Yikes Christmas craziness has arrived. We have been kept busy making Prana Chai and packing Prana Chai Gift Boxes.
This month we encourage you to take five minutes out with a cup of chai and enjoy our interview with Bianca Slade from Wholefood Simply. Bianca is a mum of three and cookbook writer who is passionate about increasing the amount of wholefoods in our diet. She shares some of her easy go to recipes for end of year celebrations.
Are you entertaining this summer? Wow them with our Chai Pannacotta with seasonal fruit. Heavenly!
We wish you a safe, fun and relaxing break where you get to enjoy lots of Prana Chai ;)
Koray, Mario & Vincent
Free Pana Chocolate Offer – Ends soon
Prana Chai and Pana Chocolate……. it’s a match made in heaven. Right now all orders of the Prana Chai Gift Box will receive a bonus Pana Chocolate Cinnamon 100g. This would make a great Christmas gift for staff, clients, friends or maybe a treat just for you! After a great few hours testing all the Pana Chocolate varieties we thought that Cinnamon was the stand out Chai and Chocolate match. Bonus stocks are limited and cost only $39 plus postage, so place your order today.
If you need your Prana Chai Gift Box before Christmas you will need to place your order by 10th December to ensure it arrives in time.
Chai Pannacotta with Seasonal Fruit
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes plus overnight chilling
Makes: 4 serves
- 2 tablespoons of Prana Chai, Masala Blend
- 500ml / 2 cups of thickened cream
- 1½ sheets of gelatine leaves (3g)
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- fruit of your choice (passionfruit or summer fruit)
- Lightly grease 4 dariole moulds (or ramekins or glasses if using).
- In a small saucepan, place the Prana Chai and the cream. Slowly bring to the boil then turn off the heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes before straining.
- Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes.
- Return the strained cream to the saucepan, add the honey and bring to the boil.
- Take the gelatine leaves from the water, squeezing any excess water, then whisk into the cream and honey mixture.
- Place a tea strainer onto dariole moulds or ramekins, and strain mixture evenly into them.
- Place the pannacotta in the fridge overnight.
- Serve with sliced seasonal fruit and drizzle with passionfruit pulp (if available).
A Cup of Chai with Bianca Slade from Wholefood Simply
We caught up with Bianca Slade from Wholefood Simply this month for a cup of chai. In our interview with Bianca talks about how she adapts traditional recipes to deliver more wholefoods into her diet. She also shares her favourite recipes with us when you are asked to ‘bring a plate’. They are nice and easy to make.
1) Can you share with us how this adventure, Wholefood Simply, began?
It was January 2013. The previous year had been one of the hardest times of my life. We lived away from family and were yet to make close friends in our new home town.
I had my second baby, my IVF baby, who I loved and adored but who took a long time adjusting to this bright and noisy world. He stayed on me, clinging tightly and not always happily, for the first year or two of his life. As he cried and I held him my husband was in a space of his own, mentally and physically battling cancer and unable to even hold our baby boy.
We reached the Christmas of 2012 and the load had become lighter, we all breathed a little deeper and smiled a little more. But I had reached a point where I felt I needed something, a distraction perhaps. I also wanted to continue staying home to mother my babies and raise my family.
I had long been a lover of all things whole foods and all things cooking. Fortuitously, my clever and always helpful cousin suggested I start a blog.
I, being the very unsavvy computer and social media person that I was (and still am) didn't know what one was! But nevertheless a seed had been planted and a month later Wholefood Simply was welcomed into the world.
2) It's that time of the year when there are lots of end of year celebrations and get togethers and we all get asked to "bring a plate". What is favourite go to recipe for this occasion?
Oh that's a tricky one! But Bliss Balls are always my go to and I have a very large variety to choose from in the books and on the website.
My favourites for this time of the year, due to both ease and their appeal to everyone (even the whole food skeptics) are the Lemon Bliss Balls and the Chocolate Brownie Bliss Balls. However, the Snickers and Christmas Cake Bliss Balls will also be shared over and over again this season.
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3) I know you balance business with a young family, how do you relax and slow down?
I feel blessed to say that I slow down and recharge by cooking, taking photos, and to be honest, eating! I love all three components and I am very grateful that they just happen to be the same three components that are at the heart of Wholefood Simply.
Food aside, I love lying in the Sun with my babies, relaxing at a park and when our free times coincide, cuddling up with my husband and watching a movie or playing remember when.
I walk with a dear friend, I chat to my beautiful mother and all of these things play a large role in keeping me grounded.
4) What are your top tips for people wanting to live healthier lives?
Be gentle on yourself.
Keep things simple. Change does not need to be overwhelming. It can also be fun and exciting.
Figure out what matters to you and why and take whatever steps you need to get to where you aspire to be. Often its baby steps, often its two steps forward and one step back. Embrace the journey as there is seldom an end destination. Once one goal is reached it is human nature to set another, to want something more. So enjoy where you are and let the seed of where you want to be blossom, not with force, but with loving kindness.
Make your health journey your own. We are all unique. What works for one may not be the same as what works for another. So play around, tune in to your own body and mind and do whatever you need to find what works for you.
Lastly, give yourself that minute, even if it is only a minute. Get outside, feel the Sun. Take a moment every day, no matter how small, to do something that makes you happy.
5) How can people find out more about you?
Try Prana Chai at The Diplomat Cafe
The Diplomat Café is a Highett favourite amongst locals. Listed in Melbourne’s Top 50 cafes and with a Facebook rating of 4.8 out of 5, The Diplomat is all about good tastes, good times and good manners in equal measure. Open seven days a week between 6:30am and 4pm, this is a great spot to meet up with family and friends. Proudly serving Prana Chai.
For more information head to www.thediplomatcafe.com.au
Christmas and New Year Trading
After a wonderful year, we will take a short break to enjoy some time with our families over Christmas and the New Year however you will be able to order your Prana Chai as usual. Daya, our chai master blender, will be on deck throughout the holiday period (excluding weekends and public holidays) to send out your Prana Chai orders. We did want to take the time to thank you for your love of Prana Chai and your ongoing support throughout the year. We wish you a safe and happy holiday.
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