Seeded Autumn Loaf.

Because however much I’m eating low-GI foods, there’s no way I’m going low carb with this appetite. :p And who doesn’t love a warm slice of bread and butter when the weather starts to turn cold? Just need to top it with some elderberry jam and pair it with a nice hot choc…

spiced autumn bread recipe


  • 500g/17.5oz wholegrain flour
  • 1.5tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1-1.5 cups of nuts and seeds (I used walnuts, brazils, sunflower seeds and pinenuts in equal porportions]
  • 2 eggs
  • water as needed
  • 2tbsp honey (optional]
  • seeds for topping (optional]


  • mixing bowl and spoon
  • loaf tin


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly together.
  3. Mash in the egg and honey.
  4. Slowly incorporate cold water until the mix is a batter.
  5. Pour into a cake tin. Top with seeds.
  6. Bake until a skewer comes out clean. Ours took 45min, but it depends on how deep your cake tin is, how heavy your flour and how runny your batter. Far more variable than other loaves I have made!

Serve with butter and either cold cuts or jam. Or both.

Bonus: the last scraps from the garden. ^^



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WWW. Paella de Marisco and Apple Muffins.

Something Spanish and something from the recent Sainsbury’s “Live Well For Less” mag.

Recipe 1: Paella de Marisco.


For a paella and a fish dish, this is cheap and fairly simple.


Serves four.

-600g rice

-400-500g fish

-fish stock (if using canned fish you can make a simple stock from the brine)

-1 onion

-1 red pepper

-400g chopped tomatoes

-2tsp pepper

-2tsp salt

-2tsp paprika

-3 leaves sage

-1tsp coriander

-4tbsp olive oil


-chopping board and knife


-large frying pan or wok


1: Mix the fish stock with some water. Add the herbs and the rice and put on to boil.

2: Very finely dice the pepper and onion. Fry in the oil until softened.

3: Add the tomato to the pepper and onion and reduce.

4: Cut the fish into fork-sized chunks.

5: Season the tomato mix with paprika and add the fish.

6: Add the rice and stock. Salt and pepper. Reduce.

Recipe 2: Apple Muffins.



-2 large apples

-250-300g flour

-200g butter

-2 eggs

-4tbsp palm sugar or 3tbsp brown sugar and 1tbsp molasses or 4tbsp maple syrup

-2tsp cinnamon


-chopping board and knife

-mixing bowl and spoon

-greased or nonstick muffin tray with space for 12 regular or 6 large muffins

-paper cupcake cups (optional)


1: Core and very finely dice the apples.

2: Mix the flour and cinnamon in a bowl.

3: Add the butter and eggs and mix until crumbly.

4: Add the sweetener of choice.

5: Add water to make up the consistency.

6: Pour into the tray.

7: Bake at 160C for 20min or until golden brown.