Super Sunday Sweet potato and spinach hash-browns


Happy Sunday everyone! 

What a week it has been!? As it unfortunately draws to a close and the start of a new one is close but not too close, I’m sure we are all enjoying a well deserved lazy morning with our favourite breakfast delights and of course a strong coffee! I’ve been experimenting with a somewhat carby-er diet this week (good carbs of course) and this means a lot of my favourite star of this food group, the sweet potato! 

Longing for something a little different than the usual Sunday bacon and eggs, I whipped up these super quick hashbrowns! They are packed with flavour and if you want to be cheeky, they would be even more divine topped with some crispy bacon! 
Ingredients: 

1 sweet potato – grated

Wilted spinach – 1 handful

Garlic – 1 clove 

Salt and pepper to season 

Coconut oil – one tablespoon 

Start by peeling the sweet potato and grate the entire thing into a bowl. Microwave for 2 mins to soften slightly. Add wilted spinach – now I either wilt in a pan or normally, I keep a bag of spinach in the freezer for adding to recipes so I just grabbed a handful of the frozen stuff and then the warmed potato will do the wilting for you! Add the garlic and salt and pepper and a small dollop of coconut oil as this will help to bind the ingredients, alternately you could bind with egg yolk or a bit of flour. Grab a handful of the potato mixture and squash together into a ball in the palm of you hands, flatten and carefully place to fry on a medium heat in a non-stick frying pan. Try not to move them around to much as they have the tendency to fall apart. Cook for about 4 mins on both sides and occasionally press them with a spatula to keep them compressed. Top with a fried/poached egg, bacon/smoked salmon, whatever takes your fancy! Enjoy darlings and have a marvellous Sunday! 
Ciao x 

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Gluten-free chocolate donut bites


Ok, I know what youre thinking…. These arent exactly “clean” but it’s the weekend and I woke up this morning with no peanut butter in the household! That’s my excuse and ravenous for something sweet along side my coffee this morning, not wanting to leave the house because the rugby is on at 11, I decided to whip up these absolute dreams and it only took 5-10 mins! 


Ingredients: 

Gluten free plain flour – one cup 

Baking powder – one table spoon

Milk – add until forms a dough (you can use water or any kind of milk preferred, I find milk makes them more fluffy) 

Ground almond – 1/4 cup 

Chopped chocolate of any kind, cut into small squares.

Method:

Mix all together in a bowl and add just enough water/milk to form a sticky yet knead-able  dough. Take enough to make a small ball, flatten it in your hand and place the chocolate square in the middle. Roll the chocolate inside then fry for about one min in oil, constantly turning whilst it’s frying. Once golden brown, place into sugar and roll until covered. 

VERY naughty but hey it’s Saturday! 

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Yoga 

Hey guys! So just a quick post to share my daily yoga routine with you all. I’ve always been a fan of a little home self taught yoga from quite a young age and along with the ‘Sun salutation’ I found this online and it’s amazing after a workout to stretch your entire body out! 

  I always feel so aligned afterwards, if that sounds crazy!? But give it a go – if you have a reasonable amount of flexibility to start with then it’s a good routine, if not then maybe start with doing the ‘sun salutation’ once or twice a day for a month and you will be surprised how much of a difference it will make. 


Peace out yogi bears! ✌🏽️

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Lean turkey burgers and grilled haloumi

The sun is still shining! And the sweet scent of  the British BBQ summer is in the air. Going to a BBQ can be a torturous experience, if like me you can’t go within an inch of any bread! Fear not because as I walked through the park on the way home( grilled meat in the air) I was inspired to rustle up something equally as tasty and extra refreshing for summer days, back yard gatherings or for an uber quick evening meal. Fresh, zingy, packed full of protein and whipped up in under 20 mins from scratch, what are you waiting for? 

(Makes six chunky burgers)

Ingredients: 

450g lean turkey breast mince

1 egg

Handful of chopped fresh basil

Two chopped garlic cloves 

Salt and pepper 

One fresh chilli chopped/or Tabasco sauce 

Teaspoon of tomato purée 
Haloumi cheese 

Salad leaves of choice 

One tomato

Chopped cucumber 
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mash up well until able to form into balls then lay out and slightly pat into rounds (the mixture will be a little wet but don’t worry) 

Fry in coconut oil on a medium heat for about ten mins each side then finish under the grill to crisp.

On your serving plate – chop cucumber, tomato and rustle into some salad leaves. (I used baby spinach and chard)Sprinkle a little Tabasco sauce and balsamic on the leaves then top with the burgers. Grill or pan fry (in a dry pan) the haloumi cheese and enjoy! 

For a side: 

Combine quark/Greek yoghurt with spring onion and cucumber, a squeeze of lemon  and a little salt and pepper and you got yourself a yummy dip! 

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Happy Devon Day!

Flags fly high for the beautiful home we call Devon – how astonishly beautiful you are!! 

Blackpool sands – Dartmouth 

Exmouth beach 
Exeter cathedral 

Head on over to Twitter #Devonday to see more of the Westcountry’s beauty and upload your own happy places around our glorious county! 

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Gluten-free Cream Tea.

imageHello all!

So with the long awaited return of that joyful ball of fire in the sky, with it comes an abundance of seasonal goodness and glorious naughty treats! Now, I don’t know about you but when the sunshine first touches my skin at the start of a new summer solstice, I think crisp white shirts, sparkling riverbanks, salads, strawberries and cream and of course bubbly drinks in tall glasses! Gloriously British summers aren’t complete without a cream tea right!? And what can be more enjoyable than making your very own Gluten-free scones to take on a summer pic-nic escapade, so get the cool boxes and wicker hampers at the ready for these little beauties!

 

(makes 14 scones)

ingredients:

2 cups of gluten free plain flour

1 cup of almond meal or ground almond

3 table spoons of baking powder

250ml of milk

120ml of single cream

generous pinch of salt

Method:

start by combining the flour, almond meal,salt and baking soda. Make a well in the middle and pour in the cream and milk combined.mix well until it forms a dough. Lightly flour your work surface and roll out to a thickness of approx 3cm and use a scone/biscuit cutter to cut of desired rounds, brush with a little milk ( you may find the dough a little too wet,for so add more almond meal or flour until you can form a decent dough to roll out) Pre-heat the oven to 200c and bake for approx 10 mins or until risen and slightly golden on top.

You can enjoy warm or wait until cooled. Add a hefty dollop of the best Devon clotted cream! I used http://www.langagefarm.com cream and http://www.bonnemaman.co.uk rasberry conserve as its gluten-free and delicious! It’s up to you what goes first, the Jam or the cream…. Personally, I  prefer one of each!

 

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Loving shortbread 

 Tea for two today ❤️  
    
 

  

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Pancake day – for everyone!

Hi all,

I know I’m a little late but pancake day is a week-long thing anyway right!? There was a time when I thought I wouldn’t be able to indulge in days such as these but that was of course before I got less lazy and more creative with food. There are infact so many ways you can make pancakes other than the traditional way! Who would have thought you can, in actual fact NOT use eggs or milk! and in some methods not even flour! Here are two of my favourite ways (both include flour- GF of course)  great for gluten-free, lactose free lifestyles and even one without egg! 
So firstly –  this is a quick and simple one you can make in your nutri-bullet. I believe I have posted this one before. So excuse the repost but it really is delicious! 

Secondly – this one is the magic pancake! No eggs, no milk involved and still an incredibly fluffy result and you wouldn’t even tell it apart from a normal pancake. Now, I like to make the big scotch pancakes but you can add more of the water if you prefer thinner, crepe like pancakes.  

 
Ingredients:

1 cup of gluten free flour – self raising 

1 mashed banana

1 tablespoon of baking powder 

Pinch of salt 

Mix the flour and the baking powder together. Add the mashed banana and salt, mix and slowly add in water to preference, depending on how thick you want your pancakes, your batter will have to be yoghurt thick for scotch pancakes. Flip and enjoy! 

Top with whatever naughty or nice treats you wish and ….
Happy pancake WEEK! 

 

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Gluten free carrot cake 

  

  

After much longing for carrot cake with my weekend coffee and failing to find any gluten free versions (like anywhere) I finally decided to make one myself! What is with every coffee shop only offering gluten free brownies for GFs like us! Anyway if like me you have zero self control around cake or anything sweet, you may want to give away slices to friends/neighbours/anybody – because I literally devoured 80% of mine! 

Ingredients:

225g of gluten free flour 

125g soft brown sugar 

125ml sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 table spoon ground ginger 

125g grated carrot 

Handful of sultanas 

1 diced Apple (small)

1 orange – zest and juice of

Topping:

200g cream cheese 

Zest of half and Orange

100g icing sugar 

75g unsalted butter 

Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix – grease a cake tin and sprinkle a little brown sugar into the tin. Bake at 190 for 35 mins.

Meanwhile combine the cream cheese,butter and icing  sugar and place in the fridge until cake is baked and cooled.
 – leave to cool then top with the combined cheese frosting mixture and decorate with walnuts.

Personally I cut my cake in half long ways and placed frosting inbetween the two halves so there was a middle layer of cream cheese also as I found it made the cake more noise because gluten free cakes tend to dry out quicker. 

Enjoy!  

 
 

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