Love your leftovers – creamy chicken and leek

I’ve been a fan of this dish for goodness knows how long. My mum always used to make it with leftover roast chicken and I’ve seen Mary Berry do something similar too. Creamy chicken with fluffy basmati rice (with no cream). The best kind of meal for a cold February Monday night. Serves 2. Ingredients: […]

My year of River Cottage Everyday recipes

I bet anyone who works their way through a recipe book in a year will say that they can’t believe that a year has passed already. I think my first couple of recipes came after a jaunt through Marchmont, Edinburgh in a hunt for some fruit and vegetable shops, which kick-started my enjoyment in buying […]

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 […]

What’s the single biggest thing we can do for our health?

I got to venture into the Scottish Parliament this week, right up to the highest floors with spectacular views of Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood. I went to sit in at the Cross Party Group meeting on sport, heart disease and stroke. The keynote presentation was from Dr Andrew Murray, a Scottish ultra-distance runner and doctor […]

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 […]