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Gluten-free crumble topping and luxury for horses

I’m a big fan of pashminas (yes I know, they’re so last decade darling but see if I care) and have always thought they must be one of the most versatile, luxurious garments ever invented. I now have further reason for thinking this; out walking Hugo (the bi-polar canine), I spotted a familiar equine shape in the distance; Texas, my husband’s retired racehorse. We are pretty relaxed about freeing him to graze in the grounds during the day, based on two assumptions: 1) being 30 (positively ancient in horse years), he won’t stray too far and 2) he sometimes needs a bit of ‘downtime’ from the others’ hijinks. Apparently our first assumption is wrong as he was about a kilometre from home. Anyway, off came my pale pink pashmina, which I used first as a lasso and then as a halter and leading rein. You don’t get much more versatile than that. It did the trick and then some; he usually shakes his head in irritation and fusses when being led with a halter but you could see the bliss in his eyes when I slipped the soft cashmere around his neck and he followed me home like a lamb.

Crumble topping is also extremely versatile, although I don’t think you could use it to lead a horse home. It can however be used sweet on fruit crumble or savoury on vegetable or meat dishes. In this case I used the topping for a fruit crumble of pineapple, banana and pear that had been poached in rum and a tablespoon of yacon syrup.


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Mini chocolate hazlenut cakes (gluten-free)

I’m stunned: I  just read a newspaper article about losing weight that actually made good sense. It advocates walking/skipping/moving yourself in whatever way you fancy over going to the gym. It favours eating full-fat dairy products in moderate quantities over highly processed food and lastly it advises turning your central heating down or off. It’s all based on the principle of turning white fat (lazy fat) into brown fat (active fat). I can’t see it catching on though — ‘Common Sense and Beige Fat’ is hardly bestseller title material is it?

Here are some delicious mini chocolate cakes, to be consumed with moderation after a brisk walk in the fresh air and the central heating down low.

Ingredients (makes 16)

200g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)

150g butter

130g cane sugar

4 eggs, beaten

60g powdered hazelnuts

60g powdered almonds

Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt the chocolate and butter together. Combine the beaten eggs and sugar, gradually adding the powdered almonds and hazelnuts. Add the melted butter and chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and combine well. Pour the mixture into mini cake moulds and bake for 20 minutes.