Foodie travels – Alabama and New Orleans part 1

I feel incredibly lucky that I was able to get away on holiday in early March before any type of lock down for the Covid-19 pandemic kicked in. I booked a trip to Alabama and New Orleans with my fella what felt a long time ago, and it was definitely our most organised holiday to […]

Are you getting enough vitamin D?

Everyone in the UK is currently going through an unprecedented time of lock down due to the coronavirus pandemic, which requires us to stay at home and only go out when necessary and for one exercise bout per day. Normally, as we hit April and the sun starts to shine more – sometimes even in […]

Tackling the spice cupboard

When the lovely people from Honey and Co visited the Scottish Borders for a cookery demo, they said how important it was to use fresh spices and that it was always a good time to clear out the spice cupboard. I’ve been meaning to take stock of what’s in mine ever since, and moving flats […]

Foodie travels – Bordeaux and the Basque Country

Our late summer holiday this year was a little tour of the south of France. Although our main stays were Biarritz and Bordeaux, we visited Arcachon, St Jean de Luz and San Sebastian in the week that we were away. After flying into Bordeaux, Arcachon was a flying visit for lunch on the beach for […]

A Sicilian foodie adventure

I’ve checked Sicily off the list now. It’s been somewhere I’ve wanted visit for a long time, mostly after reading the Inspector Montalbano books by Andrea Camilleri. I can’t deny that most of the time my reason for wanting to visit a country or city is for the food, and Montalbano is just as interested […]

Foodies abroad

As a foodie, holidays are for trying local cuisine. We took a wee trip abroad last month, taking in the sights of Nice, Turin and Milan and finding as many local dishes as we could. In Nice, we tried some lunchtime favourites – socca, a local fast food pancake type thing made from chickpea flour, […]

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, […]

Dim Sum

There’s a great little spot in Newcastle, tucked away in Chinatown, for a quick and delicious lunch. iNoodle. I’m sure I’ve had ‘dim sum’ before (traditionally small bite-sized portions served in steamer baskets), and I’m always a fan of dumplings, but something new was the steamed pork buns that I had last time I went. […]

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 […]

PhD here I come!

Exciting times! In October, I will be starting a research PhD on beetroot and health parameters in older adults at Northumbria University. I’ve been interested in beetroot for a while, as some of you may know from my ramblings on the topic (see here), so thought this was the perfect next step in my nutrition […]