This cake is deliciously fruity and moist. The polenta and corn oil give it a rich yellow colour and combined with the ground almonds, a satisfying grainy texture.
Junko has a passion for cookery that goes back to her childhood days in Japan. Growing up close to her grandparents who enjoyed both traditional Japanese cookery and Western foods, while at home her Spanish mother created her own version of fusion cooking, she quickly developed a curiosity for experimentation in the kitchen.
A love for all things food-related turned to a focus on the healing power of plant-based wholefoods during a spell of ill health in her early 20s. Through personal study, encountering Okido Yoga and working at Clearspring opened the doors to the world of organic and macrobiotic foods.
Since then she has studied with Bob Lloyd, Setsuko Dawson, Kiyoko Onishi and Montse Bradford and holds a teaching diploma in natural nutrition and energetic cookery. Currently combining her holistic health practice with working in the kitchen of bhuti, a wellness centre in Richmond, she wants to spread the joy and benefits of simple, healthy and delicious everyday cooking using high quality ingredients that are kind to both people and planet.
For more information visit: www.eighthelementhealing.com
If you have not experimented with aquafaba yet, then you must. Aquafaba, or chickpea or bean water has taken the vegan world by storm as an egg replacer, simply drain your chickpeas and whip up the water which will behave like egg white. We folded sweetened aquafaba into a gluten free pancake batter to make lighter American style pancakes.
Buckwheat is a commonly used gluten free ingredient, often seen in classic Breton pancakes. Filled with sticky apple, apricot and pinenuts these make a delicious pudding, or indulgent brunch.