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Vegan Caramelised banana with candied walnuts and lemon sorbet

We have been very blessed by Mark Hartstone, chef proprietor at La Fosse at Cranborne  for sending us a special vegan recipe to share with you.

The restaurant has a special vegan and vegetarian theme night coming up on 14th July, pop over to book your place.

Vegan Caramelised banana with candied walnuts and lemon sorbet

The great thing about this recipe is that it is almost entirely from store cupboard ingredients.

Other than the sorbet the dish can be put together whilst your dinner guests are digesting their main

course! The walnuts can be prepared in advance along with the sorbet, however the caramel on the

banana will dissolve into the fruit and therefore must be done at the very last minute.

lemon sorbet

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Things to know before you spray perfume on your body

Have you walked behind someone and inhaled a massive stench of sickly perfume or been on the bus when some idiotic teen is spraying lynx all over themselves? It’s gross right, especially if you don’t wear it yourself, it catches the back of your throat, irritates your breathing and feels claustrophobic.

Well not only is it offensive to your nose, it’s also really bad for your body.

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According to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, seventeen name brand perfume products were found to contain a “complex cocktail of natural essences and synthetic chemicals – often petrochemicals,” including diethyl phthalate, a chemical linked to sperm damage in adult men and abnormal development of reproductive organs in baby boys. Lab results revealed an average of 14 chemicals secretly lurk in common fragrances; some of which have been linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions while others have not even been assessed for safety in personal care products.

Chemicals from perfumes, cosmetics, and personal care products are absorbed through the skin and inhaled with applied or sprayed. This pollution begins in the womb: a 2009 EWG study found synthetic musk chemicals Galaxolide and Tonalide in the umbilical cord blood of newborn infants.

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What to make with juice pulp

After making my juice this morning, (ginger, lemon, carrot and apple) I looked at all the pulp and thought it a shame it was going into the compost again, I have fed other green pulp to the chickens before but it was a bit zingy, anyhow I popped onto my bestie google and asked the question “what to make with juice pulp”?

A very good website appeared called Vegetarian times and I found this really helpful article:

 

One of the questions I get asked most about juicing is “What can I do with the juice pulp?” Tons of things! Read on for 20 of my favorite uses for leftover juice pulp—and get inspired to reduce your food waste and make fantastic use of healthful fiber.

1. Blend pulp into a smoothie to add fiber.
2. Add to a soup to thicken and boost fiber and nutrient density.
3. Use fruit pulp to make frozen “pulpsicles” or fruit pulp ice.
4. Make a veggie broth by boiling pulp with water, herbs, and spices, then straining.
5. Make a “fruit tea” by boiling fruit pulp with water, adding spices such as cinnamon or ginger, cooling, and then straining.
6. Use veggie pulp to add nutrient density to mac n’ cheese or pasta sauce, or layer into a lasagne.
7. Make fabulous fruit leathers.
9. Use in homemade veggie burgers or fritters. Pulp adds moisture, flavor, and nutrition.
10. Mix pulp into baked goods like muffins, cakes, bread,  dehydrated or baked cookies, and granola bars. Celery, onion, carrot, sweet potato, spinach, apple, and berry all work beautifully.
11. Use fruit or veggie pulp to add flavor, texture, and moisture to pancakes.
12. Make dehydrated pulp crackers.
13. Use pulp for raw pizza crust.
14. Make pulp marmalade.
15. Make a pulp crumble by mixing pulp with fruit and juice, reducing, and then topping with oats, spices, nuts, or seeds.
16. Dehydrate and make trail mix with raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
17. Dehydrate and use like bread crumbs.
18. Use in DIY skincare recipes like scrubs, masks, and soap.
19. Mix pulp into your dog’s food or make dog treats.
If all else fails:
20. Feed it to your chickens, freeze it in ice cube trays to use later, or compost it

 

I ended up adding it to a pan with water, cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, honey and blackberries and turing it into a winter tonic. Thanks for the inspiration Vegetarian Times! Pop over to thier site for more suggestions by readers.

Happy Juicing (P.S. if anyone invents a self cleaning juicer, let me know! )

Healthy gluten free porridge recipe

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Breakfast of champions! Gluten free porridge with rice milk and cinnamon topped with linseed, goji berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. Great way to start the day.

You can either soak your oats overnight in rice milk/any milk of your choosing or just use them dried.

Serves 4

225g (8oz) gluten free oats

700ml Rice milk

1 tsp cinnamon

Packet of cereal topping (we use crownfield) or you could make your own topping with nuts, seeds and berries.

Pop the oats and milk in a pan on a low heat, add the cinnamon and stir, keep the porridge on a low heat throughout and stir occasionally, after about 10 mins your porridge is ready, if you need to add a drop of milk to stop it being too gloopy, feel free. If you have soaked your oats overnight they will cook quicker.

After serving in bowls, sprinkle the seed/berry mix over the top.

Oats and goji berries are full of slow release energy and fibre, both contain nutrients to help support a healthy nervous system. They are also considered to be natural sedatives, helping to lift low moods and calm the nerves*.

The addition of cinnamon provides a warming quality, it is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium too. Cinnamon and linseeds lowers triglycerides (undesirable fats in the blood), reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol and high blood pressure. 1/2 tsp daily of cinnamon reduces sugar levels in Diabetics within 2 weeks.

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, great for promoting healthy fertility and preventing prostate problems. A good source of B vitamins, magnesium, iron and protein.

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps maintain healthy skin and hair, protects cells from damage and has anti-cancer properties. Full of vitamin B too, especially folate.

Chia seeds are great for a healthy heart, they are high in omega-3 fatty acids. They are also high in calcium and magnesium, they promote a healthy gut and stabilize blood sugar.

Goji berries are rich in a combination of antioxidant nutrients that benefit cardiovascular health, muscle health and vision. They also contain a variety of carotenoids, including beta-carotene known to boost metabolic processes and promote good sleep and memory.*

NYR_Healing_Foods* I got this information from this excellent book. Healing foods from Neals Yard Remedies, it has the healing properties of more than 175 ingredients, explained in full detail how they can benefit your health and wellbeing. Also containing over 150 innovative, nutritious recipes designed to heal from within. Easy to uses indexes from illness to ingredients. Also featuring eating plans tailored to target specific health concerns.