All things carrot(ene)

Carrots are one of the most nutritious root vegetables. And there’s a bit of truth behind that they’ll make you see in the dark; they are very good for your eyes. Carrots are a really rich source of carotene, which is an antioxidant and precursor to a form of vitamin A. Vitamin A is involved […]

Easy peasy cakey cookies

I love a snack. Especially one that is quick to whip up at home and relatively healthy. You’ll probably find that most “healthy” snacks will try to be gluten- and dairy-free and will use something other than refined sugar for sweetness. There’s honey in these, which is still sugar, and there’s a good amount of […]

Rye and oat muffins

This is a great “store cupboard” recipe, packed with energy and certainly not a healthy muffin. It is something a little different though, using a nuttier grain, rye, as the base. Rye is closely related to barley and wheat, meaning that it contains gluten but in slightly fewer quantities than wheat. It is most often […]

Butternut squash

A great vegetable to know what to do with. The orange flesh is bursting with a carotene called beta-cryptoxanthin, which is linked to protection against lung cancer. Butternuts are also full of vitamins C and E, calcium, iron and magnesium, and, of course, full of fibre to keep the gut healthy. The same as with […]

Homemade sauerkraut

I wrote a blog post a little while ago about the benefits of sauerkraut. You can buy it in the supermarkets but it is often pasteurised and therefore loses a lot of its beneficial bacterial properties. I tried out a recipe for making sauerkraut at home and it was delicious…so here it is.. The recipe […]

Multigrain spelt crispbread

I love Scandinavian food…rye bread, rollmops, gravadlax..all great. One of my favourite snacks at the moment is a delicious spelt crispbread from “Scandinavian Baking” by Trine Hahnemann. They have a certain sweetness that I adore but are savoury enough to top with cheese or accompany dips like beetroot or avocado houmous. Ingredients: 100g butter 75g […]

The humble cauliflower – what to do with it

You won’t often find cauliflower in my fridge. I absolutely hate cauliflower cheese and until recently, I never really knew what else to do with it. Since following the recipes of the brilliant Yotam Ottolenghi in the Guardian and reading his books, I have discovered new ways to enjoy a bit of cauliflower in my […]

Lemon Polenta cake

A sunny Easter weekend spurred me on to bake an equally sunny cake. The beauty of this cake is that it is gluten free without being obviously gluten free i.e. no wheat flour alternatives and crumbly messes. My tins were too small so this recipe made two good sized cakes to share around. Lovely served […]

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 […]

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 […]