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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.

Jaci

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On the 30th of July from 9 in the morning until just before lunch you will find me in the Mirboo North Pharmacy handing out free samples of my new trio of Gluten Free Bliss Ball recipes (which you can find by clicking the images below) for Mirboo North Market Day. So come on down to say hello, grab a cup of coffee and have a chat with some of our friendly locals.

Date Almond
Never heard of Bliss Balls? Basically they're uncooked food balls typically made of natural and healthy ingredients. And don't worry you will know all about them soon because they're just about the biggest food trend doing the rounds this year.

It's true that fads come and go, but my bet is that Bliss Balls are here to stay. Last year we were all in love with pumpkin spice, salted caramel, dipping dots, the kale invasion and restaurants loved to cook all our meat in the sous vide. Ultimately though we are moving away from all these trends because they became stale, more of the same or in the case of the sous vide not readily available to many home food artists.

Choc Hazelnut

Bliss Balls however are the healthy snack food of the people! Though they were born in the increasingly popular home cooking wonder machine the Vitamix, they are just as easily put together with a food processor and occasionally a microwave to soften or melt an ingredient or two. But just because they're easy to put together doesn't mean we can't be creative with them. In fact the range of Bliss Ball recipes is just as expansive as our collective imaginations, which a quick Google search will show.

Apricot Chia

Recipes range from classic flavors like chocolate, banana and berry all the way through to more exotic selections such as matcha, carob and chia seed. And all this variety is possible whilst still providing relatively guilt free snacks by incorporating lots of natural ingredients. Many recipes are also gluten and processed sugar free as well as easily becoming vegan friendly by utilizing common substitutes like maple syrup instead of honey and nutlex instead of dairy spreads.

 

So now that your up to date with Bliss Ball mania head down to the Mirboo North Pharmacy on Market Day the 30th of July and have a few for free.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope to see you down at the Pharmacy for the taste testing and that we can work together in the Food Studio sometime soon,

Jaci

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