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
A delicious, quick and easy pate flavoured with the incredibly versatile ginger umami paste. Takes just 10 minutes to prepare plus chilling time and lasts for several days if chilled. Enjoy with bread, rice cakes or a mouth watering array of fresh vegetable crudities.
A delicious side or starter of crispy baked polenta chips with a “cheesy” flavour from the addition of some nutritional yeast and tamari. The addition of a spoon of white miso softens, sweetens and adds another flavour layer to the salsa.