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Orange and Poppy Seed Slice

Orange and Poppy Seed Slice

“Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.”

I shared the first half of this quote in a post I recently published. Several of you replied informing me of the ending to this well-known phrase. I was very grateful and the words appeared before me at the perfect time, not only for myself, but also for a couple of my closest friends.

The three of us are currently walking a very significant path in our lives. Myself, I am carrying our third child after birthing my precious angel baby last year. Another has decided to find her birth mother and accept and embrace all that this journey brings. My other dear friend is tackling an enormous career change that will greatly impact her family and her future. My friends’ situations leave them at the mercy of other people. This can be a painful and stressful place to be.

I wish them well. I wish them a happy ending.

They have both wanted to give up at times. They have both said to me that perhaps their difficulties are a sign that it just isn’t meant to be. In my younger years I may have felt the same, but not these days. To their concerns I have replied that many things are hard. Some of those things will turn out to be mistakes, but many of those things will turn our lives in a brighter direction.

However, if they asked me today, I would smile and I would say, “Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.”

No Bake Orange and Poppy Seed Slice

  • 4 cups desiccated coconut
  • 12 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • zest of two oranges
  • zest of one lemon (optional)
  • juice of one orange
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  1. Line a square 20cm tin with baking paper overhanging the sides.
  2. Place the ingredients except for the poppy seeds into your food processor. Blend at high speed until the mixture is completely broken down, well combined and sticking together. Add the poppy seeds and blend to combine.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into your prepared tin and place in the fridge for several hours to set. I served ours after approximately three hours in the fridge.
  4. Enjoy.

note – depending on the strength of your processor and the juiciness or your oranges you may need to add the juice of the second orange also.

If you would like to ice the cake this recipe works perfectly.

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