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Deliciously frugal Bloody Mary Baked Beans on toast make a great breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, especially with a golden-yollked poached egg on top. kelliesfoodtoglow.com

Deliciously frugal Bloody Mary Baked Beans on toast make a great breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, especially with a golden-yolked poached egg on top.

Deliciously frugal Bloody Mary Baked Beans on toast make a great breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, especially with a golden-yoked poached egg on top.It’s been many a year since I had a rip-roaring New Year’s Day hangover. And this year will be no different, especially as we will be catching an early morning flight to Florida on January 1. No doubt there will be a few folk on the flight who weren’t tucked up in bed by 12.30, but we will not be among them. The plan is to heat up a few trays of Waitrose nibbles and eat them with a glass of Champagne. We may or may not stay up until midnight. We know how to party. 😉 Continue reading

Start the day right with a breakfast of creamy vanilla bean porridge topped with turmeric chai tea figs.

In collaboration with Yogi Tea

Start the day right with a breakfast of creamy vanilla bean porridge topped with turmeric chai tea figs.

Start the day right with a breakfast of creamy vanilla bean porridge topped with turmeric chai tea figs.As some of you know, I’ve long been a vocal cheerleader for turmeric. Not only have I created many recipes featuring this hugely useful spicy root, I have written on its medicinal properties numerous times both here on Food To Glow, and over on Metro.

I won’t tread old ground, but I will say that I personally find turmeric – both ground and as a root – an invaluable part of my daily routine. There are very few days when I don’t either start or end the day with a mug of “golden milk”.

I can attest to its reputation as a potent anti-inflammatory: it definitely helps ease general aches and pains. Turmeric milk is also my first weapon of choice if there are coughs and colds flying around. The stuff works. Weirdly I find – and others have too – that drinking turmeric milk or tea in the morning is energising, whilst a nighttime cuppa is soothing and soporific. A magical elixir. Continue reading

Gingerbread Granola brings Christmas vibes to your breakfast table at any time of the year. Subtly sweet, slow-baked and delectably crunchy, make it even more irresistible by adding dried cranberries and little nuggets of dark chocolate after cooling. A great last-minute Christmas gift, too.

Gingerbread Granola brings Christmas vibes to your breakfast table at any time of the year. Subtly sweet, slow-baked and delectably crunchy, make it even more irresistible by adding dried cranberries and little nuggets of dark chocolate after cooling. A great last-minute Christmas gift, too.

Gingerbread Granola brings Christmas vibes to your breakfast table at any time of the year. Subtly sweet, slow-baked and delectably crunchy, make it even more irresistible by adding dried cranberries and little nuggets of dark chocolate after cooling. A great last-minute Christmas gift, too.I’ve been making granola for years. By years I mean 20 years. Late-1997 was when my daughter Rachel was old enough to competently eat small crunchy bits without my finger nervously poised on the emergency speed dial button. At the time I didn’t include nuts, just applesauce-coated and slow-baked oats. Always with a light hand of cinnamon and cardamom. I kept the sugar content waaay down. Still do.

Gingerbread Granola brings Christmas vibes to your breakfast table at any time of the year. Subtly sweet, slow-baked and delectably crunchy, make it even more irresistible by adding dried cranberries and little nuggets of dark chocolate after cooling. A great last-minute Christmas gift, too.Countless batches of granola have been in and out of my oven. Sometimes scoffed right off the tray. Mostly we are able to delay our gratification until it cools right down, the individual clusters and stray bits getting super crunchy. Then I use the parchment paper underneath as a funnel, decanting the insanely aromatic granola into airtight jars for breakfasts – and, more likely for me – evening snacks.  Continue reading

Heady with a homemade lebkuchen spice mix, this one-bowl, marmalade-spiked and chocolate-covered cake is great with a cup of tea or coffee. It's more than a gingerbread!

Heady with a homemade lebkuchen spice mix, this one-bowl, marmalade-spiked and chocolate-covered cake is great with a cup of tea or coffee. It’s more than a gingerbread!

Heady with a homemade lebkuchen spice mix, this one-bowl, marmalade-spiked and chocolate-covered cake is great with a cup of tea or coffee. It's more than a gingerbread! by kelliesfoodtoglow.comA homemade spice mix and great marmalade are the keys to this moist, whole-grain German-inspired cake. The chocolate ganache covering is completely optional but does make this lebkuchen cake quite special. Again, good quality plain or dark chocolate will make the best topping. And best bowl licking. 🙂 Continue reading

A simple but spectacular side dish featuring Tenderstem®, pan-fried eggplant and a Japanese spiced miso-butter. A quick and easy vegetable recipe to go with fish, tofu and any east Asian meal. kelliesfoodtoglow.com

In collaboration with Tenderstem®.

A simple but spectacular side dish featuring Tenderstem®, pan-fried eggplant and a Japanese spiced miso-butter. A quick and easy vegetable recipe to go with fish, tofu and any east Asian meal.

A simple but spectacular side dish featuring Tenderstem®, pan-fried eggplant and a Japanese spiced miso-butter. A quick and easy vegetable recipe to go with fish, tofu and any east Asian meal. kelliesfoodtoglow.comIn the lead up to Christmas, I’ve come to the conclusion that man (and woman) cannot live by panettone alone. Or mince pies.

As much as I love the build-up to the Big Day, the allure of grazing on cookies, sweets, and all the foods that seem to be restricted during the rest of the year just isn’t there for me. Or not there after the first few bites.

I may be a bit weird, but I can’t be the only one who still wishes to eat “real” food. Am I? Besides, I don’t need permission to eat what I want, whenever I want. Terry’s chocolate orange in July? Bring it on. Although Lindt chocolate reindeer might be thin on the ground, I suppose. Continue reading

A comforting pesto pasta supper dish with the vibrant Sicilian flavours of lemon, garlic, capers and sultanas, chopped with blanched kale and stirred into your favourite pasta shapes with soft ricotta cheese.

A comforting pesto pasta supper dish with the vibrant Sicilian flavours of lemon, garlic, capers and sultanas, chopped with blanched kale and stirred into your favourite pasta shapes with soft ricotta cheese.

A comforting pesto pasta supper dish with the vibrant Sicilian flavours of lemon, garlic, capers and sultanas, chopped with blanched kale and stirred into your favourite pasta shapes with soft ricotta cheese.We in the northern hemisphere are fast approaching the shortest day of the year and, despite the distinct lack of snow in my corner of the UK (everyone else seems to be building igloos), the low light has got us craving pasta.

Oftentimes I wimp out and heat up a pack of no-carb Japanese shirataki noodles. You know, the thick, slippery yam starch noodles with a paltry 9 calories and completely fool you once slathered in sauce. But when the sun barely skims the rooftops before setting at 3.38 p.m. (today’s official sunset time. True.) indigestible dietary fibre pasta that basically leaves your body ain’t going to cut it. We want the full-on, tummy-lining experience.  Continue reading

A quick, wholegrain, no-fuss fruit and nut-studded Scandinavian-style crispbread for the cheeseboard, with soup or just for nibbling.

A quick, wholegrain, no-fuss fruit and nut-studded Scandinavian-style crispbread for the cheeseboard, with soup or just for nibbling.

A quick, wholegrain, no-fuss fruit and nut-studded Scandinavian-style crispbread for the cheeseboard, with soup or just for nibbling.If like me, you aren’t an expert baker, this is the recipe for you. No yeast, no waiting, no expensive equipment. Just bowl, tray and chopping board. Sound good? Even better than the ease of prep, imo, these snappy bakes are healthy, deliciously crispy and pretty much like the fancy crackers that come with a fancy price tag. In short, these Cranberry and Hazelnut Crispbreads make the perfect food gift this holiday season.

Just make sure and keep some for yourself. Continue reading

This humble cabbage, sweet onion and porcini mushroom soup is as simple, honest, and delicious as it gets. Served hot and slurpy with flecks of wild rice, it's the kind of soup that comforts and fortifies body and spirit. Fit this into your autumn and winter lunch or dinner repertoire for a nourishing, earthy boost.

This humble cabbage, sweet onion and porcini mushroom soup is as simple, honest, and delicious as it gets. Served hot and slurpy with flecks of wild rice, it’s the kind of soup that comforts and fortifies body and soul. Fit this into your autumn and winter lunch or dinner repertoire for a nourishing, earthy boost.

This humble cabbage, sweet onion and porcini mushroom soup is as simple, honest, and delicious as it gets. Served hot and slurpy with flecks of wild rice, it's the kind of soup that comforts and fortifies body and spirit. Fit this into your autumn and winter lunch or dinner repertoire for a nourishing, earthy boost.No doubt your inbox is full of beautiful, festive food. Snow-white cakes, glistening with sugared cranberries; pops of vivid orange from all of those Hasselback squashes, drifts of icing sugared candies and cookies. I just love pinning and dreaming at this time of year, and wishing I had time to make everything that takes my fancy. And believe me, a lot takes my fancy.

But sometimes beauty isn’t everything. This is just such a time. What this soup lacks in looks (and it is fairly beastly-looking) it more than makes up for in taste, simplicity and pure comfort.  Continue reading

Forget the nut roast this Christmas and serve these vibrantly-coloured puff pastry tartlets. Topped with beetroot and goat’s cheese puree and sweet roasted carrots, they are a perfect vegetarian showstopper main course. Especially as it can be made prepped ahead and assembled just before serving. You can also make this as one large tart.

Forget the nut roast this Christmas and serve these vibrantly-coloured puff pastry tartlets. Topped with beetroot and goat’s cheese puree and sweet roasted carrots, they are a perfect vegetarian showstopper main course. Especially as they can be prepped ahead and assembled just before serving. You can also make this as one large tart.

carrot tartlet vertical 1Tis the season to try new recipes!

We tend to make the same foods every year for Christmas. And there is nothing at all wrong with that. Christmas is the perfect time to honour the recipes of our forebears, maybe giving them a modern or healthier tweak.

I cook for a small but discerning crowd, and some things are just expected: bread sauce, chestnut stuffing (the kind that is really a gravy – my mother-in-law is pro at it), polenta-crusted roast potatoes, orange-spiked cranberry sauce (or this pomegranate and cranberry salsa); always Brussels sprouts in some fashion or other. Like these, or these.

But every year I try and feature a new recipe on my festive table. Often it is a twist on cornbread stuffing (honouring my southern USA roots), or some new way with roasted veggies. I’m still deciding what this year’s twist will be. Maybe you are too.

One thing we will have over the festive season – perhaps on Christmas Eve – is this Roasted Rainbow Carrot Tartlet with Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese. It can be made as a large tart that will attract vegetarians, meat-eaters and fussy kids alike. Or, as I’ve done here, prepared as individual tartlets. Made with all organic and seasonal ingredients (is puff pastry seasonal?), I’m being true to my name.

Food To Glow, not Kellie. 🙂 Continue reading

Weeknight pancake supper made healthy with kale, quinoa, tomatoes and tomato pesto. Naturally vegan and gluten-free. kelliesfoodtoglow.com

Weeknight pancake supper made healthy with kale, quinoa, tomatoes and tomato pesto. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Weeknight pancake supper made healthy with kale, quinoa, tomatoes and tomato pesto. Naturally vegan and gluten-free. kelliesfoodtoglow.comI’m one of those people who always has their skillet out, ready and waiting for some quick and easy food action. Read: it’s too heavy to drag in and out of the cabinet.

But one of the main reasons my cast iron skillet is my kitchen BFF is soccas. Or farinatas. Or chickpea pancakes. So many names for these easy, naturally vegan and gluten-free pancakes!

A lasagne, but not as we know it! Instead of pasta sheets I've used chickpea pancakes. No need to buy questionable gluten-free pasta when you can make your own very delicious chickpea pancakes.

A lasagne, but not as we know it! Instead of pasta sheets I’ve used chickpea pancakes. No need to buy questionable gluten-free pasta when you can make your own very delicious chickpea pancakes. Farinata Lasagne with Creamy Spinach and Roasted Squash

On the blog I’ve made them into a (above) lasagne with creamy spinach & roasted squash, this light, ‘open’ vegetable lasagne (it looks like a crazy salad), a brunch version with spring veg and smoked salmon, and my original ones, flecked with rosemary and thyme and topped with bought giant couscous and sundried tomato salad.

I have form in the farinata department.

In short, I make them a lot. Continue reading

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