but first, i want to say how excited and happy i am about the news of the Royal Engagement - Prince William and Kate Middleton are finally getting married! and he gave her his mother's engagement ring, how lovely :)
today i want to share with you some of my favorite things:
♥ roasted chesnuts. oh so simple, and oh so tasty. especially with some pomegranate green tea and a new copy of country living! if you've never roasted sweet chestnuts before, simple cut a cross in them, and put them on a tray in the oven for 30 minutes at a medium temperature (175c). and voila!
♥ walking with the puppy. even when it's cold and frosty, i adore taking him out for a stroll in my local countryside. it's been so beautiful lately with all the frost, as you can see the steam rising from the frost and the mist hanging low in the sky, it's really magical.
♥ tortelloni. fresh of course. these are quick and simple and one of life's purest pleasures.
♥ swaps! i recently took part in sofia's autumn swap, and received a parcel load of goodies from the lovely Kelly Kilmer :) i was really privileged to receive this parcel all the way from LA! the tea's are delicious, and i'm really looking forward to reading the book too. my parcel is on it's way, and i hope it's recipient enjoys it! i've also signed up for the UK Secret Santa that Laura is hosting, yahoo!
♥ well prepared lunches. there's nothing more exciting than taking time to create a really special lunch. it feels very decadent, and it must be really good for the soul. we had trout sandwiches (handamde from scratch by my lovely brother), peppers and kale, apple and blackberry yogurt and a glittery cupcake made by a cake-maker friend of mine - edible glitter is the best!
♥ pancakes and green smoothies. to start the day with pancakes is fun and exciting, and makes everyone's days a little brighter from the get-go! and green smoothies bring so much energy and nutrients, as well as tasting great. the two together is a powerful combination!
these are two of my favorite recipes at the moment actually, banana oat pancakes and green ginger smoothie - see below the photo.
banana oat pancakes recipe - inspired by orangette
1. mix 1 cup porridge oats, 1 cup goat/soy milk, 1 egg, 1tbsp oil and use a electirc blender to smooth the ingredients together.
2. then add 1/4 cup spelt flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 large banana, a sprinkle of salt, a sprinkle of cinnamon and 1-2tsp honey/maple syrup. blend these together again.
3. heat a large frying pan up to a medium high heat with a little oil in (coconut oil works well here). you know it is hot enough when water sizzles as you sprinkle it on the hot pan.
4. dollop on spoonfuls of the mixture and flip once it has a generous quantity of bubbles on the surface and is slightly firmed around the edges. serve with fresh berries, yogurt or a la mode.
notes: you don't need to blend these - they will be perfectly ok without, and even give a little additional texture. also, feel free to change up the ingredients a little, just make sure you have the same ratio of dry to wet ingredients - pancakes are very forgiving!
green ginger smoothie recipe
blend together 2 apples, 2 bananas, 1 knob of ginger (about the size of a brazil nut, or depending on how gingery you would like it), a cup or more of water (depending on the desired consistency) and then fill your blender up with a mixture of greens - i like mostly spinach with a little spring greens and gem lettuce.
notes: you can also add a little chocolate powder and a few berries to make it a chocolate and ginger green smoothie, which is also delicious!
currently listening to: do you feel by the rocket summer