AUTUMN SPICE COFFEE

Good morning beautiful souls,

Autumn is my favourite time of year for many reasons; the cascades of tumbling burnt umber, sienna and crimson leaves swirling around the pavements, the chilly winds nipping at your face but you don’t mind as your wrapped up warm in your favourite cosy knits, the time to snuggle up in front of real fires (if you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful ingelnook fireplace) and read a book…. the list goes on. I have so much love for autumn and so many post ideas that in the countdown to Halloween I thought I would join in with Blogtober and give you an autumn/halloween themed post every day for a week.

To start my Blogtober – I feel like autumn is the perfect time for creating a hygge atmosphere and in the spirit of this I want to share with you my recipe for making a delicious spiced autumn coffee, the healthy version to all these pumpkin spiced lattes which are full of syrups.

What you will need

French press – Coffee beans of your choice – Burr coffee grinder – Cinnamon – Nutmeg – Star Anise – Cloves

Firstly grind your coffee beans (I recommend to always grind your own for a better fresh coffee) – put 3-4 tsp of coffee grind (depending on how strong you like your coffee) into your french press – add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 a star anise crushed small and 3 cloves – pour on water and stir for 2-3 minutes – press down the cafetier, pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!

Now I am a black coffee drinker; a firm believer that if you find a good coffee bean and roast you like then you won’t need milk to balance any bitterness because there won’t be any bitterness. I am lucky enough to be able to get my favourite beans from my dads coffeehouse, however if you can’t find coffee you like black or you are just one of those people who enjoys really milky coffees, do feel free to heat some milk and add!

Hope you hall have a wonderful day!

Love Carina xo

PORRIDGE LOVE

Good morning beautiful people,

The morning air is getting crisper as summer slowly transitions into autumn and I have surprised myself by finding I actually want porridge for breakfast. I’m not a massive porridge eater; I tend to like the first few bites but find as I continue it gets boring and sickly pretty quick. However, with recently having made a big batch of plum compote (which I think is a great porridge topper) I found myself wanting my first bowl of porridge of the season. I have been having it more regularly for breakfast these past few days and having experimented a bit I would like to share my current favourite porridge recipe with you and what’s even better is it’s a 0 added sugar recipe – just natural fruit sugars – so super healthy!

You will need:

  • 50g oats
  • Almond milk (however much depending on how runny or thick you like your porridge)
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Dates
  • 1tsp of green boost powder/matcha (optional)
  • Plum compote
  • Apple compote

Firstly, to make the apple and plum compote it is easiest to make a big batch which can also be frozen in portions as and when needed. So wash as many apples and plums as you like then simply cut the fruit into small pieces (you should peel the apples, but not the plums) and put each in a separate pot. Next add a drop of orange juice (to stop them from burning) and cinnamon to the apples but only a pinch of cinnamon to the plums and cook on a medium heat until soft. If you like really smooth apples then feel free to puree them. Voila all done.

Now for the porridge; put you oats and enough almond milk to cover the oats in your pan and add the finely chopped dates, cinnamon and green boost powder (optional, but adds extra goodness) and cook on a high heat stirring well to make sure it doesn’t stick or burn for about 4 mins before turning down to a medium heat. When the oats have softened and the porridge thickness is to your liking (add milk as you go if needs be) add the chia seeds and plum compote and give a good stir for another minute or so. Finally serve in a wide bowl and scoop some yummy apple compote on top (this can either be hot to blend with the porridge or cold to give a nice contrast.

Now all you need is to light a candle and create a cosy atmosphere to enjoy your breakfast in – just not so cosy that you fall back asleep again aha!

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what your favourite porridge recipes are please. I’d love to know because the one problem I have with porridge is that I can find it becomes boring very fast and I like to change the flavours up.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!

Love Carina xo