Recipe challenge week 3

Week 3 started with a big leftover roast chicken to play with. The roast was great but I always love making meals out of the leftover meat. Lunch on Monday (and Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday) was a chicken and couscous salad with toasted almonds and lots of parsley. Mid-week saw the surprising addition of pheasant […]

Week 1/2 of the recipe challenge

I think I got off to a good start last week. I popped into a little fruit and veg shop in Marchmont (something that I don’t do nearly enough) and picked up a few bits like celeriac, parsnips, leeks and thyme, before heading home to get going with some recipes. First off was celeriac soup, […]

A new challenge for 2017

I think I said when I first got the book that I would work my way through it and make all of the recipes from it. It’s one of those things that I’ve always wanted to do and just never got round to. ‘River Cottage Everyday’ is just the type of book that I go […]

Vitamin D news from ISENC 2016

Once again I attended the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference, this time as a PhD student running around with microphones, taking coats and packing bags. As with last year, and the year before, the speakers were brilliant, with experts flying in from Australia, America and elsewhere to talk in Newcastle. My outstanding lecture of […]

ISAK qualification

Well this took a long time in coming! Nice to receive this through Edinburgh Accies at the weekend. The rugby club were great in letting me practice on them, and I have been able to use my anthropometry skills throughout the season. I am hoping that my skills will also be useful in my research, […]

Beetroot and chocolate cake

It would be a wrong of me not to have a chocolate and beetroot recipe on here wouldn’t it. This was originally planned as brownies, but I think it makes a better cake or loaf. The original recipe is one from River Cottage, but I’ve made a few changes along the way. The chocolate is […]

Nutritional considerations for basketball

Last week I headed west to Stirling to talk to the Stirling Knights basketball team (@Stirling_BBall) about their nutrition. It was really nice to be approached by the coach and to be able to help offer a more well-rounded knowledge base to compliment their training programmes. Stirling Knights compete at national level and they are […]

Turmeric

It may just seem like a humble spice that goes in your curry, but it’s a powerhouse of nutrients. One teaspoon of turmeric provides 26% of your daily manganese requirements, 16% of your iron, 5% of your potassium, and 3% of your vitamin C. The active substance in turmeric believed to hold many health benefits […]

Buckwheat and banana muffins

It’s not often that I’ll look for a baking recipe and not need to buy more than 2 extra ingredients. The mixture for this recipe also happened to be the quickest and easiest. Ever. The recipe is adapted from “Top with Cinnamon” by Izy Hossack, a blogger turned author, and was the perfect way to […]

West Highland Way Race presentation night

For anyone brave enough to take on the challenge of the West Highland Way Race, good on ya! The organiser’s held a little ‘inspiration and information’ evening last week and I was lucky enough to be invited along to talk nutrition. I love the running community and, especially for a race such as this, everybody […]