My gluten and nut free version of granola

This recipe was inspired by holly’s toasted granola  http://hollyandflora.com/2014/07/02/toasty-whole-grain-granola-with-dried-cherries-dark-chocolate/

I have a wheat intolerance and a nut allergy so decided to adapt the recipe to suit me, this is my version.

RECIPE

1 cup of oats

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon quinoa

2 tablespoons of  treacle (cane sugar)

sea salt and cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon of mixed spice

1/4 cup of coconut oil

a packet of  mixed dried fruit, cranberries,blueberries and cherries

METHOD

1.  mix all ingredients except dried fruit

2. spread onto baking tray lined with greaseproof paper

3. bake for about 25 mins at 150 c

4. when cool add dried fruit

5. put into airtight containers

 

This recipe worked really well for me, I like the taste the mixed spice gives it and treacle is easier to work with than honey.

I have had some on it’s own and with yogurt both delicious.

The good thing is I can carry some in a small tub as a snack, to fight the hunger pangs.

Next venture to try a take on apple crumble using it as the topping.

Now that I have the basic recipe there is no end to the variations I could make. Different fruit , different spices.

nut-free-granola

 

 

 

 

 

Nature Diary – Large Bird – Osprey ?

Yesterday I caught a glimpse of two big birds flying past the patio window, by the time I got my camera they were flying away from me and I only managed to capture one, I think they were osprey’s. If anyone knows different let me know.

osprey-tenerife

You get an idea of the size compared to the hill and the buildings.

osprey2-tenerife

osprey1-tenerife

I cropped these but they are not very clear.

 

Courgette lasagna

As I do not eat wheat I am always looking for other ways of cooking my favourite food.  I had never tried using courgettes instead of pasta it works very well, I sliced it thinly with a mandolin , you don’t need to cook it first just place in alternate layers with the meat and cheese sauce,, and there you have it, delicious !

corgette-lasagna

Handmade Tunic / Top

A few months ago a friend of mine gave me some material, I kept looking at it wondering what I could make, I do not have any patterns, I left them all in Uk, so thought I would look at what clothes I have and like to wear, and make a pattern out of them.
This is what I came up with a top I bought which cost 30 euros, I really love the fit, I made a paper pattern and here are the results.

The pink one is the original.