Thursday, 12 October 2017

Mixed Nut Sourdough Sticks

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I have a distinct memory of when I first left home walking around the supermarket filling the trolley feeling very grown up and then suddenly looking down and realising that 90% of my basket contained bread, bread products and cheese. Not really anything to create meals, and I was way over budget. Well decades later I still find it hard not to just eat bread and cheese, who wouldn't? Well those who are gluten and lactose intolerant but deep down they want to, they just can't. With food costs rising now is the time to start making it yourself and there is something really satisfying about homemade bread. I am not talking about those horrid bricks that come out of bread making machines, they hurt my soul I am talking about good honest bread. If you are a little nervous or have had worries about bread rising then this recipe is perfect as it is very forgiving.
how to make nutty sourdough at home http://www.archieandtherug.com/
how to make nutty sourdough at home http://www.archieandtherug.com/
how to make nutty sourdough at home http://www.archieandtherug.com/
I love how involved with cooking and the blog in general Sebastian has become. He is so engaged and I really like our time together in the kitchen. It is also really educational too. He weighs and measures and asks questions that I either answer or we look up together such as; why does yeast make things rise, why do onions make you cry, how do you make butter? I wonder if little Humphrey will be into cooking? It is exciting and nerve wracking in equal measure wondering what sort of little guy he will become.
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The recipe calls for sourdough starter I learned everything I know about sourdough starter on this site Wild Yeast.

you will need;

75g sourdough starter
250g wholewheat bread flour
170ml of water
150g chopped mixed nuts
6g sea salt
 how to make nutty sourdough at home http://www.archieandtherug.com/
method;
  1.  Place all of the ingredients into a mixer with a dough hook and kneed for around 2/3 minutes. Alternatively Mix all of the ingredients together and turn out onto a floured surface and kneed for around 5 minutes. I have adjusted the time due to my assesment of my hands and arms compared to the dough hook on the kitchen aid but it is not an exact science more a black art. The dough should be smooth and elastic regardless of the kneeding method.
  2. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl clean it and lightly oil it. Place the dough back into the bowl to prove. Place a damp tea towel over the bowl. 
  3. Set a timer and kneed the dough for about 15 seconds every 15 minutes an hour.
  4. Tip out your dough onto the baking sheets you plan to use and for 'breadsticks'. Cover lightly with oiled cling film and leave overnight. They will grow so think about the spacing and size of your stick.
  5. Pre heat the oven to 230C and bake for around 30 minutes. Serve warm.
You can try adding other things into the mix, I keep thinking about dark cocoa nibs in with the nuts.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Foodie Friday At Haigh Hall

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Growing up my mum did not drive but that never stopped us gallivanting all over the country for day trips. Those were the days when bus and train tables meant something and set your watch by them, well almost. One of the trips we made was to Haigh Hall, in fact we went a number of times. I remember the little train, the hall itself and rolling down a big hill, on purpose I hadn't fallen. Well then time moved on and I grew up, grew older and forgot all about it, I forgot about Haigh Hall. Then many years later my good friend moved to a house not far from it and we decided to exploit one of the 5 days of actual summer we got this year and went to explore the woods. I was no longer a little girl running towards the little train I now have a 3 year old and a new baby. We walked through the woods all the way past the Hall to a fantastic new playground and renovated courtyard where we enjoyed a very fine ice cream indeed.

In a stroke of genius in my opinion Wigan Council decided to invest in Haigh Woodland Park and it has certainly paid off.  It is such a positive move to realise that it is only through investment in our local assets that communities grow and prosper and despite this summer being so wet the number of visitors to the park has substantially risen and it is not hard to see why. 
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The Hall itself has been renovated and turned into a hotel and although I am only an hours drive away from the park I cannot help thinking how lovely it would be to sleep in an historic building and wake up in such beautiful surroundings. The playground is lovely and suitable for all ages, even non walkers. We did not visit it as Sebastian is too small but they do have a high ropes course, perhaps when he is older and if I can calm down being such a helicopter mum! The little train is still there on weekends and Bank Holidays and is very sweet.
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Behind the Hall the old stable block has been revamped into a 'Kitchen Courtyard', there is a really nice mix of local owners and producers. A bakery named, wait for it, All You Knead, those who know me know I love a great pun almost as much as I love cheese and I love cheese more than the air I breathe. The courtyard also houses a micro brewery and pub, a chocolate shop, a florist, a farm shop and a very nice cafe.
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Cook & Forager, the farm shop are quite special. They began life by placing rare breed pigs into woodlands, one of those woodlands is the Haigh Woodland Park, when a space became available in the courtyard they created a farm shop where they not only sell woodland bred pork but a range of meat and produce that is souced from a 25mile radius. The tenants of the Kitchen Courtyard have pioneered Foodie Friday. Foodie Friday invites local street food vendors to join them for an evening of eating and music in the lovely courtyard. On the Friday the we went even the constant rain did not dampen the spirits of the vendors or the foodies who had flocked to the event.
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It always amazes me that even in the cold and wet Sebastian found it the ideal time to enjoy an ice cream, before settling down to a sausage on a stick. I managed to eat my fill from Ruby's Kitchen whilst Joe sampled a burrito and nachos. I was very tempted by the Poutine a French Canadian dish - for those fellow Yorkshire folk it is cheesy chips and gravy. Pretty fancy cheesy chips and gravy, they did look amazing but my stomach could only take so much, next time!
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Everyone was so friendly and all of the food vendors were happy to talk about their food and really engaged with the little ones. We left very full and happy despite being a trifle damp, Sebastian said; "I had lots of fun at the party Mummy". He did not fall asleep in the car on the way home as planned but you can only have so many parenting wins I suppose.
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Speaking of next time there are a number of events between now and Christmas so you can go and see for yourself how great the park, grounds and food is for yourselves.

Oktoberfest - Friday 29 September to Sunday 1 October
Haigh Artisan Market & Grow Your Own Sunday - Sunday 15 October
Haigh Foodie Friday - Friday 27 October
Haigh Foodie Sunday - Sunday 26 November
Christmas Artisan Market - Sunday 3 December
Festive Foodie Sunday - Sunday 17 December

They also have some other events coming up, including some great family days out.

Halloween Pig Tail Trail - Saturday 28 October - 10.00am and 12.00pm slots (Jack from Cook and Foragers leads a walk down to the pig pen within the woodland to learn all about the Conservation Pigs on site)
Boomin' Family Firework Spectacular - Sunday 5 November (includes Trolls children's show and National Fireworks Champions SM ART Pyro)
Urban Revolution Obstacle Course Race - Saturday 11 November (includes 5km, 10km and kids races)
Haigh Cyclo-Cross Cycling - Saturday 18 November
Children's Christmas Shows - Sunday 10 December
Christmas Family Drive In (Elf) - Friday 22 December How great would this be a drive in!

Disclaimer - I was invited to Haigh Hall as their guest to experience Foodie Friday however all of the words and opinions are my own.


Monday, 2 October 2017

My Home Birth Story

birth at home with a 3 year old
I have written extensively about my struggle to get a child so when Sebastian arrived I was the luckiest lady on earth, I finally had my baby after 9 miscarriages. Then when I fell pregnant again I was not holding my breath, why? Well every woman's magazine has that story of how once your body has done it once it can do it again so when we lost that baby I suffered greatly and I wrote about my nervous breakdown here, to this date it is still my most viewed post which shows that there are so many of us out there who suffer similar experiences and we need to keep sharing and talking to one another.

When I became pregnant with Humphrey I was not calm. I was having continual scans in early pregnancy, I had a cyst that became quite painful and I could not allow myself to breath. It was not until I hit 32 weeks that I started to relax a little. All of this is my pregnancy story and really this is a birth story and my birth was a very different tale.
birth at home with a 3 year old
From very early on we decided that a home birth was what would suit us best as a family and my mental state. Sebastian and I prepared ourselves, we watched videos of ladies giving birth, this progressed to animals giving birth, (Sebastian became quite obsessed with the birth process). We made silly noises that he might hear from mummy, we talked about why blood comes out and it is not a bad thing and we spoke about the fact that mummy might poo in the pool, poo is comedy gold dust when you are 3! He even started to sit on one of his balls to help get his baby out.
birth at home with a 3 year old
There I was 41 weeks and still this baby was not here. I had dug the garden, cleaned the house, eaten my body weight in pineapple but all I got was an hour or two of contractions and then stopping. I felt the need to push this along as I was exhausted and not sleeping more than an hour or two a night. So I visited my doula, who is also an acupuncturist for a natural induction, as she put it a strongly worded invitation to baby. The next day I saw my community midwife for a sweep and I had another session of acupuncture. At this point I went home and gave myself a mental tidy, I was ready. I showered, I fed myself my favourite array of carbs and popped some detective shows on whilst I relaxed in bed.

At 9pm I lost my 'show'. At midnight on Thursday my waters broke and I was having contractions every 20 minutes. Nothing to painful but I was excited, I was so ready for labour. Everyone had filled my head with tales of second babies being a lot faster out of the gate than baby number one so I called the birth centre as a heads up so they sent the midwives round. After they arrived everything slowed down, they left and told me that obviously now my waters have broken I was at more risk of infection so I would be advised to transfer to hospital in 24 hours unless things had sped up. Try as you might to make yourself calm it never quite works, so I sent Joe back to bed, popped my hypno birth cd on and tried to get all the right hormones flowing again.

At 6.50am Friday I went for the biggest most disgusting poo of all time at the very same time my three year old woke up and my friend arrived who was about to spend the worlds longest playdate with my son, he is 38 but very good at blocks and silly voices. All of this activity angered my uterus and labour slowed down again. I was like a caged animal, I paced the house, I ate food, I listened to yet more hypnobirth until I felt the need to kill this poor woman on the cd; "if she tells me to relax once more I will kill her", so I swapped to my spotify list and sat on the birth ball. We, (my uterus and I) were back in business.
birth at home with a 3 year old
At this point I became nervous about upsetting the apple cart, I was nervous that if anyone else came over everything would stop again. At 2pm Friday my Doula, Helen arrived, at this point my uterus saw her as a friend so did not stage another protest. By this point contractions were in full swing, I was breathing through them whilst bent over my ball. I was still heavy snacking. It was so wonderful being at home and saying I fancy cheese on toast and a vimto and it would appear! Joe became a towel laundering maniac. Sebastian popped in and out to visit, it was bliss. Listening to music, seeing Sebastian and hearing him playing upstairs kept me focused on the fact that a new little guy was going to be in my life soon.

Everything was going so well so I did not want to slow matters by getting the midwives back too soon or indeed getting into the pool. Helen could see me calculating Friday traffic and contraction times and simply said, "stop left side braining, you have got this, go with your gut" - I kinda love this woman by the way. I did and the pool started to be filled, I got in at the exact right time, the midwives arrived exactly when needed. I started to feel a bit pushy, just bearing down but I knew the end game was in sight. Once in the pool I became a little petulant, I cried because I wanted a cup of tea, the midwives said I could have one which just resulted in more tears as I declared "not now on the sofa with my baby!" Only in Yorkshire eh!
birth at home with a 3 year old
Now let me talk a little more about my doula. I have a friend who is a doula so I was aware of it as an occupation but I hand on heart wondered why would anyone need one? Are there not going to bee enough strangers watching you poop and seeing the demise of your lady bottom without inviting another one in? My community midwife team were amazeballs but there was a contrast between their care and the hospital, the team there were determined to medicalise my birth. I am normally quite fiesty but when I am pregnant I am a special kind of vulnerable and so a few people suggested I find myself a doula. As it happens I had met one on an unrelated acupuncture matter and she was also a doula. During the pregnancy it was really helpful for me to talk through the fears with someone who was only there for me and my benefit, no medical agenda. Helen supported me when Humphrey continued to turn and was a traverse lie and a c section was on the cards. This was all fab but I was still unsure as to how the actual birth would play out.

Helen arrived when things were in full swing again and I was happy to use the ball and breathe through the contractions, she actually said she had not seen anyone so excited to be in active labour before. It was important to me at that stage not to focus on the labour apart from during a contraction, she was great at engaging in my random conversations which helped me not obsess about the next one. As they suddenly became stronger she read the situation and advised I rest in between. You see as supportive as your partner may be these women have seen a lot of births so she instantly picked up on the transition where as Joe and I did not.
birth at home with a 3 year old
When in the pool the midwives arrived and there were two pivotal moments for me the first was the request for me to leave the pool for VE. At this point I could not articulate my wants and needs fully so all I could muster was "I don't want to get out", Helen was able to translate this to a rational conversation with the midwives asking if it was essential and processing that for me. The second moment was after I consented to an examination in the pool I bucked and screwed my face in pain and instantly Helen asked if that was a stop, all I had to do was nod. I am an utter control freak, my lists have lists, my water intake is monitored in a journal, I micromanage every and all situations so it was life changing for me to be able to let go, focus on pushing my baby out and know that I was still in charge. Helen read every signal, and instinctively knew when I needed encouragement, a drink and space and she co ordinated my wants and needs so I didn't have to. She also, at my request took care of Joe, who does not take pain or blood lightly and has a tendency to worry, she was able to calm and reassure him when I was in no fit state to. I went from not really understanding a doula to thinking they should run the UN as we would have world peace.

Once I was pushing time went wonky and I was convinced I had been at it for hours and was going to be transferred, (this was not the case). I was so glad I was left to find my own positions in the pool and I could feel the hair on my babies head - he was half a finger away from being in the world, being able to do this was such a motivator. Once his head was out I had a struggle with the shoulders a few pushes in that position was not working, I picked an odd lunge position, (or so I am told), and he was earth side my beautiful perfect little guy. 
birth at home with a 3 year old

After some placenta pushing, and getting out of the pool I was snuggled on the sofa with my baby, at home with a cup of tea - bliss. After the birth, in fact for weeks after the birth I felt like I was a mighty warrior, I felt as though I wanted to shout "I AM XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS HEAR ME ROAR" or "MY VAGINA COULD TOTALLY TAKE YOU IN A FIGHT". The long and the short of it was I was pretty pleased with myself and worry that it is possible to become addicted to birth. Seriously I have had some heady club days but the stuff your body pumps into you is off the ziltch natural high all the way. Two hours later I was reading Star Wars - no rest for the wicked.
birth at home with a 3 year old

Sunday, 24 September 2017

What is It Like To Approach 40?

what is it like to turn 40

In short the answer is no different than it is to approach any other birthday, but the beginning of a new decade of figures has been given great importance and significance in our society. So, before we start not all cultures feel that 40 is a thing, a few years ago a friend of mine had to rush to plan a great 40th for her husband after learning in the UK it is supposedly a big deal as in Japan it is just not a thing. Also turning 40 is going to be different for everyone, of course it is. Yes, I may be a blogger so somewhat in a mindset that complete strangers are interested in hearing about my life but I am not so arrogant that I think you are all just the same as me, with all of the same thoughts, that would be a very scary world. I was in fact inspired to write this post by a fellow blogger Kat from Kat Got The Cream, my current  hero for going back to school this year for her Masters. We were walking in Harrogate on one of the days that could be described as summer, I was rambling and she said you should totally write that as a post. So here we are.

It is safe to say I had no thoughts at all on approaching 30 apart from the fact that I was chomping at the bit. I have always had an hubristc air about me when it comes to knowledge, I suppose if you are raised in a family of intellectual snobs that can happen. So I could not wait to start prefixing sentences with "well when you are in your 30s". My 30s were, are amazeballs. My 30s were when I truly became comfortable in my own skin, I had all the same fun I had in my 20s but I had a disposable income so I could afford a taxi home and that extra drink after a club night. I didn't have to sleep in a dorm room or fly with Ryanair. I finally knew what clothes suited me, and better still I could afford them! I think my main issue with 40s is I am sad to see the 30s go.

I have to hand on heart say I am not having a 40 freak out but I have started to notice some significant changes in me, for example I bought both day cream and night cream for the first time ever this year. I have no idea if they do in fact stop time but I feel like I am doing something and really isn't that the point of beauty products? It is my new approaching 40 shopping habits that have been the cause for most concern; only the other week I suggested to Joe that we spend a day searching around the shops looking for a tissue box cover, he walked out of the room silently. Looking back I support his decision. To tissue box or not to tissue box is not really the question but is it just a gateway to stronger more damaging purchases? Will I one day pick up a Cotton Traders catalogue and think, "Wow that is lovely I am going to buy one in every colour". Most of my concerns are deeply rooted in the choices and changes in myself that may be out of my control. 

We all walk around with a cocksure attitude in our youth, telling ourselves "I will always" and "I will never" and before you know it you are spitting on a tissue to 'clean' your child's face and listening to Radio 1 with a look of utter disgust. Are we all heading down a road of inevitability? The truth is I already enjoy a good garden centre, vast swathes of youth culture make no sense to me, I often use the phrase 'in my day'. Perhaps my knowledge, (a knowledge I have had since I was 18 if I am honest) of the fact that I am out of touch and uncool will be my saviour. I could never be described as trying too hard, maybe I could start a group: Hi my name is .....and I am overly self-aware of how lame I am and do not care. I often think that I had to have children just to justify my eye rolling sense of humour, as a parent that will be expected and I have a 20 year jump on most.

My journey to 40 is far from an intrepid one and I cannot decide if this is a fear of aging, a sense that I am running out of time or I just cannot be arsed to organise a party. The expectation put on the celebrations that should occur are daunting and perhaps people are happier and more settled when they hit 41 not because they have grown used to being in their 40s but that they are not organising and paying for endless parties, trips, spa days etc...

The notion of time is definitely an issue for me, for example I am probably not going to be a concert pianist and I know that, I just don't have the time. I am probably not going to have written as many books as I would have liked largely due to the fact that getting published is tougher than people think and I have a literary agent. I want to live a 1001 lives because so many things appeal to me. The number of life changers Joe has to listen to is high; hey honey I think we should buy this finca and live off grid and I will teach classes, sod it let's sell the house and just travel, I know I said we were having pasta for dinner but I have made jerk jackfruit instead. Okay the last one is not so big but Joe had been looking forward to that pasta all day. Those things are maybe not so much about age and time but the fact that I realise I am not getting a Nobel prize in Physics and becoming an MP whilst simultaneously writing 3 cookbooks, living off grid and recording an album. Maybe 40 will be a good learning curve for me, Nic you get one life, it can be full, it can be varied but it is just one life. 

So in conclusion I have not really decided what my 40s will hold but if you see a confused woman in a Cotton Traders outfit brandishing a tissue box cover and wondering what the big deal about a flat white is please say hi.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

10 Completely Impractical Design Trends

10 completely impractical design trends
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Let me begin by saying I am guilty of a few of these, in fact many are too cute to resist despite the fact that they are completely impractical. This is not a post about what looks good, I have many pairs of shoes that prove that practically does not matter to me, at least not all the time.
1. Nice Rugs In The Kitchen/Bathroom 

I have seen them in a number of wonderfully styled kitchens and bathrooms and after the initial wow that looks great I think my word that rug is going to be damp and ruined in the bathroom. Or eeek cleaning under that in the kitchen will be a pain. Perhaps the kitchen rug is a testament to how messy I am, don't get me wrong I clean my kitchen but I am somewhat flamboyant with food prep.
10 completely impractical design trends
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2. Plant Shelf Window Dressing 

Even as I write this I am planning to do exactly this in the bathroom because it looks way too cool to resist. So why do I have a problem with it? Keeping the window clean, I hate cleaning but I like my home to be clean so I like to be efficient with it, also depending on how your window is constructed you may not be able to open it afterwards. And whilst I am throwing all of my neurosis out onto the world wide web I have fear of fire to the degree that I time myself getting out in case of fire, the route I would take based upon the most likely areas of the home to have a fire and how I would get my family and dog out. I feel shelves blocking a possible escape route places an additional fear into an already fearful situation, yet still I plan away. 
3. Twisty Twirly Light Shades

Let's gloss over the problem of dusting because you may start to think I am a clean freak, I'm not. We (I) am more concerned with spider homes, these light shades look far too inviting a location for spiders and their dangling. I also find that they cast some very unflattering, lets just say ugly shadows around a room. Yes they may look nice in  themselves but the effect the light has on the rest of the room can make or brake a design.
10 completely impractical design trends
4. Minimalist 

I watched an episode of Grand Designs once where a couple built their new dream home and by the end of the show they had dispensed of everything that was in their old home and started wearing all black, they even had new super slick haircuts. The thing about a super slick minimal decor is place one thing out of whack and the entire scheme looks awful, it is a really unforgiving look. I don't want to live in a home that does not allow for the goofy family photo or god awful but completely wonderful thing your child makes for you.
10 completely impractical design trends
5. Maximal 

In contrast maximal. Now I thought I was pretty maximal, I am nothing compared to people who fully embrace this look. Not to mention the elongated time it will take to dust, I know I am talking about cleaning again but I am right it will take an age! Maximal, full on maximal is as hard to maintain as full on minimal. You see to the untrained eye it looks like the person has just gone crazy putting stuff all over their house, bold uses of clashing colours and it just happens to work. No, they have spent a lot of time and careful consideration on what to put where and how to clash colours in a way that makes you feel good in the room. It is not a look that will just work if you start throwing anything in just to make it full.
10 completely impractical design trends
6. Olive Trees Indoors 

Simple, they will die. My father in law is a celebrated, full on published in Nature botanist and even he said he could not keep an olive tree alive indoors long term. So I guess this comes down to how rich you are. If you are able and happy to spend £300 on a tree for 4 years then go at it, they are rather wonderful and I do so want one but I did my research first and decided against it. Now there are some faux versions available, they look great online but I have not checked them out up close yet so I will keep you posted.
10 completely impractical design trends
7. Neon Lamps

For me this is a big no no. They are cool and I do like to look at them but the thought of having such an unflattering light in my home makes me say no. But they do look cool, damn that pay off between style and substance damn it to hell.
10 completely impractical design trends
8. White Sofas

I would love to say hey a white sofa with children and pets in the house are you crazy but no it is me, me and every other red wine drinker in the world, you know who you are. We all think we can not spill red wine but one drop always finds its way out of the glass and turns into a stain 1000 times larger than the drop was. On my list you can add every food and drink going, I am not a neat eater/drinker. Watch this confession drastically reduce my invitations, so I will quickly jump in and say I always use a coaster guys please can I still come over, I will drink water. Wait even water stains a white sofa.
10 completely impractical design trends
9. Wire Units/Shelves 

It is another cleaning related moan but these things gather dirt and a pain to clean they are also wobbly so it limits what they can hold and guess what I have one. Look how cool it looks right? I had it in my last kitchen and when the building work is done on this kitchen it will return to be a tea station, really cute! So here is my top tip for cleaning them. In a bath of soapy water and make sure you dry it well you don't want it to rust.
10 completely impractical design trends
10. Cork 

I remember my mum having cork floor tiles in her house in the 80s and she found them dated back then but cork is back but I just do. I have found so many products to be nothing short of stunning the way cork has been added to create texture. I like the cork floors, I really like the cork table but.... It is a big but they get damaged quite easily in comparison to say a wooden table, or slate floor. The slick cork surface will look like a tired noticeboard in the teachers lounge when it starts to get nicked and chipped.

There you have it my top 10 impractical design trends and only 90% of this post makes me sound completely obsessed with dust. Do share if you you can think of any more or if indeed you are that one person who keeps the white sofa looking tip top.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Summer Health Smoothie - Sponsored

turmeric smoothie sugar free vegan health drink recipe sponsored
All of us at some point has grown tired of the new superfoods, almost every month there is a new trend and we are met with an onslaught of recipes and articles detailing the health benefits but in the case of turmeric there is nothing new fangled here. I would like to say that it was the fact that my granny was Indian that I have long been a fan of the ayurvedic uses of turmeric (haldi) but I feel that it is much more than that, you see my granny was ahead of the curve on all things health. She was the woman who was all over E numbers and children's behaviour, herbal supplements, homeopathy, cosmic ordering, cider vinegar, you name it she knew about it before anyone else. These things are well discussed now in the main stream press but back in the early 80s she was edgy, in fact born a century earlier villagers would have called her a witch. When I got a cold I was presented with onion juice. If I had a cough or 'growing pains' I was presented with warm milk, mixed with ginger, honey and turmeric, this was 1984, you see my granny was hip way before any hipsters were.
turmeric smoothie sugar free vegan health drink recipe sponsored
turmeric smoothie sugar free vegan health drink recipe sponsored
Turmeric has to be one of the most well researched and documented ayurvedic herb beyond the field of ayurvedic medicine. It has been shown to;
  • promote digestion 
  • support the brain and nervous system 
  • be an antioxidant 
  • support healthy liver function 
  • ease joint discomfort 
  • aid good circulation 
  • bolster the immune system
  • maintain healthy blood sugar levels 
And guess what even if you don't buy into any of that it tastes great, it has a truly unique taste we eat it in some form at least 3 times a week in our household so when I was asked by Wayfair to share a smoothie recipe with them I knew exactly which one to share.
turmeric smoothie sugar free vegan health drink recipe sponsored
Smoothies are a great summer drink but I find many of them too sweet and claggy to handle, this recipe contains no dairy, so reduced clagginess,  no refined sugar and a rich colour and flavour.
turmeric smoothie sugar free vegan health drink recipe sponsored
you will need;

1tbsp turmeric
3tbsp date syrup
the flesh of 2 peaches
80ml almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1tsp vanilla extract

method;
  1. Simple as this, blend until smooth and serve over ice.
This recipe will more than fill 2 of these wonderful mason jar glasses from Wayfair.

Click on the links to find some more great smoothie recipes for you to try this summer

 


turmeric smoothie sugar free vegan health drink recipe sponsored