The sun is shining, the daffodils are waving, the snowdrops are twinkling and the birds are singing. This is why I love England!
On my way home from dropping the kids at school this morning I really tuned in to the world around me. How often do you do that? Actually look around…notice the little things that are happening and listen to the sounds of nature all around? Admittedly, if you are in a city this is more tricky, but if you really look and listen it is still there.
We are all so busy dashing from one place to the next that we often forget that we are a teeny-weeny part of what is going on on our planet. Remembering that always helps me to put things into perspective and is immensely relaxing.
Anyway, today I would like to share a recipe for cornbread. It is dense and satisfying. The perfect accompaniment to a bowl of steaming soup in this bright crisp weather.
I have packed it full of nutrients and even snuck in some veg to go towards your five a day.
I mentioned the corn meal that I used to make this in a previous “a few of my favourite things” posts. It is super fine pre-cooked white corn meal flour that has the most delicious flavour. You can buy it on-line from La Chatica, a fascinating deli that stocks all kinds of wonderful latin products. It is only £1.99 per kilo bag and it makes a nice change to have cornbread rather than yeasty bread (which I can now actually eat thanks to the brilliant water-based Symprove probiotics!). You can also make all kinds of beautiful latin American dishes like arepa, empanadas and tamales that I fondly remember from our 6 month trip around the area.
You can either make these vegetarian, or add in the optional bacon for a bit of extra protein. You can also make them with carrots rather than squash…and any nut you feel like, in fact the last batch I made with brazil nuts that I had ‘chopped’ in my blender. They are like a meal in one so perfect for your lunchbox when you haven’t time to make something.
As always do let me know if you make these. I love to hear from you to know you are really there!
Walnut, Squash & Sunflower Cornbread
- 200 g Pan white cornmeal flour
- 100 g walnut or other nut meal (grind in a blender until fine)
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 300 ml dairy-free milk of choice I use unsweetened almond
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 300 g grated butternut squash or carrots
- 30 g sunflower seeds
- 3 rashers cooked bacon optional, chopped
Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, or the bowl of your mixer (I used my Sage Scraper Mixer Pro) and mix well
Scrape the mixture into a greased square tin measuring 20cm x 20cm
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees (160 degree fan) for 55 minutes to 1 hour
You can tell it is done by inserting a tooth pick which should come out clean. If it doesn't return to the oven for a few more minutes until it does
Leave in the tin to cool for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack
Cut into slices and store, once cold, in an air-tight container or in the freezer if you are not going to eat it within a day or two
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