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 […]

Rye soda bread

Number 3 from Hugh. I think I’m actually going to make it my mission this year to make all the recipes from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s Light and Easy. I’ve always wanted to do this and this book seems like the perfect one to do. Soda bread is a god send when you need a quick […]

Some new pancakes to try, savoury style

I am still on the mission to use up my old flours that are sitting in the cupboard (see rosemary and linseed crispbreads for the first). The three pictured above make a very useful flour mix when combined, and you could substitute the rye flour for buckwheat to make it gluten-free. Pancakes have long been […]

Linseed and rosemary crispbreads

I seem to have started a collection of more unusual flours that I have inevitably used once for a recipe then been stumped as to what to do with them since. Brown rice flour, gram flour and rye flour to name a few. Since flour has a much shorter shelf-life than I usually anticipate, I […]

British Military Fitness

I’ve just finished my second session of British Military Fitness and I am thoroughly pooped. It is the one type of exercise that keeps my brain firing at all times and therefore doesn’t let me feel bored, even for a moment. I run a lot but sometimes feel a bit fed up and bored by […]