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    Valentine's Day Gifts are online!

    Valentine's Day Gifts are online!

    Looking for the perfect gift this Love Day 2018  but struggling for it to tick all the boxes?

    • Gluten free
    • Dairy free
    • Refined sugar free
    • Organic
    • Crazy beautiful
    • Stupidly indulgent
    • Actually healthy
    • Really really delicious
    • Delivered all across the UK

    Not only have we just sorted you out, we've handmade every single little treat. All for the love of it! (Also, it tastes way better that way)

     

    Go straight to the online store>> or shop below:

     

     

     

    Notes on delivery:

    FREE pick-up option is available. Please come to Tanya's at My Chelsea (SW3 3QX) on the evening of Tuesday 13th or any time on Wednesday14th.

    London residents - You can order whole cakes too! (Please see this map to check if your area is covered by our delivery partners). If your order includes a cake, the entire order will be delivered on Wednesday 14th. If your order has no cake, it will be posted by 1st class Royal Mail with the rest on Monday 12th.

    UK residents - Please place your order by 10am Monday 12th if you'd like us to mail it that day. We can't guarantee your delivery on or before Wednesday 14th if an order is placed after 10am Monday. Your order will be sent via 1st class Royal Mail and needs to go straight into the fridge as soon as it arrives.

    Limited Edition raw treats shop is open for UK delivery!

    Limited Edition raw treats shop is open for UK delivery!

    Guys, brace yourself for all the exclamation marks ahead, this is some seriously exciting news!



    But first some FACTS about YOU:

    #1  I know you salivate over my posts online (you tell me all the time!)*

    #2  I know you love chocolate (you tell me all the time!)*

    #3  I know you don't live close enough to us in Chelsea to try everything I make (you tell me all the time!)*

    #4  I know you'd way rather eat all the rawsome, GF, DF, RSF cakes for breakfast (if they tasted as good as the overindulgent ones do!)*

    #5  I know you wish I could be your personal chocolate elf, rolling you handmade truffles and sneaking them on your desk (you tell that all the time!- in your own language though)*

    #6  I know you also love to share and want to give the best, the tastiest, healthiest, creamiest, most decadent treats to everyone you love (that's what you tell me when you've eaten enough dessert yourself!)

    #7  I know you love Valentine's Day just as much as I do!*



    *If I got you completely mixed up for someone else, go here and make these salad recipes>>

    Tanya's raw dairy free cheezecakes


    Well my friend, I'm literally about to make all of your dreams come true!

    For the first time EVER and only until Valentine's Day (that's next Wednesday 14th February for those that couldn't care less about this Valentine fella, but still reading because of, hmmm, chocolate?) I'm sending out some of my very best treats across all of the UK!

    Yes yes UK- you heard!

    [Please forgive me, my overseas friends, you've no idea how much I wish that I could post some handmade sweetness your way too, let's first see if they survive the overnight post locally :)]

     

    Tanya's raw vegan cheesecake london

    Oh and did I mention that I'm making everything by hand? 

    Speaking of which, I have to limit the number of available love balls, truffles, cookies, slices, etc, because you know- 2 hands, 24 hours in a day, a toddler, and all- so order yours quickly!

    Go straight to the online store: https://tanyasliving.com/collections/valentines-day-gifts


    Bring on Love Day 2018!

    Happy Shopping and Happy Valentine's...

     

    Notes on delivery:

    FREE pick-up option is available. Please come to Tanya's at My Chelsea (SW3 3QX) on the evening of Tuesday 13th or any time on Wednesday14th.

    London residents - You can order whole cakes too! (Please see this map to check if your area is covered by our delivery partners). If your order includes a cake, the entire order will be delivered on Wednesday 14th. If your order has no cake, it will be posted by 1st class Royal Mail with the rest on Monday 12th.

    UK residents - Please place your order by 10am Monday 12th if you'd like us to mail it that day. We can't guarantee your delivery on or before Wednesday 14th if an order is placed after 10am Monday. Your order will be sent via 1st class Royal Mail and needs to go straight into the fridge as soon as it arrives.

    Raw Chocolate and Orange Mini Cupcakes

    Raw Chocolate and Orange Mini Cupcakes

    Since my next class 'Raw Handmade Chocolate' is happening this Sunday, I've been absorbed in everything chocolate recently...

    Nothing unusual really, but more so than ever, especially since I now have a permanent recipe taster / a handy 2 year old roomie that loves raw chocolate!

    (You MUST check in on Instagram @tanyasliving later today for a video of her approving the below recipe! Here's a preview...)

     

    Random side note: While I was listing the below cacao facts, I contemplated on telling you that during the Aztec times, cacao beans were used as currency. Ended up flagging that one (due to lack of wow factor) but I still had a good chuckle because Lake's word for chocolate is 'money'! Not even kidding. I once brought home dark chocolate coins and they left such a lasting impression that she holds out her hand saying 'mama, money peeease' like, all. the. time! Pretty hilarious until you're out in public and strangers do a double take, then stop to observe what sort of parent has a kid begging for cash before she can talk.

     

     

    SOME LITTLE KNOWN CHOCOLATE FACTS 

    CACAO FACT #

    Just like peanut butter (stoneground peanuts), cacao paste (stoneground cacao beans) also has a 50/50 ratio of fats to solids. However, unlike peanut butter, which is liquid at room temperature, cacao paste is rock solid. This is how you can get a thin chocolate bar to stay in one piece and even require force to snap in half.

    CACAO FACT #2

    A woman often experiences cramps in her leg muscles during pregnancy. That's a sure sign of magnesium deficiency. The same woman also often craves chocolate. That's your clever body telling you that chocolate contains lots of magnesium, so you should definitely eat it! More on cravings will be covered in my March 11th class, but I thought it's about time you had a good excuse to NEVER say 'no' to dark chocolate again :)

    CACAO FACT #3

    Raw chocolate powder contains over 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries! There's a handy system called ORAC which measures the ability of antioxidants in foods to absorb free radicals and Cacao's ORAC score is 98,000 per 100g versus 2,400 in blueberries. 

    [A little bit on free radicals:  "The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA. Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and many others. They also may have a link to ageing." - LiveScience]

     

    Tanya's raw chocolate orange mini cupcakes

    Mini Raw Chocolate and Orange Cupcakes

    For the cupcakes

    • 1 cup almond meal (what is left after making almond milk)
    • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, soaked overnight
    • juice of 2-3 oranges
    • 20 pitted dates, soaked overnight in above orange juice
    • 1/2 ripe avocado
    • 3 heaped tbsp cacao powder
    • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
    • 2 tbsp coconut sugar


    For the icing

    • 80g orange infused raw chocolate (buy at the store or see below for recipe)
    • 100g (almost 1 cup cashews), soaked 4-8 hours
    • 2 tbsp orange juice
    • 2 tbsp coconut nectar or maple syrup
    • zest of 1 orange

     

    Method

    1. Set cashews and hazelnuts to soak in water, using separate bowls. In a third bowl stir the dates in with the orange juice, making sure they are well covered or at least coated. If there's not enough juice to cover dates, make more juice or keep stirring over a few hours.
    2. Squeeze the dates a little (keeping plenty of moisture in) and place them into a food processor. [Keep the sweet date/orange juice in the fridge to add to yummy smoothies later.] Add avocado and cacao powder. Process to a paste.
    3. Add all the remaining ingredients and process again for 2-4 minutes. You should get a thick dry mousse type of mixture.
    4. Take a spoonful, roll it in your hands, pop into mini muffin/ chocolate cases and gently press down so it forms a flat surface and looks like a baked cupcake. Repeat till you run out of mixture. Transfer to the fridge while preparing the frosting.
    5. Grate the raw chocolate and gently melt it in a double boiler. Transfer to a blender.
    6. Add remaining frosting ingredients and blend on high, using a tamper (or pulse, until smooth). 
    7. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag and pipe in a spiral motion inwards. Transfer to the fridge to set for 30 minutes. Store in the fridge.

     

    For the basic orange chocolate

    • 45g (1/2 cup) raw cacao powder
    • 90g (1/2 cup melted) cacao butter
    • 1/4 cup maple syrup or less to taste
    • 1/3 tsp Himalayan salt
    • 10 drops sweet orange essential oil

    Method

    1. Grate the cacao butter and melt it gently in a double boiler.
    2. Add cacao powder and stir out the clumps with a fork or a hand whisk.
    3. Take away from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Continue whisking till the chocolate sauce is smooth and free from bubbles. 
    4. Pour into forms and transfer to the fridge to set. Store in the fridge at all times.

     

     

    P.S.  This Sunday's workshop will be the only Raw Handmade Chocolate class I hold all year. Don't miss out, book your spot here>>

    P.P.S. For more simple yet delicious raw chocolate recipes, check out my eBook 'Seduced- Raw Chocolate Recipes to get very excited for' here>>

    Raw Chocolate Masterclass with Pana and Tanya

    Raw Chocolate Masterclass with Pana and Tanya

    If you think raw food is awesome and you like chocolate, you would've probably, most definitely, certainly, absolutely heard of Pana Chocolate!

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    No matter where I am in the world, I always make sure I sample the raw chocolate on offer and although I’ve tasted some pretty incredible treats, Pana Chocolate is still heading the leaderboard for their perfect combination of taste, texture, flavour, values and love marks.

    pana barbounis

    Can you imagine my excitement when I heard that Pana himself (I didn’t know it was a person’s name either- ‘Pana’ sounds like the best raw chocolate in the world to me) is releasing a book AND he’s coming to London from Oz AND he wants to teach us his top recipe secrets AND he wants to do it at Tanya’s!!

    Well if that’s not enough good news, how about that he is going to run this workshop for you next week, so that you have plenty of time to learn the techniques right in time for the healthiest most delicious Easter!

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    The recipes Pana will demonstrate are:

    Chai filled chocolates
    Strawberry Basil tart
    Mini Lamingtons (very Aussie for you)
    Bloom breakfast bars

    And if all THAT is not enough, you will be the first to get an exclusive sneak peek into how we are progressing for the re-opening of Tanya’s Reinvented, sample everything we demonstrate, be able to purchase a copy of the book for only £15 (or bring yours) and have it signed by the master himself, and go home with 2 x Pana Chocolate bars!

    Book your ticket now>>

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    When: Saturday 1st April
    Time: 3pm-5pm
    Where: Tanya’s inside MY Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Place, SW3 3QX
    Fee: £45pp
    What’s included: Step-by-step raw chocolate demo, tasters of our favourites from the book, Q&A with Pana Barbounis, book signing (bring your own or buy a £15 copy on the day) and 2 x Pana Chocolate bars.
    How to book: via Eventbrite here>>

    See you there, I hope!
    It’s my first workshop in over a year and numbers are super limited, so we’ll have full house in no time (don’t say I didn’t warn ya!)
    Happy Friday!

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