Monday, 22 May 2017

Cherry Pistachio Rollups

A paleo and dairy free pancake pudding - 
soft sweet cherries and crunchy pistachios... beautiful!

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Oh my gosh how I love cherries.

I love pancakes, too. And it was while I was making one of my Raspberry Pancake Stacks (video below) that I wondered how I could make it different AND include cherries. 

And then this was born.

Cherry Pistachio Rollups - paleo, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, primal

Beautiful, yes?

Cherry Pistachio Rollups - paleo, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, primal

All you need to do is make a batch of my paleo pancakes and then roll it up with cherries, coconut yoghurt and sprinkle over some pistachios and maple syrup if you like it sweet and sticky. And, lets' face it, who doesn't? 

I'm ALL for the maple syrup, just so you know.

Quick to make, easy to make and you will definitely love it. It's also posh looking enough to make someone think you spent ages on it. But you didn't.

Cherry Pistachio Rollups - paleo, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, primal

We'll keep that between ourselves, shall we?

Cherry Pistachio Rollups
Makes 8
2 eggs
1 ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut oil
24 ripe cherries, fresh or frozen, but with the stone and stalk removed. (I used frozen and let them defrost for a few minutes at room temperature).
6-8 teaspoons coconut yoghurt
handful of salted pistachios, shelled and chopped roughly
maple syrup, to serve

First, beat the eggs and the banana together, mashing the banana until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and beat together well. Melt the oil in a frying pan and, when hot, add 2 tbsp of the banana-egg mixture in dollops in the pan. You'll need to make these in a couple of batches, so as not to overcrowd the pan. 

Fry for 2-3 minutes on one side and then flip over and finish cooking for a minute or two on the other side. Lift them out and place onto a waiting plate or board, while you make the rest of the pancakes. 

Once the pancakes are all made, take out a serving plate or board and lay out a pancake. Line up three cherries along the middle of each pancake and add a scant teaspoonful of coconut yoghurt. Roll the pancake up, add more coconut yoghurt, drizzle with maple syrup and scatter with the pistachios. Repeat for the rest of the pancakes. 

Eat straight away. 

Cherry Pistachio Rollups - paleo, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, primal

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Friday, 19 May 2017

My New Book: How To Eat Your Leftovers

A look at my new ebook to combat food waste, How To Eat Your Leftovers 
- A Handy Guide to Help You Save Money and Reduce Waste. 

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Do you know how much food is wasted around the world, every single day? 

Like, seriously?

You might think you only threw out a blackened bunch of bananas, that were too soft and browned to put into a cake or pop into your handbag. Or that lone crust at the bottom of a pack of bread that was a bit bashed up and a bit stale anyway. 

But what if I told you that every day, in just the UK, 1.4 million untouched bananas are thrown away? And, every day, we bin 24 million slices of bread? 

Kind of gives you a bigger picture, doesn't it? 

When I learned about this, I was determined to try and do something to help. I had lots of tips and tricks for how to use different leftovers in my brain, so it made sense to share these and help us all waste less food. 

They say if you want to see a change in the world, do something about it.

So I wrote this ebook

Recipe books about leftovers are all very well, but the author doesn't know what you've got in your fridge, and you don't want to have to do a load of extra shopping for one recipe that uses up leftover peas. You need something more flexible, that just gives lots of ideas on how you can use leftovers up and how you can combine it with whatever else you have handy. 

What occurred to me to be a lot more useful was a kind of 'leftovers dictionary' - that you can jump around all over the 55,000-odd words with just a click. You just find the food you want to use up, search for it, and the ebook will take you to the relevant section packed full of different ideas on what to do with it, as well as suggestions on which flavours it might suit best. 

I've covered all sorts of common leftover foods, including rice, bread, apples, meat, fish, ginger and herbs. Also ideas for leftover cake, croissants, veggies... 

Every diet is catered for - because let's face it, all types of food are being thrown in the bin. You can use the ideas for leftover bread to use up your gluten and grain free breads, too. And the ideas for using up milk or cream for dairy free versions like coconut and almond milk. 

As well as all these ideas, there are recipes too, taken from the blog, which are intended as inspiration. You're free of course to switch the recipes up, just using them as a guide, so that you can use up the leftovers you have in your fridge and not have to go shopping for even more food just to use them up.

With over 7 billion of us now living on the planet, I'm convinced that we could do more to ease the load on the Earth and avoid wasting those precious resources by using up what we already have and making our food go further. Yes, supermarkets are helping, by selling wonky veg and some restaurants and caf├ęs donate leftover meals to charity or to local shelters. But what about what goes on in our own kitchens? We can change that. Multiply what you waste in your own kitchen by a few million and you can start to imagine what change we could all make. 

It's my aim to help you save money and still eat well, as well as ease the pressure on the environment. 

Your trips to the shops will be more efficient, so you'll need to take fewer journeys. You'll use up the food you do have, making it go further and meaning you save money. You'll learn how to make an effective meal plan and shopping list - and how to navigate the supermarket. 

These tips have changed the way our family eats. I hope it helps you too. 

Have a look at How To Eat Your Leftovers, now available on the Amazon Kindle Store. 

Let me know what you think! What leftovers do you struggle to use up? 

Sources: Statistics mentioned about the number of slices of bread and bananas thrown away can be found here