Butterbean and Sweet Potato Stew

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So it is November which means it is stew season. Spikey plays in the garden in summer evenings but is not so keen to do so in the dark evenings and instead entertains himself indoors – he has just had a mad burst of energy and has completed at full speed  a series of shuttle runs between the front door and the back door. When he does this in the garden he goes so fast that he often rolls over on the turn……

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Anyway, stew season and there are so many tasty and warming stews to make this time of year. My current favourite is a made up recipe with butterbeans, sweetpotatoes, carrots, sweetcorn, mushrooms, onion, garlic and some chilli just to give it a bit of a kick.  The orange and yellow colours in this stew are great and I like to add  some contrast to the colour by serving it with some broccoli.

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Butterbean and Sweet Potato Stew  Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion

1 clove of garlic

1 small red chilli

6oz mushrooms

2 medium sized sweet potatoes

2 medium sized carrots

1/2 pt vegetable stock

1 400g tin of butterbeans

1 198g tin of sweetcorn

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and finely chop the onion, garlic and chilli. Saute these ingredients and chop the mushrooms and add, peel and finely chop sweet potato and carrot and add. Pour in the stock bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes (or until carrot and potato getting soft).Next drain and rinse the butterbeans and sweetcorn before adding them and simmer for another 5 minutes or so.  Serve with scones (see previous blog for recipe) and seasonal vegetables.


Raw Carrot Cake

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Carrots are a favourite food with humans and animals alike in my house. I’ve only got to peel a carrot and Spikey will run in from the garden to have a slice and of course Poppy rabbit considers carrots to be part of her staple diet.

Carrot Cake
Raw Carrot Cake

Thought I’d make a Raw Carrot Cake for my flute group today. The recipe can be found here – http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/recipe-raw-carrot-cake-with-cashew-cream-cheese-frosting-2/

I2014-09-28 15.57.36In actual fact the flute group should be called the food group as we eat and talk far more than we play our flutes. It makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon as I can’t hold my flute up for long and the company and food is always wonderful.

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Today was no exception we did a little fluting and then sat outside in the garden eating.  Tom and Sam came with “Chocolate Blobs”. They had popped some corn and then added lots of dark chocolate to it – really effective and very yummy.