I shared pictures of the granola I made over on my Instagram and Facebook stories at the weekend and received a number of messages asking for the recipe. So here you go!
Ingredients: – 3 tbsp sunflower oil – 150ml date molasses (substitute: maple syrup) – 2 tbsp honey – 3/4 tsp vanilla extract – 350g jumbo rolled oats – 1 large pinch sea salt – 25g sunflower seeds – 25g pumpkin seeds – 35g pistachios, roughly chopped – 35g flaked almonds – 50g mixed, dried fruit, roughly chopped, such as sour cherries, raisins, apricots, mulberries and figs
Off you go: – Pre-heat the oven 170 degrees Celsius. – Add the sunflower oil, date molasses, honey and vanilla extract to a small bowl and mix very well. – Mix all dry ingredients, expect the almond flakes and dried fruit, in a large bowl, add the sticky mixture and stir well to coat everything. – Spread mixture onto a large baking tray, pat down with a wooden spoon and bake for 12 min. – Gently stir in the almond flakes and bake for another 10-15 min until the granola is evenly toasted. Don’t let it burn! – Leave to cool on the tray before stirring in the dried fruit. – Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
*Recipe from “The Saffron Tales | Recipes from the Persian Kitchen” by Yasmin Khan
EXCITED ABOUT The arrival of some fab new home decor items!
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CELEBRATING 5 years in Japan
Happy Japaniversary to me! Who would have thought Mr M & I will still be here 5 years after we set foot onto Japanese soil on a cold 2017 January night…
COCOONING At home
With the excitement of Christmas gone, the temperatures dropping and Covid numbers rising, it’s time to retreat back into the home cocoon, snuggle up with a good book, cook comfort food and drink mulled wine.
“From internationally acclaimed author Anne Enright comes a shattering novel set in a small town on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness—a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them.”
“A trailblazing, conversation-starting history of women’s health – from the earliest medical ideas about women’s illnesses to hormones and autoimmune diseases -brought together in a fascinating sweeping narrative”
“Sheila Rubin is a quietly tormented housewife in ’80s San Diego. Behind closed doors, she battles extreme personal demons and a vicious inner voice. But things change when she discovers aerobics, sparking a journey toward empowerment and success.”
“An enthralling, redemptive novel set in Bangkok in 1972 and Washington, DC, in 2019 about an expatriate child who goes missing, whose family is contacted decades later by a man claiming to be the vanished boy.”
We got absolutely hooked on this Netflix series. It’s a fictional story based on the real life Peaky Blinders, a notorious gang in Birmingham, England who were active in the city from the 1890s to the early 20th century. Expect brilliant acting combined with a great soundtrack.
FILTH = Failed In London Try Hong Kong – is, in a nutshell, the life story of an English lawyer, born in Malaya during the British Empire’s heyday, his schooling in pre-war England, his professional success in Southeast Asia and his return to England toward the end of the millennium. I loved this book and I was sad when I turned the last page. But hurray: It’s the first of a trilogy so I will keep on reading!
LEARNING How to make my own clothes!
I’ve always loved fabrics and tend to collect them on my travels wherever I go. Melanie Uematsu offers sewing & pattern making classesin her atelier in Oyamadai – 5 classes later I’ve already made a skirt and I’m half way through sewing a top to go with the skirt.
PLANNING Our trip to Germany
I haven’t seen my family in 2 years and after postponing our flight 5 times, we keeping our fingers crossed for our mid-August departure. Travelling used to be fun – I’m currently buried neck-deep in Covid-related rules & regulations…
I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction and autobiographies lately and can’t wait to get started with this story:
“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”