What do you call these iced treats? Popsicles? Lollies? I’ve always called them lollies. Maybe it’s a British thing? I’m pretty sure lollies are something else in Australia. Maybe in America too? Anyway, I hope you don’t mind me referring to them as lollies in this post as I feel a bit weird calling them anything else. I don’t think I’ve ever said the word ‘popsicle’ out loud. What a funny word!
It might seem a little strange posting a recipe for iced treats now that we’re in September, but after a cloudy, rainy August here in Bath, I’m hoping we’ll get to experience an Indian summer. Now wouldn’t that be nice?
However regardless of the weather, I’m still enjoying *lollies* right now, especially after my hot morning run. I especially loved home-made lollies as I find the shop-bought ones tend to be too sugary-sweet for me. Plus, when you make your own, you can be creative and experiment with all different kinds of flavour combinations.
Recently I was invited to take part in the Brita Frozen Tea Challenge. The idea was to send the participants some goodies and challenge them to create a recipe for an iced tea lolly. This is a challenge that I was definitely up for!
In early Summer, my family were eagerly anticipating a trip to Wagamamas. On the way there, we psyched each other up, talking about how much we were looking forward to tucking into our favourite Wagamama dish – the Yasai Cha Han Donburi. Upon arrival, the waiter showed us to our seats and handed us the menu. Our eyes immediately moved to the spot where the dish is usually listed, but it wasn’t there. We scanned both sides of the menu but it was nowhere to be seen. We called over the waiter and he explained that they had a new summer menu. Sadly, the Yasai Cha Han Donburi hadn’t made the cut.
Has that ever happened to you? Where you’re looking forward to tucking into your favourite dish at a restaurant, or you specifically go to that restaurant because you’re craving a dish… only to find that it’s been taken off the menu. It’s happened to my family a few times and it’s always such a bummer.
Well this time, I decided to look on the bright side. I’d been meaning to try my hand at making the Yasai Cha Han Donburi at home for a while, and now was the perfect opportunity. I could still remember what the bowl tasted like and its main components, so I set to work re-creating it.
One of my favourite parts of the bowl is the flavouring added to the rice, so I really wanted to nail this part. I chose to use two of my favourite pantry staples as the basis of the dressing – Clearspring Organic Tamari Sauce and Meridian Organic Toasted Sesame Oil. The tamari provides the ‘umami’ flavour, while the toasted sesame oil add a touch of smokiness. I then added a tablespoon each of maple syrup and rice vinegar for some ‘sweet ’n’ sour’ flavour, and finished it off with a sprinkling of garlic granules. I was extremely happy with the way the dressing turned out. For me, it’s the perfect compliment to a Japanese-inspired rice bowl. Continue reading
In this month’s Vegan Life magazine, one recipe that instantly caught my eye was Niomi Smart’s Banana Mocha Ice Cream Cups.
I love chocolate banana ice cream! It’s so simple and cheap to make (costing literally a few pence per serving), yet it feels like a real treat. It also happens to be packed full of healthy ingredients, including an array of minerals and antioxidant goodness.
Healthy, decadent, cheap and quick. No surprises why this is one of my favourite desserts to make!
I’ve been making banana ice cream for a few years now, and have learnt a few tricks along the way to make the process even quicker and easier. Continue reading
In today’s post, I’m sharing a review of Mira Manek’s debut cookbook Saffron Soul plus two delicious recipes – Rajma – Simple Kidney Bean Curry and Fansi nu shaak – Green Bean Curry. These dishes are quick, easy to make and super cheap too! We’ve been enjoying them as a weeknight meal, served as a ‘mini Thali’ with some chapattis. As Mira mentions in the book, these curries are perfect for serving as part of a Thali, which is my absolute favourite way to enjoy Indian food.
While I already own a number of traditional Indian cookbooks, for me, Saffron Soul is like a breath of fresh air. Inspired by her family’s traditional cooking, Mira has created ninety recipes, each with a modern healthy twist on a traditional recipe. Continue reading
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In today’s post, I’m sharing one of my family’s favourite puddings. Simple and quick to make, this Blueberry Vanilla Chia Pudding with Goji Nut Sprinkles makes a delicious weekday dessert, yet it’s healthy and filling enough to serve for breakfast too. What a decadent way to start the day!
Also in this post, I’m launching a fantastic international giveaway in partnership with Sevenhills Wholefoods. If you’re a regular reader of the Bit of the Good Stuff, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Sevenhills and often feature their products in my recipes. Not only do I find them to be super high quality, but affordable too. I purchase them direct from their website as they offer free UK delivery on orders over £20, which is great value. I have practically a whole shelf in my kitchen filled with Sevenhills products and amongst my favourites are their chia seeds, cacao powder, goji berries, hemp seeds and royal quinoa.
As well as their products, I also value the Sevenhills ethics. They directly source from farmers and work closely with them, fostering long term partnerships so that the farmers are able to sustain their livelihoods between harvest cycles. Sevenhills products are also processed close to their origin, which further supports the local communities, providing them with regular income and employment.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a chance to win THREE of my personal favourite superfoods from the Sevenhills range as well as a signed copy of the Bit of the Good Stuff cookbook. I’m delighted to say that this giveaway is international so, providing that you’re over 18 years old, you are eligible to enter!