Tag Archives: Oats

Spring is in the air with lemon balm

Spring is in the air with lemon balm,

The past few days the sun has been shining here in Blackpool UK and little sprouts are peeking through the ground, I have been planting seeds for a couple of weeks now and the aubergine, sweet pea and tomato seedlings have appeared. I always get really excited by this happening.

Today I planted sunflower, marigold and Calendula seeds, I re-use takeaway tubs with lids because they make great little propagators.

Last year I dried a lot of lemon balm as it grew in abundance and I will be honest with you, I havent used it yet, but I am drawn to it today and feel it has womanly properties so I got out my herbal books and did some research.

 

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Porridge Stuffed Spiced Pumpkin Halloween special

Halloween is a great time of year to have fun with food, so why not give this devilishly fun Halloween recipe from Stoats a try this autumn?

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Putting their spin on the seasonal vegetable, Stoats has created the Porridge Stuffed Spiced Pumpkin, using their premium Scottish oats.

This easy and inexpensive recipe is definitely less trick and more treat. The pumpkin flavours and spices combine with the oats to create a mouth-watering autumnal dish that tastes just like pumpkin pie.

The spiced pumpkin can be made using any of Stoats’ porridge blends, but with its Halloween coloured costume the super scrummy Apricot and Sultana Porridge works perfectly with this dish.

PORRIDGE STUFFED SPICED PUMPKIN | Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 200g Stoats Apricot and Sultana Porridge
  • 200ml milk
  • 200ml water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • a pinch of salt

Method

  • Carve out and remove a lid in the roof of your pumpkin and scoop out the inner seeds and stringy flesh
  • Fill the empty pumpkin with the oats, milk, water, spices, sugar and salt
  • Place the lidless pumpkin on a tray and bake for 30 minutes in a 180 degree oven
  • Slot the pumpkin lid back in its place and continue baking the whole thing for a further 30 minutes
  • Remove the pumpkin from the oven and stir the filling to introduce its soft inner flesh to the mixture
  • Serve up into bowls! Stoats recommend adding a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds at this point, or even a crumbled biscuit to really enhance the ‘pie-ness’ of this dish

A to Z of natural living. Letter B.

Hey lovely people, I thought it would be a great idea to do an A to Z of natural living, including remedies, ailments, healthy tips and idea, alternative therapies etc, I think this could be fun and I want you to feel free to add your own in the comments.

Today I bring you the letter B.

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Backache:

Backache affects so many people now, from sitting in offices most of the day to car journeys, sitting down a lot can increase the lack of moveable muscles in the back and the core is not properly supported. Not being aligned properly, having one leg shorter than the other, throwing you out of balance or an injury can cause back ache too. Sometimes stress and inflammation can make the problem worse. Read More →