Tag Archive | tropical
I know I keep going on (and on) about the glorious Spring time weather (and the delicious produce that comes with it) that I am experiencing in sunny Queensland at the moment. I love warmth. I love sunshine. I love the beach. I do not like being cold. I get angry when I am cold (half the reason I left New Zealand; it sure is pretty – but damn it’s nasty in the Winter).
If you are like me, and need a little sunshine in your life, I can help.
For those who are in the middle of “Fall-Fever,” or you just live in a cold place (NZ anyone?) you can still experience a taste of the tropics.
With the right accessories (see end of post) you can even create a complete tropicana-style experience.
It all started when I found these in my local bulk health food store:
Organic dried pineapple and mango. Not those horrible ones that are soaked in sugar, pumped up with fake colours and dried, these are the real deal. So amazing. I think I need a dehydrator so I can make my own.
Inspiration tweaks… I decided to make some sort of roasty toasty cereal. I wanted to make a quinoa style granola again, but alas was completely out of quinoa. I was actually considering bundling myself and Misty into the car and doing the mission to purchase some more, when I reminded myself to practise what I preach. Use what you have on hand – scrape that fridge/pantry.
- 2/3C coconut flakes
- 2/3C buckwheat groats
- 1/2C hulled millet
- 1/3C sunflower seeds
- 3/4C whole oats
- 1/4C oatmeal
- 1/2t sea salt
- 1/3C sesame seeds
- 1/4C dark agave syrup (or honey, rice syrup etc)
- 1T coconut oil
- 1/3C orange juice
- 1 mango
- 1/2C chopped dried pineapple and mango
- Mix dry ingredients together, except dried fruit.
- Blend together mango and orange juice.
- Melt coconut oil, combine with agave and mango mix.
- Mix everything together and place on lined baking trays.
- Bake at 140 degrees C for 50 minutes, rotating trays and stirring every 10.
- Turn oven off and leave trays in there to cool down completely.
- Mix in dried fruit.
Set the scene.
It’s more fun when you eat out of a pineapple too.
On a stolen (from Misty) Haiwaiian themed bunny rug/quilt thing. I didn’t have any ukelele luau music which was disappointing. Viper made me a grass skirt once (out of bamboo, which doesn’t make sense and was really scratchy and uncomfortable, even when worn over clothes).
Don’t even ask.
I’m just going to eat the cereal.