I don’t know about you, but I still get childishly excited when the post arrives. Especially when there’s a package for me!
Tearing straight into it…any guesses?
Michael Pollen’s ‘In Defence of Food’. After hearing many rave reviews of this book, I decided to order it and see what the fuss was about myself! I have a huge interest in this kind of thing, so I can’t wait to dive right in! And of course I’ll give you a lovely book review when I’m done!
Another surprise this morning was some natural light, believe it or not! I feel like I’ve been living in darkness for ages, so when a bit of natural light comes, I hurry with the food so it can be appreciated!
Aah, light! It soon went again though, and I returned back to my world of artificial light. This bowl of delicious creamy simple oats (1 cup oats+wheatbran, a sprinkle of oatbran, 1 cup soya milk and a handful of raisins) warmed and cheered me up though!
On today’s agenda was making granola! I love granola, but hate how much sugar is added to shop-bought varieties! That’s also what I love about dried apricots- they’re one of the few dried fruits that usually never have any added sugar!
Coconut, Apricot and Almond Granola (adapted from Sound Eats)
- 2 cups (jumbo) rolled oats
- 1/2 cup toasted flaked almonds
- 3/4 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
- a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
- 3 Tablespoons tropical (or orange) juice
- 1 Tablespoon honey or agave
- 2 Tablespoons canola oil (I used melted vegan spread)
- Desiccated coconut (optional- I used approximately 3 Tablespoons)
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F
- Combine the oats, almonds, apricots and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in all of the liquids until all the oats are evenly coated.
- Spread out the granola on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake granola for 15 minutes. Take the granola out and turn it, then bake an additional 10 minutes. (It won’t be very hard- the granola will continue to harden after you remove it from the oven).
I remember it taking me ages to find rolled oats when I first bought these, but you can get them almost anywhere now! They are great for baking, so much better than normal oats!
The original recipe called for nutmeg instead of cinnamon, but I didn’t have any. Regardless, I’m definitely a cinnamon girl anyway, so would have added this King of Spices anyway!
All mixed together:
Unfortunately, I over baked mine a bit, as I have a fan-assisted oven, so you have to judge by how much to reduce time/temperature. And apparently I didn’t judge very well! But anyway, it still turned out delicious:
Filled a whole tub! This’ll last me a while! I had some sprinkled on the remains of my soya yoghurt as an afternoon snack:
Very tasty, and brilliant with yogurt!
Lunch was light, as I had basically been snacking throughout the day-mainly on this moreish granola! I had spinach and cheese stuffed mushrooms, which make a great light lunch or snack, depending on how hungry you are! Basically, you take a large flat mushroom (or two, in my case), and destalk:
Take about a handful of fresh spinach, and chop roughly:
Stuff the mushroom with the spinach. Grate some cheese, and then sprinkle on top. Then place on a grill pan and grill on medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until ready.
Before lunch, I tackled the cardio section of Nell McAndrew’s Ultimate Challenge again, which is definitely my favourite workout DVD at the moment:
Did about 40 mins, which was still a challenge! I’ve actually yet to do the whole thing from start to finish, mainly because it’s about an hour and a half long!
So have you read ‘In Defence of Food’, and if so, what did you think? I’m also thinking of reading ‘The End of Overeating’ by David Kessler, so if you’ve read that, I’d love to hear what you thought of it! And do you use workout DVDs? If so what are your favourites?
Have a great evening!
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