All posts tagged: maple syrup

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 …

Salty & Sweet, Maple Roast Nuts aka “Mummy I’m huuuuungry”

“Mummy I’m hungry”, “Mummy I need a snaaaaack” My children love these as a snack, and I feel like they’re getting some nourishment in the process… These are fab after school, or at 5pm for me when I’m making the kids dinner… Or part of a picky lunch along with houmous, crudites, sourdough and olives… They’re really easy to do too… Ingredients: 1 handful Raw Cashew Nuts 1 handful Raw Almonds 1 handful pumpkin seeds 1 handful sunflower seeds 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 pinch sea salt Black Pepper Method: 1. Pre-heat the oven to 150C. 2. Scatter the nuts across a roasting tray, cover with 1 tbsp maple syrup, a generous pinch of sea-salt & a crack of black pepper. 3. Roast for 15 minutes, remove and stir, roast for a further 5-10 minutes or until the nuts are gently browning. 4. Remove to a serving bowl to cool.  The nuts will be sticky but as the maple syrup cools, it will become crunchy.  Break apart any large lumps and serve. Delicious! What are …