Priestley Honey Digestive Biscuits

My youngest daughter Megan does not have a very varied diet and is very particular about what she eats and often quite stubborn. I have recently started cooking with her which I hope will encourage her to at least try a greater variety of foods.

On Saturday I stopped at the fruit and veg market stall in Ampthill. Here I found some local honey called Priestley Honey that is made in Flitwick. The idea that the honey was made from bees which may have visited our garden made it appealing to both myself and my daughter Megan.

One of the things I want Megan to get an understanding of is what goes into the food we eat. In order to do this I made Chocolate Digestive Biscuits with her. At some point we will make them again. Then we will look at our recipe and the ingredients in a common brand as listed on their label and perform a taste test to see which we prefer.

I hope that our Priestley Honey Digestive Biscuits will win the taste test. Although my grandfather kept bees I am actually not that fond of honey but the way the Priestley Honey dripped of the spoon was quite wonderful and almost tempted me to eat it directly from the spoon.

Honey itself contains antioxidants, has anti-bacterial properties and for many years has been included as part of a number of natural remedies. The most commonly known probably being its use as a cure for a sore throat.

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Here is our recipe.

100g Organic Oats
100g Wholemeal flour
1tbsp Organic baking powder
50g Light soft brown sugar
100g Organic Butter
3 tbsp Priestley Honey
2 tbsp of water

1. Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix. ( Organic oats, Wholemeal flour, Organic baking powder, light soft brown sugar)
2. Melt the butter in a small pan on the hob and add in the water and honey and stir together.
3. Add to dry ingredients and mix together
4. Leave mixture in fridge for 30mins
5. Retrieve from fridge and roll mixture flat on board.
6. Cut into desired biscuit shapes and place on baking tray
7. Cook in oven at 200 for 15mins or until golden brown.
8. Dip in melted chocolate if desired.

Megan’s were a huge success and came out looking like this. They are very sweet crunchy oat biscuits.

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Will the Flitton Phone box book exchange benefit my health?

I often pickup the Evening Standard to read on my way home from college. Recently I have also been picking up the Stylist for Rebecca to flick through for some fashion ideas. Last night the Evening Standard didn’t hold my attention for the whole trip home so I started to browse through the Stylist and found an article which referenced some research which has shown that re-reading books that we have read during a happy time in our lives can be good for our mental health.

As I drove home I passed our Flitton phone box and reflected on the news from the Flit n’ More that the phone box is soon to be used as a village book exchange.
I realised that not only could the old phone box have a new use but it could also have health benefits for those of us that made the effort to take a walk and use it.

More details of the research mentioned on this blog entry can be read here at the Telegraph.

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Welcome to Flitton Tonic

Hi my name is Fiona and this is my blog relating to nutrition. I am currently studying for a Diploma in Nutrition at CNM London.

In this blog I will write about the impact of nutritional changes on myself and my family, discuss nutrition news, and mention the odd iPhone app or other technology that has helped me to make changes along the way. I will also talk about the books and films that have impacted on my own personal choices regarding nutrition, as well as local farm shops, local produce and farmers markets, a few seasonal recipes and a little about my course and how my study is progressing.

Why Flitton Tonic?

Once upon a time, a tonic for the blood was made from the springs on Flitwick Moor. Flitwick Moor extends between Flitwick and Greenfield and is within distance from my house. I expect Flitwick tonic was sold and used in Flitton as a natural remedy.

I hope that my blog will become a guide to local food and its possible usage as a tonic .

What are my values in terms of food nutrition and health?

1. Eat more fruit and vegetables
2. Eat less processed food
3. Eat organic and local where possible.
4. Keep active.
5. Promote Natural solutions and well being