Falling into the flavours of autumn, this citrusy pumpkin bread is like the fancy cousin to your average banana bread. It's the ideal cozy comfort loaf you are looking for now that the days are shorter and the weather is just that little bit cooler.
I hoped it would help ease the tummy complaints I have suffered for years, and give me the super slender frame of the gormless bloggers incessantly giggling at me through my iPhone screen. Unfortunately, no such luck. I decided to have a look into where I was going wrong and how food brands were adapting to our clean eating world.
I love to serve this straight from the oven to the table, ensuring at least 10 minutes cooling time with a large dollop of ice cream in the centre. If you do not have a skillet at home (they are quite expensive) then you can use a cake pan instead.
There are many benefits to eating seasonally, not least that seasonal produce is a real culinary treat for the tastebuds. By enjoying produce when it is in season, we fall in with Mother Nature's natural, and intended, culinary calendar! It tastes the best and it is the cheapest - naturally, the supply of seasonal fruit and veg, will outweigh demand, especially if their is a good harvest. Why wouldn't you go with the seasons?
Like the thousands of other suffers, my sickle cell anaemia means I have to be really careful about what I eat. I have always tried to stick to eating only fresh fruit, vegetables and meat, and because snacking on the wrong things could have such serious repercussions to my health, package meals have never really been a tempting option.
Read up on the subject, get to know your food. Plan, not only what you will eat for breakfast, but also snacks, lunch and dinner; I am a big fan of planning meals in advance by making stocks for freezing or eating healthy leftovers the following day.
When trying to lead a more healthy lifestyle, we often feel like our old, bad habits are tough to break; we set our benchmarks too high, pick unrealistic goals. What about if we could set some healthy foundations that enabled success? Educate ourselves. Adapt our thoughts.
Do you remember when the free-from section in the supermarket consisted of an odd-looking packet of biscuits that disintegrated in a cup of tea and a sad looking loaf of bread that tasted like cardboard? These products were produced for those with diagnosed allergies and intolerances and would be marked with 'approved' or 'certified' stamps to help consumers avoid making a potentially dangerous mistake when choosing a product.
However, there is an inordinate amount of information out there on how we need to be taking care of ourselves and sometimes it can be conflicting and confusing. How do we know what's healthy for us? So with that in mind, here are some health mistakes that are commonly made and very easily rectified.
These cakes are quick and easy to make! They are my go-to chocolate cupcakes and I couldn't recommend them highly enough - they are the best! They taste just like bakery-style cupcakes. P.S. you can whip up a batch of these delicious cakes in under 30 minutes, yay!