Chocolate, Desserts, and a Tropical Excursion

I have some news! In two weeks I set sail for the other side of the world. It's time for an adventure to Australia and Hawaii and I'm so excited! I've wanted to go to Hawaii for as long as I can remember, but it just hasn't happened yet. I have, however, already been to Australia 3 years ago after a short work stint in New Zealand. I visited those two countries and Fiji for a total of five months. OZ has held a special place in my heart ever since and I have often thought about going back, but didn't think it would happen this soon. I'm grateful to be feeling healthy and strong in mind and body again - I'm SO ready for this trip!

If you have any suggestions for Hawaii, let me know. I'll be there for six weeks but I have nothing planned yet! I feel a pull to go so I'll go with the flow and see what happens when I arrive.

Here are a few shots from my last Australia trip...

Fruit! Most of which I picked - Jakfruit (one of my favorite fruits), mandarin oranges, ice cream beans, atemoya, baby bananas, avocadoes, persimmons, star fruit, sapote, and some kind of plums.

Byron Bay
Sunrise at Byron Bay
Speaking of sweet things, about a week ago I started eating a small amount of cacao and sugar again, and feel good with it. Once a day I've been enjoying a treat (usually one of my chocolate caramel pecan turtles). I am so balanced physically and emotionally now that my body seems to be able to handle it. 
On Friday I made this raw chocolate mousse for dinner guests. It was so fun to be creating dessert again. Feels like it's been ages! I topped them with hazelnuts, and cacao nut crumbs to create various textures. Top it with whatever you like. 
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27 Comments
  1. January 31, 2011 at 02:18
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    TOO MUCH GOODNESS IN THIS POST!!!

  2. January 31, 2011 at 02:21
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    This looks like a chocolate mousse I had today, but had an avocado base!! It was decadent to say the least! I can't wait to try this:)<br /><br />Slash what is irish moss gel and where can I find some?

  3. January 31, 2011 at 02:31
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    *hyperventilates* Australia? Australia? Squee!!! But don't you want to skip Adelaide and do a raw dessert class in Canberra instead? We're so bereft of raw vegan goodness here in Canberra, and I'll be teaching in March so can't escape via plane to be where you are...<br /><br />So excited that you're going to at least be in my country! Can't wait to hear/see what you get up to :) :)<br /><br />P.S. Yep, this post pulled me out of my silent-reader status!

  4. January 31, 2011 at 02:39
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    How exciting for you, that you're ready for the trip and that you're reconnecting with the dessert thing. Are you literally 'sailing?' I've known lots of people that wanted to do that, and one or two that did.<br /><br />I lived in HI for a few years: which island are you going to? (I was on the Big I--if you're going to be there I might be able to suggest some places to go).

  5. January 31, 2011 at 03:42
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    Oooh, do another workshop - in Sydney!!! David Wolfe is here at the same time as you and I am going to his weekend conference the same weekend as your Byron course otherwise I would be there in a shot! Enjoy yourself loads my lovely and give me a shout if you're in Sydney at all xxx

  6. January 31, 2011 at 04:49
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    Heathy girl, you are such a tease! Those turtles! I've got my credit card ready! Give it up! Are you going to make an ebook to share? <br /><br />Anyway... I hope you were able to detect my joking tone in that. Love you and everything you do. Love your honesty. Love your food. Already love those turtles and I haven't even tasted them yet! <br /><br />PS My 3 year old says your mint chocolate chip ice cream is her favorite... and she's pretty picky.

  7. January 31, 2011 at 04:50
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    Oh and go to Limahuli Garden in Kauai, if you get a chance. I got married there and it's magical.

  8. January 31, 2011 at 06:36
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    Hi Heathy,<br /><br />If you want to know more about Australia's unique indigenous spices and herbs, that you will not find anywhere else ever, and that are extremely delicious and extremely powerful in terms of antioxidants and nutrient dense, please email me at: cameron.carla@gmail.com.<br /><br />It's a crying shame that so many people come to Australia, and never really discover these amazing spices and foods that are found nowhere else in the world.<br />Plus these indigenous spices and fruits and seeds etc, are non-GMO, mostly wildcrafted and picked by hand!!<br />Carla.

  9. January 31, 2011 at 06:50
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    Looking at your pic of fruits that you picked last time you were here in Australia, I don't know if you realise that none of those fruits are actually indigenous to Australia, they are all introduced species. Plus the bananas that grow out in the bush in Queensland actually have seeds. Yes seeds. Bananas orginally had seeds. That's what those black dots on the banana are! You missed out muntharis (appleberry) ,lillipillis, wattleseeds, passionberries, molucca berries, finger limes that range in color from red to purple to neon green to almost black and give real fruit caviar, blood limes, lemon aspen, aniseed myrtle, lemon myrtle, cinnamon myrtle, teeny tiny native limes, native hibiscus (edible calyx and young leaves are edible), kakadu plums, native pepperberries, dorrigo pepper, rivermint, davidson plums, young boab shoots( same texture as jicama - no flavour), waterlilly roots ( same texture as the water chestnut), bunya bunya nuts and pine mushrooms and the list goes on and on. You also missed out on honey from native bees. The indigenous bee (native to Australia) has no sting!<br />You missed out on so very much!<br />If you come to Australia without experiencing all of this you are only getting 10 % of the experience you could possibly have!<br /><br />Carla

  10. January 31, 2011 at 14:53
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    I am drooling! Omg, yum! Have a fantastic time, so jealous you are getting away from the snow! :)

  11. January 31, 2011 at 15:05
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    Hi there! What is the difference between irish moss gel and the powder. I only have the powder. Thanks (noellsy (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. January 31, 2011 at 20:59
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    I wish You a great journey, and lot of fun!!!<br />Superb choc' mousse!

  13. February 1, 2011 at 00:23
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    This chocolate mousse looks fabulous! I hope you enjoy your trip to Australia. I'll be particularly interested to read how raw is progressing in Adelaide (my home town)

  14. February 1, 2011 at 00:59
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    Chocolate mousse yum, we love making desserts with irish moss :) <br /><br />And so jealous that you are going on such an amazing trip, but you deserve it! I wish I could come, haha<br /><br />xoxo<br />pure2raw twins

  15. February 1, 2011 at 05:37
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    I made this mousse last night and was in heaven. The irish moss gel gives it a fabulous texture- after sitting in the fridge it is now almost frostingesque. Thanks for sharing. <br /><br />Good luck on your travels! What a wonderful adventure.

  16. February 1, 2011 at 11:10
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    no way! im so excited ur coming down under to Oz - although I will admitt I'm a little bummed that there's no Sydney dates :( do hit us up if u venture this way

  17. February 1, 2011 at 20:08
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    yummy, pretty, and how exciting!!!

  18. February 1, 2011 at 21:33
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    That chocolate mousse looks very airy and decadent. I wish I could be your personal tour guide back in Oz, but you know it WILL happen one day :) xx

  19. February 2, 2011 at 04:45
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    You're going to have such a great time! I hope you'll someday come to teach classes in the SF Bay Area... we're love to have you in San Francisco. :)

  20. February 3, 2011 at 16:01
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    I can't find irish moss, is there another better known substitute? I really want to try this, it looks so delicious! Can't find fancy stuff like that down here in Missouri... ;-)

  21. February 4, 2011 at 12:57
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    Hi Heather.<br />I think I can speak for other Melbourne-ites by saying please come to Melbourne! I'm studying Naturopathy and know many students who would be really interested in one of your raw desserts cooking classes!

  22. February 4, 2011 at 17:18
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    Thank you all!<br /><br />For those of you in Melbourne - it's still a possibility that I will be there - it would be toward the end of March :) <br />And yes, I will be in Sydney too, although not teaching.

  23. February 5, 2011 at 05:59
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    I am definitely interested in the Adelaide class - can you email me details : brendamoz@gmail.com

  24. February 12, 2011 at 01:05
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    thanks for posting this unbelievable recipe! i made it with success and linked my blog to your page:)

  25. Anonymous
    February 21, 2011 at 10:16
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    Aloha,<br />If you're headed for Maui be sure to check out Joy's place in Kihei and Maui Kombucha in Haiku for some seriously delicious raw treats..

  26. Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 at 06:45
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    Hi I'm new to your blog and have searched for other comments on the same topic, can I make this without the irish moss gel?

  27. May 12, 2011 at 02:42
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    WOW! beautiful pictures and recipes! i am new in the raw food world but working as a personal chef in new york city at the moment.just started my blog (www.homeiswherethekitchenis.com) and discovering amazing raw foods, restaurants, ingredients and recipes! very inspring - thank you!

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