During the summer months we probably all prefer to spend more time outside than in the kitchen. That’s why I love summer bakes. They are quick and easy to prepare and taste delicious hot or cold. Add a bunch of greens, herbs and some summer… Read more
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Very chocolatey Festive Black Bean Brownies
This year the pre-Christmas season seems to have whizzed by, I cannot believe there are only a few days left until Christmas. I have been busy working on building my new website, which will hopefully be ready early January. I never knew how much work… Read more
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie topped with roasted Pumpkin mash
Happy Halloween everyone ! I hope you are not tired of pumpkins yet ! I just cannot get enough of these rather wonky looking vegetables. What I love about pumpkins is that they are so versatile, they make delicious soups, stews, desserts and a fun… Read more
Last weekend, I spent a day picking the last yarrow of the season and made some super yummy yarrow salt. I so love being out in nature and each time I think I ought to spend more time under the roof of the world but… Read more
Rhubarb & Strawberry summer crumble
Only for a short while we have the pleasure of rhubarb enriching our palates. It used to be my grand dad’s summer highlight and soon after trying my first ever warm rhubarb compote with vanilla ice cream, it became mine too. Every year I look forward to the season.… Read more
Blood orange chia&polenta cupcakes
Sunny days with blue skies in February are so uplifting after all the greyness that has been hanging around for too many days in a row! Inspired by the sunshine I felt like using colourful ingredients and making something sweet to make up for the… Read more
Chia & polenta cupcakes – serves 3-4
Method: Preheat the oven at 160C and prepare the cupcake tin and paper cases. Mix coconut oil and sugar until light and fluffy ( if you are using a glass bowl put it in the oven for a few minutes, the coconut oil and sugar will start melting and it will be easier to mix them together). Add one egg at the time and mix very well. When the mixture is well combined, add the zest, all the dry ingredients and the juice. Mix well until you get a nice cake dough texture. The chia seeds might make the mixture slightly thick, in which case just add some more juice. Then transfer the mixture into the cupcake paper cases, trying to get equal amounts in each case.
Transfer cupcake tin into the preheated oven and bake for around 30-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Remove from the oven leave to cool down.
Whilst the cakes are cooling down, start making the glaze, putting juice and sugar in a small size saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer for approximately 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to cool. Once the glaze has cooled down drizzle over the top of the cupcakes and serve with vanilla or lemon ice cream or coconut ice cream are also delicious. If you don’t have ice cream, you can make lemon & chia yogurt – just add the juice of 1/2 lemon, 2 tsp of honey and 1 tbsp of chia to 150g of yogurt, mix well, leave to set for a 10minutes and enjoy !!