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Spelt & Honey Split-Tin Loaf

It’s been ages since I’ve made a loaf using commercial yeast, but yesterday was an exceptional day… My boy was home sick, and so was I.  Nursing my sourdough, and getting up to bake it early this morning, was more than I could face.  Plus, being the last week of January we are utterly utterly skint… so if it’s not already in the cupboard, it’s not on the menu.  This recipe used up the last of my spelt flour, along with the last of the lovely school honey… it’s delicious!  And if you’re following us on instagram you’ll already have had a sneak pre-view!   Ingredients: 250g wholegrain spelt flour 250g white spelt flour 325mls warm water 2 tsp quick yeast 1 tsp sea-salt 1 tbsp honey 3 tbsp olive oil Method: 1. Use the dough hook attachment on a food processor, or mix in a bowl by hand (or with a wooden spoon). 2. Add the flour & yeast to the bowl. 3. Add the salt & honey to a jug of warm water …

Papaya & Coconut Porridge

It’s a tropical winter warmer… Sweet & fruity, but wonderfully warming on a cold winter’s morning… Porridge sets me up until lunch, providing there’s enough protein in it.  I definitely couldn’t get by on oats and milk, but the addition of coconut milk, and or nuts and seeds keeps me going.  I absolutely love that warming feeling it gives too, like being heated from the inside out…     Ingredients (serves 1): 1 handful oats 1/2 large papaya 1 tbsp chia seeds 1/2 can coconut milk Almond milk to top Method: 1. Put the oats and chia seeds in a pan on the hob.  Halve a papaya and remove the seeds.  Score length-ways and width-ways to create cubes, then scoop them out with a spoon in to the pan. 2. Top up with coconut milk and almond milk and heat for around 5 minutes to a gentle simmer.  Add more almond milk if the porridge is too thick. 2. Serve when it’s hot through and the consistency suits you! Follow us on facebook,Twitter, Instagram & …

Mighty Minestrone & Other Winter Warmers

In the thick of this cold snap, bundled up in chunky knitwear and just as I was gloating that I haven’t been ill since I can’t remember, it hit me.  The worst cold virus I’ve had since I can’t remember… hot & cold, aching all over, 3 days on the sofa and counting and most distressing (for me not my family), I’ve lost my voice, totally.  No sound, just whispers.  Actually I think my family are probably quietly relieved!!  So this is a recipe I meant to post a good few days ago, spurred on by Nigel over at The Hersham Hub and his request for winter warmer recipes…   Ingredients: 1 red onion 2 cloves crushed garlic 2 small leafy celery stalks 2 green chillis 1 courgette 1 pointed red pepper 1 sprig rosemary 2 tsp paprika 1 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp vegetable bouillon 1/2 glass red wine 25g fresh basil 2 tins plum tomatoes 1 tin mixed beans 1/2 cup orzo (pasta) 20g butter 2 tbsp olive oil Method:   1. Heat …

Thyme & Orange Roast Chicken with Potato Gratin, A Short-Cut Sunday Roast

It’s been a freezing cold, snowy day and we’ve been decorating, building Lego ice stations and watching movies… Sunday is a roast day, but given that we were elbow-deep in decorating, it was a short-cut roast.  But a delicious short-cut…  The potato gratin was the most time consuming (cooking time), otherwise we roasted chicken breasts to save time and fuss… Those lovely folk at the veg box place had sent us a bunch of Thyme this week and suggested using it with orange, which is what I did… and it was absolutely lovely… So here’s our short-cut Sunday roast!   Ingredients (Serves 4): 4 chicken breasts 1 Ruby Orange 1 small bunch thyme 5 medium potatoes 100g butter 2 cloves garlic 600 mls Single Cream Salt & pepper Parmesan or other hard cheese to top We had broccoli & green beans, but I’m sure any other veg would go just as well! Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C.  Place the chicken breasts in a roasting tray, grate the orange zest and squeeze the juice …

Raw Winter Slaw

This is a lovely accompaniment to a hot buttery jacket potato.  Is there ever a time when a jacket potato isn’t a good meal option?  OK, so I recently found out that it’s not one of your five a day (sad face), but they’re full of fibre, vitamins and are a healthy source of carbohydrates (happy face)!  So what to have with them?  If you’re a cheese and coleslaw fan then this one is for you… Ingredients: 1/2 celeriac, peeled and grated 1/4 red cabbage finely chopped 1 tsp paprika 6 tbsp natural yoghurt 2 tbsp dijon mustard 1 handful pinenuts, toasted Juice 1/2 lemon Method: 1. Grate the celeriac & finely chop the red cabbage.  Place in a mixing bowl. 2. Add the yoghurt, mustard, paprika & lemon to a separate bowl and mix thoroughly. 3. Add the yoghurt mixture to the celeriac mixture and stir through so all the veg is coated. 4. Heat a pan on the hob and throw in a large handful of pinenuts, toast until lightly brown all over …

Spinach & Red Lentil Chilli, Guac & Coriander Cashew Cream with Baked Sweet Potato

This is a feel good supper.  It’s filling and hearty without being bloaty and guilty!  I’ve been reading a brilliant book recently called ‘Gut’ by Giulia Enders, its really accessible for unsciency types like me, and really insightful when it comes to understanding how we digest food, how long it takes and what a powerful, totally underrated organ the gut is.  It turns out that if we feed our gut bacteria well and give it enough time and space to give itself a good clean, we can powerfully influence our state of mind, health and well-being.  Food is more than fuel, it’s the very building blocks of our being.  I can’t recommend the book highly enough, and if you’re not convinced here’s a video of Giulia talking about the book.   So back to the gut friendly recipe!  Putting these ingredients together was originally inspired by Deliciously Ella’s Mexican Quinoa Bowl which is a recipe worth checking out.  Although, chilli’s been part of our repertoire since I can remember, the addition of the cashew cream …

Chicken Pasanda With Cauliflower, Coconut & Almond ‘Rice’

This isn’t a fad.  Don’t mistake this one for a carb-avoiding gluten-free fashion supper… Although it happens to be those things!  For me it’s an alternative, I just didn’t fancy rice, and I do love cauliflower, and it does happen to be delicious!  Have you tried my vegetarian Mushroom Pasanda recipe by the way?  This is the same recipe (almost) with chicken!  So here it is!     Ingredients (serves 2):  1/2 large onion 4 cloves garlic 1/2 thumb ginger 1 red chilli (de-seeded) 1/2 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon, turmeric & mild curry powder 2 Organic Chicken Breasts 1 can plum tomatoes 1 can coconut milk 100mls white wine 1 small bunch chopped coriander 1 small head of cauliflower 1 handful whole almonds 3 tbsp desiccated coconut 2 tbsp coconut oil Salt & pepper Method: 1. Heat a tbsp coconut oil in a pan on the hob & pre-head the oven to 200C. 2. Finely slice the onion, crush and chop the garlic and soften in the pan for a …

It’s Clean, Lean & Green with Turmeric Cashew Cream

So this is it!  The New Year officially starts here… Tim was back to work today and the kids are back to school tomorrow… The Christmas decorations are all down and I’ve had a major blitz of toys, books, DVDs, clothes and unidentifiable objects (which at one time, were probably either dough, ‘toxic slime’, hair gel or raisins) that find their way to the corners of toy boxes, down the back of the sofa and behind cupboards.  It feels good (not the sticky stuff though)…! What also feels good (maybe even slightly better) is that I’ve had an equally clean day of fresh, crunchy seasonal food… No more pie, no more turkey and no more mid morning chocolate made by master chocolatiers! So here’s my Happy New Lunch, full of clean green goodness… Ingredients (Serves 1): Baby Gem Lettuce Leaves to line a bowl Large handful of spinach 1/3 head broccoli chopped really small 1 carrot (spiralized here, but grated would be fine) 3-4 shaves of red cabbage 1 handful raisins 1-2 handfuls raw cashews …

Simple Pasta Napoletana, Shopping & Vote Organic!

We’re counting down the sleeps to school now, and going to bed early again after two weeks (really feels like two years) of late nights, parties and plenty of excitement. So today was a day of rest until my little one reminded me that she needed new shoes.  So we braved the shops this afternoon and managed to accessorise the new shoes with a hat, gloves, coat, sweater and t-shirt… So several hours later, we headed home a bit to close to tea time… I hadn’t planned tea, nor considered what we might have in the fridge!  But with a trusty stock pile of pasta in the cupboard, I ended up doing a simple tomato pasta. In the time it takes to boil some water in the pan and cook the pasta, this one is ready!  And it’s generally a crowd-pleaser, especially topped with plenty of grated cheese… Ingredients (serves 2 hungry children): 4 Handfuls of organic* pasta 1 onion 2 cloves garlic 1 tin plum tomatoes (or chopped, but I believe you get more …

HapPie New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  May it be filled with delicious, wonderful loveliness (your pie and your year!) We saw the year out with friends & family and welcomed the new year with a wintry walk in the beautiful surrey countryside.  If like us you’ve over indulged this holiday you’ll be delighted at a pie recipe right now (ahem)!!  If you’re looking at a fridge full of leftover meat though, it’s exactly the recipe you need! And if you have enough space, make it and freeze it for a few weeks until the guilt of the over indulgence has past?!  Here it is though, the last festive recipe of the season before we all get back on the treadmill next week, metaphorically and literally I suspect! Ingredients for the filling (Serves 6): Around 500g leftover meat, for us it was turkey and ham 1 onion 2 cloves crushed garlic 1 carrot 2 leeks 1 tsp black mustard seeds 1 tsp dijon mustard 2 tbsp plain flour 300ml single cream 200ml stock (made from the boiled down …