It may be getting sunnier but we still love to have a bowl of soup for lunch. I wondered as it got nearer to summer whether people would still order it off my weekly menu. Luckily they do, which means I make a bit extra for us to have over the next few days. Last weeks cauliflower & coconut was one of my favourite with its creamy texture and subtle spicy flavour. I served it with a toasted coconut flake and chilli seed sprinkle to add a bit of texture and heat to the dish.
Energy balls are so quick to make and great to have at arms reach. Being diabetic, I have to constantly keep control of my blood sugars so if they start to drop an energy ball can boost them back up to where they need to be. They have sweetness from dates and slow releasing energy from the oats so work perfectly as a mid morning snack or a little treat after lunch. If you are gluten free please miss out the oats and increase the nuts and dates a little.
My blog this week is to help you create an exciting green salad rather than just throwing a bit of lettuce and cucumber into a bowl. It’s simple to prepare, tastes delicious and adds a bit of excitement to your salad bowl.
Kale is a great vegetable, full of beneficial nutrients and in season at the moment, but sometimes it can be a little boring. Normally it is just steamed and added to the side of your meal and you may eat it because you know its good for you but really its not your favourite. Sound familiar?
Last week it was 7 months since I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. After being flown home early from holiday due to being very poorly, Mum took me to the doctors and they sent me home not knowing what was wrong. Rather than going straight home, we called in at Leadenham Teahouse and I had a huge hot chocolate and slice of cake to try and make me feel better. This of course made me feel so much worse (whoops) and when we walked into the house the phone was ringing and it was the doctor asking me to go straight back in as he thought I had Type 1!
A week today I'll be 'popping-up' at The Leadenham Teahouse. My first thought this morning was...'what happens if we still have snow and no one comes!' But I can't change the weather or if no one stops by so I'm not going to worry. I am really excited for what the week will bring as many of you know it is my dream to have my own little cafe some day.
A few weeks ago on my menu were these delicious energy balls. They consisted of a base of cacao, almonds, dates, oats, peanut butter and coconut oil which were blended togther and rolled into balls. I then blitz some freeze-dried strawberry pieces into powder and rolled the balls in this. As well as looking great, they also gave you that dark chocolate hit with the added sweetness and flavour of the strawberries.
Pancake day is fast approaching so I thought that I would share with you a healthy and delicious recipe. These pancakes puff up like American Style ones and are naturally sweet by the banana and raspberries you use. Feel free swop the raspberries with any other berries you fancy.
This salad is really fresh and can be eaten hot or cold. The honey & mustard dressing adds a little sweetness and brings the dish together. Don't worry if you don't have all the ingredients, the kale can be substituted for another green leafy veg and the broccoli for cauliflower or carrots.