MANDARIN & POPPY SEED UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

MANDARIN & POPPY SEED UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

Mandarin And Poppy Seed Upside Down Cake

By Director – Josh Ball ·  · 2 min read

Mandarin and poppy seed upside down cake

We asked @tofuandtiramisu for a scrumptious cake using up all the mandarins in our boxes. Enjoy this Mandarin and poppy seed upside down cake.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8 Slices

Ingredients
  

Topping

  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar (I used monkfruit brown sugar replacement)
  • 5 mandarins, segmented

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I used monkfruit brown sugar replacement)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup mandarin juice (2 mandarins, juiced)
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/3 coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 180C and line a springform cake tin with baking paper.
  • Sprinkle sugar at the base and arrange mandarin segments in a spiral. Slice any large segments in half.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, almond meal, sugar, baking powder and salt, then add mandarin juice, milk, oil, vanilla and vinegar. Mix until there are no lumps, then add poppyseeds and stir.
  • Pour batter into tin and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Allow cake to cool in the tin, then remove, flip over cake so the mandarin spiral is on top and peel off baking paper.

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ALMOND MILK & BANANA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

ALMOND MILK & BANANA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Almond Milk & Banana Breakfast Smoothie

By Director – Josh Ball ·  · 4 min read

ALMOND MILK & BANANA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

We recently rescued 1000 litres of almond milk from going to waste as it had only a month left on the ‘best before’ date. We would like to thank Ralph Utto, the head chef of Foodcloud for providing us with a delicious breakfast smoothie recipe to use up all that almond milk! It’s also a great way to use up those too ripe bananas you forgot to eat (hot tip: when your bananas become overripe, just peel them and pop them in a container in the freezer, ready to use for your next smoothie). This drink is great to get your day started, or a nutritious source of protein for after the gym.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Smoothie
Servings 1 Serving

Ingredients
  

  • 40 g porridge oats or rolled oats
  • 50 g nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew)
  • 1 ripened banana
  • 250 ml almond milk
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
  • 50 g blueberries (optional)
  • 3 ice cubes (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a blender jug add your oats, nut butter, ripened banana (the more ripe the sweeter the taste) almond milk and ice cubes.
  • Blend till it’s smooth and enjoy.

Tips

  • **If the blender is not very powerful it could turn a bit grainy.**To avoid that from happening add oats first with nothing else and blend it until oats turn into a flour like powder. Then add all other ingredients, blend and enjoy!
Keyword Healthy, High Fibre, High Protein

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WHAT IS VERTICAL FARMING AND ITS BENIFITS

WHAT IS VERTICAL FARMING AND ITS BENIFITS

What is Vertical Farming and what are the benifits?

By Director – Josh Ball ·  · 4 min read

Traditional agriculture has served humanity for centuries, but a new approach to food production is developing to tackle the challenges of a growing global population, urbanisation, and environmental changes.

Vertical farming, an innovative and sustainable method, has emerged as a
game-changer in agriculture. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of vertical farming, how it works, and the remarkable benefits it offers to address the pressing issues of our time.

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What is Vertical Farming?

Vertical farming is an agricultural technique that involves growing crops in vertically stacked layers or towers within controlled indoor environments. Instead of sprawling across vast land areas, crops are cultivated in high- rise buildings, warehouses, or specially designed-structures. This method employs hydroponics, aeroponics, or aquaponics systems, which provide plants with the necessary nutrients, water, and lighting for optimal growth.

Benifits of Vertical Farming

 Maximising Space Efficiency: Vertical farming allows for the efficient use of space by stacking crops vertically. This approach significantly increases the cultivation area compared to traditional farming, enabling higher crop yields per square foot. This is perfect for urban areas where free land is not in abundance.

Year-Round Crop Production: Unlike traditional farming, which is often seasonal and dependent on weather conditions, vertical farming provides a controlled environment for year-round crop production. By manipulating temperature, humidity, and light, farmers can create optimal conditions for plant growth, resulting in consistent harvests throughout the year.

Resource Conservation: Vertical farming is designed to be highly resource-efficient. Through the use of recirculating hydroponic or aeroponic systems, water usage can be reduced by up to 90% compared to conventional agriculture. Additionally, the controlled environment minimises the need for pesticides and herbicides, further reducing environmental impact. Moreover, vertical farms can be powered by renewable energy sources, ensuring sustainable operations.

Reduced Environmental Footprint: Vertical farming has the potential to reduce the environmental impact associated with traditional agriculture
significantly. Due to the lower requirement for land, there is no need for large-scale land clearing, which helps preserve natural habitats and biodiversity. Additionally, vertical farms can be integrated into urban areas, reducing the carbon emissions generated by long-distance transportation of food.

Vertical farming represents a promising solution to the challenges faced by traditional agriculture in an increasingly urbanised and resource-constrained world. With its ability to maximise space, conserve resources, reduce the environmental footprint, and deliver fresh, high-quality produce year-round, vertical farming has the potential to revolutionise how we grow and consume food.

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A GUIDE TO ROOT VEGETABLES – AUTUMN ADDITION

A GUIDE TO ROOT VEGETABLES – AUTUMN ADDITION

A Guide to Root Vegetables – Autumn Addition

By Director – Josh Ball ·  · 4 min read
As the days grow shorter and the weather starts to cool down, it’s only natural to feel a little miffed about the end of summer. But fear not, because autumn is the perfect time to embrace root vegetables in your cooking! Not only are these veggies hearty and filling, but they also provide a wide range of flavours and textures to your meals. So, embrace the season and get creative in the kitchen with some delicious root vegetable recipes.

Potatoes

Taste and texture: Potatoes have a mild, earthy flavour and a starchy texture.

Why are they rejected: Potatoes are often rejected due to their size, shape or from minor damage during the picking process.

Most common uses: Potatoes are the most popular vegetable in Australia and can be roasted, mashed, fried or boiled.

You should try these delicious recipes with your potatoes:

Carrots

Taste and texture: Carrots have a sweet, slightly earthy flavour and a crisp texture.

Why are they rejected: Carrots may be rejected if they are too small, misshapen, or have visible blemishes or cracks.

Most common uses: Carrots are commonly used in soups, stews, salads, and as a raw snack or side dish. 

Try this recipe: ROASTED CARROTS WITH HUMMUS

Sweet Potatoes

Taste and texture: Sweet potatoes have a sweet, nutty flavour and a creamy texture.

Why are they rejected: Sweet potatoes may be rejected due to discoloration or minor damage.

Most common uses: Sweet potatoes are used in a variety of ways; they’re great roasted or fried and they make a delicious addition to curries and soups. 

Try this recipe: LOADED SWEET POTATOES

Onions

Taste and texture: Onions have a pungent, slightly sweet flavour and a crisp texture when raw, and a soft, sweet flavour when cooked.

Most common uses: Onions are a staple ingredient in many savoury dishes, such as soups, stews, and sauces.

Try this recipe: INDIAN SPICED ONION BHAJIS WITH RAITA