Your New Year Resolution – To Be Worshiped!
Anyone can bake. Elegant and talented as she is, Gizzi Erskine is no genius (oh stop choking. I love her too). She’s just an adorable rogue in an apron whose sex appeal is magnified by her ability to lust after her ingredients. What Ms Erskine playfully proves, is the surprising ease at which we can be utterly consumed by our food, and the pleasure derived through full submission. Hallowed be Gizzi. So really, it’s all within your reach even if you have the domestic instinct of a springbok with ADD.
Here’s a New Year’s resolution that doesn’t involve self-flagellation, and will make you outrageously popular at the office. Choose a recipe from this health blog every week, and own it. Get to know it like a new friend – an ally to the New You.
You’re looking for something that will ignite passion between you and your wooden spoon.
Quite apart from the self-administered dose of serotonin, you are sure to boost your culinary credentials and your libido. Get going now, and you’ll have mastered 54 dishes by this time next year. Expect to be nothing short of a worshiped deity to those around you. Sound good? Or would you rather set your alarm clock for a 6am jog in the pitch dark followed by a raw kale smoothie?!
I’m here to show you that healthy eating should never tax your taste buds. Superstar actress Anna Friel nailed it when she assured a room full of journalists that health is beauty. “If someone takes care of themselves you can see it shine within them.”
So nosedive into that apron and baptise these quinoa cupcakes darling! And say hello to the New You.
Quinoa Carrot Cakes
Did you know that soaking one tablespoon of chia or flaxseed in liquid for 15 minutes makes an awesome egg replacer? Not that eggs are unhealthy, but I realise they might be off radar for vegans and readers with heart disease or allergies.
This recipe’s nutritional kudos is ramped up by the whackload of milled flax we wrestled into it. Flax is one of nature’s best sources of lignans, naturally occurring phytoestrogens found in some plants. These chaps are associated with happy hormones and boisterous antioxidant behaviour. Studies have shown a reduction in prostrate and breast cancers with a corresponding increase in dietary plant lignans. Wahoo! A cancer-fighting cupcake!
For 10 cupcakes:
8 dried apricots, chopped
1 medium banana, mashed
2 handfuls whole walnuts
½ cup / 125ml apple juice
4 tablespoons brown rice syrup or honey
3 tablespoons / 45g milled flaxseed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup grated carrots
Pinch of sea salt
½ cup / 65g quinoa flour
¾ cup / 100g brown rice flour (plain gluten-free flour will work)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon rapadura or coconut sugar (optional topping)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon (topping)
Preheat the oven to 180°Celsius, 160°C fan assisted or 350°Fahrenheit. Line a generous muffin tray with 10 paper cases.
In a large bowl, mix the apricots, banana, walnuts, apple juice, honey, flaxseed and oil. Stir through the grated carrots and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, sieve the flour with the baking powder and cinnamon. Make sure the baking powder doesn’t stick in one place. Make a well in the centre of the flour and scoop the wet mixture into it. Let this party. I find singing loudly helps. Spoon the dough into your cupcake liners. You’re aiming for exactly 10 cupcakes.
Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let your nostrils dance. Now stir the coconut sugar and cinnamon together, sprinkling over each cupcake. A great way to start your New Year resolutions, eh?!