Video: Activate and Dehydrate ALMONDS

Hi everyone! I love this time of the year in London, it’s just so social and fun with all sorts of fabulous partys: cooperate Christmas parties, boozy Christmas lunches, Christmas hat and jumper gatherings down the pub, school-parent Christmas drink parties, the list goes on.
I have also taken on a lot more work then I would normally do  and I’m trying to finish my book on fermentation. So I’m slightly overstretched but Its all good. Nuts is a great snack when you are rushing from one thing to the other. Full of vitamin E, Calcium, chill-out Magnesium and Potassium.
To really get the most out of these little darlings I first activate them by immersing them in filtered water for 6 to 12 hours and then I dehydrate them so that the nutrients are more easily absorbed.
I don’t have a dehydrator so I put my oven on 50C and open the oven door slightly and let the almonds dry out for 12 to 24 hours. Boom. Much cheaper activated almonds from the health store.

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Video: Off to the Gym!

Hi everyone!
I’m so happy I’ve been able to start exercising again. It’s been 3 years of having a bad knee, where running to the bus resulted in not being able to walk the following day. Physio absolutely helped but I suspect the clincher was the supplement I started to take. So far so good!

The products mentioned in this video:
Orgono Living Silica
Lavera eye brow styling gel Hazel brown
Pacifica Coconut lip Butter Shell

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Healthy Eats – London: The Good Life Eatery


Marylebone is quickly becoming the to go to area for great healthy places to eat. A few days ago I popped into The Good Life Eatery for a quick lunch bite.
I had a warm gluten free Gangsta Wrap with baked quinoa and sweet potato falafels, served with a side salad.  Asked them to hold the feta cheese –  no problem at all.  I prefer to eat a mainly vegan diet but I eat anything if I’m offered. My family comes with a whole host of food restrictions due to celiacs disease, nut allergy and oral allergy, it would just be to much to cater to a vegan as well 🙂
With both celiacs disease and nut allergy to take into consideration cakes can be an absolute nightmare to order. I was VERY impressed with the selection of cakes that was both gluten AND nut free, The Good Life Eatery got both these issues covered in the same cakes! Hurray!
I bought 2 slices to take home for the kids to try, one red velvet and one coconut, both were so delicious!
The Good Life Eatery is on Marylebone Lane 69.

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Clean Beauty X 3

Hi all,
3 Clean green beauty products I adore. 2 from Lavera and 1 from RMS Beauty.
This was not the planned video for this week, but I needed something with very few edit points as my editing software stopped working.
Have a fab evening!

Products:
Lavera Eyebrow Styling Gel Hazel Blond
Lavera Liquid eyeliner Black
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

♥L

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Healthy Eats – London: 222 Veggie Vegan

I went to 222 Veggie Vegan for lunch today.
It’s a 25 minute walk from my house and it was so glorious and sunny I really enjoyed my walk, soaking up the rays.
For lunch 222 offers an eat-as-much-as-you-want buffet for £9.90 and a take away box for £7.50. (They are also open for dinner with a completely different a la carte menu).
This is vegan comfort food!
Mains like Quinoa Tofu Bake, Carrot Tart, and Mixed Bean Curry draw a completely different crowd from what I’m used to in healthy lunch places – MEN!
Male body builders, swimming teachers, personal trainers and local chaps, mixed in with female office workers. NOBODY left hungry!

Everything I cold see was gluten-free and other allergens like soya, sesame nuts etc. were clearly labelled.
I tried almost everything, it would be rude not to, right?
So yes, I had both plates in the photo above.

Oh, yes and as a bonus, there’s a new Vegan food shop next door.
I bought whipping cream, chocolate, meringues and vegan honey…
Not that I was especially hungry, but looking forward to try it all the same.
Had not even heard about vegan honey?!

(222 Veggie Vegan is at 222 North End Road, West Kensington, London W14 9NU)

Happy weekend!

 

 

Winter Warmer – Yellow Split Pea Soup

It’s getting cold out there. For me It’s farewell salads hello soups. Today I had my super pink hat and gloves on for the first time and when we got home I whisked up this warming and filling soup with yellow split peas and potatoes. Not much prep and cheap as chips!

Winter Warmer Soup: Yellow Split Pea

Ingredients:

– 1 cup yellow split peas

– 200 gram potatoes

– 2 medium red onions

– 2 garlic cloves

– 1 tablespoon coconut oil

– 1/2 tablespoon paprika

– 1/2 teaspoon thyme

– 2 tablespoon marigold

– 1/4teaspoon chili flakes

– 1 1/2 pint of water

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Healthy Eats – London: Yeotown Kitchen

Had a few hours to kill between voice-over jobs on Monday. (one where I had to sound like a 10 year old girl…not an easy task!!) No wonder I was starving afterwards!
I headed to Marylebone’s Chiltren Street to new healthy restaurant Yeotown Kitchen.

The mood is healthy- happy: loads of yellow, wood and motivational quotes. Just up my street. There’s a take-away area and a restaurant room with table service.
Down stairs there’s a small meditation area with cocooning egg chairs where you can re-charge with a short guided meditation. Loved it!

On to the food. The menu is long and full of goodness like Courage Bowl with Kimchee, Positivity Autumn salad, Vegan Burger, a wide selection of  smoothies, juices, vegan ice cream and sweet treats.
Unfortunately on the day I visited all my first choices were unavailable.
Had I taken my kids, or my parents for that matter, there would have been a complete melt down!
But I had been chilling downstairs and was filled with white light, so I patiently chose the a Warming Hot-plate Of The Day with Columbia beans, quinoa, spinach, sprouted mung beans and soy cream with cucumber for £11.95. So warming and filling, perfect for the first cold autumn day.  I also had a  Yeotonic Cherry Strawberry Kefir drink. at £5.95  and that really perked me up!

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Roasted Cauliflower

I’ve yet to meet a child who does not like Roasted Cauliflower!
It’s worth a try if you struggle to feed your family vegetables.
Cheap as chips, minimum prep and maximum flavours.
Hope you like it!

Roasted Cauliflower
– 1 cauliflower head
– 1/3 cup coconut oil
– 1/2 – 1 teaspoon sea salt
– black pepper
– chili flakes

Directions
1. Pre heat the oven to 200C
2. Cut the cauliflower into 1cm slices.
3. Warm up the coconut oil. Mix with salt pepper and chili flakes and work into the cauliflower.
4. Spread the on an oven dish. Save the very small pieces.
5. Roast for 15min. Turn the large pieces over and add all the small pieces and roast for another 25 min.
6. They are ready when soft and slightly browned.
7. Enjoy!

 

TRANSKRIPT

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well today. I’m going to make a cauliflower dish that everybody loves, kids, adults, everyone. I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like this. It’s super easy, and cauliflower is so cheap now. It’s only, you can get it for a pound. It’s a really good thing to make.

                              You might think, “Okay. She does a lot of vegetables. Her kids are used to it. They might even love it.” No. I’ve got very, very fussy kids, very fussy eaters, but they love this. Every time I serve it, they want more. If I make this whole thing for the whole family, for four people, they always want more. This is a fail-safe vegetable dish to make.

                              First, you preheat the oven to 200 degrees. For this dish, you need a cauliflower head, a whole one, and some coconut oil, salt, pepper. I’m also putting in a few chilli flakes, and that’s optional, but if I put a little bit in, the kids don’t mind it at all. You cut off all the leaves. You end up with just the head, and then we’re going to slice it. We want it maybe that thick. Can you see? Sort of a centimetre, I suppose that is. If it can sort of stay together then that’s really good. This one I’m not sure. Some of it might, but we’re going to use all of it, even the small parts.

                              In this I’m going to add between a half and one teaspoon of salt, and I always use Himalayan crystal salt, or sea salt, in between there, depending on how salty you like things. My kids are quite into their salt, so I used almost one teaspoon. Also, a little bit of black pepper, just a tiny bit, and I’m going to use a bit of chilli flakes, a quarter of a teaspoon. They normally don’t mind it, but if you’ve got kids who are quite sensitive to spicy foods, then maybe you don’t have to have that. I think it adds an extra little flavour to it.

                              The last thing you add is the coconut oil. I’m going to heat that up a little bit just to get it completely liquid. Pour it on, it’s between a third of a cup and a fourth of a cup, probably more like a third of a cup. Then just mix it all up, so all the pieces are covered in the oil, so all this lovely stuff gets going in. After 15, 16 minutes this is what they look like.

                              Basically, now it’s the time. They become a little bit brownish. I don’t know if it shows up on the camera. Then, just turn over. Is that turned over? Then, you add all your little pieces. Put that all in there, and it’s ready. Almost 40 minutes in the oven, completely soft and a little bit of colour. This is when you want to take it out of the oven. I love this stuff. It’s so yummy. Very hot, but very, very good.

                              I hope you get to make this, and this is a great way of getting the kids to eat Cauliflower, or adults that are a little bit not super happy with vegetables. It’s so good. It’s so easy, as well, so few ingredients. I hope you like this video and that you will come back next week for another one. Please like and subscribe, if you want to, and have a fabulous week. See you next time. Bye.

 

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Vegan Cheese and Fermented Pumpkin

As a last hurrah for Halloween and hello Bonfire Night I’ve made a delicious Spicy Pumpkin Soup, topped with Fermented Pumpkin (HERE) and Vegan Cheese.
This is a great way to eat your
Halloween decorations now it’s all but over.
I have put all the spiders, rats, ghouls and  rapping skeletons  in their boxes and I’m left with loads of small pumpkins. (The larger carved pumpkins have been binned). The smaller ones are great for cooking.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Vegan Cheese and Fermented Pumpkin Topping

– I small pumpkin I used a harlequin Pumpkin about 450g when peeled and de-seeded.

– 1 large carrot cut into pieces

– 2 celery sticks

– 1 small red onion

– leek about 35g

– fresh ginger 10g

– 2 garlic cloves

– 2 tablespoons coconut oil

– 1 tablespoon bouillon powder

– 1/2 tablespoon curry powder

– 1/4 teaspoon cumin

– 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

– 500ml water

Topping – optional

– grated vegan cheese

– 1/2 tablespoon fermented pumpkin per person (when using the fermented pumpkin in the soup I normally don’t mix it with maple syrup as it’s not needed)

– pumpkin seeds

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pre heat the oven to 190C
2. Peel and de-seed your pumpkin.
3. Cut your pumpkin into pieces and mix with 1 tablespoon with coconut oil and let it roast for about 40 min or until soft.
4. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil to a pan and add first union and then all the other veg. When soft add the spices. Last add the roasted pumpkin.
5. Add the water and the stock powder. Let it simmer for about 5-10min.
6. Use a hand mixer and mix until smooth.
7. Serve  and top with a tablespoon of fermented pumpkin, grated vegan cheese and pumpkin seeds.

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Fermented Pumpkin – Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!
Hope you had a wonderful evening with loads of candy and mayhem.
We’ve been out for hours, I’m sure my baby Killer Clown had several kilos of sugar in his bucket.
I have incredibly creative neighbours. The decorations were absolutely amazing. It’s so fun to see the kids take over the streets with their friends. We lost some of them for a good 30min and after that I had a well deserved drink outside the my favorite pub together with the sugared-up kids and tipsy neighbours. Love it!

Did you get lots of extra pumpkins for decorations?
Why not make some lacto fermented pumpkin?

This is how:

Transcript:

Hi, everyone, hope you’re all well. Happy Halloween. I love Halloween. I love everything about it. The one thing is you end up, normally if you’re me, with a lot of pumpkins. And some of them like this big one we’re going to cut out and it’s going to be in the house and normally gets a little bit yucky after a while so we just have to throw them out. But these smaller ones like the onion ones and the harlequin one, they’re just for decoration and I’m not going to cut holes in that one.

                              So instead of just throwing it away, I’m going to make sort of a pumpkin fermented little sort of jammy type thing that you could use either ona raw pumpkin pie maybe or on pancakes or sometimes I eat it with a little bit of cheese. Vegan cheese or cow’s cheese. it works quite well with cheese or just with a meal. It has all the amazing friendly bacteria that we need in there and it’s also a bit of a fun because it’s going to stay orange. So it’s a nice sort of colour to add to everything else at the table.

                              So this is what you need. A small pumpkin. I’m using an onion pumpkin. That normally works quite well. You also need your filtered water and your salt, Himalayan Crystal Salt or ordinary sea salt. You normally mix one litre of water to 20 grammes of salt but this one I think needs a little bit more salt so I’m going to use 25 grammes of salt to one litre of water.

                              Also for the ferment I’m using a little bit of black tea, just a pinch. And one tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice mix. And if you don’t have the mix you could just make your own just mix up nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. And when the whole thing has fermented I’m going to mix it up with some maple syrup, just two tablespoons of maple syrup. But that’s optional. I think it tastes a bit nicer with it but it’s completely optional.

                              You also need a Kilner jar. So I measured up the salt and I’m going to mix that together with the filtered water. So that’s our brine that we really need to keep the pumpkin submerged under water. Now I’m  cutting up the pumpkin and I’m going to remove the skin and then I’m going to let it go through the food processor because I’m too lazy but you can just use a hand grater if you want.

                              We put it all in a mixing bowl and then I put the black tea in and the pumpkin pie spices mix and then … okay and now in a sterilised Kilner jar I’m going to start packing it. Keep it really tight. Then we need the water, the brine. Mix it really well because otherwise you might end up with too little salt. The vegetable needs to be covered by salt brine at all times and also you need to leave a little bit of room for expansion.

                              For this one I’m going to use these pebbles to keep the pumpkin submerged. Put it on the kitchen counter and after three days I would taste a little bit to see if it’s done its thing. Otherwise wait until five days, after that it should be  good. When you feel it’s all done, you can mix it up with some syrup, I do, because I use this a little bit more like a jam. Then just put it in the fridge. Make sure it’s submerged in water and you can keep it in there for a really long time.

♥L