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Belly-Warming Baking With Jasmine

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Food from the oven serves two purposes in winter: first keeping your belly warm from the inside out with freshly baked, roasted or braised home cooking, and second keeping you cosy with the the heat kicking out from the oven while you prep. When you’re done, keep the oven door open to cool and pop a dish of water in, then leave the oven door open to cool. Your kitchen will get a little steamy, which is excellent for a centrally heated home — introducing some much needed moisture back into the atmosphere. Here are some ideas to get your kitchen (and belly!) fired up.Buckwheat Apple Skillet CakeA beautiful breakfast — perfect for the season.Caramelised Beetroot, Red Onion and Pecan Tart With a Quinoa-Almond CrustMy Christmas centrepiece for 2018, this delicious tart works all year round. Serve with steamed winter greens in the cold weather and a crisp salad come summer.Caramelised Orange and Pistachio Mung Dal CakeOranges are a blast of sunshine from neighbouring southern Europe in the …

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…