Month: June 2016

Homemade Burgers & BBQ Salads

So in the spirit of Summer (apparently it’s here in Britain although you wouldn’t know)… here’s my home-made BBQ.  Albeit to be consumed under a brolly in a shivering 16C whilst pretending it’s not raining and it’s actually hot… I’m not complaining, I’m not I’m not…   In a bid to cut out the sulphites, the nasty preservatives found in a lot of processed meat I’ve made my own burgers.. The recipe is simple and the flavour is delicate and that’s mainly because the kids complain if they are any other way… But the salad are a little more hearty, and the potatoes are home grown…whoopee (pat on the back for keeping a plant alive)…   Burger Ingredients (Makes 6):   400g Organic lean beef mince 1 red onion 1 tsp maple syrup 1 egg 50g breadcrumbs Pinch salt & pepper Knob of butter Sprinkling of plain flour to shape the burgers Potato Salad (serves 4): Around 24 new potatoes (either whole or halved) 2 handfuls fresh broad beans Knob of Butter Handful of Fresh …

Reasons to be healthy, 1…2…3…or Bending over backwards for health!

This is Lupa the Immortal.  Well, technically speaking this is an offspring of Lupa the Immortal, my sourdough starter which came in to being in the very early days of writing this blog (read more in ‘Sourdough, the worlds slowest bread‘).   Lupa spends most of her time in the fridge, slowly fermenting… sometimes she’s really active, bubbling away, being fed and nurtured, and sometimes she’s so forgotten, that when I come to her she needs a little TLC before she’ll produce a healthy offspring… The reason I’m using my bread as an analogy in a post about health is two-fold.  One, that (if you read the original blog post you’ll see) I prefer to cut out the additives, preservatives, bulking agents and sugar that many commercial bread products come laden with, and make my own bread instead.  And two, that I see this simple sourdough starter bloom when nourished and cared for and fade when it’s needs are not being met.  It reminds me of how I so often feel.  It’s only been through …

5 Tips to Soothe You Off to Sleep…zzzz…

Whether you’re still buzzing from a busy day, or twitching from too much TV… Here are some go to tips to help soothe you off to sleep… 1 )   B a l a s a n a   ( C h i l d ‘ s   P o s e ) This one works for me almost every time.  The gentle pressure on the forehead encourages the back of the neck to lengthen, and it’s possible that’s where there’s a lot of held tension, especially if you’ve been sitting at a computer for much of the day. Physically the body ‘closes down’, curled up in a comfy, supported ball gives the brain a signal of ‘safety’, that’s a good condition to encourage sleep too! Top Tips:  Ensure the balls of the big toes are touching Place a pillow between the hips and the heels if they don’t comfortably meet DON’T put pressure through the knees, try something different if it hurts. DON’T squish the baby (not for you if you’re pregnant) Experiement with draping the arms …

A Meat-Free Monday Bowl of Plenty…

Mondays are for cleaning up after the weekend, sorting laundry, putting away, generally making sense of the mess created by us all having a ‘relaxing’ (read chaotic) weekend at home.  Mondays are for Yoga too… There’s a brilliant class at the beautiful Yoga Sp8ce on a Monday afternoon taught by Ruth… It’s always challenging, always blissed out and always reminds me to be good to myself… So feeling virtuous (after a weekend of over-indulgence) here’s a fab meat-free Monday recipe to kick start a healthy week, before another over indulgent weekend at the Hersham Beer Festival!!  See you there… Ingredients (Serves 2): 1 medium sweet potato 1/2 head cauliflower 1 leek 1 cup red camargue rice 1 400g can chickpeas 2 handfuls almonds 1/2 large white onion 1 tsp paprika pinch saffron 1 tbsp tamari 1 tsp garam masala Sea-salt Olive oil Method: 1.Heat the oven to 200C. 2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the rice, along with a pinch of salt and pinch of saffron.  Allow to simmer for …

Chicory, Pear & Goats Cheese Salad

I’m not sure if this is an starter or a meal in itself?  My portion sizes aren’t exactly very yoga (by which I mean make a bowl with your hands and that’s  your portion size…) I just can’t decide how many times a day and how many servings per meal they mean… This one was part of a tapas style ‘picky’ Friday night meal… so we probably vastly overate a lot of a very deliciously food!     Ingredients (Serves 2): 2 heads of chicory 2 pears 2 handfuls walnut halves 100g goats cheese (the soft rolled type) balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp butter Method: 1) Break up the chicory so each leaf provides a little bowl for your cheese, pear & walnuts… 2) Slice the goats cheese in to discs and then halve. 3) Cut the pear in to approx. 1/2cm slices (discarding the core).  Then cut each slice in to 1/2cm strips. 4) Melt a tsp of butter in a frying pan on the hob.  Add the walnut halves and …