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Wild about Garlic (that’s Wild Garlic)…Recipe Share…

If you go down to the woods today, and follow your nose along the river bank, you might notice the pungent smell of wild garlic wafting through the air.  You’ll see it in all it’s woodland growing green glory, carpeting the banks of the river Mole, deep in the woods…  It’s a fairy-tale food, and it’s free!  It’s coming in to season now and it’s so worth hunting down…  So if you’re out walking or feel like an adventure, keep your noses peeled and collect the green leaves (not the bulbs) for use as you would any seasonal herb or garlic!  The flowers are edible too, but as with any herb, it’s most pungent, tender and tasty just before it flowers.  Not only that it’s quite literally a superhero amongst foods. My lovely Twitter folk friends have shared their favourite wild garlic recipes with me, so here they are for you, and of course if you have any recipes to share, please link them in the comments below… My own adventures with wild garlic and …

Spring means Seabass & Samphire

Eating seasonally means really savouring the first taste of the season, never taking food for granted and being really glad the season is over.  Without fail, however much I overdo a food, when the season comes around again I’m so glad to taste it! Seabass comes in to season in spring in the UK.  I nearly always have it salted and pan-fried with samphire and a potato of some kind… It’s a salty sea-side dish.  Packed with phytochemicals and rich in vitamins it’s a food combo to feel really good about… ‘All Hail Samphire, The Salty Veg of The Sea’ Ingredients (serves 2): 2 seabass fillets 2 large potatoes 250g punnet cherry tomatoes 90g samphire 1 large shallot 2 cloves garlic 1 handful fresh mint olive oil salt & pepper 1 tsp maple syrup Method: 1) Peel and quarter the potatoes, place in a pan of lightly salted water on the hob.  Bring to the boil for around 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft and can be mashed. 2) Heat a tbsp olive …

Tom Yum Yum Yum

Endless evenings on Thai beaches.. endless days snorkeling, scuba diving and soaking up the sun.  Thai food for me is a little taste of heaven.  It opens doors to memories that will forever soothe my soul, soften my heart and inspire and lift my mood.  It’s truly mind body & soul food… So in the early, cool spring sun, here’s a dish to usher in the heat… Literally.  Prawns, Oyster mushrooms, mange tout and plenty of Chilli… It’s a Tom Yum ‘yum yum’! Ingredients: 4 Cloves Garlic 1/2 Thumb Ginger 1/2 Red Pepper 300g Oyster or Exotic Mushrooms 200g Mange Tout 150g King Prawns 1 Can Coconut Milk 1 Small Bunch Coriander 2 Red Chillis 1tsp Fish Sauce 1tsp Turmeric Juice of 1 Lime 1tsp Tamarind past 1/2 tsp Palm Sugar 2 tbsp coconut oil 1/2 cup quinoa Method: 1) Heat the coconut oil in a large pan or wok on the hob.  Bring a separate pan of water to the boil and add the quinoa.  Simmer until the grain splits and softens, drain and …

Free Healthy Desk Lunch Recipe Ebook

This is exciting!The lovely folk over at Furniture at Work have put together a fab recipe ebook filled with healthy desk lunch ideas.  The ebook contains recipes by a collection of 16 bloggers and includes Hole Food Family’s very own ‘Clean, Lean & Green with Cashew Turmeric Cream’. The ebook is free to download and contains some Gluten Free, Vegan, Seafood, Egg & lunchbox inspiration… Click the link below to download your copy for FREE!  #HealthyDeskLunch Healthy Desk Lunch Recipe Ebook Follow us on facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pintrest Follow my blog with Bloglovin  

Garlic Mushroom, Thyme & Goats Cheese Toast

I could almost always have a cheese and Marmite sandwich for lunch, especially when I’m on my own.  No brain power required.  Fills a hole.  No further thought until supper time.  But when I jolt myself out of my rut and start pulling ingredients out of the fridge in a ‘ready steady cook’ style challenge I remember how good lunch for one can be.  And without any extra time or effort (other than applying my mind to it)!  So the result of today’s jolt of inspiration is this… Ingredients (Serves 1): 1 slice sourdough bread (toasted) 4 large chestnut mushrooms 2 cloves garlic 1 tbsp butter 1 spring onion 2 tbsp white wine 1 small sprig thyme 4 thin slices goats cheese Method: 1) Toast the sourdough in the toaster. 2) Melt the butter in a pan on the hob. 3) Crush the garlic, thinly slice the spring onion and add to the pan along with the thyme to soften (without browning). 4) Add the sliced mushrooms and the white wine. 5) Simmer until the …

Pink Potato, Fennel & Leek Soup

The temperature has dropped again and it seems like everyone is poorly… Mine included.  So we’re bundled up with sniffs and snivels and only hot soup and toast will do.  That along with chamomile tea and ginger biscuits!  No problem though, snuggling on the sofa and reading back to back Roald Dahl is a treat… We’re on ‘Danny the Champion of the World’… so gripping…The link to the site here is great too, lots of lovely interactive Roald Dahl quizzes, recipes and ideals for entertaining kids… So back to the soup.  Leek and Potato is always a favourite, but I had a bag of ‘Red Emmelie’ heritage potatoes delivered this week  from our good friends at Abel & Cole and they’re delicious.  They’ve also given this soup its lovely pink colour… It’s sweet and hearty and full of vegetable goodness!  I hope you enjoy it as much as us! Ingredients: 1/2 head large fennel 1 large onion 2 cloves garlic 2 large leeks 6 red emmelie potatoes 1 sachet red miso paste 2 tsp vegetable …

Spaghetti Puttanesca for One…

There’s something quite wonderful about being home alone, just myself to please and my own whims and fancies to indulge… It means strong salty flavours, preserved fish, anchovies, smoked mackerel, salmon and carbs.  There’s a whole lot of love wrapped up in a dish for one, and this spaghetti puttanesca sums it up for me… accompanied by a glass of red wine and ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ for company… Heaven!   Ingredients: 1 onion 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp chilli flakes 1 tsp mixed herbs 2 tbsp chopped anchovy fillets 1 Large handful kalamata olives 1 can plum tomatoes 1 large handful chopped parsley 1 tsp maple syrup Black pepper to taste 75g dried spaghetti Olive oil Method: 1) Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add a pinch of salt once its boiling and add the spaghetti.  Stir as the spaghetti cooks to avoid sticking. 2) Warm 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan on the hob. 3) Finely slice the onion, crush the garlic and add to the pan along with the …

Golden Beetroot Soup with Maple Roast Walnuts & Feta…

This one was a surprise to me!  Sweet, earthy goodness from the king of vegetables… The mighty, hearty, just plain delicious beetroot.  Can you tell I’m a fan? (Click here for ‘A Beetroot Affair to Remember’) I had a bag of beetroot in my latest veg box delivery, and in that bag was a golden beetroot almost the size of a swede… I pondered what to do?  A slaw?  Hide it in the kid’s mash?  Crisps?  Roast?  Actually any of those things would have been lovely, but today I panicked and decided it had to be eaten, and for lack of inspiration at 5pm today between beaver pick up (that’s scouts for 7 year olds for the sake of my transatlantic friends) and the dog escaping down the street (again) I souped it.  Plain and simple.  And actually I was more than pleasantly surprised with the result.  It’s smooth, sweet, a little earth and so so moreish…  Tim of course has had to make a side of eggy-bread to go with his (vegetables not being …

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 & …