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By Alex on 14/12/21 | Recipes

Raw Chocolate and Hazelnut Cheesecake

Looking for a gluten and dairy free dessert that tastes divine? Well, I have just the ticket! And this one makes a real showstopper. You’ll make this and wonder why you haven’t been making it for years. A new recipe for your Christmas rotation – you’re very welcome!

Prep time: 30 mins 12 hr chilling time

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

For the base

250g ground hazelnuts

10 Medjool dates, pitted

3 tbsp cacao powder

2 tbsp raisins

1 tsp vanilla paste

Pinch salt

For the filling

250g cashews, soaked in boiling water for 30 mins and

drained

120g coconut oil, melted

100g ground hazelnuts

5 tbsp maple syrup

6 tbsp cacao

1 pot cashew yoghurt

70-100ml hazelnut milk

1.5 tsp vanilla paste

Pinch of salt

Method:

  • Blend together all the base ingredients until the mixture starts to clump together, adding more dates if needed. Press into the base of an 8-inch spring-form
  • cake tin, then place in the freezer to firm up for 20 mins.
  • Make the filling by blending all ingredients together until completely smooth and creamy in a high-power blender, adding a splash more milk if needed and adjusting sweetness to taste.
  • Spoon filling over the set base and place back in the freezer to firm up overnight.
  • Remove from the cake tin 15-20 mins before serving and top with raw chocolate if desired. Decorate with chopped nuts and berries before you take to the table.
  • Enjoy!

By Alex on 23/11/21 | Recipes

One of my favourite things about the colder weather is that it signifies soup season, and soup is the easiest lunch or starters offering ever. This one is packed with delicious wintery flavours of celeriac with just a touch of nutmeg and coriander.

Celeriac is also in season right now, and it's loaded with important vitamins, such as vitamins B6, C and K, and it's a great source of fibre. Plus, it tastes delicious! 

Don't be put off by it's unusual appearance - once it's peeled and chopped, it doesn't look that different from parsnips.

INGREDIENTS

300g fresh fennel, finely chopped (including the green part)

230g celeriac, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp coriander seed

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

850ml water

1 vegetable stock cube

140g butter or 2 tbsp coconut cream

Juice of 1 lemon

salt & ground black pepper, to season

A handful fresh dill or tops of fennel, chopped, to garnish

Handful of gluten-free croutons (Optional)

METHOD

  • Fry all vegetables in oil in large pan over high heat for a few mins.
  • Add the coriander seeds and nutmeg. Stir and fry for another minute. 
  • Add water and stock cube. Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Let simmer for about 10 mins or until everything is soft. 
  • Add the butter (or coconut cream) and lemon juice, and stir.
  • Remove from the heat and use a stick blender to blend to the desired consistency.
  • Season to taste. Garnish with the fresh herbs – I often use the fennel fronds - and sprinkle with gluten-free croutons.
  • Enjoy

By Alex on 05/10/21 | Recipes

Aubergine hash

Serves 2

This delicious recipe makes a great weekend brunch option. Serve the eggs as you like them on top.

INGREDIENTS

1 sm onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

110g halloumi cheese, cut into small cubes

500g aubergine, cut into cubes

Salt and pepper, to season

2 large eggs

Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco sauce, to serve (optional)

METHOD

Fry the onion in the olive oil on a medium heat until soft.

Add the halloumi cheese and aubergine and fry until everything is golden brown. Salt and pepper to taste.

Make the eggs the way you like them and serve on top of the finished aubergine hash. Add a dash of Worcester or Tabasco sauce (optional) to finish.

By Alex on 25/09/21 | Recipes

Power Porridge

I love this recipe for when the weather starts getting cooler and you need a warming start to the day. This recipe contains fewer oats than traditional porridge recipes but has a higher content of nuts and seeds. This means that you stay fuller for longer, plus, it's better for your blood sugar balance.

MAKES 1 PORTION

Ingredients:

4 tbsp porridge oats

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp ground flaxseeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 apple grated skin on

250ml water

250ml almond milk (or milk of your choice)

Handful blackberries

1 tbsp chopped almonds

Method:

  • Add the oats, cinnamon, ground seeds and chia seeds to a pan and stir to combine

  • Grate half an apple with skin on directly into the pan

  • Add the water and milk and stir to combine

  • Heat on a moderate heat, bring to the boil and then simmer gently for approx 5 mins until cooked. Stir frequently to prevent it catching on the bottom

  • Add a bit of extra milk so it's your desired consistency

  • Add blackberries and almonds on top

By Alex on 01/09/21 | Recipes

OVEN-BAKED RATATOUILLE

This is a family favourite and a great way to use up a glut of courgettes if you have them! I tend to make multiple batches of this, as it freezes quite well and then you can bring it out a later date. It goes really nicely with chicken or white fish, or for a veggie option you can add some chickpeas or puy lentils. Yum!

Ingredients:

3 x aubergine, cut into bite-size chunks

6 x courgette (or one giant marrow of a courgette!), cut into bite-size chunks

8 x red onions, cut into 1/8s

3 x red peppers, sliced

1 bulb garlic, peeled and cloves left whole

1 jar olives

Herbes de Provence

Olive oil

Seasoning

Green beans, sliced diagonally

3 x tins chopped tomatoes

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degress celsius

  • Prepare all veg (except for green beans) and divide evenly between 3 oven trays

  • Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle Herbes de Provence liberally, and season well

  • Pop in the oven to cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent the edges catching

  • When 20 mins have elapsed, add the chopped tomatoes and the green beans

  • Return to the oven for 10 minutes

  • Voila! Simple oven-baked ratatouille ready to eat and some to be frozen for another day

By Alex on 04/06/21 | Recipes

I am a huge fan of asparagus – particularly British asparagus, you really can’t beat it! So, I am super excited that it’s currently in season! 

But did you know that as well as being completely delicious, asparagus is a real powerhouse of a veggie. Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals especially folate and vitamins A, C & K. Plus, it is a great source of both insoluble and soluble fibre making it the perfect partner for a healthy gut and good digestion.

Ingredients

4 fillets cod

1 large bunch asparagus, cut into 3-4cm pieces, tough ends removed

1 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced

½ white onion, very thinly sliced

1 lemon, very thinly sliced 

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

Seasoning to taste

Serves 4

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • On a flat oven tray, lay out a large piece of foil (larger than the tray) and line with grease-proof paper (also larger than the tray.
  • Arrange the asparagus, sliced fennel, onion, lemon and garlic along the bottom of the tray. Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste.
  • Nestle the fish fillets into the veg evenly and season.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and 1 tbsp lemon juice.
  • Wrap up the paper and foil so that the veg and fish are encased. Pop in the oven for 20 minutes. Fish should be cooked through and asparagus tender.
  • Serve with new potatoes and steamed greens.

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