Lauren Gemmell

Food, Fitness, and Technology

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Cherry Bakewell Cake

So as you guessed I am in a bit of a cherry kick right now, and when I saw this recipe for raspberry bakewell cake in this months Good Food magazine I knew I had to try it, and that I also had to substitute in cherries for the raspberries.

Thankfully I had reason for baking this cake, not that I wouldn’t have done it anyway, but I have friends over this weekend. So what better than a slice of cherry cake with your coffee?

Cherry Bakewell Cake in the morning sun

Cherry Bakewell Cake in the morning sun

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Vegetable Box: Cauliflower, Broccoli and Broad Beans

No crazy new vegetables in here. Nope, just plain everyday vegetables in my box this week, so the challenge is how to make them exciting!

This weeks veggies

This weeks veggies

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Broad Bean, Broccoli and Red Cabbage Stir-fry

I have waxed lyrical enough about the wonders of a good stir-fry many a time, and here is another reason to try them out. This one is really made by the vivid greens of the broad beans (or fava beans) and the broccoli alongside the deep purple of the red cabbage.

Broad bean, Broccoli and Red Cabbage Stir-fry

Broad bean, Broccoli and Red Cabbage Stir-fry

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Simple Carrot and Coriander Soup

It’s Sunday and I’ve still got all the vegetables from my organic box on Tuesday! So before the next batch arrives I have been trying to desperately come up with quick recipes to use all my veg up. After trying coriander flowers on my Broccoli soup last week, I decided to create a soup really determined to bring those subtle flavours out.

Carrot and Coriander Soup, garnished with coriander flowers

Carrot and Coriander Soup, garnished with coriander flowers

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Vegetable Box: Kohlrabi, Cabbage and Broccoli

A new week, a new box of vegetables, and a brand new veg to try! This week I received another wonderful batch of organic vegetables including the kohlrabi, which is a turnip-y cabbage-y wonderful raw or cooked vegetable.

Kohlrabi is the turnip looking thing in the middle

Kohlrabi is the turnip looking thing in the middle

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What to do with a Kohlrabi

It only took one Kohlrabi to turn me into a Kohlrabi fan, but one year on I finally have my second Kohlrabi.

Kohlrabi

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Cherry and Almond Bread

Cherries are an integral part of the summer for me, and linked with France because of all my childhood holidays there. On one holiday in Paris as I got on the metro, the doors closed! My Mum and I on one side, my Dad and little sister on the other.

I was distraught, in the days before mobile phones, how would we ever find each other again? However due to my Mum’s quick thinking I didn’t worry for long. Because thankfully we had the cherries, and my biggest of memory of the day is sitting on the platform eating cherries!

Fresh cherry bread, yum!

Fresh cherry bread, yum!

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Vegetable Box: Beetroot, Cauliflower and Stir-fry Veg

Last week in my veggie box there was:

Organic Vegetables

Organic Vegetables

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Scottish Mince Round or Pie Recipe

Note: If you are looking for a Mincemeat pie then you might be more interested in this Christmassy Cherry and Almond Mincemeat Pie Recipe.

While being Scottish and living my whole life in Scotland, I didn’t grow up on the traditional Scottish fare. My parents loved Indian curries, Italian Pizzas and Pastas and by the time I was getting into my teens Mexican. So it wasn’t until my all-to-brief holiday up north to Macduff that I truly appreciated the simplicity and satiating nature of a mince round.

Low-fat Beetroot Risotto

Purple is my favourite colour. Last winter I had a purple coat (I got some pretty amazing compliments about it in Seattle – do Americans not have purple jackets?) I also had about 5 purple tops, a couple of purple dresses and the most amazing purple shoes. (I even had a pair of purple tights… but we won’t go into that.)

Even though going through an extreme purple phase I never ate anything purple. It’s not a colour I associate with food, especially not savoury meals. So when I got beetroot in my organic box this week and started looking into what new things I could do with it. Browsing online this purple risotto jumped out at me!

Strikingly purple beetroot risotto

Strikingly purple beetroot risotto

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