|Second time lucky|
Indigo Herbs is a company devoted to "empowering optimum health and nutrition". Appropriately, it is based in the capital of all things alternative, Glastonbury. Amongst the more familiar packs of goji berries and coconut chips. I found one of white mulberries and one of banana powder. I've not tried either of these before and didn't even know there was such a thing as banana powder, so I was immediately intrigued. I was pleased to see that everything save the goji berries was organic which always gets a big thumbs up from me. I used the coconut chips straight away to decorate my free from cake.
|Peruvian Criolla Cacao Powder|
|Raw Chocolates with Mulberries & Lacuma Powder|
This is how I made:
- Melted 100g cacao butter in a glass bowl over top a pan of barely simmering water, ensuring the water didn't touch the bottom.
- As soon as the butter had melted, stirred in 3g of vanilla powder (1 teaspoon).
- Stirred in 100g cacao powder and kept stirring until the mixture was smooth with no lumps remaining.
- Stirred in 100ml agave syrup and kept on stirring until smooth and glossy and properly mixed (over 100 stirs).
- At this point I spooned about 1/4 of the mixture into button and spoon moulds banging the filled moulds on the counter to ensure the mixture was level and air bubbles removed. Left in a cool place to set.
- Added 1 tsp of lacuma powder to the remaining mixture and stirred. Spooned a little into the bottom of some strawberry moulds. Added a few dried mulberries, then spooned some more mixture over the top to fill the moulds.
- Added 1/2 tsp of banana powder to the remaining mixture and gave another good stir. At this point the mixture went a little strange and became quite thick and difficult to work with.
- Chopped 4 Brazil nuts and laid at the bottom of some strawberry moulds. Spooned some of the mixture on top. Spooned the rest into shell moulds and left to set.
|First attempt at chocolate buttons|
My box of goodies included a fresh mango and some bananas. On seeing these, I had a mad idea of dipping slices of fresh fruit into the liquid chocolate and eating it warm and dripping as in a chocolate fondue. But before going completely "bananas", I wanted to try making the real thing first. So, the fruit went into this raw tropical smoothie along with some of the raw cocoa powder. I was so pleased I did this as it was utterly delicious. The box included a plastic smoothie maker, but I have to confess I couldn't figure out how this worked, so resorted to my electric blender.
|All is well with the world|