Fig & Persimmons (Kaki/Sharon Fruit) with Most Excellent Greek ‘Yoghurt’.

Where to begin with the great stuff in this cheeky bowl of delights!

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❀ Persimmons … Nevermind the antioxidant vitamin-C power, the vitamin-A, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin helping slow aging and various disease processes. They contain health benefiting flavonoids (poly-phenolic anti-oxidants such as catechins and gallocatechins) and an anti-tumor compound, betulinic acid.

❀ Figs … Nevermind the potassium (helps to control blood pressure) it’s fiber-rich positive effect on weight management an in depth US study showed it had a positive impact on lowering Postmenopausal Breast Cancer … and then bam – its there helping prevent age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) too.

❀ Cashews … Nevermind that about 50% of the fat is heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, there’s Copper for antioxidant defenses, energy production, magnesium for healthy bones and … you carzy people…. Eating Nuts Lowers Risk of Weight Gain!

❀ Coconut & Coconut Oil …. Nevermind it’s unique combination ofpowerfully medicinal fatty acids (its them there medium chain triglycerides), it increase your metabolism, helping you burn more fat. It’s lauric acid content can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, it keeps you feeling full. We are all mad on raspberry ketones but the fatty acids in coconut oil do the same.

Enough … I’m exhausted with all the excitement.

Actually I have a beautiful fig tree in my garden and it is in it’s first flush so I am very excited to be able to pop out my back door, grab 3 figs from thetree and pop them into a bowl with a persimmon.

The Most Excellent Greek ‘Yoghurt’ is actually a cashew and coconut blend.
Soak a cup of cashews for a minimum of 20 minutes. Drain and rinse, then pop them into a food processor with a cup of coconut milk, the juice of a lemon, 1 tablespoon of xylotol (or raw honey or have you tried the lovely coconut blossom nectar?) a pinch of himalayn salt and blitz it, add a quarter cup of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of sunflower lecithin and pour into a glass jar and chill for about 2 hours for a nice firm mix or you can enjoy it runny too

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5 Day Detox – realistic for normal human beings :)

Hello there m’dears. Been a while, I hope you are all doing well.

This is a bit of a special one as an aid to anyone that really wants a detox and has tried the commercial diets and extreme fasting detox’s and it’s all just been too much one way or another.

This will give your body enough of a break to get you feeling like everything is working well again and you can stride into the rest of the season feeling fighting fit.

Just so you know, myself, I had a small cup (125ml) of the alkalising green and some of my medicine balls this morning and I am pinging off the wall! So I am hoping that these recipes will do the same for you πŸ™‚

So, to start here are four juices to have ready for the next 3 days, I will add into the recipes the various organic powders that I add when I make them, but you may not have them …. no matter, just make them without, they’ll still be really good for you πŸ™‚
Each recipe is enough for the 3 days, you can cut the recipe into 1/3 and make them fresh each day, or make the batches, divide between cups for each day and freeze . Then the night before you need them take them out into the fridge and allow them to defrost ready for you to consume the next day. However you think about it, this is still a much better option than the pasteurised juices in the shops or the ‘fresh’ juices made from EU allowable blended stocks that allow them to still be called fresh.

Alkalising Green Restores balance to an acidic system.

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1 cucumber
1 lime (well scrubbed with 2/3 of the zest removed)
a pinch of himalayan or sea salt
4 stalks of celery
a large handful of fresh parsley
3 eating apples
1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds
1 tbsp organic barley grass powder
1 tsp organic wheat grass powder
1 tbsp organic spirulina powder
1 tsp organic kelp powder
1 tbsp organic maca root powder
1 tbsp organic lucuma powder
1 x 2cm piece of fresh ginger

Juice the fruit and vegetables. Grind the hemp seeds. Put 1/2 the juice and the powders, seeds and ginger into a blender and blend for 3 minutes. Push through a fine sieve collecting all the pulp from the underside.
This can be diluted with equal quantities of fresh, filtered water.

Radical Reducing Blood Builder

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Nice sweet taste disguises this iron rich, infection fighting juice, high in betacarotene and the natural fungicide falcarinol. Great if you have skin problems πŸ™‚
4 good local seasonal apples (what is close and fresh to you)- (scrubbed)
1 medium sized beetroot (scrubbed)
2 medium carrots (scrubbed)
2 small parsnips (scrubbed)
1 lemon (well scrubbed with 1/2 the zest removed)
1 tbsp organic lucuma powder (or 1 tsp local honey if you like)

Again juice the fruit and veg then blend with the powder.
This can be diluted with equal quantities of fresh, filtered water.

Fluid Balancer Great for that afternoon energy hit you need. This is rich in a diverse combination of nutrients, will help with fluid retention as it sorts out the imbalance between cells. And then the lemon scarifies the gut to make sure you feel all fresh and new πŸ™‚
3 eating apples (seasonal and local)
2 sticks celery (scrubbed)
1 cucumber (scrubbed)
1x 2 cm piece of ginger
1 lemon (well scrubbed with 1/2 the zest removed)
1 tsp purple corn extract
Same process as before.

Soothing Cinnamon

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Nice for the end of the day, settling the stomach and preparing the body for rest (I do hope you aren’t trying to lead a crazy life over these 3 days – be nice to yourself!) The bromalain in the pineapple will does great things in removing mucus from the body (great if you have a cough or cold) and the cinnamon does good things to blood sugar levels and helps the body readjust back to a healthy mode πŸ™‚

1 medium sized pineapple
2 good local seasonal apples (what is close and fresh to you)- (scrubbed)
1/4 medium sized beetroot (scrubbed)
1 medium carrots (scrubbed)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp organic mucuma powder

Peel the pineapple.
Same process as before.

I will also mention something called ‘Medicine Balls’ these are my own recipe and if you are a regular purchaser of mine you may well have had them. You do see similar items in wholefood shops and some supermarkets and there is a wealth of recipes elsewhere on WordPress, they are called things like energyballs, or powerballs. Mine have no added sugar and the others I have mentioned rely very heavily on dates in the ingredients. I love dates, use them lots, but they are very high in naturally occurring sugar and my personal experience is that they cause a massive sugar high and crash – so mine do not contain any. But if you want to use them do. Otherwise at the point where I suggest eating a Medicine ball, you can perhaps have a herbal tea, or even a raw carrot πŸ™‚

Day 1
On rising warm water with a slice of fresh lemon added (I cannot tolerate this so I have …) or a warm water and a few leaves of fresh mint.
1st Juice: Alkalising Green. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take before 11.am.
2nd Juice: Radical Reducing, Blood Builder. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take after Midday.
3rd Juice: Fluid Balancer. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take between 3.pm. and 4.pm.
4th Juice: Soothing Cinnamon. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take between 6.pm and 8.pm.

2 hours before bedtime (this may well coincide with your final juice of the day) Gojiberry Ginger & Bee Pollen Medicine Ball

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Day 2
On rising warm water with a slice of fresh lemon added or a warm water and a few leaves of fresh mint.
1st Juice: Alkalising Green. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take before 11.am.
2nd Juice: Radical Reducing, Blood Builder. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take after Midday.
3rd Juice: Fluid Balancer. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take between 3.pm. and 4.pm.
4th Juice: Soothing Cinnamon. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take between 6.pm and 8.pm.

2 hours before bedtime (this may well coincide with your final juice of the day) Super Seeds & Super Berry Medicine Ball

Day 3
On rising warm water with a slice of fresh lemon added or a warm water and a few leaves of fresh mint.
1st Juice: Alkalising Green. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take before 11.am.
2nd Juice: Radical Reducing, Blood Builder. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take after Midday.
3rd Juice: Fluid Balancer. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take between 3.pm. and 4.pm.
4th Juice: Soothing Cinnamon. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take between 6.pm and 8.pm.

2 hours before bedtime (this may well coincide with your final juice of the day) Hemp & Purple Corn Extract Medicine Ball
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Day 4
On rising warm water with a slice of fresh lemon added or a warm water and a few leaves of fresh mint.
1st Juice: Alkalising Green. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take before eating anything. This is just a really great juice to get into the habit of having every morning – or perhaps just on a weekend morning – just start making it something you would want to include in your weekly food intake – in the same way as lots of people think about toast (I do not eat bread everyday and mostly I don’t even eat it once a week but I understand that people eat bread every single day of the year).

Green Medicine Ball: Now allow 20 minutes before you eat any breakfast.

Breakfast: Gluten Free Oats, soaked in warm water overnight. Add a little honey or agave nectar, a heaping tablespoon of sunflower and pumpkin seeds and as much soya, almond milk, coconut milk, goats milk, ewes milk or
any live yogurt you prefer.

Lunch: RAW! Kale & Sauerkraut Salad (from me)

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or Nicoise Salad, made with a big handful of spinach leaves, a ripe tomato, a cold hard boiled egg, 2 anchovy fillets, a small can of tuna (drained), or a fresh one (seared for 2 minutes either side). Mix as a salad with a few olives if you like.

Dinner: 3 Bean and White Chard.

You can make this as a stew or as a soup. Very tasty, extremely good for your entire system. Small can of kidney beans, 1 small can of chick peas, 1 small can of flagolet beans. 1 red onion, 1 small carrot, 1 stalk of celery, 1 clove of garlic, a can of tomatoes, 8 leaves of white chard, a good tablespoon of rapeseed oil. Warm the oil and fry the vegetables (not the chard). Add in the other ingredients and 500ml of vegetable stock. Cook for 10 minutes. Really quick and good for you too πŸ™‚ Make enough for tomorrows lunch.

Day 5
On rising warm water with a slice of fresh lemon added or a warm water and a few leaves of fresh mint.
1st Juice: Alkalising Green. You may dilute the made quantity with an equal measure of fresh/filtered water. Take before eating anything.

Breakfast: A ripe tomato, a slice of red onion. Fry in a tbsp of olive oil, add a handful of chopped parsley leaves and then stir in 2 large free range eggs to scramble.

Lunch: 3 Bean and White Chard. From last nights dinner πŸ™‚

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Dinner: 3 Chick Pea & Sweet Potato Bake. 2 large sweet potatoes (well scrubbed), boiled then mashed. Set the oven to 200˚C or Gas4. Heat a spoon of olive oil and add a diced onion in to soften, then add a clove of garlic, stir, 4 big handfuls of spinach and stir over the heat until they wilt. Add in a large can of chick peas and crush all together slightly. Pop into a oven dish. Top with the mash and bake for 20 minutes.

You are now good to go for the rest of the year πŸ™‚

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake

This is a big cake – remember I was using all that pumpkin! So I have given measures that will make 2 x 2lb loaves or the one big cake. If you want you can just halve the amounts and make the one loaf. But these freeze like a dream!

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients
β€’ 600g / 20 oz GF SR flour
β€’ 420g / 14 oz brown sugar
β€’ 1 salt
β€’ 1 tbsp cinnamon
β€’ 1 tbsp ginger
β€’ 600g / 20 oz roasted pumpkin purΓ©ed in a food processor
β€’ 250 ml sunflower oil
β€’ 9 tbsp Agave Nectar

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F/180˚C/Gas4.
Parchment line a 24 cm spring form cake tin. Or 2 x 2lb loaf tins.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, and spices.
In a jug whisk together the oil and agave.
Add wet mixture to dry with the pureed pumpkin then mix until well combined. This is a stiff batter, don’t worry, the pumpkin will make it a really soft cake πŸ™‚

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Pour into prepared pan and level it off.

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Bake 45-50 minutes or until top is starting to brown and it feels firm to the touch. For the loaves allow 35-40 minutes πŸ™‚
Let it to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then open the pan or tip them out and allow to cool on a rack.

Autumnal Pumpkin Stew

So here is the first dish I made with the pumpkin πŸ™‚

It was eaten that night (as were all the dishes) and we felt we had seriously entered into an autumn state of being πŸ™‚

I was aiming to make enough for 4 people, but I just made extra and popped the other half into the freezer. This is giving a good idea of how much food there is to be had from just one pumpkin.

Autumnal Pumpkin Stew

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serves 8 people

1 kg / 2 lb roasted pumpkin flesh
3 medium onions
5 medium carrots
3 sticks of celery
3 cloves of garlic
120g / 4oz creamed coconut
2 tbsp sunflower oil
4 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
(or 4 tsp Garam masala if you prefer a more curry flavour)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1.5 lt / 3 pt hot vegetable stock or water

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(Not the garlic!) Peel the raw vegetables and cut them all into a 1 cm chunk – not too small, this isn’t a soup πŸ™‚

Chop the cooked pumpkin flesh to be about 2 cm chunks.

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Heat the oil in a large heavy based saucepan.
Add the raw vegetables, keep the heat as high as possible and allow the vegetables to start to brown.
Turn the heat to low and add the pumpkin, spices, herbs, sugar and tomato puree.
Give it a stir, allow that it 10 – 20 seconds to open the flavours.
Turn up the heat and either chop or use a garlic press to process the garlic to a fine mince and add to the pan.
Add the hot stock. The liquid should not quite cover top layer.
Now add the coconut and to bring this to the boil.
Turn the heat down to medium low, cover with a lid and allow to cook for 10 -15 minutes.
If it looks too soupy after this then take the lid off and allow it to boil on a high heat for 5 minutes to drive off some of the liquid (you will also intensify the flavour).
Keep a check on it, give it a stir every so often to make sure it’s not catching on the bottom.
That’s it, it’s ready – but, as with so many tomato based foods – this is so much tastier if you allow it to cool and have it thoroughly warmed through the next day.

I served these with the Savoury Pumpkin Cakes πŸ™‚

Pumpkin Savoury Cakes

This is probably my favourite of the dishes I made πŸ™‚

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Pumpkin Savoury Cakes
750g / 1lb 8 oz roasted pumpkin flesh
250ml / 1/2 pt milk ( I used soya)
4 eggs
450g / 1lb plain gluten free flour
1 tsp Sea salt
125 ml sunflower oil

I used the pumpkin I had roasted.
Pop it into a food processor.
Add in the milk and blitz to a smooth paste.

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Tip into a mixing bowl and add in the flour, eggs and salt
Fold in the flour until you have a consistency like a firm cake batter, if it’s too firm add a little water and if it seems too slack add a little more flour πŸ™‚
It needs to be able to hold it’s shape without being so hard that it cannot expand a little as it cooks.
Heat 1/2 cm of the oil in a heavy based frying pan over a medium heat.

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Use an ice cream scoop (or a couple of dessert spoons) to make up the cakes, I use one heaping scoop per cake, formed as I add them into the hot oil.
Allow them 3-4 minutes to brown to a nice golden colour, not any faster as they won’t be cooked through, so you’ll need to turn the heat down a touch. Any longer and they will be heavy and greasy – so turn the heat up a tad.

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Turn them and press them down to about 1.5 – 2 cm thick.
As they cook pop them onto a warm plate with kitchen roll on to absorb the excess oil.

These are so light and fluffy and do not take up loads of the oil, they are slightly plain deliberately as I wanted to use them to pick up the savoury sauce from the stew.

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Daughter No2 ate about 8 extra-just on their own. And the next day there were plenty for me to be able to use to scoop up some of me fresh made hummus -ahhhh bliss πŸ™‚

Pumpkins’ Are Enormous – And What To Do With Them

As you know, I do like a seasonal bit of produce and there are lots of enormous pumpkins around and most are bought (here in Blighty) just to make lanterns.

I have had an intrigue and fascination of pumpkins for way too long (considering I am an adult) and it is all down to Linus and his obsession with the Pumpkin Patch in Peanuts (I want to be Snoopy). But I am not exactly successful at growing them myself, however they are plentiful and cheap at the moment.

So I bought some and thought I’d make a sensible attempt at seeing what I could make to feed a family of 4 from one pumpkin.

There was more pumpkin than I could cook dishes with in the time I had but I did get 3 good ones πŸ™‚

Preparing the Pumpkin πŸ™‚

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I wanted to cook it in a way that would get rid of some of the moisture and intensify the flavour, so I knew I would roast it.

Cut the pumpkin in quarters and take out the seeds.

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Wash away the membranes and any sticky juice and allow them to dry on a tray. The seeds can be roasted with soy sauce or spices to make a tasty topping or snacking food.

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I did cut away the skin, but I know some people like to leave the skin on as they roast. I can’t see any benefit to leaving it on unless you want to scrap the skins of all flesh once it has finished cooking.

As you can see, I got a lot of flesh from the one pumpkin. Put it in a single layer on the tray and roast at 425˚F/220˚C/Gas7 for about 20 minutes – until the flesh is tender.

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Allow it to cool – ready for what ever it is you want to cook.

And here are the recipes πŸ˜€

https://scarletrosita.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/autumnal-pumpkin-stew/

https://scarletrosita.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/pumpkin-savoury-cakes/

https://scarletrosita.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/spiced-pumpkin-cake/

RAW! Banana Dream Bar

I like to think of this a bit of a life saver when you want something that feels substantial but is not going to be requiring a nap 10 minutes after eating.

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RAW! Banana Dream Bar

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For the Banana filling:
2 medium bananas
3/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Cling film line a 1 lb loaf tin.

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Zest and juice that lime mmmmmm

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Gently melt the coconut oil.

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Now add all the topping ingredients to the processor and process until very smooth.

Pour the mixture onto the base and smooth it with the back of a spoon.
To cut them put them into the freezer for 30 minutes, take them out and whilst still in the pan cut them to size (if it has gone super hard just leave them out for 5 minutes)

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Now pop them back into the freezer for about 2 hours. These must be stored in the freezer.

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Really lovely and fresh.

Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
All new customers will get a lovely washable cotton shopper as a ‘Thank you and please come again next week’ (Whie stocks last!)

Every Friday at about 6 pm GMT I publish photos of the items I have cooked for market. Have a look at the Facebook page.

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