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Papaya Yoghurt Breakfast Boats with Homemade Granola

I got into buying papaya during the summer to make a Hemsley & Hemsley ‘Papaya & Halloumi Salad‘, which by the way is absolutely delicious and a regular on the summer dinner scene at ours now.  I picked one up the other day thinking that I’d make the salad, but it’s so cold I couldn’t face it…So the papaya became breakfast instead and the Papaya Yoghurt Breakfast Boat was born! Ingredients: 1 ripe papaya 3 tbsp natural organic greek yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt) 2 tbsp home made granola Method: 1. Cut the papaya in half length ways.  Remove the seeds with a spoon and discard. 2. Use a fork to remove all of the flesh (without breaking the skin), and place in a bowl.  Give it a mash with the fork. 3. Add the yoghurt and a tbsp of granola to the papaya and mix. 4. Put the yoghurt mixture back in the papaya skin and sprinkle with additional granola.  Serve immediately! Follow us on facebook,Twitter, Instagram & Pintrest Follow my blog with Bloglovin  

Raspberry & Cacao Chia Breakfast Pudding

I have more Chia seeds that I know what to do with, thanks to Hannah over at Zone in Yoga!  Having more food than I need fills me with anxiety, mainly because I don’t want to waste it but also because I understand (in a small way) the energy it takes to produce food.  To nurture a seed as it grows, protecting it, feeding & watering it.  And even with all that nurture you’re not guaranteed a harvest, so what food we have is precious!  So anxiety over, back to the abundance of chia seeds and this delicious, filling and very simple breakfast pudding!  For those of you not in the know on chia seeds health benefits, there’s plenty to read.  They are a rich source of omega-3 and high in protein, which makes this a really filling breakfast with plenty of slow-release energy. Read more on chia seeds here… Ingredients (serves 4): 100g chia seeds 50g ground almonds 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder if that’s what you have) 1 tbsp maple …

It’s a Pop Shake “This Milkshake is Bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S” or “My Milkshake Brings all the Kids to the Table”

My youngest daughter has discovered Gwen Stefani… so bananas can’t be bananas without a soundtrack!  That’s why this milkshake is bananas B.A.N.A.N.A.S it’s a sensible diversion from the original expletive for a 5 year old!  In fact, very many things have a soundtrack in our house.  I have a musical brain, a degree in music and a short career in music behind me… so many words seem to trigger a song… (see Big Pizza Pie That’s Amore)… OK, so soundtracks aside, I had this milkshake for lunch yesterday, but it’d make a great breakfast too… or pudding, and of course its nutritious so you can feel virtuous whilst enjoying it! Ingredients (serves 2): 1 B.A.N.A.N.A (make it a fair trade banana don’t force farmers out of business… support sustainable farming. Click the link to find out more) 1 large can organic* coconut milk (Check the label for the nasty preservatives on non-organic ranges) 1 handful frozen blueberries 4 tablespoons Chocolate Coconut Granola (3 to blend and 1 to top) Method: I didn’t have any frozen …

Celeriac Rostis… or Solero Frosties (if you’re 5)

These are a great alternative to potatoes, albeit a much uglier ‘what do i do with that monster’ veg, but especially good for the carb loving kids!  My daughter asked to if she could have a sticker on her sticker chart for finishing her ‘Solero Frosties’ it took me a minutes to get what she meant!  I think they’ll be Solero Frosties forever more in our house now!  They’re really quick, and simple to make and celeriac are really tasty, so need very little attention.  We had them yesterday with a Harissa Roast Chicken and Chickpea Salad… But on the 5pm dinner scene they’d go well with sausage and veg, or in place of the potato rosti for breakfast or brunch.  Celeriac also makes a great mash, so if you’re looking to hide veg, or increase variety add them to mashed potato! Ingredients (makes 8 rostis): 200g grated celeriac 1 tsp dried mixed herbs 1 egg Salt & Pepper Method: 1. Grate the celeriac in to a mixing bowl, you can use kitchen roll or …

Chocolate Coconut Granola

Oh my, this is the kind of breakfast I absolutely shudder at when I see it in the supermarket.  My contempt for chocolate breakfast cereal, and my resounding ‘absolutely not’ when the children ask for it!  But here am I making it.  The truth is this is beautiful, and this version is really nutritious too!  Actually this wasn’t supposed to be a granola at all, it was going to be snack bars for after school.  But for some reason I didn’t make enough wet to coat the dry and the result was snack bars that didn’t stick together, obviously!  But thankfully there is always granola… and this is going to be beautiful with some plain greek yoghurt in the morning! Ingredients: 200g Oats 100g ground almonds 100g desiccated coconut 6 tbsp maple syrup 6 tbsp coconut oil* 3 tbsp cacao powder Pinch of sea-salt 50g chia seeds 50g raisins 4 medjool dates,chopped 75g dark cooking chocolate min 70% cocoa solids Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. 2. Mix the dry ingredients; oats, ground almonds, …

10 Ways With Toast #6 Avocado, Pinenuts & Sundried Tomatoes on Sourdough

TOAST!  Hurrah!  Is it just coincidence that a toast is a toast?  I don’t know, but for all you toast masters out there, let’s make a toast, to toast… This will be a rolling post about toast.  Ten ways with toast in fact! So whether you’re cooking up a roast, or enjoying the coast, stop what you’re doing and celebrate Toast (henceforth with a capital T)!* #6 Avocado, Sundried Tomatoes & Toasted Pinenuts You see the very wonderful thing about toast, and topping toast, is that it really can be an anytime meal… and I very often go to avocado on toast for lunch because it takes all of about 3 seconds to make and it’s super nutrious. Ingredients: 1 Large slice of Sourdough cut in half 1 avocado 4 sundried tomatoes 1 handful pinenuts Method: 1. Toast your sourdough and spread 1/2 your avocado on each slice. 2. Finely chop the sundried tomatoes and evenly sprinkle on each slice. 3. Put a handful of pinenuts in a dry pan on the hob and heat …

Cacao & Cardamom Lazy Morning Granola

Sweet, Sticky, Morning Goodness… Oh good morning chocolate breakfast hit! Oh indulge me honey toasted oats… Wait, you’re slurping the sweet spicy chocolaty milk from the bowl?  Don’t worry, me too!  It’s half term holidays and we’re enjoying really slow mornings at home!  Making granola this morning in my pyjamas was pure joy for me.  And the smell of it baking was mouth-watering.  Sweet, spicy aromas filled the kitchen as I slurped my morning tea and the children were building Lego, bliss.  Until 10 minutes later and the children are throwing the Lego, my tea goes cold while I intervene and, wait, is that the smell of overcooked granola?  For a minute there though…  I’ve been a huge fan of the chocolate cardamom combination since ‘chocolate cardamom cookies’ in Signie Johansen’s ‘Scandilicious’ cookbook.  And the combination works brilliantly in this granola, so without further ado… I give you Cacao & Cardamom, Lazy Morning Granola… Ingredients to make 4-6 portions:  200g whole rolled oats 50g pumpkin seeds 50g whole almonds, roughly chopped 50g chia seeds 50g raw cacao …

In Praise of the Pear and Cinnamon Pears with Coconut Oats or Greek Yoghurt

I just read a tweet that really excited me! ‘The Glorious Pear’, by @nigelslater.  The Radio 4 Food Programme is all about the Pear today!  ‘How wonderful’ I thought, having just enjoyed a pear.  A really ripe juicy organic pear.  When they’re good they’re so good.  They’re not like apples, they can’t be enjoyed all year round.  They’re best fully ripe and in season, and if they’re not fully ripe and in season, they’re just not good.  Oh I love their subtle sweetness, their juicy flesh encased in that skin that sort of disintegrates… it sort of alludes to protection of the flesh but melts in the mouth… so soft, so kind is the pear! I do very little cooking with pears, I think they’re best enjoyed raw, fresh and juicy… but with a glut of pears I’m having to be creative, so I enjoyed a spiced porridge with pears the other morning, and here it is… Ingredients: 2 pears 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 handful oats 1 tbsp ground almonds 1 tbsp coconut cream …

My Boy’s Morning Milkshake

‘Mummy can I make a milkshake’, ‘mummy can I make a smoothie’?  Depending on how tired I am at 6am when he’s asking, my feelings tend to vary from ‘oh the mess’ to ‘milkshake what?’ to ‘wow he’s so creative’!  Either way, he’s keen to be creative with food, which will serve him well in the long term, in fact it serves him well already!  So more recently it’s been ‘mummy can we add it to the food blog’, ‘mummy when can i have a food blog of my own’?  So – this is his post!  He’ll be eagerly awaiting feedback, and no doubt I’ll be checking every 5 seconds that he asks!  Let us know how you like it! Ingredients: 1 handful frozen blueberries 1 handful frozen raspeberries 150 mls milk 150 apple juice Method: 1. Add the ingredients to a blender jug. 2. Blend until smooth. 3. Enjoy! Simple, and very tasty! I’m pretty sure there will be more where this came from too… Enjoy the extra hour in bed everyone…(That’s if you …

Spiced Fig Compote and Greek Yoghurt

This is another one inspired by the #fdbloggers twitter chat!  Whilst I was singing the praises of hazelnut chocolate porridge, there were collective groans of ‘claggy bleugh’ from @sal_godfrey and @TheExplorerBlog… Honestly it hadn’t occurred to me that anyone didn’t like porridge?!  Naive of course, but it did make me realise that it was probably time to shake up my breakfast routine!  I was in a porridge rut, clearly!  So thinking quick and hoping not to turn anyone off any further, I came up with ‘Autumn Fruit Compote on Greek Yoghurt’… to sighs of ‘Mmmm’ and ‘that I can get on board with’… So, breathing a sigh of relief that I still had foodie friends, this is what it has become… My horizons have been broadened… and ‘Spiced Fig Compote and Greek Yoghurt’ has arrived! Ingredients: 3 ripe figs 1 tbsp maple syrup pinch of cinnamon seeds from 2 crushed cardamom pods 100mls water Method: 1. Chop the figs in half and half again and add to the pan with the water, maple syrup and …