January 2016

This month I have tried to get myself into eating unprocessed foods. Generally I’ve succeeded, but I’ve been realistic. After all this is a learning curve, and there will be less obvious things that I will learn along the way.

This week I’ve shopped at the local butchers, delicatessen and vegetable shop.

Recipes tried

  1. Deliciously Ella’s Date & Oat Bars. Verdict – very nice! Will make again
  2. Jamie Oliver’s Granola – used as porridge. Verdict – nice but requires sugar!
  3. Rick Stein’s Beef & black bean stir fry
  4. Deliciously Ella’ Warm Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Spinach Salad – I used this as a side dish to accompany my salmon. The salad was brilliant, and the chilli gave it a nice cheeky kick
  5. Deliciously Ella’s Baked Avocado. I’ve never tried baking an avocado before. The avocado halves were filled with spiced chickpeas.
  6. Rick Stein’s monkfish vindaloo
  7. Deliciously Ella’s Chew Sultana Cookies

Towards the end of January, I decided to set myself the challenge of making chocolate. Something that I’ve never done before. The whole process was surprisingly easy, and dare I say it, tastes pretty good! Further details are held here.

Lessons learnt this month

  1. Sugar is pretty much out! Well, sugar that I would usually choose. Various research has lead me to coconut palm sugar which has proven a good alternative. I’d liken it most to muscovado sugar – takes a bit of getting used to.
  2. Perhaps an obvious one, but cereal bars are flavour here! So, I’ve resorted to making my own. Thankfully they do taste quite nice. Using coconut oil to soften the dates before blending them in to the bars gives a lovely depth of flavour.
  3. On the face of it, crisps don’t appear to be off the menu. I’m still slightly dubious of this, so have held back on eating them pending further investigation!

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