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Jasmine’s Spooky Pumpkin Latte for Halloween

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It’s spooky season! It looks like we’ll be staying largely indoors this Halloween, so pumpkin carving will be extra de rigueur this year. I hope you’ll get creative with yours, because the possibilities are endless. One problem with this festive activity though is that it can generate quite a bit of food waste — but I never met a problem I couldn’t fix!!!In the past few years, pumpkin lattes have been as synonymous with autumn as the crunch of fallen leaves and the smell of bonfires. That said, the kind you buy from mainstream coffee shops are full of sugar, additives and of course lots of caffeine. If you’re looking for a gentler alternative to this tasty treat, may I suggest this delicious recipe created one October at my Ayurvedic pop-up café East by West to warm the bellies of customers when they came in from the cold?This is a feel-good recipe that’s warming, lightly spiced and the ultimate comfort “food.” Plus it’s super easy to make and will save you money and plastic waste (an…

Apple, Rocket and Feta Buckwheat Galettes

How To:1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Crack in the egg. Gradually add 300ml/10½fl oz water in a thin stream, beating continuously until the mixture forms a thick, smooth batter. Set aside for 1 hour to rest.3. Meanwhile, for the filling, heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until softened but not coloured.4. Add the apples and continue to cook, stirring regularly, for 10-15 minutes, or until the apples have softened and started to brown. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Set aside (keep warm).5. When the batter has rested, stir in the melted butter until well combined.6. Heat the ghee and a dash of olive oil in a ceramic or heavy-based frying pan over a medium-high heat. When the fat is smoking, add a tablespoonful of batter to the pan and swirl until the batter covers the base of the pan.7. Fry th…

Apple, Rocket and Feta Buckwheat Galettes

How To:1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.2. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Crack in the egg. Gradually add 300ml/10½fl oz water in a thin stream, beating continuously until the mixture forms a thick, smooth batter. Set aside for 1 hour to rest.3. Meanwhile, for the filling, heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until softened but not coloured.4. Add the apples and continue to cook, stirring regularly, for 10-15 minutes, or until the apples have softened and started to brown. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Set aside (keep warm).5. When the batter has rested, stir in the melted butter until well combined.6. Heat the ghee and a dash of olive oil in a ceramic or heavy-based frying pan over a medium-high heat. When the fat is smoking, add a tablespoonful of batter to the pan and swirl until the batter covers the base of the pan.7. Fry th…

Melissa’s new cookbook ‘Eat Green’

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My brand new cookbook *EAT GREEN* is out now! I am so happy to see it hit the shelves and your kitchen counters too and have been absolutely overjoyed to see so many of you making the recipes already. I can already see the *Tahini Choc Chip Cookies* are a massive favourite.Why have I written Eat Green?I’ve spent years cooking and writing recipes for a living and it got me thinking – lots of you (just like me) are feeling overwhelmed and anxious about the state of our planet and want to make food choices that can make a positive difference. This book is two years in the making, and it’s the result of many more years of asking those questions: How can I eat in a way that’s sustainable? How do I eat more seasonally? How can I champion more local veg at the centre of my plate? How do I support small farmers? How do I buy better quality meat and fish? What can I do about cutting my food waste? I’ve tried to answer all of those questions and more in Eat Green, packing it with over 100 time-…

Melissa’s new cookbook ‘Eat Green’

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My brand new cookbook *EAT GREEN* is out now! I am so happy to see it hit the shelves and your kitchen counters too and have been absolutely overjoyed to see so many of you making the recipes already. I can already see the *Tahini Choc Chip Cookies* are a massive favourite.Why have I written Eat Green?I’ve spent years cooking and writing recipes for a living and it got me thinking – lots of you (just like me) are feeling overwhelmed and anxious about the state of our planet and want to make food choices that can make a positive difference. This book is two years in the making, and it’s the result of many more years of asking those questions: How can I eat in a way that’s sustainable? How do I eat more seasonally? How can I champion more local veg at the centre of my plate? How do I support small farmers? How do I buy better quality meat and fish? What can I do about cutting my food waste? I’ve tried to answer all of those questions and more in Eat Green, packing it with over 100 time-…

Jasmine’s Easy New Year’s Resolution: Tongue Tingling!

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Love me, love my Tongue Tingler If you’ve got my book East by West or you follow me in any capacity, you’ll know I never skip my tongue scraping first thing in the morning. If you’ve never heard of this ancient Ayurvedic practice, hear me out! It’s such a simple addition to your daily routine, and the benefits are more than worth getting used to it.Tongue Tingling, or tongue cleaning, consists of removing the not-so-gorgeous build-up that accumulates on the tongue overnight as soon as you wake up, using a U-shaped copper tool. This habit can help prevent halitosis, infections, colds, etc. and also enhance the flavour of your food, leaving you more satisfied after every meal. Copper is best to use because it has antibacterial properties and, looked after, it will serve you well for years and years to come — which is good, as once you start, you won’t want to go without it!I’ve been doing it for 10 years this February since learning about it as one my first Ayurvedic lifestyle tips and…

Jasmine’s Easy New Year’s Resolution: Tongue Tingling!

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Love me, love my Tongue Tingler If you’ve got my book East by West or you follow me in any capacity, you’ll know I never skip my tongue scraping first thing in the morning. If you’ve never heard of this ancient Ayurvedic practice, hear me out! It’s such a simple addition to your daily routine, and the benefits are more than worth getting used to it.Tongue Tingling, or tongue cleaning, consists of removing the not-so-gorgeous build-up that accumulates on the tongue overnight as soon as you wake up, using a U-shaped copper tool. This habit can help prevent halitosis, infections, colds, etc. and also enhance the flavour of your food, leaving you more satisfied after every meal. Copper is best to use because it has antibacterial properties and, looked after, it will serve you well for years and years to come — which is good, as once you start, you won’t want to go without it!I’ve been doing it for 10 years this February since learning about it as one my first Ayurvedic lifestyle tips and…