Comfort Eating

The other week we both had stinking colds that started on a Monday and lasted a whole seven days. By the time it got to the weekend we were fed up and in need of some serious comfort food. Here's a selection of what went down in our kitchen.

I did an oats based breakfast post the other week in which I raved about the Apple and Cinnamon Porridge Bake from the first Delicously Ella book. I tried another baked oats recipe, this time from her website and this was amazing as well. This is Baked Banana, Blueberry and Raisin Oatmeal served with some coconut yoghurt and some toasted coconut chips (picked up in Home Bargains for 49p). Seriously, this was such a nice breakfast that I was still thinking about it at teatime!

I occasionally break out the toastie bags for a toasted sandwich and this was one such occasion. I'd made leek and potato soup and it was accompanied by these avocado, tomato, olive, spinach and parmesan toasties. I've never put spinach in a toastie before and it was a bit of a revelation how well it worked. The parmesan was shavings of the Violife Parmesan which we finally got round to trying after having it in the fridge for a few months! It's great stuff and we had it in risotto for our tea too. You don't need much to add flavour to a dish and a block will do you for a fair few meals.

Sunday was all about reading, watching tv and a cooked breakfast. We had a batch of Matt's special home made baked beans in the freezer made using Hodmedod's fava beans and we had these with herb roasted potatoes (from Vegan Brunch) and some mushrooms cooked in Hendersons sauce.

I also finally got around to using the Apfelbrater or apple baker that I got for my birthday back in November as a present from work.

You core an apple and stuff the middle (I used marzipan chocolate) then light the candle and leave it to burn.

Once the candle has burned through the apple is cooked. There's the bonus of delicous apple and chocolate smells filling your house too!


  1. Baked oatmeal is the best! I've only tried the recipe from the Oh She Glows cookbook, and I love it so much. I should really branch out.

    I'm intrigued by that apple baker!

  2. I have Oh She Glows and love everything I've made from it so far. I'll have to try that recipe next!

  3. yeah, and the Oh She Glows blog also has a great recipe for carrot cake baked oatmeal!!

    1. Thanks Amey, I will check that out too. I made a carrot cake overnight oats recently that was lovely and J love the idea of a baked version

  4. That apple cooker is so sweet! Human ingenuity comes up with the best things. That sunday breakfast is also up there on the best things list too!

  5. Hope you are feeling better. xx
    The apple cooker looks amazing! How long does it take to cook? Do you use a special candle? Because some tea candles last for hours!

  6. It does take a long time. This was quite a big apple and the candle for going for about six hours! I set it going after lunch and we shared it for dessert after our evening meal.

  7. Everything looks so good! The sandwich looks beautiful, and the apple warmer is the best. I never knew that concept existed! And apple stuffed with my favorite Ritter marzipan bar? Sounds beyond amazing!


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