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Naturally #glutenfree, these irresistible Decadent #Chocolate #Quinoa #Brownies are made with cooked quinoa, cocoa, nut butter and chocolate. Gooey, soft and very more-ish. A lovely #snack, or even #dessert with ice cream. #baking

Naturally gluten-free, these irresistible Decadent Chocolate Quinoa Brownies are made with cooked quinoa, cocoa, nut butter and chocolate. Gooey, soft and very more-ish. A lovely snack, or even dessert with ice cream.

Naturally #glutenfree, these irresistible Decadent #Chocolate #Quinoa #Brownies are made with cooked quinoa, cocoa, nut butter and chocolate. Gooey, soft and very more-ish. A lovely #snack, or even #dessert with ice cream. #bakingIt may be the meteorological start of Spring, but no one told Mother Nature.

After a relatively benign winter most of the UK is currently being hammered by two storms: the “Beast of the East” (blizzards) and Storm Emma (more blizzards). Right now we are under a red weather alert, meaning no one should venture out outside. I’m very law-abiding and cautious so this suits me fine. And because I’m warm and cosy inside (head to toe thermals, plus ski socks) it’s kind of exciting. The gas fire is on; I’ve had a mug of proper hot chocolate; and I’ve even treated myself to afternoon central heating. Woo hoo! Continue reading

Spice up your hummus game with Indian spices and lentils to make dal hummus. A most perfect dip and spread for healthy, vegan, snacks and lunches. Spread this dip on wraps or use it to plunge in fresh vegetables and bread.

Spice up your hummus game with Indian spices and lentils to make dal hummus. A most perfect dip and spread for healthy, vegan, snacks and lunches. Spread this dip on wraps or use it to plunge in fresh vegetables and bread.

Spice up your hummus game with Indian spices and lentils to make dal hummus. A most perfect dip and spread for healthy, vegan, snacks and lunches. Spread this dip on wraps or use it to plunge in fresh vegetables and bread.Good old hummus. Reliable hummus. A constant feature on our grocery shopping list this ubiquitous chip dip was, once upon a time in the UK, rarely encountered outside of the kebab shop. I do however vaguely remember at least one incense-permeated vegetarian cafe in the mid-1980s serving it with the likes of chips (French fries) and macaroni cheese.

Those were odd times. I wasn’t tempted.

If you are under age 28 you will never have known such culinary deprivation. But yes, before 1990, it was just Waitrose (a store only in England at the time) and specialist stockists who carried those familiar plastic pots of pureed chickpeas.

Back then it would have been the one flavour: beige. Not much lemon or garlic; probably not even olive oil. I would add in more lemon. I still do. πŸ™‚ Continue reading

UsuallyΒ  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.

Usually a chicken dish, this baked-not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.

UsuallyΒ  a chicken dish, this baked not-fried panko-crusted tofu sits atop homemade, aromatic Japanese katsu curry sauce for a lunch or dinner to please and delight vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. A silky side of miso aubergine slivers and yuzu-splashed spinach round out this palate-pleasing recipe.It is with my head hung in shame that I belatedly post this tribute to one of my favourite places on Earth, Japan. After promising late last year that I would give you a photo post, filled with funky-fab food, a rainy-day cat parade, exquisite 3-D latte art, eye-catching architecture, wondrous city gardens, the iconic Mt Fuji, and myriad other serene yet exciting things I experienced, I pop into your inbox with just a recipe.

But what a recipe. Continue reading

Smoked paprika and vegan chorizo turn these kimchi pancakes into a craveable appetizer, lunch or light supper. Perfect for Valentine's Day and Pancake Day, too.

Smoked paprika and vegan chorizo turn these kimchi pancakes into a craveable appetizer, lunch or light supper. Perfect for Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day, too.

Smoked paprika and vegan chorizo turn these kimchi pancakes into a craveable appetizer, lunch or light supper. Perfect for Valentine's Day and Pancake Day, too.Today, Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday, the Internet is OBSESSED with pancakes. Stacks and stacks of them. Dripping with syrup, smothered in fruit, studded with chocolate chips. Perhaps perched on a milkshake or other concoction, to GET YOUR ATTENTION. Continue reading

Feed your soul and your body with these vegan, low-sugar and very fudgy tamarind and cacao truffles. With spices such as cardamom, ginger and sweet-hot guajillo pepper, your tongue will soon be dancing.

Eating a plant-based, whole food diet doesn’t mean you need to give up sweet treats. Feed your soul and your body with these vegan, low-sugar and very fudgy tamarind and cacao truffles. With spices such as cardamom, ginger and sweet-hot guajillo pepper, your tongue will soon be dancing.

Feed your soul and your body with these vegan, low-sugar and very fudgy tamarind and cacao truffles. With spices such as cardamom, ginger and sweet-hot guajillo pepper, your tongue will soon be dancing.I was at one of my favourite shops yesterday on a fruitless foray to load up on some good ol’ American grits. Yeah, they aren’t whole food, but whatever. Sometimes you just need a simple taste of home. And since my true home is the Deep South, grits are in my DNA.

They are also my go-to when I want a little white-carb comfort. Usually I tuck a bag in my luggage for my trip back to the UK, but I didn’t this time. For some reason I had about 4 new pairs of yoga pants, despite not doing yoga, but not my favourite way to enjoy proper butter. Unfortunately, the UK’s best Mexican deli,Β Lupe Pintos (handily located in Edinburgh, and now Glasgow), doesn’t stock them. No one does as they are sooo heavy and therefore sooo expensive. If you are used to paying about $3 a bag, Β£10 ($15) is a bit steep.

 Feed your soul and your body with these vegan, low-sugar and very fudgy tamarind and cacao truffles. With spices such as cardamom, ginger and sweet-hot guajillo pepper, your tongue will soon be dancing.Anyway…to assuage my disappointment I sampled some of the deli’s proper Mexican hot sauces and ended up buying some, as well as a few jars of Cumbria-madeΒ Mr Vikkis chutneys (tamarind and chipotle chutney is divine) and some various flimsy packets of Mexican chile pepper powders.

As soon as I got home I opened the tamarind chutney and dipped a teaspoon in the deep brown goo. Bliss: sweet, hot, sharp, spicy. Perfectly balanced. Then I looked at my spices and thought, “would it be so crazy to make tamarind and chilli truffles?” Continue reading

Swirls of homemade piri piri hot sauce top this family-friendly, sweet potato and lentil soup. Vegan, nutritious and perfect for lunch.

Swirls of homemade piri piri hot sauce top this family-friendly, sweet potato and lentil soup. Vegan, nutritious and perfect for lunch.

Swirls of homemade piri piri hot sauce top this family-friendly, sweet potato and lentil soup. Vegan, nutritious and perfect for lunch.What a dismal, dispiriting day here in Scotland’s capital city. February, eh? What are you gonna do? Other than a paid-for ticket to somewhere equatorial the only thing for it is a big, hearty and colourful bowl of soup. The brighter the better. Continue reading

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

Deliciously frugal Bloody Mary Baked Beans on toast make a great breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, especially with a golden-yokedΒ poached egg on top.It’s been many a year since I had a rip-roaringΒ 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 WaitroseΒ 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 onΒ 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 whenΒ 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 waaayΒ 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.Β  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

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