Spelt Plum Clafoutis – Dairy Free

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Seasonal plums cooked in batter and topped with demerara sugar heated under the grill to give a crispy, crunchy lid. This dessert is simple, opulent and as romantic as the French name implies. Perfect make-ahead dessert for guests.
I can’t write at the moment due to a heavy duty psychological blockage that I need to clear, even though my life is utterly fantastic currently. Perhaps that’s the problem, that it’s harder to accept praise than it is to be negative. Anyway, I’m going to let the pictures do the talking for this dairy free spelt plum clafoutis, but I will say one thing – it’s fucking delicious.

Take care

Gavin
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Mustard Roasted Fennel and Carrot

Gavin WrenRecipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

This mustard roasted fennel and carrot recipe is an easy vegetable side dish that goes perfectly with roasted fish or meat, a great autumnal dish to warm up the kitchen after the summer disappears. The cosy cinnamon and the mustard seeds make this an easy but tasty vegetarian or vegan side dish.
Today’s recipe is a roasted fennel and carrot recipe tossed in mustard seeds, cinnamon and olive oil, to make a warm, slightly spiced vegetable side dish that has almost no preparation (no peeling – woo-hoo!) and looks like a show stopper when you put it on the table. Go fennel, go! Fennel? Funnel? Huh? Fennel is one of those peculiar ingredients which I didn’t eat for a very large swathe of my existence. Not through choice, simply because it didn’t ever get to my plate or kitchen for some reason. It also sounds a bit like ‘funnel’, which is a very odd image to have when considering what vegetables to eat. Nonetheless, it’s absence from my diet remained intact for a long time, even though I was aware of it’s existence, hovering on the sidelines of my world, like a substitute waiting for his chance at a goal. Mysterious vegetable.…

Maple Pecan Spelt Muffins

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Maple syrup brings a rich sweetness to theses maple pecan spelt muffins stuffed with whole rolled oats, pecan nuts and no refined sugars, just naturally sweetened with banana and maple syrup. These easy spelt flour bakes make for a wholesome alternative muffin recipe that's just as tasty yet packs more positive nutrition, perfect for afternoon tea or a sweet weekend treat.
It’s been quite savoury around here recently. Not much sweet goodness going on, and my God, was I longing for something sweet. So today’s post is about some utterly delightful little maple pecan spelt muffins topped with oats which are dairy free that I put together last weekend. These are muffins made with a mixture of wholemeal and white spelt flour, along with whole oats and sweetened using maple syrup and that ubiquitous banana, because it just goes so well in baked good like muffins. And who doesn’t like banana? (Yes, I’m sure there’s someone). Cake Rules. I’m quite fastidious about how much cake I eat, I’ve developed an incredibly strong sense of moderation around it. This is because I have a spreadsheet I’ve kept for posterity, which dates from 2008, when I tipped the bathroom scales at nearly 100kg, well over 15 stone. Approaching 100kg had been pretty scary…

WILL IT ROAST? – Part 2 – Red Cabbage

Gavin WrenFood Techniques, The World of Food, YouTube Food Videos

will it roast red cabbage
Will It Roast? ‘Will It Roast?’ is a new celebration of culinary silliness, created in the name of simply messing around in the kitchen, a chance to try out some random ideas that come into my head. In this series I’m taking whole fruit or vegetables and cooking them in their entirety in the oven without chopping, peeling, slicing or preparing them, to see how they come out. I love the idea of creating food that requires minimal preparation combined with low maintenance cooking which also creates very little waste. Cooking and then serving whole vegetables can create far less waste as the skin and parts which would normally be discarded are cooked as well, only to be left once the rest has been eaten. The skin also sometimes imparts plenty of flavour to the vegetable, so by removing it you’re losing out on that. Part Two – Red Cabbage…

WILL IT ROAST – Part 1 – Butternut Squash

Gavin WrenFood Techniques, The World of Food, YouTube Food Videos

will it roast butternut squash
WILL IT ROAST In an entirely new celebration of culinary silliness and in the name of simply messing around in the kitchen, I’ve started a series of videos called WILL IT ROAST. Inspired by a recipe I saw in the NOPI cookbook last year, I’ve started this new series to experiment with vegetables and fruits which aren’t normally roasted whole, to see what happens. If you’ve ever wondered “why am I chopping this up” when preparing vegetables, now is the time to find out! Part One In the first of this series, I’m taking a big butternut squash, leaving it in the oven to cook for a while and seeing how it comes out. Through doing this, we can find out the answer to the BIG question, WILL IT ROAST??? Want to know the answer? Watch and find out! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form…