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Farmers Markets and Fruit Salads !

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Ok so this one isn’t a recipe as such. But just fun ways of making the best from fresh local produce. I really really belive in supporting local businesses. I know it’s more convienent to pop into a shop and grab a load of goodies all in one place. But venture out into your local farmers markets, or order a produce box from a local farm or Greengrocer. I promise you you won’t be disappointed. You might even save yourself a few pennies too. Go see them, be inspired !

Having things fresh and organic is not only delicious but beautiful too.

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Just a simple pate full of colours and flavors will brighten up anyone’s mood.

Or even go one step further and plant a few seeds ! It’s so rewarding watching things blossom and grow. I grew this beautiful Papaya seed from a tiny little seed. I lost count of how much fruit it gave me. I’m the garden currently I have a new Starfruit tree and a Peach tree covered in blossoms. It makes me so happy to go out there each morning.
This year I’m pretty eager to plant some edible flowers ! I feel some pretty Salads coming my way this Spring 🙂

In the photo at the top Recipe :

Made two portions as above

1 Ripe Papaya
2 Ripe Mangos
1 Cup full of Blue Berries
Sprinkle of Pumpkin seeds
Topped with fresh Basil and Mint!

Breakfast

Mango and Banana with Chia Overnight Oats.

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There were some amazing Mangos at the farmers Market this week, so they have been the feature of a few recipes right now. But this was a nice bright burst  of colour and flavor for breakfast !  It’s really simple and easy and I really do believe keeping it simple always works best. Specially on a morning when my brain isn’t quite engaged yet !
I’d made my Chia overnight Oats the night before and went to the fruit bowl for inspiration! Seemed like the natural pick !

Recipe :
Over night Oats : makes for 1 person
1/3 Cup Oats
1 Tbs Chia seeds
Milk of choice ( I use Almond )
1 tsp sweetner of choice (I used Honey)

Pop Oats and Chia into a bowl and give it a stir. Then cover generously with the milk and drizzle in your sweetner. Pop this in the fridge overnight.

The next day , grab a Banana and Mango peel and add half of each to a processor and blend till smooth.
Incorporate oats and puree however you like , just adding the puree ontop is great  !

Chop the other half of each  fruit to put on top.

I added some Pumpkin seeds and Bee Pollen on top just for some added texture. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Breakfast

Overnight Oats my way ! Keeping it simple and Raw.

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This is one of my go to basic breakfasts. Specially if I’m out early the next day, I can knock it up the night before and I’m happy all day. I love the mixture of Oat and seed, it’s a great way to start your day. Also keeping the oats “raw” is also a natural dose of Probiotic goodness. I keep this sweet and creamy    and piled high with fruits. Berries are awesome here , but I’ve used chopped Peaches and grated Pear too and love those combinations too.
I add Chia seeds here as an excellent source of Omegas, but they also contain  Protein and Fibre, they’re a tiny little seed superfood!  If you aren’t familiar with them they are a little crunchy seed that soaks up several times thier size of fluid . So they kind of make this “set”. They’re a strange texture to get used too, but here is a good place to start as they mingle in with everything else.

This recipe is for 1 but you can multiply it easily.

Recipe :
1/3 Cup Oats.
1 Tbs Chia
Vanilla (powder , or paste)
Milk of choice
1 Tsp Sweetner of choice ( I like Maple or Honey here )

Selection of fruit to top

Optional : 1 tbs Buckwheat Groats

Pop Oats , Chia , Vanilla in a jar , and cover completely with milk then give an extra splash for soaking. Stir in sweetner. Stick the lid on and leave these overnight in the fridge to plump up.

Optional extra : for a little added crunch , I soak a tablespoon of buck wheat groats in water over night too, then rinse these in the morning as they will be a bit sludgy (this is why I don’t add them with the milk ).

In the morning your Oats will be read to top with your desired fruit and your sprinkle of Buckwheat if using. To grab go and enjoy !

Baking · Breakfast

Orangey Pecan Cinnamon buns!

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Bit of naughty baking whilst we have company…. I mean I’m just being a good host, right ? Everyone loves warm Cinnamon buns. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.. confessions of a Sugar addict . Besides everyone needs to be naughty once in a while. It’s how we find balance (am I convincing anyone ?). They’re just warm and gooey and cinnamonny ❤

So I’ve been playing with a recipe for this dough for a while. But I’m pretty happy with today’s effort. So here goes.

Nb: haven’t mastered a vegan version minus Honey yet. But hope to test this soon !

Recipe

Dough

1 Cup of Almond Milk
1 packet dry active yeast
3 Cups Organic Flour
1/3 Cup Oil of choice ( I used Sunflower )
1/3 plus 1 tsp Honey
1/2 tsp Salt
Zest of 2 Oranges.

Filling :
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup oil or Earth Balance
3 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Nutmeg
1/2 Cup Pecans chopped
Zest of an Orange

Icing :
1 Cup Organic Confectioners Sugar
Almond Milk
1tsp Vanilla Powder or paste.

Start by gently heating the Almond Milk till its luke warm , you don’t want it hot this is important, if it’s too hot it’ll kill the yeast. If you over heat it , cool it before continuing . Once it’s warm add the 1 Tsp of Honey  and then the packet of yeast. Then leave this to sit still for 10 minutes. Should froth up nicely a bit like this :

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At this point put the three cups of flour into a stand mixer or large bowl. Add the salt. Start stirring it as you add the yeasty milk (wow that sounds attractive ?) Once it starts to incorporate add the Honey , oil and orange zest and let in knead for a few minutes. If you’re doing this by hand it will need to be kneaded a bit long just to make sure the Gluten is activated. Then pop the dough in an oiled bowl somewhere warm for 1 -2 hours. ***again warm not hot , by a warm oven or by a radiator , not in or on them **

After a few hours your should come back to the dough being nearly doubled. Squidge all the air out at this point and give it 5 min to rest while you prep the filling.  Add everything except the Oil or Earth balance to a bowl and mix. Then roll the dough into a large rectangle. Give it a little brush with the oil or Earth balance and then sprinkle with the filling.

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It doesn’t have to be perfect. Once it’s at this point , get to rolling ! Roll along the longest edge. Once you have a long roll, nip the ends and seal it together. Then with a sharp knife , cut into 1 inch pieces. Pop these into an oiled cake pan lined with baking paper. Then give them another half hour to rise again. Whilst you heat the oven to 375°.

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Now we’re ready to bake ! 15 -20 minutes until puffed and golden!

When they’re ready , lift them out and leave to cool slightly.  While they’re cooling make the icing , add the icing sugar to a bowl and make it to you’re preferred consistency with the Almond Milk , some like it thick, some like it thin. I won’t judge. Then stir in the vanilla.

Once the buns are cool enough to handle but still warm inside , drizzle away my friends !

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Ps. I’d like to say that’s all the icing I used … but I’d be lying. Sorry .

Breakfast

Sunday Morning Banana Blueberry Pancakes !

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I love Sundays. I’m definetly a Sunday kind of girl. There’s something about the pace of everything , the calmness !  My day usually consists of a long lie in then surface and create some form of brunch. Today’s choice, pancakes. Since everyone knows  calories don’t exist on the weekend , why not ? Sweet and warm they’re prefect to take back to bed for an extra hour with a good book.

These Banana based pancakes aren’t laden with processed sugars which makes then less sickly. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not as I then manage to eat like 7 5. They are small though…

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Recipe :

Pancakes

3 Bananas
3tbs ground Flax seed (linseed )
4tbs Organic Flour
1tsp Baking powder
Pinch of Cinnamon.
Blueberries
Spray oil of choice

Blueberry syrup :
1 cup Blueberries
1 Lemon
2 tbs Honey or Maple syrup.

Pop Bananas and ground Flax into a food processor and blitz to a liquid. Then add flour , Baking powder and cinnamon. Pulse to combine but don’t over mix , no one wants tough pancakes !  Then let this mixture sit for 5-10 to let the flax seed do its part and bind everything together.

Mean while I suggest you make the syrup. Add blueberries and lemon juice and zest to a pan and bring to a simmer to get the blueberries to pop. Once they’re nice and squishy stir the Honey through and take off the heat.

After that warm either a non stick pan , or a skillet with a thin layer of the spray oil. We just don’t want the pancakes to stick , we aren’t frying them. Once it’s medium to low heat add 1tbs of the mix at at time to make little pancakes , they will puff up so give them room (I recommend little ones as they can be difficult to flip ) Once they’re starting to set pop a few blueberries on each pancake , like so …

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Once they’re puffed up check the bottom of one if it’s set , if so give them all a flip.

This mixture makes about 12 silver dollar pancakes depending on the size of your Bananas…

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Breakfast

Caramelized Banana Porridge (Oatmeal)

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So today I woke up, my tummy was rumbling and my sweet tooth was pleading with me ! I wanted something warm sweet and filling. To my dismay my supply of home made pastries in the freezer had ran out (note to self make triple double next time) So off I went to raid my cupboards to see what I could rustle up.

Oats are my go to with the vast majority of Breakfasts. I love them soaked , or baked or just in a quick and simple porridge (British name for oatmeal if anyone’s confused ).
Since time was of the essence (girls gotta eeaatt) porridge it was. But now what to satisfy my Sugar addiction ?
And there it was. Beaming at me from the fruit bowl 🙂

I can see this being my new “treat” breakfast of choice , you know until I sicken myself from it entirely…..

Recipe :

One serving of oatmeal : you can create this however you prefer, or to your own oat packet instructions. For porridge I always opt for the quick cooking kind of oat. This is what I do:

1/2 cup of Almond milk , heated in a pan
1/3 cup Oats thrown in when it’s hot.

Couldn’t be easier ?  Today I added a pinch of Cinnamon too because let’s face it it’s Bananas best friend. I didn’t sweeten my oats today knowing the topping would be pretty intense .

Then for the star of the show , Caramelized Banana

Recipe :
1 Banana sliced
1-2 tsp of Honey or Maple Syrup.

Heat a small non stick pan on medium heat , when it’s hot add the slices of Banana sliced side down (you want the biggest surface area for more caramelization). Give them a minute or so till it smells really sweet , keep an eye on them but don’t move them about just lighty lift them to see if they have colour yet. Once you’re happy they look golden brown , flip ’em all over and do the same with the other side.
When both sides are beautiful , lift off the heat and drizzle in your Honey or Maple. It will bubble so be careful.
And voilà. Toppings done !
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