Spring Clear Out 2

The next thing I wanted to change was the way I eat, although at the moment I think I have a good healthy diet there is room for improvement. My task is to try and make my kitchen as eco friendly as possible. Firstly I would like to get rid of my plastic containers and use glass, I had some mason jars already , so I got rid of some plastic and used them for to store some of my cupboard ingredients, also used some smaller glass jars for my spices. I still have a long way to go, but hope to replace all the plastic with either glass or stainless steel eventually.

Now the task I am most excited about at the moment is I am trying to make everything from scratch I do make all meals from scratch, but I am now making my own stock, tahini, blend of spices,jams and potato waffles.

I recently bought a waffle machine still experimenting, but things looking good so far.

This morning I made date jam for the first time, and tahini.

Date Jam Recipe

50 g dates

120ml fresh apple juice (this was one apple juiced)

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Method

1. chop dates finely.

2.Put all ingredients into a pot , bring to boil then simmer for 20 mins. Stirring now and again.

3. Pour into sterile glass jar.

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I only made a little to see how it was going to taste and how long it would last. Let you all know later.

 

 

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Oaty apple cake

This is an amazing cake. It is wheat free. I have been having a slice for my breakfast, it is really quite filling and very tasty.

RECIPE

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup apple sauce or any fruit sauce

1 1/2 cups of milk

1tsp vanilla extract

2tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

1 apple chopped

2 cups rolled oats

1tsp baking powder

1tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

METHOD

  1. Pre heat oven to 190 degrees.
  2. combine egg, applesauce, milk, vanilla, oil and apple in a bowl.
  3. combine oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in another bowl.
  4. add liquids to solids mix well.
  5. pour into dish, bake for 25 mins.
  6. top with Demerara sugar bake 4 mins.
  7. cut into eight slices.

This cake can be frozen in portions, I wrap them in tin foil. I usually heat mine in micro for about 30 to 40 seconds, and you can add milk or yogurt if you like.

You can use any fruit you like, but I like apples it tastes a bit like apple crumble to me.

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Amazing Banana Pancakes

This was a recipe that was on Ben Booths fat loss challenge, it is so easy and so good to eat.

 

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Recipe

1 banana

2 eggs

a little oil for frying

Method

1. Whisk eggs and banana, until it is smooth

2. Put a little oil in griddle

3.  Place a spoonful of mixture in griddle, depends on the size of your griddle how many you can cook at once I can get 4 at a time in mine.

4. When bubbles appear on top turn pancakes.

5. Once cooked take out and stack on a wire tray to cool slightly before eating.

These are so good for you, and you can have them for breakfast with berries or as a snack throughout the day.

You could add honey, but I think they are sweet enough without.

If you want you can double up the recipe and make enough for another day they keep fine in a container in the fridge, that is what I did this morning.

 

 

Tip of the week

Sweet potato ” The worlds healthiest food”.

Lately I have become fed up with the quality of potatoes I have been buying, not all the same type in the bag, most rotten inside when you cut them, so decided I needed a change.

Over the years I have used sweet potatoes, in soups and curries, but not really as a vegetable or substitute for potatoes, I like rosti potatoes so thought I would give sweet potato a try and it was really good, kinda replaces toast for me for breakfast as I am wheat intolerant and this is great to dip in your soft poached egg.

There are many health benefits, loads of vitamin A which is good for your skin, vitamin C  which helps boost your immunity, beta-carotene, calcium and potassium. Also sweet potato has a low GI rating, which helps balance your sugar levels.

There are many different varieties of sweet potato available, white ,orange, and purple , at the moment I have tried the white and the orange, I found the orange sweeter but the white creamier when mashed.

To make the rosti I just took the skin off the sweet potato and grated it with a fine grater onto kitchen roll patted to remove excess water then fried in olive oil.

 

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What did you have for breakfast ?

Look what I had for breakfast. I never used to eat breakfast,and still find it difficult to eat when I first get up, so I usually have a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon and some honey, and then make breakfast. Breakfast is a really important meal it sets you up for the day ahead, if I don`t have a good breakfast I struggle, not to snack on unhealthy food because I’m hungry.

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This is what I had this morning.

Boiled egg, white anchovies, Cheddar cheese just a few squares, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, sweet corn, rocket, rye and sesame cracker, drizzled with natural yogurt and chopped herbs ( Rosemary, Thyme, and Parsley, form my garden ) No need for salt, you get enough from the anchovies and cheese.

This breakfast was inspired by Andre`s blog “Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork”. Looking at her blog I realised that you can have what you want for breakfast, you don’t have to stick to what is traditional, you can use up what is in your fridge as I did this morning, give it try you will be surprised, how good it is and how fulfilling, and of course it is healthy.

What do you have for breakfast? Would love to know what sets YOU up for the day.