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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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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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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Kombucha 2nd Fermentation for Fizz and Flavour

Hi everyone.
A while back I did a post about making kambucha for beginners HERE.
This is the follow-up. how to flavour it and making it fizzy with a second fermentation.

My two favourite kombucha flavours are with lovely fresh raspberries, or plain oranges.
The kids really like these two flavours, they are uncomplicated and sweet.
If I’m brewing just for me I might get a bit more adventurous with fresh turmeric, cinnamon or even rose

When your first fermentation of your kombucha is done, and you are happy with the taste it’s time for the second fermentation.this will really make it fizzy and will also elevate the taste.

(Put your Scooby in a jar together with 1 cup of the kombucha liquid and store in the fridge until you are ready to make your next batch).

Now you can get creative with your kombucha using all sort of different flavours or play it safe like I do in this video where I use 3 peeled and sliced oranges.
Transfer your kombucha liquid into a jar with an air tight lid so the fizz don’t escape, a big kilner jar is perfect.
Leave a little bit of air at the top of the jar.
Add the oranges, close the lid and wait for 24 hours, have a taste.
Depending on how hot it is it might be ready or it might take up to 3 days before perfect.
Taste as you go along. When you feel the taste is just right then you are done.

Fish out your fruit and either transfer to glass bottles or just keep it in the jar in the fridge.
Now you have a super lovely drink that you made all by yourself and it’s so full of good probiotics that you actually made yourself. You’re taking back your power 🙂 Enjoy!.

Kombucha for beginners: HERE

How to Make Water Kefir


Hi everyone.
Water Kefir is amazing for our guts and our health in general.
It’s so easy to make your own water kefir and it contains millions of beneficial probiotic microorganisms, vitamins, minerals amino acids and live enzymes.

If there’s one thing we’re missing in this day and age, it’s good bacteria,
Antibiotics, unhealthy foods and our general western stressy life-style kills off our friendly bacteria that we so desperately need to keep ourselves in tip top form.
Brewing your own  water kefir could be helpful in  balancing the bacteria in the gut.

Kefir is mild and a little fizzy and only takes about 24 to 72 hours to brew.

You need  your water kafir grains,  you can get them online or from a friend (you will have more than you need after a couple of brews).

Mix it with white sugar, ginger, lemon juice and a handful of dried fruit.
The grains grow and metabolise the sugar and you end up with a really tasty , refreshing drink full of healthy bacteria.

I use white sugar because I think it gives the drink a smoother taste, but you can use most sugars, but stay away from honey as it’s antibacterial and can hamper the grains growth.

You can put a lid on your jar or just a cheesecloth with a string around to keep creepy crawlies out.
Leve it on your countertop for at least 24 hours, the warmer your house the quicker it goes.. Taste as you go along.

Use a wooden or plastic spoon. to taste..

When your kefir is done, strain with a plastic sieve..
The grains are ready to be used straight away or you can keep them in the fridge for a week with a little sugary water.
I use the fruits in my stews.
Transfer to bottles and keep in the fridge.

Water Kefir
Ingredients:

– Water Kefir Grains  I get mine here

– 1 litre filtered water

– 1/3 cup suger

– thin slice of ginger

– 5 apricots without sulphites

– juice from 1/2 lemon

Method:
Dissolve the sugar in the water. Add ginger, apricots, lemon juice and the kefir grains. Let it brew between 24 and 72 hours. Use 1/2 cup of the grains or a bit less to start the batch.

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Quinoa with Pomegranate, Cucumber and Parsley

Hey everyone!
My favorite grain is defiantly quinoa. I love the nutty taste and it’s also so good for us as it contains all 9 essential amino acids, loads of fibre and it’s gluten free.
Even though I quite like plain quinoa, sometimes the occasion calls for a  jazzed up version.
This elevated quinoa recipe get’s the thumbs up from kids and adults alike.
Win win.

Quinoa with Pomegranate, Cucumber and Parsley
Ingredients:

– 1 cup dry quinoa

– 1 cup frozen peas

– 150g cucumber, diced

– 80gram pomegranate seeds

– 2 tablespoons roasted/sun dried tomatoes. diced

– A handful of fresh flat parsley, chopped

– A handful of chopped fresh mint, chopped

– a lemon cut into wedges

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 1 tablespoon of vinegar

– 1 tablespoon tamari

– black pepper to taste

Method:

1. Rinse and cook the quinoa.
2. De-frost the peas.
3. Mix all the ingredients except the pomegranate and the lemon straight in the pan where you cooked your quinoa.
4. Place on a plate, sprinkle over the pomegranate and add the lemon wedges on the side.
5. Serve ( you can also put it in the fridge and take it to work the following day)

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Roasted Beetroot with Clementines and Spinach

 


Hey everyone!

If you are a regular here you will probably have noticed I eat a lot of beetroot.
I adore the sweet taste and colour and they are so full of health promoting goodness that I recommend you regularly add them to your diet.
They are a really good source of Iron so if you are not big on meat beets could be a fabulous contributor for your iron intake.
Young athletes might need a bit extra iron and so does teenage girls due to rapid growth and because of menstruation.

This gorgeous tasting beetroot dish contains  very few ingredients and demands very little effort!
My type of cooking!

I was served a variation of this dish in Sweden and l changed the recipe  to make it a bit healthier and to suit a vegan diet.


Oven Roasted Beetroot with Clementines and Spinach
Ingredients:

– 500g-600g Beetroot

– 1/4 cup Clementine juice

– 100g spinach

– 2 tablespoons maple syrup

– 2 tablespoons olive oil

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– black pepper to taste

– flax seeds for decoration
Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 225 C
2. Peal and cut up the beets and place in an oven dish with a teaspoon of coconut oil.
3. Whisk together the clementine juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper and pour over the beets.
4. Roast until tender for about 40 min.
5. Just before serving place 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a frying pan add the spinach and a pinch of salt, turn it over and immediately place on a plate/tray.
6. Arrange the beets on top of the spinach a sprinkle flax seeds on top.
Serve immediately.

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Warm Uncooked Avocado Soup

Hi everyone!
This weeks recipe is a really nourishing soup and we’re not cooking any of the ingredients but the soup is going to be served warm!
I’m keeping everything fresh and raw, all the enzymes, vitamins and minerals will be just as nature intended and I’m mixing the vegetables with hot water, making the soup warm and toasty!
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This soup serves one person and I’m using half an avocado, fennel and celery (so good for detoxing bodies). I’m adding chilies to speed up the metabolism, ginger – really good anti inflammatory and loads of greens like rocket and parsley, 1/2 a freshly squeezed lime adds zing and vitamin C.

You need a blender for this soup.  I’m using the Nutribullet, the small container works well for this soup for one.

Warm Uncooked Avocado soup
Ingredients:

-1/2 avocado

– 150g cucumber

– 1 celery stick

– 70g fennel

– 1 tablespoon flat parsley fresh

– handful of rocket

– piece of ginger

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– juice from 1/2 lime

– salt & pepper

– chilli flakes to taste

– 1/2 cup of hot water

Directions:
Add everything to a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve straight away.

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How to Make Hemp Milk

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Hi everyone!
I’m making a lot of hemp milk at the moment.
It’s hyper nutritious, so easy to do and it tastes absolutely delicious!
Hemp milk contains all the essential amino acids.
It contains potassium and is a really good source of  calcium you get your omega 3s and  omega 6s.
I’m flavouring the milk with 2 green cardamoms.

You probably already know that we are quite obsessed with cinnamon rolls  Sweden but did you know that we eat a lot of cardamom rolls as well?
Actually I prefer the cardamom buns!.
When you walk past a bakery in Sweden, a beautiful waft of cardamom spice fills the air,  so this milk evokes delightful flashbacks to lazy summer days in Stockholm both for me  and the kids.

Here I use hulled hemp seeds but ordinary non hulled hemp seeds works equally good.
You also need a nut milk bag, you can get one for a couple of quid on amazon.

Hemp Milk
Ingredients:

– 1/s cup of hemp seeds

– 1 1/2 cup water

– 2 medjool dates

– 2 green cardamom seeds

Directions: Put all the ingredients in a blender. use a nut bag to squeeze out the milk.
It will keep fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge.

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