Chocolate Brownies on a Frosty Morning

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The oven was very hot on the wood stove last night.

As I watched the thermostat creep forever upwards, I imagined it to be a sign…to make a batch of Vegan Chocolate Brownies…never waste a hot oven!

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And so I quickly got the ingredients together from the pantry and whipped up a tray and a half of these delicious, and extremely nutritious, treats.

I went to bed safe in the knowledge that the morning would be filled with hot coffee and chocolate brownies…and it is!

The recipe?… I hear you ask!

Well, here goes…

Vegan Chocolate Brownies

1 can coconut milk

Half a glass of organic millet (I use a half pint glass)

150g chopped dates

Mix together in a saucepan and cook slowly on low heat for about 40 minutes

Meanwhile…

Mix and mash in a big bowl:

3 ripe bananas (I buy the brown bananas very cheap!)

half a glass of cocoa powder

4 tblsps sunflower oil

3 tblsps cornflour

1 tsp baking soda

Mix both mixtures together when ready.

At this stage I add oats, sesame seeds and other healthy seeds and grains I may have to hand..in total about 2-4 ozs

Spoon into a big baking tray and set walnuts on top.

Bake at 180C for about 45 minutes.

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And there you have it…no animal products whatsoever and very healthy!

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Meanwhile, Sammy Bear and Charlie are making full use of the dresser, as Jack has taken to sneaking their food!

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The day was just gorgeous yesterday, all sunshine and rainbows.

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With the diversity of planting comes lots of winter colour, as you can see…much more interesting than a lawn!

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All this and wood for the stove!

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Complete with a rainbow!

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This morning is very cold and frosty, but equally beautiful.

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With fresh coffee and brownies, it is idyllic!

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The stove is lit and the kettle sings low.

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There is a small stretch in the days…about 15 minutes per week is added to daylight after the Solstice!

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The frost is welcome as it will help in breaking down garden waste and allowing it to be taken down into the earth by the worms and insects.

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There are plenty of leaves all over the gardens waiting to be dealt with in this way.

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Never clear a winter garden, or cut back too early!

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Forest Garden in Winter

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A new camera…thanks to you, who so kindly donated to this little site…and here’s to all the much improved pics to come!

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This is what’s termed a “bridge camera,” that is one between what I had before and a professional camera.

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It is of course a pre-loved model…very loved from the excellent condition and not costing the earth!

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It’s so great to be able to finally capture on film what it is I see in life around Bealtaine Cottage.

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This has given me such a great lift in the depths of Midwinter, that I could sing!

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I hope that as more and more people see these pictures, they will feel inspired to plant trees and maybe even turn lawns into forest gardens!

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The gardens continue to produce food even in the cold, short days of December. Here the Purple Sprouting Broccoli grows amid the freshly added seaweed.

The seaweed was left in the rain to flush out the salt for a few months first.

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These are the colours as you can see, in a garden of trees and shrubs, brightening up the dullest day!

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A forest garden like this only needs work in the form of harvesting, once the planting is complete.

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Though, to be honest, I love to plant and so continue growing from seed and finding room to pursue my passion.

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Much of what I grow from seed I have given away to the hundreds of garden visitors each year.

The colours of the cottage are better illuminated with this camera, as you can see…

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…and all these pics were snapped this morning, on what is a very dull and grey day in terms of the light. 

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Isn’t she lovely?

I am continually followed around the gardens by little Robins, all of whom live here.

There are several breeding pairs in various parts of the smallholding and are all very territorial!

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Looking north this morning…

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The beautiful Elder tree is covered with equally beautiful moss.

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This camera allows for a much wider view of the garden, picking out fine detail too.

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I have often looked at this fern underneath the young Sycamore tree and wished I could show you as I see it…and here it is!

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And the little brass dish that is being enveloped by the tree.

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The eerily empty seed-heads of Lunaria…seeds dispersed, work complete and just the beauty to admire.

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And the plump seed-heads of the May roses continuing to delight!

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And again, thank you so very much, from the bottom of my heart…it is your kind donations that keep the website from this little cottage flowing out to the world, a small reminder of the great living beauty that is Mother Earth …bless you X

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