An allotment abound with courgettes and tiny berries and loads of luscious lettuce is something my family is lucky enough to enjoy in the summer. If you’ve ever grown courgettes you’ll know that suddenly you’ll have a glut and will have made so many stir fries with rounds of the little marrows you’ll be looking for new ideas.
You’ve made banana bread, right? Well, this a is a little like that. Perfect with some vegan spread (I like it with coconut and almond butter) and a cup of tea or coffee. Yep, I’ve decided to bring back elevenses.
It’s a simple loaf in that it doesn’t ping the taste buds with loads of sugar, and it has got a most simple vegetable in it, but in the empty light of a late morning rumbling stomach it’s a little fluffy cloud slice of goodness with a hint of chocolate and a satisfying crumb.
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It’s the weekend and after a few chores on Saturday you look at your calendar and realise Sunday is mostly clear. You can have a sleep in under clean sheets, watch The Simpsons with your breakfast, and take an easy stroll. It’s also the day to make the most of the cosy indoors and treat yourself to a delicious, warming dessert.
First though: tamarindo candy! I’ve got to explain the magic of this stuff, it makes my mouth water just thinking about it… I first came across these little balls of fruity candy in Bristol’s Sweet Mart, and was blown away by the sweet, sour and hot taste of each tiny little ball! Turns out it’s a treat in most places where the tamarind tree is indigenous: countries in Africa and South Asia (and Mexico, though it was introduced there in the 16th century).
I figured there had to be a glut of unusual ingredients in there, but after a little research I realised all tat taste just required were three simple ingredients: tamarind paste, sugar and something spicy. If you want to buy tamarind candy you can. If you want to be a little healthier and use coconut sugar, you can. Play with the amount of spice too – that box of candies I got at the grocers must have had at least two tablespoons of cayenne pepper in it!
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