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Heavenly light mini cheesecake pot

Continuing the dessert theme, my all time favourite sweet food/dessert is the humble cheesecake! I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to a specific flavour as they are all so heavenly in their own way! There is just one thing about the cheesecake of the mortal world and that’s the fact it’s usually gluten-packed and full of fat! Fear not my darlings because once again I am here to save the day with this little pot of joy made from very few ingredients, gluten-free and heavenly light! 

Ingredients: (makes one serving)

Quark or extra light Philadelphia – one tablespoon 

Coconut oil – two teaspoons

Two rice cakes

Handful of walnuts 

Teaspoon of honey

Raspberry or Fruit purée of choice 

Pumpkin seeds

Method:

Blitz the rice cakes, walnuts, coconut oil in a blender to form crumbs. Press into a small pot and combine the honey with the cream cheese and layer on top. Top with fruit purée of choice and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. 

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Un Café?


Good morning all,

Realisation struck that I have not posted anything coffee related for goodness knows how long… so I thought I would pay homage to my favourite stop in my city Boston tea party  (personal preference of course) I have tried every americano in the city centre over the years and I just can’t top my favourites over at Boston TP! What makes a good coffee? Only a true lover of the roasted bean will know, be it frothy milk, a silky latte, a strong flavour or a good locally/ethically sourced bean…indeed…then of course, there is the location, the atomosphere… many contributing factors go in to finding the perfect coffee shop! this is why I am indeed a “coffee person” Alchemy is involved on both the barista and the consumers parts, in a good coffee house and when they seamlessly combine atmospheric bliss and good produce that’s when it all comes together. Now, I realised there are people who don’t think as deep as I do about the coffee experience and to those people this post is most likely sounding like a deranged rant of an eccentric compulsive BUT to my fellow coffee lovers it’s perfectly compos mentis and “if you know, you know” 

” Alchemy – a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation or combination ”


And Bostons TP do not disappoint on the food side either, especially the evert growing selection of Gluten-free cake! But that’s a whole other blog for a whole other day and I may have to go back and take some more pictures and drink some more coffee in the mean time! 
Ciao x 

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Cauliflower crust pizza! 


Back at it again with the Guilt-free delights! 

Hello all, so this week I tried my hand at the legendary cauliflower pizza base! I have been meaning to do so for quite a while but I never got around to it. It was so much easier and quicker than I imagined so it’s safe to say it will be happening more often now! You can literally top it with any pizzeria favourites of your own preference but I am a sucker for simplicity in all forms and I love a good old traditional margarita so good old mozzarella it was! 

Ingredients ( for the base) 

Two cups of raw cauliflower – blended into breadcrumb like form 

1 egg

Handful of parmasean cheese

Salt and pepper

Steam the cauliflower in the microwave (covered) for about 4 mins or until soft, put into teatowel or cloth to squeeze out any excess water. In a bowl combine all the ingredients. You can add some coconut floury I make it a little more dry if needs be. On a baking tray place some parchment paper and spoon the mixture into a heap in the middle, smooth out into desired pizza shape and bake at 180c until golden. Remove from the oven and   Leave to cool.

Next, top with your desired to pizza attributes (you can find my recipe for tomato sauce in earlier posts) and bake for a further 10-15 mins. 

And that is literally it guys! So easy and ever so tasty. And if like me you can’t stop at one slice, then it’s perfectly fine because it’s so much less naughty than the traditional version 😉 

I served mine with sweet potato fries, salad and balsamic dressing.

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Here’s to the British Summer in all its glory! The sporadic, scattered bouts of sunshine, flip flop days and sparkling riverbanks,coupled with the rain and no play-days! Here’s to procceco in the sun, picnics and pimms with friends and muddy welly boots in the park! Lavish Cream teas, bright red fruits, white linens and grass stains! You are unplanned and spontaneous England and we love you! 

Have a lovely weekend! 

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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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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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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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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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Birthday treats!

just a round up of birthday indulgences in pictorial form!

  Espresso martini – Oddfellows

  

 Chateaubriand – Circa 1924

  
Coffee lovers hamper – Fortnum and mason

  
  
Cheese and wine hamper – Fortnum and Mason

 

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