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10 min peanut butter and cocoa sponge

So guys, it’s been a while huh? I do apologise! I’ve had a busy Christmas and new year but I’m back and hungry as ever! Now, I know a majority of the professional clean-eaters amongst us have got it covered when it comes to having a varied diet and having an abundance of clean treats and snacks but what’s one more!? So for the newbies, starting the new year with hopes of a clean, healthy diet and dreams of cakes and sweet palate pleasers, I give you the 10 minute sponge cake! 

Ingredients: 

Peanut butter – 2 tablespoons

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoons

Coconut oil – 2 tablespoons

2 eggs 

Cornflour – 2 tablespoons

Vanilla essence – optional

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a bo and mix into a batter. Bake at 200c for ten mins.

Serving suggestion -top with chopped nuts, raisins, fruit puree, natural yoghurt and it’s like a guilt free de-constructed gateau!

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Carribean curried turkey and brown rice with black eyed peas

Afternoon Foodies,

I just cannot believe September is upon us already!? Not that I’m complaining because it’s the start of my favourite time of year! Don’t get me wrong, I love the summertime as sporadic as it’s sunshine may be but there is something about autumn that I find so miraculously magical. The feeling of the first cool breeze and the smell of autumnal rain just fills me with delight – warm socks, knitted jumpers, hot drinks and mulled beverages  will slowly ease themselves so comfortably back into our days – then of course there are the warm hues of the harvest season produce and all those glorious tummy warming edible concoctions that go with it. So for now as we are still amidst the transition of summer and autumn, here is one of my favourite dishes that will warm your soul on those ever darkening evenings but still has the vibrant flavours of sunshine and far away warmer climes. 

Ingredients:

Turkey breast – 400g

Red chilli – 2 chopped 

Onion – 1 diced 

Garlic – 3 cloves,chopped

Creamed coconut – half a block chopped finely 

Thyme – 1 tablespoon

Dunns river All purpose seasoning – 2 tablespoons

Jamaican curry powder – 2 tablespoons 

Tomato – 2 chopped into quarters

Olive oil 

Salt and pepper 

Brown rice – 1 cup

1 tin of black eyed peas 


Method: 

Start by putting the All purpose seasoning,curry powder,creamed coconut,onions,garlic,chilli,tomatoes,rhyme,salt and pepper and a tablespoon of olive oil in a mixing bowl and combine all together until it makes a paste. Seal the turkey in a saucepan in a little coconut oil then add to the mixing bowl of paste and rub into the meat until covered in the paste. Add a little more coconut oil to the saucepan and add the ingredients,  on a medium heat, stirring frequently to cook the spices lightly. Add about 2/3 cup of water, bring to the boil then cover and simmer while you cook the rice. 

For the rice heat some oil in a saucepan, add the dry rice and the other half of the creamed coconut block and stir together. Drain a little of the water in the black eyed peas away then pour the entire contents of the tin on the rice. Boil until the water reaches surface of the rice level then cover and turn off the heat  (the rice will then steam until ready and makes perfect rice everytime) it will usually take around 20 mins and by this time the curry should also be ready.

This dish is perfect alternative for takeout food, it’s so quick and easy and oozing with flavour! It’s more traditionally made with on the bone meat – alternative, more fatty oils would be used and served with bread or fried dumplings but there is now no reason it cannot be enjoyed in all its flavour glory in this cleaner-leaner way.

Enjoy!

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” Are you gluten-free? ” – A coeliac day out


If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed on a day out for me it’s the all so tedious question that is ” are you gluten-free?” 

As much as its been publicised these days and made into somewhat of a “cult” saying on  social media on crockery and t-shirts and such by those who chose the coeliac life as opposed those who had the coeliac life choose them, it still remains relevant and thus brings me joy in sharing any little spots of joy and havens that accommodate the bellys of people like me. Starting with my most favourite place of them all – 

Blackpool sands – Dartmouth 


The wonderful ‘Venus cafe’ situated on the beachside of Blackpool sands was very accommodating and made sure I didn’t feel at all left out. They pretty much offered to try their best to de-glutenify anything that took my fancy on their wonderful menu of delicious fresh salads and seafood. 


If you haven’t been to Devon before this place is one of the sole reasons I love the south west, tucked away behind hills of lavish green fields, you would have no idea that you’re about to walk into such a petite paradise in the middle of the countryside. It’s a small privately owned beach, just pay for parking and soak up the views! Which are my favourite – I even got a cheeky yoga stance in for the giggles! 

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Garlic and herb – Quark dip!


This awesome alternative to mayonnaise is a whole new level of deliciousness and fabulously guilt free – not to mention massively high in protein! I have always loved quark and just love to experiment with both sweet and savoury ways to use and improve it. As simple as this is, it’s going to rock your world! 

Ingredients:

Quark – desired amount depending on serving 

Garlic – one clove

Salt and pepper 

Lemon juice – just a squeeze

Oregano – a pinch 

Finely chop the garlic and throw it along with the rest into the quark, mix well and season to taste.

And that’s it! To die for with some sweet potato fries or on salads! Dress  (whatever takes your fancy) to impress! The kids will love it too! 

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Lean turkey meatballs in tomato and herb sauce

Hey all, 

Here is one of my all time “go-to” recipes that is not only quick and easy but loved enormously by the little ones! Kids are always a fan spaghetti, because let’s face it, it’s messy and fun to eat! My son especially loves this dish and this recipe is definitely one for the whole family, fussy eaters included! 


Ingredients: 

Lean turkey breast mince – 500g

Fresh basil – a handful

Tomatoes – two

Tomato purée – two tablespoons

Balsamic vinegar – tablespoon

Salt and pepper 

Olive oil 

Egg – 1 yolk

Garlic – 4 cloves 

Parmasean cheese 

Start by getting a large mixing bowl and combine the turkey mince, chopped basil, salt, pepper, egg yolk, and a sprinkle of parmasean together. Roll the mixture well into meatballs (any size you like) 

In a non-stick frying pan out a little olive oil or coconut oil and brown the meatballs slightly on a medium heat after about 7 mins put the pan under the grill to finish of browning, I like to do this because it dries them out more and they are less likely to fall apart. Put the meatballs aside whilst you make the tomato sauce as follows …

In a saucepan heat about a table spoon of olive oil and add finely chopped garlic and tomatoes cut into quarters. Add chopped basil and sauté for 1 min. Splash on about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and stir. Add about half a cup of water and three tablespoons of tomato purée, salt and pepper, bring to the boil then cover and cook on a low heat for about 15mins. Add the meatballs then cover and cook for a further 10 mins so they can absorb the flavours. 

Serve with gluten-free spaghetti and salad. Sprinkle with parmesan and let the spaghetti slurping commence!!  

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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 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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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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Nutri bullet – week one!

Hey all!

I haven’t blogged for a while (as you can clearly see) but I thought I’d share one with you as I have time to spare * hoorah* and I have a new gadget! 

I’m sure everyone is well aware of the juicing craze – it’s hardly a new thing but what with liquidised super foods never quite reaching my grasp, I never really had an opinion on it before. After a short bout of illness it was time to embark on other new and exciting means of getting nutrients into my diet and I was lucky enough to have a nutribullet bestowed upon me (aren’t I a lucky girl ❤️) 
Anyway! I thought, I’d do a week or two of the standard “juice initiation” programme ( pretty much made up by myself) to experiment and see if I felt or looked anymore exciting at the end of it! Given that, they say it takes a few weeks to see any changes but I can definitely see and feel the benefits already! My energy levels are up and I don’t feel half as hungry throughout the day at work as I did previous to this experiment!

As you all know, I eat a pretty healthy diet, it’s quite diverse but I am pretty lazy when it comes to fresh fruits and I do tend to fall into a pattern of eating the same foods everyday – so I decided to subtract some of the habitual meals and add super juices in their place! I had the juices in place of meals because I didn’t want to add any extra calories to my daily intake, if you are going to do this, I would suggest to replace the meals with juices and do this for about a week once a month, that is what I’m going to do but I will probably keep the breakfast juice and to be fair the lunch time one is convenient for work but I’m going to see how it goes then add or subtract things as I go along ,depending on whether I rapidly start losing weight or something! Like I said, it’s just an experiment to see how my body will benefit from it (if at all) 

Here are some I have made so far and the plan I set for myself. I’ve had a few people ask me what I have  been juicing ( please remember, I am not a nutritionist, my plan is based around my own body and what I get along with best. This also wasn’t a weight loss challenge but just a experimental health trip 💋) – I will add more as I go on.

enjoy!   

  

   Go- green morning pick up! -morning 

(Small beaker with the juicing blade)

One handful of baby spinach/kale leaves (I like to freeze mine so the juice is cooler)

Juice of half a lemon

Half a green apple 

A slice of fresh ginger 

Water up to the Max line

  
Carrot and ginger boost juice! – snack time 

One large carrot 

Juice of half a lemon 

Slice of fresh ginger 

 Lunch time medley! – lunch 

One whole carrot

Handful of kale

Juice of half a lemon

One avocado

Half an apple

Handful of frozen pineapple chunks

Handful of blueberries 

Teaspoon of turmeric 

  Blueberry bright ! -morning 

(Slight variation on go green juice for more filling breakfast days)

Handful of spinach

Half a green apple

Juice of half a lemon

Handful of blueberries

Slice of fresh ginger

Tablespoon of Milled linseed  

Half an avocado

I have pretty much been having two juices a day. In the morning I have a juice alongside the usual egg white one yolk omelette and a black coffee before work. At lunch, I have a more substantial juice (as above) and a natural bar and green tea. At dinner time, I have a healthy meal with a mixture of the food groups, here is one example 

 Grilled Cod fillets

Sweet potato,garlic and Kale mash

White egg frittata with tomato,red pepper,garlic,paprika,kale and a little halloumi cheese.
 – in regards to the complex carbs, it varies with sweet potato/brown rice etc I usually have a relatively low-medium carb intake but as I am having juice twice a day my dinner needs a little more sustenance or I will turn into the Incredible Hulk! Lol 

And for the sundays of gluttony such as today! Here is one more delight you can indulge in with your morning coffee (bed optional)

  
Banana and cinnamon pancake with walnuts!

Half a banana 

One egg

Tablespoon of honey or agave 

Two tablespoons of GF flour

A little water 

Dollop of coconut oil (if preferred)

Use the milling blade on your nutri-bullet for this one.

 whizz into a smooth,delectable paste- try not to eat it all before it touches the pan 😂 and cook in a frying pan, in oil of choice. Add the chopped walnuts and banana slices and drizzle with honey or agave.

Happy Sunday!  

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