On my last trip to the library I came across this Duchy Originals Cookbook and took it home without even looking inside. I knew there would probably be a lot of meat recipes in there but that didn’t matter. I just wanted to have a closer look at it. And I am glad I did.
The book is divided into four seasonal chapters with sub chapters like lambs or the forest in spring, bread or bees and honey in summer, jam or salmon in autumn and cheese, sausages or chocolate in winter.
The foreword is written by Prince Charles, who founded Duchy Originals twenty years ago, then we learn about the history and philosophy of the company. Some of those are the promotion of sustainable and organic farming, producing food in a traditional manner and working according to the cycle of nature.
It is an absolutely lovely book with beautiful pictures, interesting articles and very yummy recipes. Even though I only looked at the vegetarian ones I found plenty of dishes I want to try out.
The one I did try out right away are the granola bars.
Granola Bars with organic honey
Frame by Audrey Neal.
- 100 g rolled oats
- 25 g pumpkin seeds
- 25 g sunflower seeds
- 75 g brown sugar
- 150 g butter
- 75 g organic honey (preferably Duchy Originals, but any kind will do)
Preheat oven to 150°C.
Mix rolled oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and sugar in a bowl.
Melt butter together with honey and pour over the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
Line a baking dish with baking paper and pour mixture into it. Even it out and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
Take out of the oven and cool down completely. Take off paper and cut into bars.
They keep in an airtight container for about a week.
I didn’t have bought pumpkin seeds but a Hokkaido pumpkin instead and wanted to roast my own seeds, but it didn’t work out. They burnt in the end, but I am not sure they would have turned out ok even if they hadn’t.
If anyone has a few tips on how to roast your own pumpkin seeds I would be grateful.
Anyway, I ended up using twice the amount of sunflower seeds instead and that worked, too. The bars are super nice, a bit on the sweet side, so I suppose you could cut down on the sugar a little.
The veggie factor
|Recipe ratio (non.veg./veg.)||I didn’t count, and I could be way off, but I reckon about 75%/25%|
|Worth it?||Yes, definitely. In spite of the veggie factor.|
Product info and buy link :
|Title||Duchy Originals Cookbook|
|Author||Johnny Acton & Nick Sandler|
|Publisher||Kyle Cathie Limited|
|I got this book from||the libary|
|Buy link||Buy Duchy Originals Cookbook|
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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.
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