An Amazing Loaf Of Bread

This recipe is NOT one of mine – but I am totally bowled over by it. It is delicious, infinitely adaptable, has incredible keeping qualities (just consider any adaptations). It is so satisfying and a little slice can be wrapped in a napkin and tucked into a pocket to keep you going all day with put having to resort to poorly made, ill thought through snacks that claim much but are made without knowledge or consideration.

This couldn’t be easier ……

…..make it yourself……

….. you’ll save more than money …

….. reclaim yumminess one recipe at a time!

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This is from ‘My New Roots’ By Sarah Britton. The book is full of great recipes that you’ll use every day ๐Ÿ™‚

1 cup/140g sunflower seeds

1/2 cup 90g linseeds

1/2 cup 70g almonds

1 1/2 cups 150g gluten free oats

2 tbsp chia seeds

4 tbsp psyllium husks

1 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp coconut oil

Use a 500g or 1lb silicon loaf pan. If its not silicon then use a strip of parchment along the base to make removal easier later.

This can be made in the loaf tin/pan.

In a bowl (or the loaf pan) ย mix the dry ingredients

Whisk the wet in a jug and then stir into the dry.

Allow to stand on the side for the minimum of 3 hours and up to 12.

Preheat the oven to Gas 4/ 180โ€ขC / 350โ€ขF

Bake for 20 minutes on the middle self (I had to bake mine for twice as long as I made additions and adaptations – so just bear that in mind)

Tip the half baked loaf onto a metal tray and put it back into the oven for another 40 minutes. Until the loaf starts to sound hollow when tapped.

It should totally be left to go cold before you slice it like the inventor says … But i couldn’t resist a warm slice with fresh sliced pear and a drizzle of tahini … I know, I’m so predictable!

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The adaptation on this loaf was 1 tbsp vanilla powder (make this by grinding a vanilla pod in a coffee grinder) 3 tbsp date syrup 3 tbsp of fennel seeds, 3 tbsp blueberries. 3 tbsp cranberries, 3 tbsp mulberries, 3 tbsp dried sour cherries, 3 tbsp golden raisins and I used hazelnuts

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The adaptation on this loaf was 1 tbsp sesame seedsย 3 tbsp of carawayย seeds,ย a cup of green olives, a cup of sun dried tomatoes 1 tbsp oregano.


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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Preparing the Pumpkin ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 425หšF/220หšC/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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Linseed Crackers No Added Fat No Added Sugar Gluten Free Wheat Free Dairy Free Soya Free No Nut Vegan Egg Free

This is a kind of mercy blog. I have had lots of people coming to buy various RAW! products from me, and they like the taste and quality but they find them expensive – which is fair enough, in a world of 2:4:1 offers in the supermarkets and their ability to crush producers down to minuscule margins then all RAW! products will feel more expensive.

In defence of RAW! foods it is really helpful to remember that because the foods are nutritionally dense there is not the need to eat to excess in the way that is normal with more conventional foods (better not even start on some of those terrible diet plans, where you pay to attend, are told you are not eating enough, routinely overeat, increase your tolerance of those quantities and when you are no longer on the diet you overeat on the calorific foods you were used to and suddenly you are 10% heavier than ever you started!) Also RAW! foods are very satisfying and you will have a spring in your step ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, this is a recipe for a basic Linseed cracker, follow the recipe and you will have crisp, tasty crackers that will not get stuck in your throat or cause you a belly ache.

It is not exactly the recipe I use (as that would be telling) but you can add in various herbs and spices as you like – you will then have your own unique cracker. I have scaled back the recipe size to make 1 standard tray to fit either a Sedona or Excalibur dehydrator. This recipe will not work in an oven (really sorry – but it just won’t) or if you have your own sun-drier then spread it out to 1-2 linseeds thick.

A word about the dehydrator. I have a Sedona 9 tray. In the manual it says that it will function for 36 hours continuous use. I have had mine running continuously for 2 weeks and never had a single problem with it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I do not have any photos of the process -as I say this is being posted because there is a need for a good recipe.

I recommend you eat these with a fresh dip but as an emergency pack in your bag for those moments when all there is on offer is deep fried or covered in cheap chocolate – then these are worth their weight in gold.




Linseed Crackers
No Added Fat No Added Sugar Gluten Free Wheat Free Dairy Free Soya Free No Nut Vegan Egg Free

500g golden Linseed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tsp dried parsley

Soak the Linseeds in 1 Lt water for a minimum of 4 hours but no more than 12 hours.
Place mixture in a large bowl.
Add other ingredients and mix until well-combined.
Spread dough over the dehydrator tray.
Dehydrate at 54ยฐC for approximately 24 hours.

These are photos of my RAW! Sweet & Spicy Pepper Crackers – they’re very nice too.


Scapece (Zucchini)

This is a treat we would have right at the start of the summer. My Mum would only ever make it with the first zucchini/corgettes of the summer – before the seeds have a chance to thicken. I have made it as she used to with malt vinegar.

We would eat them after a day of steeping, simply on bread with a pinch of salt.


Sunflower or Extra-virgin olive oil enough to fill the pan you use to 1 cm depth
8 first of the season (young) zucchini
12 leaves fresh mint, torn in 2
4 cloves garlic, in thick slices
malt vinegar (coeliacs please use red or white wine vinegar)

Wash the fruit and cut off the stem. Then slice into a 1cm thick (not too thin not too thick)


Heat the oil in your chosen pan for frying.
Once it is hot add the zucchini to make a single layer in the pan. If you prefer you can do this in a larger pan deeper in oil ๐Ÿ™‚


Fry until turning golden, then turn each slice to colour on the other side.
Allow the zucchini to cool on some kitchen paper.


Into a bowl or jar make the marinade of garlic, mint and the vinegar.


Do not add the salt at this stage.
Add in the zucchini, cover with a lid or cling film.
Leave in a cool spot (not the fridge though) and eat up over the next 3 days.




RAW! Blueberry Caramel Layer Cake

This is another of my RAW! Fresh Cakes that I sell on the market. It is devised to be able to withstand not having to be served straight from the freezer. My stomach does not like anything straight from the freezer (even my ices have to be almost at room temperature otherwise I get a terrible belly ache). And this way the flavours have a chance to be bright and beautiful instead of muted under glacial temperatures.

Again this is one that has been asked ofr – but I still have no camera – really sorry but I just don’t have the spare cash and I don’t want to stop blogging – so I hope you will bare with me.

I am very grateful to those of you that have stuck with me through this ‘no camera/strapped for cash’ period. One day I shall reward you with a slice-o-cake ๐Ÿ™‚


RAW! Blueberry Caramel Layer Cake
No Added processed Sugar, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Soya Free, Vegan, Egg Free.

Makes 18 slices

120g / 4 oz hazelnuts
240g / 8 oz cashew nuts
120g / 4 oz walnuts
4 tsp Maca root powder (if you cannot find this no matter -but it adds a lovely flavour and is super good for you too)
1 tsp vanilla extract
240g / 8 oz Medjol dates
1 tsp sea salt

Blueberry Layer
240g / 8 oz raw cashews, ground
120g / 4 oz macadamia nuts
240g / 8 oz Medjol dates
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp Lucuma powder
480g / 1 lb fresh blueberries (washed and picked over)
sprinkle sea salt

Caramel Topping
2 tsp vanilla extract
240g / 8 oz Medjol dates
240g / 8 oz ground cashew
1/2 cup agave nectar
2 tbsp melted coconut oil

Line an 9″ x 9″ cake tray with cling film
If you have a dehydrator and suffer from digestive disorders then please – Soak the walnuts and cashew nuts over night. In the morning drain and dehydrate for 16- 24 hours until thoroughly desiccated.
All the nuts need to be processed to a fine flour. I use a coffee grinder for this.

For the base:
Add the dates to the bowl of the food processor with the blade fitted.
Start to process the dates. You will need to open the bowl and scrape it down several times.
Add remaining ingredients and really allow it to process until you have a stiffish dough that balls up. You may need to add a little water to get the right consistency.
Spoon into tray and press down.
Set to one side.

For the Filling:
Add all the ingredients to the bowl of the food processor with the blade fitted. Then blend together until very smooth and soft like a cream cheese.
Pour on top of the base and level off.

For the Topping:
Add all the ingredients to the bowl of the food processor with the blade fitted. Then blend together until very smooth and light and soft like a yogurt.
Just taste it now to make sure the ‘caramel’ is sweet as you like it – I don’t want it too sweet, I like the sour of the fruit to compete with the sweetness of the nuts ๐Ÿ™‚
Pour onto the filling and spread evenly again.
Cover with cling film and store in the freezer.

This can be kept in the ice box for 3 months or in the deep freeze for a year.

Before you want to eat it move it to the fridge and allow it to soften for about 4 hours – or you can leave it covered, in a cool spot in the kitchen for about 45 minutes if you prefer.

Utterly guilt free and feels like a total indulgence.

I defy you to eat it and not only love it but feel amazingly well about an hour afterwards

It’s fine, it’s okay, it’s just what I do ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

‘Scarlet Rosita’s Utterly Delicious Date Slice’ Dairy Free, Vegan, Egg Free, No Added Nut, Gluten & Wheat Free

When I was expecting Daughter No1 I had a visit from Big Bro with my delightful Niece No4, who was 14 months old at the time. I made a tray of these as I thought they would be a nice treat we could all enjoy over a cuppa. Big Bro was talking about how my Niece No4 was going through a phase of not eating. Well you can probably guess what happened next. We had to restrain her from finishing the entire plateful. I was really pleased as Big Bro was anxious about her refusal to eat and I thought we had had a break through on that day ……However 2 days later I had a call from Big Bro, Sis In Law was none to pleased with the resulting multiple well filled nappies that were the inevitable result. (tee hee hee hee hee)

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I had a frantic phone call on Monday – Daughter No1 needs to come home from Uni for a few days……..Hurray!

And of course she started talking about the foods she has been dreaming about eating whilst she is home, and this is one of her all time favourites. She used to make these on a regular basis when she was at home. It is a nice straight forward recipe. The original recipe is from the fabulous Cranks recipe book (circa 1967 Soho London).

Their’s is a wholemeal recipe, delightfully typical of that time, but of course I have tweaked it and made it my own.

I do prefer mine, it has more complexity of flavour and I like it being Vegan and Gluten & Wheat Free as it is kinder to the digestion. But if you like you can use butter and wheat flour and ordinary oats, yours will have a slightly more unctuous quality and it will be a delight just the same.

Great for packing in a bag for when you are out and about too, especially in children’s packed lunches, just don’t let them eat too many in one go ๐Ÿ˜‰

Scarlet Rosita’s Utterly Delicious Date Slice

90g / 3oz Muscavado Sugar
330g / 10oz Medjool Dates (or ordinary chopped are fine, but the Medjool are fabulous!)
60g / 2oz Lemon juice
60g / 2oz water
180g / 6oz Sunflower Margarine
330g / 10oz Self Raising Gluten & Wheat Free Flour
120g / 4oz Gluten Free Oats
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (you can omit this if you are avoiding salt, it will only affect the taste not the chemistry)

Grind in a food processor the below for the topping
90g / 3oz Gluten Free Oats
60g / 2oz Cranberries
60g / 2oz Pumpkin seeds
30g / 1oz Chestnut flour
30g / 1oz Dried Figs

Parchment line a 15 cm x 15 cm tin. (of all the recipes, this is the most forgiving if you do not have a pan of this exact size and shape)
Set oven to 350หšF/180หšC/Gas 4.
Poach the dates in the lemon juice and water for a minute then beat with a wooden spoon until they are fully pulped.
Melt the margarine in a large pan over a medium heat and stir in all the first lot of dry ingredients.
Really work at getting it all coated.
Press 3/4 the mixture into the tray using a food bag over your hand.
Top with the date mixture.
Add the ground oats, fruit and seeds onto the remaining 1/4 of the oaty mix and use your hands to rub the mixture together, almost like making pastry.
Spoon this on top of the dates and then make an even spread of it over the top.
Now I suggest you cover it with a sheet of cling film and press firmly (without pushing the dates out the side!) You must do this as it will be crumbly but if you skip this it will just fall off the top of the slices.
Bin the cling film
Bake at gas 4 for 1 hour -1 hour and 15 minutes. It should just be turning golden and a delightful smell filling the kitchen.
Allow to cool for 30 minutes before dividing.
Allow to cool completely before lifting from the tin.



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Chocolate & Apple Cake

I have had so many people contact me recently because they are suffering from a wheat and/or gluten sensitivity. I have suffered this at various points in my life and I know how miserable and difficult it can make life. But unless you are allergic or a Coeliac, it can get better and as long as you do not eat gluten strengthened bread, pastries, biscuits etc, you will be able to eat wheat again. After all it is a lovely sweet grain, but I know I can never eat cheap bread, or anything from a high street or supermarket bakery (just set me off again). So no Cheese and Onion Pasty for me, but I can very happily make Cheese and Onion Pie at home (Oooh now there’s an idea!)


I made this as a practice recipe, but it turned out really well. I put the photo onto Facebook and it was really well received, so I said I would blog it today.

So not the usual amount of photos but you can see what a lovely moist cake it is.

If this is too large a cake then halve the recipe and bake in a 23 cm cake tin.

Chocolate & Apple Cake

180g / 6 oz Butter
180g / 6 oz Muscavado sugar
6 Eggs
7 oz Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
90 g / 3 oz Cocoa powder
240g / 8 oz sweet eating apples
a pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder

Set oven to 350หšF/180หšC/ Gas 4.
Parchment line or greaseproof paper or butter and flour a 29 cm cake pan.
Wash the skins and then grated the apple on a large hole.
Break the eggs and beat with a fork to break up.
Sift together the flour, salt, cocoa and baking powder.
Melt the butter in a large pan.
Cool slightly then beat in the sugar.
Add the egg and beat to incorporate.
Add in the flour mixture and grated apple then fold to mix.
Divide between the pans.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 -15 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.
Turn onto a cooling rack (make sure you turn it again so that the bottom of the cake is on the rack as the top will still be a little tender and a little stickier than a usual sponge).


If you like you can top with a Chocolate butter cream

120g / 4 oz Butter
240g / 8 oz Icing sugar
90 g / 3 oz Cocoa powder
60 ml / 2 fl oz strong black coffee

Have the butter at room temperature.
Beat until soft. then sift the icing sugar and cocoa and start to fold, stir and then beat it into the butter.
Finally add the coffee and beat until very light and fluffy.


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