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  • Cranberry almond Granola Bars

    So on this healthy new eating regime I have been trying out all sorts of tasty snacks to “keep the wolf from the door” as my mother would say. So I found a recipe and tweaked it as you do so it has the flavours and textures we liked. Can’t tell you how long these stay fresh as they just don’t last around here.

    cranberry almond granola bars

    2c pitted dates
    1c water

    Cook together over medium heat until they form a paste…so smush them together in a pan! Smush is so technical….to me it’s the only way to describe the action needed to make a paste.

    1/2c almond or whatever nut butter you fancy
    1/4c coconut oil

    Add to paste and stir until smooth and melted. Then add the following and mix well.

    2t vanilla extract
    1t cinnamon

    Get a big bowl and add the following to the bowl

    2c oats
    1/2c ground oats (whiz oats up in a food processor)
    1T chia seeds
    1T chopped almonds
    1T chopped dried cranberries
    1t flaxseed
    1/4c cocoa nibs
    1/4c pumpkin seeds
    1/4c omega sprinkles you can use sunflower seeds or whatever seedy type you like!

    Mix all the dry stuff together, then pour the wet, gloopy mushy stuff over the dry and mix well. Press into a parchment lined 8×8 pan and let cool and set for at least an hour before slicing and eating! Keep in a covered container….bet the lid isn’t on much!



  • Chili Cod Fillets

    Sustainable fish…latest thing…actually it’s the tastiest thing. We got a lovely BIG piece of sustainable cod from Costco. Atlantic line caught no less. Now I can’t imagine that there’s a bunch of little men sitting with fishing poles catching cod one by one but I’m guessing it’s something ethically better than whatever the other way of catching cod is!

    Moving swiftly on….the other half is a bit picky when it comes to eating…but he’s way braver than he has been and much more willing to try things so I found a recipe for cod fillets that didn’t look too scary! Plus it’s quick and easy…two of my favorite words when it comes to cooking!

    2 cod fillets about 200g each
    1t chili powder
    1/2 mixed herbs
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    30g butter
    1/2t cumin
    1 lime…juiced

    Pre heat the oven to 200C. Get a pan….pop the cod into the pan. Mix together the chili powder, mixed herbs and salt. Dust the top with the spice mixture. pop in the oven for about 7 minutes…depends on the thickness of the filet….fish is done when it’s opaque. Meanwhile while the fish is cooking melt the butter in a small pan and add the cumin and lime. when the cod is cooked place onto a plate and drizzle with the butter mixture. Easy peasy lemon (lime really) squeezy! I had the pan in the oven already with some cherry tomatoes, sliced courgettes and par boiled baby new potatoes. I drizzled them in oil and seasoning and precooked them for about 20 minutes before popping the cod on to the tray. Enjoy…gotta love one tray/pan/pot meals!

    Chili Cod compressed