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    Epacris impessa or Common Heath was in glorious abundance today as we meandered over Mt Blackwood. A dazzling peppering of bright magenta glowing in the positively balmy...

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Yumm!! This delicious treat is not soooo naughty and super fine when the need for a little sweet joy creeps into your life.

A perfect way to wean yourself off those other nasty white sugar things you may have been indulging in.  Certainly not for every day but amazing on occasions!!

For those of you who I have been promising this recipe to for a while I am sorry but it is finally here, and worth the wait.

* Now to do this recipe justice you really do need a high powered blender or you will not get the caramel texture but give it a go in an ordinary one if that is all you have.

Simply Amazing Date Caramel Slice Recipe

BASE

3/4 cup desiccated coconut

pinch sea salt

1/2 cup raw almonds

1/2 cup pitted dried dates (the cheaper ones, not the lovely fresh ones we use later)

1/8 cup coconut oil, melted

Place all ingredients into blender except coconut oil and blend until texture of fine bread crumbs. Add oil and pulse to combine. Press into a greased 20cm springform pan and place in fridge while preparing the next layer.

CARAMEL FILLING

8 dates, pitted

1 cup raw cashews

2 pinches sea salt

1/2 cup coconut cream, the top rich layer only

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Blend all ingredients except coconut oil really well until very smooth. this will take a few minutes. Add coconut oil and blend until super smooth and gooey. Spread over base layer and return to fridge.

CHOCOLATE TOPPING

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/8 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut cream, top desiccated layer only

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

In a small double boiler or jug that can sit in a bowl of boiling water mix all ingredients except coconut oil until smooth. Stir in melted coconut oil and mix well. Pour over caramel layer and refrigerate for several hours. To remove from tin take a hot cloth and hold around edges of tin fro a few seconds. For easy slicing place whole slice in freezer for twenty minutes or so and then it will be really easy to cut beautiful slices for you or your friends.

wild med harvest guide

A little gift for you. Hopefully some inspiration too. So go forth and pick chickweed to nourish your blood and bones this winter. xx

Three Corner Leeks or Onion Weed, whatever you call this wild friend it is delicious. A cross between Garlic Chives and spring onions in flavour you can add to any dish where a pungent hit of oniony goodness is required. Like this delicious rissotto I whipped up last night.

As with all sulphur containing plants onion weed will help to ward off colds and help to clear any remaining chesty coughs lingering from winter.

Try it in steamed dumplings with prawn, rice paper rolls, herbed breads and use the delicious flowers in salads.

Why are there so many fantastic tales of fairy circles and what bestowed them with the status of “Good Luck Charm” of all good luck charms?

In the past the vitality of our soils were very important to individuals as it meant a successful yield or not.

Today there is a great deal of research occurring about the benefits of mycorrhizal fungi in our eco systems.

Fly agaric mushrooms are mycorrhizal fungi. That means it forms a mutually beneficial relationship with its host tree. This association provides the tree with increased absorption of water and minerals, and the fungus with constant access to carbohydrates. This allows both to prosper and thrive.

There is some amazing new research to suggest that trees can communicate with each other via a mycorrhizal network. WOW! Now who said fairy rings were just superstitious nonsense?

I am delighting at the growth of lots of new fungi in my garden over the past few weeks, no Fly Agarics however. Hopefully I will start to see the benefits soon as my soil starts to return to life.

Check out this wonderful documentary currently available on SBS.

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/247728707625/Magic-Mushrooms

This documentary explores the amazing properties of one of nature’s most ancient and sophisticated living organism, with exclusive access to the leading US expert in the field, Paul Stamets. From digesting oil waste to allowing trees to grow in deserts, from “last chance” drug for patients, to communication networks’ modeling, mushrooms could become humankind’s best allies in the 21st century. (From France, in English & French) (Documentary) G CC

 And some further information on http://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/mycorrhiza.html

 

Epacris impessa or Common Heath was in glorious abundance today as we meandered over Mt Blackwood.

A dazzling peppering of bright magenta glowing in the positively balmy autumn afternoon. Be warned, this beauty is protected by super sharp, spiky leaves. Soft delicate flowers of bright fuchsia, soft pink or even bright creamy white, burst forth from between the spiny leaves.

This glorious plant is the floral emblem of Victoria and today you could see why.

As a vibrational remedy Epacris is softening, assisting in allowing our heart to come to the fore and prevent us snapping into sharp hurtful ways of acting.  It is useful for wounded souls and those seeking the higher vibrations of love to become their way of being.

Take a wander through some southern bushland over the next few months to delight in this beautiful floral specimen.