SINGLE SERVE STOVETOP GRANOLA | MAGPIE & MAPLE

Does your morning routine change with the seasons? I find mine does. I’m not one to leap chirpily out of bed at any time of year, but the darker mornings make me even less inclined to do so. Whereas in summer I’m content to wander downstairs in light pyjamas and blend up a cold smoothie, even drinking it outside on the patio on particularly sunny days, the chillier autumn mornings mean that getting from duvet to dressing gown is a test of mental strength and the journey to the kitchen can only be undertaken when well wrapped up.

I know you’re probably thinking that it isn’t even that cold yet and I’m being overdramatic. Well, maybe. But either way, icy smoothies and fridge-based breakfasts are dead to me until next spring. And yet it’s not quite porridge season either. Granola is a happy middle ground, but the problem is that I don’t always have granola on hand and when I do, it doesn’t last very long. It’s a perpetual temptation, sitting in the cupboard and asking to be snacked on whenever I’m in the vicinity. Which is why this single portion is perfect — especially as it only takes a few minutes. This, served with almond milk and accompanied by hot coffee, is the perfect autumn morning in a nutshell. Whilst wearing a warm dressing gown, obviously. View Full Post

GREEN JUICE SMOOTHIE | MAGPIE & MAPLE This is a smoothie for green juice lovers who don’t have juicers. Or maybe you have a juicer, but you prefer to consume the fruit and veg in its entirety to get maximum goodness rather than bleeding out its juice. Or maybe you just don’t like the cleanup associated with juicing.

Whatever your reasoning, this smoothie has the earthy, ultra-green, not-very-sweet taste of a juice, but it’s made by throwing everything into a blender. If you’re not a hardcore green juice person, this isn’t for you. But if you want an easy way to get the goodness and flavour of a green juice, this is probably as close as it’s possible to get without, you know, actually making a juice.  View Full Post

Summer just doesn’t want to go away. I feel guilty any moment that I’m not outdoors, savouring the warmth of the sun on my skin and the freshness of the breeze and the fragrance of the flowers and fresh-cut grass and the sound of birdsong. It may be the last blue sky we get for another year, for all I know. Any day now the weather will turn, the leaves will fall and the rain will come once more.

Summer was part of the motivation behind this recipe. Crumble is delicious, but it’s a warm, comforting dessert, better suited to cold winter nights than summer picnics. It also isn’t portable – like, at all. Just don’t even try that. Which is where the bars come in.  View Full Post

ROASTED BALSAMIC STONE FRUITS | MAGPIE + MAPLE  ROASTED BALSAMIC STONE FRUITS | MAGPIE + MAPLE

The end of summer and beginning of autumn may be my favourite time of year — it’s warm and beautiful, with enough summer sunshine left over but also a breeze of coming change and exciting new beginnings. I only have a few lazy weeks left before officially embarking on adult life, aka the world of work, but on bright, warm September days like this one I can almost believe I’ll be young and free forever.

It’s also the most abundant time of year for fresh produce and therefore one of the most exciting months for foodies; there is just so much in season! Stone fruits are some of my late summer/early autumn favourites, though, as they’re so sweet and succulent and flavoursome. Roasting brings out even more flavour, and with a little coconut sugar to caramelise them and a splash of balsamic to really enhance the tasting experience, they really are perfect. I served this warm for breakfast alongside homemade coconut yogurt (recipe here or here or here, take your pick!)  but it would work equally well as a dessert with ice cream, and maybe a sprinkling of granola. View Full Post