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Each year, we share with you a selection of highly nutritious recipes with flavours and textures that are luxurious and indulgent from healthy food chef and guest author and contributor to the Cubex food for brains recipe blog, Mira Manek.
This festive season, not only are we sharing some of her latest creations from her cook book Saffron Soul with you, but we are now proud stockists of Mira’s culinary books.
You can order your copy of Saffron Soul by contacting email@example.com for just £15.00.
For a chance to win a win a Winter Warmer festive hamper courtesy of Mira, click here
Spiced Nut Roast
For now, we hand you over to Mira who shares a selection of her favourite, highly nutritious, Winter Warmer Festive Recipes, spiced nut roast and Saffron overnight oats.
Just seeds, nuts, oats and masala!
So I finally tried to come up with a nut roast recipe and it really is just the tastiest thing, only it’s more seeds than nuts, which is great (easier to digest, but still so much crunch) and has a warming earthy blend of mushrooms and masala. I’ve served it at two events and it was ALL eaten! I’ve taken inspiration from various places including a wonderful life-changing bread from mynewroots, hence the psyllium husk which really binds this loaf. Yes Christmas is about indulgence, and this taste plenty indulgent with all the flavour and spice and crunch, but it’s just a tiny bit lighter.
Ingredients (Makes 1 Loaf)
120g sunflower seeds
80g flax seeds
50g almonds or any nuts, broken
150g oats, can use gluten-free oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3-4 tablespoons psyllium seed husks (can also use husk powder)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
3 cloves garlic, grated
½ green chilli, finely chopped, optional
1 stalk of rosemary finely chopped, optional
4-5 medium mushrooms, roughly chopped, small cubes
1/4 courgette, grated, optional
2 teaspoons garam masala
1½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
maple chilli seeds from Saffron Soul cookbook*
*If you don’t have maple chilli seeds, toss together in a pan 1 tablespoon each of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sesame seeds, a teaspoon of coconut oil and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup or other sweetener for 5-10 minutes with some salt and sprinkle of chilli flakes if you wish.
Combine all the dry ingredients for the loaf in a mixing bowl. Melt the coconut oil (if solid) and stir in the maple syrup (or agave) and water. Stir this into the dry ingredients and mix well until the dough becomes quite thick. Leave this to one side for at least an hour or leave out overnight.
Make the mushroom mix before you bake the loaf (or you can make it anytime). Start by heating the cumin seeds and fennel seeds in a little oil in a medium pan, let them turn brown (around a minute) then add the grated garlic, green chilli and rosemary, if using. Now add in the mushrooms, courgette, cranberries, garam masala and salt. Stir together well and mix this mushroom mix into the loaf mixture. The consistency should be thick but stir-able (it should not be solid e.g. if you have let the loaf mixture sit out all night it may have solidified, in which case you should heat and soften in the microwave or stove). Now grease your loaf tin with a little oil or butter (so that the bread doesn’t stick to the pan) and lay the mix into the loaf tin. Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon.
Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180° C. Place the loaf in the oven for around 30 minutes, then remove from the oven, take the loaf out from the tin straight onto a tray or baking paper. Place the loaf back in the oven, now upside down, and let it cook for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before slicing.
Be careful when slicing, trying not to make the loaf crumble. Sprinkle over with maple chilli seeds and cranberries, or roasted nuts and seeds.
Saffron overnight oats
Overnight oats are just brilliant, especially for winter and especially if you’re lacking time in the morning! They’re super simple and make for the best breakfast, are great on the go and the perfect snack. In my cookbook Saffron Soul, I have a luxurious saffron porridge recipe with jaggery, so here’s the overnight oats version of that with a few extra edits. Just soak overnight and eat the next day – you will love it!
To soak together
7-8 tablespoons, 70g oats
150ml nut milk (or any milk of choice), around ¾ cup
100ml apple juice, around ½ cup
2 teaspoons flax seeds
2 teaspoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons pumpkin seeds
1 apple, peeled and grated (or julienned)
pinch of saffron
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoons coconut yoghurt or any yoghurt
handful goji berries
sprinkle of bee pollen
Soak together all the ingredients for the bowl and stir well. Leave to soak for a few hours or overnight (you can also just soak for an hour but the longer the better!). Divide into two bowls and serve with garnishing’s.
Win a Winter Warmer Festive Hamper from Mira Manek
We are giving a lucky Cubex Hear & Now subscriber the opportunity to win in a Winter Warmer Festive Hamper from Mira Manek.
We all tend to associate the festive season with merriment and indulgence that isn’t in favour of our health and well being. We use the New Year as an opportunity to recover and we place more emphasis on looking after our health and well being.
This is where Saffron Soul comes in perfectly. You absolutely can indulge on delicious and incredibly flavourful feasts that is guilt free and in favour of your health. Want to know how? We’re offering one lucky winner a Winter Warmer Hamper from Mira Manek which will include a copy of Saffron Soul, cinnamon granola, coco fudge, chai spice and more.*
All you have to do is enter your email address below – winners will be announced on December 20th.
By Rosie Williams
On 07, Dec 2017 | In Food for Brains | By Rosie Williams
This beautiful, colourful and warming Christmas cake recipe from Mira Manek is an absolute favourite of ours for our Food for Brains recipe collection. This recipe provides a cake which is sweet, nutty, juicy and packed with delicious and healthy spices which are sure will satisfy the festive nostalgia in everyone. To top it off, this recipe has a creamy frosting made from cashews, vanilla and coconut oil, so you can enjoy a Christmas cake which is rich, satisfying and healthy.
This Christmas cake is abundant with almonds, cashews, pistachios, ginger, nutmeg and a heap of brain-boosting spices which are all fantastic for contributing to a healthy brain and mind, without needing to miss out on the Christmas indulgence.
By Rosie Williams
On 07, Dec 2017 | In Hearing Technology | By Rosie Williams
With recent updates to the Oticon Opn hearing aids, the device is now fully rechargeable, fully connected and available on all modern smartphones. This hearing aid which connects to the If-This-Then-That (IFTTT) service has just become the first rechargeable hearing aid with open sound experience and NFMI & 2.4GHZ direct streaming.
By Rosie Williams
On 29, Nov 2017 | In Food for Brains | By Rosie Williams
Here is a quick and easy recipe for a lovely warming dish on a cold winters day, a Vitamin-C packed drink which can be enjoyed hot or cold, for a fiery, punchy hit of goodness. Simply blend the following ingredients together well to give it a wonderful froth and add some extra volume.
By Rosie Williams
On 29, Nov 2017 | In Tinnitus | By Rosie Williams
This guidance has been put together by the British Tinnitus Association to support GP’s who see tinnitus patients, to help them ensure that their patients get the best possible audiological care right from the outset.
Cubex will close its doors for the festive season at 5pm on Friday, 22nd December 2017.
We will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, 2nd January 2018.
Please make sure to arrange your appointments in advance as we tend to get very busy in the final run up to Christmas.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family Season’s Greetings, good health and happiness in the year to come.
Oticon Opn™ was released in 2016, claimed to be the world’s first internet-connected hearing aid. The Oticon Opn™ has been available for iPhone users since it’s release and has now also been made available for all modern Android smartphones.
Powered by modern 2.4 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, Oticon Opn™ streams sound effortlessly to both hearing aids from a bluetooth-enabled smartphone (2010 onwards). The Oticon Opn™ app is free to download for iPhone and Android users.
By Rosie Williams
On 18, Oct 2017 | In Food for Brains | By Rosie Williams
We just love this recipe for sweet potato and quinoa falafels, provided by Mira Manek, author of the cookbook, Saffron Soul. Whilst this recipe is great as an all-year-round dish, we find it especially warming as we enter the Autumn season. Not only does it share the colours of Autumn, it also contains fulfilling ingredients such as sweet potato and chickpeas which will warm our souls at the end of a breezy Autumn day.
This recipe is also a perfect fit for our Food for Brains series, packed full of anti-oxidants, amino acids and magnesium which are all vital for reducing stress and keeping the brain happy and healthy. Enjoy this recipe as a main meal, a snack or a sharing plate with friends and family.
By Rosie Williams
On 11, Oct 2017 | In Hearing Technology | By Rosie Williams
The release of the iPhone X has caused much of a stir in the technology world and we don’t just mean because of the price tag. Apple promise a new and improved facial recognition software, which uses biometrics to map the users face to 30,000 invisible dots using the TrueDepth camera.
Whilst Apple are not actually the first to release a facial recognition feature on a smart phone, they are the first to promise absolute reliability and security, ensuring that the tech cannot be easily tricked using a photograph or a mask.
This is all sounds very new and exciting and it certainly seems to have shaken up the smart phone market since they announced the new feature.
What are biometrics?
What are biometrics?
Biometry is the application of statistical analysis to biological data. Biometrics is the measurement of people’s physical and behavioral characteristics for use in some way, currently mainly used for identification and verification.
Biometrics is a science we’re all becoming accustomed to in our day-to-day lives as technological innovation and personalization moves forward, such as fingerprint scanning on smart phones and biometric passports. And now, this technology has made its way to hearing aids.
First came the fingerprint, then the retina scan. Now, it’s all about the ear! These distinct parts of our bodies are unique to every individual and because they are unique, they can be used for biometrics. But what exactly is biometrics?
Each ear is unique, each ear hears differently
Biometrics is the measurement of people’s physical and behavioral characteristics that are mainly used for identification and access control. It’s something we’re all becoming accustomed to as innovation and personalization moves forward. For example, many smartphones have an integrated finger scan; biometric passports are standard today- even photographs can be sorted according to facial recognition. And now, this technology has made its way to hearing.