I don’t know about you, but to me there is nothing more
comforting than the smell of freshly brewing coffee and hot bread coming out of
the oven on a lazy Sunday morning….Ummm heavenly.
Well, I said a “lazy” Sunday, but it wasn’t such a
late starter for me since I was up at 08.00 am getting the breakfast
ready for the family. My mother is visiting from Spain and nothing will get her
out of bed quicker than the enticing sweet smell of filtered coffee travelling up
the stairs and through her bedroom door, filling her lungs with the
unmistakable and familiar aroma of the roasted coffee beans. She has been
coming to England for 20 years now but no amount of persuasion will get her to
convert to the famed English Tea. Coffee is a serious business for us Spaniards
and my mother even travels abroad with her favoured brand: “Santa Cristina”.
I have been making bread for a number of years
now. It was my mother in law who in fact got me into it. I love the whole
process of baking bread, the smell of the fresh ingredients, the experimenting
with flavours, the kneading (very therapeutic when stressed out), the
anticipation as the bread proves and the excitement of seeing it turn to that
beautiful golden colour and the smell… oh, the smell!
But making bread (unless you have one of these
fancy bread making machines) is a time consuming exercise... that is until I
found this incredible recipe for Spelt Bread: in just under 60 minutes you can
prepare and bake a large, beautiful, dense but light loaf of bread. And I am
going to share the recipe with you. Here it goes:
We use non-dairy yogurt.
You can get all sorts of plant based alternatives to yogurt (soya, almond,
coconut, etc) in all major supermarkets but if you fancy making your own vegan
yogurt, here is a link to an excellent tutorial.
I personally love this bread with just walnuts.
But a mixture of sunflower, pumpkin and crushed linseed (flaxseed) is
gorgeous too as well as full of essential fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds and dried
cranberries work together really nicely, and for a nice sweet twist, try some
raisins and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Let your imagination run free and
experiment with the flavours, as I do.
Just a tip regarding this particular bread recipe:
don’t be tempted to mix it with your hands (as you would normally), use a
wooden spoon or spatula instead because the mixture is quite wet and it will just
stick to your hands!
Whilst my bread is cooling nicely on the rack, I
start preparing a tomato spread to serve it with (Spanish style). Using a
cheese grater, I grate a couple of vine tomatoes in a bowl, add one crushed
garlic clove (or 2!), a generous sprinkle of dried oregano, a pinch of
Himalayan pink salt and a dash of cold pressed olive oil. I mix it all
I cut two generous slices of bread, spread some of
the tomato mix and top it up with a bunch of cress, lentil or mung bean sprouts (grown
in our germinator) and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper & turmeric. It looks
good enough to eat, don’t you think? Mother approves, so it must be good.
I hope you will enjoy my recipe. I would love some feedback or requests; you can leave comments below. I will soon be sharing more examples of how we keep our Diet, Bodies and Home clean and healthy and best of all cruelty-free.
SIRT FOOD has hit #1 Bestseller again in the UK in new category. It all seems very surreal. Pilar and I have worked our butts off since May 2015, it's good to see some good result.....No1 Bestseller WOW that's gonna take some gettin' used to.
What a week! Our very first book released SIRT FOOD reached No 1 in the highly competitive category of NUTRITION. We actually knocked Bear Grylls of the No1 spot.......WOW!! SIRT FOOD I'd like to personally thank everyone involved in our success, whether you helped inproduction or you purchased a copy, helped spread the word or left reviews, a big thanks you goes out to you all.
This month we have some new releases coming out. Firstly the follow up book in the series from the talented writer Mark Plummer titled 'The Truth About Food Additives'.
I'm also releasing a title with Mark called 'Natural WILD WINES' about home made wine making from the fruit, berries and herbs foraged in the UK countryside.
Mark has a huge batch of wines ready to go made from last autumn's wild plums. Maybe I can twist Mark's arm and we'll offer a bottle or two out for a competition prize. Give us some feedback in the comment section and let us know if you'd be interested. Finally we are pleased to announce that all of VIDDA Publishing catalogue will also be available at the end of January in Printed Editions and Audio books on Amazon - Createspace - ACX - Audible and on iTunes. We have more exciting plans for the near future including a series of Smoothies and Recipe books co-authored by my good friend Ian J Johnson. Ian is on a journey back to his ideal weight & health with a clean diet, full of Sirt Foods. In the last month (even through Christmas) he's managed to lose 1st / 14lb. We're really proud of his achievement and we know he's in for the long haul. Well done mate. Please go and check out Ian's informative and witty Facebook page and his great Smoothie Monsterblogand show him some support, you'll definitely get a laugh out of his very honest and quirky writing, he pulls no punches and doesn't take himself too seriously. That's all for now, I hope you all have a great 2016. Regards John Hodges
SIRT FOODwill be the 'food/diet' meme of 2016, mark my words.
After years of research the science is in. A Plant Based Diet and specifically certain foods will not only 'turn on' the very DNA in our bodies it will also maintain and promote a healthy weight, prevent and Reverse Disease of all kinds, including the scary ones. Last but not least SIRT FOOD promotes Longevity but slowing down the decay of our telomeres (all will be revealed in detail inside the book).
This amazing scientific breakthrough could change the course of human nutrition and health care saving our society $$$$$$$'s and relegating chronic disease to the medical books of history.
My book was the 1st on the planet documenting these studies. It's No 3 in category on Amazon.co.uk.
For a Limited Time Only I'm also offer 17 FREE books from the VIDDA Publishing catalogue with every purchase, PLUS a FREE Sirt Food Recipe book. For 2.99 that can't be a bad deal, can it?
It would be amazing to get a No 1 at the beginning of 2016, I hope you can support my work
In the next week to 10 days this book as well as all our other titles will also be available in printed editions and as audio books. If anyone is interested in a review copy again please feel free to contact me.
If you reading this and you're also a publisher or writer and have a book on Amazon please feel free to contact me as I'm happy to do some honest reviews swaps.