Equipping Your Kitchen to Eat Well

There’s nothing I like more than settling down with a cup of tea and the Lakeland catalogue of an evening. It truly is a treasure trove of delights, and within a few minutes I can convince myself that I really NEED a tray specifically for the soaking of oven racks or a cake tin in the shape of the Millenium Falcon (based on what the girls are asking for for their birthday party next year, I might actually need one of those!).

Whilst I love a gadget as much as the next person, it’s not necessary to spend a fortune. There are lots of things that I don’t spend a lot of money on – my pans are pretty basic, as are my knives. My veg peeler was a wedding present 16 years ago. I don’t have a bread maker or an expensive coffee machine. There are some things I use all the time though – here are the essentials that make cooking from scratch easier.

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Recipe – Bircher Muesli

You already know that I’m a big fan of oats for breakfast. I don’t always want porridge however, so another good option is Bircher Muesli (sometimes known as overnight oats). Originally developed at a Swiss health farm at the end of the 19th century by Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Bircher muesli still fulfils it’s original aim of getting more fruit into your breakfast. It’s also less ice-bath-and-birch-twig-enema than you might imagine from it’s origins.

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Happy New Year & January Goals!

So 2016 is already upon us. I’m not quite sure where the last year went, but it’s behind us now, and as a wise person once said, the only reason to look back is to see how far you’ve come. I do like a new year, although January and February aren’t my favourite months (cold, wet, ages until something exciting happens etc), the thought of a whole new year of opportunity is quite appealing! Continue reading “Happy New Year & January Goals!”