Store Cupboard Granola (Batch Cooking)

This was inspired by a recipe in Eat Smart by Niomi Smart, which I currently have out on loan from the Library.

This recipe relegated from my cupboards my seeds, walnuts and cranberries which has freed up a lot of space.


60ml Coconut Oil

125ml Agave Nectar

200g Porridge Oats

260g of mixed nuts, I used walnuts and pecans

60g Mixed Seeds (or seeds of your choice)

120g Dried Fruit, I used Cranberries and Prunes


Heat the oil and agave nectar together until melted, then set aside.

Add the nuts to a food processor and pulse until you have ‘chopped’ them into a mix of sizes.

Add the oats, nuts and seeds to a bowl and then pour over the oil/nectar mix, mix together.

Baked in the oven on Gas Mark 3 for 40 minutes/until golden and toasted.

Add the dried fruit and mix together.

Look at your depleted cupboards, smile and think ‘I need to go shopping’.



Flo’s Gra-Yes-La*

*The title is my idea of humour, sorry.

I saw a lovely recipe for Granola in Gizzi Erskine’s ‘Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts’ which I have taken out of the library. The main appeal of the recipe was that it used dried apple and I had most of a bag of them left and they ‘technically’ expired…in November. So it was probably about time to use them up.

I didn’t have all the ingredients that Gizzi used, so this is my version, but I did use her cooking method, so give a clap to Miss Erskine.

If you have never heard of Gizzi Erskine, then do check her out, she has fab recipes, presented good shows on healthy eating and she responded to me on Twitter years ago, so she is nice as well.



150g Dried Apple, cut into small pieces

200g Porridge Oats

75g Pecans, cut into small pieces

100ml Honey

30ml Rapeseed Oil

1 tsp Vanilla Extract/vanilla bean paste

50g Mixed Seeds

25g Milled Flaxseed

1 tsp Cinnamon


Add the cinnamon, oil, honey and vanilla extract to a bowl and slightly mix.

Add all the dried ingredients APART FROM the dried apple, and mix together.

Spread the Granola mix out across two baking trays, thinly.

Cook for 20 mins at Gas Mark 2 then add the dried apple and cook for a further 10 minutes.


Something as pretty as this shouldn’t be stored away in a tupperware, but I generally don’t use Kilner jars anymore, but wanted to for this.

I pulled the kilner jars down from the top of the cupboard where they had been for many a yonks and whilst you should always sterilise your jars, I knew it would be extra important now.

I washed the glass jars in very hot, soapy water. Then I rinsed them, placed all three in a roasting tray and when I took the granola out to cool from the oven I placed the jars in (so they were in at Gas Mark 2).

Leave inside the oven for about 20 minutes, then take out and leave to cool.

Fill with your lovely granola.







Life Hack: Easy Peasy Omelette

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, and this isn’t really a recipe as such, and it will probably turn out everyone knows how to do it, but it is at the least food related.

I am a bit crap at making Omelettes, and sometimes I will go to the effort, but at the weekends I like to spend my time catching up on the TV I have missed during the week and can forget to eat as I normally am drinking oceans of coffee.

This is how I can have something fluffy and tasty within 3 minutes.


A teaspoon of butter

2 eggs, beaten

15g grated cheese

2 slices of toasted bread (optional)


Get out a measuring jug and place the butter in. Microwave briefly to melt (don’t burn)


Mix the eggs with the cheese and add to the jug.


Microwave for 1 minute, then give a mix.

Microwave for another minute.


Tip out on to the toast and enjoy!


Batch Cooking my Work Breakfasts: Vegetable Muffins


We have very little remaining of the food budget, and to be fair we only have to last till Friday, but that was after the boy and I had a disagreement about whether we needed to replace the rice krispies in this month, or the next food month. We compromised, the boy and I donated half the cost each and bought a pack (he can’t live without them), but I will add it to next month’s food budget spreadsheet.

I normally take 2 cheap cereal bars and a banana in my bag to eat on the train for my breakfast, but the budget didn’t allow me to replace these stocks after they ran out on Saturday. So I had to come up with a batch cook idea to last me for the week.

These muffins are from a combination of the original recipe, and a swap recipe in this book I absolutely love called My Zero-Waste Kitchen which is a Dorling Kindersley book, I believe the author is Kate Turner, and I have found out she has a blog called

So for that reason I won’t repeat the recipe, as it is not mine, but the muffins contained 2 grated sweet potatoes and 1 grated carrot and I managed to finally use up all my chickpea flour. They are yummy.

I really can’t recommend that book enough.



1 way to your 5 a day: Sweet Potato Toast

Hi everybody.

Remember how in yesterday’s post about the Courgette porridge I mentioned it was inspired by an article about sweet potato toast?

Ta Dah!

Yes, I decided to try the sweet potato toast.

The original article said all you needed to do was put it in a toaster on a high setting and it would be ready. That may be true by their definition, but I put it in for 9 minutes and it was still very tough, not exactly raw, but tough. It might be better to put it in slices in the oven or under a grill instead.

I had it with banana and peanut butter which was very nice. I reckon it would also be nice with cottage cheese or a poached egg and spinach.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I could try next? I would love to hear your ideas, you can suggest something outlandish if you like and I’ll give it a trial run.


1 way to your 5 a day: Courgette Porridge

Last year I went through a stage of buying Women’s Health magazine which I love, and am sad I can’t buy (but actually I have found a way to read it for free, but I’m saving that for another blog post).

In one of their issues last year they were talking about unusual mash ups inspired by a trend for Sweet Potato Toast. One of the things they recommend to try out was Courgette Porridge.

I have given it a whirl and it’s not bad, it tastes like it’s distinctly lacking sugar, so maybe you would want to add some, or more cinnamon, it also tastes like it would be really nice with chocolate, have a go!

INGREDIENTS (This is taken almost exactly from what the magazine recommended)

1 Courgette between 180g-230g

115g Porridge oats

240ml water, but I used around 300ml


About 10g protein powder (I used vanilla)

Chia Seeds

Banana and Blueberries if you have them.



Grate the courgette, discarding the bottom and stalk.

Add the oats and grated courgette to a pan with cinnamon, protein powder and water.

Cook until ready, it won’t take very long, add more water if needed.

Add the bananas/blueberries and chia seeds.




I assumed that the recipe was measurements for one portion, and maybe if you were going to climb a mountain it would be, so if you are a greedy guts the measurements above definitely feed one person (although I donated some of mine to the food bin), but really we are looking at 2 portions, maybe even as many as 4.



Thug Kitchen Banana Pancakes

Last weekend we had our friends round and one of our friend’s had dietary requirements so we bought some soya milk for them. Now we have a nearly full carton of soya milk, and although I do like some non dairy milks, I have not found the soya milk for me.

I also had some bananas going brown, so I made the Thug Kitchen Banana Pancakes in their lovely cookbook. I even swore when I burnt my finger, they would be proud.

I halved the recipe to make just six pancakes, and a word of warning, I thought six pancakes would be small and a nice normal amount for one person.

The pancakes were beasts in size.

I ate them all.

Now I feel ill.

It was worth it.

I may have touched on this before, but when I was younger I was desperate to have the sort of White Picket Fence dream family that always sat down together for breakfast. I even used to set elaborate breakfast tables in an attempt to bring my family together.

After my mother left when I was 12, my family unit (Me, Dad, three brothers of various ages) became not so much a family but five individuals living under the same roof. When I got older and was in college and my Dad was in a relationship, it felt more like I lived with flatmates then a family.

I don’t know if what I had was worse or better than a typical happy family situation. To paraphrase my favourite saying, it was what it was. I do highly value my independence, my boyfriend came from a house where his parents did everything for him and he is always asking me to get him a drink or make him breakfast where for me ‘I’m Thirsty’ = ‘I’ll get myself a drink’.

I’m not sure what I will be like when I have children. Personally I get the impression that mothers put too much pressure on themselves to be perfect when there is no such thing, and as long as you aren’t mistreating your children you are doing fine. Heck, despite her faults I don’t even consider my mum to be a bad mum, just not a typically ‘idealised’ one.

Whatever I will be like as a mum, as least I know I can make my future mythical kids pancakes.