All posts tagged: dates

Baked Apples… A Little Throwback to my Childhood

My grandparents had apple trees in the garden, crocuses that would grow up below them in early spring, and a tortoise in a pen who lived there in summer.  At the bottom of the garden they had a vegetable garden filled with potatoes, beans, herbs, fruit, salad, cabbages and probably more and it was bordered by roses.  When I stayed with them I always helped to collect vegetables from the garden. Mint for mint sauce, raspberries for pudding, apples for baking and when I went home my grampy would cut a rose for me to take with me. I remember there being so many windfall apples, and apart from making apple sauce, my nanny would make baked apples… She used golden syrup and condensed milk back then and stuffed them with nuts and raisins… My recipe is a little bit different, but most definitely dedicated to her and inspired by those baked apples I enjoyed as a child! For more on storing and preserving apples and autumn produce visit Patrick Whitefield. And for more on …

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, …

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 …

Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Moroccan Style Cous Cous

I’ll just start this one off with that great Einstein quote that goes: “Nothing will benefit health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet” There, I said it!  Now crack on an enjoy your lamb… but enjoy it rarely (because of the health risks associated to a diet high in red meat) and buy organic, free-range and local if possible (for the sake of the animal’s welfare, and that of the environment)*. The Moroccan Style Cous Cous though will definitely save your health and save the planet you’re at it!  And together (according to Tim and the kids) they’re a match made in heaven! Ingredients for the Lamb: 600g Rolled Shoulder of lamb 1 large shallot 2 cloves garlic 1 sprig fresh rosemary salt & pepper olive oil Method for 600g Lamb: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 220C. 2. Place the Lamb in a roasting tin with a sprinkling of salt & pepper and a few glugs of olive oil to coat. 3. Roast for …