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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Going bananas

Where would we be without bananas! They are the perfect pre- and post-workout snack, so often given out at sporting events as the go-to energy boost. Bananas are pretty easy on the stomach, so good for grabbing a mouthful during a race or for having if you’ve left it a little late to eat before […]

The Scottish breakfast

Last week I was asked to contribute a little bit of nutritional information about the Scottish breakfast for an article in the Scottish Sun. It was a follow-up feature on the breakfast that the athletes at the Commonwealth Games are tucking in to (apparently!) and whether or not it will be doing any good. The […]

A twist on banana loaf

When looking for a healthy way to use up bananas, this is a pretty darn good option. It uses basic store cupboard ingredients and, of course, those pesky brown bananas. Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas 240ml milk 2 eggs 1tbsp baking powder 200g oats 70g wheat bran (optional) 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g chopped nuts (we […]

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 […]

Breakfast smoothie

Ready-made smoothies are often full of sugar and packed with too much fruit without its fibre goodness. This smoothie just contains some of the best breakfast ingredients blitzed together into a thick milkshake-esque drink, great for those naughty people who eat breakfast on the run. 1 banana, nice and ripe a handful of porridge oats […]