Christmas granola

Last year I came across this lovely recipe for Christmas granola courtesy of Livia’s kitchen.  I only actually managed to make a batch after Christmas during the time before New Year where you don’t know the time of day so I thought I would wait until this year to share with you.  It’s a lovely recipe for breakfast on Christmas day as the flavours are deliciously festive.  It would also make a great gift, perhaps you could take a jar with you if you are staying with family and friends for Christmas day.

Ingredients
185g jumbo oats
50g oat flour
5 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp coconut oil melted
90g pecans roughly chopped
3 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
30g dried cranberries
50g raisins
Zest of one orange
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients except the raisins and cranberries in a bowl.  This is really important because the fruit will burn and make your granola all yucky if you put it in at this p0int!
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  4. Add the dried fruit and leave to cool on the tray.

Cinnamon stars {etoiles à la cannelle}

Just before Christmas last year a friend from work brought in a variety of lovely Christmas biscuits – she had spent the weekend baking with her mum and sisters in what is an annual event for their family and we were lucky enough to receive a few spares.  Being the good colleague I am I set about to taste test all the varieties but kept coming back to the beautiful sweet (and boozy!) cinnamon biscuits which I came to learn are called “etoiles à la cannelle” (which translates as stars of cinnamon or cinnamon stars).

These biscuits look like the ones you see in a Christmas market and can never quite reproduce at home…until now!

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The Rawmega brownie

This recipe came to me by way of my lovely friend Jenny {and her Pilates teacher}. She and I are both watching our protein intake at the moment and, like most people, keen to cut out as much unnatural rubbish as possible. So when she sent me this recipe with all its clean eating loveliness I knew I had to make it. I almost rushed out to wholefoods straight away to get the ingredients but we already had some slightly naughty cake knocking around so I waited until this weekend.

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Raspberry & coconut yogurt cake

I was flicking through my latest copy of Country Living last weekend and came across this recipe.  Although this is still quite naughty as it contains sugar and other yummy things, it’s one of the better sweet things you can have with a reduced amount of flour, sugar and butter than most standard cake recipes.  So with the bank holiday coming up what better time to get baking in the kitchen.

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My April

April has been another lovely month, watching spring come into life across London.  The magnolia has mostly been and gone, making way for beautiful pink an white blossom.  We’ve been blessed with some beautiful sunshine but also some April showers {and hail and snowstorms}!  It’s been a colourful month…Read More »

Ricotta hotcakes

I went to Granger & Co. for a rather early (pre-work!) breakfast with two of my lovely girlfriends last week.  This was my second trip to Granger & Co. and I knew before I got there what I was going to have.  The thing is the first time I went there I had a lovely brunch of avocado on toast (a fave of mine) but afterwards I kept hearing people talk about the amazing ricotta hotcakes and couldn’t help but feel I had missed a trick.  No such problem for my second visit – I wasn’t making the same mistake twice.  In fact all three of us ended up having the hotcakes so I would have had some serious food envy if I hadn’t opted for them too!  They are so deliciously light and fluffy, a great alternative to buttermilk pancakes.Read More »

Creamy thai sweet potato curry

I spotted this recipe on a link from sheerluxe a few months ago and instantly knew that it was going to be a hit with me. It combines three of my favourite things: sweet potato, coconut and Thai food. Winner winner sweet potato dinner! What’s not to love?! It’s a really easy quick meal to make {think midweek dinner or easy weekend lunch} that on top of being seriously yummy feels really wholesome and gives you a great start to getting your five a day. It even manages to pass the good hubby test {which is really saying something for a main course without meat!} Go on try it, I promise you won’t regret it…Read More »

Chocolate and almond cake

I saw this recipe earlier this year on the fabulous Rock My Style website {they had put the recipe up for last Easter} and saved it to make for Easter. Having made it I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t be enjoyed all year round. It’s a really yummy moist chocolate cake with a subtle almond taste.  To make a non-Easter version all you need to do is swap the mini eggs for smarties, chocolate buttons, jazzies or whatever takes your fancy!Read More »

My March

March has been such a lovely month. Looking back through all my photos and choosing the ones for the month has made me smile so much.  There are more than I usually post but it’s been a pretty busy and beautiful month.  Lots of blue skies, colours, our incredible Icelandic adventures, two floristry classes, calligraphy and so much pretty… 🙂 Spring has definitely sprung!Read More »