tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-88146740019890435292014-10-17T09:03:18.099-07:00Small acornsSmall Acornsnoreply@blogger.comBlogger31125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-67958693714288525192014-10-17T09:03:00.001-07:002014-10-17T09:03:18.126-07:00Dorset Apple Cake A few weeks ago we spent a couple of days in Lyme Regis with my family. I hadn’t been to Lyme before and was won over by its charming beauty. Made even better by the fact that we were staying in a lovely townhouse just near the front called The Arched House. There are a couple of photos below. It was stylishly decorated and full of lots of beautifully restored furniture and old maps and Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-50026057124537984982014-10-10T02:03:00.002-07:002014-10-10T02:03:35.138-07:00Pumpkin Pâté Autumn is well and truly here. Pumpkins and Squashes are arriving in the veggie box thick and fast!  I normally just roast them in the oven whole (for around an hour depending on their size) and then just add them to whatever dinner we are having, whether its a salad, risotto or dahl. I thought I would try and make a spicy pâté this time round. This recipe is really simple and tastes really Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-9176190770961402452014-10-04T01:35:00.000-07:002014-10-04T01:36:09.350-07:00Cauliflower Couscous I have been meaning to try cauliflower couscous for ages. Whenever cauliflower turns up the veggie box I always turn to my favourite cauliflower recipe... pizza (Green Kitchen Stories have the yummiest version here). But this week I was determined to try something new and the result was this fragrant and punchy couscous salad. I served this couscous slightly warm on a bed of green leaves andSmall Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-49933855156642406892014-09-26T01:02:00.003-07:002014-09-26T01:10:27.811-07:00Apricot and Pecan Raw Chocolate Brownies There is no getting away from the fact that I just love sweet food. However hard I try to be good or rein in my need for sugar it just falls flat on its face if I catch sight of chocolate! For the last year or so I have been trying to cut out sugar from my diet but I am not going to lie, I am finding it pretty impossible. The only thing I can do to lessen the urge is to make my own sweet Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-67799261267824279492014-09-13T04:45:00.000-07:002014-09-26T01:27:42.728-07:00Kidney Bean Falafel These falafels are lighter than the normal chickpea version. I have added a couple of egg whites to the mix so that they aren't so heavy and I have used kidney beans instead of the usual chickpeas. They are really versatile too, have them with a salad in a wrap or just as a snack. I served mine with a salad (see below in the Little Note) and some horseradish sauce (I know that is a bit weird..Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-20750791733749357882014-09-07T09:53:00.000-07:002014-09-07T09:53:23.446-07:00Banana and Walnut Breakfast Cookies   These cookies smell so yummy when they are baking. They taste great when they are cool, but they are pretty special straight out of the oven. We like to have these as a weekend breakfast with some fruit and coconut yogurt (a little like a pancake) but they are really lovely any time of the day. Packed full of oats and walnuts bound together with a banana and honey syrup. I love the Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-58767109560576923392014-08-25T06:01:00.000-07:002014-08-25T06:01:23.980-07:00Paprika and Marrow Medallions   I have never cooked with a marrow before so when one arrived in our weekly veggie box I wasn't quite sure what to do with it (other than putting it in a curry which is always my default answer). I remember a friend saying that she once made a marrow and ginger jam with hers (that is something I still need to try... just working out how to replace the sugar but will let you know once I have Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-24052494714912362502014-08-15T03:34:00.000-07:002014-08-15T03:34:02.970-07:00Chia Pots These little pots of goodness are nourishing and tasty at the same time. They are pretty versatile too, they make a really delicate dessert at the end of a meal as they are light and refreshing but they are also great to have for breakfast. I often have a couple of tablespoons on my morning oats or add them to smoothie for added creaminess and extra goodness. Chia seeds are a bit of a Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-10390047815466787152014-08-08T03:15:00.000-07:002014-08-08T03:15:01.680-07:00Mini Buckwheat Pizzas    I love pizza so much and this is my go-to recipe for a healthier but still great tasting version. Instead of using buckwheat flour I actually use the groats. I soak these over night and then blend them up the following day to form a soft dough that can be spread onto a baking sheet. You can use any topping you like but I think that the tomato puree is the best option for the sauce, I haveSmall Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-18051966302212938922014-07-27T09:04:00.001-07:002014-08-08T03:20:46.170-07:00Lime Tarts     London has been so hot over the last couple of weeks!... These lime tarts are a light and refreshing desert making them perfect for a summer treat. I made the crust for the tarts by using the same recipe as these cashew nut biscuits. I like to bake the crusts to give a bit a crunch alongside the smooth creamy lime mouse but you could leave them raw if you prefer (see the little notes Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-39260407366191127542014-07-12T05:58:00.003-07:002014-07-12T05:58:41.536-07:00Almond Tempeh Satay     Tempeh is made from fermented soybeans and is a complete protein (containing double the amount of protein as tofu). I think that the tempeh goes really well with this almond satay sauce (which you could make with peanuts if you prefer). I like to serve this with courgette and carrot noodles (see note below) as the sauce is quite rich but it would be just as good with pitta bread, salad or Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-87172294934746475102014-07-06T09:42:00.002-07:002014-07-06T09:42:22.615-07:00Cashew Nut Biscuits   These are so easy to make and are really tasty. I used Cashew Nuts but I think that almond, pecan and macadamia would all work... not sure about Walnuts as they might be a little bit too oily but if you do try any other variations let me know. I think that these would also work well with the addition of spices such as cinnamon, all spice and cardamom.   1 cup Cashew Nuts 1/2 cup Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-85529105982487891972014-06-27T08:56:00.001-07:002014-06-27T08:56:50.283-07:00Chocolate Maca Truffles The last few weeks have been really busy at work, it has been the last push to get an exhibition open which we have been working on for the past year. There were a lot of early mornings and general rushing around so it took a lot of will power not to peg it over to the local newsagents to pick up a chocolate bar for an instant energy hit. These Maca Truffles totally saved me, they are rich andSmall Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-90179175059297995782014-06-23T09:56:00.000-07:002014-06-23T09:57:20.524-07:00Butternut Squash Pancakes     These are a cross between a rosti and a pancake and are so easy to make. I like to serve them with a dollop of homemade guacamole on top, but they would taste good with sour cream or yogurt too. They are perfect for a lazy weekend brunch or a light midweek dinner. Once you have grated the butternut squash they take minutes to make (if you have a food processed with a grater attachment thisSmall Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-20693279751638255572014-06-13T14:22:00.000-07:002014-06-13T14:22:53.004-07:00Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge     One of my colleagues from work came back from the States this week and bought with her some peanut butter cups. I always forget how good they taste! I think chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favourite combinations. This raw fudge recipe is so easy to make and it isn't the worst thing in the world to eat.. there's the protein from the peanuts and magnesium from the raw cacao plus Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-78369306082420548932014-06-07T06:38:00.000-07:002014-06-07T06:38:14.986-07:00Courgette Cupcakes with Strawberry and Macadamia Nut Cream  It's now the British strawberry season! I love strawberries not only because they taste great and are full of vitamin C but because it marks the start of Summer - finally. I have been wanting to put these courgette cupcakes up on the blog for a while because they are light with a malty sweet flavour from the coconut sugar. I thought the combination of strawberry, courgette and macadamia nut Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-71977623734229807532014-05-30T08:22:00.000-07:002014-05-30T08:22:18.692-07:00Summer Herb Dressing   This herb dressing tastes of Summer! It is fresh and tangy and so easy to make. You do need  to get your hands on some fresh herbs though. Unfortunately we don't have any outside space to grow herbs in our little London flat but my Mum came armed with some fresh herbs from her garden last weekend and a recipe for this herb dressing. I have tweaked this slightly, the original recipe uses Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-19383710910281423232014-05-24T02:28:00.002-07:002014-06-07T05:52:46.690-07:00Date and Walnut Energy Bars     I have been leaving for work early recently and have not had time to sit down and have breakfast. Instead I have been jumping on bike and flying out the door. But then I discovered this really easy recipe for date and walnut energy bars... I make them on a Sunday night and pop them in my bag in the morning to have when I get to my desk. I used hemp seeds in these bars and just Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-37957780933196534252014-05-16T07:51:00.001-07:002014-05-24T04:55:18.783-07:00Springtime Omelette and Celeriac Chips One of my favourite guilty pleasures used to be (and still is!) an omelette and chips - especially the kind you get in a greasy spoon served with a big mug of builders tea! This is a much healthier version with lots of seasonal veggies including fresh asparagus and spinach. It is really simple to make and is perfect for a weekday dinner. Instead of the classic potato chips I have used Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-35552216250372896842014-05-02T07:12:00.002-07:002014-05-02T07:12:50.772-07:00Gluten Free Banana and Carrot [or Courgette / Zucchini] Bread   Its Allergy Week in the UK so I thought I would make this gluten free banana bread which makes a really delicious breakfast. This is really simple and you can make it with either carrot or courgette. They give slightly different textures, the courgette version is a bit more moist but they are both yummy and perfect for breakfast or mid morning snack. I have used coconut flour but you Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-86986204392538951252014-04-18T02:09:00.001-07:002014-04-18T02:09:27.286-07:00Spiced Parsnip Birthday Cake (with Cashew and Coconut Cream Icing)   It was my husband's birthday the other week and I always make him a birthday cake of some sort... His favourite is carrot cake with cream cheese icing but I wanted to make something a bit different this year. I had wanted to use parsnip in a cake for a while and as we had a large bounty in our veggie box I thought now was the time to experiment. Parsnips contain a wide variety of vitamins,Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-51540184293610433682014-04-06T07:23:00.001-07:002014-04-06T07:23:09.812-07:00Onion and Spelt Galette   Onion filling: 7 Medium onions 2tbs olive oil    50ml apple cider vinegar 1 Level tablespoon coconut sugar or light brown sugar 1/2 Teaspoon mustard Pinch of salt   Spelt pastry: 2 1/4 cups wholemeal spelt flour 1/2 salt 1 TBS coconut oil (chilled) 1 egg (beaten) 1-3 TBS cold ware 1 TBS dried mixed herbs   Peel and slice all of the onions. Try and get them as Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-32146312877570971242014-03-28T05:31:00.000-07:002014-03-28T05:31:29.427-07:00Lemon and Coconut Soft Centered Chocolates I love soft centred chocolates, they are my absolute favourite. So much so that I have been known to eat a whole box of rose and violet creams in one sitting! I thought I would try and give them a bit of a healthy slant and make them a bit less sweet. I decided to make lemon ones this time using fresh juice and zest combined with coconut and ground almonds, sweetened with a little maple syrupSmall Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-21127600800559658972014-03-21T09:03:00.000-07:002014-03-21T09:03:37.871-07:00Orange and Rosemary Cake {with a surprise ingredient}   This cake has lots of light and fragrant flavours going on (due to the orange and rosemary) at the same time as having quite a dense and satisfying crumb (thanks to the ground almond) but there is a bit of a surprise ingredient in here which makes it a little bit more special (and nutritious)... Swede! I have never used Swede (or Swedish Turnip / Neeps) in a cake before but I was inspiredSmall Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814674001989043529.post-65879900600035829782014-03-17T12:57:00.002-07:002014-03-17T12:57:52.036-07:00Raw Beetroot Bites   The sun was shining in London this weekend and it inspired me to make these tasty Raw Beetroot Bites. I used Sunshine Yellow Beetroot but you could use any variety. The centre filling is made out of a pine-nut cheese, which is a really yummy alternative to the real dairy version. The cheesy flavour comes from the Nutritional Yeast; a great way to get your B Vitamins if you are vegan (they Small Acornshttps://plus.google.com/115534643684848714391noreply@blogger.com0