On family, carers and yummy treats…..

Dishy Doc and I are both spending quality family time at the moment.

This post is inFacebook-20151023-102819 tribute to all carers of sick, disabled and elderly people.  The work they do and the sacrifice they make is nothing short of amazing.

I have gone to stay with my mother, who cares for my grandmother, for two weeks. Just loving being in my hometown and feeling ‘home’ but, oh my, the work that needs doing!

Being 95, having had 2 falls, and suffering dementia and Parkinson’s, she needs around the clock care.    I am tired!  And I haven’t been doing  this for years, 24/7!!!!!!!!   Thankfully she likes my Omelettes, so I have breakfasts under control.  (Yaaaay for eggs!)     But cooking for someone who can’t swallow or chew easily takes a lot of time…. then there is everything else that needs doing during the day.

And, of course, I still want to make some yummy treats for when a friend comes over and for a birthday on the weekend.

What can I do that takes next to no time, tastes yummy and looks amazing?   I fall back on my basic mix for bliss balls and dehydrated raw biscuits, of course!

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With one mix, I roll out half of it and cut out biscuits and dehydrate them… and the other half becomes bliss balls, some rolled in coconut and some dipped in melted chocolate!   Yummy, healthy, easy, quick…. and it satisfies SCD and Paleo diets, depending on  the use of chocolate (SCD allows no chocolate)

Raw Red Dragon Fruit Biscuits 

  • 100g almonds
  • 80g shredded coconut
  • 6/7 dried apricots
  • a drop of vanilla
  • 40g red dragon fruit  (or berries with a small chunk of beetroot if you don’t have dragon fruit)

For chocolate coating.

  • 50g Lindt 99% dark chocolate
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 tbs honey

To make biscuit/bliss ball mix.  Place all ingredients into a food processor or Thermomix and blitz until combined and you can press together to shape.  If the mix is still too crumbly to shape, add a little more dragon fruit  or berries and blitz again.

Take half of the mix and place onto a pastry mat.   Spread out and place a piece of cling film plastic on top.  Roll to about a half cm thickness.  Cut with a cookie cutter (I love hearts!)   Place in a dehydrator for 24 hours at 40 celcius.

Facebook-20151023-102325With the other half of the mix, roll out into small ball shapes.   You can finish them by rolling in desiccated coconut, or by dipping in chocolate.

To make chocolate, place chocolate (broken into squares) into the Thermomix bowl.  Grate, 4 seconds, speed 8.   Scrape down the sides of the bowl so the chocolate is at the bottom.  Add oil and honey.  Heat… 3 minutes, 50 degrees, speed 1.

Or add chocolate squares, oil and honey to a bowl over a saucepan of hot water and melt, stirring constantly.  As soon as it is melted, take off the heat.

Dip bliss balls and dehydrated biscuits into chocolate as desired…

Place on a tray with waxed baking paper and refrigerate until chocolate has set. Store in the refrigerator  and   ENJOY!

(You can find more of my posts at https://nograinlife.wordpress.com)

 

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