Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Weekly Shop (part 2)

Food, glorious food!! Today we did one of our "big shops", whereby we'd pretty much ran out of everything and are living on leftovers of meals thrown into the freezer and the last few non-perishables forgotten at the back of the fridge.

I split the shop into "fruit and veg" and "everything else". Being an almost entirely veggie household (Isaac will occasionally cook meat) we buy quite a lot of veg, and this wasn't all of it, we bought quite a few multiples of things that I didn't have room for on the table. I also love having lots of fruit in the house to nibble on during the day or for juices and smoothies. Lots of colour! The "everything else" mainly consists of bread/bread making ingredients and dairy, as well as other bits and bobs we have to get occasionally. I did one of these posts last year if you'd like to compare then and now. I hope you liked looking at our shop, how does it compare to yours?

Orange juice, olive oil, rapeseed oil, clementines, kale, pak choi, spinach, coriander leaves, basil leaves, garlic, apples, mango, avocado, onions, aubergine, courgettes, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, field mushrooms, spring onions, sweet potato, peppers, passion fruit, tomatoes, lemons and carrots.

Muesli, tomato passata, penne pasta, sushi rice, cous cous, Quorn pieces, mirin, whole milk yogurt, milk, mozzarella, sourdough loaf, pure sunflower, maldon sea salt, Dove's Farm Organic white bread flour and wholegrain slept flour, Royal baking powder, pistachio nuts, flaked and ground almonds, vanilla bean paste, honey, milled linseed, tahini, Kallo organic veg stock cubes, Belazu preserved lemons and free range corn fed eggs.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wholegrain Spelt Soda Bread

I truly believe that people who don't eat bread are not as happy as those who do. They may say they are but secretly when the unmistakable smell of freshly baked bread wafts by their noses, a part of them dies. Or something like that! Nothing beats fresh homemade bread, it's nutritious and most importantly, absolutely scrummy! You may not be able to buy happiness, but you can bake it!

This is an incredibly easy bread to make and can be ready start-to-finish in an hour, what more could you want!? Here's what you'll need (I've linked the products I used below):

350g of wholegrain spelt flour 
50g of porridge oats 
1 tablespoon of runny honey
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 heaped teaspoon of bread soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1 tablespoon of rapeseed oil - or any other light flavoured oil
300ml of milk
125g whole yogurt
1 tablespoon of sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds  

As this requires no kneading and relies on bread soda to make the bread rise you need to work quickly so it's easiest to separate the wet and dry ingredients before combining them all together. 

Once you've combined everything together pour the mixture into a lined loaf tin, spread evenly,  sprinkle with seeds and bake at 200C for 45-55 mins. It should be nice and golden on top and sound hollow when tapped. Allow to cool and enjoy pure happiness!