Having trouble getting to sleep? Try this Golden Milk…

Every now and then I go through a phase of not being able to get to sleep or waking up in the night and not being able to drop back off. I’ve recently come up with this hot milk recipe which really helps me to relax and send me off – mainly because of the very clever ingredients within….

Turmeric is known for many health benefits, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant properties helping your body to repair itself as you snooze. Nutmeg helps insomnia and vanilla soothes anxiety. Finally, honey promotes relaxation, raising our insulin slightly to release tryptophan which makes us sleepy. 


  • Cup of milk (nut milk, coconut or cows milk)
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp honey 
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste or extract

Add everything except the milk into a sauce pan and add a little milk to make a paste then add the rest of the milk and heat through and serve. 

Sweet dreams!!!

Goats cheese and Grain Salad

Goats Cheese and Grain Salad
Goats Cheese and Grain Salad


  • 150g soft goats cheese cut/torn up into smaller pieces
  • 2 ready cooked beetroot balls
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • Salad leaves
  • 2 spring onions chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Merchant Gourmet Grain Mix


Cut the sweet potato up into small chunks and roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes in some coconut oil. Leave them to cool. You can do this the night before and leave them in the fridge.

Lay out the grain mix on a serving plate or platter.

Sprinkle over the thyme leaves and spring onion.

Chop the beetroot into bite-size pieces and add to the platter with the goats cheese and sweet potato.

Mix the honey, lemon juice and olive oil and season well with salt and coarse black pepper. Taste the dressing – it should be quite tart with a background sweetness. Adjust with more/less honey or lemon as necessary.

Pour this over the salad then add the salad leaves and toss well together.

Its extra specially tasty with a nice cold cheeky glass of Pinot Grigio 🙂