Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Strawberry Hunter

A couple of weeks ago I solved the problem of why we have never ever had a Strawberry from our strawberry patch.

Yuh huh.

Sprung,  Polly Jean!

If you haven't had the our Basset Hound, Polly Jean (AKA The Strawberry Hunter).

Today she is having surgery to remove a suspicious growth in her mouth.
What happens next we are yet to find out.

My eyes have sprung a leak.

GG's Voom Balls:
Yesterday I totally hopped on the powerball bandwagon.
Not the lottery type but the yummy energy food type.

Good lord they are DELICIOUS and take about 10 minutes.
Morning tea for the kids, and for me too.
My recipe is based on this one but I made a few changes.
And they are named after the secret ingredient to Dr. Seuss's fabulous Cat in the Hat's clean up abilities.
Do you reckon if I eat enough I might start being awesome at cleaning up too?
In the meantime I will be awesome at eating these.......


  • 400g pitted dates
  • 200g dried apricots
  • 200g sunflower seeds
  • 100g chia seeds
  • 5-6 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 heaped tablespoons cacao (I used some gorgeous Grounded Pleasures African Red Drinking Chocolate powder (OMG so good!)that they gave me but ordinary Cacao will work fine!)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
Blitz all ingredients in a food processor for about a minute - as this is quite a large quantity I halved the ingredients and did it in two batches.

Place a little mix into the palm of your hand and squeeze tight to form a ball.

Repeat and EAT- keep in refrigerator for a few days (bet they don't last!)

Yes our dog is named after Polly Jean Harvey.


  1. Calling them "powerballs" is almost as cute as your gorgeous basset hound! I tell the kids they are chocolate. I'll definitely try your recipe.

    I hope Polly Jean is a-okay. x

  2. I love powerballs & tend to stick with the same recipe ( its a variation of Table Tonics Sunday Night Powerballs) - even the baby likes them!

    Sending good healing vibes to Polly Jean & hugs to you- always hard when our fur family is not well x

  3. Polly Jean! Pleased to meet you. I am a sucker for dogs with big long ears and sad eyes! Hope that lump is harmless. I have a black and tan King Charles Cavalier Spaniel called Ziggy Stardust.
    Time to jump on the powerball bandwagon I think...

  4. GourmetGirlfriend6 March 2014 at 14:16

    us too :(

  5. GourmetGirlfriend6 March 2014 at 14:17

    so so hard Reannon.... xxxxx

  6. GourmetGirlfriend6 March 2014 at 14:17

    aw Ziggy & PJ.
    a match made in heaven :)

  7. Nut free too Ruth! Winner in my books because they are going in the lunch boxes. Hooray! I freeze mine too x

  8. GourmetGirlfriend6 March 2014 at 15:01

    yes! I only make/use nut free stuff to send to school regardless of whether or not I have been told of a child's allergy.
    we are super nut careful in our house- although I am lucky not to have children with nut allergies.
    and yes they can be frozen and never really go hard thanks to the natural oils in the ingredients.

  9. I do hope Polly Jean is alright and comes home healthy and thank you for the recipe it looks yum.

  10. Felicity Macqueen7 March 2014 at 09:10

    PJ is gorgeous, look at those beautiful floppy ears - you could hide your whole face in them! Our spaniel, Gareth, used to love raiding our strawberries when I was a kid! Flick x

  11. Morning Ruth. Thanks for your post ~ gorgeous as always. Sending hugs to you and Polly Jean. I had Bassett Hounds growing up. They are THE most beautiful dogs. I had one who used to wander around the back garden with our pet Galah hitching a ride on his back. They would both sleep in my bedroom at night and were inseparable. Very fond memories of my childhood with having Bassetts as a part of it. I hope your strawberry thief is ok. xx


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