Spring is in the Air

As the sun shinesEast Sooke Park and weather warms the desire to be active consumes me. I crave the smell of freshly cut grass and sight of cherry blossoms, particularly along View Street, and I feel guilty if I am inside. Today was particularly beautiful and as a holiday there is no excuse for not spending a few hours in the great outdoors. So how did I celebrate the Friday of Goodness? I went for a hike on a new trail in East Sooke Park with a good friend. Not only was I active but also fulfilled my need for social interaction and mental clarity. All I can say is life is good. Enjoy!

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The Raw Brownie

I love chocolate, especially if it is good for me. That is why I love Sarah Britton, creator of the popular blog My New Roots and inspiration for creative cooking. I have shared her hundred dollar (literally) recipe for raw brownies below. Be sure to buy the ingredients on sale and serve to only those who will appreciate this masterpiece.

The Raw Brownie

Ingredients:
2 cups whole walnuts
2 ½ cups Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup raw cacao
1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
¼ tsp. sea salt

Directions:
1. Place walnuts in food processor and blend on high until the nuts are finely ground.
2. Add the cacao and salt. Pulse to combine.
3. Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running. What you should end up with is a mix that appears rather like cake crumbs, but that when pressed, will easily stick together (if the mixture does not hold together well, add more dates).
4. In a large bowl (or the pan you plan on putting the brownies in), combine the walnut-cacao mix with the chopped almonds. Press into a lined cake pan or mold. Place in freezer or fridge until ready to serve (it is also easier to cut these when they are very cold). Store in an airtight container.