I actually wanted to continue with Part 2 of my London trip but I think I have more exciting things to share with you….food of course!…..*big smiles*. I’ll share more of my London trip in another post. And if you are just dropping by and wonder what I’m talking about, please check it out at Cheaper And More Fun Way To Family Vacation In London (Pt 1).
I was overjoyed when I visited my physiotherapist the day before…….good news from him. He said that my leg is strong enough to start light jogging and running…..yipppeeeee. I just can’t wait to get back to badminton. I started off with standing badminton about a couple of months ago, then progress to standing badminton. You know how frustrating it is not to be able to run.
On many occasions I just have to watch the shuttlecock and let it go by because I can’t run. Actually not allowed to run. Even though I can now start with light running and jogging, I am not allowed to change foot direction yet. At least that’s still better and more fun. My physio said that maybe in another 2 weeks time, I can resume normal badminton……….*so happy*. But of course I will be careful. Again, just in case you are wondering what I was talking about, I had an Achilles tendon rupture 5 months ago. Tough journey to recovery but really thankful that I’m recovering well.
I was so happy that I told myself I need to celebrate. On my way home, singing and smiling to myself, I dropped by at the supermarket to do some shopping. I saw grated carrots on sale…….25p per packet! That’s cheap. Immediately carrot cake came to my mind. I want carrot cake….mmmm. And I want it healthy….no gluten and no dairy. That’s what I call healthy dessert. I find that the carrot strips were a little too long. So I blasted it in the processor for a few seconds. If you are lazy, just don’t bother. I’m sure it will be fine.
Oh, I bought a tub of lactose free ice cream too! That’s the only one that I have seen so far. You can find it in the major supermarkets. To me, it’s a healthier alternative.
Instead of using sugar, I used maple syrup…..another healthier alternative. My daughter bought it for pancakes but has been lying that for a while now because she has got bored with pancakes…..*sigh*. I wasn’t sure whether it will work in cake but it’s always interesting to try. Well, it worked! I think it gives a lovely flavour to the cake.
I heard that figs are very good for health. I have a packet of dried figs. That will come to good use. Just slice and add it into the cake batter for added nutrition and taste.
When I reached home, immediately I got down to making the cake. It’s again another of my super easy cake….my new adventure and new creation! I want it for lunch. Lunch? I must be crazy. It was already past 1pm when I reached home. I was dead hungry. I had to eat 2 bananas first to kill off some hunger! It was about 2pm before my cake was done. I had it hot with a big scoop of ice cream…..mmmmm…..simply SO good! I ate a BIG portion without feeling any guilt….*grin*. What a late lunch, celebrating it all on my own….home alone….*big smiles*. After that I happily went to the gym to work out my leg followed by a good game of badminton…….still walking badminton. What a wonderful day!
Right, here’s my easy Non Gluten Non Dairy Carrot Fig Cake recipe.
1/2C olive oil
1/2C maple syrup
Put all Ingredients A into a bowl and whisk it until combined.
200g almond flour
1/2C rice flour
1t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
Add all of Ingredients B to the egg mixture above. Whisk to combine.
250g grated carrots
1C dried figs (sliced)
Add Ingredients to the cake batter above. Mix well. Pour into a paper lined shallow tin and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If you use a deep tin, then you need much longer time.
This cake is good eaten hot or at room temperature. I use a cutter to cut it out in circles and served it with a big scoop of lactose free ice cream. I actually had more ice cream than the cake…..*grin*. I shared with 2 friends and they liked it very much. My husband brought some to office and shared with a colleague and he liked it very much too.
The other lovely cake that has no gluten and no dairy is my No Gluten No Dairy No Sugar Chocolate Cake.
I like to make healthier cakes by adding fruits or vegetables. If you are interested, there are more in my Recipes section.
Quote of the day…….
”I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
- Thomas Edison