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Sugar Crusted Almond Orange Cake

orange almond cake

Sugar Crusted Almond Orange Cake is a perfect conclusion to a special occasion or gathering. The orange gives it an exquisite flavor and the simple ingredients make it pair with limitless toppings. It is great with berries and cream. A chocolate sauce or herb infused glaze would be great too. Get creative! This simple dessert can be made on the fly which is perfect for an impulsive dessert or well-timed gesture.

It is hard to see in the photo, but there is the sweetest sugar glaze coating baked on the top of this almond orange cake. Delicious shavings of orange peel give this cake a bold finish. Simple decadence.

You ready for some of this goodness? Feel free to check out the King Arthur Flour recipe for an awesome photo directions for every step of the process. My recipe is almost the same, with added coconut flour with orange juice and zest.

almond orange cake

Sugar Crusted Almond Orange Cake

Ingredients:

  • butter for pan
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (coconut sugar would work well, however I can only vouch for white sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • juice of one squeezed orange or 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter (best option) or grease an 8″ springform pan, or round cake pan, and coat with about 2 tablespoons white sugar. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar. Add almond flour, coconut flour, orange juice and zest, baking power, and salt. Set aside. Batter will thick and pasty.
  4. With electric mixer, whip egg whites until they are form soft peaks. Turn mixer onto low setting and slowly add remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
  5. Spoon egg whites into thick batter, one dollop at a time. Gently mix until batter loosens and then scrap into prepared baking pan.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until cake is soft, but firm.
  7. Remove from oven and rest in pan for about 15 minutes.
  8. Turn cake upside down on plate and gawk at it’s golden beauty.
  9. Top with fruits, nuts, creams, sauces, flowers, herbs, fresh honey, seeds, gelato; follow your heart.

 

Cultivating Courage: 10 Tips

Cultivate Courage

 

I recently did a lot of personal exploration around my personal strengths. I have always wanted my work to exude courage and inspiration to others. My core belief is that good self care and nutrition leads to confidence and courage. 

Today what I would simply like to offer you are what I call small steps that cultivate courage. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section on what small steps of courage you regularly take or want to take.

Do you see yourself as courageous? Do you get caught in the cycle of perfection? Does your perfectionism keep you locked in a limiting habits that aren’t letting you fully live? Where would you place yourself on the courage continuum?

Conversely, if you actually thought about it, where would you say courage shows up your daily operations? I know you got all kinds of creative courage coming out of you every day, or at least up your sleeves and on the horizon.

With love,

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10 Ways to Cultivate Courage

1. Daily Meditation. Slow down, my friend. Add in 5 to 10 minutes (or more!) of meditation every day. Take a little time to calm your mind and breath and see your thoughts. Learn to sit still, learn to sit with uncomfortable thoughts, learn the art of not-doing. Mindfulness exacts right action.

2. Stop drinking, smoking, fast food, caffeine, or sugar, or whatever your non-nutritional crutch is. Start with just one item on your list. Experience your everyday life without your habit. This is not a judgy, holier-than-thou recommendation, but really a down-to-earth nudge to let go of a vice and find out what is behind it. Lighten your load and head to your preferred lifestyle destination.

3. Move your body. Everyday. Get out of your same routine and give your body a new experience. If you aren’t exercising regularly, then simple start exercising. If you are active already, try something new, like yin yoga or ballroom dance. Learn to swim. Lift weights. Try qigong. Too much of one routine or no routine will stagnate your mind-body connection.

4. Make a new friend. Gain a fresh perspective and build your community. Be strong in heart and reach out to someone who inspires you or exudes characteristics that you wish to cultivate.

5. Open your heart. Reach out to someone that has hurt or challenged you. Reestablish a new connection or recreate the relationship. Give that person a chance to change and evolve with you. Stop seeing yourself as small and unable to handle the complexities of relations. Simplify the relationship by giving what you can give and no more. Reconciliation lifts everyone up.

6. End or limit toxic and codependent relationships. Stop being in relationships that make you feel bad, small, or stuck. Take a break or create distance. Build relationships that bring you up. Regain your sense of wellbeing and confidence and readdress that relationship when you can do so from a place of love and well-being.

7. Professionally develop yourself. Learn a new skill. Pursue your passions and dreams. Educate yourself.

8. Be honest. Always. Stop doing and saying what you think other people want to hear. Develop inn fortitude and speak your truth more frequently.

9. Stop doing things you hate. Make your happiness a priority. Stop assuming that there is no other way. You are not meant to live in misery, but in light, joy, and health. Pursue and prioritize activities that make you feel strong and well.

10. Learn to see the root cause of your actions. Look at every decision you make and assess, is this coming from a place of love or fear. Learn to limit fear based decision making.

Oh So Simple Curry

 

simplecurryThis dish is simply exactly what you need when you have just a few things in your fridge and some coconut milk in your pantry. I always recommend keeping both green and red curry paste in your fridge- these spicy pastes keep forever and are just awesome for flavoring simple dishes. I just discovered the goodness of this dish the other night when I got home from a long trip and my husband was ready for me to start cooking again. I whipped it up in about 20 minutes flat, and cooked a pot of white rice at the same time, for a really simple satisfying dinner.

Another benefit of this dish was how much it calmed my anxiety. I was through the roof tired and anxious when I made it and after eating it, I felt so calm and clear. I love the power of nutrition and oils.

Ingredients:

1 zucchini

1 carrot

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon garam masala

1/2 to 1 teaspoon green curry (red would be fine!)

1/2 cup or water or broth

1 can coconut milk

1 tablespoon or more soy or tamari sauce

1-3 drops doTERRA ginger oil (optional)

1-3 drops doTERRA lemongrass oil (optional)

1. Sautee veggies (feel free to use whatever is in your fridge!) with coconut oil for about 5-10 mins.

2. Add curry, garam masala, and broth and boil for about another 5 mins, until veggies are soft.

3. Add coconut milk and soy sauce and bring to boil, then turn off.

4. Add essential oils when the curry stops boiling for maximum therapeutic benefit. Consider one drop mild flavor and 3 drops very strong. * Ginger oil will help with digestion and also give your nervous system a boost and lemongrass oil will support lymphatic drainage, circulation, and much more. Please remember to only ingest Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils.

5. Enjoy with white rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, quinoa or your other favorite grain. We ate edamame with this dish as well- for color and more protein. Yum!