"Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen "- Collect Sunday Next before Advent
Tradition has it that the Sunday before Advent is Stir Up Sunday because the collect said during the service at this time each year would remind the women in church to get cracking with their pudding. This gives it a month to sit happily in the cupboard slowly maturing ready for the big day. If you like you can make yours even further in advance, we actually had one this Christmas that we had made the year before and it was delicious. (Just make sure to feed it now and then as the alcohol helps to preserve it.)
Traditionally Christmas puddings were stirred from east to west to represent the journey of the Three Wise Men who followed that star to Bethlehem.
Harriette ﬁrst made a Christmas Pudding when she became gluten free as the shop bought just didn’t cut it and she has been making them ever since! This recipe makes 3 600ml or 1 pint puddings so why not gift one or two?
❖ 60g (2oz) each apricots/dates/prunes ﬁnely chopped
❖ 200g (8oz) each of sultanas, currents, raisins
❖ 100g (4oz) glacé cherries halved or use cranberries if you don’t like cherries.
❖ 50g (2oz) mixed peel chopped
❖ Juice and zest of one lemon
❖ 200ml (7ﬂoz) dry cider
❖ 4 tbsp each brandy and whiskey (or rum)
❖ 3tbsp blackstrap molasses
❖ 1 tbsp cocoa powder
❖ 2tsp mixed spice
❖ 1 tsp ground cinnamon
❖ 1 desert apple cored and grated
❖ 200g (8oz) Coconut oil or unsalted butter (grass fed)
❖ 150g (6oz) coconut sugar.
❖ 3 eggs beaten
❖ 75g (3oz) Gluten free SR ﬂour
❖ 100g (4oz) Gluten free breadcrumbs
❖ 75g (3oz) chopped walnuts
❖ 75g (3oz) Ground almonds
Method: Not as tricky as you think…it really is a case of chuck it together and mix!
1. Place all ingredients in list one in a bowl and mix. Cover and leave overnight or up to two days to allow the fruit to soak.
2. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C (325F/ Gas 3)
3.Lightly grease basins and line with parchment (We bought some wonderful Pudding Bowls and these make awesome gifts)
4.Cream Coconut Oil/butter and sugar together in large bowl until ﬂuffy. Add eggs (organic of course!) whisking between each one (messy otherwise!)
5. Gradually fold in the ﬂour with a metal spoon
6. Whizz up some breadcrumbs (or break by hand) using gluten free bread bought from any shop and add to mixture.
7. Then add walnuts (brain food!), almonds (packed with calcium!) and that gorgeous fruit and juices and we have ourselves a glorious Christmas Pudding!
8. Transfer to pudding bowl and cover with parchment pleated in the middle (a 1” fold) to allow for rising. Tie with a string (or if you’re super posh like us a ribbon!)
9. Place pudding bowl in a roasting dish and pour in boiling water from the kettle up to half way up the bowl.
10. Place in the oven and bake for 2 hours. You WILL NEED to top up the boiling water so check every half hour and add more as needed. When cooked, leave to cool. 11. To cook for eating, follow the same process with the water in a roasting dish but this time with a slightly higher oven temp (180/350) and only for 35 mins.
12. Don’t forget to have the matches at the ready for the ﬂaming ceremony. Transfer your pud to a suitable serving plate. Then pour over some brandy, strike with a match and watch in wonder at the fruits of your labours until the ﬂames die down. 13. Add custard, cream, brandy sauce or other favourite and ENJOY!
Thousands of pumpkins are carved every Halloween and sadly a huge amount of perfectly edible flesh ends up in the bin! So if you’re wondering what to do with your left over pumpkin flesh why not try our Spicy Pumpkin Soup?
500g of Pumpkin
2 small/medium onions
3 cloves of garlic
1tsp of chilli flakes
1tsp of ground corriander
1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock
1tsp of coconut oil for frying
1. Roughly chop Pumpkin, carrots, onions and garlic.
2. Fry onions in coconut oil until they start to soften.
3. Add the other veg and sprinkle over spices. Stir until well coated.
4. Pour over stock.
5. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20-30minutes until veg is soft. Allow to cool a little then blitz with hand held blender and then serve.
When people go gluten and dairy free, often the first thing they think is, "Oh no! I can't eat pizza!" However, this doesn't have to be the case. There is always a way to do things with a little imagination. This pizza recipe is not only gluten and dairy free, but also maize and yeast free.
The base couldn't be easier. It's basically Gram Flour (made from chickpeas) and water. Use a mug full of each, whisk together and fry in some Coconut Oil. Place into a baking tray or pizza tray if you have one.
Cover your base with chopped tomatoes or passata.
For your topping, simply fry some onions and other vegetables that you have available such as mushrooms, peppers or courgettes in a pan until soft. Then simply cover your tomato sauce with your veg and a few delicious olives. Season with some sea salt and black pepper and a good sprinkle of oregano or mixed herbs. Add some cold meats (if you prefer) and your choice of dairy free cheese. Both Sainsbury's and Tesco have a range of Dairy free cheeses to suit your palate.
Finally, pop in a medium pre-heated oven or under a grill for a minute or two to melt the cheese and serve. Simple as that! You could make this when you're super tired and have next to nothing in the house. I did! Enjoy with a crunchy salad.
The base obviously has the texture of a pancake but I have to say it tasted absolutely delicious!
The advantage of using gram flour is that it is high in magnesium, calcium and folate and B6 (making it ideal for pregnancy!) It's high fibre means that it supports energy and weight management through supporting blood glucose.
Bon appetit! x
I made these delicious coconut cakes a couple of weeks ago when I fancied a sweet treat on a Sunday afternoon. I decided to have a go with some coconut flour which I had in typical fashion, bought a couple of months ago and then forgotten about. If you haven't tried coconut flour before it's a great alternative to regular grain based flours. Unlike regular flour coconut flour is high in fibre, protein and good fats.
Benefits of Coconut Flour:
Enjoy with a lovely cup of Earl Grey and a sunny afternoon/best friend/good book. If you have a go please let us know how you get on.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of coconuts feel free to pop into the shop to find out more. We have lovely organic coconut flour, oil and sugar in stock. :)
It may sound from the name that Buckwheat is a grain, but it is actually a seed which is high in both protein and fibre. As it is a seed, it is naturally gluten and wheat free.
Benefits of eating Buckwheat?
This Buckwheat Pancake recipe is very simple and only requires two main ingredients; Buckwheat and Water!
1 tablespoon coconut oil for frying
I mug of Buckwheat flour
I mug of water
This will make about 4 or 5 pancakes depending on how big you make them.
Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy Pancake day!
FAST FOOD at it's best! Simple, tasty. Thrown together in seconds!
Tonight's dinner was one of those meals I throw together when I'm in a rush, hence I'm calling it fast food! It's also super easy to prepare and packed with goodness.
The veg are both organic:
Sweet potato cost 70p for my portion
Tender stem broccoli at 75p
The two pieces of lamb were £3 and as the lamb is grass fed it is naturally higher in Omega 3. Yay!
To prepare the chips, just peel and slice sweet potato. I used one for myself. Warm up some coconut oil in your baking tray and add chips in at around 190' (depending on oven) for half an hour or so as preferred. Part way through cooking rub your lamb chops in the hot coconut oil and sprinkle with a little sea salt, black pepper and rosemary or herb of choice.
Cook for 20 mins with your chips. Just before serving, steam broccoli for a few mins and dinner is served!
This is such a simple meal but very nourishing. The only effort involved was to peel a sweet potato. The other things just kind of get thrown in. Most ready meals take around half an hour in the oven. This meal is ready in half an hour. I know which one I prefer! And all at a cost of around £4.45. You could even put your feet up with a nice cuppa while this lot is in the oven...... or is that just me?! Enjoy x
Oooh! Sunday treats!
This super healthy rhubarb and strawberry crumble is packed with goodness.
Did you know that the humble rhubarb which is in season just now is such a nutrient dense food? High in vitamin K, and antioxidants A and C it is a delicious comfort food if ever there was one!
My crumble is of course super healthy too! Made with virgin coconut oil and coconut sugar from Coco Veda , along with high fibre ground flax and buckwheat flour it couldn't be more nutrient dense!
The ground flax and buckwheat are ideal for managing blood sugar and won't give you the spikes that regular wheat based flours do. Add to that some fabulous coconut oil which promotes good cholesterol and reduces the bad as well as supporting the immune system and....... coconut sugar which is less than half the glycemic index of regular sugar and we have a winning desert to delight everyone!
chop rhubarb into small pieces and top with sliced strawberries for sweetness.
4oz or 100g ground flax
4oz or 100g buckwheat flour
2oz or 50g coconut oil
Rub these together with fingertips to make a crumble.
Then mix in either 1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar to taste and bake in a moderate oven about 35-40 mins around 170c
Wonder if her majesty uses coconut oil yet?!
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Now here's something we haven't had in years! As a child an ice cream float was a real treat! We were just enjoying a rare afternoon in the sun and wondered if we could make a healthier version....
This one is made with fizzy water which I had to go out and buy!
The ice cream is dairy free and made from nuts! Primarily pecan and cashew nuts and maple syrup it is a divine dairy free alternative. Made without refined sugar, this is one to look out for in your health shops. Portion control is still ideal and don't worry, the price tag will ensure you don't go crazy!
For this... Simply place a desert spoon or two of Booja Booja ice cream into your glass and top up with fizzy water (slowly!) and mix with a spoon. Enjoy your creamy bubblicious treat!
The wonderful thing about stir fry is the amount of colour and phytonutrients you can get in it!
This dish has onion, celery, carrot, green beans, broccoli, courgette, red peppers, all sliced and fried in coconut oil.
Whizz up yet more colour and nutrients in the form of half a thumb size of fresh ginger, no need to peel.
Add some chilli (With or without seeds depending on how hot you like it!) and half a bulb of garlic and add this to your dish with a can of full fat coconut milk.
I stirred in some ready cooked chicken from last night's roast.
Then for yet more flavour, colour and amazing detoxifying nutrients add in a few handfuls of fresh coriander! Coriander is a joy to work with and just the aroma is sheer medicine for the soul!
Oh, and I served this with cauliflower rice which added even more nutrients!
Just whizz up some florets in your food processor, 3 or 4 per person and in 15 seconds you have rice which you can steam for five minutes. Simple!
I forgot to take a photo of the finished article as was too busy diving in! But you get the picture. Absolutely wonderful.
Something for tonight maybe...
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#choosehealth #nourishinginsights #inverurie #aberdeen #glutenfree#dairyfree #grainfree
This immune boosting winter warmer is absolutely divine! So many bugs still on the go and this is just the medicine to fight off unwanted visitors to the respiratory tract!
Simple to throw together.
Ingredients are ...
A Whole cauliflower broken into florets
Half a broccoli
A red onion
A mug and a half of red lentils
Can of full fat coconut milk
1 tsp each of cumin, coriander, turmeric and Garam masala.
Half a bulb of garlic
Thumb size piece of ginger grated
A fresh chilli with seeds
A good few grounds of fresh black pepper to activate curcumin in the turmeric!
Fry onions in coconut oil Chop veg, throw into pot. Add spices one by one. Add coconut milk and lentils and enough water to cover the veg. Cook slowly on low heat stirring often to stop lentils sticking to pan. Cook around 40 mins until lentils cooked through. The cruciferous veg will break up nicely and some bits can be left nice and chunky.
Serve as is for a warming, healing meal. Absolutely wonderful and great to make big batches for the freezer!
#nourishinginsights #nutrition #winterwarmer #lentils #vegetarian #vegan#immuneboosting #choosehealth #simple #inverurie #aberdeen
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