Cannot believe I have not posted since the Spring. Somehow lost my focus, but an amazing holiday in Denmark and Norway has completely inspired me to cook again.
Why, you may wonder?
The list is long however one word, maybe two…or three, sums up the impressions our summer holiday left with me.
Natural – Wholesome - Simple
Bread is not just bread; it is seeded, it is rye, it is wholemeal, it has nuts in it, berries – dark chocolate. Wow! That is one recipe that will be shared eventually!
The environment is not just used; it is adored, appreciated, cherished, looked after. Every turn takes your breath away. Every turn inspires dreaming and laughter. Maybe some of the dreams created whilst there will be shared eventually!
People are not just strangers that pass you by; they are strong, sturdy, friendly, helpful and kind souls who make a proper effort to make your day better than it already was. True selflessness and kindness. Inspiring.
Walks are not just walks; they are rejuvenating, awe-inspiring, berry picking, soul enlightening miracles. And from the walks come fruit – berries – and from those berries come wonderful recipes. One of which I will share with you now.
We had friends over a few weekends ago and went for an amazing walk through fields of clover, parks, over little bridges and close by lakes. All along the way were rows and rows of blackberry bramble; bursting with ripe berries. I made a mental note and promised the children to return with bags and bowls…
For those that have followed this blog for a while, and cooked my recipes, you will know that I always try to incorporate healthy aspects into every meal (almost anyway!). This gorgeous blackberry and apple loaf is no different. Very easy, very quick – moist – full of flavour, rye and fruit. A great lunch box or after school treat or a lovely Sunday breakfast or tea time surprise for the family.
What goodness will it give you?
Exercise, a smile on your face, your children out of the house and maybe muddy shoes - picking the berries of course!
- Vitamin A & C, dietary fibre, heart-healthy fats, potassium and calcium – blackberries are an amazing addition to your diet. They are one of the berries women are advised to eat if they would like a flatter stomach (or so I have heard…)!
- Potentially cancer reducing – apple peel has quercetin in it - some studies have shown this to be a cancer reducing food.
- Slow releasing energy – rye! Read more here: benefits of rye
No excuses – get your wellingtons on, get into the outdoors, and pick those blackberries before they disappear.
Blackberry and Apple Loaf
150g rye flour
100g plain flour
175g butter (can be substituted for vegetable oil or apple sauce)
100g dark brown unrefined cane sugar
5 tbsp. Demerara sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
Zest of an orange
1 green apple grated (NOT peeled)
(for more information on the healthy benefits of almost anything: http://health.learninginfo.org/)