Orange Cinnamon and Raisin Porridge

Morning guys! Hope you all had the best weekend! Friday afternoon I headed off to Hull to see my brother and his friends for a night of cocktails! My brother met me and took me back to his student house which was one of the cleanest, tidiest, largest and nicest houses I’ve ever been in, student or not!!! I got to meet everyone and then they all offered to cook for me for a change so we went to the shops to get me ingredients for a chicken, chorizo and pancetta paella and I got to sit back whilst they all chopped away in the aprons and had a sing haha! They also made a garlic bread from scratch too! Sooooooo delicious! I was pleasantly surprised and very impressed! After that we got changed, my brothers girlfriend arrived and we headed off for some cocktails and a good natter! The next day me, my brother and his girlfriend took a bus to the marina to go out for breakfast at a really cool and quirky place I found on instagram! I went for the bacon and avocado on sourdough with poached eggs, my brother had a cheese and artichoke tostie and my brothers girlfriend had the same as me but with salmon instead of bacon! After that we wondered round the shops and then I headed back home to Sheffield around 2. The rest of the evening was spent eating, chilling and watching Saturday night TV! Sunday I had a chilled morning and then met my friend from school for a brunch/lunch and a catch up before me and Mum headed off to wakefield to go pumpkin picking! Well I say picking.. pumpkin looking and photos! It was incredibly windy and busy and there were all sorts of rides, food and activities to do, all halloween themed! We just had a wonder round the pumpkin fields and took lots of photos, my favourite been me laid in a box of pumpkins! haha! We then headed home, the usual Sunday tidy of my room and then we caught up on the weekend tv and had a good old warming lamb stew!

Monday was back to work and developing various new products for LeitchyCreates! Don’t forget my advent calendars are now available to pre order and my autumn boxes and single flavour boxes are also still available!

Today I’m sharing a super comforting and I guess Halloween appropriate porridge! Sweet cinnamon and raisin oats with orange and chocolate for the most perfect, indulgent and nourishing breakfast bowl! Just what you need on these cold and dark mornings!

Enjoy xx

Ingredients – serves one

Porridge –

50g rolled porridge oats

200ml oat milk

a pinch of salt

0.5 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp raisins

half a tangerine, segmented and chopped

0.5 tsp flax meal

Toppings –

25g full fat live yoghurt mixed with 0.5 tsp tahini

the remaining orange, segmented and sliced

1 tsp toasted almonds

1 tsp toasted pistachios

1 tsp raisins

1 piece of chocolate, chopped

Method

Pop the porridge ingredients into a pan and stir over a low heat until thickened.

Pour into a bowl.

Dollop the yoghurt on one side of the porridge bowl and scatter the remaining orange down the middle.

Repeat with the nuts, raisins and chocolate.

Dig in!

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Carrot Cake Porridge

Morning! Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Friday evening I went out for cocktails and a catch up which was more than lovely! Saturday I got up early and headed to York to meet my old best friend from secondary school for lunch and another much needed catch up! Saturday night I went to my friends housewarming and then Sunday I chilled in the house, tried to get rid of my cold and went to the cinema to see a girly film with my Momma! Monday was back to work, well admin work as I couldn’t make anything with my cold which was rather annoying but you know! I also squeezed in a coffee with my friend and a gym class for a change! Which I loved!

So today I’m sharing a super comforting, warming and seasonal porridge bowl! I should really call Wednesday porridge day! So this is a spiced bowl of oats topped with creamy yoghurt, juicy blueberries (blackberries or apple would work too) crunchy granola, silky and salty almond butter, coconut and berry powder purely for decoration, so don’t worry about leaving the berry powder out!!

Enjoy xx

Ingredients – serves one

Porridge –

50g rolled porridge oats

50g finely grated carrot

200ml oat milk

a pinch of salt

1 tsp cinnamon

0.12 tsp ginger

0.12 tsp nutmeg

a pinch of cloves

1 tsp maple butter/syrup

Toppings –

2 tbsp full fat live yoghurt/coconut yoghurt

45g blueberries

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tbsp spiced/nutty granola/muesli

0.5 tsp desiccated coconut

Optional – cranberry powder for decoration

Method

Pour all the porridge ingredients into a small pan and place over a low to medium heat.

Stir until thickened and then pour into a bowl.

Dollop the yoghurt and nut butter on one side of the porridge bowl.

Scatter the blueberries on the other.

Sprinkle the granola and coconut down the center of the bowl.

Sprinkle with cranberry powder for decoration and colour – this can be left out or replaced with a few crumbled raspberries.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Chai Spiced Cacao Porridge

Morning guys!! I hope you all had a fab weekend! I definitely did! Friday was my Mum’s birthday so we went out for chorizo and bean baked eggs and then spent the morning shopping before heading back to work! Friday night my Mum went out with her girls so I went for a much needed curry with my Dad! Not had a curry in years!! It was soooo good! Saturday I spent the morning walking round Sheffield getting all my jobs done that needed doing and then in the afternoon my Dad and I went to the cinema to see Christopher Robin! I recommend! Then back home for tea before I got ready to go out for the first time in two years with my friend Kitty and her friends! I had the BEST time!! Ooooh I’ve missed a classy cocktail and a good sing and dance!! I was out until 3.30am and then I was up on Sunday at 7am to go to Leeds for my Mum’s birthday celebrations with my Auntie/her sister! haha! But I was surprisingly energetic and stayed up until 11pm on Sunday too with no trouble!!! So we met my Auntie in the station, went for a classy cuppa in Harvey knicks before heading for a gorgeous lunch/brunch at Ox Club. I went for the curried baked eggs! A turmeric coconut new potato base with eggs, mango chutney, red onion pickle, spring onions, coriander and peanuts! so so so so good! We then headed to the cinema (a cinema made up of arm chairs and sofas! amazing) to watch Queen Victoria and Abdul! Such a good film!! Really really recommend that one!!! We then wondered back to the station to go home, get our PJS on, have a good bowl of pasta and catch up on tv!!! Such an incredible weekend! I hope you all had a lovely one too!

Monday was back to work! Mainly admin and updating my LeitchyCreates website! Also talking to potential new stockists which is very exciting!!

So today I’m sharing yet another porridge recipe! This one got a lot of love on Instagram so I thought I better share!! Chai is a big thing at the moment! Especially now the seasons are changing! One of my favourites! Especially with chocolate! Enjoy xx

Ingredients – serves one

Porridge –

50g rolled porridge oats

200ml oat milk

a pinch of salt

1 tbsp cacao powder – I used Aduna

0.5 tsp cinnamon

0.25 tsp turmeric

0.25 tsp cardamom

1 tsp maple syrup

Toppings –

1 sliced banana

1 tbsp peanut butter

1 piece of chocolate, chopped

1 tbsp spiced granola or chocolate/plain granola

1 tbsp toasted coconut chips or plain

cranberry powder to decorate – optional

Method

Pour the porridge ingredients into a small pan and stir over a medium heat until thickened.

Pour the porridge into a bowl.

Top with the slices banana, down one edge of the bowl.

Dollop on the peanut butter and scatter the granola and coconut flakes in the gaps.

Sprinkle over the chocolate.

Decorate with cranberry powder if using.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

The Ultimate Rocky Road

Rhythm 108 part 2 review…

As promised, heres part two of my rhythm 108 review! For part one, click here. I’ve also included a fab cupcake recipe and I’ve talked all about Rhythm, who they are and what they’re about! And to here about their biscuits and dessert bars, click on the links!

So let’s get to it.

Remember these are ‘live’ reviews, so I’ve written them as I’ve nibbled and they’re all my first thoughts and views.

Coconut cookie…

It actually tastes like a coconut macaroon! So chewy, coconuty, comforting, caramely and cosy! It’s crumbly like a biscuit with that macaroon like texture! You can taste and feel the desiccated coconut but not in a dry way! It’s still moist and chewy like a cookie but it’s got the taste of a macaroon! So so good! It looks like a biscuit which I love! Oooooh I know what the texture reminds me of!!! A hobnob! It’s got that chewy, crumbly oat thing going on! These are the perfect afternoon pick me up! Comforting sweet, not so sweet you get that horrible taste in your mouth, just the right amount! I love how they’re smaller so that you can you can have a handful and feel like your eating loads but really it’s just one portion! I want to try these crumbled on porridge as a replacement for granola as they’re low in sugar and have a granola like feel to them! I bet they’d be yummy crumbled over smoothies and maybe even like a sweet and savoury coconut Thai curry instead of toasted nuts! Weird but I bet it would work! I love these as they are though but they do liven up a cuppa and taste magical with almond butter/cashew and a zest of a lemon! Baking wise, I bet they’d be good crumbled on top of a lemon drizzle or with raspberries or strawberries, maybe on a Victoria sponge or an epic pancake stack!!

Lemon chia cookie…

Well I new i’d love this one! Sweet comforting caramel lemon with crunch from the chia seeds! Perfect! This one is the most biscuity of the four with its look and crunchy texture! Very much like a ginger thin! I’m pleasantly surprised with the chia seeds as normally I avoid snacks with chia seeds in as they tend to get stuck in your teeth and feel like you’re eating grit but this doesn’t have this experience at all!!! I love that crumble snap when you bite into them! Like I said in the lemon biscuit review, these biscuits bring back so many memories of my childhood, Grandma and Auntie as they taste just like the biscuits I used to make from this cookbook my Auntie got me for my birthday when I was little and I used to make them and bring them into school for my friends and also take them to my grandmas! The lemon with subtle ginger gives a lovely cosy warmth and comfort to the biscuit which just adds to the memory of family and coziness whilst I ate them with them! It’s not a tart or sour lemon is a comforting lemon drizzle lemon! The best kind of lemon!!! Just a handful of ingredients to make a incredible biscuit, baffles me! And again, you wouldn’t even question this was healthy! Baking wise,  it would be amazing in and on lemon drizzle cake and muffins! In and on a lemon bircher! With berries and yoghurt! And in ice cream sundaes! Ummumm! Now time to go gobble up the bag!

Sum up…

So I have no complaints and I’m not just saying it to be nice! I actually, genuinely love these biscuits so much!! My favourite has to be the double chocolate cookie! I must admit, I thought this would be my least but its so so good! The crumble with the chocolate chunks. ummummm! Then I can’t decide between the lemon chia as It brings me comfort but I do prefer the biscuit packs without the chia or the coconut cookie. Then almond biscotti last, not because I didn’t like it! I just preferred the texture an overall taste of the others as this one was a little more soft. but again not in bad way!!! They were all crazy good!!

Pricing, stockists and bibs and bobs…

So the big share bags RRP are £2.99 for a 160g bag that contains 20 x 8g biscuits. Such a bargain for what you get and they’re normally on offer which makes them even more of a steal.

They’re stocked at – BP Petrol stations, Planet organic, some WHSmiths, Lakeland PLC, As nature intended, Revital health stores, other independent health food shops.

Dietary – Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Source of fibre and Handmade.

So go get your self to the shops and stock up on these! I’ve gone through four bags in two weeks.. and I haven’t shared hahah! They’re that good! I need to stock back up actually!!

Recipe…

So because I just can’t get enough of these biscuits and I’ve been wanting to recreate rocky road for ages but I thought it just wouldn’t quite cut it without both biscuits and marshmallows! I thought now I’d found the perfect free from biscuit, I’d give it a shot. Blimey It worked a treat! Actually thats an understatement, it’s probably my new favourite treat recipe and I promise you, you won’t miss the original! Plus I think its better as I never really liked marshmallows… This chunk or slab of rocky road goodness cuts into nice thick mega bites which you just won’t be able to resist! It keeps at room temperature but if you have a hot house, keep them in the fridge in an airtight container.

Enjoy xx

Ingredients – cuts into 24

250g cacao butter

150g coconut sugar

150g cacao powder

35g original peanut butter

90g deep roast peanut butter or original or almond butter

200g cashew butter

165g raisins

50g pecans

30g pistachios

25g dessicated coconut

15g cacao nibs

170g almond biscuits – I used rhythm 108, roughly chopped

80g chocolate biscuits – I used rhythm 108, roughly chopped

Method

Pop the cacao butter, coconut sugar, cacao powder and nut butters in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water and leave to do its thing, stirring now and then until melted and smooth.

Remove from the heat and pour the mix into a large mixing bowl.

Stir through the rest of the ingredients.

Line a square tin with parchment.

Pour the rocky road into the tin and then pop in the freezer to set for 1 hour.

Remove from the freezer.

Use a sharp knife cut into chunks.

Enjoy xx

Masala Chai Porridge with Grilled Plums

Morning guys! I’ve had a wonderful long weekend! Let me fill you in!

Saturday Morning I headed down to London on a 11am train with my pack up to go (a smoked salmon and pea and mint puree sandwich! Posh I know) I arrived and went straight to meet my old best friend who moved down to London when we were 16. We spent the day chatting and shopping. Lovely lovely. Then I went to go and meet Celine (@Blueberrysmiles22) at ethos for tea! We met at Ethos as I have never been before but I’ve heard good things! The food was so lovely but I mean £18.99 for a buffet was pretty ridiculous and that was for one plate of food… and just vegetables. Hmmmm kind of put me off going back but I enjoyed the food whilst I was there but obviously didn’t opt for a drink or pudding after I got the price for my main course! We then wondered back to Celines, nattered and chilled before getting an early night. Sunday we woke bright and early, Celine made me a delicious smoothie bowl and then we walked to the station to meet the girls so that we could catch a train to sunny Brighton! There was six of us, me, Celine, Gemma, Amy, Leila and Catrina! I can’t explain how grateful I am to have these ladies in my life. We had SUCH a lovely day wondering the streets of Brighton. For lunch we went to another healthy buffet style place which was actually nicer and £7 all you can eat!! Very impressed! We then wondered around and went for lattes and raw cakes! Delicious! All of us picked up bits and bobs for tea on the train! I went for a Happy Maki roll, the avocado kiss which was rice, avocado, cucumber, sundries tomatoes, soy sauce, sesame and basil! Sounds so odd but honestly it was incredible! Me and Celine then took a long stroll back to hers, nattered and then another early night as I had an early train to catch in the morning. Monday we squeezed in breakfast before I set off! I got to try Deliciously Ellas new bircher topped with raspberries and peanut butter which was delicious! Then Celine took me to the tube station so I could set off home! My Dad picked me off from the station to drop me home, we had lunch and then I chilled, caught up on emails, admin and cleaned my room and just took it easy as I’m still feeling a little under the weather and It was my birthday eve! Monday evening, my Dad came round for my birthday cake! My Mum made me a delicious Lemon, blueberry and poppy seed cake from the gorgeous Green Kitchen Stories blog! I was so grateful to have a cake as I’ve not had one in years!! So thank you Mum! Yesterday was my birthday! I am now 20!!! I got some beautiful gifts from my family and Celine! Lots of recipe books, a pasta machine, some day books, drawing equipment, a gorgeous bowl and money! Celine got me such a thoughtful and beautiful gift! A personalised engraved spoon which says ‘Jordans spoonful of goodness’ so beautiful, unique, thoughtful and all round amazing! Thank you!! We then headed to Tamper coffee in Sheffield for a gorgeous breakfast with my Mum and Brother (I had the usual). Then we walked down to the station to catch a train to Leeds to meet my Auntie for lunch and shopping! Perfect! After we’d nattered, shopped out and eaten all we could manage, we hopped on the train back to Sheffield, to refresh, change and to go and meet my Dad for tea at Carluccios! Another gorgeous meal! A foodie has got to eat out all three meals on their birthday!!! We said our goodbyes and then me, my Mum and my Brother headed back home to watch a TV and eat more cake! What a weekend, what a birthday and I couldn’t be more grateful for my friendship group, this community and my wonderful loving family!!

Today I’m sharing a porridge recipe inspired by an ice cream I had on holiday which was masala chai flavoured! The Ice cream was topped with pineapple and blueberries but I think grilled plums work better, with the almonds, butter and nibs for crunch!

Enjoy!

Ingredients – serves one

Porridge –

25g rolled porridge oats

25g rolled jumbo oats

0.12 tsp each of –

cinnamon

ground cardamom

fennel seeds

ground ginger

a pinch of salt and pepper

a pinch of ground cloves

0.5 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp coconut milk powder

200ml oat milk

Toppings –

1 small plum, halved

1 heaped tsp full fat live yoghurt

0.5 tbsp almond butter

5 roasted almonds, chopped

1 tsp cacao nibs

Method

Pop the grill onto high and line with foil.

Pop the plum halves on the lined grill and grill until golden.

Meanwhile, pour the porridge ingredients into a pan and stir over a low heat until thickened.

Pour the porridge into a bowl.

Top with the almond butter and yoghurt.

Arrange the plum halves on top.

Scatter over the almonds and nibs.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx