Chocolate cloud cake with nut cream and rose petals
It looks like a simple mix of chocolate, eggs and butter, but Maggie says her new cake can do wonders for brain health.
This recipe is from Maggie's new cookbook, Maggie's Recipe for Life which you purchase here.
- 350g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
- 50g unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 10 free-range eggs, at room temperature, separated
- Pinch of sea salt flakes
- Fresh rose petals, to decorate (optional)
- Nut cream
- 200ml whipping cream
- 1/2 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
- 100g pure nut butter
Preheat the oven to 150C fan-forced. Grease and line 2 x 20 cm spring form tins.
Melt the chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of just-simmering water (don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water). Remove from the heat, stir in the honey and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks until thick and pale. Slowly whisk in the chocolate mixture until just combined. Fold in one third of the egg whites, then ever so lightly, fold in the remaining whisked whites. (It is important to work quickly and not let the chocolate butter mixture get cold or it will set.)
Divide the batter between the prepared tins. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer withdraws clean. Remove from the oven and stand on a wire rack until completely cooled.
To make the nut cream, beat the cream in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, combine the mint, nut butter and a small amount of the whipped cream. Gently fold in the remaining cream.
To assemble, place one of the cakes on a serving plate and spread half the nut cream over the top, leaving a 2cm border. Place the remaining cake on top and spread with the remaining cream. Scatter with rose petals, if using.
You can also view this recipe on ABC News.
Kalyra Communites & Montessori School
Kalyra Woodcroft aged care is a well established 83-bed home in South Australia which which will soon offer an intergenerational program like no other.
Woodcroft welcomes students from local high school Wirreanda High to visit on a regular basis. So successful has this been, the community has committed to more innovation with a co-located, middle years Montessori school.
Purpose built classrooms will be built at Kalyra Woodcroft and the Montessori school will provide experiential learning for the children which could include: - real work in the coffee shop - leading garden projects from design to implementation - teaching older people to navigate the technologies and digital world - events, art exhibitions and music concerts.
Residents at Kalyra can enjoy the company of the students who they can learn with, teach and engage.
A brilliantly innovative approach to intergenerational activities and we look forward to hearing more as the program progresses.
Australian Palliative Care Conference
Maggie believes that food can and must be a pleasure to the very end of life – from the meals served in aged care homes and hospitals through to the taste of mouth swabs for dying patients who can no longer swallow. She spoke at the recent Palliative Care Conference in Adelaide where she was joined by clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and those involved in the latest research and thinking around palliative care.
During her keynote speech Maggie shared not only her own personal experiences, but addressed those who are trying to change the status quo in regards to food in palliative care, including Peter Morgan-Jones, who is currently writing a cookbook specifically for those at the end stages of their lives.
Maggie also made mention of the novel by Kellie Curtain, titled 'What will I wear to your funeral' - a beautiful, life-affirming story of a mother's struggle with cancer and a daughter's ability to accept and make peace with her passing.
Maggie reiterated that palliative care seeks to neither shorten nor prolong life, but to improve the quality of life and manage symptoms so people can enjoy to the full the time they have left.
We need to look to ways to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs as well as the physical symptoms.
For her own dying days, Maggie talked about wanting to have speakers beneath her pillows so she can listen to music and podcasts, “of all the things I wish I had known about in life”.
Honey, Ginger & Turmeric Crème
Makes 40 serves
- 1760ml whipping cream
- 1040ml milk
- 480g natural honey
- 8g powdered turmeric
- 32 large free range egg yolks
- 160g stem ginger, micro planed
Preheat the oven to 110C. Evenly space 40 ramekins over 3 oven trays, leaving space between each.
Place the cream, milk, honey and turmeric into a large deep sided pot and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, allow to sit for 5 minutes before gradually adding the hot liquid to the egg yolks whisking as you go, pass. Stir in the ginger, then pour 80g into each ramekin.
Gently tap the tray to get rid of any air bubbles, carefully place the trays into the preheated oven and cook for 35-40minutes or until just set (remember the custard will still cook as it cools).
Remove trays from the oven and cool to room temperature, before chilling in the fridge.
OPTIONAL: Evenly cover the tops of the crèmes with raw sugar, tap off any excess. Blow torch the sugar to give a crème brulee top, serve.
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I'm Old, Not Stupid!
The way we care for older people in our communities is rapidly changing and, for the past five years, Lindsay Tighe from 'Better Questions Are The Answer' has been working with aged care professionals, training them in skills to enable older people to live a more healthy, happy and independent life. The book 'I'm Old, Not Stupid!' makes these skills available to family members of older people and provides strategies to communicate and engage with them in a way that enables better outcomes and supports their independence and wellbeing.
Most of us struggle with knowing how to cope with and adapt to the differing needs of elderly parents and relatives so this must read resource will provide invaluable insights and guidance about how to do this more effectively.