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FIG & APRICOT CHUTNEY RECIPE
Makes 2 Jam Jars
Perp. 15 mins
Cooking time 50min
Keeps for 3 months.
• 8 Large Figs (green or ripe purple)
• 4 fresh or dried Apricots
• 2 medium Onions (peeled & roughly chopped)
• 1tsp each of salt, whole allspice, coriander seeds
• 150ml each of malt vinegar & cider vinegar
• 250g light Muscovado sugar
• 2 jam jars (sterilised)
Cut the figs into chunks, discarding the stalks. Stone & roughly chop the apricots. Put the fruit in a preserving pan with the rest of the ingredients (apart from the sugar).
Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins, stirring occasionally until the onion is tender. Turn off the heat and stir in the sugar until it dissolves. The chutney is ready when a spoon drawn through it makes a clear path on the bottom of the pan and is not watery. Pour into jars while hot, seal and label.
Kate as usual had us completely baffled by her comment the other day.
‘Now’ I know why Adam & Eve used fig leaves to cover up there modesty ’. I was completely baffled by this one off comment !! She meant of course because fig leaves were so big. This sent us both into convulsive laughter as at the time she was climbing up the fig tree to pick the plumpest the ripest and the sweetest figs for our Fig & Apricot Chutney.
We are always looking for recipes that are low GI, simple to make and also easy to find the ingredients. It could not be any easier for us than the fig trees outside the front door. With the basket overflowing (as the tree was very fertile this year) we decided to be very resourceful with a plan to use the figs up before the frost arrived.
Carolyn from the desk was roped in to look for recipes that would be suitable for those with a touch of diabetes that needed something a little sweet. Having trolled through all the books in the kitchen and most of the internet Kate decided to come up with her own recipe as she loves to make thinks like chutney. So between making the juices, dishing out the supplements and soup for our guests Kate quietly got on with her homemade chutney.
It was absolutely delicious (in the past tense as most of it has already been consumed). Viv & Kate would like to share with you a little something different to add to your Christmas fayre.
Detoxing is a very important part of staying healthy for the winter months ahead.
Viv and Kate have had great fun deep in the heart of the West Sussex countryside having been told of a local produce grower who grows giant size vegetables.
It was a lovely sunny day in the country lanes of West Sussex when they told us they were having a refreshing few hours away !!
Having turned off the Sat Nav. (because Viv knew better) they promptly lost their way !! Apparently the scenic route was a beauty to behold (oh yeah, they say that now !!), arriving at their destination they were in awe of the size, the smell and the taste of the lovely vegetables that were picked for them.
Giant Beetroots, Pumpkins, oversized Onions, Sweet Potatoes to name just a few. It was indeed a real gem of a find and we have now put our orders in for next year’s fresh produce from this grower.
On their return to us they promptly made a Pumpkin, Sweet Potato and Ginger Soup which all the guests absolutely loved. We are now enjoying watching the two of them stirring up the pots in the kitchen, and conjuring up new recipes for the winter ahead.
The perfect combination for an Autumn/Winter warming soup. There is nothing like fresh soup bought to the table. Pumpkin time is here and we will be busy producing our famous Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup, a firm favourite with our guests here at ‘Simply Healing’. All of our soups are freshly made from locally sourced growers who like us have a passion for very fresh vegetables and fruit. This hearty, warming Detox soup is one of the highlights of the evening for our guests.
Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup
1 small Pumpkin about 750g (1lb 10oz) in total (skinned & cubed)
2 Sweet Potatoes (peeled & cubed)
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
600ml (1 Pint) Vegetable Stock
2 Tomatoes (chopped)
4 fresh Sage Leaves
Salt & Freshly ground black Pepper
For the Garnish
18 Large Sage Leaves
Heat the oil in a saucepan & sweat the pumpkin and sweet potatoes for 5 minutes. Add the stock, chopped tomatoes & the sage leaves. Cover & simmer for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Using a blender whiz the soup until smooth, then gently reheat and season with the salt & pepper.
For the garnish: Scatter the fresh sage leaves over the soup & serve.
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Health & Wellness should be your top priority !!!!
The Autumn season is here, cleansing your body of the Summer indulgencies would be a good way to start to prepare for the darker nights and colder days.
Give your body a boost….
We have a Weekend Special Offer of 10% off for the 27th-29th September to encourage you to kick start a sense of wellness.
Go to our website , check us out, read our Testimonials the time is now so give us a call on 01403 822117.
The seasons come & go & we look forward to Autumn & all it’s beauty here at ‘Simply Healing’ .
Logs are in the wood shed & preparations are under way for our Autumn guests to Detox in the utmost comfort.
There is always a time to Detox whatever the season…….
Rejuvenate after the Summer and re-boost your immunity…..
Summer sunny days make it very tempting to over indulge. Autumn is a good time to get back on track, lose a few pounds and rehydrate your skin. We have found the answer !!! Temple Spa Totally Quenched & Drenched Facial – one and a half hours of re-hydration to replenish all the goodness that the sun the wind & rain may have taken their toll on your skin. Look no further than Temple Spa’s full body moisturising Duvet Cream that will moisturise and sooth your body back to life.
Enjoy 5, 7 or even 10 days with us here at ‘Simply Healing’. We offer our Retreats from Monday – Friday , Monday – Sunday or Wednesday – Sunday plus of course our Weekend stays.
This morning juice is full of flavour, antioxidants and full of healthy goodness – and will keep you going much longer than a coffee will! How do you like to start your mornings? Let us show you the way!
To make, ‘Simply’ Juice;
2 Green Apples
1 handful of Spinach
1 inch of Turmeric root (or a sprinkle of Cayenne)
1 inch of Ginger
3 Celery stalks
4 Kale leaves
1/2 a Lemon
This energy-boosting juice is rich in manganese, which will help reduce insulin resistance and therefore balance your blood sugar levels and reduce cravings. It’s also rich in fibre, vitamin C, potassium and vitamin K, thanks to the Celery, Kale, Lemon and Apples.
Ginger is also a natural antihistamine, making it great for those suffering with hay-fever and a stuffy nose. Atchoo!
Wimbledon is not only famous for Tennis but it is also famous for it’s English Strawberries & Cream.
On our Menu for the next few days will be all sorts of combinations of Strawberry Juices. Strawberries with Water Melon, Strawberries with Raspberries, Strawberries with Blackberries and Blueberries plus a dash of Lime.
All served with LOVE !!!!!
Join in the fun of Wimbledon and make yourself a nice Strawberry, Water Melon Juice topped with a little sprig of Mint. Summer seasonal Fruits and Vegetables are a speciality at ‘Simply Healing’ , never the same juice twice so why not come and enjoy one of our famous Juice Detox Plans.
We offer be-spoked 5, 7 or 10 day packages plus our 5, and 7 day Juice Detox Plans.
Give us a call on 01403 822117 to work out which programme is best for you!!!!
Why not have a Mini Detox break with us here at Simply Healing where our speciality is Detoxing. The Weekend Detox is designed to give you some quality time away from all those temptations, stresses and strains of life.
We are happy to be associated with Temple Spa products a renowned local company that have a long history like us of 20 years offering the very best ingredients in their lotions and potions in fact we compliment each other beautifully.
Double Deluxe Rooms for 1 or we have Double Deluxe Twin Bedded rooms so why not bring a friend and receive a reduced price for sharing. 3 inclusive body treatments, 5 freshly made juices per day ( never the same juice or soup twice). Herbal supplements, home made Detox Soup, Meditation, Walks in the Woodland close by, lots of clean fresh air.
You will be surprised how good you can feel after our short Detox break. Here at ‘Simply Healing’ we help you to create a strong, positive change to your lifestyle. Your health is the most important investment you can make.
Simply Healing is based in the midst of some beautiful countryside on the Surrey/Sussex border just one hour from London or Brighton.
We are so lucky here at ‘Simply Healing’ because whatever the weather we are ready for every eventuality. Come rain or shine fabulous juices amazing Temple Spa treatments and serious Detoxing. We are only one hour from London on the train so why not come and join us for a weekend, or 5, 7 or even 10 days. ‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating’ as the saying goes but the proof of a Detox with us is not in the eating but in the Juicing along with the herbs and specialist supplements and of course our specially designed treatments. Our clients tell us that our programmes are life changing !!!!!! Give us a call on 01403 822117 or go to our website www.simplyhealingcentre.com and send us an email. You can also find all the dates on the website.
Transformational ……….. this word sums up an experience that one of our lovely guests shared with all of us here at ‘Simply Healing’ . it was a joy for us to partake in her journey to transform all aspects of her life. It took her 2 weeks to make the change and for her and us it was amazing. As you can see, she reduced all over, but her tummy which was an area that she was very conscious of reduced significantly, so a huge confidence boost for her.
The difference in her when she left us was beyond all measure, we watched her blossom during her stay and it was a privilege to go through it with her. Of course we are extremely proud of all our guests as we totally understand the effects that being overweight can have on a persons mood and confidence. All our team here at ‘Simply Healing’ enjoy supporting the clients through their personal journey to reach their goals in life.
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