Super Food Energy Bites


About two months ago I was gifted a bag of raw hazelnuts, and by raw I mean they were still in their cocoon of a shell. I knew I wanted to do something fun with them, but they sat on my counter for days, then weeks, then months. I was then gifted a second bag, and to avoid becoming the Filbert hoarder (did you know Filbert is another name for hazelnuts!?) I knew it was time to put these bags to use.

There was only one problem, how would I de-shell them?


I grabbed a wooden kitchen mallet, stepped outside, squatted like I was using the bathroom in the woods, and smashed over 100 hazelnuts. Talk about being connected to your food. I then took my fresh nuts and made the inevitable. Hazelnut butter!


This has been on my foodie bucket list FOREVER, and I finally did it. OH.MY.GOODNESS. The…

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Happy International Women’s Day 2015

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Hope you have all had a fantastic Women’s Day 2015.  I have had a weekend with friends and family and LOVED seeing my Facebook and Twitter feeds filled with wonderful stories of inspiring women and feminism.

I thought I would share my talk from last year’s International Women’s Day in Barnsley where I spoke about living with my ileostomy and how I overcame the massive changes that surgery brought me and how it affected my self esteem and body image.

Much love

Sam x

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More Than Meets The Eye – Campaign for Invisible Disabilities Awareness

Reblog ~ not my usual food-related fare, but it’s important that I share Sam’s outreach efforts.

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After my post on using accessible toilets with an invisible disability went viral with over 2 million views, I knew I had to harness this amazing audience and do something good with it and so after spending the week talking to people with disabilities all over the world and also Disability Charity Scope, I am over the moon to launch More Than Meets The Eye, a campaign for invisible disability awareness.

In the open letter to the woman who judged me for using accessible toilets, I wrote “I know you saw me running in, with my able bodied legs and all. You saw me opening the door with my two working arms. Without any visible sign of disability.  My lack of wheelchair may have suggested to you that I was some lazy cow who didn’t care. You may have seen my face blushing as I caught your eye and assumed I was…

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Coffee Energy Bites


There is something magical about a morning cup of coffee. Not just any cup, a morning cup. The cup that allows for relaxation with the paper, the internet, a book, or with a friend. The cup that allows last nights dinner to be safely excreted from your body. The cup that gives that morning pick me up after a long night of work, school, or gypsy wrangling.


While I love coffee in it’s more common form of a liquid, the beans and grounds are becoming a quick favorite of mine when it comes to baking. I made my basura cookies last week, and they didn’t stand a chance lasting more than 2 days. The coffee grounds in these cookies really stole the show. Here’s another favorite with the addition of some coffee grounds. Energy bites SHOULD have coffee grounds in them, don’t you think?

Coffee Ground No Bake Energy Bites 



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Sweet potato gnocchi

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This idea has been in my head for quite a while now. I am a huge fan of potato gnocchi and thanks to my Italian friend I have learned how to make them few years ago. I am also a great lover of sweet potatoes so I thought why not to combine 2 of them together to create a delicious dish.

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The biggest challenge is the sweet potato itself. The potatoes for gnocchi should be as floury as possible so you don’t have to add too much flour. Unfortunately sweet potato does not have as much starch as his less exotic cousins but I have found a solution to that. Just so the dough bonds a little faster and becomes a little lighter I am adding some corn flour but if you have potato starch it will also do the same trick. Another addition is soft goat’s cheese it is…

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