Monday, 27 October 2014

A Lazy Sunday&Love Food Festival

So On Sunday T and I hopped along to Love Food Festival which was at The Paintworks in Bristol. It wasn't a planned thing, we were having one of those lazy Sundays, the kind where I got up, baked brownies and soda bread and then got back into bed with T and we drank coffee and smoked cigarettes until 1pm. 

I happened to see it mentioned on Twitter so we decided to take a stroll on down. It took us around 30 minutes to walk there, our legs moved slowly as we chatted and laughed and pointed at the river and birds and dogs.


Unfortunately it wasn't a very vegan friendly festival, but I enjoyed it all the same. T bought some kind of organic smoked cheese and I bought my mum a bottle of elderflower champagne.


Then our hearts jumped when we saw a stall selling wonderful chutneys...it is safe to say that T and I LOVE chutneys. So we decided on a red onion chutney, which tastes UNBELIEVABLE. It's like, a jar of caramelized onions. Yes, there did come a point yesterday when I had a spoon in the jar.


But the best thing was the table heaving with loaves of bread...sourdough, focaccia and pizza breads....DROOL.
So we opted for two loaves of sourdough, one white one granary. 
Then we went home, sliced up onions, tomatoes, capers and spinach and made a thousand sandwiches and ate them all.


I'd forgotten the power of a good sandwich. 

x




Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Vegan Kind



So last Thursday this gorgeous little box landed in my post! And yes, I am not ashamed to admit that most of the contents have already been scoffed...look at the packet of chocolate raspberries...I couldn't even wait until I'd taken a photo before tearing them open and gobbling half.

If you've not heard about The Vegan Kind, they're a wonderful monthly lifestyle/beauty subscription box for us vegans (and everyone else too!) Each month you get a great selection of vegan products, from tasty treats to cosmetics and cleaning supplies. 
They currently have two types of box; a monthly lifestyle box (this is the one I received) and the beauty box which is every 3 months.

If you are new to the vegan world then this is a great way to test out lots of different products to find out which ones you love. Becoming vegan can sometimes feel daunting, and if you're unsure which companies are cruelty free or which brands are vegan friendly, be it food or other products, I would definitely recommend The Vegan Kind.
If however you're like me, and you have been vegan for a while now and are well informed about vegan products, then this is still a great way to try out new products that are coming onto the market that you might not have heard about. I can sometimes get stuck in a routine of always buying the same stuff, I do my food shop and come back with the same type of vegan this or that. But having a bunch of new produce landing in your life every month shakes things up a bit, and it's exciting! It's like a big present, full of goodies for you to 'ooh' and 'ahh' over. 
You also get a lovely little recipe card in each box, and I don't know about you, but I am always welcoming new vegan recipes into my kitchen.


Inside this box I received;
Angelic Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies
These were very tasty, as a keen baker I never usually buy cookies, I always bake them, so I didn't know how I was going to get on with them. But since they were gluten free as well, they were surprisingly moreish. Although I would call them biscuits, rather than cookies, because of their crunchy texture. 

Howdah Onion Bhajis
Ooooooh well these were rather gorgeous. They reminded me of a bhaji flavoured wotsit. Me and T devoured them in about 30 seconds.

Premae Skincare Triumph Creme Balm
Soft and buttery with a lovely gentle fragrance. Not greasy or slimy.  

Landgarten Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Raspberries 
These were my favourite in the box! A really simple idea but sooo amazing and tastes SO GOOD. Just a little raspberry...smothered in dark chocolate....bite sized pieces of heaven.

Nom Organic Oat Bar 
Again, if I'm craving a flapjack-y thing, I'd just whip up a batch. So I have to admit I didn't get round to trying this one until yesterday. I left it in my bag thinking I'd probably get hungry one day when I'm out and about and low and behold I did! I was shopping you see, for Halloween party supplies, which can really take it out of a girl. It wasn't what I was expecting at all, it was soft and crumbly and sweet and soooo not like some other brands where they're all dry and tasteless. This is one I'll definitely buy again, they'd be good for taking to festivals or on long train trips.

I hope you all go and check out The Vegan Kind, they really are wonderful, and I love that 10p from every box goes to they chosen animal charity of the month.


Happy eating! x







Tuesday, 14 October 2014

On Toast...


Sometimes, all you want is a piece of toast...

Rosemary Soda Bread


Chickpea Scramble


Avocado and Chickpea Mash with Roasted Tomatoes and Capers

In my humble opinion, toast is a wonderful thing, warm and comforting, quick and easy, delicious and satisfying and just damn good food.
For me, toast reminds me of lazy Sundays, the mornings baking filling the flat with a wonderful smell. Of the day after the night before, devouring piece after piece to soothe fuzzy heads. Of weekends at my parents, fat slices smothered in peanut butter and dunked in hot coffee.

What are your favourite toppings for toast?

x








Monday, 13 October 2014

I Can Be Happy


Life lately has been...busy. City life can sometimes become overwhelming for this country girl, I start craving the green fields and starry skies of my home village. So after a week of rainy mornings walking to work and tired evenings with hot soup to keep the cold away, me and T caught the train back to the country and spent the weekend in The Forest with my parents at their house.


We stayed up late on Friday night talking and drinking, my brother left for Spain on the Saturday morning so it was wonderful to spend some quality time all together.
I woke early in the morning, T slept gently next to me as I lay in my old room, the glow in the dark stars still covering the ceiling. I could hear mum making coffee downstairs so slid out of the bed as quietly as I could, pulled on an old jumper and tiptoed into the kitchen.
After the first pot of coffee had been drunk dad had woken up and put on another pot. We chatted quietly, easing ourselves into the pale morning, letting the sun warm up before me and mum took the doggies for a long walk. We ambled up and over muddy fields, down through streams and kicked our way through the pretty fallen leaves. Autumn is my favourite time of year and I felt so happy being completely immersed in it. 
My skin felt drenched in winter sunlight, my eyes teary and nose red from the cold air. I breathed it in as deep as I could, great big gulps of damp, Auntumn air that filled my lungs and tasted of wet earth.


When we returned home almost two hours later I woke T with coffee and the promise of a pub lunch. I showered quickly, scrubbing the dirt from my skin and beneath my finger nails, noticing that this made me sad, like I was somehow washing away the last traces of magic.
Lunch was eaten in a tiny little pub with sloping walls and wonky floors. We ate big plates of bread and olives, followed by alcohol and cigarettes.
I baked cake in the afternoon, whilst my parents dozed and T read the paper. The rain was falling hard but baking in the warm kitchen transported me away from the wind and the wet. T and I had had just enough time to pick the last of the raspberries and blackberries from the garden, and I stirred them into the sweet vanilla batter along with chocolate and hazelnuts. 
 T and I caught the train back late Saturday night, my head felt fuzzy and tired, my limbs were heavy and I had a sadness that settled over me like a fine layer of dust. I am always sad to leave The Forest. 
Yet since being back in our little nest I have cheered up and wanted to share with you the cake I baked on the weekend. It's a sweet little cake, so simple and can be adapted for whatever fruit or berries you may have found. I made quite a large, deep cake, about a 7" deep, loose bottomed cake pan. But you can always half the recipe for a smaller cake.

For the basic Sponge you'll need...

12 oz Plain flour
5 oz Vegan butter
4 oz Golden caster sugar
5 tsp Baking powder 
1/2 Pint of plant milk
2 tbsp Maple syrup
Splash of vanilla extract
1 tsp Lemon zest
Small pinch of salt

For the Crumble topping you'll need...

1 oz Vegan butter
2 oz Plain flour
Sugar to taste
Handful of bashed hazelnuts 

The yummy bits...

I added a big handful of freshly picked blackberries and raspberries into the sponge batter, along with some chopped dark chocolate (about 60g...would have been 100g bar but some of it got, um, eaten.)

So firstly, use your favourite wooden spoon to cream the sugar and vegan butter together along with the syrup.
Then add in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.
Sift the flour into another bowl along with the salt and baking powder.
Now add a little of the milk to the batter, then a little flour, then a little milk, then a little flour...until all the milk and flour have been incorporated and you have a wonderfully smooth batter.
Now add the berries and chocolate and give it a stir, the colours are beautiful!

For the Crumble, use the tips of your fingers to rub the flour into the vegan butter until it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Then add in enough sugar so it's as sweet as you like it.
Pop some hazelnuts into a bag or under a tea towel and use a rolling pin to bash them up!
Stir them into the crumble mixture.

Spoon the cake batter into your tin, sprinkling the crumble on top.

Bake at 180 c for about 45 mins to an hour, until a knife comes out almost clean when inserted into the cake. (Mine still had a few crumbs on it as I wanted it to be gooey, perfect with hot custard or coconut cream!)


This cake above was what gave me the inspiration for the one I baked on the weekend. Whilst I was at my parents in September, the end of summer was approaching and the trees in the garden were groaning with plump, shiny red apples. I brought a load of them back with me to Bristol, along with a big bag of blackberries. 
I made a beauty of a cake, Apple, Blackberry and Almond Crumble Cake. 



I made this cake slightly smaller, as it was just for me and T. I used a 6" deep, loose bottomed cake pan.

For the Sponge you'll need...

6 oz Plain flour 
2 oz Golden caster sugar
1 tbsp Maple syrup/Agave syrup
3 tsp Baking powder
2 1/2 oz Apple sauce - I made my own with just 2-3 apples, chopped and stewed with a little water and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon until mushy
1 tbsp Oil - coconut/olive/sunflower
1/4 Pint plant milk
Splash of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1 tsp Lemon zest
1/2 tsp Ground ginger
5 oz Blackberries

For the Crumble you'll need...

1 oz Vegan butter
2 oz Plain flour
1/2 tsp Ground ginger
1 oz Brown sugar - or to taste
Handful flaked almonds

Simply mix the apple sauce with the oil, sugar and syrup.
Then add the vanilla and lemon zest.
In another bowl sift the flour, baking powder, salt and ground ginger together.
Add a little of the milk, then a little of the flour to the apple mixture and keep adding it little by little until you have a glorious, smooth batter.
Stir in most of the blackberries, leaving a small handful aside.
Peel and core a small apple, then slice it thinly and set aside.
Pour or spoon the mixture into the tin and level the top. Then place a layer of sliced apple on top along with the leftover blackberries. 
Now sprinkle the crumble over the top.

Bake at 180c for about 30 mins, or until a knife comes out mostly clean.


I hope you've enjoyed these two little recipes, simple they are but sometimes it's the simple, homely recipes that are the best. I love strange and wonderful recipes with stranger ingredients and flavours, but sometimes, it's the recipes that I can make whilst chatting to my family and friends in the kitchen that I enjoy the most. The recipes that you can make without having to run out to the shops, the recipes where you know as long as you have vanilla extract in the cupboards and berries in the garden you're good to go. I find that these are the recipes that soothe my soul, ease my worried mind and calm my knotted stomach.

Much love and happy baking! x
















Saturday, 6 September 2014

Liebster Award

So last week, whilst at work feeling miserable because I'd spent the last half hour with my arms elbow deep in dirty, greasy water washing up, I popped out for a cheeky cigarette and what did I see? Only a lovely little comment from the wonderful Sian from The Cheeky Vegan !

The Cheeky Vegan is a great blog, always so many recipes to drool over. I'm a fan of all of Sians recipes, but I love her slightly more simple recipes the most. Her Bread and Garlic is a beautifully quiet dish, a recipe made for Sundays, when you've been for a long walk through the fields. I also share her views on onions! "Onions are the centre of the culinary universe" 
These delights are made to be gobbled and to not care that the oil and garlic are dripping down your chin and getting under your fingernails.

I think The Liebster Award is a lovely way of getting to know other bloggers and also helping to spread the word of a good blog to read. 
Here is a list of things the award needs me to do...
1) Thank the wonderful person who nominated little old me-click on the link to check out her blog!
2)Answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated me
3)List 11 random facts about myself
3)Nominate other bloggers whose blogs I love to read
4)Write 11 questions for the other bloggers to answer
5) Let each of the nominated bloggers know they have been nominated

Now for the questions!

What made you decide to start a blog?

I have a habit of talking to myself, something that I have inherited from my wonderful, if slightly mad mother. A blog seemed a good way to get all of the stuff that rattles round my head out into the world, without resulting to talking to the stray cat. Who knew that baking would start to consume my world and therefore my blog? :)

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Well, as a child I think I would have been perfectly happy spending my days wherever the wild things were. I wanted adventure and talking animals...so naturally I wanted to be a pirate.

What is your earliest memory?

It's very foggy, but I can remember being in the bungalow my parents and I used to live in before we moved. My dad was telling an animated story, waving his arms around and laughing. My mum was sat on the sofa laughing really really loudly, the kind of laughing where you hold your stomach and tears fall down your cheeks. It's a happy memory and I'm glad I remember it.

If you could jump on a plane and fly anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Buenos Aires in Argentina, because my boyfriend T went there once and loved it so much he said it was his favourite city in the world, and the way he describes it, it sounds magical, so I would love to see it someday.

Which three foods/ingredients could you never live without?

Chickpeas. They amaze me because there is no end of things you can do with them. Chickpea flour omelette, falafel, hummus...eat them straight from the can with a sprinkle of salt...need I go on?
Chocolate. A bit predictable? Maybe...but then I don't really care as long as I've got my box of vegan dark chocolate truffles to scoff. Dark chocolate is my favourite, that bitter sweet glorious food of the gods. I love eating it for breakfast on Christmas morning, I love baking with it, watching it melt into cakes, making them glossy, I love having it in my pocket to munch on when I'm walking with mum and the doggies, on cold Autumn afternoons when you can see your breath hang in the air as you breath. 
Coconut milk. I use it in pretty much everything; soups, cakes, breads and smoothies. It makes recipes richer, more indulgent and above all it's the base to my Rum Coconut Caramel which is damn well tasty! 

Have you had any big kitchen disasters that you can share?

I once tried to make chocolate croissants...'Once' being the appropriate word. I was very young and foolish and thought I could just whip up a batch without even so what as glancing at a recipe book...yeahhhh. Lets just say it involved shortcrust pastry, a moment when I forgot to add any sugar and my dad saying 'it's a bit like eating a savoury pasty but with chocolate inside'...lets leave it there shall we?

If you had one opportunity to time travel, which time period would you go to?

Maybe the 1920's, I'd dance in fantastic dresses and drink too much alcohol, I'd have a short pixie haircut and be best friends with Gatsby and life would be totally fabulous dahling.
Or possibly the 1940's, just for the night, so I could paint a stocking line down the back on my legs, curl my hair and go dancing with an American soldier. 

If you could be a member of a TV sitcom family, which one would you pick?

I'm not sure if it's technically a sitcom, but I loved the TV show Spaced, I know they're not all related, but they're all friends that live in the same block of flats, so kind of like a family and they're all pretty crazy and amazing.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

I want to say Zooey Deschanel. Not because I look anything like her (well, we have a similar fringe!) but because she's god damn amazing. And the whole quirky thing, people tell me I'm a bit strange.
Or maybe Zoe Kazan, because she was wonderful in the film Ruby Sparks, again, quite quirky and a bit of an oddball.

If you could un-invent one thing, what would it be?

Guns, weapons, anything designed to hurt people. That might sound naive or child like, but If I could I'd love to believe that people are all born with a good soul, and that maybe if there was nothing to fight with, then maybe they wouldn't fight.

What is one thing you always wanted as a child but never got?

Every time I came across a wishing well or had a birthday cake or lost an eyelash, I always made the same wish; to be able to fly like a bird. I remember telling my mum that my wishes never came true and after asking me what they were I told her. She gave me a hug and ruffled my hair, 'my silly girl' she laughed. Years later when we went to Greece I remember her nudging me as we were sat on the plane and saying 'look millie, we're flying!"


Ok, so here are 11 completely random and bizarre facts about moi

  • I have the words 'Blue Skies' tattooed along the inside of my middle finger on my left hand.
  • I can't whistle.
  • I eat spinach with pretty much every meal.
  • When I'm all growed up me and T want a dog, cat and rabbit called Claude, Jam and Gatsby.
  • Candyfloss is one of my all time favourite things to eat, but I only eat it when I'm at the seaside or fair, because it tastes better with salty air and carousels.
  • The carousel is my favourite ride.
  • I love Autumn the most, when the air has a bite to it, the leaves spiral around my feet and the promise of Christmas is all around.
  • I cry a lot, I cry when I'm happy, sad, excited, nervous, angry. And when I cry I am not one of those girls that looks pretty or delicate, I cry big loud sobs with lots of tears, snot and hiccups.
  • When I eat broad beans I only eat the middle part and leave the skins.
  • I grew up in the country, with roaming fields, streams deep enough to swim in and and secret woods. I now live in Bristol and although I love it, I do miss the countryside everyday.
  • I am very much like my mother, and I am very happy about that.


I nominate these wonderful people...

Clem from The Vegan Cookie Fairy is a beautiful lady with a beautiful blog, lots of sugar to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Taylor from Gluten Away isn't a strictly vegan blog, but he has some great vegan recipes and all of them are also gluten free, so great for those with sensitive tummies! Plus, there's lots of information on gluten and how to eat gluten free, and he's such a little cutie!

Jenni from Raw Shakti is one of the most amazing people I have ever met and I am lucky and blessed to call her a friend. Her blog is fairly new but contains amazing, simple recipes for raw food everyone can enjoy. Every time I read one of her posts I feel like going and sitting in a field of wild flowers, soaking up the sunshine whilst eating raw vegan cheesecake.

Jade from Jade Green Vegan is lovely, an animal lover and great blogger. Her lifestyle blog is great for finding random vegan dishes is big non-vegan places. Thanks to her I know I can even eat at Nandos if I want to!

Lisa from We Don't Eat Anything With A Face is a vegetarian mum with some great recipes. Although she's not vegan lots of her recipes come with vegan alterations. I love her warm, chatty and friendly posts!

So here's my 11 questions to my nominees:

  • When did food start becoming more than just food, and start becoming something you were excited about so much you wanted to rant and rave about it? 
  • If in an alternative universe you were a child raised by animals, which type of animal would you want to grow up with and learn from?
  • What is your favourite quote?
  • Have you ever gone out to a restaurant and only eaten dessert?! 
  • Favoutite kind of potato...sweet or white? Baked, mashed, fried, boiled, roasted, chips, fries, curly, crinkled, waffles, hash browns...?
  • Did you have any pets when you were growing up? If so then what were their names?
  • Do you have any food or meals/snacks that you personally associate with certain occasions? (Simple example - mince pies at Christmas).
  • What is your favourite time of day? Are you an early birdie or a late night owl?
  • If you could go back in time and re-live one moment, but only to re-live it, not change it, what moment would that be?
  • What snack food or meal do you wish grew on trees?
  • What's your favourite song to dance to?
Thanks for reading, hope you've enjoyed finding out a little bit more about me!
Mucho love! x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

You Got A Heart Of Stone, My Little Cherry Pie

APOLOGIES APOLOGIES APOLOGIES FOR THE QUALITY OF THESE PHOTOS! - my camera decided to stop working THE MOMENT I began baking...what is a girl to do?! I thought about keeping this recipe from you until I got a chance to bake it again and take some good photos but then...well, you see this glorious little cherry pie is not made for waiting, after T and I gobbled the entire thing last night (not our fault - the pie combined with the fact that we were watching a program about chocolate making meant we were powerless to stop the inevitable) I realised that to withhold this recipe from you would be beyond cruel. *


So be a sweetheart and pop the kettle on, whilst I give a little moan about why you haven't seen my face around these parts for a while...
You see, I have a part time job now, and it's not all that great because it's a sandwich shop and they sell cold meats. Yeah, not very much fun for a vegan girl to be handling cut up pieces of flesh....
When I took the job I thought it would be OK, told myself I'd just have to grit my teeth and get on with it. But it's hard, especially when I have to serve the customers with a great big fake smile plastered across my face as they ask me what type of chicken I would recommend. 
Before working there I'd never been around meat, never eaten it, never bought it, never even looked at it up close. Why would I? I grew up in a vegetarian house and I was vegan before I moved out. I think I can count the number of times I've walked down the meat isle in the supermarket on one hand. And even those accidental times I kept my head down, not wanting to see the plastic packets containing squished, pink and brown flesh that once belonged to something that had a beating heart. 
On my first day at this job I had to keep asking my work colleague to point to what the customer wanted, since I didn't know what any of the meats looked like. After the day was over I felt like I could smell the grease and blood on my skin and when I got home I showered twice.
 I've been there a month now, and it hasn't got easier. They sell some kind of beef and I gag every time I have to pick a slice up. When I had to bring the box of chicken pieces down to the counter I fought back tears as thoughts of my mums chickens that roam free around the garden flooded my mind.
I hated myself. I felt like such a hypocrite, standing there serving 4 different types of chicken when just the other day I was cuddling mums chickens at home. If anyone tried to hurt them I'd protect them like the family that they are, yet here I am, working in a job where I put animals into sandwiches. 

 Now I'm not an idiot, I know that by simply working there I am not contributing to animal suffering, if I wasn't serving meat sandwiches then somebody else would be. But I am not at peace with myself. I do not want to be a part of this, and I hate the fact that I have allowed myself to take a job I not only hate but that brings me self loathing, all because 'I needed a job'.
I feel like I owe an apology, although I don't know who to. Maybe to myself for not standing tall enough and becoming a bit lost.

So that's why I made this cherry pie, to comfort and remind myself that there is still so much good in this world, so much to be thankful and grateful for and so much to create without any need for anything to suffer.

I am currently looking and applying for new jobs, so wish me luck!


It makes me happy to share this little recipe with you, it's  very simple, warm and cosy and you can play around with the ingredients and really make it your own.

My Little Cherry Pie

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

For the pastry crust-

3 oz Vegan butter
6 oz Plain flour
2-3 tbsp Brown sugar
1 oz Ground almonds
A little splash of soya/almond/coconut milk for glazing

For the filling-

11 oz/300g (approx) Ripe, juicy cherries
Shot of dark rum
1-2 tbsp Brown sugar - 1 tsp extra for sprinkling
1 oz Ground almonds
2 oz Dark chocolate
1 oz Flaked almonds - plus extra for sprinkling


Firstly, make the pastry.
This is a shortcrust pastry, so pop the butter and flour into your favourite mixing bowl and with cold hands, rub the butter into the flour until it looks like bread crumbs.

Now, add in the sugar and ground almonds - you can taste a tiny bit to make sure it's sweet enough for you!

Now add cold water, a tbsp at a time. You should only need a very small amount of water, remember you want the pastry to hold together in a ball, but for it still to be quite dry and a little bit crumbly. It is a little bit harder to work with, but the dryer the pastry the more flaky and crumbly sweet it will be once baked.
Now wrap the dough in clingfilm and let it chill out in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

Now you can prepare the filling!
Cut the stones out of the cherries, or if you've got a fancy olive pitter you can use that.

Cut the cherries in half and pop them into a small bowl.
Add the sugar, ground almonds, flaked almonds and rum to the bowl and stir to make sure the cherries are all coated in the sugary mixture.

Now break up your chocolate into small chunks and stir them into the cherries. (If you LOVE cherry bakewells and you have any almond extract you can add a few drops now to make the almond flavour more intense.)

Once your pastry is chilled...
Roll it out onto a floured surface and then transfer it onto a baking tray.

Spoon the cherry mixture into the centre on the pastry circle, leaving a ring of uncovered pastry around the edge. 
Now grab the sides of the pastry and fold it into the centre, as if you were trying to wrap the cherries up in a parcel - but leave the middle uncovered.

It depends on how thickly you rolled your pastry, as to how much of the cherry filling will be on show, but that's the great thing about Galettes, they're meant to be rustic and wonky!

Now brush the pastry lightly with your milk of choice and sprinkle on a few extra flaked almonds and a tiny bit of sugar.

Bake at 200 c until the pastry looks golden brown and the cherries have started to bubble and go juicy and the chocolate is gooey and melting everywhere....mmmmmm.




Happy baking! x

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Mmmm...Mocha Porridge Oats





A simple little breakfast for when you're craving something naughty and sweet, for those mornings when you really want to grab a slice of cake to eat en route with your coffee...

Or maybe it's 11am and you've just got back from a work out and you sugar levels are low and you're HUNGRY...

Or perhaps it's a Sunday morning and the chocolate bar hidden away in the back of the cupboard ready to bake brownies later is already calling to you...


Porridge will always have a special place in my heart, its warming, comforting taste transports me back to when I was little. In the winter mum would cook it for breakfast every morning and me and my younger brother would sit at the big wooden table and eat it whilst it was still too hot.
I still think my mum can make the best porridge, I think her secret is that she has magic powers. That, and the fact that she keeps the recipe simple, just oats, water, coconut milk and salt. And she leaves it to bubble away in the pan for ages so that it becomes so thick and gooey she can hardly ladle it into the bowls. 

This recipe is still oh so simple, but with a caffeine and cocoa twist. The coffee adds the punch to wake you up whilst the cocoa makes you feel all warm and cosy. The dates create a syrupy sweetness that makes this bowl of porridge remind me of a Hot Caramel Mocha from Starbucks.


Ingredients

Serves 2

2 oz Oats - use gluten free if you wish!
1 oz Dates - chopped
Good pinch of salt
1 tsp Espresso powder
1-2 tsp Cocoa powder

3 fl oz Coconut milk - halved
4 fl oz Water
2 fl oz Freshly brewed coffee

Optional extras -
Flaked almonds
Dried coconut
Raisins
Chocolate chips
Chopped toasted walnuts
Maple syrup
Chopped banana

All you need to do is...

Pop the oats, dates, salt, espresso powder and cocoa into a saucepan and add the water, coffee and half of the coconut milk.
Simmer on a low heat until the oats become thick and creamy and the dates have 'melted' into the porridge.
Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining coconut milk - if you like your porridge really thick then you might not want to add the remaining coconut milk.

Eat and enjoy!




Happy Eating! x