5×50 challenge

Who’s up for a challenge? Everyone says they’ll do yoga every day, or go for a run, or stop eating sugar, but motivating ourselves to do it is a real challenge. I find that I tell myself I’ll do something but unless there is something or someone pushing me to do it, it’s almost a […]

Nutrition tips for cycling – the Tour de Lauder

With a break in the Scottish weather and Spring well under way, it is the perfect time to get out on the bike and enjoy the countryside. For the last couple of years I have taken part in the Tour de Lauder, a charity cycle race in the Borders raising money for Chest, Heart & […]

Salt Awareness Week

It is Salt Awareness Week, so what better time to take a step back and assess our daily salt intake. These days, stroke is the third biggest killer in Britain and a high blood pressure increases the risk of a stroke occurring. Regularly consuming too much salt can increase blood pressure, meaning that a high […]

Buckwheat and almond scones

Continuing on my adventure through ‘Light and Easy’ by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, I made these gluten-free, sugar-free scones. They fit in just nicely with my sugar-free lent too. They don’t look the prettiest do they? But I’m all for trying out some new recipes. Ingredients: 100g buckwheat flour 100g ground almonds 100g rice flour pinch […]

Lent 2015

After every pancake day comes the start of lent and the start of my chocolate-free 40 days and nights. This year I’m kicking it up a gear and giving up sugar too – anything added and not found naturally (so milk and fruit are still on the menu). I don’t eat a lot of sugar, […]

What is a free radical anyway?

It is always hard to come up with a definition of these things without either being too sciency and hard to understand, or dumbing it down too much and sounding like you are talking to children. The latest health article in The Guardian I think explains it perfectly, so I will say no more… “Free […]

Ricotta drop scones

Looking for another recipe to try on pancake day? These are just super. Floatingly light (as my Mum so poetically put it) and damn tasty. Full of all of the usual pancake things – flour, eggs and milk, in case anyone felt cheated by the gluten- and dairy-free buckwheat crepes. This recipe is from a […]

Buckwheat crepes

Also know as galettes in France, these crepes are gluten- and dairy-free! My favourite day of the year is coming up, pancake day not Valentine’s day obviously, and I was practicing with some new flours. Holland and Barrett have just started stocking buckwheat flour and you can also get it in RealFoods and those kind […]

Lovely lentils, French-style

  I am just back from a long weekend in Paris and it was fantastic. My friend and I are eating our way round Europe and we are perfect travel buddies, as we both like nothing more than wandering round markets and sampling all of the local food. Foodie highlights: whole artichoke dipped in flavoured […]

All hail the haggis, Burns’ Night

It’s that time of year again, when our Scottish supermarket shelves are stuffed with haggis in anticipation for Burns’ Night on the 25th January. Each brand has a different recipe for haggis, but it is basically onions, spices, oats and lamb, including offal. You can also get vegetarian haggis these days with vegetables and pulses […]