Ahoy me hearties! Hello and welcome back, or if this is your first time clicking into Feeling Food, I’m delighted you’re here. I have some lovely recipes to share with you over the coming weeks that will gently lead us towards autumn! Can you believe it? Over the last few days I’ve noticed a definite change in the air. For now though lets enjoy summer and all her beautiful gifts, her bright light transforms flavours and frames our fresh taste buds formidably, so while the marrow salutes, the tomatoes beam, the courgettes curtsy, the cabbages cream, the leeks linger and the berries blush – enjoy them all.
I’ve spent the last few weeks away in the Wild West of Ireland, my favourite place; time was spent with loved ones in fresh, peaceful, calm and beautiful surroundings. However, the switch of a button zoomed us back to the reality of the August riots that seemed to sweep across England. From a distance perspective is clear and it’s easier to be objective.
Provocative and prejudice statements have been flying around ever since, knee jerk reactions to a series of unfortunate events. In the scheme of things these riots are a blip, there are much more serious events going on in the world, the famine in Sudan for a starters. Why isn’t that getting more news coverage? The point eloquently made by Sean Fitzgerald in Clapham Junction, highlighting the charity shop that had been destroyed speaks volumes – what happened a couple of weeks ago was mindless – we need to be mindful. We may each make a difference, and of course that starts at home.
How about we make it our business to sit around a table with our families more often, sharing thoughts and concerns. Families today are not necessarily blood relatives; our multi-cultural society bids us to live side by side in peace. How lucky I feel to have neighbours with totally different cultures, each person has something unique and special, sometimes it’s bubbling under the surface and needs a little encouragement, though its always there. Recently I’ve been having the most random conversations with strangers. Possibly this is a result from spending time in a small village, where people acknowledge one another all the time. To me the people acting out seemed like lost souls, desperate for recognition and venting anger. So in Ireland I was relieved to switch off the screen and enjoy the quiet. Now I’m back and it’s lovely to be here. The silver screen has a way of magnifying things, scale it down and law and order are once again in place, phew! Imagine if one rose was planted for every inch of damage that was caused ~ think how much more beautiful London would be. It’s difficult to be angry when appreciating nature’s beauty.Now back to Feeling Food!
Happily I’ve discovered a simple way to slip into serenity and find clarity amongst the madding crowd, a seemingly essential life skill to adopt in London or anywhere for that matter! Start each day with a sip of fresh juice or nectar. Freshen up for the day, whatever that means to you and gladly relish a bowl of gorgeous granola!!!
Last week I had a special request from a lovely lady, Gemma Fergie, for a good granola recipe. This is especially for you, Yummy Mummy, and all the other Yummy people out there! I’ve named it Roseanna’s Granola, after her darling little angel who was born yesterday! Welcome to the world beautiful honey bee!
Oh, there is no sweeter scent than Natures favourite flower, Rose. She belongs to the same botanic family as apples, pears and raspberries, and gives a flavour that sweeps you into blooming contentedness. Rose extract brings a touch of Arabian magic, where food enchantment floats o’er. Roses are the flower of love.
Inspired by Roseanna, the special ingredient used in this recipe is, you guessed it, Rose extract, one of my all time favourite ingredients. The granola once made should be stored in an airtight container and will remain fresh and delicious for an age.
I love to scatter it on yogurt, or sometimes with a splash of oat milk, or when the moment calls, creamy full-fat milk. Mix it up, add some fresh seasonal fruits, or carry around this crunchy gorgeousness in a small container for a light and healthy snack. Most importantly enjoy!
Sunflower oil, 2 tbsp
Sweet freedom/ maple syrup, 125ml
Rolled oats, 300g
Rose extract, 1 tsp
Vanilla extract, 1 tsp
Sunflower seeds, 50g
Pumpkin seeds, 50g
Dried cherries, 60g
Dried cranberries, 60g
Dessicated coconut, 60g
PRE-HEAT oven to 130C/ gas 2.
MIX oil, sweet freedom, honey, vanilla extract, rose extract, seeds and rolled oats in a large bowl.
SCATTER onto two lined baking trays and spread evenly.
BAKE for 15 minutes.
REMOVE trays and scatter over remaining dried fruit and coconut, give everything a good mix.
BAKE for a further 15 minutes and allow to cool.
FOLD baking paper into a funnel shape and simply pour into an airtight container.
DIP into as you wish.