Oatmeal Gingerbread Men

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Fruit Mince Pies

  OK, here they are! My purely delicious fruit mince pie recipe. I’ve tried to cover most bases such as gluten, wheat and dairy free which is why I’ve given you a few pastry options. My favourite pastry to make these lovely pies is the oatmeal shortcrust. It has a lovely crunch and wholesome sense of purity which I love. They last for days (up to 1 week) and they are perfect to complement your nutritious Christmas feast. The oats are low GI and provide good fibre... Read More

Gingerbread Cookies

Here’s my delicious recipe for gingerbread cookies that I love to bake this time of year and often bundle them up into pretty gifts that I give to family and friends. They are very easy to make and what I love about them is that these cookies are not too sweet, just the perfect amount of spice that just fills the house with joy when you’re baking them. Enjoy! What’s great about them: Oats are a great source of soluble fibre that will fill you up, so you feel... Read More

Fruit Mince

The post comes in 2 parts. Today I give you my recipe for my fruit mince and then later this week I’ll show you how to put it all together with a variety of pastry options.  Every year I make my own fruit mince so that I can create my own delicious fruit mince pies over the Christmas Break. The fruit mince is  very simple to make yourself and so much lovelier and healthier than store bought versions from the supermarket. The secret is all in the apple you choose.  Make... Read More

VEGETARIAN CHRISTMAS FEAST

Here’s a Purely Delicious Christmas Feast that I designed especially for Women’s Fitness Magazine.  I wanted my menu to be  quick + easy to prepare, fresh, healthy and taste amazing. To be honest  – the whole Christmas spread took about 45 minutes total to prepare from start to finish. The food was tailor made to suit all eating styles so no matter if you were vegetarian or  gluten free you would be happily nourished. For fish or meat eaters all you need... Read More

Pumpkin Fruit Bread

What I love about this fruit loaf is that it’s so easy to make and the use of grated raw pumpkin makes this cake extremely moist and delicious.  What it’s good for: Pumpkin is a great source of carotenoid antioxidants and it’s also rich in omega 3 which makes it a perfect anti-inflammatory food. A number of age-related diseases have been linked to inflammation, including obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes,atherosclerosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression and dementia.... Read More

How To Make The Perfect Custard

When I first started working as a chef, a good custard was the foundation of many of our restaurant desserts. We called it crème anglaise and it was a velvety, smooth sauce made from egg yolks, whole milk, cream, vanilla bean and sugar. You can flavour it with anything you like such as cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, citrus, coffee or pistachio. Poured over a warm Christmas pudding or fresh strawberry trifle, or served as egg nog with an added touch of brandy a dusting of nutmeg.... Read More