it was time to share a recipe I have been thinking about for a while.

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10 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

10 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

Welcome to the 2nd post of my Best of series! This time, I would love to share with you my 10 Best Slow Cooker Recipes. Ever since I started my blog, slow cooker meals have featured prominently on my blog. I purchased a slow cooker ages ago, but never really used it until I started Becomingess. Now I regularly cook with it every week. There is nothing like cooking with a slow cooker, you prepare the ingredients early on in the day, place them in the slow cooker and let it cook for the day. You then clean up your kitchen early on, and you get the awesome aroma of dinner as the day progresses!

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Baked Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries

These Baked Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries have been on the menu at the Becomingness household for many months now and I have been meaning to photograph them to share with you. Actually to be honest, I have photographed them a few times, but was not happy with how they photographed. This time, I am happy with how they look, so I am finally able to share my recipe with you.

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Gluten Free Madeira Cake

Gluten Free Madeira Cake

Before this recipe, the only other Madeira Cake that I have ever made was from a packet. And that was close to three years ago! It was Christmas 2011 and we were having my family over at our place on Christmas Day. I made two trifles; a dairy and gluten free, mainly for my husband Jason (and he did eat most of it) and an "old fashioned" one for the rest of the family. The recipe that I had found online used Madeira cake for one of the layers, so I went to my local and found two cake mixes, one of which was gluten free.

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Tropical Chia Pudding

Tropical Chia Pudding

This is a short and sweet post today, as I have been spending quite a lot of time on my upcoming book 'BecomingSweet'.

As you may or may not be aware, I am a bit of a fan of chia puddings, see HERE, HERE and HERE. They take less than 5 minutes to prepare and then you leave them in the refrigerator overnight to gel. So simple hey! They are the perfect breakfast if you are short on time in the mornings. They are also packed full of nutrients, which I have discussed in more detail in some of my previous chia pudding recipes.

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Slow Cooker Honey Beef

Slow Cooker Honey Beef

The past two weeks have been quite full on for me - I have been creating and photographing dessert recipes for my upcoming eCookbook 'BecomingSweet' and I also had my photography session with the wonderful Renee Bell. So much has been going on lately and it will be staying that way for the next few weeks.

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Slow Cooker Meatballs

Slow Cooker Meatballs

I have been hoping to bring you a meatball recipe for quite a while now - one that is gluten, egg and nut free. It's been a challenge, as there are certain ingredients in a traditional meatball recipe which help them stay meatballs instead of turning back into (tasty) mince. My awesome Slow Cooker Meatballs are the delicious result of this trial and error!

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Black Forest Smoothie

Black Forest Smoothie

This recipe was requested by my husband Jason - he's a slightly reformed sweet tooth who fights a daily battle with the fundraising chocolates at work. One of his favourites is Cherry Ripe, which I made a raw slice version of HERE. Anyway, I had some leftovers cherries from one of the desserts that I created for my BecomingSweet cookbook, and he asked if I could make a chocolate and cherry flavored smoothie for breakfast on the weekend - so here it is my "Black Forest Smoothie".

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Raw Lime Cheesecake

Raw Lime Cheesecake

As you may have noticed, I am in dessert creation mode at the moment, in a BIG way (hello Raw Chocolate Cookie Dough Bars!!!). It's been both a huge amount of fun and a big challenge at the same time - and part of the challenge is deciding which recipes go in to BecomingSweet and which I bring to you here on the blog. I made three raw "cheesecakes" over the last few days - and decided that my Raw Lime Cheesecake had to go on the blog as the other two felt like a better fit for the book, and this recipe had been specifically requested over on my facebook page, so it made sense to share it sooner.

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Performance Report: September 2014

Performance Report: September 2014

Hi again everyone,

Jason here - I am back with the second installment of our monthly performance reports (the September 2014 post is here) . I'm going to work on getting these out a bit sooner following month-end, sorry! We've been full steam ahead making sure that the BecomingSweet cookbook is awesome :)

If this is the first time you've tuned in, Ness and I have decided that, in a similar vein to A Pinch of Yum, it would be a great idea to start blogging about the performance of Becomingness. Ness has been having a great time building the blog, and this may become a really useful source of information for people who want to do something similar. If we can do it, you can too.

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

I have been experimenting with heaps of different dessert ideas lately for my upcoming desserts eCookbook 'BecomingSweet'. It is due out in early December and I cannot wait to show you what I have been working on. 

Something that I came up with yesterday are these Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars. I had heard about raw cookie dough being a popular dessert and thoughtwhy not make some that are gluten, nut, egg and dairy free?” I am pretty chuffed with how these turned out.

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Blueberry & Macadamia Chia Pudding

Blueberry & Macadamia Chia Pudding

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I am constantly on the lookout for healthy, minimally-processed and allergy-considerate meals. This is a quest that often leads me to non-traditional ingredients.

Chia seeds are one of those foods that are somewhat in vogue, though there seems to be some basis for the hype - they are made up of dietary fibre, protein and fat plus a tonne of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous. It's also a versatile ingredient - I have included in recipes as diverse as Chia Berry Parfait and Quinoa & Chia Seed Bread.

The downside is that they don't always come cheap - I have taken to buying them in bulk from Costco (thanks Mum!) - for about 60% of the cost (per gram). As a result, I have quite a lot of chia seeds in my pantry. I decided to try a new chia pudding flavour combination, and am happy to share my Blueberry & Macadamia Chia Pudding with you today.

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