Tattie scones/potato farls

Since it’s Paddy’s weekend and a sunny Sunday in Scotland I thought I’d make some potato scones for breakfast (it is not at all that I seem to have a huge excess of potatoes at the moment). I saw the recipe in the Guardian yesterday and woke up thinking about them! Here’s how to make […]

Avocados

I’m back on avocados again and can’t get enough of them. They make a great filling snack on their own – I put a little oil and black pepper on half then just scoop it out with a spoon – or spread on rye bread or chopped into a salad, the list can go on. […]

Almonds

Almonds are a great snack and packed with goodness. In snacking terms, almonds take a long time to digest so keep hunger at bay, great for people watching their weight. The slow digestion time is due to the high content of monounsaturated fats, a fat that is good for arterial and heart health. Almonds are […]

Kidney beans

Kidney beans are a superb source of good-quality protein, zinc and fibre and contain iron in abundance.  An average portion of kidney beans (60g) contains at least 1/4 of our daily iron requirement, which prevents anaemia and increases energy levels. Zinc helps to maintain a healthy immune system, maintains fertility and helps with macronutrient digestion. […]

Kale pesto

This is a lovely twist on traditional pesto and is still super quick to whip up. Dark green kale is the number one vegetable on the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), so has the highest levels of antioxidants of all vegetables. Kale also contains more calcium and iron than any other vegetable and a […]

Nuts about nutella

I may have put a little bit of nutella in my porridge this morning, just because it’s the weekend and because hazelnuts are the official nut of Oregon! If it is hazelnuts you are after, I wouldn’t recommend delving into a tub of nutella to get them, just buy them whole. They keep better than […]

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are my new favourite thing and are bursting with goodness. They are one of the few foods to provide the body with omegas 3, 6 and 9 and can be eaten whole, ground or found as an oil and supplement. Omega 9 isn’t an essential fatty acid but it has anti-inflammatory properties and enhances […]

Ginger

Ginger is one of my favourite things and it just so happens that it is also very good for our health. The active ingredients are terpenes and gingerols, which have been shown to destroy colon, ovarian and rectal cancer cells in the labs. Gingerols also have a powerful anti-inflammatory action, meaning that ginger might reduce […]

Chilli

After a super curry last night I had chillies on the brain! Not overly Christmassy I know, but perfect at this time of year for warming up. Warming foods such as cayenne pepper, cinnamon and black pepper help to ease the symptoms of a cold and warm up the body. A chilli’s heat comes from […]

Why fat is good

People are a bit scared of fat aren’t they? It is a macronutrient and essential for a healthy diet, so here are a few basic points about fats to get you started: – fats are part of our cell membranes and provide the body with insulation and cushioning – fat provides an excellent source of […]