Stupid, stupid hot right now in my part of the world. Fires ring the city (I'm worried about Anh as I type) and we had to take a 2 hour detour around the Calder Highway to avoid the plume of smoke I knew, at Woodend, was coming from Gisborne as we headed back to the office this afternoon. The southerly change cools temperatures, yes, but shifts the wind violently. My little community have been so well-behaved during this fire season thus far; nothing really to report (TOUCH WOOD). The CFA firefighting volunteers are marvellous, selfless folk, to whom I say thankyouthankyouthankyou.
Summer, eh? Fun in some parts of the world no doubt; hideous and potentially deadly in mine.
Record-breaking heatwaves mean a change in breakfast routine for me. Here's the granola that, believe it or not, lies beneath the pile of fruit and yoghurt up there. I'm not sure you really need another recipe for granola, but this one is simple and people go nuts for it.
Preheat oven to 180 C. Line 1 large or 2 smaller baking trays with non-stick paper.
Melt 4 tablespoons of coconut oil (it's liquid during heatwaves, so whoot, there's one good thing right there - no need to melt when the temperature's over 38) with 4 tablespoons of maple syrup over a low heat.
Mix 4 cups of rolled oats, 1 cup of roughly chopped nuts (I like almonds), 1 cup of seeds (I like a mix of hemp and pepitas - and yes, it's too hot for me to argue about the hemp seeds: eat 'em, I say) and 3/4 cup of coconut flakes. Pour the liquid mix over the dry, combine well and spread mix over tray/s and bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring around in the tray at least twice.
Cool completely then mix in 1 cup of dried fruit.
Stay safe out there. (Oh, and a Very Belated Happy New Year to all)