Oh So Oatie Bars.

These babies are a doddle to make, and are a great way to use up any odd bits of dried fruit and nuts you have lying around. I used Gluten free oats as I seem to have a surfit of them in my cupboard…

Pour a bag of oats into a large mixing bowl and slowly add in water (3-4 cups) until they are all moistened and sticky, but not so much that they get runny. Pour in 2 cups of maple syrup, 1 tbsp vanilla essence and stir it all in. Chuck in your fruit and nuts mix it all up and then press the mixture into a baking tin and bake at 180 c for about 40 minutes, keep checking until the oats are firm to the touch and golden.

When they are ready you can drizzle them with more maple syrup and almonds, I used dates, maraschino cherries, and dried peel. You could add peanut butter, coconut oil or chocolate chips too. OOooh Pecans would be ideal… They are delicious and not overly sweet as I didn’t add any sweetner but you could always add coconut sugar or agave syrup if you wish. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Goodness me it’s Gluten free.

Call me weird (you won’t be the first) but I have never been a pizza fan. I know shock horror what’s wrong with me right? I just never liked the concept, deep base, thin crust, stuffed crust whatever… All too messy and doughy and stodgy for this fussy person, until I discovered this amazing recipe by Savy Vegan on you tube for two ingredient quinoa bread And it got me thinking…

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This is so unbelievably easy and delicious even favourite man (harshest critic ever) approves.

For the bread (which actually is more than two ingredients by the time I finished with it)

1 cup quinoa

1 and a half cups water

salt and pepper

2tbsp Nutritional yeast

1tbsn Garlic powder

2tbsn Oregano

2 tbsn chilli flakes

Preheat your oven to 180 C and line a baking tray with baking parchment paper ( not greaseproof paper as it will stick)

Pour the quinoa and spices and water into a food processor or blender ( I use my nutri bullet) and whizz until all smooth and well, sloppy. Pour it on to the baking sheet and smooth into a round pizza base shape and bake for about twenty minutes until its firm and golden, you can turn it over mid way if you wish.

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BOOM! IT’S THAT SIMPLE! when its ready just whack on your pizza toppings of choice and grill for anothe 8-10 minutes. I added homemade Ragu sauce, red onions red peppers, mushrooms and vegan mozzarella cheese by Violife Truly, it is delicious, light not stodgy (yay!) and GOOD FOR YOU being protein rich and full of fibre! I also tried soaking the quinoa over night and it bakes much much crisper, and makes ideal crackers for slathering with hummus or peanut butter or whatever takes your fancy… On a roll now I made a sweet version, simply by adding a liberal slosh of maple syrup, vanilla essence, half a bag of chopped dates and desicated coconut and maraschino cherries…gluten free heaven.

 

Namaste New Year.

 

F3976E57-C499-4AE1-8A7A-28225E7A0B69.jpegA New Year looms and I can’t believe a whole year has passed since I have posted anything on my blog… I actually feel quite embarrassed about that, where has the time gone? What the heck have I been doing? Well, Yoga mostly, less time in the kitchen, more time on the mat! And time, as we know flies like a Banana.

Yoga has taught me discipline and calmed the clatter in my head. Every day without fail I dedicate time to the practice and try to balance, to breathe and to just be. It will be a long, hopefully lifelong journey one I am eternally grateful to be on.

So with The New Year only a day away now seems like the perfect time to make my resolutions; and one will naturally be to pick up where I left off with my blog. (Does anyone care? Has anyone missed me?)

I wish you all a Very, Very Happy New Year, may it be filled with love and light and may you all find your inner peace and be happy.

Namaste

(every day baby!)

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Loafing about.


For me Sunday has become a day that has developed a reassuring and comfortable routine to it. I no longer get that dreaded “back to school tomorrow ” feeling that can still haunt us in our adult life.

We get up a little later, I make Vegan scramble for breakfast with lovely strong black coffee, and then I pfaff about in the kitchen looking through cookery books and notes and recipes I have written, deciding what I am going to bake or cook later. 

This is my little Sunday morning ritual and I suppose this is Hygge for me. If I am super organised I will bake this banana loaf before we go out for a walk, then we come home to that wonderful smell of baking and cinnamon.

Sometimes I jazz it up with dried fruit, raisins, apricots or sometimes maraschino cherries. It’s delicious eaten as it is or toasted, it usually lasts until the next Sunday, just in time for me to whip up another one! Because it’s not really a cake, or a bread I have decidd to simply call it a loaf. So there.

My recipe. 

By accident last week I mistook Coconut flour for coconut sugar (should’ve worn my gogs!) thinking I was using the measurement half and half with caster sugar, the dough took on a totally different consistency in the bowl, almost foamy as if it was proving like bread? 

And whilst it also didn’t rise nearly as much as when I didn’t add the wrong ingredient it did seem to be lighter in texture after baking?

Or was that because I added more raisins as well? Ah well therein lies the alchemy of cooking…..

My banana loaf recipe.

3 or 4 ripe bananas 

250 grams Self raising flour

50 grams Caster Sugar

Vanilla essence (lots)

2 Tablespoons of Cinammon, Mace, Nutmeg or mixed spice

3 tablespoons Baking powder

4 tablespoons  rapeseed oil

If you’re feeling fruity add Raisins or Cherries or Apricots, whatever floats your boat, a good quantity so they will evenly distribute through the mix.

Whack the oven on at 180 C and grease and flour your loaf tin

Skin and mash the bananas, sling them in a large bowl and add the vanilla and spices and oil and mix really well. (the  mixture will be quite runny.)
Sift the flour and baking powder in along with the sugar and the dried fruit of your choice and mix really well again until every thing is all nice muddled together.

Pour into your loaf tin and bang the tin a couple of times on a flat surface to level it and get rid of any air bubbles.

Bake for 30 minutes then cover the top with baking parchment or foil and bake for another 20 minutes or so or until a knife comes out clean.

When it’s completely cool turn it out on to a rack to completely cool all through.

Enjoy immediately or wrap in foil until you eat it.

NB. I have just tried it with some crunchy peanut butter and it tastes awesome!

How do you Hygge?

Well as I mentioned in an earlier post, turns out I’ve been embracing Hygge for years without  actually knowing it was a thing!

In a coincidental set of circumstances, I had literally just finished reading an article about Hygge and what it means, when a friends post on Instagram all about Hygge pinged up.

My friend mentioned me, saying “look all the candles and things, this all reminds me of you” I started to read more….

I think the best way to describe the feeling of Hygge for me is that moment when you genuinely feel happy, calm, content. Whether this is with blankets snuggled up on the sofa, relaxing with a good book, cooking, that feeling of satisfaction from achieving your tasks and having time to relax with a glass of wine, or sitting in the park and just being. Whatever it is, find your Hygge and genuinely feel it. Hygge can be found with friends, at dinner or in its most simplistic form, lighting a candle, togetherness.

Have a look at  these two beautful books to help you on your path to finding Hygge!

They are full of beautiful photography and recipes (which I am keen to veganise) and lovely tales of people and how and where they find Hyggelig in their lives and you in yours.

Be happy.

Cloudy Skies…

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Well, It’s been a while since I posted anything on my little blog.

I’m not sure why ? I have still been cooking like crazy, generally jazzing out in my own bonkers way.

Maybe its the weather? Maybe I just haven’t felt very “bloggy” ?

(Is that even a thing? Can I ask any more questions?)

So here I am, back after a small hiatus (as they like to say in the literary world.)

I initially started this blog thinking it would be just all about food, recipes and adventures in the kitchen as it were.

But I have decided I have so much to ramble on about I might as well just get stuck in and share all the other stuff too.

So, Winter is upon us and whilst I hate being cold, I do love bundling up and feeling all toasty, baking bread and making hearty warming soups.

Wrapping up and going out for a walk in the park and then having a little drinky poo or two in a nice snug pub, and just embracing the Season. We always have a candle or two lit at home and blankets are always ready on each end of the sofa, all throughout the year.

We were Hyygelig all along!