Cinnamon & Maca Chocolate Mousse Cups

Cinnamon & Maca Chocolate Mousse Cups

I was a shamefully late to the cinnamon and chocolate party, only this year did I learn that these two are really good friends. Now with this little nugget of chocolate wisdom I feel like the possibilities for festive recipes are endless. But I’ll start here, with Cinnamon & Maca Chocolate Mousse Cups! I love Maca, for its flavour, and also it’s benefits for our energy and our hormonal system, but it’s not for everyone and you could easily leave it out of this recipe, it would be just as tasty. These are very decedent, I’ve made them bite sized because thats really all you need.. The base is sweet, nutty with little bitter crunches from cacao nibs, and the mousse is so smooth, silky and delicious!  I love my silicon mini muffin tray for these… if you don’t have one, just be resourceful, I’m sure there is something you can press them into, you could even make it into one big Mousse Tart in a tin.. and just serve up mini slices.    Cinnamon & Maca Chocolate Mousse Cups Base Ingredients  3/4 cup almonds 1/3 cup walnuts 3/4 dates 1 Tbs coconut oil 1 Tbs Raw Cacao 1 Tbs Cacao Nibs 1/2 Tbs Maca Powder  1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 Tbs salt Mousse Ingredients  1/3 cup coconut oil (cold) 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/4 of an nice ripe avocado  1/4 cup Raw Cacao 1 Tsp Maca Powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon  pinch of salt Method: In a food processor, pulse the almonds, dates, walnuts and coconut oil until you have a crumbly texture which is sticky when pressed between finger...
Best Ever Gluten Free Mince Pies

Best Ever Gluten Free Mince Pies

  Seeing as mince pies are all about the pastry, if you’re gluten free, you likely will have had a fair few disappointing mince pies in your time. I’m actually yet to have tasted a really good shop bought mince pie that’s made with regular flour let alone one that’s gluten free.. for me they always have way too much horribly over sweet filling and dry powdery pastry. Well, I’m super excited to tell you, I think we have finally turned a corner in this long run of mince pie disappointments, so I’m delighted to share this recipe with you! This is honestly the best gluten free pastry I’ve ever eaten. I’m not even going to try to be modest. It’s crumbly and buttery (with no butter!) and not dry or powdery. Success!!! I’m really not crazy about mince pie filling to be honest, I don’t like it too sweet and syrupy and I don’t like the dried orange peal bits. I’m pretty fussy. So this year I made my own sans the alcohol and the sugar and with just fresh orange juice and a little zest. I’m really happy with how it turned out, its tastes really good! But if you know of a shop bought mincemeat that you like then go ahead and save yourself the hassle, because lets be honest its the pastry were all here for aren’t we!?   Best Ever Gluten Free Mince Pies The pastry makes 12 mince pies. The filling makes a lot more, so you can freeze what you don’t use right away. Filling ingredients. 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup sultanas...
Raw Banoffee Pie

Raw Banoffee Pie

  This Raw Banoffee Pie is definitely in the running for best raw desert I’ve ever made. Because of the yumminess mostly, as there are a few steps in the making so it can’t reeeeally claim simplicity.   Steps yes, but precision? Nooooo …and this may be what I love most about raw deserts! (even before their superior nutrition and flavour ? Maybe even!) You see, I’m pretty careless and slapdash by nature, when I add baking soda to anything I am totally whinging it.. either I’m fluking (or failing) most of the time when it comes to baking.    If your anything like me, you just want to throw some good ingredients together and it turn out yummy, right?   WELL. YOU. CAN. with raw deserts! Promise. Just a little understanding of your ingredients and some tasting as you go. I love the ‘no precision required’ kind of cooking. So I try to put recipes out there which you don’t need to be followed to the letter and which leave plenty of space for your own instinctive genius and creativity to shine through. Space for flukiness and slapdashery.. zero rigidity.. oh and adaptable for differing tastes and dietary preferences. This, I hope, is one of those. But first, a little love story. I want to tell you why I made a Raw Banoffee pie for no particular occasion, because its a kind of cute and because I’m just a little bit bursting in love these days, so any excuse for a bit of TMI!   So my new love, he really loves cake, like a LOT. He wants to...
Nasturtium pesto

Nasturtium pesto

  Pesto is one of things that without fail is 10,000 times better made fresh that it is from a jar.. you cant beat the intensity of those fresh flavours!!! And you cant really go wrong – any combination of basel, rocket, spinach, kale, wild garlic, coriander.. plus olive oil, lemon, garlic, nuts  and you’re winning! You could add some nutritional yeast flakes for a dairy free cheesy taste. So 3 things happened that brought me to making a pesto with nasturtium leafs. Firstly nasturtiums spread like wildfire through my garden, I planted 3 small seedling in the spring and no joke, I have a grown a carpet! Then, my old school cook (and much appreciated follower of my Facebook page) Grandma Benson, told me that you can eat the leaf’s of Nasturtiums! Pretty obvious really, but I never thought of it before, so I was excited to try making something tasty with them. And thennnn.. I needed to come up with a simple recipe from my garden to prepare for a shoot I was asked to do, for a series coming up on health and fitness in Bristol (more on that exciting stuff soon!!!) and seeing as I had an overgrown courgette just begging to be picked and spiralized, zoodles (zucchini noodles) with nasturtium pesto seemed like the obvious Solution! I love the feeling of creativity  and resourcefulness that comes with making something out of nothing. You know, when your ‘fridge scraps supper’ turns out to be the best thing you ate all week? I feel the same about using the whole plant, the bits that often get...
Chai spiced Apricot Muffin ~ gluten free & vegan

Chai spiced Apricot Muffin ~ gluten free & vegan

  I cant remember what inspired me to make chai spiced apricot muffins.. but I’ve made it 3 times now so I’m pretty certain its a winner! Baking without gluten, eggs or refined sugar always present a little more of a challenge, and so it’s very satisfying when you create something that ticks all those boxes AND is super tasty! I have nothing against consciously raised eggs, I just don’t tolerate them well.. but if you do, by all means throw one in the mix and see what happens! You could also try patting/rolling into a bun shape rather than a muffin, and bake on baking paper, they do have more of a crumbly texture of a dense sweet bun.. or something!  I’ve been eating these for breakfast with a little goats butter (my biggest vice!)… They are very filling because they are packed with almonds, oats and chia seeds.. they have a nice amount of protein from the almonds and coconut flour as well as healthy whole carbs from the oats, and lots of gut friendly soluble fibre. They would also make a good pre workout snack. Today is actually the first day of a 9 day colon cleanse I am embarking on, so Im kind of resenting myself for choosing today to post this, looking at these pictures is actually making my mouth salivate painfully.. and its only day 1!! *sigh ….as soon as I finish this cleanse I’ll be making a 4th batch!   It’s all about that sticky sweet apricot glaze..   I hope you will enjoy theses little golden apricot treats, they are packed...
Herby Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut

Herby Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut

Ive been forbidden from calling this a Tabouleh …probably rightly so, because it isn’t at all really, although it would have made a better title, I thinking on ‘Butternut Quinoa Tabouleh’..?  Clearly I’m not a traditionalist with recipes, maybe it comes from personally having, and working with people with food intolerances, and so always coming up with ways of not missing out on all the yummy stuff! So for those of us can’t eat wheat or tomatoes, or both, this ‘Tebouleh’ is for you! The other day my sweet friend Ariadne over at  Ariadne Kapsali  tagged me in a pic of her tabouleh ingredients and it reminded me that I’ve wanted to post my own version for ages now, as well as giving me a huge a quinoa craving! I’m so delighted with how this turned out, fresh herbs, sweet butternut, crunchy cucumber and of course earthy quinoa, perfect for a summer lunch or light dinner.. maybe with a little crumbly organic cheese if you are so inclined. I also added some garlicky ‘massaged’ kale (this just means chop the kale up small and cover with olive oil, lemon, salt and garlic and then kind of rub it a bit and it goes all soft and delicious!) **As I love to take every opportunity to harness the healing powers of herbs and spices in my food, whenever I roast butternut or other squashes I add a sprinklings of turmeric, along with black pepper which aids the absorption of the turmeric. So this is optional, but turmeric has such a mild flavour its all but lost in here with all the...
Miki’s Fully Loaded Miso Soup

Miki’s Fully Loaded Miso Soup

  I ate a lot of miso soup as a child. I was very lucky because from the age of five, Miki lived with us for at least half the year, every year, for most of my childhood. Miki came from Japan to study at the language school in Totnes, but she fell in love with England and it became her second home, so luckily for us she just kept coming. I LOVE this women. Miki is the most genuine, kind, gentle, graceful and beautiful in every sense of the word, women that I think I’ve ever known..  She would always arrive with the biggest suitcase you’ve ever seen in your life and it was so exciting to watch her open it because there was always presents from Japan for me and by brother…. and of course she made amazing Japanese food which is still my favourite cuisine. So there was a lot of Miso soup at home, and it became something my mum would make (when Miki wasn’t there to make it) as a comforting food, or a ‘lazy’ food, and it still has those kind of nostalgic feels for me now. It’s a cold rainy day food, a recovery from illness food.. and an ‘I cant be bothered to wash up more than one pot but still want to eat something yummy’ food. So this is Miki’s recipe how I remember it, except maybe I added the courgette because Ollie and I love courgette in everything. Miso soup is often thought of as a starter or a side dish to a meal, but I like to load...
Strawberry and Victoria Plum Lucuma Crisp

Strawberry and Victoria Plum Lucuma Crisp

Summer may well be over, but there is still such an abundance of fresh local strawberries and juicy plums around that I feel I can get away with posting this somewhat summery fruity crisp on the blog.   I have been pretty absent from the blog and my newsletter the last couple of months. All I can say is, the summer holidays took hold and my laptop lost allllll its appeal. My boy and I needed both some adventure and relaxation in the sunshine, and its done us both the world of good! I can highly recommend, for the wellbeing of everyone, whether in a family or solo, to step away and recharge when the feeling takes you.   That being said, there was Strawberry and Victoria Plum Lucuma Crisp the other day, and she deserves to be shared.   Why Lucuma?   I love using this naturally sweet superfood to sweeten my crumble topping because it adds such a delicious, unique biscuity flavour as well as making the whole thing more nutritious. Lucuma is great source of Vitamin C and B vitamins and well as antioxidants. It adds sweetness while remaining low glycemic, so won’t spike blood sugar the way that other sweeteners do. (granted the recipe still has coconut sugar and tons of fruit in but only 2 Tbs in the whole recipe, using lucuma means we can use less sugar and still satisfy our sweet tooth! This whole pudding is actually bursting with vitamin C and protective bioflavinoid antioxidants not only from the lucuma but the plums and strawberries too. Bioflavonoids have been shown to help...
Rhubarb Banana Cake – Gluten free & Vegan.

Rhubarb Banana Cake – Gluten free & Vegan.

I SO love Rhubarb. Actually, I have a deeply nostalgic love for all tart fruit, especially berries. I think it comes from spending years as a little girl playing among gooseberry, red current and blackcurrent bushes in my neighbours garden, collecting snails for the chickens and ‘helping’ with the gardening (read: sneaking the under ripe – but irresistible for small fingers – almost painfully astringent sour berries). And then the joy of crumble after we finally gathered bags and bags full and filled the freezer. These were special years which I know have had huge influence in shaping my journey with food. Thank you Katherine, Daverick and Orion for sharing your garden with me.   In my own garden cooking up a storm with my brother.   Back to the Rhubarb. These delicate, pink stems were calling out to be celebrated – with cake! I found an incredible rhubarb cake on Dagmas Kitchen.  Dagma’s recipes, food styling and photography is Oh So dreamy and inspiring. If you can tolerate eggs, do make her cake. As yummy as mine is, everything is better with eggs, lets face it! Unfortunately, my body doesn’t seem too happy when I eat eggs, and I know many of you can’t or choose not to eat eggs, so I’ve made my own egg-less version which I’m thrilled to share with you today. I made this cake twice, the first time it was too dense and wet, but still SO yummy that we ate it all and I knew I had to try again. The second time, moist yet crumbly, sweet with banana but tart on...
Budding Nutritionist? : 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Nutritionist

Budding Nutritionist? : 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Nutritionist

It was in a classic light bulb moment that I knew I was going to become a nutritionist. I suddenly saw something that had been staring me in the face for the first time, with sparkling new eyes.  My kitchen ..my bookshelf ..the conversations I had ..where I spent my money (ehem, Greenlife!) ..the way I had been parenting for the last 3 years ..the programmes I watched …it was already my life! Nutrition was so close to home it hadn’t occurred to me to make it into my career.  I still feel incredibly thankful for the moment that set me on this path.. Since then, I have learned A LOT. So today, for any of you considering a career in nutrition, or any other modality in the realm of health and wellness, I want to share with you five lessons I wish someone (like seriously wished) had passed onto me when I began this journey, which has been equal parts extraordinary and challenging at times.   Here it goes… 1. You might be the biggest nutrition nerd, but if you’re clueless about business, you’re not going to earn a living. Taking a course to become a nutritionist is a big investment of money, time and energy. But like anything, if it is your passion and your work in the world, it is worth every penny (plus every long night of last minute revision!). And, if you love something, you’re going to be good at it, right? What I have learnt though, is that it’s not enough. Sorry to burst your bubble! You can have a brain full of...