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Welcome to the Chalet Savoie Faire blog. Catch up on the latest news, recipes and things to do in and around the Naves Fontaine area. Meet me, Nikki, my husband Hugh and our two pups, Bailey and Milo.

Roasted turmeric & ginger granola

Roasted turmeric & ginger granola Seves 8 Ingredients 2 cups rolled oats 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla powder, or extract 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/3 cup sunflower seeds 1/2...

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Phase 9 – The Barn renovations

Spring has arrived and so has a new stage of the build - we have a septic tank, hooray. No longer a pipe that runs into a field and if you are wondering, NO we never did use the toilet. The kitchen is also installed along with a water tank and new electrical box. The...

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Sticky cauliflower rice with mixed nuts

Sticky cauliflower rice with mixed nuts   Serves 6 Ingredients 1 cauliflower 2 red onions, finely sliced 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp ginger zest 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds 150g mixed unsalted nuts 6 radishes, finely chopped 1 bunch fresh herbs , roughly...

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Sweet potato, cheddar & chive scones

Sweet potato, cheddar and chive scones makes 14 Ingredients 450g spelt flour 1 tsp himalayan salt 6 tsp baking powder 100g unsalted butter 200g sweet potato, grated 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated 1 bunch chives, chopped roughly 120ml cold almond milk (or normal if...

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Phase 8 – The barn renovations

Quite a lot of progress since the 10th of February, Hugh hasn't stopped, starting at 8.00 am, a quick lunch at 2.00 and then back he goes until 6.00pm (lucky the wife knows the right type of energy food to feed him -  can't have him stopping or feeling tired). He's...

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Mixed seed crackers

Mixed seed crackers   Ingredients 1/2 cup black or golden sesame seeds 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup flaxseeds 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup Quinoa flour or Buckwheat 1 cup water salt and pepper Method Preheat oven to 180C. Combine all the seeds in a bowl and add...

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Chocolate Torte

Chocolate Torte  Serves 8 - Vegan recipe Ingredients Base 240g hazelnuts grounded 80g dates, pitted, soaked in warm water for 1 hour, then drain and chop 1 tbsp coconut oil 2 tbsp cacao powder pinch salt Filling 60ml golden syrup ( or maple syrup) 120g cacao powder...

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Phase 7 – The Barn renovations

A quick update to what Hugh has achieved since the middle of December - I say the middle because for the first 10 days of our return from holidays, we dealt with the three floor flooding in the house whilst we were on holiday. Luckily we have the most amazing...

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Yoga retreats with Maria

Yoga Retreat with Maria Come and join us at Chalet Savoie Faire, where Maria and I will be hosting the second yoga retreat for 2019. Open your mind, recharge the soul and step into March with a renewed zest for life. Maria is a fully qualified yoga instructor, with 8...

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Black beans and red rice rissoles

Black beans and wild red rice rissoles   Serves 4   Ingredients 80g organic red rice, cooked as packet instructs 200g black beans, soaked over night and cooked 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped finely 1 red onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 tsp...

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Grain crackers

Grain Crackers Makes 20 Ingredients 60g pumpkin seeds 60g sunflower seeds 30g flax seeds 10g sesame seeds 60g buckwheat flour 2 tbsp cider vinegar Method 1. Preheat oven to 180C. 2. Mix all the grains with the flour, a pinch salt, the vinegar and 5 tbsp water. Mix...

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Vegan nut loaf with fresh herbs

Vegan nut loaf with fresh herbs Ingredients 100g Brazil nuts 100g cashew nuts 10g flax seeds, crushed 1 tbsp rice flour 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp cider vinegar fresh herbs chopped finely - parsley, chives, basil Method 1. In a large bowl soak the Brazil and...

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