Gluten Free • Paleo • Sugar Free • Dairy Free
Gluten Free • Paleo • Sugar Free • Dairy Free
Today I am bringing to you my totally crazy, and quite photogenic, recipe for an Iced Vovo Pie. It’s my homage to the classic Australian Biscuit just in time for Australia Day, but first I want to share something else with you.
I want to share with you a story so embarrassing that it should really be taken straight to the grave. But instead of hiding my shame I want to share it with you in the hope that if you suffer like I do you’ll know you are not alone and (if you are poise free) maybe it will give you a good (crossed legged) chuckle.
So here is my super most embarrassing story (of the last week at least; some weeks my life seems like a continual procession of Australia’s Funniest Home Videos).
2017 has turned into the year of crazy running goals. I’ve decided to become an Ultra runner (I read ‘Born to Run’ and I have been ‘brainwashed’ to believe that I too can run/move all day; even if it is a Cliffy Young shuffle) and have been training for the first two races of the year; a road Marathon and a Skyrun Marathon (essentially 42kms across mountains, trails, god awful hills and look…more hills!).
Last Sunday my training buddy Kat and I joined a few strangers on a training day to learn more about running in the mountains and how not to fall flat on our face. All was going well until the last 3 kms of the mountain descent when I noticed that I was having a pelvic floor issue; yep I was slowly, and embarrassingly, wetting my pants as I ran fast down the hill.
I’d like to be able to tell you that it was just a trickle and all I had to do was cross my legs, but I was racing down a steep trail, trying to negotiate the rocky and rough terrain all whilst trying to squeeze my pelvic floor. Let’s just say staying upright become more of a priority than my dignity and by the time I made it to the bottom I was wishing I was wearing black pants.
A quick trip to the toilets, a (large) splash of water all over to disguise my wet patches as sweat and a few deep breaths later I was ready to re-join my training team however the experienced has left me quite worried for the race ahead.
As a mother to 3 kids my pelvic floor has received a thrashing over the past 8 years. Many mothers will know that difficult labours, episiotomies and big headed boys can leave you dreading a skipping rope or a full belly laugh. We cross our legs before we sneeze as a precaution and avoid trampolines like a toddler avoids broccoli. We squeeze, we tighten; some even use weights, but at the end of day some things will never be the same again. And for the most part that’s controllable… except when you’re barrelling down a steep hill and you are literally pissing your pants (sadly, not with laughter).
So I’m here today to share my humiliation with you to let you know that if you trickle, dribble or drip you are not alone. I’m fortunate that my years of Pilates has helped me to have only a few ‘triggers’ (I can proudly skip rope for 60 seconds on an empty bladder- surely that should be an Olympic event?!) but I am also now the owner of a pack of Poise liners for next time I hit the trails.
My body has given me 3 beautiful children and in return I must deal with stretch marks, knee knocking nipples and a faulty urinary control system… but still think I’ve done all right.
Now, back to the Australia day recipe. This Iced VoVo Pie is a tribute to the classic raspberry, marshmallow and coconut Aussie biscuit. I’m still on my ‘crazy lady veggie in dessert’ kick so this dessert comes with a side of dinner included.
The Biscuit Base can be made a couple of ways. I have made a double batch of my Healthy Tiny Teddy Biscuits (I had a few left over after weighing them) to make sure the recipe was nut free. You could also use these Butternut Snaps. If you prefer to bake a base try this recipe. It does include nuts and you may need a double recipe to get the edges the right height.
The Raspberry Mousse is made from boiled Beetroot. It’s much better than it sounds, and if it’s still a bit beety at the end add a bit more sweetener before pouring the mousse into the base. To make sure that the mousse is firm enough to be sliced I have added gelatine. The quality of your coconut cream will make a big difference to the stability of your mousse (make sure you keep the can in the fridge overnight and only use the thickened cream not the watery left overs) but the gelatine just adds the extra security that your mousse won’t be a flop.
The Raspberry and Coconut Meringue is simple to make and requires only a fast whisk and a few squashed raspberries. The meringue is made from raw eggs so if you are preggo etc be careful; otherwise dig in!!
If you are looking for Australia Day treats I have a few on Mummy Made.It, including this Giant Lamington, these Marshmallow Lamingtons and this Lamington Slice. Next week, if my pelvic floor can keep it together for long enough, I’ll share with you my Lamington Donuts.