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Macadamia & Wattle Seed Butter

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I have not posted anything in a couple of weeks and for this I apologise.  I have a number of things I would dearly love to bake, make, and post for you but life has again placed itself in my path.  But I will return to baking very soon.

As some of you know, I have attended some fantastic courses in making chocolates and pralines at the brilliant Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School in Melbourne.  I have had the time of my life and I have learned so much.  It’s been so great, I have signed up for some more classes!  If you would like to see some of the amazing chocolates and pralines we made, you can view them on the Facebook page.

But it has taken me away from baking and playing in my kitchen and posting new recipes.  Over recent weeks my father has been unwell and so I’ve been distracted by that too.  But I will be getting back to business as usual this week so there should be some posts coming through very soon.

I had some wonderful ideas for recipes to post for Australia Day, which is today.  Some wickedly good and some wickedly healthy too.  But as I’ve not had time to make them in time, I thought I should at least post up something to commemorate today.

Unlike some, I do not think of Australia Day as a commemoration of our early European (English) settlers arriving by ship over 200 years ago.  I think of it as a day to celebrate the coming together of Australians as a nation.  Strictly speaking, Australia became a nation on 1 January 1901 so this anniversary is a few weeks behind, but hey, what’s a few weeks between friends?

Like any nation, there are moments in our history of which we can be proud and moments that make us hang our heads in shame.  There are some who claim that those who migrated here from other parts of the world since the 1780s are not truly Australian, that only the indigenous people of our nation have the right to call themselves Australian.  I believe that all of us who call this beautiful country home have the right to call ourselves Australian, for even our indigenous Australians crossed over from other lands, albeit thousands of years ago.  We are essentially all migrants and yet all Australian, and all fortunate to live in such a beautiful country.   As is often said, we are all different but underneath it all, we are human and we are all the same.

It occurred to me earlier today that although the recipe I’m sharing is simple, and hardly even worth a blog post … it brings together two quintessentially Australian foods.   Macadamia nuts and wattle seeds.
Both foods are indigenous to Australia.  They are both amazingly delicious as well as being healthy.  Macadamia nuts are fully of healthy mono-unsaturated fats and nutrients while wattle seeds punch above their weight in protein and micronutrients.  Together they are nothing short of divine.

Whether you process the macadamias raw or lightly roasted is purely up to you, and a matter of personal taste.  I prefer to process them raw as the flavour is delicate and beautiful, and a pinch of sea salt really adds depth.

Anyone who has trawled through the recipes on this site will know that I love roasted wattle seeds.  That magical chocolate-hazelnut-coffee flavour they impart is sublime.   They are available online for those of you outside Australia.  If you cannot find them, you could substitute a little pure vanilla.  Use vanilla seeds or vanilla bean paste for the best flavour.

This literally takes only a few minutes to prepare.  It is the shizz on toast, on vegetables, on fish, on fruit, or eaten with a spoon.  It makes a fantastic alternative to butter, or other nut butters 🙂

Wishing you all a very Happy Australia Day.  I will see you all really soon with some new recipes!

Makes 1 x 250 gram jar

Ingredients
250 grams macadamias, raw and unsalted
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons roasted and ground wattle seeds
sea salt q.b.

Directions
If you wish to roast the macadamias first, lightly roast them for 5 – 8 minutes at 180℃.  Keep an eye on them and move them about on the tray every couple of minutes.  Allow to cool completely before proceeding.  This step is optional and unnecessary but it’s a matter of personal preference for flavour.  I like to make my macadamia butter raw as I like the flavour.

Place the macadamias in the bowl of a food processor and process until it is processed to a smooth paste.  Add a generous pinch of sea salt, to taste.  Add the wattle seeds and pulse briefly to distribute.  Transfer the butter to a clean jar.

Stored in the refrigerator, it will keep for a long time.  I doubt that will be necessary though 😉

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Chocolate Freckle Pops … Australia Day 2011

This isn’t really a recipe post.  I was just thinking about typical Australian sweets as it will be Australia Day on the 26th January.  For some reason, chocolate freckles kept popping into my head.  I had some milk chocolate at home and some leftover hundreds and thousands.  Tonight I was too tired to bake, I couldn’t be bothered ironing, couldn’t sit in front of the TV to watch the tennis … so I made chocolate freckles.  Sure that only took about 10 minutes all up 🙂

There’s always a lot of debate about Australia Day at this time of year – what it symbolises and whether we should even be celebrating at all.  I’ll leave the debating to others.   Yes, the historical significance of this day gives us pause.  Ultimately, though, it’s great to have a day to celebrate what it means to be Australian, how lucky we are to live here – despite our harsh climate and the toll it takes (as in the recent flood disasters in QLD and VIC).  There’s good and bad everywhere you go, but I think we’re fortunate to live in a society that has more than it’s fair share of good.

It’s heartening to see all the wonderful efforts Australians all over the country are making to aid those in dire need now.  A few of these include Victorians in areas themselves devastated by bushfires and a tragic loss of life only two years ago; neighbours, friends and strangers getting out to help each other in flood affected areas, despite their own personal hardship.  Kudos also to our local hospitality industry in Victoria, holding fund-raising events on Australia Day.  If you’re interested and want to see which restaurants are participating, check out Victorian Restaurants Unite.   And how about Melbourne’s café scene raising money through the donation of proceeds from coffees and, in some cases, all sales on specific days over recent weeks.

And sometimes it helps to think of the simple things we treasure to bring a smile to our faces.  Like chocolate freckles (or Vegemite, lamingtons, pavlova, whatever … ).  To bring out the big kid in all of us.  Nostalgia is good.  They’re also kind of funky retro …

You know what you need to make them.  Just melt some milk chocolate in a microwave for a few minutes at 50% power.  Stir it until it’s smooth.  Pipe or spoon it in rounds on a lined baking sheet.  Tap to let the chocolate spread and flatten.

Sprinkle on some hundreds and thousands and allow it set at room temperature or in the refrigerator.  If you want to make the pops, place a toothpick in each chocolate round so that it sets on the toothpick.

Happy Australia Day.

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