Hot minted strawberries

So to celebrate the start of Wimbledon fortnight there has to be strawberries.  Whilst I love my strawberries cold and fresh (preferably with ice cream) on a damp wet and slightly cold summer morning having them warm seemed more appropriate.

Hot strawberries and mint

Hot minted strawberries (serves one)

  • Handful of fresh strawberries – halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
  • A bunch of mint finely chopped – I like a big bunch to make it really minty.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the strawberries – cook gently for 3-4 minutes until just going soft and a bit squishy.  Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped mint. I added a few extra whole mint leaves to serve.

Lovely served with a cream cheese bagel – I love mopping up the minty strawberry juices with it.

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Rhubarb Spelt Muffins

A lovely way to use fresh rhubarb. The muffin mixture seems quite dry but the rhubarb releases it’s juices during cooking and these muffins turn out to be surprisingly moist.  You could use other flours, but I think the spelt flour complements the tart rhubarb really well.  These are great on the go breakfast snacks – and freeze really well. They are also fab with some yoghurt or crème fraiche and some extra berries or banana on the side.

rhurbarb muffins

Rhubarb Spelt Muffins

  • 200g raw rhubarb – diced into small pieces
  • 280g Spelt plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 100g coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom (about 6 pods)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 240ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 100g melted butter

Method

  • Mix the dry ingredients together (including the rhubarb)
  • Mix the wet ingredients together (milk, egg and butter)
  • Add the wet to the dry and quickly stir together.
  • Spoon the mixture into your muffin cases – this makes 10 large muffins.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes, 180c/350f/Gas 4 – the muffins should be turning golden brown on top.

They keep for a couple of days – or freeze them individually.

rhurbarb diced

Rhubarb Bites

The glut continues and I’m still playing with rhubarb.  These bites are very moreish with a texture of a soft flapjack – but without the added sugar.  I’ve made flapjacks in the past using raw rhubarb, which works very well but for these I stewed the rhubarb first and this brings a softer texture and helps to bind the oats without the need for too much oil.

I’ve been eating these for the past two days – they are also good with a bit of full fat Greek yoghurt on the side for dipping.

Rhubarb Bites

Rhubarb bites

  • 200g Rhubarb – chopped into chunks
  • Juice and rind of half a large orange – or a whole small one
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar

Put all the above in a saucepan and bring to a simmer – simmer for around 4-5 minutes until it’s starting to go mushy. Leave to cool.

  • 200g oats
  • 100g dates – chopped
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 25g hulled hemp seeds
  • 50g pecan nuts – chopped
  • 50g coconut oil – melted

Mix all the ingredients together and then stir in the stewed rhubarb.

Line a baking dish with baking paper and put the mixture into the dish and mould it into a 20cm x 20cm square (roughly speaking).  It takes a bit of squishing down with your hand and/or a wooden spoon.

Divide into 16 squares before putting in the oven – use a sharp knife to cut through the mixture but don’t separate the squares.

Cook at 160c/325F/Gas 3 – for 30 minutes.  It should start to look golden brown on the top.

Take out of the oven and run your knife along the cuts again – don’t try and separate or take out of the tin.  Leave to cool in the tin before removing.

They do last a couple of days in an airtight container – that’s if you can stop eating them.

 

 

Vass Smoothie

I’ve just returned from a holiday in Vasiliki in Greece and this smoothie was the smoothie of the day at my hotel.  I had it on my first day and then asked what the smoothie was the following day – it was the same smoothie every day because this was the one everyone liked best!  I’ve tried to recreate it at home to bring back some sunshine to a rather damp and dull morning.  It’s simple, fresh and sunny.

Vass Smoothie

  • 200ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • large chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 banana

Blend it all together.

 

Rhubarb Straw Pot

I’m still happily ploughing through my stash of stewed rhubarb and this is such an easy pot to put together.  The combination of the sharp rhubarb with the sweet strawberries is lovely and a huge dollop of yoghurt brings it all together.  A very easy, healthy brekkie.

Rhubarb straw pot

Rhubarb Straw Pot (serves one)

  • 150g stewed rhubarb
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs oats
  • 1 tbs linseeds
  • Strawberries – I used at least 6 big juicy ones
  • Yoghurt to serve – I love coconut yoghurt with this and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

Mix the rhubarb with the chia, linseeds and oats and put overnight in the fridge.  In the morning layer up with the strawberries and top with yoghurt.