Low fat Chocolate Brownies

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Ingredients

100 ml (4 fl oz) sunflower oil, plus extra to grease
500 g (18oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken up
8 medium eggs
300 g (10ozs) light muscovado sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
150 g (6oz) plain flour gluten free
1 tsp baking powder gluten free
2 tbsp cocoa powder

* optional100 grams (4 ozs) walnuts

Method
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan) mark 4.
Lightly grease and line two 20.5cm (8in) square tins with baking parchment.
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (make sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water).
Lift bowl off the pan, set aside to cool (if too hot the brownie may not cook in the middle).
Beat in the eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil and a pinch of salt in a large bowl with a handheld electric whisk until pale and thick.
Sift the flour, baking and cocoa powder over and add the *walnuts and cooled chocolate.
Fold together with a large metal spoon.
Scrape mixture into the prepared tin, level and scatter over topping* (if using).
Bake for 20-25min or until set.
Cool completely in tin before cutting into squares.

Optional Toppings:
A good handful of fresh raspberries and blanced almond slithers or broken walnuts or chopped mixed nuts.
Dusting of icing sugar and/or popping candy

To Store:
The brownie without raspberries, will keep well wrapped in foil or in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Adding fresh fruit shortens the shelf life (if it last that long in your household!).

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Banana Berry Smoothie

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Serves 2 (or halved for 1)

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas
400 grams of berries
Berries of your choice either one type or a variety (whatever takes your fancy) blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mulberries, cranberries, loganberries

200 ml almond milk (or another dairy free milk of choice)

2 tablespoons of honey, agave (or maple syrup or another of your choice)

2 tablespoons of linseeds

Method

Put all ingredients carefully into a blender and blend thoroughly, add crushed ice, if preferred especially on warmer days.

Serve chilled and immediately in tall glasses.

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Apple and blackberry crumble

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Fruit mixture

6 medium small apples peeled and chopped
150 – 200 g blackberries washed
2 ozs or 50 g sugar
100ml boiling water

Mix water and sugar together.
Pour into an 2lb/2L ovenproof dish
Add apples coat in sugar solution.
Add blackberries over the top.

Crumble

125 g or 4 ozs of sugar
175 g or 6 ozs of butter or dairy free alternative cubed
250 g or 8 ozs of plain flour (gluten free) or half plain (gluten free) and half ground almonds

Cinnamon to sprinkle over at the end

Add dry ingredients to a bowl and add butter, rub in the butter until the mixtures resembles that if fine breadcrumbs.

Spread the mixture over the fruit mixture.
Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.
Bake for 40 minutes on Gas Mark 5 or 190 degrees C.

Alternatives

Raspberries with crumble mixture half plain half ground almonds

Raspberries and peaches or nectarines

A mixture of various berries

Cherries and berries

Raspberry and apple

Apple and pear

Pear and almond

Tinned fruits – drained theses will be quicker to cook so 20 minutes on 200 degrees or gas mark 6 will cook and brown the crumble.

Variations of spices:

Choose one or a variety of a few, depending on personal preferences:

Cinnamon
Ginger
Nutmeg
Mixed ground spice
Star Anise

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“a (whole) apple a day keeps the doctor away”

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The saying
“an apple a day keeps the doctor away”
only applies if one consumes the whole apple, along with the pips!
If you eat the whole apple the pips (seeds) contain a tiny amount if cyanide which cant harm you but can make your body an unhappy environment for pathogens resulting in being less ill!
Although, the pips contain a small amount of cyanide they are coated, thus preventing the body absorbing cyanide! Even if you bite or crush the seeds the amount still is not enough to harm you! In fact, our body builds up a resistance and becomes immune!

Bring out the apples! Pips ‘n’ all!

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Seasonal produce in Ireland and the UK

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January: Beetroot, Leek, Squash, Cabbage, Parsnip, Shallot, Celeriac, Carrot, Onion, Kale, Celery, Turnip, Potato, Brocolli, Brussel sprouts, Pear, Apple, Clementine
Goose, Lobster, Scallops, Brill, Clam, Cockles, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Monkfish, Mussels, Oyster, Plaice, Turbot
February: Cabbage, Chicory, Potato, Leek, Brocolli, Squash, Kale, Onion, Parsnip, Shallot, Celeriac
Guinea fowl, Goose, Halibut, Mussels, Lobster, Brill, Clam, Cockles, Cod, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Mussels, Oyster, Salmon, Turbot
March: Parsley, Radish, Carrot, Leek, Sprouting broccoli, Sorrel, Potato, Mint
Sardine, Lobster, Cockles, Cod, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Mussels, Oyster, Salmon, Sea trout
April: Rosemary, Spinach, Morel mushroom, Wild garlic, Radish, Carrot, Celery, Kale, Watercress, Strawberry, Rhubard
New season lamb, Cockles, Cod, Crab, Halibut, Salmon, Sea trout
May: Samphire, Asparagus, Cauliflower, New potato, Parsley, Mint, Broad bean, Carrot, Spinach, Lettuce, Celery, Cherry, Raspberry, Rhubard
Duck, Sea trout, Sea bass, Lemon sole, Cod, Sardine, Lamb, Crab, Dover sole, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Plaice, Salmon
June: Artichoke,Courgette, Broad bean, Lettuce, French bean, Pepper, Spinach, Asparagus, Celery, Aubergine, Pea, Mangetout, Tomato, Gooseberry, Elderflower, Strawberry, Redcurrant, Cherry
Hare, Crayfish, John Dory, Lamb, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Plaice, Salmon, Sardine, Sea bass, Sea trout
July: Artichoke, Beetroot, Courgette, Aubergine, Fennel, Pea, Runner bean, Tomato, Watercress, French bean, Sage, Lettuce, Mangetout, Cauliflower, Broad bean, Blueberry, Strawberry, Loganberry, Raspberry
Clam, Pike, Trout, Pilchard, Lamb, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Plaice, Salmon, Sardine, Scallop, Sea bass, Sea trout
August: Artichoke, Basil, Beetroot, Pea, Tomato, Broad bean, Brocolli, Cucumber, French bean, Lettuce, Fennel, Mangetout, Aubergine, Spinach, Courgette, Sweetcorn, Apricot, Damson, Melon, Strawberry
Lamb, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Grey mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Monkfish, Plaice, Salmon, Sardine, Scallop, Sea bass, Squid
September: Artichoke, Aubergine, Beetroot, Brocolli, Sweetcorn, Cucumber, Courgette, Kale, Spinach, Onion, Tomato, Lettuce, Mangetout, Runner bean, Pumpkin, Leek, Plum, Blackberry, Apple, Fig, Damson, Grape, Melon
Autumn lamb, Partridge, Wood pigeon, Duck, Venison, Grouse, Brown trout, Oyster, Mussel, Sea Bass, Clam, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Grey mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Herring, John Dory, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Monkfish, Plaice, Salmon, Sardine, Scallop, Squid, Turbot

October

Watercress, Squash, Celery, Brocolli, Beetroot, Leek, Mushroom, Runner bean, Courgette, Marrow, Kale, Pumpkin, Elderberry, Fig, Apple, Grape

Autumn lamb, Duck, Grouse, Guinea fowl, Partridge, Oyster, Mussel, Brill, Clam, Cod, Crab, Dover sole, Grey mullet, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, John Dory, Lemon sole, Mackeral, Monkfish, Plaice, Sea bass, Squid, Turbot

November

Parsnip, Chestnut, Beetroot, Swede, Cabbage, Runner, bean, Turnip, Potato, Kale, Celery, Celeriac, Squash, Pumpkin, Leek, Cranberry, Pear, Quince, Apple, Clementine

Duck, Grouse, Teal, Partridge, Brill, Clam, Haddock, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Monkfish, Mussels, Oyster, Plaice, Sea bass, Squid, Turbot

December

Celery, Red cabbage, Swede, Celeriac, Turnip, Kale, Brussel sprout, Pumpkin, Beetroot, Parsnip, Brocolli, Leek, Onion, Pear, Apple, Clementine, Cranberry

Turkey, Partridge, Duck, Goose, Haddock, Sea bass, Brill, Clam, Halibut, Hake, Lemon sole, Monkfish, Mussels, Oyster, Plaice, Turbot

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