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French toast recipe

French toast was first described in Apicius – a collection of Latin recipes in the 4th century – as simply aliter dulcia (“another sweet dish”): “Break [slice] fine white bread, crust removed, into rather large pieces which soak in milk [and beaten eggs] fry in oil, cover with honey and serve“. Alternative names include “eggy …

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Acai bowl recipes

Perfect to serve with granola or porridge, for getting in some extra daily greens and it tastes fab! The acai (or assai) – a superfood berry originating from South America – is extremely rich in antioxidants, high levels of essential fatty acids, amino acids, and dietary fibre. A small edible blackish purple berry, it grows …

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Beetroot hummus recipe

Hummus is a regular at the lunch table in the Ellson house, although not usually this pink in colour! Of Middle Eastern origin, hummus (also spelt houmous) is a dip or spread made from cooked mashed chickpeas, tahini (made from sesame seeds), lemon juice and garlic. Chickpeas – the main ingredient – provide a good …

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Muesli Bar Recipe

Muesli bars are a popular lunch box snack across the world, especially to provide fuel whilst on a walk or similar outdoor pursuit. However, there are many examples available in the supermarket that contain a number of artificial ingredients including added sugars, colours and preservatives. Here is my homemade version – made with just whole …

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Nick’s Beef Stew Recipe

Another favourite in the Ellson house. There is nothing like a good stew as the centrepiece of a meal. I have made this many times and always slightly change the veggies according to what we have in the fridge. The beef though is the hero of the dish and worth choosing carefully. I made this …

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Basic sauerkraut recipe

People have been fermenting food for thousands of years!  Two main reasons – it both preserves food and improves the health benefits.  Fermented food will last much longer than fresh and can be stored for months through the seasons. The health of one’s gut is a very important factor in overall health, and fermenting your …

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Simple chicken salad recipe

A quick and easy lunch or dinner, and a great way to use up leftover chicken (after a Sunday roast perhaps). The chicken and avocado are a great source of protein that will help give you plenty of slow release energy for the rest of the day. Ingredients 1 lettuce Handful rocket 1 cup chicken …

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