I don’t really do New Years resolutions and definitely don’t buy in to the whole dieting and getting fit in January thing, because quite frankly (for me at least) it is doomed to fail. January is the worst possible month to give up hearty comfort food and force yourself out into the cold to exercise…I simply try to keep up a good level of exercise and healthy eating throughout the year. Having said that, I have been craving a lot of soups and vegetables recently so clearly my body is in need of some healthier food after indulging over Christmas…so I have resolved to try and bake things over the next few weeks that contain healthy ingredients and are a bit lower in fat and sugar. …
I have been meaning for aaages to try baking with spelt flour, it is low in gluten, high in protein and supposedly very good for you, but I had trouble finding any where I live. I managed to get some whilst visiting my parents ( Waitrose sell all the interesting things…) and decided that my first foray into baking with spelt should be bread. I made a basic loaf of bread but added honey for a bit of sweetness and flavour, all of the ingredients in this loaf are ones that would have been used in ancient times, I quite like the thought of eating something that people would have been eating thousands of years ago….
I was out walking Ringo whilst visiting my parents in West Sussex last week, lamenting that I hadn’t had the foresight to bring along a container so that I could pick blackberries when I realised that an unused dog-poo bag would do nicely. I managed to pick over a kilo of berries there were so many; but then I had to decide what to do with them all! I chose to make three things to use them all up, this cake was the first….