Drink: Vegan cold bomb

This morning I woke up feeling like absolute death – blocked nose, scratchy throat and phlegm’d up to my eyeballs (sorry!). Deciding to take the matters into my own hands and show it who’s boss, I made up a fiery concoction that will help de-congest, clear your sinuses and help you feel a little less rubbish on those long February days when work, kids and your immune system have got the better of you.

To make, you’ll need:

  • 500ml water
  • Thumb size piece of ginger, grated,
  • A pinch of chilli flakes,
  • A crack of black pepper,
  • 2 Tbs agave nectar,
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper,
  • Zest & juice of 1 lemon,
  • Handful of coriander leaves,
  • 2 shots of vodka ( I used ABSOLUT CITRON – because, you know, Scandi!)

The recipe could not be simpler. It’s exactly the kick you need when all you want to do is hide under the duvet and hypnotise yourself with films all day (just me?).

Start by putting the water on the hob, on a medium heat until it starts to simmer. Then, add the agave and stir. When it’s dissolved, add the grated ginger, black pepper, cayenne and chilli flakes. Next add the lemon juice & zest and give it a stir (the heat from the chilli should already begin to tingle your nose). Simmer for 8 minutes. Then, add in the coriander leaves and simmer for a further 2 minutes. Take off the heat and strain into your mug/glass of choice. Leave to cool a few minutes, then add in the vodka. With a final stir of a spoon, it should be done.

Easy and you should be feeling less bunged up in no time!

I’d recommend you sip it though, as it will blow your head off!

Enjoy & Get well soon x

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Food: Silk Road flapjacks

Here’s an easy flapjack recipe with a bit of an Eastern flair. Mind you, even though they are full of fruit, I wouldn’t exactly call these ‘healthy’ but they are damn tasty!

You’ll need:

  • 150g vegan butter (I used Vitalite)
  • 1 tbs agave nectar
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 1 tbs good quality apricot conserve
  • 250g porridge oats
  • Pinch of salt
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • Zest of 1/2 lime
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 80g mixed dried fruit, chopped finely  ( I used dates, prunes,figs, pears, sultanas and apricots)
  • 20g crystallised ginger, chopped finely
  •  10g dried goji berries
  •  A pinch of saffron
  • 20g fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 20g pumpkin seeds
  • 10g sesame seeds
  • Handful of flaked almonds (optional)

 

Start by melting the butter in a pan, on low heat. Add in the agave, golden syrup and conserve. Stir lightly until it’s all melded into a sticky caramel mixture. This should take a couple of minutes. Then, add in the ground cinnamon, vanilla and saffron strands and let them infuse for a couple of minutes. Whilst this is cooking, preheat the oven to 150°C and grease and line a square tin. Now, it’s time to add the oats and the coconut and the salt. Fold into the caramel and add the fruit, ginger, seeds & lime zest. Stir thoroughly and tip out into the lined tin. Press with either your hands or the back of a spoon, until it’s all level. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, leave to cool for 15 then cut into squares.

(An optional thing you could do is in the last 10 minutes of cooking, take it out and sprinkle some flaked almonds on top, then simply put it back in the oven, as normal.)

Hope you enjoy these exotic energy filled treats! They’d be great served with a pot of sweet mint tea.