Cinnamon is a great addition to your diet as it lowers blood sugar levels. They suggest you only have one teaspoon to help lower you blood sugar level.

Cinnamon is a popular spice, especially for baked goods and desserts. Aside from its distinctive aroma, cinnamon is believed to help lower the blood sugar level, making it suitable for obese patients who are at higher risk of diabetes. However, consumption should be limited to one teaspoon per day, as excessive amounts can result in liver problems.

The website Livestrong say whether or not you take your coffee with cream and sugar, milk and honey or with nothing at all, cinnamon tea is a simple, healthful beverage that many enjoy. Cinnamon tea has a sweet, spicy flavor as well as significant health benefits. To prepare this tea, boil a 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick in 1 1/4 cups of water for 15 to 25 minutes, and then let it steep and rest for another 15 minutes. Or, mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with hot water and stir. One gram of cinnamon equals 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder or 1/2 cinnamon stick.

Failing that there are a number of Cinnamon Teas you can buy like Pukka Teas Organic Three Cinnamon Tea Bags, Holland and Barrett Yogi Organic Cinnamon Spiced Tea or Rooibos Ahmad Cinnamon Tea.


chocolate cake

Fame is a fickle food (1702)
By Emily Dickinson 1830–1886 Emily Dickinson
Fame is a fickle food
Upon a shifting plate
Whose table once a
Guest but not
The second time is set
Whose crumbs the crows inspect
And with ironic caw
Flap past it to the
Farmer’s corn
Men eat of it and die


Apple Pie

Always let pie pastry dry throughout before adding filling as it will prevent it from seeping while cooking.

When making an apple pie, pop your apple slices into some water and add a little salt or lemon. It will stop them from discolouring.




100g Butter or Margarine
100g Caster Sugar
1 Egg (beaten)
175g Plain Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
150g plain chocolate, coarsely chopped (or choc chips)
For a more chocolatty taste add 50g cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 200C Gas 6
Cream together the butter and sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy
Gradually beat in the egg and vanilla extract
Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix together
Stir in the chocolate chips
Grease two baking trays
Using 2 teaspoons, place about 18 dollops of the mixture onto greased trays, leaving enough space for them to spread. Smooth down the cookies by dipping a teaspoon in cold water.
Bake for 12 – 15 mins
Leave to cool for five minutes then place them on a wire rack


Ingredients (makes around 48 biscuits)
110g (4oz) Butter or Margarine
175g(6oz) Honey
1 Egg (beaten)
1 tsp vanilla
90g (3oz) Stoneground Wholemeal Flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
125g (4.25oz) Porridge Oats
1 apple, cored and chopped

Preheat oven to 190C Gas 5
Cream the butter, honey, egg and vanilla until smooth
Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon and stir into the creamed mixture
Mix in the oats and apple
Grease two baking trays
Drop teaspoonfuls onto a greased baking tray
Bake for 8 – 10 mins
Leave to cool for five minutes then place them on a wire rack