30 Shades of Red and Fudgey What Cake?

FOLLOW Elaine Cooper YBLC                  Volume 2 #3 February 11,2015

20 years ago I totally embarrassed myself in the movie theater on a date with my ‘then’ husband. (Sharing a little of his humor! He called me his ‘current’ wife”). We were watching Dances With Wolves with Kevin Costner. In one of the first scenes Costner came onto the screen in a huge close-up and I……..gasped (very loudly) to the delight of the ones around me. Good thing it was dark ‘cause their snickers made me turn 30 shades of red.

Reading an article about Costner’s latest movie and his comments about people “considering him heroic” is what inspired my blog today. Superheroes fighting evil isn’t only on the big screen. He talks about being authentic, having strength of character and human decency in day-to-day life. His heroes are his Dad that passed and others. This movie wasn’t intended to be a message yet he learned lots about himself, directing and starring in it. Costner debuted in Dances With Wolves 20 years ago (YIKES!) and I still think he’s an all-around hunky guy even at 60!IMG_4971

I know I am pushing it combining Happy Valentine’s Day wishes, with my next comments. It has me thinking of the two guys that chose to share their love & the rest of their lives with me, my late husbands Gerry & Bob.

Life didn’t quite live up to my expectations of when “death would us part”. It is only through guidance and support I can feel blessed rather than bruised. Believe me, it has taken a whole lot of ‘something or other’ to share this with you. Was that courage I felt? What’s changed for me? Learning to be my own valentine as well as opening myself up to feel their energies instead of defaulting into the pain of losing them, now 30 and 10 years ago this month.

With that, my wish for you is to Be Your Own Valentine surrounding yourself with those that love you, and if so inclined, a little something chocolate! Maybe this ‘Fudgey What Cake?’  Shhh it’s even gluten-free, dairy-free & low-glycemic.  Healthy doesn’t have to be weird!

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P.S.  Have you seen this? Yup, it’s me stepping waaayyy out of my comfort zone!  Grande Finale February 16 (Pts 1 & 2 are available on replay)

“Exposing Hidden Causes of Pain & Exhaustion”    Episode #3 

Final Show with co-host Dr. Alan Chong airs LIVE next Monday February 16  5pm PST; 8pm EST

Go here “The Role of Food, Lifestyle and Microbes on Pain and Fatigue with GI Specialist, Dr. Christian Turbide” 

RECIPE from Cooper’s Kitchen    

Fudgey ‘What?’ Cake  

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cooking Time: 25 minutes      Serves 16  GF DF


  • 2 medium size beets (cooked & peeled) (secret ingredient)
  • 1  c. ( 250 ml) all purpose gluten free flour mix (used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/4 c. (60 ml) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) aluminum free baking powder
  • 5 large eggs, separate
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 ml) salt
  •  1/2 c. (125 ml) honey or maple syrup
  • 7 oz (200g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4  (310 ml) coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) vanilla extract (Simply Organic is alcohol free)
  • 1/2 tsp ( 2ml) cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS   preheat oven to 350 F (180C)

  1. Cook beets until very soft (about 40 minutes)
  2. Meanwhile oil bottom and sides of an 8″ springform pan
  3. Drain, rinse, peel under cold water then whirl in blender with honey (maple syrup) till well mixed
  4. In large bowl melt chocolate over hot water (pic 1 below). When almost melted add coconut oil and stir till evenly blended.
  5. Remove from heat and beat in egg yolks (pic 2) Stir in beet mixture, then flour mixture
  6.  Beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar separately until stiff peaks form.  Stir a small amount into choc batter to loosen, then fold in rest. Scrape into prepared pan (pic 3) (I used parchment instead of oiling)

IMG_4542                pic 1IMG_4543                  pic 2

IMG_4550                  pic 3

Elaine’s Tip:  This time I used an oblong 9×13 pan instead of a springform pan. Cake is fudgey ‘er if undercooked. Let cool completely. Then slice or cut into squares.  Serve with applesauce or yogurt and fresh berries. 

Be creative!

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