AUTUMN HUES

November 21, 2015


Apple Crumble Tart with Salted Butterscotch Sauce
feeling autumnal? The cold's setting in and the leaves are delicately dropping from their boughs, falling in crunchy golden-orange piles upon the (almost) frosty ground. This time of year brings about visions of hot log fires, marshmallows melting, gooey and sticky, and brisk walks in the woods. But most of all, when you come home from a long day or a stroll in the fresh, crisp air, you want to indulge entirely and wholesomely in a comforting pie or tart - and that's where the classic British apple crumble takes a twist for the season.

Served with gooey, warm, butterscotch sauce and a buttery biscuit base (yes, I said it!), I can assure you that in one sitting, more than two slices each of this crumble tart will be devoured. And if you're feeling naughty, a spoonful of the butterscotch when no-one's looking is heavenly. Shh, no-one has to know!

When making the pastry, which simply melts in your mouth, lace it with citrus and vanilla, flavours that'll both warm and awaken the senses and when cooking the apples, be sure to dust over Christmassy spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The muscavado sugar in this recipe makes for a rich caramel sweetness and the oaty topping adds crunch. Well, you're in for a treat. Take a look at my recipe for a winter warmer that'll be just perfect for this weekend below.

NAA NA NA NA NAA

November 02, 2015

Nana Nice Cream

if you're anything like me and can't stand the sight and smell of a banana that's turning, then there are more ways than one you can use them for something delicious. I have always been one to enjoy a good banana bread, packed full of nuts and moisture; perfect scoffed with a cup of tea or toasted and lathered with butter. Yet, sometimes a loaf can be too heavy, too bread-y for the belly to stomach and so instead of throwing the bunch in the compost, use it for a fresh wake-up call the next morning.

For anyone who has a dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian diet, this one’s for you! A creamy, sweet and refreshing snack, dessert or breakfast delight that is quick to put together before you start your day, it's no wonder nana nice cream has become a substitute for frozen yoghurt and indulgent, rich Ben & Jerry's (though I can't deny that Friday nights in with a chick-flick pair nicely with this comforting companion). I used a Nutribullet to prepare my nice cream this morning, but a hand-held whizzer or food processor would do the job just as well. Peel your bananas as soon as they start to brown, slice them up and place in the freezer. Then, when you fancy, they’ll be ready to throw in the whizzer with a few added ingredients to start your day full of nutrients and goodness.

This is always best eaten as soon as it’s whizzed up – just add nuts, cacao nibs, chia seeds, honey, coconut, granola or any other toppings of your choice! 

GREEN MONSTER

November 01, 2015

Green Monster Smoothie

yesterday was fright night! And a day for injecting my body with a little TLC. As I crawled, zombified, from my bed, I decided that it was time for a little green monster smoothie to nourish my insides and get me back on the road to healthy eating pre-Christmas binge. Recently, kiwi and I have been best friends: sliced atop Greek yoghurt, scooped from it's hairy coat with a spoon and whizzed to a pulp in my most recent potion: a simple breakfast smoothie that'll get some goodness in you. 

I included a tablespoon of spirulina to add a burst of protein, much to my sister's disgust when she found out it was a blue-green form of pond algae. No complaints though. This went down without a grimace whatsoever. And luckily we didn't turn into pumpkins!