Some of my earliest childhood memories are picking strawberries in the summer. In the UK, the standout fruit of the summer is locally grown and sourced strawberries. I may be biased on this one, however, I really think strawberries in the UK are the best when it comes to flavour!
In typical English spring time fashion we are still getting some chilly nights here and there ( more than that to be honest) So even if there are loads of ingredients at the moment to eat fresh and make amazing salads, sometimes something more comforting may be what you fancy.
And lets be honest there is nothing more comforting than a nice bowl of chilli con carne… even better if there is no real carne in it.
I love recipes like this that feel like they have been cooked for ages but are really quick and simple to make.
1 medium sized butternut squash (large cubes)
1 small brown onion (sliced)
200g brown basmati rice
2 green chillies (finely chopped)
2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
150 ml vegetable stock
1 tin black beans
1 tin chickpeas
1TB ground dry coriander
100g plain yoghurt
2 spring onions
Fresh coriander (optional)
1 Slice the brown onion and place it in a large saucepan with a splash of olive oil. When they are starting to get soft add the chilies and garlic (finely chopped). Add cumin and ground coriander allow 2 mins while staring constantly.
2 In a separate pot cook the basmati rice according to packet instructions.
3 Add the butternut squash and a splash of water to the pan with the onion and cook for around 10 mins or until it starts getting soft. Make sure you mix often to avoid everything sticking to the pan.
4 Add the tin of chopped tomatoes mix and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
5 Finally, add the beans and chickpeas cover the pan and cook for 10 mins on a low heat.
Serve the chilli on a bed of basmati rice.
You can garnish with yoghurt spring onions and some fresh coriander… and if you are into it a little cheese.
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did and fingers crossed for warmer days!
It’s that time of the year again when we all promise to change and make better choices. For most of us, those hundreds of promises will remain that… promises.
I find that it always makes things easier when the changes that you make are more general lifestyle changes as opposed to just quitting one specific thing. This also helps to cover more areas in your life and leads to a more healthy you.
We hear it all the time: “sleep is important” still many of us don’t know why. Even worse most of us still don't know how to sleep properly!
All this shouldn't be surprising since The reality is not even scientists fully understand why we sleep! That doesn't mean that we don't understand what the benefits of sleeping are (or at least most of them).
Although this November we have been quite lucky to still have quite warm and sunny days, you can no definitely feel winter upon us. The days are getting shorter and darker.
But that shouldn't bring your mood down. Autumn has its very own charm, it's quieter and still not the winter hibernation period. If you would like to know more about staying healthy in autumn go here
If you are alive and have any access to the internet you have probably been hearing a lot about turmeric and what it can do for you.
I have to say all the buzz is completely justified. There is a reason why it is called the ‘queen’ of spices. Turmeric is not only good for your health but is also a great beauty product.
When I think of autumn October is the month I’m probably thinking about. Everything about October screams autumn- the colours, the food, the celebrations.
In the UK we are lucky if we still get a couple of sunny (yet cold) days in October. Every day there are more brown leaves on the ground and the layers of clothing start multiplying.
Once again we find ourselves in the change of seasons. We leave summer behind… the time to be outside, get in touch with nature and externalise.
But nothing to feel sad about! Autumn has its own amazing charm, it's a time for introspection, to look inside. It starts to get darker earlier, so we can spend more time indoors, be a bit more introspective.... It can be in general a time of preparation.