Eat, Fast & Live Longer


As promised, the Horizon documentary on fasting.


Spelt Carrot Cake with cinnamon buttercream Icing


From time to time I crave the sweet, moist  texture of Carrot Cake, so I turn to this recipe which uses Spelt flour instead of Plain flour because of my wheat intolerance.  The real secret to the moisture of this cake is to allow it to cool completely in the tin.

carrot cake

For the Cake:

1 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup of white spelt flour

1 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda

1/2 tsp of Salt

3/4 cup of oil

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups of grated carrot

1/2 cup of Sultanas

chopped, mixed nuts to taste

For the icing:

50g of margarine

Icing Sugar

1 tsp of hot water

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

A sprinkle of demerara sugar

A sprinkle of chopped nuts

Sieve flour, sugar, soda, salt and cinnamon together.  Stir in the oil.  Add the eggs, one at a time.  Add carrots, fruit and nuts.  Pour into 2 greased, floured 8″  tins. Bake @ 350 F/ 180 C for 30 mins.  Cool in pan.

Mix water and cinnamon into marge, add icing sugar 1 tsp at a time and blend until smooth, thick and creamy.  Add cinnamon.  Spread onto cooled cakes, using as filler also.  Sprinkle with nuts and sugar.

Fasting and cooking


Pinterest is evil if you believe in fasting, yet for some reason I often findyself there on a fasting day. It’s a pictorial feast of recipe ideas and when I’m sitting in the crow house kitchen of an evening it’s too easy to allow my fingers to lead me there. Particularly when my stomach is growling.
I’m thinking about this now on the way home because I want to add a few recipes to the blog when I get home, and I am wondering if it will lead to similar torment as pinterest to my poor fasting stomach.
I fast two days a week, or rather, two days a week are 450 calory days. The reasons for fasting are myriad and certainly far broader than simple weight loss, something I’m not actually fussed about. With a family history of cancer and heart disease I have discovered that fasting is my best bet to avoid those twin horsemen. When I have time, I’ll link to the Horizon documentary that explains the science, “eat, fast, and live longer” because it’s truly engaging stuff.
But what about food on these fasting days? Soup is the key, friends, soup and oatcakes! Today’s soup, which is awaiting me in the fridge, is tomato and basil. It’s low calorie, high nutrient soup which is very satisfying. I will post the recipe all in good time, but for now, it’s time to look out of the bus window and think of something else, because cooking and fasting are not a good combination!

Trees full of crows


I’m travelling the bus back from Dumfries and I am thinking about the trees full of crows overlooking our garden.
Yesterday, I was talking to one of the patrons of the library who declared

“something ought to be done about those crows. They should be culled.”

I was quietly horrified, but I didn’t declare it because I have learned it’s best to leave octogenarians to thier views. Even so, the very thought gives me chills! I want to make friends with those crows, of all the birds they offer me the most fascination because of their keen minds and the world they make their own in the treetops.
I wonder what kitchen scraps I have for them today….