Thursday 25 October 2012

Raspberry Oat Slice and Craft Show and Tell

The raspberry oat slice was born out of a promise.  There was no bread or muffins or crumpets in the house and I had told E I would make something.  I meant a loaf of bread.  But when I still hadn't made it the next morning, I remembered this recipe in Color Me Vegan.  It was much faster than waiting for yeast to rise.  It gave Sylvia and I more time for craft.  So I will tell you about both today but first a whinge.

As I wrote last night, I have having computer problems - it seems to happen every now and again on this blog.  I still haven't solved it (but thanks to those who have responded) but have a few ideas.  It means that it is taking time from my blog and making it harder to comment, so apologies to those whose blogs I am commenting on less than I would like.

And while I am being down in the mouth, let me tell you that it is not just my computer.  We had a leak with our washing machine last week and I've had to replace my favourite big frypan which is just too scratched.  Why don't these things last?  And why is J. K. Rowling's new novel so grim.  I could really have done with a Harry Potter character who was light and warm in a dark world this week.  Instead when I finished the novel, the world seemed very bleak.

Rant over.  I'll put my happy face back on!  You see, raspberries make me very happy.  Sylvia too.  We made this raspberry oat slice one Saturday morning recently and it was amazing.  I tweaked the recipe slightly to reduce sugar and add a few favourite things.  But as Sylvia is so helpfully demonstrating in the photo above, it held together beautifully.  As well as tasting amazingly delicious.  Not too sweet.  Full of fruit and healthy stuff.  Even E said it was nice for a slice with so much fruit in it.  (Though I think he was relieved that I then made a loaf of bread that day too.)

It was one of those lovely lazy weekends when I had time to bake and sit on the verandah in the sunshine chatting with our neighbour, take Sylvia on her tike to the park, walking with Sylvia and E to a local cafe for lunch.  Browse op shops.  And do craft.

Sylvia and I love doing craft but I get so busy that it hard to find time sometimes.  So it is nice to look back at a few things we have made lately.  Above is our Three Little Pigs project.  It was inspired by drinking straws.  A straw house.  And a wooden house of coloured icypole sticks.  And a brick house of foam squares.  We made three little pigs and then the big bad wolf.  It was fun telling the story with the characters.  And later I found the three little pigs snuggled up with the wolf under a blanket.

This monster bookmark is a grown-up craft project.  I made a few as presents lately.  They were based on the ones on Tally's Treasury.  Sylvia wanted them all for herself.

Above is some little girls that Sylvia and I made using some Magic Fabric kits that my sister in law Erica gave me.  I'd never heard of it before but it is quite fun to stick on all the bits and pieces.  Great for a quick craft session.  Can you spot the ukelele that has been very popular?

Lastly this owl below was really my project, though Sylvia sort of danced around the edges.  I have a photo on pinterest of some owls made out of toilet paper rolls.  It is one of my most popular pins and yet the link is broken.  I finally had a go at making some.  They don't look as cute but the card I used for the feathers was too stiff and each row had to be held on to dry with a rubber band, so finally I just glued on some googly eyes and a beak and feet and it was close enough for jazz!

I was bemoaning to a colleague today that Sylvia would never learn to clean up because I much prefer craft to housework.  She replied that Sylvia would be happier to remember a childhood or craft than housework.  (Which is true, though when I was talking to my mum about how much I enjoy craft, I mentioned that I didn't do much as a kid and she told me that actually I was always making something.  So there are no promises about what Sylvia will remember.  But I digress).  Makes me wonder if this post will be around when Sylvia is a grown up to remind her of all the craft and yumminess of her childhood.  And will she need reminding?

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Cauliflower alfredo pasta sauce
Three years ago: Snags, coleslaw and Julie/Julia

Raspberry Oat Slice
Adapted from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's Color Me Vegan
makes 16 squares

1 cup rolled oats - ground to quick
1 cup wholemeal flour
3 tbsp ground linseed (flaxseed)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
125g margarine (I used nuttalex)
1 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
1 cup raspberries (I used frozen)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp lemon juice

Make the raspberry sauce first. Simmer raspberries, maple syrup and lemon juice for about 8 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken. Set aside. As it cools it will thicken more.

Mix remaining ingredients (except the coconut sugar) together until you have a clumpy mixture. Press half of it into a lined 20cm (8 inch) square cake tin. I started doing this with the back of a spoon and then found it easier to do it with my hands. Bake at 180 C (350 F) for 20 minutes.

Pour raspberry mixture onto cooked base and scatter with remaining half. Sprinkle with coconut sugar. Bake for another 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Cool in the tin. Cut into 16 squares.  Eat warm or at room temperature. Keeps for at least three days in an airtight container.

On the Stereo:

The Singles: Suede

This post is part of Vegan Month of Food October 2012.  Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my Vegan MoFo posts.


  1. Well I think you are very brave to read JK's new book, I just can't bring myself to read any of her new stuff unless I have a familiar character to hold my hand ... so kudos to you. Sorry to hear about all the things going heywire at the same time, these things go in threes they say so it seems your woes are nearly over ;0)
    Great raspberry slices though, which I am sure will have helped bring some cheer your way.

    1. Thanks Chele - I missed Harry when reading JK Rowling's new book - he was such a great character but was interested to see what else she could write. Hope my woes are nearly over :-)

  2. I was sorry to read your last post about commenting issues - I am hopeless with macs so have no advice, and whilst most of my family use them they don't do anything with blogs or blogging. Mr B is my go to computer person but he has no mac skills either. I hope it gets sorted and was extra delighted to read your latest comments as I knew the effort they would have required!

    I really love the look of this slice and also your craft efforts. I think both are perfect remedies for a week that is a bit challenging and books that are too grim for such weeks.

    1. Thanks Kari - I am still looking into the computer problems but planning to speak to some experts soon (I hope). Craft and cooking are definitely cheering when other things don't go right

  3. I also have no idea when it comes to macs but there is nothing more frustrating than having issues with your computer. Hope it's all sorted out now and stays that way!

    The slice sounds and looks lovely, I'm quite fond of slices that include berries!

    1. Thanks Mel - it is frustrating when computers go bad - I have spoken to a few others whose systems are also old so it seems that updating it what I need but if only that was easier. Glad you might like this slice

  4. Oh jeez, you have made me feel guilty because I had Cooper doing housework with me today. He loves crafts too, but the housework had to be done :(

    I got very excited when I saw those bars. Now I am going to have another look and see if I have the ingredients.

    1. Thanks Jac - your comment made me laugh - esp as Sylvia often loves helping with the housework - she things it is great fun - if only I did too :-) The bars are great.


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