Date palms have been around for at least 50 million years
Cadbury released a vegemite chocolate bar earlier this year, as usual, I only found out about it this week (after everyone else o'course). I liked the idea so much, I decided to make something inspired from it. Ended up making some vegemite caramel.
I currently have two vegemite jars, a gift from a friend in Australia. It's delicious, but I don't always know what to make with it. It's great on toast, but aside from that - mind goes blank.
The vegemite caramel mix of the Cadbury bar intrigued me. Vegemite is very salty, but I happen to be a big fan of salted sweets – I'm looking at you sea salt chocolate. If I added some to date caramel (instead of salt) I knew it would taste good. I have Alissa from Nourishing meals to thank for the idea of date caramel. I used deglet noor dates for this recipe (because it's what I had). Feel free to use medjool dates instead. Medjool dates are great, but you don't have to use them. They're expensive, and their cheaper counterpart works just fine.
I was right, it tastes amazing. Cut a few apples up, and dip them right into the vegemite caramel! You can also spread it over some toast! This is a weird mix, but believe me, it tastes awesome.
There are a few places in Montreal where you can get vegemite like, Ta pies on Park av. near Mont-royal street has some. Otherwise, you can get one of your nice Australian buddies to send you some!
Got up early sunday morning with cookies on my mind. When I peeked into my fridge, I spotted a lonely jar of leftover date caramel. I decided to make some salted caramel cookies with unsweetened carob chips!
The kind people at Daybreak Mill sent me a bag of einkorn flour last week, I'd never heard of it before. Einkorn was one of the first domesticated and cultivated plants. It has a higher percentage of protein than regular wheat, with high levels of fat, phosphorus, potassium, pyridoxine (a form of vitamin b6) and beta-carotene. Another great thing about it, is that it isn't as toxic to people on gluten-free diets. This wasn't proven, but it's worth looking into!
I tried baking bread with it this week, it did not rise all that well. While it is a dense loaf, the texture is quite nice! It has a strong nutty taste, making it more flavorful than regular wheat. Einkorn bread is filling, I don't think I would use it to make a sandwich but it makes nice breakfast toast.
After my bread experiment, I decided to try and make something sweet. The dates, coconut sugar and carob chips create a strong caramel taste. The fleur de sel sprinkled overtop brings out the flavor nicely.
I can't thank Daybreak mill enough for sending me this gift, and for introducing me to einkorn flour! Their products are grown with the utmost care. You can get your own einkorn flour from their website, they also have a ton of other great products. Encouraging companies that share your outlook on food and life is important.