The Calm Christmas Podcast with Beth Kempton / S2 Ep3: NOURISH (body + mind)

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Today’s episode is inspired by festive food, but not in an obvious way. We explore what fermentation can teach us about Christmas, learn how to make hoshigaki (dried persimmons) and spelt digestives, and explore the tradition of Stir Up Sunday. This episode is packed with tips for nourishing yourself with food and herbal remedies this winter, along with some gorgeous wintery words from some of our finest writers. With inspiration from Yoshihiro Imai, Nigel Slater, Lucy Brazier, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Danna Faulds, Rebecca Sullivan, Lisa Nieschlag, Lars Wentrup, Gizzi Erskine, Diana Henry, Ella Mills, Rukmini Iyer, and Elizabeth David.

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Ingredients list for featured recipe (makes 16 biscuits):

  • 120 grams of cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 120 grams of wholemeal spelt flour with a bit extra to dust
  • 120 grams of medium oatmeal or 60 grams of puffed quinoa
  •  60 grams of soft brown sugar or 40 grams if you want a less sweet biscuit
  • 6g salt
  • one teaspoon of baking powder
  • a few drops of milk 

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