This recipe is super quick if you have a power blender or good food processor. You can shape it into balls or press it into a baking tray and cut it into squares or bars once set. It is healthy, so excellent for guilt free snacking or great to offer your guests as an after dinner treat with tea and coffee. Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats (preferably organic, gluten free if necessary) 1 cup finely chopped, pitted dates 1/4 cup raw, organic cacao powder 1/2 cup almond butter (or other nut or […] Continue reading →


These crackers are dead easy to prepare without any equipment and are a great stand-by for those snack attacks. They are delicious on their own, but also go with dips, humus, vegan cheeses,  as an accompaniment to soups or salads, cheeses and even with sweet toppings. They are nutrient dense, providing ample essential fatty acids and are very satisfying – so much better and healthier than plain old potato crisps. Ingredients 200 g sunflower seeds 60 g flax seeds (coarsely crushed in […] Continue reading →


Recently I received a double delivery of organic beet root in my organic vegetable box by mistake. So I looked for a recipe in which I could use a lot of beet root. I found this one for a beet root soup, which I adapted into a simpler, more healthy version, and the result was delicious – just right for a cold Johannesburg mid-winter day, when – for once – the sun did not come out, making us feel rather uncomfortable. Ingredients: 2 onions 5 medium to large beet root a […] Continue reading →


My late mother-in-law Milli was a cooking and handicraft teacher. She often cooked traditional foods from the most eastern federal state in Austria, Burgenland (at the Hungarian border), where she lived all her life. Many dishes in that area have a strong Hungarian influence. But she was also ahead of her time, as long before it became fashionable, she started using whole grains instead of white wheat flour, to make meals more nutritious. Whenever Milli visited us in South Africa, she […] Continue reading →


I got the original version of this recipe from my daughter Sara, who has a great collection of vegetarian cook books. I am proud to say that both my daughters have become really good cooks. We seem to have inherited this trait from  my grandmother on my mother’s side, who was always able to make the most delicious meals out of nothing. My mother (whose biggest hobby is cooking, even at age 85) told me that  in the WW II  and post-war years, when starvation was common in […] Continue reading →

raw cacao fudge

I found this recipe today in one of the many newsletters on health and nutrition I receive in my inbox every day. It sounded so good, that I tried it out immediately, and it turned out to be amazing – it was all done in 10 minutes. It also set quickly in the fridge. I let a few clients taste. They loved it and demanded it be posted on this blog straight away. So, here we go: Ingredients: 1 cup dates 1 cup coconut oil (organic, I used the one with neutral taste) 1/2 cup water (use this […] Continue reading →


I was told about this drink by a client who raved about it. When I tried it for the first time, I also started raving about it. This drink is very tasty, most refreshing on hot summer days (move over beer!) and detoxing at the same time, and it has virtually no calories and is sugar free – so much better than sodas, juices and cool-drinks laden with sugar and other harmful additives and colorants. And best of all:  it is made in a jiffy at a fraction of the cost of commercially […] Continue reading →


I discovered this recipe  in a health magazine. It took me all of 10 minutes to make, and after 2 hours in the freezer, the chocolates were ready to eat, although it was just as delicious to lick the bowl! Double (or triple) the quantity to have extra. You need to serve and eat them straight from the freezer, as they go soft quickly when left outside. This recipes makes about 12 – 14 individual chocolates. Ingredients  2 Tablespoons of raw cacao powder 2 Tablespoons Tahini (or any […] Continue reading →

Most people know by now, that drinking enough water is essential to our health, well-being and looks. But how do we know how much is enough, and how much is too much? Is there even a thing like drinking too much water? When asking people if they drink enough water, most say yes, but when asked how much they drink in a day on average, I get very mixed answers from 2  to 8 glasses or more a day. Here is a link to an article by Dr Mercola that sheds light on this question and also explains […] Continue reading →

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