So here I am a few days later-back in our home in the country. The winter sun is shining, next door's new batch of calves ( Holstein or Friesian..I'm not sure which) have been gambolling ( love that word!) on the wet grass and I managed an hour's weed spraying in the back yard.
Every thing is growing well- the seeds planted recently have sprouted and the brassica seedlings I planted out are all looking strong.
We have had lemons off our tree-but will be waiting a year or so for fruit off the two orange trees. As oranges are cheap and plentiful at this time of the year I purchased a 3kg bag yesterday and decided to try my hand at a "healthy" version of a whole orange cake.
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon psyllium husks
1/2 cup water
120g coconut oil
1 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1 ts baking powder
1 whole orange.
Preheat oven to 180c. Grease & line pan/s
Place psyllium husks in a bowl with water, stir & set to one side.
Melt coconut oil
Chop orange into quarters ( remove excess pips) and place in food processor. Process until pureed.
Add remaining ingredients and process until combined.
Pour into prepared pan.
Cook in oven until done-should be golden brown on top and slightly moist in the middle ( insert skewer to check)
Cool for 5 minutes in the pan then turn out.
Allow to totally cool before cutting.
This makes a moist and mild tasting cake-although not a low fat option it is full of fibre and healthy oils. I used a pan that makes 8 individual loaves-which I then cut in half to provide 16 serves.