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Eating for Health and Pleasure with Amelia Freer

I have already written about my dislike of New Year Resolutions. My preference is to have a ‘Word of the Year’. My word is mindful, and I’m hoping that during 2017 I can eat a little more healthily. I aim to be more mindful of what I eat and how much I eat. This will hopefully have a positive affect on my health and well-being.


The wonderful book Cook, Nourish, Glow has me super excited! This book is packed full of healthy eating inspiration. Boy George, James Corden and Kirstie Allsopp have all lost weight thanks to Amelia Freer’s dietary advice!


Eating for Health and Pleasure with Amelia Freer

The philosophy behind the book is simple…

Our relationship with food is complex. Food is packed full of complex, biologically active molecules that have an immense impact on our health. There are no truer words than ‘we are what we eat’ – the food we eat defines the life we lead. As an experienced nutritional therapist, Amelia’s recipes will guide and support you through your journey towards optimal health and peak condition.


I’m looking forward to trying some of her recipes, starting with a few warming and hygge friendly evening meals. My favourite ones for me and/or the family are:

  1. Broad Bean Salsa with Salmon.
  2. Chicken Nuggets with Mango & Avocado Salsa
  3. Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche
  4. Vegetable Fritters


I can’t wait to delve into her ideas for soups and breakfasts too! Amelia’s book is available to buy from Amazon, see link below! There will also be a new book out this Spring to look forward to! Nourish & Glow: The 10 Day Plan will be published in March. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, if you have tried any of Amelia’s recipes or can make any recommendations, please do let me know!

Happy healthy eating for 2017!

NB – Images courtesy of Amelia Freer, no payment was received for this post and Amelia’s book was given to me as a gift by a family member.

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Hygge with a Biscuit on a Plate

Today I thought I’d continue my feature posts on all things ‘hygge’, especially as the colder weather seems to be here at the moment and winter also seems to be fast approaching…

Tricky to translate into English, hygge is a Danish word which describes the feeling that comes from having a cosy and comforting time with people you love, including feasting on good food and drink. It is about being calm, present and happy. You can read more about hygge here

I’ve previously written about how to achieve hygge with candles and also blogged my White Company Hygge Edit, and today I wanted to shift emphasis to hygge food!

Hygge with a Biscuit on a Plate

In Denmark autumn days tend to be very cold and damp, so when you return home you will long for something warm and soothing. Autumn is the season for soup, stews and home-baked bread  – and sharing soup and bread with family and friends is totally hygge!

I’ll save those recipes for another blog post, but in the meantime just the act of having a hot drink and a treat such as a biscuit is a quick and very easy way to achieve a little bit of hygge in our everyday lives. Some writers have even gone as far as describing the British preoccupation of ‘having a nice cup of tea’ as our equivalent of hygge.

Artisan Biscuits

I recently discovered Artisan Biscuits and they have a wonderful selection of delicious biscuits made by real people.

They kindly sent me some boxes of their Elegant and English® biscuits, and they really are wonderful! Elegant & English® are refined all-butter biscuits, each with subtle and interesting infusions of two natural flavours that ebb and flow on the palate.

Hygge with a Biscuit on a Plate

Slim and crisp – and the perfect complement to a cup of tea or any warm and comforting drink at any time of day! The range is as follows:

CHOCOLATE & RASPBERRY – The classic marriage of raspberry fruitiness and chocolate richness. (This was my absolute favourite!)

HONEY & ALMOND – Subtlety and nuttiness of almond with the warmth of honey.

VANILLA & CREAM – Clotted cream richness with vanilla fragrance.(A winner with my husband!)

GINGER & LEMON – Their signature biscuit. Winner of “Outstanding Cookie” at NASFT Fancy Food Show, New York 2007.

Do pop over and have a look at their gorgeous selection of biscuits on their website, there’s lots of ideas for sharing some much needed winter hygge this Christmas and winter! I’ll be placing my order very soon!

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Elderbrook Drinks

I recently worked with Bloom & Wild to review their super lovely Lemon Aid Kit, released for the August Bank Holiday weekend. The kit was fantastic and made all the more special by the inclusion of a wonderful bottle of Elderbrook Raspberry, Cranberry and Blueberry cordial.

Delicious cordials…


Elderbrook Drinks

The team at Elderbrook very kindly sent me their other two flavoured cordials, Lime, Mint and Baobab and with Mango, Passion Fruit and Goji Berry… They are truly delicious and I’m really uncertain as to which one is my favourite – they are all lovely! I must admit I still have a soft spot for the Raspberry cordial which somehow seems perfect for this time of year!

Elderbrook blend fruit, superfoods and add some natural sweetness to their cordials using coconut nectar, which is low GI and full of amino acids, vitamin C and calcium. It is also very low in natural sugar.

Their cordials can be added to water for a refreshing drink. Simply pour into a glass, (enough to cover the bottom of the glass is perfect), and add still or sparkling water and a little ice as required. Each bottle makes approximately ten 250ml drinks and can be delivered directly in the post to your work or home.

If you’re aiming to be a little more adventurous with your cordials, then there are lots of amazing cocktails you could try! You’ll also have lots of fun during the ‘discovery’ process too!

Cocktail heaven…


Here’s my top three ideas for making your own Elderbrook drinks using their delicious cordials…

1. A rich, earthy and delicious iced vodka cocktail, with added Raspberry, Cranberry and Blueberry cordial.

2. A light and completely refreshing champagne cocktail, with added Mango, Passion Fruit and Goji Berry cordial.

3. A rum based Mojito, with lemongrass and the Lime, Mint and Baobab cocktail.

Whether you choose one of these drinks or devise one of your own, have fun!

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Chive Flower Butter Recipe

I thought I’d just stop by with a short post, and a quick and easy recipe to try at home!

My pot of chives in the garden has done really well this year and now has a mass of flowers! The flowers look super pretty and are a big attraction for bees.

Chive flowers are edible, so why not make chive flower butter.
Chive flowers are edible…


In my last post I talked about bee friendly plants, and so I was really pleased to discover that chive flowers are not only bee friendly, they are edible too!

Chive Flower Butter

The appeal of using and eating edible flowers has grown and grown, and so I decided to use some of the chive flowers to make chive flower butter…

Recipe for chive flower butter.
Chop the flowers finely…


Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, remove the petals from the flowers (the deeper purple ones will have more flavour) and rinse them carefully in cold water. Gently pat them dry with a paper towel.
  2. Using a very sharp knife, chop the flowers into pieces and also finely chop a few of the long green blades. Don’t use the flower stalk itself as it will be too bitter.
  3. Leave some butter out to soften at room-temperature and mash with a fork when soft.
  4. Slowly incorporate the flowers and chopped blades, mix thoroughly.
  5. With a spatula put the mixture into a small bowls or ramekins and cover with cling-film.
  6. Refrigerate until serving time. Flower butters can also be frozen in sealed containers for 2 months.
Delicious on jacket potatoes!


As a savoury butter, chive flower butter is perfect spread on crispbreads or with jacket potatoes!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to leave a few flower heads for the bees to enjoy too!

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Perfect Pumpkin Soup

As you may have realised from my autumn wish list, I love autumn and have been looking forward to the change of season for a while now!

My children are pumpkin mad (their favourite story is currently Penguin and Pumpkin), and now seems the perfect time to celebrate the arrival of autumn with some delicious homemade pumpkin soup!

Image credit – BBC Food Recipes

I have made this soup before (it’s a hybrid soup based on Jamie Oliver’s recipe with a few tips and ideas from BBC Food Recipes! ) – but this is my own, slightly adapted, recipe:

Perfect Pumpkin Soup : Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

2 onions, finely chopped

1large pumpkin – peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks

3 carrots – peeled and sliced

750ml vegetable stock

150ml pot light double cream

1 tbsp ground nutmeg

1 tbsp paprika

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

Perfect Pumpkin Soup : Preparation

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook the onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured.

2. Add the pumpkin and carrots to the pan, then cook for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until they start to soften. Add the paprika and nutmeg.

3. Pour the vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper.

4. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft. Pour the light double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a blender.

5. Serve soup with freshly ground black pepper and homemade croutons. It would be perfect served in small pumpkins too!

This soup can also be frozen for up to 2 months.

Happy cooking!

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Super Simple Bread Rolls

I have recently decided to make more effort to cook with my children and involve them in the whole process of cooking and preparing their food.

I recently found this Hairy Bikers recipe and love it! It makes approx 8 delicious rolls and is super easy to make with little helpers!

Tasty and super easy to make!
Super Simple Bread Rolls : Ingredients

500g/1lb 2oz unbleached strong white organic bread flour, plus a little extra for dusting

1 tsp salt

2 tsp dried yeast

30g/1oz butter, softened

75ml/2½fl oz milk, room temperature

225ml/8fl oz water, room temperature

Oil, for greasing baking tray

Super Simple Bread Rolls : Preparation

1. With your fingers, mix the white flour, salt and dried yeast in a bowl. Rub the softened butter or lard into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Children love this messy part!

2. Mix the milk with the water. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix together with your hands until the dough is well combined. Bring the dough together into a ball.

3. Using floured hands, knead the dough on a clean, floured work surface for 20-25 minutes, or until the dough is elastic and smooth. If necessary add a little more water to loosen the dough. Don’t be afraid to let your children have a go too, they love it and you can give them a small piece to knead and then recombine into one large dough ball, it won’t do any harm!

4. Return the dough to themixing bowl and cover with cling film. Set aside for 1-1½ hours in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.

5. When the dough has risen, return it to a floured work surface and knock it back by re-kneading it..

6. Separate the mixture into eight parts and roll each into a ball. Transfer the rolls to a baking tray, placing them about 3 cm apart.

7. Cover the tray with cling film and set aside for another half hour, or until the rolls have doubled in size again. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.

8. When the rolls have expanded, dust them with the rice flour and transfer them to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through.

To serve, separate the rolls and serve warm with butter.

Happy baking!

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Biscuiteers Biscuits

With Mother’s Day and Easter fast approaching, the hunt is on for gorgeous gifts! If you are after something a little different, then how about a beautiful tin of equally beautiful handmade biscuits?

Biscuiteers Biscuits
Tea for Two Biscuits

I have been quite intrigued by Biscuiteers for some time, and was thrilled when an absolutely gorgeous pink and silver ‘Patisserie’ tin arrived from them last week…

It’s wonderfyl to have a collection of biscuits which look as good as they taste (they are made using the very best natural ingredients), and there is something deeply appealing about biscuits (with a gorgeous texture!) which have been lovingly made from start to finish… Each biscuit is handmade, iced expertly and layered beautifully in the tin to keep them in pristine condition.

Patisserie Biscuits

There are lots of ranges to choose from, but if you are thinking about special Mother’s Day gifts then there is something for everyone including our other favourites – Ultimate Shoe Box Biscuit Tin, Personalised Sewing Kit Tin and Tea For Two Biscuit Tin!

Sewing Kit Tin
Sewing Kit Tin

I think it’s very likely that I’ll be ordering a few tins in the coming months! I’m also very tempted to visit their boutique in Notting Hill, maybe for afternoon tea, a quick trip to their icing café or even to test my icing skills with the ultimate Patisserie Icing Class!

In the meantime I’m entering a little project with Biscuiteers which will involve posting pictures of my tin (it’s beautiful and will soon be used for something special…) More about that soon!

Carol x