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Apple and Carrot Earl Grey Tea Loaf

Over the weekend I helped my daughter bake a tea loaf called Bara Brith - neither of us had come across this unusual sounding loaf made with tea and absolutely LOADED with sugar and dried fruit. Needless to say, it went down a storm and apparently we are baking another one this weekend! It got me thinking how I could make a slightly healthier version

Think:
- a fraction of the dried fruit
- stripping out all the refined sugar
- adding masses of grated carrot and apple

The children loved this as much as the high sugar version - hurrah! I also added some chopped walnuts for a bit of texture. Feel free to increase the amount of raisins (any other mix of dried fruit) to taste but remember the apple and cinnamon already add sweetness.

The texture of this loaf is quite dense and high in moisture owing to the amount of fresh fruit/veg. Once sliced it can be lightly toasted under a grill and smeared with butter or dairy free equivalent in much the same way as a conventional tea l…

Honey Mustard Salmon and Supercalifragilistic Slaw

Many a day I dream of how easy life with children would be if I were Mary Poppins - the effortless tidying up for one and who wouldn't want a bottomless pit of a handbag. Then there's her perfect juxtaposition of stern yet kind as opposed to my total lack of dignity in the manic scarper for a timely school run. Well, if all else fails, I can at least be commended for attempting to feed my children healthy food!

With the onset of summer comes a waning desire to spend any length of time toiling over a hot stove. Yesterday I made a slow cooker beef casserole for dinner but in the context of the sun shining and the shedding of coats and scarves, it felt more than slightly incongruous, gastronomically speaking. Step forth this lazy Salmon 'n' Slaw.

The kids absolutely love salmon, especially covered in the sticky honey mustard glaze (the idea unashamedly pinched from my sister who makes a delicious ham glazed with this mix). The slaw is smothered in a creamy and zesty lime…

Sweet and Savoury Grain-Free Nori Granola

The best cinema popcorn was always the sweet and salty. Likewise a sprinkle of sea salt is like fairy dust on chocolate. So mixing up the umami saltiness of nori and tamari with a touch of maple syrup in this granola is not such a weird combination! To be transparent, this recipe veers more to the savoury side so don't expect a sugary granola cluster waiting to be doused in milk for breakfast. It works best sprinkled on plain yogurt, soup or salads.



Sweet and Savoury Grain-Free Nori Granola
Grain-free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free
Makes 1 tray (approx 3 small jars full)


Ingredients:
Dry:
50g (1/3 cup) hulled hemp seeds
50g (heaped 1/3 cup) raw unsalted sunflower seeds
50g (1/3 cup) raw unsalted almonds
50g (1/3 cup) raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
15g (1 1/2 tbsp) black sesame seeds
15g (1 1/2 tbsp) white sesame seeds
3 sheets nori seaweed, torn into approx 1/2 inch pieces
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1- 1 1/2 tsp shichimi togarashi (Japanese spice mix) - depending on how spicy y…