Overnight Baked French Toast 

One of my favourite Sunday Breakfast is Overnight Baked French Toast. Whenever I have got left over bread I can’t wait to make this yummy recipe. So I told myself why not share I make it. It’s super easy l promise.

You can add your favourite ingredients as this recipe is so versatile.

This is left over homade seeded that I tore into bite sizes.

I whisked all the ingredients and poured into the pan then topped with fruits, oats which I sprinkled on to finish.

It will look a bit wet out of the oven (depending on the type of bread) but give it about 10 minutes to cool before serving. As the bread I used was wholemeal it took longer to bake, as it is wholemeal flour is heavier than white flour.

This is how I served mine – sliced plums and peaches topped with natural yogurt, sunflower seeds and agave. But you serve yours with maple syrup, honey or sprinkle brown sugar with chocolate chips. The list is endless, try yourself you deserve it.

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OVEN BAKED FRENCH TOAST

Ingredients

Day old or stale bread – torn into pieces

Cinnamon

Sugar or sweetner if preferred.

Method

Preheat 350c, 180f or gas mark 4. Grease ovenproof dish with oil or butter, add torn bread. Whisk the remaining ingredients and pour over the bread, cover in a cling film (plastic wrap) and refrigerate overnight.

The following morning, remove the cling film and bake in the oven for 20-35 minutes, depending on the kind of bread you use. Serve with yogurt poured on toast, finish by drizzling with honey or maple syrup, chopped nuts or flaked almonds, if liked.

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A new twist to a popular dip.

As you all know I have been gushing about Super Foods for a while now. There is never going to be an
end to new, unique and sometimes weird (to some) recipes. Neither, am l going to stop researching or buying the latest good cookbooks well it will be a shame not to  really, lol. Anyway, I will stop wuffling and get straight to the point as time is precious due to the busyness of life.

I came across a new word in one of my cookbooks by a very well known female English Chef, I am not going to tell you her name as I don’t want to advertise her book for free. Others get paid for reviews but I won’t unless of course her people decide to get in touch with my people, etc. Right back to my point, the recipe is actually a  twist on the famous Mexican dip, Guacamole. It’s a combination of broccoli, avocado, spring onions, lime, olive and vegetable oils blended together.  And the name is, drum roll please  – Brocamole. Some people  may have heard  of it but I certainly have not.

However,  I forgot to add spring onions – The downside to multi tasking. Actually , I am glad I didn’t  because I am having it for lunch later today, I don’t exactly want onion breath even though I do have toothbrush and toothpaste at work, thing is I may  not have time to clean my teeth afterwards as I have a busy day ahead or I will simply forget. I am not having my Brocamole with crudités as is tradition, I have decided to do something different, I am going with bread.  I have sliced it into soldiers for easy dipping, I will be trying it out as a sandwich spread as well. The good thing about  this dip is that you can actually  freeze it. I will be shopping for ingredients this weekend then freeze in batches of small plastic containers – just the right portion.

For anyone who is interested the recipes goes like this:

Broccoli
Spring onions
Lime
Vegetable  and Olive oils
Sea salt
Cayenne pepper
Or black pepper  – my version

Method.
Boil the broccoli for 3 minutes in hot boiling  water. Drain, add ice water to the pot. Leave to cool.
In the meantime chop spring onions, cut lime in half.
Once broccoli is cold, put in food processor, blitz for seconds with oils.
Add spring onions  squeeze lime juice then blitz to your preferred taste.
Season and serve.

I have  to given word for word instructions from the book as I know you get the idea, besides I don’t  really follow measurements as I am only cooking for myself, not 4 or 10 people as stated in most of these cookbooks. Oh, here is a clue to the author – Domestic Goddess. See my version below

Bon Apetito.

PS. Let me know if you have tried this recipe or tweaked it a bit.

image Brocamole

Pasta and Rice alternatives

It is the newest addition to low carb diet – Spiralizing. I guess some will be wandering what this means, it’s quite simple really, think of spaghetti and rice but in veggie form. Basically, a close resemblance to the carb stuff but without the starchy bit. To achieve this you will need a tool known as a Spiralizer. It comes in various designs and sizes depending on the brand. I choose to buy a portable size for storage purposes – I have a tiny kitchen!
Needless to say I am very happy with my choice it spirals my courgettes( or zucchini ) very nicely. I haven’t tried it with other veggies but I will in the next coming weeks.

Once you have Spiralizer your veggie of choice, you can either serve it raw or fry/ bake/grill depending on your recipe, serve with your deserved sauce. Basically, you have a meal in minutes. I will post a picture of my courgetti ( coined by Helmsley and Helmsley ) with left over beef stew above this post. I have had courgette with other sauces and I have to say I love it. The Spiralizer has become my go to gadget. Apart from main meals, the Spiralizer is great for making salad and coleslaw. It is the perfect tool for summer foods and picnics. No guesses what I will be making this summer, lol.

Another low carb idea I have discovered is Cauliflower rice, this is so easy to make. All it requires is taking tearing up the stems of the cauliflower, throw it in the blender and you have what looks like rice in veggie form. Word of warning be careful not over blender, you just need to whiff very briefly, like courgette you can eat it or stem it. I am not sure if it can be grilled or baked I will have to look into that. I had my first taste with Chicken curry and it was yummy-lious.

If anyone has tried this please let me know what you think.

Have a great weekend.

Dee

Detox – my improved version

I decided to go on a 3 day detox last month. I did it last year but that was rather intense and I ended up with a migraine for days so having learnt my lesson I opted for a softer ‘version’.
My breakfast was a combo of greens and fruits in the berry family plus frozen banana to give it that slushy look, using my new blender with its on the go bottle. To give my smoothies a bit of kick I added ginger, alternating with cinnamon. I am not into energy powders so I put in sunflower and flax seeds instead, finishing with oats using soya milk as my mixture of choice. I did add almond butter on the last day just to see how it would work, it was even more delicious.
Mid-Morning – I had a handful of seeds or brazil nuts
Lunch was salads, oat and rice cakes with hummus.
Drinks – I had green tea and water through out.
Mid Afternoon – I didn’t have anything as I am not into snacking.
Dinner – Ribbon Courgettes or Aubergines with mushrooms, chopped fresh tomatoes, sweet potatoes. Lean chicken with veggies

I drank hot lemon water first thing, which I found really refreshing. I have now incorporated that it into my daily routine, although I do forget sometimes as I am rushing to work. I will definitely be doing this again, I felt very cleansed, lost a few inches around my tummy area, overall my skin felt great, most importantly there were no side effect

I opted for gentle short workouts as I didn’t have the energy to do my regular intense routines. Following from the results of my detox I have decided to start drinking detox water at the weekends. I have tried strawberries, orange slices for a bit of colour. I alternated by going green using mint, lemon and cucumber topped with ice. I am sticking with the latter as its really cooling and very refreshing I felt cleansed on the inside as well. Detox water works better with bottled or distilled water – tap water is a no, no because of the chemicals.

I may detox every month after the satisfied results, not necessarily 3 days, I can do a 24 hour to 48 hour detox.

Egg muffins packed with nutrients

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Great for breakfast or lunch, make a batch and freeze some.

Cheese and Easter

I love cheese and it is the one thing I am never giving up which was why I decided to go to the Cheese & Wine festival last weekend. It ran alongside the Chocolate festival, which didn’t get me that excited as I am not really a chocolate fan anymore, I still have it occasionally but usually the dark variety, it is in the fridge for ages as I go off it, then I eventually chuck it but I won’t be doing that anymore as I know I can leftovers to bake cakes for friends. The festival turned out to be a disappointment as there were very limited cheese stands all of which were crowded. I went back to one that caught my eye when the crowd had died down but the seller was so rude to me I just walked off. There were only 3 wine stalls which were over the top pricey worst of all they were actually horrible – I tasted a couple. I left the so called festival with homemade fudge but no cheese, needless to say I would not be going next year, the BBC Good Food Show is a 100% better. And that is the end of my whinge, just needed to get it off my chest, lol

With only two more days to go to Easter, there is no doubt chocolates and treats have been ‘lying’ around in the workplace. Yesterday was the height of sugar in my team, it all started with one colleague bringing boxes about 5 boxes of Celebrations, for non-Brits they are mini variety of popular chocolates, they come in sweet wrappers. It snowballed from there, up till the time I left for the day there were endless flow of ‘goodies’. I have to admit I did eat one of the chocolates and had tiny piece of freshly baked Granola bar. But that was it I knew my limits, my consolation was that I was going home to burn off the fat anyway and boy did add I intensify my workout, I am aching a bit but feel really good.

It is my birthday on Good Friday so I am throwing my healthy routine to the wind for the day, anyway by the time I have finished walking through the exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert museum with my friend I will need to re-fuel. In my usual fashion I will be straight back on the saddle, well not completely as I am going to be socialising but I won’t be going overboard. I am going to ease myself back into my usual routine, the good thing is that I don’t have any junk food in my cupboards/fridge so I am pretty sure I will be ok. My trick to losing the weight is go on a 24 hour detox; Paleo or Low Carb diet for a week.

Have a great Easter and don’t feel guilty if you have fallen off the wagon you can pick up yourself but don’t leave it too late.

Is Fibre really necessary?

As I am not one to go by hearsay but research I have been doing a lot of online researches in my continuous quest to remain healthy for the rest of my life. After looking at my sites I have decided to base my findings on the most reliable source I can trust, my country’s Health Service, commonly known as the NHS – National Health Service. The extract from one of the articles states Fibre ‘can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers …’ You can read more about this very short but informative article (the Importance of Fibre) by visiting their website.
http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1141.aspx?categoryid=51
Having done a number of online searches the top foods I found were: wholemeal bread, barley, broccoli, red sweet pepper, nectarine, peanuts, orange, beans, wholemeal/grain cereals, dates. The list is inconclusive, as our bodies are different then there are health issues to take in to consideration especially those with bowel syndrome there are certain foods that are not allowed. Please always remember to consult your doctor or Nutritionist or Dietician before making changes to your eating habits.
Another useful article which gives a breakdown of the foods high in fibre and how much should be eaten in day.
http://www.lnds.nhs.uk/Library/Dietaryadviceforincreasingyourfibreintake.pdf

Stay healthy and fit.