Creative in the Kitchen

So, those of you who know me will know I’m not very adventurous in the kitchen!

In fact… I’m damn right lazy!

Hence my usual favourite of pasta and cheese … quick, easy and like a hug for your insides!

However, lately I have been in a different mind set … I have been a lot more aware of things and am trying to change my life in a more positive direction.

Just a few little changes including:

keeping a positive attitude

finding the goodness and happiness in situations

being grateful

helping to build a better community

being healthy.

I have been thinking a lot lately about politics and local communities… its not a very happy subject!! So to try and turn it into a positive I have been considering things I can do to help …. one of which is to try and source as much of my food locally as possible and feed my community, rather than money grabbing corporations!

So, I decided that firstly, knowing what your going to be eating in the week allows you to shop better and not waste money or products. I created a menu for the week and produced a shopping list of the things I will need to make it happen!

Unfortunately I cant get to my local farm shop till the weekend so to trial a couple of ideas I had to hit the big names.

My first creation was homemade spelt pizza!

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Ingredients:

Spelt flour 3x 1/3 cups

baking powder 1 tablespoon

salt 1 teaspoon

Olive oil 1 tablespoon

hot water

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Firstly I mixed 2 1/3 cups of spelt with 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt

Next I made a well in the middle of the mixture and added 1 tablespoon of olive oil

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I started mixing this together slowly adding hot water – I then added the final 1/3 cup of spelt (as it’s easy to add too much water this last cup soaks it up and makes sure the mixture isn’t too sticky – like my first attempt!)

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You should be left with a ball of dough like this which should then be kneaded on a floury surface

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Once kneaded roll out flat – I didn’t have a rolling pin which made this very difficult! I had to improvise with a cardboard tube!

Then it’s topping time 🙂

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I had a tomato puree base topped with cheddar cheese, chicken, broccoli, spinach, sweetcorn and peppers.

Put your creation on grease proof paper onto a tray and into the oven for 8-10 mins…

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And this is the end product! Absolutely delicious if I do say so myself!!!!

It also has the added benefit of being super healthy, wheat and gluten free 🙂

My next venture is a new craze called over night oats; this is where you mix oats and yoghurt, leave them in the fridge overnight… the oats soak up the yoghurt and make a scrummy healthy breakfast… you can also add fruits or honey!

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Mine have been mixed up and put in the fridge for the morning ..I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

Laura x

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