Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ginger-nut granola

I love food.

Buying it. Growing it. Cooking it. And of course eating it! Most of our meals are cooked from scratch, and I love to encorporate a little home cooking right from the start of the day - the most import meal - breakfast.

I usually have fruit and yoghurt, and top it off with a generous sprinkling of homemade granola. A new discovery for me is stem ginger. After using some in a delicious pear and ginger crumble I had a brainwave to try some chunks in my homemade granola. Et voila! A new recipe was born!

So here's what you do -

Grab a large oven proof dish. Sprinkle in a cup of oats and a cup of mixed nuts/seeds of your liking. (I like them ALL so I added pumpkin & sunflower seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios and Brazil nuts - I roughly chopped the nuts). Now for the sticky, tasty, zingy ginger - chop up 2 or 3 balls of stem ginger (or as much as you like) and add it to the oaty mixture. Give it all a stir. In a cup put a tablespoon of coconut oil and a desert spoon of honey and soften in the microwave - 30 seconds should make it soft enough. Pour this over the granola and stir. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees, stir it up once or twice during cooking.

Remove dish from the oven and allow to cool. Transfer to an airtight container. It'll stay fresh for ages (a couple of months or so) - if it even lasts that long!

I absolutely love granola with fruit and yoghurt. 

It also makes an amazing topping for fruit crumble or you can just nibble it straight from the jar! 

Of course there are many different variations when it comes to granola -  instead of the ginger you can add chopped apple and cinnamon, or add dried coconut and raisins 5 minutes before removing from the oven. Or maple syrup or peanut butter instead of the honey... Oh the possibilities are endless! 

If you're on Instagram, be sure to check out my hashtag #srmmeals for more of my tasty meal ideas and recipes 

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A taste of Spring

How refreshing to finally see some bursts of colour outdoors, Spring has sprung!

I have finally had the motivation to go outside and clear the garden of it's brown carpet (leaves, dead weeds, stalks from long gone flowers...).  Wrapped up warm in the crisp sunshine, it has literally been a breath of fresh air to be outdoors!

The green house has been completely emptied, swept and reorganised.  Seeds have been ordered.  Plans are being made for the weeks and months ahead outdoors.

Woodland walks have been spent ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the abundance of Snowdrops

Bringing the beauty of outdoors indoors with bulbs planted in vases (and Tulips oh-so-cheap from the supermarket).  Look at the shadows of Daffodils on the wall!

Tulips everywhere! 

And splashes of bright, cheery pink in the garden. 

Looking forward to the colourful months to come. 

A handmade gift


I can't believe a week has passed since Mothers Day, and what a day it was. I hope yours was more restful than mine - 6 loads of washing ( yes 6!) after my 5 year old was up sick most of Saturday night. 

I did, however, receive some lovely gifts -

A massive bunch of Roses and this cute bunny from Lush filled with amazing smelling bath products. I've left it in this same spot in the sitting room all week as it's making the room smell gorgeous! 

After seeing a crochet tutorial for Anemone flowers on Pink Milk's blog I decided to have a go, and thought I'd incorporate them into a handmade gift for my own mum for Mothers Day. 

I wasn't quite sure what I'd do with them - and if I'd found a jar big enough I'd have made it into a pretty candle cosy. But of course, no jar! So on Friday, late afternoon, I decided a cushion would be a good idea. A cushion that would have to be made from start to finish by Sunday! Anyone else come up with these great last minute ideas?! 

Luckily I'd just received a yarn delivery (just to replenish my stocks) so chose a pale mint and cream to make my stripey cushion. 

There was smoke coming from my crochet hook at one point! 

Luckily, I managed to get finished in good time and by Saturday night could finally stop and admire my handy work. 

I was very pleased with this!

I have enclosed the cushion pad completely (in the hope it won't be heavily used, therefore won't need much washing), and I added a sweet scalloped edge. 

The simple half trebles in alternating colours would actually be quite relaxing to make if I hadn't been in such a rush. However I definitely fancy making a stripey cushion for myself, although in white and red or pink perhaps, with some of Heather's roses attached.

And with thoughts of Anemones in my head of course I bought some bulbs and have planted them in pots  this week (safely in the warmth of the greenhouse).