Month: December 2015

Spelt Flour Soda Bread & Big Love For an Irish Farmer…

This is about as rewarding as baking gets for me.  Minimum input, for maximum reward!  Quick bread, that looks & tastes amazing! This loaf is organic. Yep.  Organic artisan stoneground flour.  The kind the shop assistant scoffs at (They know my type)…In fact you probably know my type too… and humour my organic buying, harping on about the environment ways.  But here’s the thing, I feed a family of 4 for the same as my non-organic shopping peers.  I know how to be savvy in the supermarket, we grow a lot of our own, and I waste very little, sour milk and stale bread included.  Where this is going though is why?  A shop assistant told me organic wasn’t any better for me, and was more expensive.  That’s easy to see if you spend just a little time looking at ingredients vs. price on some items.  But it’s not that.  A farmer summed it up for me on the last episode of Ireland with Simon Reeve,  he said he farmed organically because he wanted to …

Roast Garlic & Potato Salad… A Hearty Winter Warmer…

This is a really warming, salty, hearty salad, the kind of salad that winter evenings call for…  We spent the morning hiking around Box Hill, about 6 miles in all up and down, a bit of a mash up of the stepping stones walk, box hill hike, juniper top trail and happy valley trail… It was windy, cold and beautiful.  The views are stunning, the countryside is pristine and we were absolutely (almost literally) swept away.  Daphne the dog, still slightly caked in mud, is asleep still… So this evening, although we both wanted something hearty to eat, we also wanted something healthy.  So here’s a warming tasty salad, full of earthy goodness, perfect for a winter’s evening… Ingredients (serves 2): 2 large handfuls spinach 1 pointed beetroot (or small beetroot) 2 carrots 1 thick end of bread (stale is good, cut in to 1″ cubes) 1 large potato (cut in to 1″ cubes) 4 large cloves or 6 medium cloves of garlic 1/2 red onion 1 large handful pumpkin seeds 1/2 thumb ginger 1 …