One Wild Kiwi’s Bircher Muesli

If you haven’t tried an overnight bircher muesli you’re missing a seriously healthy and delicious treat. This makes 4 – 6 servings, depending upon your greedy level.

Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 generous tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups (500ml) rolled oats
  • 1 cup low fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup soya milk
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 apple
  • a handful of chopped nuts. Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts… what have you.

Method

  • Peel the oranges, cut them across the equator, remove pips, then cut into smaller pieces and use a stick mixer or blender to liquefy them.
  • Mix in the honey.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients except the apple and nuts – mix thoroughly.
  • Leave in a cool place overnight to soak. An hour will do if you’re pushed for time.

Before serving

  • Grate the apple and mix in thoroughly.
  • Sprinkle the sliced nuts on top and serve with fresh or canned fruit. Blueberries, apricots, bananas, rasberries and/or loganberries go well.

Notes

It’s usually served cold. I prefer it zapped in the microwave for 30 seconds to remove the chill. If you wish serve with added milk, yoghurt or soya milk.

Most recipes use fruit juice where I’ve used whole oranges peeled. Any dietician worth their salt will tell you that fruit juice is bad nutritional policy. The extra fibre in the whole fruit helps your metabolism to deal with sugar and cholesterol.

You can use any sort of milk, but soya milk provides creaminess without the fat overload of whole milk. Buy organic if you can and check the sugar content; some brands have too much added.

I particularly like cranberries, but raisins, blueberries, or any other dried or canned fruit will do the job.

In some places you’ll find Light or Lite yoghurt, give it a miss it’s full of disgusting chemicals. Stick with low-fat Greek yoghurt or, if you don’t give a stuff about fat, regular Greek yoghurt.

Keeps refrigerated for at least 3 days.

Lisa’s multi-grain wholemeal no-knead bread

Easy to make and with no kneading

No knead whole grain bread

Lisa is one of my lovely daughters. She’s also a great cook. This recipe is hers, tweaked just a little by One Wild Kiwi. It was inspired by Busy People’s Bread from Annabel Langbein‘s outstanding TV series and book, The Free Range Cook.

Annabel’s recipe’s great, but it uses too much yeast and for my money Lisa’s is even better.

For the many Kiwis–especially deprived expats–who love Vogel’s bread but not the price, this is the answer. I think this bread’s better than Vogels and other commercial whole grain loaves: it’s even healthier, it’s about 10% of the price and it’s easy to make.

Ingredients for 2 1400g loaves

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