This week I missed London. I missed my streets and my foundations. I arrived in London when I was seventeen, with a rucksack on my back and a future of promise. I promptly left university, tried to take up skateboarding to impress my crush and opened a little coffee shop. London to me is the city of promise, its the place that anything is possible. I think London shaped me as a person. It taught be discipline and training, healthy and fitness. It taught me foods and flavours and inspired me daily. I met people and friends from every walk of life and all of them left an imprint. London taught me to follow my dreams and to believe in what I was doing.
There are so many different periods of time there. Hanging out on Lower Marsh Lane drinking strong coffee and avoiding uni. Opening my little coffee shop and exploring slow food and local produce. There may also have been a brief engagement to a hottie from Dagenham with a dog called Kruger. Then came boxing and the best group of men I have ever met. They humbled me. They cared for me and believed in me with unwavering confidence. They showed me how to discipline my mind and how to fight for what I wanted. They shared everything and protected me without question. They were and are my family. There were houses and flatshares galore, with beautiful, crazy people. There was music. There was running. There were random jobs…a few of which I rudely walked out of. Then there was Sweaty Betty. Working with women that loved sport, learning the ropes, smuggling coffee onto the shop floor, sharing Grazia on train rides, being a part of a team again.
Each one of those periods and all that came after is imprinted onto my heart. Strong, inspiring friends that carried me through the hardest times of my life and celebrated with me when the winds changed.This week a friend of mine emailed to ask if I could create a recipe for her and her customers. She founded an beautiful womens sports brand called Striders Edge.
I wanted to make a bar that would complement a healthy lifestyle. A bar that was quick to make and quick to eat but left you with energy to burn. They needed to be cold too, for no reason other than we are in the midst of a German heatwave and I couldn’t handle the thought of the oven being on.
These bars are gluten free, refined sugar free and oil free. The only fat is the natural fat in the quinoa. They are packed with slow release energy and lean proteins as well as essential amino acids. You can buy quinoa flakes in any health shop or online although I am sure you could replace them with gluten free oats too.These bars are the perfect summer day breakfast. They keep best in the fridge or even the freezer. You can eat them on the go or balanced with a cup of coffee or a smoothie. You can drown them in ice cold almond milk or crumble them over coconut yoghurt and garnish them with berries.
- 150g quinoa flakes
- 50g flaked almond
- 25g coconut flakes
- 6 dried apple rings
- 25g dried cranberries or sultanas
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 3 dried figs
- Small piece fresh ginger
- 100ml fresh orange or apple juice (you may need slightly more)
Place quinoa flakes, almonds and coconut into a non stick frying pan and lightly toast over a medium heatLeave to cool and then place into a food processor with all ingredients except the juiceShred for a few minutes and then slowly incorporate the juice until you have a thick sticky doughPlace the dough into a lined dish or silicone mold and flatten with down with the back of a forkYou can sprinkle the top with additional seeds or dried fruit if you likeCover with clingfilm and place into the freezer for two hours before transferring to the fridge.