Mr Bircher-Benner was a wonderful Swiss scientist, doctor and nutritionist who after falling unwell claimed that raw apple and then his simple raw muesli played a significant role in enabling him to heal completely. Well, back in those days his famous muesli, which we now see various fancy versions of in cafes across the globe, was a mix of pre-soaked rolled oats, grated apple, chopped nuts (either walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts), a little lemon juice and sometimes a little condensed milk too – and that’s it. Nothing else. So when I make ‘Bircher muesli’ which has many more ingredients than Mr Bircher-Benner’s original I often give it a special name, for example, mixed grain Bircher muesli or Summer Bircher muesli. Mum would be grinning if reading this, as she has reminded me on a few occasions that “grated apple really does make it” and no, “if it’s soaked natural muesli with dried fruits, yoghurt and honey added that’s not really Bircher Muesli, but it’s lovely too!” (Mum being Swiss German, who has since we were tiny, made the most divine Bircher muesli). By the way, Mr Bircher-Benner’s story is very very interesting, if you’re interested in reading more I’ve provided a link further below.
Zimtsterne (‘Cinnamon Stars’).
These magical little biscuits have a very special place in my heart. Baking these is a family tradition, so Christmas just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without them! The process of making the dough (and.. tasting the dough of course), cutting the biscuits, icing them and then eating a few biscuits just out of the oven brings me just as much joy as giving little goodie bags of these to loved ones.
Salads. Am such a fan of fresh (and dressing covered) salads.. especially at this time of year. Colourful and flavoursome, juicy, fresh, satisfying, tasty, moreish beautiful salads.
Good salads are just so delicious and make you feel really good. They also don’t need to be complicated – all you need are a few fresh ingredients, and a yummy dressing (I believe).. a good dressing can really make all the difference.
Banana bread. Yep, another recipe. Banana bread is just so good! It’s just so satisfying, soul warming and nourishing so I often suggest it to clients who love banana (and cake) and are in need of snack ideas. All you need is a nice and easy recipe.. and this one, I’ve discovered, is easy and particularly nice, especially if you prefer gluten free things.