Yesterday I was thrilled to be part of a group of mum’s who worked together to hold a Biggest Morning Tea event to raise funds for the Cancer Council of Australia. One of the mum’s at my son’s school mentioned that she would like to organise and host an event at her farm. Within a few minutes we had brochures organised, a to do list and a schedule of activities including food options. Wow! I am not sure why the world is not ruled by women, although maybe it is….
I am humbled to have been a part of such a worthy event that was so generously supported by friends, family and our community, including many local businesses who provided food and products for the morning. Many women who came along to support the event spent time preparing plates of food in addition to donating to attend and purchasing raffle tickets and items that had been donated for sale.
The sun streamed in through the windows of the farmhouse onto the tables covered in crisp white linen and beautiful china, laden with a glorious selection of baked goods. The kids ran around the farm, picking up chickens to pet in between snacking on a variety of fruit and beautiful food. Enjoying a cup of tea and chatting to lovely people I had not stopped and spoken to for some time was a highlight of my day. I have not lived in this area very long, just four years, but yesterday made me feel immense pride in the community, gratitude to be accepted and included in such a caring group of families. I feel fortunate to have been able to contribute to a worthy cause that impacts so many families year upon year. The generous mum’s of two of my friend’s who organised the event came along and contributed not only baked goods but they also skillfully cut the cakes, organised all of us, sold raffle tickets, herded children, did the dishes and so much more.
We would have been excited to raise $500 to contribute to cancer research. We were thrilled when we counted the money at the end of the event and found we were holding over $700 for the Australian Cancer Council. So many wonderful, generous people and businesses participated in the morning – thank you to you all. I hope that in some way it contributes to an advancement in treatments or benefits those people and their families who are impacted each year by cancer.
Here are a few pictures from our morning tea:
When we were organizing what we would each make for the morning tea I volunteered to cover the gluten free and dairy free choices. With numerous recipes I have previously tested and published here on the blog it meant that we could cater for some food intolerance on the day and make the morning enjoyable for all attendees. While I was sifting through my recipe list to determine the best things to make I simultaneously had a realization that I had no blog post idea slotted in for today…. So the pantry was flung open along with my ideas notepad and these sesame snacks evolved. I enjoyed sesame snacks when I was growing up as an occasional treat. My kids are not so fond of them but I have been meaning to try this recipe to see if they would compare to those crisp, sweet honey laden snacks of my childhood. If my kids didn’t eat enjoy them then I was hoping that someone at the morning tea would do so.
These sesame snacks are a little removed from those of my childhood, firstly they are not at all crisp as the ingredients are not combined and heated with sugar. They are vaguely reminiscent of those sweet honey soaked snacks I had as a kid. I added some raw cocao powder to cut the sweetness of the included honey.
Gluten Free Sesame Snacks provide an option to stave off the 10 am energy lull that hits after a very early start to the day, or when the 3 pm gloom sets in…. I used my dehydrator as part of the preparation process to remove the stickiness, to dry them out. If you do not have a dehydrator you could put them into the oven on the lowest heat to dry them out, or simply into the fridge. The resulting texture will be different but the flavor pretty will be very similar.
- 1 cup hulled organic sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon cocao powder
- ¼ teaspoon wattle seed (optional - you could use cinnamon)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon Tahini
- Add the ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine well
- Place a piece of baking paper onto the bench that is long enough to double over the mixture
- Fold the baking paper over the mixture and pat down and use a rolling pin to roll out flat
- Once flat cut add the mixture to the dehydrator, on the baking paper set to 125 degrees for 10 hours
- Slice into squares
- Store in an airtight container and eat within a few days
I hope that you have a great weekend.
Thank you to all of the lovely ladies who donated and who shared a cup of tea and conversation with my friends and I yesterday.
Thank you to everyone around Australia who participated or donated in some way to the Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea event to raise funds.
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