Thursday, 17 March 2016

A productive morning

I have had a very productive morning.

I made a batch of lovely Granola.

If you have never made it before it is very easy, you can use any nuts/seeds and fruit, today I made Luxury Tropical Fruits and Pecan.

There are lots of different variations but this is how I did it today.

300g Oats
150g Nuts
150g Tropical Fruits
125 ml Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Honey
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Exract

Heat the oven to 150 c or equivalent.

Mix the syrup , honey and vanilla in a bowl, stir in the oats and the nuts.Spread on a couple of baking sheets and bake for 15 mins, after 15 mins add the fruits and give a good mix around and bake for a further 15 mins.

It will harden up when cool so you have to be very careful not to overbake.

I used up all my pickling spice the other day, so instead of buying one from the shops I made up my own. I have plenty of herbs and spices.

I used..

Mustard Seeds
Corriander Seeds
Allspice Berries (Ground)
Chilli Flakes
Bay leaves

I didn't have any dried bay leaves so I dried a couple in the microwave.

I also made a Banana & Coconut cake, with some reduced Banana's.

Forgot to take a photo, but it has gone into the freezer.

I also made some Brown Bread from my big pack of mix.

So that is enough time in the kitchen, we will be going for a walk after lunch and then I will come back and potter in the garden and greenhouse.