24 May 2014

Roasted Vanilla Strawberries topped with Almond Granola, Raspberries and Pomegranate









Breakfast is by far the best meal of the day, especially now summer is here and the supermarket shelves are lined with rows of fresh berries! These roasted strawberries are delicious, bathed in vanilla seeds and fresh orange juice and are really easy to make and the granola can be made a few days in advance and stored in a jam jar - breakfast for the entire week sorted!

Ingredients:

Large handful of juicy strawberries
1tsp vanilla paste or the seeds from a vanilla pod (not extract)
1tsp honey
Juice of half an orange

50g rolled oats
25g whole almonds
1/4tsp ground cinnamon
25g granola (any type you fancy, I used Rude Health Spiced Apple)
2tbsp almond milk
1tsp almond butter

To serve:

Fresh raspberries
Whole almonds
Pomegranate seeds
Yoghurt
Zest of 1/2 an orange

Method:

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.

Wash the strawberries and remove their stalks.



Chop in half and mix in a bowl with the honey, vanilla and orange juice.







When thoroughly coated, tip onto a non-stick baking tray and arrange the strawberries seed-side up.


In a separate bowl, mix the oats with the granola and cinnamon. Finely chop the whole almonds and add to the bowl. Mix in the almond milk and butter until it starts to come together. Tip the mixture out onto a lined baking tray and break up a bit. 




Put both the strawberries and granola into the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes the strawberries should be soft and caramelised and the granola golden brown and crispy. 

Serve in small bowls layering the granola and roasted strawberries with cold yoghurt. I used lemon curd yoghurt which is delicious. Top with fresh raspberries, a few more whole almonds, some pomegranate seeds and a sprinkling of orange zest.

Pour over a little extra almond milk if you wish.










18 May 2014

Daylesford Summer Festival

If you've seen my earlier post here, you'll know that there's a place in the Cotswolds that I absolutely love visiting. I've been a few times know, once to their cookery school and when I saw they were hosting a summer festival I knew I had to mark it in the diary!
Daylesford Organic Farm in Gloucestershire. 
They sell the most amazing produce and with a cookery school, spa, shop and restaurant it is a great place to visit. They also rent out beautiful cottages that are absolutely gorgeous inside! Cosy, comfy furnishing with really modern facilities- perfect for a weekend away. 
Their ethos is all about a simple passion for real food and they set about to demonstrate this with their summer festival this weekend. 
I hope all of you were graced with just as beautiful weather as we were. The sun was shining and temperatures soared to a good 23 degrees! Perfect for a summer festival and a few glasses of Pimms!
Everyone was in great summery spirits, delicious food was on offer in every direction and they even had a jazz band playing to keep everyone entertained- not to mention the dog show in the morning where awards featured the waggiest tail!- (Unfortunately I couldn't take Eddie that day but I secretly know he would have won this category hands down!)



The restaurant terrace



They decorated the entire farm with bunting and even a chandelier made out of fresh veg!



Throughout the farm there were stalls selling a whole range of delicious produce including a selection of Daylesford cheeses- I had to bring home a piece of their Daylesford Organic Adlestrop - a creamy and mild rind-washed cheese. 

They were also selling plants from the farm and vegetables from their market garden. 



It was a great opportunity to grab a glass of Pimms, some food from their stalls and sunbathe in their grounds in the sunshine. 



For the kids (and adults) they even had a horse-drawn carriage and a whole barn set up with their pens to meet the animals. Over the course of the day, the Daylesford team did a range of demonstrations to show everyone what the farm was really about - this included sheep-shearing, bee-keeping, a ploughing demonstration and lots of different cookery demonstrations including their Taste of Provence course which I was lucky enough to sample last summer.





After strolling around the various stalls and activities we decided to grab some lunch and had to make the very tricky decision of deciding what to choose! On offer were their wood roast lamb baps, an organic barbecue and the most delicious pulled pork flatbreads. 




I went for the pulled pork flatbread, filled with lentil dahl, sweet pulled pork, relish and yoghurt- really juicy and tasty! My boyfriend had their organic beef burger but definitely wished he'd had mine when he caught a glimpse of this beauty!





and then took a few of their cakes home in a box for tea (of course!)



Later on in the afternoon, we stumbled across this cute fella who won most like his owner in the dog show! Rocking those glasses I think!


I also stumbled across the lovely Ibbs, a fellow blogger over at the brilliant The Lobster & Me which was a great surprise. 
After a natter we carried on exploring what was on offer at the festival. I could have spent a fortune on flowers in their garden room!







They also had a Great Taste Producer's Market with a whole range of stalls. My favourite was the Hansen & Lydersen Smoked Salmon. Their salmon is out of this world delicious! Served on a piece of sour dough bread and topped with creme fraiche and dill it was unbeatable!



There were lots of sweet treats on offer too including fresh strawberries from The Strawberry Stop, Union Coffee and yummy treats from Hetty's Tea Party. 








It was a really lovely day in absolutely glorious sunshine. Such a well organised event with treats for all the family, I would definitely recommend it if you're in the area next year!