Mincemeat and Skylark

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Went over the border to hear my friend Clare play the flute in the band Skylark at the weekend. She is helping me with my NLP modelling project and it was great to hear her perform with her band. Skylark perform their own arrangements of traditional music from America, Sweden and the British Isles. Clare puts some amazing improvised melodies into the songs giving them an extra dimension. You can hear the Skylarks on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/SkylarkHarmony and  they are wonderful to hear live.

So post gig back at her house we needed some sustenance so we ate some of my newest recipe  – Mincemeat Slices.  Had a jar of yummy homemade mincemeat (thanks Emma!) so it was time to put it to good use.

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Mincemeat Slices

1/2 cup coconut oil

Juice of one lemon

6 oz spelt flour

6 oz  oats

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 jar of mincemeat

Pre heat the oven to 190 oC.Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan and add the lemon juice. Remove from the heat and s tir in the spelt flour, oats and cinnamon. Press half the mixture in to a brownie pan. Spread a layer of mincemeat over the top before adding the rest of the mixture and pressing it down. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Leave to cool before cutting into slices.


Cornwall Chamber Orchestra, flapjacks and puppies.

2015 January Scruffy and Spikey

This blog is a little like the Cornwall Chamber Orchestra (CCO)  – no activity over the Christmas period ;-). The CCO is a delightful orchestra and is now full swing into the 2014-15 season.  Judith Bailey the conductor of this orchestra puts some interesting programmes together to combine well known classics with new commissions. The programme for this season includes Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and a new work by David Hart called Robal’s Orchestral Colours. Also on the programme is a Donizetti Cor Anglais concerto and it is a real treat to be able to hear Malcolm Andrews the soloist play.

The programme meets with Spikey’s approval for he is a real music lover although sometimes his tastes are a little eclectic – Jessie J (hmmmmmm), pieces for piccolos and alarm clocks. Usually he is quite put out about not being able to attend the concerts himself but this issue has now been solved – he has a new best friend called Scruffy. Mum and Dad have a new puppy called Scruffy and when the orchestra is playing, Spikey will go to play with Scruffy.
Forthcoming dates for the orchestra are –

Sunday 25th January St Elwyns Church Hayle 3pm

Sunday 1st February St Marys Church Penzance 3pm

So I’ve devised a new flapjack recipe which went down well with my flute group yesterday and will be a nice treat  with the slow release energy in oats  to have on CCO days. Thank you to Emma for her homemade mincemeat2015-01-18 11.25.18

Mincemeat Flapjacks

6 oz vegan margarine ( I used Pure)

2 oz agave

5 oz mincemeat

2 oz desiccated coconut

2 oz pumpkin seeds

13 oz oats

Preheat the oven to 190 oC .Melt the margarine, agave and mincemeat in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Press all the ingredients into a brownie tin and cook for 20-25 minutes