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Distinct Loves Baking...

Most of the Distinct team have been on furlough for just over a week now. When James, or Calds as we know him, gave us this update - it came with some great advice. We should all use this opportunity wisely, as we’ll probably never get this time or chance again. Speak to friends and family, look after ourselves with self-care. Exercise. Take on voluntary work to help others. Pick up a book. Plan what we’re going to achieve when we come back to work, the list goes on. 

After stocking up on toilet roll and pasta, it feels like a lot of the population has turned to baking soda, brown sugar and vanilla extract. So, it should come as no surprise that some of the team have been testing out our baking skills. Here are some of our recipes…

Banana bread:

Lauren was bringing chocolate banana muffins into the office for all of us long before banana bread has become so popular. Now she’s tried her hand at a lemon drizzle iced version. Check out the recipe here.

Eggless Easter brownies:

We would forgive you for forgetting what day of the week it is right now. The good news is, Easter bank holiday weekend is nearly here – and great news for our small team on the ground who are still working hard for us! Just in case you’ve already eaten all of your chocolate eggs, Holly has shared her Easter brownie recipe with us, starring Cadbury’s creme egg! (A great option if you can’t eat actual eggs like Hol). All you need to do is mix: 140g Flour, 200g cocoa powder and 200g sugar in a bowl with a whisk. Then, add 80ml vegetable oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 200g melted chocolate and 240ml almond milk – mix again until smooth, then add some chocolate chips. Transfer the brownie mix to a tray and bake for 20 minutes, while the brownies are baking – put your creme eggs in the freezer so they don’t fall apart in the oven. Then, cut the eggs in half and place the eggs in the brownie mix for the final 20 minutes of baking.

The healthy option:

Or the ‘5 dead hedgehog’ option, as Az would call Tia’s baking attempt(!) This healthy cookie / muffin (we’re still not sure) recipe calls for: 2/3 mashed up bananas, 300g oats, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 eggs, 300ml almond / coconut or any milk you happen to have! Mix in some raspberries, add some chocolate chips on top and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. 

While we’re on the subject of healthy eating, Claire has shared some top tips to keep our immune system strong. Many people don’t realise that our immune system is in our stomach so eating and drinking the right things really are essential. It can be difficult to make sure you’re always eating the right things, all of the time, especially with a lack of routine. But, if you feel like something new, making a booster beverage really is no hardship…

Thyme tea. Simply add boiling water to fresh thyme and after it’s brewed, you can remove the thyme and enjoy with honey and or lemon. 
Celery juice – yes celery juice! It contains a subgroup of sodium which helps to combat viruses and also contains Vitamin C, plus it tastes better when juiced.
Ginger water is a powerful anti-viral. After mixing boiling water with fresh ginger, you can drink this as a hot tea or store in the fridge and have it cold.
Turmeric Smoothie – Or tea! Again, lemon or honey make this drink much more enjoyable. You can use turmeric powder for the tea which is probably in the back of your cupboard somewhere. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can mix fresh turmeric with almond milk, half a banana, honey, cinnamon and a spot of Greek yoghurt, for a healthy smoothie!

Happy Easter guys and happy baking!
Stay at home and most importantly, stay safe.

- Team Distinct

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