Like Totally Non-toxic Birthday Parties (well almost!)

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To Do list for party

Make own cake pops (using any muffin type mixture but Morning Glory is best!) Note to self, these types of cakes are really easy but you need a silicone mould which makes them a doddle! Note to the wonderful Rita, gouging them out of normal shaped cake is not the way forward. Involve anyone handy in decorating process using cream cheese icing. For this party though my daughter is in charge and makes a dark choc fudge cake recipe – slightly on the toxic side!

Make Raw Cashew Raspberry Dream Cake from mynewroots.blogspot.com and put in freezer, removing approx 1 hour before party.

Make filo pastry triangles with feta, ricotta, herbs and eggs and bake at 185 for 15 minutes.

Slow roast tomatoes with garlic, rosemary sprigs, black pepper, rock salt and olive oil for pizza sauce.

Squeeze loads of lemons/limes ( and my wonderful bergamont lemon) and heat up with honey and a few frozen raspberries  to make concentrate. Cool slightly and add water, pour into pretty recycled glass bottles and place in fridge.

Raspberry lemonade

Make dips such as guacamole, tapenade, greek yoghurt, hummus, baba ghanoush to serve with veggie sticks and organic corn chips.

Make Fruit Kebabs with strawberries, melon, grapes, raspberry, mandarin segments, apples and bananas (sprinkled with lemon juice to stop from browning. Daughter insists on adding  jelly beans and gummy bears onto end of stick which I allow – it is her birthday!

Make wholemeal pizza dough, knead and put aside to double in bulk.

Arrange decorated cake pops on muffin stand, put out streamers, serviettes, fruit kebabs, and wait for the onslaught of 15 wonderful tweenagers!

Recently my friend Michele and I were comparing muffin recipes. It just so happens that I have a number of recipe books that I have worked my way through, trying these muffins, those muffins and combinations of various. But we agreed the best of all, the most moist, the yummiest (and hopefully the healthiest) were the good old Morning Glory muffins. So here they are again. Enjoy!

Morning Glory Muffins

In a large bowl mix 2 cups of spelt flour, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, half a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of sugar or sugar substitute, maple sugar etc. and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.

Stir in 2 cups of grated carrot, half a cup of nuts, half a cup of chopped apricots, half a cup of coconut and one grated apple – can use zucchini instead of carrot!

In another bowl beat together 3 large eggs with 1 cup of salad oil such as sunflower oil and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.

Fold all ingrediants together until batter is only just combined. Spoon into paper lined muffin or cake pop moulds and bake at 180 fan forced for approx 20 minutes. Makes 12 large delicious muffins. Yummy for at least 3 days!

Morning Glory, best muffin in town!

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