Paleo blueberry ice blocks recipe

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This ice block is a delicious combination of blueberries and coconut milk. You could use strawberries, blackberries or any combination of berries or other fruits in this recipe. Add a tablespoon of honey if you’d like them to be a little sweeter.

Ice block moulds can be found in $2 shops or kitchen shops, otherwise, use plastic cups and paddle pop sticks. You may need to double the recipe if your moulds are bigger.

Paleo blueberry ice blocks recipe

1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

  1. Combine coconut milk and blueberries in a jug. Blend with stick blender. Pour mixture into ice block moulds.
  2. Place lid on moulds and place them in the freezer for a minimum of six hours.

Makes 4 ice blocks.

Paleo chocolate banana milkshake recipe

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Chocolate and banana are a great combination and with few extra ingredients – it’s a winner. This milkshake is made with coconut milk.

Paleo chocolate banana milkshake recipe
1 cup coconut milk
1 banana, fresh or frozen
1 tsp cocoa or cacao powder
4 dates or 1 tsp honey
a pinch of cinnamon

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and whiz to mix.

Serves 1.

Notes: Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian

Organic pest control recipes

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It’s important to think of your backyard as a mini ecosystem where all the elements need to be balanced. So when you do get an invasion of pests, the predator bugs will deal with them in a few days and keep their numbers down. Some times the best solution is just to sit back and let nature sort itself out.

If that doesn’t work, then you can make your own pest control solutions with these organic recipes:

Chilli soap mix – Aphids
Add a generous handful of hot chilies and a tablespoon of pure soap flakes to a litre of hot water and puree in a blender. Strain the mixture through  a stocking. Spray directly onto the aphids and they will quickly die. Several applications may be necessary for particularly bad infestations.

Coffee spray – Slugs and snails
Dilute one part strong espresso coffee to ten parts water and spray it liberally over the foliage of plants that are being eaten by slugs and snails, and on the soil around their base. When the pests travel across the coffee mixture, they absorb it and quickly die.

Milk spray – Fungal diseases, including powdery mildew
Combine one part organic milk to ten parts water and cover the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves and stems thoroughly. This can be used as a preventative measure during humid conditions which favour mildews.

Vegetable oil soap mix – Mites and scale
Blend 2 cups of vegetable oil with half a cup of pure liquid soap and mix thoroughly. Dilute one tablespoon of the mix with a litre of water and spray over infestations. The pests will suffocate and soon die.

Do you have any tried and true organic pest contol methods?

Pink almond milk jelly recipe

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This recipe took a couple of attempts to get right. The original recipe contained evaporated milk, which I’ve changed to almond milk. I also tried coconut milk but found it too over powering. I split the mix on my first attempt, so please make sure that the mixture is cool before you add the milk, other wise you’ll get a layered effect. I’ve used strawberry jelly – but any flavour will work – try to look for a pack that has natural flavours and colours, otherwise make your own juicy jelly.

Pink almond milk jelly recipe

1 packet of jelly crystals (85g) – strawberry
1 cup hot water
1 cup almond milk, or alternative
1/2 cup cold water

  1. Dissolve the jelly crystals in the hot water. Stir well with a fork.
  2. When the mixture is cool (important!), stir in the almond milk and cold water.
  3. Place in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Serve with fruit salad and grated chocolate.

Serves 4.

Strawberry smoothie

This is an great way to have your two fruits a day. I think we have lost the strawberries that were growing in the hanging basket. I might have forgotten to water them for about a week, as they aren’t near the rest of the fruit trees and vegetable beds. I adore the taste of home-grown strawberries, but at the moment they’re not contributing anything to our challenge. My second lot are doing well, so I’ll need to be more diligent with them.

I’ve used frozen strawberries for this recipe, but you can substitute any of the other berries. Adjust the quantities to suit your taste, but if you are using frozen items make sure your blender can do ice, otherwise you might wreck the blades. The mixture is thick, so you may like to add more liquid to serve 2 people. I also add a spoonful of flaxseed oil to keep my skin healthy, but that’s optional.

Strawberry smoothie

½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1/4 cup of almond milk, rice milk, or milk
1 banana, small, cubed
1 teaspoon honey
4 ice cubes (optional)

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Serves 1.

Bananas in coconut milk

Growing bananas in Queensland unfortunately requires a permit. Home growers are allowed up to ten plants, which sounds like plenty to me. We  probably won’t ever grow any in our backyard, which is a shame as I always find it hard to pick the optimal time to eat a banana. Lady Fingers are easy – Maggie recommends waiting until they are half black and then devouring them. The shops usually only stock Cavendish and sometimes Ladies. I’m yet to try all these other varieties: Blue Java, Bluggoe (plantain or cooking banana), Ducasse, Goldfinger, Kluai Namwa Khom (Dwarf Ducasse), Pisang Ceylan and Red Dacca. I feel like I’m missing out….. anyone tried these?

small tin of coconut milk
2 tbsps sugar
2 bananas, chopped

  1. Put the coconut milk, sugar and ¼ cup of water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  2. When the sugar has dissolved, add the bananas.
  3. Gently cook until the bananas are soft.
  4. Serve half the mixture in a bowl, either warm or at room temperature.

Serves 2.

Written for DK‘s A Worldly Epicurean’s delight in short A.W.E.D Thai Event