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31 Mar 2009

My Third Blogiversary

It is my 3rd Blogiversary and what a fun ride it has been. I am actually amazed that I have lasted this long as I thought I would run out of ideas within a few months. I might not post as often, but thankfully I am still able to keep going after a bit of scratching around in books and in files on my hard drive.

I want to thank all those great bloggers who take the time to visit. Whether it's for a quick read, to drop a card or taking the time to leave a comment, I still get thrilled every day when seeing who has popped by and I do try to reciprocate and visit them all. I must also thank those who have added me to their blogrolls as that does generate like minded visitors. Thanks guys.

Thanks need to go to those great chefs on the internet from whom I cadge recipes for this blog. I cannot give my own recipes as my meals are made up of whatever organic veggies and other ingredients I am lucky to find that week. Plus I hardly ever measure most ingredients. Probably why I never became any good at baking!

I also thank the owners of the blogging programs where the majority of my visitors originally come from (very few come via search engines despite what the gurus keep saying). I belong to many, some since I started and some quite recently. To name just a few of the many that come to mind, Technorati , Blog Explosion , BlogVillage , FuelMyBlog , BlogCatalog , MyBlogLog, and recently Facebook's NetworkedBlogs.

Thanks again.
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Celebration Raw Chocolate Cake
From The Best of Raw Food
Serves 10

Ingredients for the crust:
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup carob
1/2 cup finely ground almonds
1/3 cup agave syrup
1/4 cup coconut or cacoa butter
Pinch of sea salt

For the chocolate filling
2 cups cocoa powder
1.5 cups agave syrup
1 cup coconut or cacao butter
1 tbsp Vanilla extract (optional)
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder (optional)
1 tsp Maca Powder (optional)

For garnishing:
Strawberries, raspberries, or oranges for garnishing.

Crust:
Combine and mix all ingredients. You can best do this by hand or standing mixer). It should have a dough-like consistency. Press the dough evenly into a 7 inch tart pan. (A removable bottom, a plastic cling wrap lining or one of these new flexible silicon pans are easiest.) Chill in the fridge for at least an hour if you have time.

Filling:
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until very smooth. Poor into the cake crust. Put the cake back in the fridge and chill for at least another hour.

Before serving, decorate the cake with the berries, orange or other nice looking fruit.

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20 comments:

Juno said...

Congratulations! Lovely blog (and I'm not even a vegan!). Rgds Juno

Mihl said...

Congrats! Your blog has been one of the first vegan blogs I started reading and I remember well that you left the fist comment on my brand new blog two years ago. Your blog has been such an awesome resource of ingredients and nutrients to me. Keep up the great work!

Small Footprints said...

Wow ... your 3rd blogiversary ... Congratulations! I'm a new follower ... landed on your blog from blog explosion and stayed way past the required 30 seconds. :) What I really like about your blog is that it isn't just recipes (although that in itself would be great) ... you also offer nutritional advice. I'm one of those people who loves to know the nutrition of what I'm eating!

Thank you for following Reduce Footprints. I've added you to my blog roll!

Take Care!

Small Footprints
http://reducefootprints.blogspot.com

Internation Musing said...

Congratulations!
And yes, our stray dog is doing fine.)
Kindest
hans

earthmother said...

Happy Blogiversary, Jackie!

And, thanks for that luscious raw recipe.

jan said...

Congratulations. I don't comment often but I get some great ideas from you.

Marion said...

congratulations, Jackie! You've always got great info here and on your other blog.

Funny...I cook the same way you do...whatever is available and fresh is what is for dinner! And I don't measure either, making Graham the baker in this family. He loves to measure!

SLColman said...

Three years!! Wow! Congrats!!

That cake looks yummy too :)

aTxVegn said...

I am so glad you've been here for three years. Happy Blogiversary!

Shinade said...

Oh my word Jackie has it been 3 years already?

Where does the time go? Congratulations and Happy Belated Blogovesary!!

We had a tragedy that affected our family on the morning of April 1st. So please forgive me for being late.

I am just now venturing back out and trying to get caught up!!

Hugs,
Jackie:-)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Happy blogiversary. My third was yesterday the 4th, also.

Lori said...

Congratulations on three years of sharing with others! :) I'm relatively new to your blog, but I enjoy your ruminations very much. :)

Ask a Nutritionist Online said...

Nice recipie .... its looking very tasty m going to try it soon ... Keep on sharing such recipies

dhimas130184 said...

very useful tips, i soo help many people

Sharon Lynne said...

Congratulations on 3 years!

icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

Happy anniversary!!!!

I am vegetarian...

and I just did a vegan challenge where I ate animal free for three weeks.

Eventually, I'd like to eat a true vegan diet... but I think I need to research more because after three weeks of strict eating... I admit to feeling very deprived. Like, I was having big egg cravings... and the thought of eating an egg generally makes me gag.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Oh my am I late to the party or what!

Happy belated Blogiversary Jackie! That is sooo awesome, so glad you are still posting!

Jackie said...

Thanks everyone :)

Took a little time off from posting as had a casual job over the holidays but must now put my thinking cap back on and see what to write about next.

Sharon Lynne said...

congratulations! I am enjoying my visit. Thank you for the compliment on my first apple pie!

Naomi Stevens said...

Happy Anniversary Jackie! Keep up the good work! Your blog is wonderful and always makes interesting reading.