At its heart, the Home Coffee Shop is a collection of kitchen garden recipes using fruit and vegetables, and turning these into delicious café style side plates and small meals that are enjoyable to eat. Get recipe ideas by subscribing to the FREE newsletter.
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The Recipe Collection
People who succeed in changing their diet enjoy what they eat and how this makes them feel. The purpose of the recipe collection is to help find this enjoyment.
The idea is not to transform your diet with ‘seven days a week meal plans’, but instead, show ways of preparing and enjoying fruit and vegetables in small portions, that can easily be swapped into your existing diet, one portion at a time.
Just like a coffee shop, the idea is to create an enjoyable experience where you can pick and choose small plates of food, that both taste good and are good for you. And like a coffee shop, if you enjoy the experience, you will want to come back.
About the Menu…
The recipes in the Home Coffee Shop are grouped together to make this easy to do:
Pintxos, or side plates, are small rations of vegetables cooked in the best way I know how. The emphasis is on enjoyment. If they are best roasted, then I roast them, using quality cooking oils like rapeseed or olive oil.
Making homemade soup is a great way of boosting the amount of vegetables you eat. Included are my favourite soups, together with explanations on how to vary the recipes using your favourite ingredients.
Desserts is where fruit comes to the fore. In this age of chocolate, I think the delights of cooked fruit desserts have undeservedly fallen out of fashion. This is one of my favourite sections.
The drinks menu is divided into hot and cold drinks. The hot drinks menu shows how to make coffee stop style continental coffees without spending hundreds of pounds on equipment, or using plastic capsules. The cold drinks menu, in my view, is where the joy is! Featuring delicious fruit based smoothies and yoghurt drinks. Vitamin packed treats!
Finally, there is a treats section. This section really has nothing to do with healthy eating, but I wanted to find space for some of my favourite indulgences.
The Story Behind the Recipes
The recipes originate from my love of allotmenting. I started an allotment in 2006, with a simple aim of growing the healthiest food I could provide for my family. I soon realised that growing food was one thing, finding enjoyable ways of eating through an allotment’s worth of fruit and vegetables quite another!
Therefore I started a recipe collection, and I had the good fortune to have plenty of advice and ideas from my family in the Basque Country in Spain, where growing and eating the local food is a source of great pride and passion.
If you would like to experiment with growing your own food, you may like to see my other website: allotmentbook.co.uk.
I hope you enjoy the collection, and I wish you good luck in your cooking adventures!