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Apple chickpea cake (gf) and competitive shoppers


Yesterday was one of the warmest days of the year so far and, in the afternoon, I went on an ice-cream dash to our local supermarket. I’ve never thought of myself as being the least bit competitive, but I’m now wondering if I shouldn’t reconsider following a rather random conversation with another shopper at the checkout:

Random Monsieur: ‘I’ve got two tubs of ice-cream’

Me: ‘I’ve got three’

RM: ‘I’m on a motorbike’

Me: ‘I’m in a car’

RM: ‘I haven’t got a freezer bag’

Just when I was about to boast that I, Miss Organised, did have one, I realised that he was actually angling to jump the queue in front of me. I was rather disappointed because I was beginning to quite enjoy the harmless one-upmanship; It certainly beat thinking horribly uncharitable thoughts about the basket contents of my fellow shoppers, which seems to be my mind’s default activity while waiting in line.


I’m quite addicted to this cake. It couldn’t be simpler and it’s spicy and satisfying, as well as being incredibly healthy. Chickpeas are a rich, tasty and versatile source of amino acids, fibre, manganese, iron, zinc and folates.

Ingredients (serves 8-10)

300g chickpeas (garbanzo beans), pre-cooked and rinsed (you can use tinned)

3 eggs, beaten

4 tablespoons honey (preferably raw)

2 apples, peeled and finely chopped

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons garam masala spice (or other mixed spice to taste)

100g raisins (pre-cooked in a tablespoon of rum for about 10 minutes)

Preheat the oven to 150°C. Grease and prepare a medium-sized cake tin, round or square. Pulse the chickpeas in a food processor until they reach a paste-like consistency and then mix in the other ingredients, except the raisins, one at a time, continuing to pulse. Add the raisins last and mix by hand. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for between 50 minutes and an hour (a fork inserted into the centre should come out clean). Best served cold.


Plum and polenta cake and hawk-eyed osteopathic surgeons


We went to hospital at the end of last week for a follow-up on Léo’s broken wrists. After the usual palaver of negotiating the maze-like corridors, locating the original x-rays (I now refuse to take responsibilty for images, having once turned up for a follow-up visit of my own armed with x-rays of my dog’s hip) and being on the receiving end of a particularly vicious swing door, we finally saw the surgeon who cheerfully proclaimed Léo’s right wrist to be healing beautifully. I assumed this meant that the left one wasn’t and anxiously enquired ‘and the left one?’ The doctor gave a classic double take and burst into peals of laughter saying ‘oh mon dieu! He broke BOTH wrists? How did he manage to do that? Who actually breaks both wrists at the same time?’ I had naively imagined that the fact that both wrists bore hefty casts might have been a clue as to the extent of his injuries, but apparently not. Tempted as I was to find out just how hilarious he would find a broken jaw, I resisted and, once again, poor Léo had to recount the story of the day he thought he could fly…


20g agave syrup

400g plums, pitted

130g ground almonds

150g spelt flour

150g polenta

1 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

150ml honey

180g natural Greek yoghurt

4 large free-range eggs, beaten

180ml olive oil

Preheat the oven to 170°C. Put the plums and agave syrup into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, before lowering the heat and leaving to caramelise for a few minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Blend the almonds, spelt flour, polenta, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix the eggs, honey, yoghurt and olive oil together well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, folding thoroughly. Stir in the plums, transfer the mixture to a loose-bottomed cake tin and bake for 40 minutes. Leave to cool and serve.

Olive, red pepper and anchovy cake and a volatile hoarder


To follow on from this post, unfortunately our black hen died. Hens seem to be so vulnerable to attack from disease, foxes, dogs and perhaps even other hens. I imagined she was suffering from depression when maybe she was just sad to be sick. 😦

We were (when I say ‘we’ I suppose I mean ‘I’ as, unlike me, neither husband nor son obsesses about our animals) rather worried about the white hen who had disappeared suddenly. We eventually found her over a week later under two enormous bales of hay in a little-used barn, sitting on no fewer than 23 eggs; The little minx had obviously been hiding, laying and hoarding! Don’t ever let it be said that hens can’t multitask. So to add to our  animals’ extensive list of mental disorders, we now appear to be the proud owners of a compulsively hoarding hen.  Can anyone tell me where I can get my hands on an animal that doesn’t have ‘issues’?

This savoury cake is based on an old French recipe and goes beautifully with soup or hors d’oeuvres. It’s quite light and crumbly and, being made with spelt flour, healthy, wheat-free and low GI.


175g spelt flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon paprika

1 pot of yoghurt (125g)

3 organic eggs, beaten

100ml olive oil

50g red pepper, finely chopped

40g black olives, stones removed

50g sun dried tomatoes

6 anchovies

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Combine the flour, baking powder,  bicarbonate of soda and paprika and add the eggs and yoghurt, mixing well. Continue mixing and add the olive oil until you obtain a homogenous paste. Stir in the other ingredients and once well combined, spoon the mixture into a medium-sized, oiled loaf tin. Cook for about 40 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean.