granola madness

I woke up this morning after a completely sleepless night staring at the ceiling, got ready & headed to work where I’m paid to talk all day. In my morning routine I don’t interact with anyone until after I get through the doors to my office & start greeting my somewhat cheery colleagues. Usually I don’t mind this as I quite like a bit of peace in the mornings. Wouldn’t you know it though, I got to work, opened my mouth & realized…. I had no voice. I have been silenced! Clearly the universe must think I talk too much so it’s shutting me up temporarily (I hope). The other possibility is that it’s a twisted joke, how ironic that I’m voiceless in a job where I’m required to speak constantly.

Wait for it… it gets better. In an effort to take things a bit easier I asked my boss kindly if I could do some of our learning packs. You know, increase my knowledge and stay quite for an extended period of time. Wouldn’t you know it, my computer wouldn’t co-operate either. The training courses wouldn’t load on my system. Go figure. I suppose moments like this are put in place to keep us all laughing & see the funny side of things. Maybe it’s time for a new career however.



I think the message I’m getting here is that being a full-time tech-geek is not my calling in life. Sure it can be fun, sometimes I’m even kind of good at it, but realistically I should be in the kitchen, covered in flour & singing along to ‘bad religion’ on the radio. Maybe even trying to dance along to that new ‘black eyed peas’ track, you know the one, something about partying. I say try because I have no rhythm. None. Nada. Zilch. No matter, I don’t let it stop me from bouncing around. I digress though, I actually had some exciting news. Starting September, I’ll only be going part-time as a tech-nerd & I’ll start work part-time as a baker, in an actual bakery. I’d say pastry chef but that sounds far too fancy. Still, it’s exciting none-the-less right!

Ok, enough of that though, here’s the reason you probably came to visit. You’re after the recipe. The chewy-granola recipe. The one I spoke about over a year ago & am only just now sharing. Shame on me I know, but I like to keep a little anticipation going.

Left to right in a clockwise rotation: coconut, walnut, sesame seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds. ( & my checkered kitchen floor behind it )

Ingredients:
– 100g walnuts, chopped
– 100g almonds, chopped
– 100g sesame seeds
– 50g dried coconut
– 50g sunflower seeds
– 380g oats
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 0.5 tsp salt
– 190g butter
– 190g brown sugar
– 170g honey
– 100g dried apricots, chopped
– 100g chocolate chips

Directions:
– preheat oven to 160C.
– combine the nuts, seeds, coconut, oats & salt in a bowl & mix thoroughly.
– in a medium sauce pan, combine the sugar, butter & honey. Cook on medium high heat until it begins to bubble a light golden brown. Remove from the heat & set aside to cool. Once cooled, add vanilla.
– add the butter & sugar mixture to the nuts & seeds, mix well & then add in the apricots & chocolate.
– grease a baking pan & line with parchment.
– add the granola mixture to the pan, and pat down to form a smooth, compact & even layer of granola.
– bake for 30 minutes.
– allow to cool & then cut into desired sizes.

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