Viking Approved Braised Apple and Fennel Pork Belly

Braised Apple and Fennel Porkbelly

Braised Apple and Fennel Porkbelly

“.. ða genam Woden VIIII wuldortanas,
sloh ða þa næddran, þæt heo on VIIII tofleah.
þær geændade æppel and attor.. “

~ no Lacnunga

Apple and Fennel are listed in The Lacnunga, a 10th century text describing the nine sacred herbs that were gifted to the Saxon Kings by Odin. Crab Apple was thought to promote restful sleep and Fennel bolstered the will to live. If, like me, you number pagan Norse tribes among your ancestors, they would be banging sword to shield in approval of this dish as the ultimate comfort food. Embrace your heritage 🙂

Luscious Pumpkin Fritters

Warm and filling Pumpkin Fritters

Warm and filling Pumpkin Fritters

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For those particularly chilly mornings, when the warm cocoon of bed keeps you until you are ravenous, you want a hearty breakfast. Something low mess, low fuss and fast. Fritters are a quick, tasty, nutritious fill-me-up. The recipe easily scales up or down for one person or twenty as there is no need to adjust cooking times. Nor are you confined to pumpkin and/or pinenuts if they’re out of season, expensive or unwelcome on your plate. Experiment a little with your favourite vegetables and spices. Peppers, mushrooms, finely shredded spinach, shredded kohl rabi or celeriac, any type of squash, soft cooked asparagus, corn kernels, sweet potato all work in this recipe. Add garlic and/or chili. Don’t save it for brunch either. Served hot or cold, they are a welcome addition to picnics and post-game (or midnight) feasts!