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Beetroot Falafels


I made some of these babies last week and they were good! I was a little sceptical but they were very nice. They go really good with potato bread and grated carrot, cucumber and lettuce! Just an FYI!

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained
  • 500g raw beetroot, peeled, trimmed and coarsely grated
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp tahini paste
  • vegetable oil, for brushing or frying


  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the onions until softened but not coloured. Add the cumin and cook for 1 min, then scrape the mixture into a food processor with the chickpeas, two-thirds of the grated beetroot, the breadcrumbs, egg and tahini. Whizz to a rough paste, then scrape into a bowl and stir in the remaining grated beetroot with plenty of seasoning.
  • With damp hands, shape into about 20 balls and space on baking parchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Brush the falafels with a little vegetable oil and bake for 20-25 mins until crisp and hot through. Alternatively, heat 2.5cm oil in a deep wok and fry in batches, turning, until crisp and hot.



Beetroot Risotto


Last night I made beetroot risotto for dinner! I was a little apprehensive as the beetroot flavour can be quite intense but do you know, this was really nice! And the colour is just amazing!

I found the recipe on pinterest and modified it to suit our palates and thought I would share it with you all.

Beetroot Risotto

2 T olive oil

1 onion chopped

1 clove garlic chopped fine

150g arborio rice

100ml sparkling red grape juice

600ml vegetable stock

250g beetroot, cooked, peeled, and grated

2 T butter

1 small bunch of fresh dill

Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook till tender. Stir in the rice. Add the grape juice and simmer until the juice has been absorbed. Add the stock a ladle at a time and allow the rice to soak up the stock before you add more.

Add the beetroot, dill and butter and allow to cook for a few more minutes and then serve.





Pumpkin Butternut Soup Recipe


This soup is extremely popular in my house and is enjoyed often!  It’s very simply but just delicious! And it goes great with the potato bread recipe I shared a few days ago!


250g pumpkin

250g sweet potato

1 onion

1 T butter

4 Chicken stock cubes (I use the Massel Vegetarian version)

optional extra seasoning of salt and ground mixed spice.

1 can of coconut cream (I use Solo’s)

Place veges, butter, stock cubes and 300ml water in a saucepan and boil until veges are tender. Puree the soup, add the coconut cream and blend until smooth.




I never used to be a big muesli or granola fan and I am still learning to like it but Rachel Khoo’s book sure is helping with that! She has so many great ideas and also she has perfect recipes that are quick to make in 5 minutes for just one person!  I highly recommend this book!

Rachel Khoo’s Muesli & Granola.  I had a photo but it refuses to appear here. It loads but doesn’t post. Can anyone help me on this? I have been having this problem for a while which is why I have been so quiet!