Category Archives: From the pantry

High Fibre Bliss Balls

There are so many bliss, energy, and health ball recipes online, you’d think I would have found the perfect one for me. Well I didn’t, so I made my own. I thought about the ingredients I wanted to include and then went for it. I wanted to make a tasty snack packed full of fibre and this is the result…

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Ingredients
3/4 cup of quick oats
1/2 cup black chia seeds
1/2 cup psyllium husk
1/ 4 cup cacao powder
340g pitted prunes
1/2 cup raisins
2 Tbs of coconut (optional)

Method
In a food processor blend the oats, cacao powder, psyllium and chia seeds until it is a coarse powder. Remove from food processor and put into a bowl.

Add the raisins and prunes to the food processor and mix until well chopped. Add dry ingredients back into the blender and mix well.

Should end up with a very firm dough. Roll into balls and coat in coconut if desired. Store in fridge. Will keep for a couple of weeks.

Trippin_Bliss_Balls

The ingredients I wanted to use and why.

Oats – High in fibre, helps reduce cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.

Prunes – excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Chia Seeds – massive amounts of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent source of fibre and antioxidants. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Cacao Powder –  packed full of antioxidants, improve your memory, reduce heart disease, boost immunity, and increase your bliss – hence bliss balls!

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High Fibre Bliss Balls

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Cheat’s Mie Goreng

Today we are anchored in Ao Chalong, Thailand, and the monsoon weather has certainly set in! With barely a break, the rain has been lashing at us all morning. The fridge and freezer are almost bare and there was no way we were going to go to shore in the dinghy to get lunch, so with what I had onboard I made a quick and easy, cheats mie goreng.

Monsoon wether in Ao Chalong where we are anchored

My cheats mie goreng is an easy to make lunch, which I have often made while cruising though Indonesia and Malaysia. The two minute (mie goreng) noodles you can get in Indonesia and Malaysia are much nicer than the two minute noodles you get in Australia so we always keep a few packs on board. When sailing, we will often resort to cup of noodles for a hot lunch, especially if the weather is foul. However, if the weather is good and I can put a bit of effort into it, we will have something a little more appetising than just ‘two minute noodles’.

Yummy cheat's mie goreng, fried noodles and egg
Yummy cheat’s mie goreng with a few fresh ingredients.

Ok, so all I do is…

I soak the noodles in boiling water until they are tender. In the meantime I chop garlic, chilli and asian shallot (we found shallots everywhere as we cruised through the Indonesian islands). The other veggies I use depends on what I have on hand, e.g. I have used carrot (julienned), capsicum and beans. I often use Shitake mushrooms which I keep dried (soaked in boiling water and then sliced).

I add oil to my wok and heat. Then I sauté the garlic, shallot and chilli until soft. I then add whatever vegetables (or meat if using) I am using and cook through.

Next I add the noodles and the sachets of flavour – reserving the crispy onion to garnish when done. I toss the noodles until they are heated through and serve on a plate. Top with a fried egg and garnished with cucumber and crispy onion.

Yummy, warm and savoury and just what you need on long distant sail or a miserable wet day such as this!

Pantry Pancakes

While cruising though Asia, there have been mornings when Dwayne has asked “what’s for breakfast?” and, like the Mother Hubbard rhyme, ‘the cupboards were bare’. Well… not quite bare. I almost always have flour, powdered egg and powdered milk in the pantry. So I get to work preparing an easy, filling breakfast that Dwayne enjoys with maple syrup. I whip up some pancakes.

Pantry Pancakes
Pancakes and maple syrup… cooked on the BBQ

Simple really, this is what I do …

Gather my ingredients…
1 cup of plain flour
1 tablespoon powdered egg
2 tablespoon powdered milk
and water to add as needed.

Then I…
…sift the first three ingredient into a bowl and gradually add water, stirring continuously until I get my desired thickness. If I’m lucky I then get Dwayne to cook them on the BBQ.

Pancakes

Note: The powdered eggs I bought in Coles in Australia. ‘Farm Pride’ Powdered whole eggs.