Apple and Ginger Slices

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Family tea this evening which Spikey was delighted about because it meant that he had four other dogs to play with as well as the children. Great not to have to cook as I’m a course this weekend  – the next module for my NLP Master Practitioner Course. This module is about beliefs and I believe that you should never show up empty-handed when visiting family or friends at mealtimes. So it was time to make something especially as I also visiting friends during the lunch break.

2015-02-04 18.28.43My friend Jacky had given me a pot of her homemade apple and ginger jam for Christmas and I wanted to put it to good use so decided to make up a recipe  –  Apple and Ginger Slices

Apple and Ginger Slices

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1/2 cup coconut oil

Juice of one large lemon

6 oz oats

4 oz spelt flour

4 oz ground almonds

1 pot of jam

Pre heat the oven to 180oC. Melt the coconut in a saucepan and add the lemon juice. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, spelt flour and ground almonds. Press half the mixture into a greased brownie tin, spread the jam over it before adding the remaining mixture to the top and press down. Cook for about 25 minutes.  Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into slices and removing from the tin.

Full of Beans

2015-01-31 18.50.16Everyone is full of beans here this evening. Spikey is beside himself with excitement because for the first time ever his new best doggy friend Scruffy has come for a sleep over. They are both full of energy and having great fun playing together and I hope that they will soon tire each other out. Scruffy is quite taken by Spikey’s pink fluffy squeaky toy which Spikey won at Sticker Dog Show last year for having the waggiest tail.

It’s been quite chilly here over the last few days and the song Chilly Winds which my friend’s band plays keeps coming into my head ( you can hear them play the song at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=887u0luJ838 ). It is just as well that I have a new favourite recipe for cold winter days – cannellini bean stew. I got the recipe from the Deliciously Ella page http://deliciouslyella.com/recipe/cannellini-bean-stew/. It is also really tasty with different beans and it worked really well when I made it with black eyed beans. I always serve it with fresh veggies which of course includes broccoli and either my homemade scones or maize pasta.

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Cornwall Chamber Orchestra, flapjacks and puppies.

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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

Glowing on the outside and the inside

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Spikey is now glowing in the dark courtesy of his new light up collar – it is ideal for this time of year when it is dark so much of the time.  It’s also nice to have warming food that makes you glow inside as well so I thought that I would make some Spicy Moroccan Soup (http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/spicy-moroccan-soup.html) as it features some of my favourite

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foods such as chickpeas, lentils and ginger. In true tradition I served it with some lightly steamed broccoli as I feel deprived if I don’t have some broccoli every day! I also made some scones to go with it.

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 Scones serves 4

8 oz Spelt Flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 1/2 oz vegan margarine

3 tbsp soya milk

Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor and when they have all stuck together put on a greased baking tray and cook in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees

Delightful Pomegranates

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Had a text from a friend last night saying “we’ve got Pomegranates”. Yippee! Needless to say they had a visit from me today. Pomegranates are an all time favourite fruit for me. So much so that another friend wrapped one up and gave it to me for Christmas last year – I was delighted – such a clever present which made me very happy. Actually I have lots of favourite fruits (bit like favourite beaches – my favourite beach, my favourite beach to swim on, Spikey’s favourite beach etc. Poppy rabbit doesn’t have a favourite beach as she prefers the garden with yummy grass to eat – anyway I digress) and my favourite fruits vary from season to season but Autumn/Winter my top favourite is the Pomegranate with it’s delicious jewel like seeds.

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Pomegranates are a healthy food to eat as studies suggest they have anti-inflammatory properties and are good for the heart. They cleanse the circulatory system by helping to unclog the arteries, prevent blood clotting, increase oxygen flow to the heart and lower blood pressure.(http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/02/why-pomegranate-is-good-for-you).

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As a child I can remember my brother and I both picking out Pomegranate seeds out with a cocktail stick, eating them one at a time and getting very sticky in the process. These days I break all the seeds out and put in a bowl to eat. As I enjoy eating Pomegranates so much it is rare for them to get into an actual recipe although they regularly go into my Energy Breakfast.

Spicy Sesame Dip

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  • Spikey is always full of energy and especially so this evening as he has been tearing around the living room playing with his toys before entertaining himself by seeing if he can squeeze himself into his toybox….. He hasn’t even been eating any sesame seeds which are high in protein, a great form of rich in quality vitamins, and minerals and thus a great energy food. Sesame seeds are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and riboflavin. They are also rich sources of minerals – calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds.

One of my favourite sesame seed recipes is the Spicy Sesame Dip from this website – http://www.foodstolove.co.uk/

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Spicy Sesame Dip

120g sesame seeds

2 tablespoons of ground linseeds

2 tables of sesame oil

1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast

1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Blend the seeds in a food processor, then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth

Almond Butter Brownies

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This is a super quick blog as have some friends coming around to play some Kate music in a minute. Spikey keeps rushing over to the door in anticipation of the visitors – I clearly need to teach him to tell the time. Have tried a new recipe for when we have a break  – Almond Butter Brownies and the link is here

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2014/10/21/dessert-of-the-month-almond-butter-brownies-with-sea-salt/?adbid=10154741958010257&adbpl=fb&adbpr=147307165256&soc=healthyeatssocial_20141021_34160627