Thursday 21 February 2019

Blueberry Compote and a Review of A Kitchen Fairytale Cookbook

I really believe in healthy eating and I always try to include lots of healthy ingredients into my daily diet. For centuries it is thought that foods have healing properties and having Indian roots , I always grew up in a household where my grandmother and my mother would feed us all types of foods to keep up away from illnesses and ailments.

I too try and follow this thought and try and include natural ingredients in my cooking that have healing properties. Recently I came across a book called A Kitchen Fairytale.What is special about this book is that the author Iida van der Byl-Knoefel wrote the book after changing to a plant based diet to help her recover from a serious auto immune condition. The book supports the Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

All the recipes are predominantly wholefood and plant based.The recipes are low in fat, sugars and salt and she uses whole grain, legumes and fruits. In the first few pages of the book Iida shares how the changes in her diet together with yoga helped her to overcome her  health issue. It is extremely interesting and unlike a standard cook book Iida shares a wonderful story of her journey to recovery.

The Kitchen Fairytale Cookbook has a selection of recipes, all categorised in chapters such as  breakfast, mains and desserts and drinks. The recipes are easy to follow and the book is beautifully illustrated with mouthwatering photos.

I have tried many recipes from the book. The recipes are uncomplicated and simple to make but are really tasty. The best thing is that most ingredients used in the book are all readily available in the supermarkets.

One of my most created recipe is the blueberry compote, I would not say its really a recipe as its just blueberries cooked in water, but you will be surprised at the burst of flavour you get with the compote compared to just adding blueberries to your breakfast. It just takes the humble porridge to new heights in taste and flavour.

You can purchase the book from Amazon and most large book shops.

Book Details : A Kitchen Fairytale Cookbook by Iida van der Byl-Knoefel
ISBN  978-178161-123-0
Retails  £24.99

My score for the book: 12/15

Content -4/5
Recipe Instructions-4/5

** I was sent a copy of the book to review as always all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I just love your photos. The blueberry compote looks yummy and you are right - it does add flavour to your porridge. The recipe book looks interesting.

  2. Blueberries are superfoods and I think my favourite fruit!! Nice recipe.

  3. I made cherry compote last year ..This comes really handy to use in the desserts as a topping.

  4. very good blog thanks for sharing your valuable blog keep it up! i have some good tips for your blog.

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