Has anyone seen the film Fed Up? I watched it before my trip round Wales and it freaked me out so much that I downloaded it so I could watch again when I was holed up on campsites with no connection.
Freaking scary stuff. A slice of mass produced, greasy processed school pizza does NOT equate to one of a child’s five a day. I don’t care who you pay to put a spin on it.
Overall the film made me realise that no matter how well meaning our government departments start out, their decisions are ultimately led by big business. And there is only one thing that big business is interested in, and that has zip to do with your families health.
And so, fired up about the ridiculously addictive quality of sugar and processed foods as a whole, and still dealing with unresolved gut, joint and energy issues, I started Whole30. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s a 30 day eating plan that omits all foods that have even the slightest possibility of being addictive (or an irritant to a sensitive gut) for 30 days. That rules out all grains, legumes, sugar, dairy and alcohol. I’m taking it one step further by following a slightly stricter version which you may be interested in reading up on if you have a grumpy gut too.
So far I’m on day 3 and the world hasn’t imploded. Apparently it will, and chances are I will feel deathly at some point over the next week or two, but so far, so good. Joints are still sore, gut still hasn’t found peace and I’ve had a headache since yesterday afternoon, but if that’s the worse I get I’ll be a happy camper!
If you’re interested in, or are already doing Whole30, see my good friend Simone’s (who’s an old timer at this Whole30 thang!) recipes here.
Elderflower Panna Cotta (Deliciously Dairy Free!)
I dreamt this concoction up back in the cold winter months and have been itching for my elder to start flowering ever since. I desperately wanted to try a dairy free version to see if it would be as good as the ‘real’ thing, and I can happily report that it is stunning! Rich, creamy, lightly scented with elder flowers and a real impressive treat. If you give it a go, please let me know what you thought below.
Oh, and if it’s not elderflower season wherever and whenever you are, why not try it with with elderflower cordial or the more traditional vanilla instead?
- 400 ml can coconut milk
- 40 g sugar
- Zest from half a lemon
- 6 elderflower heads
- 115 ml rice milk or other mild flavoured non dairy milk
- 1 sachet gelatine
Simmer coconut milk, sugar, lemon zest and flowers for 10 minutes.
In a separate pan, heat the rice milk and pour in the gelatine powder mixing well to dissolve.
Strain the coconut milk through a fine sieve or muslin cloth into the rice milk & gelatine and stir well.
Pour into small dishes, ramekins or even tea cups and let cool a while before popping in a fridge for 4+ hours.
Either serve in the dishes, or hold each dish in warm water, dry the bottom of the dish, then flip out onto your serving plates. I used small ceramic dishes and it was tricky to get them out and it took quite a lot of heat to loosen then. A metal ramekin would be much quicker/easier, as would serving them in their pots!
Sprinkle with fresh elder flowers (minus any twigs, foliage or bugs) and enjoy :)