All posts by lucy

Standing with Stones

Standing with Stones

This is a wonderful documentary about Britain and Ireland’s ancient sites. A very mellow and informative watch… inspires you to get out there and explore the ancient past in your own area. It includes the better known sites but also many lesser heard of ones with stories from local folklore, the presenter’s theories and observations… a great sense of enthusiasum and awe abounds throughout the film. From Cornwall to Orkney, this is a beautiful journey through the ancient stones of our land :)

See much more about the DVD and many clips on the makers site here. Their blog is also very interesting.

MuLondon

mulondon-287x300

A quick mention for these absolutely gorgeous new vegan organic moisturisers, no preservatives and no water so they’re concentrated making them nice and frugal too. Very pure ingredients. I am favouring the lavender one after a bath – I need all the help I can get to look less haggard this time of year ;) Charlotte is very taken with the white chocolate truffle one and it’s nice and gentle for her skin too. Still time to order for Christmas as they send them out the same day  🙂

aduki bean cottage pie

Ingredients:

125g. aduki beans, soaked overnight

1 large onion, chopped

2 carrotts, chopped

2 sticks of celery, chopped

salt to taste

2-3 teaspoons of original bisto (or any vegan gravy) and water for mixing

topping choices:

a cupful of millet boiled with a cauliflower and then mashed with a little seasalt

or a cupful of millet boiled with 3 or 4 chopped, peeled parsnips and mashed

or mashed potatoes prepared with soya milk and marg. (slightly less healthy)

sweet potato mash is also good!

Place the aduki beans in a pan and cover well with water. bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer until softened (varies – can be half an hour or a bit more). Drain and then add the vegetables, cover with water again and bring to boil and then simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Add your bisto or other gravy mix plus any salt desired, and place in an oven proof dish. Top with mash of choice and then into the oven to brown up a little (200C/400F for about 20-30 minutes or longer of heating up from cold later). Fantastic served with slightly boiled spring greens or dark cabbage.



cranberry orange ginger sauce

A Yule recipe:

Cranberry, Orange and Ginger Sauce
3/4 cup/150g/5oz sugar
1/2 cup/150ml/quarter pint of orange juice
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger (or half a teaspoon of dried ginger)
2 cups of fresh cranberries
pinch of salt
Place the cranberries, orange juice and ginger in a pan and simmer for about 10 minutes. Give the berries a mash and add the sugar, zest and salt. Cook gently until all the sugar is completely dissolved. The sauce will thicken up as it cools slightly. Nice served hot or warm with nut roast or mushroom puff and parcel (on Yule page).