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Getting started with Madeleine Shaw’s ‘Get the Glow’

Hello! I’m back today and sharing a little recipe inspiration I’m hoping to get started with soon, following on from trying out Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’ book, which you can catch up on here. Madeleine Shaw’s ‘Get the Glow’ is my next cook book of choice and I’m setting myself a goal to try out five of her recipes in the next couple of months.


Getting started with Madeleine Shaw's 'Get the glow' recipe book. Post from This Little Space of Mine


I’d never heard of Madeleine Shaw or ‘Get the Glow’ until my sister was given her book for Christmas. Flicking through the recipe ideas I was quite taken by it; there’s a great feeling when you look over a book and think “yep, I’d cook that, and that, and that” etc.

The tagline of the book is “100 delicious and easy recipes that will nourish you from the inside out” and the theme of healthy living runs throughout. Oh no, another health conscious book, I hear you cry. But even if you’re bored of that side of things, you can stick to just the recipes and the meals that take your fancy. If healthy living is why you’re buying the book, Madeleine includes a six week programme. Those six weeks include themes to ditch the junk, beat the bloat and a whole lot more. I’m opting to skip that for now and just try the recipes I like the look of.

Similar to Anna Jones’ book, where do you begin when there’s lots you want to try? I again have decided to opt for 5 recipes from 5 individual sections and plan to share my review of each of them with you in June time. That way I can give you an accurate review, plus knowing I’ve talked about it on here will really encourage me to use the book before I give it back to my sister.


Getting started with Madeleine Shaw's 'Get the glow' recipe book. Post from This Little Space of Mine


Sections from Get the Glow I’m starting with:
  1. Breakfast
  2. Snacks
  3. Soups and light salads
  4. Speedy suppers
  5. Sweet treats
Recipes from Get the Glow I’ll be trying:
  1. Three-ingredient banana chia pudding
  2. Seedy energy bars
  3. Smoked salmon and fattoush salad with avocado mash
  4. Buckwheat, asparagus and pea risotto
  5. Banana and cinnamon loaf

I’m particularly excited to try to the risotto and those seedy energy bars, so I’ll be sure to report back.

Any recipes take your fancy? Or any good cook books you want to shout about? Do tell!

Leanne x

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Getting started with Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’ – Part 2

Oh gosh, how has it been ten months since I published part one of getting started with this recipe book? Eeek, I guess that’s what moving house will do!

So let’s go back a step… I bought Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’ and was so impressed with the recipe book and how many dishes I wanted to try. To make it fun and manageable, and to try different sections from the book, I thought I’d go for 5 recipes from 5 sections. The plan to then share a review of how I got on and the recipes I’d recommend. That was ten months ago, oops. Some of the following five I made and wrote about a while ago (and have made again since!) and others I’ve only made recently.

Here’s the recipes from A Modern Way to Eat that I wanted to try:

  1. Overnight bircher with a seasonal fruit (from What gets me up in the morning)
  2. California miso, avocado and butter bean salad (from Satisfying salads)
  3. Lime and chipotle black bean tacos (from Easy lunches and laid-back suppers)
  4. Mac and greens (from Hearty dinners and food to feed a crowd)
  5. Pistachio and elderflower cordial cake (from Cakes, bread and a few other things)


Getting started with Anna Jones' first book - A Modern Way to Eat. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Getting started with Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’ – Part 2

And here’s my review…

1. Overnight bircher with strawberries

As far as easy breakfasts go, this is up there; it’s a case of adding together oats, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and a few more bits in a bowl, putting it in the fridge overnight and then adding in a fruit of your choice the following morning. As we’re now in spring I went for strawberries, but peaches are another option too. I was genuinely surprised at how delicious and filling this was, I loved it and have made it a few times since.


A modern way to eat by Anna Jones - overnight bircher recipe, the perfect breakfast. Full review of Anna Jone's first book over on This Little Space of Mine


2. California miso, avocado and butter bean salad

This was the first thing I made from A Modern Way to Eat and the sauce made was really yummy, plus I love avocados so that was a winner. We tried butter beans but decided we don’t love them and, as much as I try, I just don’t like broccoli. That being said this salad is great and a doddle to put together. I’d like to make this again and put some alternatives in (which Anna offers in the book throughout).



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3. Lime and chipotle black bean tacos

This was one of those dishes that took me a while longer to cook than I thought it would, meaning the boyfriend was keen to tuck in and not willing to wait for me to take photos. Bah. I liked this, it was super tasty and we scoffed through it quickly. I want to make this again soon, it feels like a spring/summer dish and next time I think I’ll add more spice to give it a kick.

4. Mac and greens

I’ve made this maybe fives times now, so it’s safe to say I love this recipe. I love pasta anyway and this recipe adds in tomato, butternut square, basil, to name but a few ingredients. The other ingredient it includes is broccoli, which I mentioned I really dislike. But somehow, having it whizzed up and used as the crust when baked seems to work and I actually eat it and enjoy it! Who knew. Love this dish.



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5. Pistachio and elderflower cordial cake

I was so excited to finally make this, but you know when a bake goes wrong from start to finish? That kind of happened for me. Actually, I shouldn’t exaggerate, what actually happened is that I didn’t have as many pistachios as the recipe called for. As a result this ended up a little sharp, but entirely my fault. It was tasty all the same and I really should make it again and do it justice! It doesn’t take long and I enjoyed cooking with polenta.


A modern way to eat by Anna Jones - Pistachio and Elderflower cake . Full review of Anna Jone's first book over on This Little Space of Mine


So that’s how I got on. Overall, I really like this recipe book and there a heaps more recipes that I want to try – it’s challenging me to try new foods and cook in different ways and I like that. I want to learn more and I want to eat better, so if you feel the same way Anna Jones’ book is right up your street.

There’s also now a second book – have you seen it? I won a copy of it in an Instagram competition and I’ve cooked a couple of things from it already with great success. I might do the same thing again, cooking five dishes from five sections, so watch this space.

Do you have any favourite recipe books? I’m keen on batch cooking at the moment so share your favourite recipes/cook books if you fancy.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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Getting started with Anna Jones’ ‘A Modern Way to Eat’

Having recently won a £15 Amazon voucher from work I thought I’d put it to good use and buy myself a healthy cook book. I deliberated for a while but, after seeing Katie’s post on A Modern Way to Eat, decided that was definitely the book for me.

A modern way to eat - This Little Space of Mine



A Modern Way to Eat is a vegetarian cookbook. But don’t let that put you off. A couple of years ago I would’ve said no way to a book like that; I don’t like vegetables enough to ever consider being a vegetarian. And I’m not. But I want to learn more about the food I eat, about how to cook healthy meals and how to get more variety in my diet. This book feels like the start for me and I’ve flicked through Anna’s book several times, laping up the information and insight she gives into foods, their benefits, when they come into season etc. For example, did you know black beans are packed with a rare combination of protein and fibre, meaning there is as much protein in a cup of black beans as there is 100g of chicken? I didn’t.

A modern way to eat - This Little Space of Mine



One thing Katie talked about was how she marks the recipes she wants to make with post-it notes, whenever she gets a new cook book. Why have I never done that before?! I reckon it creates a bit more ‘buy in’ with a cook book; I’ve lost count of how many recipe books I have which I’ve never cooked from. Once I’d marked them all I realised just how good A Modern Way to Eat was for me – look at how many there are!

A modern way to eat - This Little Space of Mine



So where do you begin when there’s THAT much you want to try? I decided to opt for 5 recipes from 5 individual sections; I plan to share my review of each of them with you at some point too. That way I can give you an accurate review, plus knowing I’ve talked about it on here will really encourage me to use the book and learn more about the food I’m eating.

Sections from A Modern Way to Eat I’m starting with:
  1. What gets me up in the morning
  2. Satisfying salads
  3. Easy lunches and laid-back suppers
  4. Hearty dinners and food to feed a crowd
  5. Cakes, bread and a few other things
Recipes from A Modern Way to Eat that I’ll be trying:
  1. Overnight bircher with peaches
  2. California miso, avocado and butter bean salad
  3. Lime and chipotle black bean tacos
  4. Mac and greens
  5. Pistachio and elderflower cordial cake

I’ve already cooked two of these recipes – number 2 and 3. I’ll be sharing more on them soon, but for now here’s a picture of the California miso, avocado and butter bean salad I made while a bit jet lagged a couple of weeks ago! With the house move in full-flow I’d imagine it’ll be a while before I’ve made all 5, but I’ll keep you posted.

A modern way to eat - This Little Space of Mine



Note that I’ve marked this post in the ‘Learning’ category on my blog; learning about food and how better to take care of my body is something I’m determined to get better at. I’ll be sure to share my journey with you here.

Any recipes take your fancy? Or any good cook books you want to shout about? Do tell!


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Banana loaf recipe


Banana loaf recipe - This Little Space of Mine


There is something hugely comforting about a fruity loaf, with this banana loaf recipe (with added toffee and pecans) being my favourite; it’s the perfect accompaniment for a cup of tea and a natter with friends at the weekend.

The pecan and banana combination is a big winner, and for extra crunch avoid chopping up the pecans. The toffee will add a soft touch to the loaf and works really well with the banana.

The other thing I love about this recipe is that it’s an ideal way to use up ripe bananas – great if you want to avoid wasting/binning food. You’ll also be able to turn this bake around in a couple of hours, so it’s quick and easy yet your friends and family will be impressed with your baking skills!


Banana loaf recipe - This Little Space of Mine


Banana loaf recipe – with added pecans and toffee
Ingredients
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 135g pack of Werthers chewy toffees, roughly chopped
  • 100g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 100g toffee yoghurt
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed, 200g peeled weight
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
Method
  1. Heat the oven to 160°C/Gas 3 and butter and line a 900g loaf tin.
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl.
  3. Mix together the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, toffee yoghurt and sugar, until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together and fold into into the main mixture.
  5. Fold in three quarters of the pecan nuts and half of the toffee pieces.
  6. Now spoon the mixture into the tin and level the top, before sprinkling on the remaining nuts and toffees.
  7. Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes, until golden brown. Test with a skewer.
  8. Cool for ten minutes in the tin before turning out onto a rack to cool.


Banana loaf recipe - This Little Space of Mine


Do you have any banana loaf recipes you swear by? There are so many interesting variations out there for anyone who wants to experiment further.


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