Friday, 28 February 2020

Spiced Nut and Seed Dukkah Mix

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Spiced Nut and Seed Dukkah Mix in the retreat kitchen at De Tout Coeur Limousin


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Spiced Nut and Seed Dukkah Mix in the retreat kitchen De Tout Coeur Limousin 


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Spiced Nut and Seed Dukkah Mix in the retreat kitchen at De Tout Coeur Limousin


Spiced Nut and Seed Dukkah Mix 



Dukkah is a favourite in our retreat kitchen here at De Tout Coeur Limousin. Simple to make, and a great way of adding spice and crunch to your dishes. 

The word dukkah comes from the Arabic verb 'to pound' and is an Egyptian nut, seed and spice mixture. 

There are many dukkah recipes available, so feel free to mix and match with your favourite nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Although traditional dukkah recipes will usually contain hazelnuts, sesame seeds, cumin and coriander seeds. 

Sprinkle your dukkah on soups, stews, salads, houmous, roast vegetables and meat; in fact on any dish you want to add a fragrant crunchy, protein packed seasoning. It's also delicious served as a dip with crusty bread or vegetable crudités and olive oil. 


Happy cooking and bon appetit! 


Recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin

ingredients

50g pumpkin seeds
50g sunflower seeds
25g cashews
25g almonds
25g walnuts
25g hazelnuts
3 tbsp coriander seeds
3 tbsp fennel seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp dried garlic flakes
1 tbsp nigella seeds
70g sesame seeds
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tsp coarse sea salt

method

add all the ingredients, apart from the sesame and nigella seeds, chilli and garlic flakes to a dry frying pan and warm over a low heat until fragrant and just starting to pop. Add the remaining ingredients for the last few minutes, stirring well to ensure the nuts and seeds don't burn. 

Leave the mixture to cool before using a spice grinder/food processor/or pestle and mortar to blend/pound until you have a crumbly crunchy texture. 

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. 






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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Nut and Seed Buckwheat Banana Bread

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This nut and seed buckwheat banana bread is my new favourite 'go to' banana bread recipe here in the De Tout Coeur Limousin retreat kitchen. There is no added refined sugar, and it's gluten free and vegetarian too. The natural sweetness comes from the ripe bananas and dates, and a hint of ground cinnamon. This banana bread is packed with protein too, both from the buckwheat flour and addition of nuts and seeds. Food to make you feel good. Happy baking and bon appetit! 


Nut and Seed Buckwheat Banana Bread 


ingredients

80 ml olive oil
80 ml kefir/plain yogurt/milk
100g chopped, pitted dates
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
70g ground mixed nuts (I used a mix of almond,walnut, hazelnut and cashew)
50g raisins/sultanas
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
100g gluten free buckwheat flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
20g sesame seeds
20g sunflower seeds
pinch of salt


preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 and grease/line a loaf tin (the one I used was 30cm x 11cm)

blend together the olive oil, banana, yogurt/kefir/milk, chopped dates and eggs to a smooth paste. You can use a blender jug or stick blender.

add the remaining ingredients (except 10g each of the sesame and sunflower seeds) to the blended mixture and stir until it just comes together. Don't over mix. 

pour the banana cake mixture into your prepared baking tin. Sprinkle on the remaining sesame and sunflower seeds and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden, risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

leave to cool for 15 minutes before carefully removing from the tin and cooling on a wire rack  


Recipe Hints and Tips

Buckwheat is naturally gluten free, but do check your packaging to ensure your flour is labelled gluten free. 

You can use your choice of nuts and seeds in this recipe, just try and keep to similar proportions otherwise the end result may be different.

recipe inspired and adapted from Annie Bell's Nutty Banana Loaf







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Monday, 17 February 2020

Sunflower, pumpkin, almond and date granola

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Sunflower, pumpkin, almond and date granola


Sunflower, Pumpkin, Almond and Date Granola



I love a day experimenting and recipe testing in my tiny retreat kitchen here at De Tout Coeur Limousin, This is the latest addition to our breakfast table; my Sunflower, Pumpkin, Almond and Date Granola is so quick and easy, and a healthy breakfast cereal option too.

Packed with oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaked almonds and a few chopped dates for natural sweetness. There's a good amount of warming ginger and cinnamon spice too, and a spoonful of honey or maple syrup and oil helps the oats, seeds and nuts to crisp up. Heat the granola gently in the oven until golden brown. Your kitchen will smell amazing when you make this!

Feel free to substitute the ingredients with your own choice of nuts, seeds and dried fruits. It will work well with any combination, just keep the proportions roughly the same and you will be fine.

Enjoy your granola with milk/milk alternative of your choice, sprinkled onto yogurt or on top of your cakes and bakes. It would make a great healthy fruit crumble topping too!

Happy cooking and bon appetit! 

Ema 
ingredients
250g oats
90g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
25g flaked almonds
75g chopped dates
1 tablespoon ginger powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1-2 tbsp honey/maple syrup
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil


method
Preheat the oven to 150C. Mix together the oil, honey/maple syrup, ginger and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaked almonds and mix well. Spread the mixture evenly on a baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes (or until golden brown) turning the mixture every 10 minutes or so. Add the chopped dates then leave to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.







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Friday, 7 February 2020

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Sing from the Heart
Singing & Meditation Retreats 2020 

Recommended in The Guardian Travel Retreat Special 

Join us for a singing and meditation retreat in the heart of rural Limousin, central France. 

10 - 15 March
11-16 May
3-8 August
5-10 October 


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Nurture your creativity and wellbeing with our Sing from the Heart singing and meditation retreats in the heart of rural Limousin in central France.

Your days will be filled with activities to nourish the heart, body and soul. From joyous daily singing, meditation sessions, sharing delicious home cooked meals and exploring the beauty of the Limousin landscapes and Lac de Vassiviere - just a short walk away.

We mirror the seasons during our retreats - providing the time and space for you to recharge, rest and nourish your creativity and wellbeing.



We look forward to sharing our retreats in rural France with you soon. 

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