So I’ve been extremely quite on here over the last couple of weeks, which is not good! But to be fair, I’ve been a bit busy with having to work and try and get an essay for my masters application finished and submitted. It’s stressing me out, I won’t lie, but it will be all worth it in the end!
I also spent last weekend in Dublin celebrating a friends birthday (Happy Birthday Kevin 🎉) which was great. It’s nice to just get away now and again and chill out and catch up with friends over a few drinks. I also managed to see The Conjuring 2, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. I love a good horror, and while I didn’t find it as frightening as its predecessor, it still has a few jumpy moments.
My copy of the new cookbook by Stephen and David Flynn, The world of the Happy Pear arrived this week also. I first heard about these guys when they did an interview and cooking demonstration on a chat show here in Ireland. They came across as really nice guys and their passion for what they do was so evident.
They run the Happy Pear health food restaurant in Greystones in Wicklow, where they swear by plant based recipes to make you healthier and happier while not sacrificing taste. I was initially sceptical about a cookbook of just veggie based dishes, but if the food tastes as good as it looks in some of the pictures, I won’t complain about the lack of meat.
I’ve only had a chance to skim through the book thus far but I did manage to whip up one thing, and that’s one of the boys dessert recipes, namely Superfood Fudge. It’s gluten-, dairy- and refined-sugar-free. I know what your thinking because I was thinking the same thing, there is no way it would taste good 😆
But I was so wrong! Once it has set in the fridge, it’s delicious and chewy. It contains raw cacao nibs (nature’s chocolate chips) which give them a bit of crunch, and goji berries that give a bit of sweetness and add to the chewy texture. I’d never had goji berries before, but I’ll definitely have them again. The best was it required no actual cooking or baking and only took 10 minutes to make and about 4/5 hours to set, so you could easily whip it up in the morning and have it ready for when you get home from work and fancy a treat!
5 tablespoons of coconut oil
200g of almond butter
60g of ground almonds
120g agave syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
4 tablespoons of goji berries (hold one for topping)
4 tablespoons of raw cocao nibs (hold one for topping)
Melt the coconut oil
Add the coconut oil to all the rest of the ingredients in a bowl – mix really well
Pour into a containers with sides 1 inch high. Leave to refrigerate for 4 hours
Cut up and enjoy!
I’ll definitely share some more results and thoughts on here as I make my way through the book! If you’d like to learn more about the Happy Pear, give the link below a click. There is also a section where you can purchase the book if you wish! ✌🏻️