Potassium

Potassium is an electrolyte – those things you lose when you sweat. It’s a really important mineral and is not only found in bananas. There isn’t a recommended daily amount (RDA) for potassium but it has many uses in the body. supports functioning of muscle and nerves helps to balance body fluids helps to prevent […]

Meat-free Mondays – caponata

This is my favourite vegetarian recipe at the moment. Deliciously hearty sans meat and perfect for cold November evenings. Caponata is a traditional Sicilian dish and there are many, many recipes out there. The mainstay is aubergine and it is classically a sweet and sour dish. Some recipes call for celery, red peppers or courgettes […]

Calcium

It makes your bones grow strongerer… Calcium is found in abundance in our bones and teeth – these store 99% of our body’s sources. The remaining 1% floats around in fluids and body tissues, helping the body with blood clotting and muscle contraction. Calcium also aids the function of digestive enzymes and works synergistically with […]

Cook House, Newcastle

I was supposed to move to Newcastle at the end of September but everything PhD wise has been really delayed. HOWEVER, all the travelling back and forward hasn’t been too bad, as we found a new lunch spot – Cook House. It was thoroughly miserable outside and we literally ran there with umbrellas, so the […]

A foodie day in Newcastle

I went to Newcastle to get stuff done – sign my tenancy agreement and pick up a key for my new flat and speak to my PhD supervisor – but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t take regular breaks and enjoy foodie highlights of Newcastle. First stop was Cafe Royal, somewhere I go pretty much every […]

Mediterranean soda bread

You’ll be needing something to go with all the pumpkin soup recipes flying around at the moment. I found my fridge full of sundried tomatoes, olives and feta after a nice couscous-stuffed pepper and cod dinner, so a soda bread seemed like the perfect solution. I love making a regular loaf of bread but I […]

Cherry Active – what the research says

There is a flurry of excitement around Montmorency cherries at the moment, with lots of research looking into their benefits to health and recovery after sport. I’ve written a little about free radicals and antioxidants before and it is mostly this area that cherry juice works wonders. Montmorency cherries are one of the richest sources […]

All things carrot(ene)

Carrots are one of the most nutritious root vegetables. And there’s a bit of truth behind that they’ll make you see in the dark; they are very good for your eyes. Carrots are a really rich source of carotene,which is an antioxidant and precursor to or form of vitamin A. Vitamin A is involved in […]

Easy peasy cakey cookies

I love a snack. Especially one that is quick to whip up at home and relatively healthy. You’ll probably find that most “healthy” snacks will try to be gluten- and dairy-free and will use something other than refined sugar for sweetness. There’s honey in these, which is still sugar, and there’s a good amount of […]

Rye and oat muffins

This is a great “store cupboard” recipe, packed with energy and certainly not a healthy muffin. It is something a little different though, using a nuttier grain, rye, as the base. Rye is closely related to barley and wheat, meaning that it contains gluten but in slightly less quantities than wheat. It is most often […]