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We like, we like to party

Daisy Payne

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We create bespoke menus with customisable cakes in all flavours and sizes. Whether you’re looking to sweeten up your soiree, board meeting or boss… we’ve got you covered. Our free-from, vegan, desserts make catering for everyone’s dietary nuances a doddle. Described as “the future of fashionable dining” by Vogue and “London’s best alternative cake” by The Evening Standard, know that if you’re ordering from us you’re getting the trusted "looks good, tastes good, feels good" guarantee.

Guilt free, conversation starters that look great on the gram… what more are you looking for? 

Check out our shop for inspiration or get in touch for something bespoke : cake@thehardihood.com

 

 

Strawberry Flaxseed Smoothie

Daisy Payne

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The art to having strong smoothie game? Keep on changing it up.

This beauty came about upon fancying something familiar and sweet. It includes an old favourite, flaxseed which is a wonderful antioxidant seed that works wonders for our hair and skin. Plus is filled to the brim of some essential nutrients such as omega-3, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and is a good source of fibre, and helps ease inflammation in the gut.

We love collagen on many levels, but mainly for vitality and vanity. If taken regularly its said to boost energy, heal a leaky gut, make skin younger and plumper, strengthen nails and hair and... the piece de resistance? Reduce the appearance of cellulite - can we get an "Amen!" It's also said to get rid of those pesky winter dry skin patches too. Basically best ever natural beauty supplement.

D3 is a must all year round, but especially during these winter months when sunshine levels are at a low. It reduces depression and fights disease, supporting your immune system to keep you and your bones in tip top condition.

Smoothie For Two

Ingredients

3 cups hazelnut milk (or you can use almond or cashew milk)

6-8 frozen strawberries

1 small banana

2 tbsp ground flaxseed

1 tsp collagen ( not vegan) - love this as it also includes hyaluronic acid + vit c

1/2 tsp liquid D3

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Blend all ingredients together on high until smooth, pour and enjoy.

Beautiful Bundles of Raw Cake

Daisy Payne

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We founded The Hardihood on an inkling in 2014. Without market research or much of a plan we raised a finger to the wind and felt that there could only be more people who, like us, wanted to have their cake and eat it. Tired of trading taste and decadence in favour of wholesome ingredients we concluded that there must be away to make desserts both nutritious and exciting.

Our signature raw dessert squares were the result of this. Square, because we wanted to challenge the connotation of your classic cheesecake in more way’s more than simply not using cheese.

Back in the day before we found a factory who could help us out we’d blend, set, mark and cut around 500 of these little beauties a week. Everything from finding the perfect square, loose bottom, sharp angled tins to using a ruler to measure the size of our squares to the millimetre has been a journey. Trust us, it’s not easy to cut 25cm lines this straight.

Why are we telling you all of this? Because our signature Raw Cake squares are now available to buy in a beautifully bundled up assortment box. Perfect for forgotten birthdays, bosses who need sweetening up, dinner party contributions or an afternoon treat that you won’t be sharing.

Order for same day delivery to London zones 1-2.

The Hardihood x Pride Kitchen

Daisy Payne

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The Hardihood is launching a cozy, candle-lit supper club series in collaboration with SaladPride.

Supper will be prepared by the wonderful David Bez, followed by indulgent raw desserts by The Hardihood. Friends old and new will gather over a shared appreciation for delectable plant-based dishes, enriching conversation and soul-deep nourishment. Join us around the table, in the heart of Covent Garden’s warmly lit Neals Yard, for three foodie-inspired evenings.

Each evening will begin at 7pm and include three course, warming beverages and a cocktail upon arrival.

Thursday 30th November – Into The Izakaya

Inspired by the indulgent side of Japan’s cuisine, this evening’s menu will feature all of our favourite Japanese ‘pub’ food. More unctuous than what you might expect from traditional Japanese menu, think hearty, rich flavours combined with after-hours Tokyo. 

Friday 1st December - Earthy Italian North

Travel deep into the Italian winter with some comforting earthy Italian classics with a northern inspiration, discover new and exciting flavours. Feel the aromas of the Alps and get ready for a walk in the woods. 

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December – A Festive Feast

Everyone’s favourite festive flavours in abundance. Heart warming cinnamon, sweet roast carrots, scrumptious mince pies and superfood mulled "wine".  Feel yourself sinking into December’s toasty embrace, tis the season to be jolly, after all.

Where: Pride Kitchen, 2 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP

Tickets: £40

Time: 7-10:30pm

 

PB Hot Chocolate

Daisy Payne

This creamy adaptation of everyone’s winter favorite is like cashmere socks for the soul. Go heavy on the peanut butter for extra frothiness and only share with those you really, really like. A heart opening, hand-warming hug in your favourite mug, think Reese's Pieces on heat.

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Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 cup boiling water

1/2 cup soaked dates

3 tbsp cacao powder

1 1/2 tbsp peanut butter (natural variety)

½ tsp maca

Method

Make sure dates are nice and soft after soaking in hot water (around 3-5 minutes). Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender for a couple of minutes (we use a Vitamix to get this silken smooth). If the chocolate is hot enough, pour straight into your mugs. If you like a little more heat pour into a pan and gently warm through.

Activated Charcoal Cooler

Daisy Payne

Black food was given ‘food trend of the year’ status in 2017, one to watch, they said. We’ve built a business and written a book on the art of dairy-free cheesecakes (crafted from cashews and coconut oil, no less) so it’s fair to say that we’re au fait to a little novelty nourishment. Activated charcoal however, isn’t a fad. When it was suspected that Leah’s dog had consumed rat poison at a friends BBQ recently, charcoal was the first cure the vet prescribed. A powerful antioxidant, charcoal has been charged with the task of tackling poison for centuries. It works by binding with toxins in the stomach and eliminating them before they’re absorbed. In less dramatic, day to day life we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how charcoal acts an instant energizer, clearing your head of whatever has been causing fogginess; particularly pesticides from food, air pollution and histamines. When life gives you lemons… add charcoal.

Activated Charcoal Cooler

1 tsp activated charcoal powder - click for our favourite brand

1/2 lemon juice

1 inch knob ginger - chopped

sparkling or filtered water

Add all ingredients into a tea pot, and fill to the top with your choice of water. Let the ginger infuse for a couple of minutes and pour.

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant

Daisy Payne

We've long since heard about the perils of toxic skin care and cleaning products.  The overuse of harsh chemicals can lead to  many health issues.  It was last year when listening to a Luke Storey podcast that we decided to start to make some lasting changes to the products that we were using on and around our skin.

Switching to natural body moisturisers and using homemade oils instead of paraben-laden creams was easy, As was was indulging in all-organic ingredient facial mists and toners -  our skin seemed to  beam when we made these changes. A more  difficult shift to make though  was to  natural deodorant. And this is arguably one of the most important ones,  Mass market deodorants are laden with parabens and metals such as aluminium that are said to pool around the underarms and breast tissue area, with no way to exit the body due to us girls wearing bra's - which has been documented as leading to breast cancer.

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There is already a huge market for 'all-natural/organic' deodorant, with many new brands popping up it was a hard one to judge without trying them all. They seem to promise the world, to keep you smelling fresh the all natural way, all day. Alas, not all natural deo's are born equal. We tried and tested a total of 15 different types, none of which offered the protection we have become accustomed to.

Then along came a little online recommendation of an American brand called Schmidt's. We searched high and low for a UK seller, and low and behold - finally we found an all natural brand that works! They come in a variety of scents, so far we've tried the , Charcoal + Magnesium which was the best at keeping you feeling super fresh all day, and the Cedarwood + Juniper- a scent took us back to dessert roaming in Joshua Tree (what more could you ask for from a deodrant really?)

Like all skincare, what works for one person will have a different outcome for another , but we couldn't be happier with this little find - so next time you're looking for a new brand to try - give Schmidt's a go and let us know how you get on.

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Book Club : Banana Nice Cream

Daisy Payne

A Sunday evening indulgence, inspired by the beautifully styled Guilt Free Nice Cream, written by Margie Broached. We first met Margie when our stands were neighbours at Fare Healthy, Borough Market back in 2015. A professional chef, qualified coach and motivational speaker she’s on a mission to get women and bananas (lol) to fall in love with their own skin. We love this book for it’s beautiful styling, it’s matte finish and its dedication to bananas (70 recipes y’all).

Guilt Free Nice Cream is available from Amazon

 

Baked bananas:

3 x bananas

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp coconut sugar

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C. Split the bananas in half and place onto a baking paper-lined tray. Place the coconut oil and coconut sugar into a saucepan and heat gently until melted together. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the bananas. Place into the oven for 10-15 minutes or until they become golden brown. 

Banana nice cream:

3 x chopped frozen bananas

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Tip: Chop the bananas before freezing them. Your food processor will thank you. Add the frozen banana slices into your food processor, add cinnamon and blend until the mixture becomes smooth, like ice-cream. You might need to scrape down the sides a few times to ensure everything blends evenly.

(You could perhaps add cacao powder, cacao nibs, spirulina, peppermint oil, maca, lucuma, blueberries, pecans, pistachios or hazelnuts - take your pick the possibilities are endless!).

We plated the bananas, added the nice cream on top and drizzled with some raw chocolate sauce.

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Chocolate Energy Mylk

Daisy Payne

No joke, one of the tastiest mylks we’ve ever made. For those moments when it feels like gravity has won (4pm, we’re looking at you) this adaptogen blast has been proven (by us) to shake some life back into those limbs.

Among the superfoods that combat fatigue maca and cacao reign supreme. Maca is said to support the reduction of anxiety as well as symptoms of depression whilst cacao is the heart opening, mood improving aphrodisiac you didn’t know you were looking for, until you found it.

Reishi and cordyceps are medicinal mushrooms with adaptogenic qualities (which means they’ll be whoever your body needs them to be), they’re best consumed little and often, so adding half a teaspoon of each to your daily can make a big difference. We’ve found both to have tangible effects on balancing the hormones.

And cheering you to the finish line, Siberian ginseng. A ‘motivational’ herb (smiles*), that increases focus, productivity and endurance by oxygenating the cells. Good for memory, concentration and mental clarity.

2 cups almond milk (or alt milk)

2 tsp cacao

1 tsp maca

1/2 tsp reishi

1/2 tsp cordyceps

1/2 tsp siberian ginseng

1/4 tsp cinnamon

sweeten to taste ( you can use honey, or if vegan try  coconut syrup, date syrup or maple syrup)

 

 

Still Life Styling

Daisy Payne

With inspiration taken from our favourite still life paintings, we created this layered Beetroot Berry Pink raw cake. 100% natural and made from nuts, coconut, seeds, fruit and dates and Styled with pomegranates for their spotlessly, polished juiciness and golden berries for their undone beauty. The look is finished with a sprinkling of effortlessly chic, botanical red amaranth leaves.

 Pomegranates: rich in anti-oxidants, with anti-viral properties plus a good source of vitamins A, C + E as well as folic acid

Golden Berries: Peel away delicate leaves for detoxification, kidney optimization, heart health and a boost to the immune system

Finding The Sweet Spot

Daisy Payne

Last week an old friend who I hadn’t spoken to in years got in touch to ask about sugar addiction. She felt her body could handle no more but was finding it difficult to kick the cravings. We talked for almost an hour about the process of giving up refined sugar, about the parameters of what I consider to be sugar within my own diet and most of all about balance.

My friend is hugely successful in her field and I don’t doubt that she has the world’s best nutritionists at her fingertips. When I asked her why she’d come to me she said it was because she wanted to hear it from someone she knew to be ‘normal’. The advice she was receiving seemed to be extreme; go cold turkey, bananas are triggers, dessert is the devil. The conversation made me realise that maybe there isn’t enough advice out there that comes from a place of balance. It makes sense that for a specialist to be heard they need to be talking about extremes, but this isn’t for everyone.

It’s been 3 years since I gave up refined sugar and the path has been peppered with banoffee pies, brownie sundaes and bottles of Rose. It only occurred to me during this FaceTime half way across the world that I’ve arrived at a place where I simply don’t do refined sugar, I don’t choose it, I don’t crave it, I’m not controlled by it. But I still won’t say never (I can’t not partake in s’mores, for example). Do I eschew all forms of sweetness? Certainly not. I have a cake company after all and that’s not what suits my body or my lifestyle. It’s about taking each piece of advice you find and figuring out how it can work for you.

 

Tips for turning down noisy sugar cravings     

-       If you’re a habitual sugar adder switch white sugar for coconut sugar. It’s not refined so wont spike your blood sugar

-       Baby steps. Don’t cut out fruit until you’ve done a good stint of avoiding the obvious ones like chocolate, biscuits and breakfast cereal. You can tackle this later if you feel like you want to but it’ll be easier to hear what your body needs once the noise of the cookie cravings is turned down.

-       Keep dates around the house for those moments where you really feel like you need that sweet fix. They’re a great sweet alternative. Try to stick to just one or two.

-       Read labels. Don’t buy savoury food that contains sugar. It’s unnecessary.

-       If you really want to indulge it’s much better to do it in the evening when all you have left for the day is to sleep it off. This way you won’t enter into a cycle of cravings and lack of concentration throughout the day

-       If you’re out drinking go for a Bloody Mary, a Gimlet or a Dirty Martini. Savoury cocktails that won’t result in sugar goggles

-       Set rules for yourself like you don’t eat dessert during the week, weekends only.

-       If you’re thinking about going hell for leather on it make sure you do just that. Don’t give up your great new regime for a crappy Greggs donut. Go all out and have something that you’re really going to savour and enjoy so that it’s worth it.

Neom Tranquility Candle

Daisy Payne

It’s been said before, but we’ll say it again; staying in is the new going out. Smudge the lounge, dissolve into the sofa and queue up back to back Love Island. Your + 1 to the party? This three wick Neom Tranquility candle and its impressive 19 essential oils friends, most noteably lavender, sweet basil and jasmine. Unwind your body and mind, before drifting off into a tranquil sleep, which lets face it, is all we really want. Airplane mode: on. Shop it here

Cinnamon Reishi Miracle Warmer

Daisy Payne

So long summer, you were sweet but as ever too short. Although it’s only August our British toes haven’t been brave enough to Birkenstock sans socks for weeks, so we feel comfortable declaring silly season officially over. Soon we’ll be shivering at the bus stop, fingers so glacial that even our iPhone’s recoil at our touch. It was during last years descent into street-lit mornings and sleeted strolls to the studio that we began experimenting with hot drinks and cinnamon. We’ve tried it every which way, but when winter comes calling this is the brew guaranteed to get you through.

Cinnamon Reishi Almond Warmer 

1 1/2 cups almond milk - we love this one

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp reishi powder - shop here

2-3 drops american ginseng (or use 1/2 tsp if you have powder)

1/2 cup boiling water

honey to sweeten - optional if you like it sweet like Daisy does :)

Add all ingredients to a jar, pop the lid on and shake. Or you can blend in a NutriBullet.

We love adding medicinal mushroom and adaptogen Reishi for it's stress relieving, detoxification properties, it is immunity boosting, and said to help in the relief of anxiety and depression. It can reduce histamines which means that it can inhibit allergic reactions. Reishi is one of our favourite all-rounders that we make sure to take daily.