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 […]

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 […]

Energy-packed foods – dates

These guys have certainly got it right, although I really have to argue that they meant to add “sportswomen” too…. Dates are packed with natural sugars so are the perfect instant energy hit. They are high GI, which means that they cause an almost immediate but short-lived peak in blood glucose – ideal to get […]

Super salads

Yotam Ottolenghi is quickly becoming one of my favourite chefs and food writers. His solely vegetarian recipes are so different to your everyday but so easy at the same time – and he creates the most wonderful salads. Sun or snow (or horrible windy rain), salads can always be relied on to add a dose […]

Sweet potato and squash soup

This is a cracking little winter warmer for all you soup lovers out there. It is high in antioxidants and fibre with a little spice to warm your cockles. Ingredients: 1 onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, crushed whole 300g sweet potato, peeled and diced 300g butternut squash, peeled and diced 1 stock cube 2 […]

Autumn warmer – spiced stewed apples

As the nights get darker, we turn to home comforts to keep us cosy. Spiced stewed apple is so comforting and warming and, of course, nutritious! Peel and core 3 cooking apples and chop them into bite sized pieces. Pop into a pan and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ground […]

Panzanella

A glut of late-summer tomatoes and some bread to use up calls for one thing – panzanella! (said in your best Italian accent). Panzanella is a traditional Tuscan salad designed to use up stale leftover bread. I’m really into my spelt bread at the moment and it worked perfectly in this recipe as it is […]

Jewelled couscous

Couscous is one of the easiest and quickest sides/meals/starters to whip up. Pretty bland in its own right but it lends itself to endless flavours. Keeping in the Moroccan theme from my last post, I made a spiced couscous to go along with the chicken stew. It literally takes minutes! To serve 4: 120g couscous […]