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I'm Back -- Introducing Healthy Recipes!

Posted by Muriel Hedgcock

Hi  all,

My health started taking a dip after consuming far too much coffee and sugary junk to keep me buzzing. After years of overdoing this, having too little sleep and too many stimulants, I started suffering regularly from migraines and sore kidneys, feeling extremely tired and lethargic. My legs felt like lead walking upstairs and my memory started going down the drain.

Feeling that I was not being responsible in maintaining my health I deciding it was time to make a change and go gluten-free, sugar-free, coffee-free, and tannin-free. Well, actually, my body started rejecting coffee, and the overload of toxins started manifesting themselves. I was forced to make a change.
So here I am after 12 days of detoxing, headaches, etc. I am starting to feel that it is paying off and that my new lease on life has started. I am feeling better than I have in a long time. YAY!!!!

My family has joined me on this healthy trip as we all need to cure something.

I have started to play around with recipes to fill the gap of all the biscuits, chocolates, pastries, and breads that we are not having anymore. I will share these healthy alternatives on my blog.

Celebrating the gift of life and aiming to become a better steward of my health,

Muriel x

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Chocolate Banana Ice Creams

Posted by Muriel Hedgcock

Celebrate summer with these delicious and easy-to-make ice creams! They are dairy-free, gluten-free, preservative-free, and optionally sugar-free -- but nobody would guess that from the taste. Watch the video below to see how to create these tasty treats in six simple steps. I always keeps some handy in the freezer -- they're that good!

Frozen Grape treats

Posted by Muriel Hedgcock

Freezing grapes make a tasty treat for when you get that sweet urge.

Grapes are delicious , full of antioxidants and high in vitamin C.
They are classified as having a Low glycemic index ( GI)

Frozen grapes can replace chocolates, biscuits, and sweets that are normally a temptation when you have a sweet tooth. For a healthy after-dinner treat, place a few frozen grapes into a small glass for each person. It makes such a refreshing finishing touch and it's healthy, tasty and - there is no need for an after dinner mint when there's an after dinner grape.
It's as easy as 1-2-3-4

P.S. Preferably buy organic grapes as you will not have to be concerned about the pesticide residue.

Mango & Banana Smoothie Ice Cream

Posted by Muriel Hedgcock

Summer is here and its ice-cream time! Home made fruit smoothies, frozen into ice-creams are so refreshing, healthy and delicious. Full of antioxidants and vitamins and their very own natural flavours. Oh so Yummy! Great fun to make in the holidays !

Ingredients makes 8

1 Mango peeled & chopped
2 Bananas peeled & sliced
1-2Tbs creamed honey
4 Tbs Greek Yoghurt

Cut Mango into a bowl and add sliced bananas

Add Yoghurt

Add creamed Honey

Now the ingredients are ready to be blended.

Blend until smooth.

Spoon into ice cream tupperware

Put lids on and place into freezer over night.

Your child's expression will tell
the tasty story.
These are just a few of the photos I took of my son. LOL!

All Bran Flakes Rusks

Posted by Muriel Hedgcock

All Bran Flakes Rusks are deliciously light and crumbly.
They make an ideal "On- the- run-breakfast" and are so more-ish you will want to eat them at tea time, coffee time, snack time, actually any time.
You may have to hide them from your family if you want the batch to last.

Ingredients make approx 68 Rusks
500g Butter
1 and a half cup sugar
500ml Greek yoghurt ( or Buttermilk)
3 Large eggs
1 kg Self- raising flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp salt
6 cups All Bran flakes
1 cup & 1 quarter cup Oats (uncooked)
half a cup chopped pecans or almonds (optional)

1. Melt butter and let it cool
2. Mix eggs, sugar and yoghurt into butter.

3. Beat until creamy

4. Sift self- raising flour, baking powder & salt together

5. Add Oats, All Bran Flakes, nuts and mix into flour.

6. Add wet to dry ingredients and mix together

7. Ladle into a greased 330 x 300 x35 mm
baking tray and flatten. Bake at 180C for 25min.
Reduce to 160 C and bake for a further 25min.

Slice into rusks and dry in oven at 80 C until crunchy

Enjoy all year round!

The All Bran Flakes make these rusks extra special !

Roast Leg of Lamb with Haricot Beans

Posted by Muriel Hedgcock

Have you ever had a Roast Leg of Lamb and the beans stole the limelight?
This is the way my mom made her Leg of Lamb for our Sunday Roast and
we absolutely loved it. She called it " Un Jigot avec des haricot" which is a
French way of cooking lamb. The beans go very well with the lamb and
they absorb all the delicious pan juices and become totally delicious.


1 Leg of Lamb
3-4 clove garlic peeled & cut in strips
2 Onions peeled & cut into quarters
Olive Oil
Fresh or ground Rosemary
Salt & Pepper
or herbal salt
1 cup dried haricot beans
3 cups water

Soak 1 cup of haricot bean in 3 cups of water overnight

The haricot beans will triple in size.
Place haricot beans into a pot, cover with salted water and bring to the boil.
Turn down heat & simmer until beans turn soft but still firm approx 30 min.

Using a knitting needle, poke holes into the lamb
and insert garlic strips into the meat.
Place Lamb on greased baking tray or in roasting pan.

Rub mustard over the Leg of Lamb and sprinkle with
seasoning, then drizzle a little Olive Oil on top

Place meat under grill and brown on all sides, add onion quarters.
Turn down heat to 175 C and roast covered for about 30 minutes.

Then add the cooked haricot beans to the roasting pan.

Cover with foil and return to the oven.
The roasting time depends on the weight of the meat.
If you like your meat well done cook every 500g for approximately 30 min.
for meat medium to rare reduce cooking time from 20 to 25min per 500g
Every 15 min check on meat and add a little water about 100ml
and stir into pan juices so that the beans do not dry out.
Slice Roast lamb and serve with generous amount of haricot beans,
roast potatoes, steamed vegetables and enjoy some French style cooking.

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