Write your Mind….. Feed your Mind!

An extremely important part of a Write your Mind workshop is the food! All home made and including sourdough bread, pauses in the day’s writing to share lunch, and breaks for morning coffee and afternoon tea with cake are just as crucial when it comes to well-being as the writing and reflecting that goes on between the group. 

By popular request, I will be sharing some of the recipes that have featured in the workshops from my home on this blog.


Rhubarb Flapjacks

Feed your mind therapy New Forest Jo Bisseker Barr


100g Self-raising flour
100g Oats
100g Butter or Stork margarine
1 tbsp Golden syrup
100g Sugar
Slightly stewed rhubarb (or a peeled and chopped eating apple)
25g raisins
1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp mixed Spice
Mixed seeds eg. Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, linseed



Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan.

Stir in all the dry ingredients except raisins. Spread half the mixture onto a square tin or small tray lined with baking paper. Spread the fruit on top, and sprinkle the raisins. Top with the rest of the mixture. Scatter mixed seeds on the top.

Bake for 15 minutes at 190°c. Mark into slices while still warm.

I normally double amounts


Tattie Cakes

6oz sugar
7oz soft baking marg/butter
2 beaten eggs
10oz freshly cooked warm and well-mashed potato
5oz sultanas
5oz SR flour


Grease a 12″ x 8″ tin and set oven to 180°c. Cream fat and sugar until pale and fluffy. Stir in eggs, potato, fruit, then flour, beating gently. If too loose, add 1 or 2 oz more flour. Smooth in the tin and bake for 45 mins until springy. sprinkle with caster sugar immediately. Cut into slices.

more recipes to follow! let me know if you have any requests…..


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