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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 …

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 …

Retro Rhubarb and Ginger Compote

When I think of rhubarb I think of ‘Roobarb and Custard’ the 1970’s kids TV show, or Rhubarb and Custard penny sweets, or endless Rhubarb crumbles every Sunday through the summer…  I’m never very sure whether Rhubarb is a vegetable or a fruit and I’m always slightly panicked as to what to do with it.  However, when in doubt, compote.  The main reasons I love a compote are that it reduces the volume, it stores well in the fridge and it can be added to just about any pudding or breakfast.  Mixed with yoghurt, added to smoothies, dolloped on top of granola or porridge or mixed with ice-cream. Ingredients: 5 sticks of Rhubarb 1 Thumb of ginger 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup A little water Method: 1) Top and tail the rhubarb to remove any scraggly bits.  Cut in to approximate 1cm chunks. 2) Add the rhubarb to a saucepan on the hob with a splash of water and the maple syrup.  Heat and simmer, add a tbsp of water at a time if the compote …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon Compote

It’s beginning to look (and smell) a lot like Christmas!  Tim’s at the supermarket now, doing the ‘big shop’ and I’ve been busy in the kitchen… There’s Sauerkraut fermenting, fresh bread baked and I’m enjoying a cup of chamomile and honey tea as I write this.  It’s blowing a gale outside but it’s warm in here… and cosy and smells like cranberry, orange & cinnamon compote!  I’m going to dollop this on my yoghurt in the morning, but there will also be plenty for the turkey on Friday! Ingredients: 200g Cranberries (fresh or frozen) Juice of 2 Satsumas 1 stick cinnamon 5 cardamom pods 3 tbsp Maple Syrup Method: 1. Put the cranberries in a pan on the hob and heat.  Add the Satsuma juice, cinnamon, cardamom pods and Maple syrup.  Bring to the boil and lower the heat to a simmer. 2. Allow the liquid to reduce and add a little extra water. 3.  Allow the water to reduce and add a little more. 4. Simmer for around 15 minutes before removing from the …

An Open Letter to Brussels Sprouts & Maple Roast Sprouts with Walnuts & Beetroot

Dear Brussels Sprouts, I think you should know how much I appreciate you.  Firstly you look like a cabbage, grown by a fairy, which makes me want to make a teeny tiny jar of Saurkraut out of you, or put you in the garden of my daughter’s doll’s house. I love that you chose to take all that wonderful brassica goodness and package it in really convenient, almost perfectly human bite sized portions.  I believe you really want us to eat you… I learned today that you contain isothiocyanates and that isothiocyanates promote the elimination of potential carcinogens from the body, and may also lower the risk of heart attack! Thank you so much for those wonderful health giving properties. Thank you too for being a vegetable who endures the cold to give us a winter crop.  You brave and selfless little brussels sprout.  It can’t be easy.  I’m sure sometimes you must envy peas and beans and those summer crops who get so much attention and summer warmth. But brussels sprouts, you provide such …