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Sort out those New Year hangovers and January blues with this vitamin and antioxidant bursting berry juice. Full of natural sugars it will soon boost energy levels leaving you feeling brighter and revitalised.

Serves 2

Prep: 10 minutes

Ingredients 
  • 225g (8oz) or about ¼ red cabbage 
  • 225g (8oz) or about 1 large beetroot, trimmed, scrubbed 
  • 175g (6oz) raspberries 
  • 100g (4oz) blueberries 
  • 2 teaspoons runny honey or to taste 
Method
  1. Cut the red cabbage and beetroot into pieces that will fit in your juicer shoot then press through an electric juicer. 
  2. Puree the raspberries and blueberries with a little of the red cabbage and beetroot juice in a liquidiser until smooth then add the remaining juice and sweeten to taste with honey. 
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately or pour into a sports drinks container, seal well and take to the gym for a post workout energy boost. 
Cook’s tip

If you don’t have a juicer then puree the raspberries and blueberries with 300ml (1/2 pint) bought cranberry and raspberry juice or pomegranate juice.

VALENTINE’S DAY

Blackberry & goat’s cheese tarts : Be my Valentine


Super quick and easy to put together, simply unroll readymade puff pastry and cut into heart shapes with a knife. You don’t even need a special cutter, just draw a heart shape that is about 12cm (5 inches) long and the same wide on a piece of baking paper or piece of card and use this as a template.

Serv
es 2-4 

Prep: 10 minutes 
Cook: 24-25 minutes 

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 15g (1/2 oz) butter 
  • 2 red onions, halved, thinly sliced 
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar 
  • 150g (5oz) blackberries 
  • 3 stems fresh thyme, leaves torn from stems, plus a little extra for garnish 
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 375g (12oz) packet ready rolled chilled puff pastry, or defrosted if frozen 
  • Beaten egg, for glazing 
  • 100g (4oz) goats cheese, cut into 4 thin slices 
To finish
  • tablespoon red wine vinegar 
  • tablespoons olive oil 
  • ½ teaspoon caster sugar 
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard 
  • 100g (4oz) mixed rocket, spinach and watercress salad 
  • 175g (6oz) raspberries 
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan), Gas Mark 6.
  2.  Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan, add the onion and fry for 5 minutes, stirring until softened. Add the sugar and fry for 5 minutes, stirring more frequently until lightly browned. 
  3. Mix in the blackberries and thyme then season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Unroll the pastry then cut 4 heart shapes, transfer to a wetted baking sheet and prick the centre of each heart with a fork, leaving a border about 2cm (3/4 inch) all the way round. 
  5. Brush the pastry with beaten egg then pile the onion and blackberry mix in the centre of each pastry heart. Bake for 10 minutes until the pastry is well risen and lightly browned. 
  6. Top each with a slice of goats cheese, a few extra thyme leaves and some salt and pepper. Bake for 4-5 minutes more until the cheese has just softened and the pastry is cooked. 
  7. Meanwhile, fork the vinegar, oil, sugar and mustard together in a bowl to make a dressing. 
  8. Add a little salt and pepper then the salad leaves and raspberries and gently toss together. 
  9. Arrange one heart per serving for a starter, two for a main course on to plates with a little salad. 
 Cook’s tip
  • If you have some raspberry or blackberry vinegar then use this to make the salad dressing with.
Fraisier strawberry cake 

Extra special valentine/Mother’s day special. Wow the special person in your life with this impressive looking cake, this classic French recipe has a few short cuts, so you don’t need to be a master baker to make this version! 



Cuts into 10 slices
Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 35-40 minutes

Ingredient
  • 225g (8oz) soft margarine 
  • 225g (8oz) caster sugar 
  • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • Grated rind of 2 lemons 
  • 4 medium eggs 
  • 6 tablespoons limoncello liqueur 
Filling
  • 400g (14oz) strawberries, hulled 
  • 3 tablespoons cold water 
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatine 
  • 150ml (1/4 pint) double cream 
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) carton luxury vanilla custard 
Topping
  • 2 tablespoons apricot glaze or apricot jam minus the pieces of fruit 
  • 250g (9oz) readymade marzipan 
  • Little icing sugar 
  • Few small strawberries 
  • Few chocolate hearts 
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan) Gas 3. Grease a 20cm (8 inch) heart shaped springform tin with a little oil then line the base with a piece of non-stick baking paper. 
  2. Add the margarine, sugar and flour to a large bowl, electric mixer or food processor. Add the baking powder, lemon rind and eggs and beat together until smooth. 
  3. Spoon into the lined tin, level the surface and bake for about 35-40 minutes until well risen, golden brown and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre of the cake. 
  4. Leave to cool for 10 minutes then loosen the edge, remove the tin and lining paper and cool on a wire rack. 
  5. When the cake is cold, cut into two thinner rounds, trimming the top level if it is a little domed, then spoon the limoncello over the cut sides. Wash the cake tin and line the base and sides with two strips of clingfilm. Put one of the cake halves in the tin and pull up the clingfilm if needed so that it slightly overhangs the top of the tin. 
  6. Sort through the strawberries, reserve the medium sized ones for the side of the cake and the larger ones for slicing. Cut the medium sized ones in half and arrange in a ring around the outside of the cake in the tin so that the cut edge is pressed against the clingfilm. Slice the rest and arrange as an even layer to cover the base cake. 
  7. Add the water to a small heatproof bowl, sprinkle over the gelatine powder and leave to soak for 5 minutes then stand the bowl in a saucepan of just simmering water and heat until the gelatine has dissolved and become a clear liquid. 
  8. Whisk the cream until it forms soft swirls in a bowl then fold in the custard. Gradually fold in the dissolved gelatine in a thin steady stream then pour the custard mix over the strawberries in the tin and chill for 10 minutes until just setting. 
  9. Add the second cake half to the tin and press lightly into the custard. Gently spread the apricot glaze or jam over the top of the cake. Knead and roll out the marzipan on a piece of non-stick baking paper then cut into a heart, using the cake tin as a guide. Lift over the top of the cake and press into place with fingertips dusted with icing sugar. Chill for at least 4 hours. 
  10. When ready to serve, unclip the sides of the tin, peel away the clingfilm, then carefully lift the cake off and transfer to a plate. Decorate the top with the small strawberries and piped chocolate hearts, if liked. 
Cook’s tip
  • Not a fan of marzipan then simply leave it out and spread the top of the cake with melted chocolate or simply dust with sifted icing sugar instead. 
  • To make chocolate hearts, melt 50g (2oz) dark chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of very gently simmering water. Spoon into a piping bag made of non-stick baking paper, snip off the tip then pipe heart shapes over a sheet of non-stick baking paper set on a baking tray. 
  • Chill until set then peel off the paper and add to the top of the cake when ready to serve.
PANCAKE DAY

Blueberry and yogurt American style pancakes. Gluten free. Start your day right with these quick and easy pancakes that all the family can enjoy, even those on a gluten free diet. 


Makes 12

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10-15 minutes

Ingredient
  • 50g (2oz) fine cornmeal 
  • 50g (2oz) tapioca flour 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 
  • 200g (7oz) low fat natural yogurt 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 150g (5oz) blueberries 
  • 1-2 tablespoons sunflower oil for frying 
To serve
  • A little butter, extra blueberries and maple syrup or runny honey
Method
  •  Mix the flours, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda together in a bowl. Add the yogurt and eggs and whisk together until smooth then fold in the blueberries. 
  • Heat a little of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, wipe out the excess with a piece of crumpled kitchen towel. Drop large spoonfuls of the thick batter into the pan and cook for 23 minutes until bubbles can be seen and the undersides are tinged brown. 
  • Turn the pancakes over with a palette knife and cook the second side for a minute or two. Take out of the pan and keep hot in a folded napkin. Oil the pan once more and cook more pancakes in the same way until all the mixture has been used up, lowering the heat slightly if needed. 
  • Stack the pancakes on to plates, top with a little butter, extra blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey. 
Cook’s tip:
  • Fine cornmeal can be found in Indian supermarkets and some larger supermarkets, tapioca flour from your nearest health food shop.
This is a guest post from Seasonal Berries. No payment was received...


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Happy Pancake Day...


Hope your having a fun Pancake day?

We have been making lots of panckes and so far today we have got through~

12 pancakes for breakfast ( 2 each for all 6 off us)

8 pancakes for lunch ( just 2 of us )

And now my oldest sons are just getting another 16 ready for an after school treat!

Here is a few ideas how on what to have with your pancakes if your still looking for ideas?

Flamed Strawberry And Chocolate- Crepes

Chilean Blueberry And pancakes

Chocolate Berry Pancakes With Minted Yogurt
Beetroot Pancakes With Eggs Smoked Bacon And Maple Syrup

We have ours with-

  • Maple syrup and orange
  • Lemon and sugar
  • Orange and sugar
  • Nutella
  • Nutella and orange
  • Treacle and orange


To name a few...

How Do You Eat pancakes?
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Happy Pancake Day : Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop....

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-jsThoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...

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Wordless Wednesday: Whats your Favourite Toppings?.


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Lisa Faulkner's Chilean Blueberry Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday...


Celebrate Pancake Day on Tuesday 21 February with Lisa Faulkner’s recipe for homemade pancakes with a healthy twist.

“We forget how easy it is to make pancakes from ingredients we all have the cupboard. This recipe is lovely and dotting the pancakes with Chilean Blueberries before you flip them is a delicious addition,” said Lisa.

Chilean blueberries are in season now, so they’re mouth-wateringly plump and delicious, and just two handfuls, either on or in your pancakes, gives one of your five a day.



“But you don’t have to save pancakes for February – they’re great for a family weekend breakfast or brunch, or a treat for dessert,”said Lisa.

Eating blueberries is an easy way to add nutrients to your diet as they are packed with health boosting antioxidants (6.8 times more than kiwis), vitamin C and high in dietary fibre.

Blueberry hot cakes

Serves 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
 Cooking time: 10 minutes

You will need
  • 175 g (6 oz) self-raising flour
  • Half teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g (5 oz) natural yogurt
  • 150 ml (1/4 pint) milk
  • 100 g (4 oz) blueberries
  • Grated rind of half an orange
  • Little oil for greasing Butter and maple syrup to serve, plus extra blueberries
  • Small bunch of fresh mint
Method
  • Put the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl then add the eggs and yogurt. 
  • Slowly whisk in the milk little by little, whisking all the time until the mixture is smooth and frothy. 
  • Stir in the blueberries and orange rind.
  • Pour a little oil into a large non-stick frying pan, then wipe around the pan with a folded piece of kitchen towel. 
  • Heat up the pan then carefully drop large spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan, well-spaced apart and cook until tiny bubbles begin to show on the top and the undersides are golden around the edges.
  • Turn the pancakes over with a non-stick egg slice or palette knife and cook the second side until golden. 
  • Take these hot cakes out of the pan and keep hot in a folded teacloth while you cook the rest of the mixture in the same way, greasing the pan with the kitchen towel between batches.
  • Serve 3 or 4 per portion, stacked up on plates topped with a knob of butter, a drizzle of maple syrup and some extra blueberries.
Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries





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Pancakes with fruit coulis and Kelly’s of Cornwall Clotted Cream & Blackcurrant Ice Cream



Ingredients
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g Flour
  • 600ml milk
  •  50g butter melted
  • pinch of salt
  • 150g strawberries/raspberries
  • Kelly’s of Cornwall Clotted Cream & Blackcurrant Ice Cream
  • few fresh mixed fruits

Method
  • Gently simmer 150g strawberries/raspberries until soft. 
  • Allow the mixture to cool and press into a sieve over a bowl to remove seeds and pulp. 
  • Leave in the fridge to completely cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl or food processer, sieve the flour and salt together, add the eggs, then the sugar and milk. 
  •  Beat together with the melted butter for a minute until the batter is thick enough to pour.
  • Melt a knob of butter in a non stick frying pan and heat on a moderate flame. 
  •  Use a ladle to pour out a little batter into the pan, and cook each pancake for about a minute on each side. 
  • Test your flipping skills, or alternatively use a spatula.
  • Have ready a warm plate in the oven to place the finished pancakes to keep warm, dusting each with a little caster sugar.
  • Drizzle the coulis over the pancakes and finish with a scoop of Kelly’s of Cornwall Clotted Cream & Blackcurrant Ice Cream and fruit.


Recipe and photo Credits-  Kellys Of Cornwall

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