Meat-free Mondays – caponata

This is my favourite vegetarian recipe at the moment. Deliciously hearty sans meat and perfect for cold November evenings. Caponata is a traditional Sicilian dish and there are many, many recipes out there. The mainstay is aubergine and it is classically a sweet and sour dish. Some recipes call for celery, red peppers or courgettes […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lovely lentils, French-style

  I am just back from a long weekend in Paris and it was fantastic. My friend and I are eating our way round Europe and we are perfect travel buddies, as we both like nothing more than wandering round markets and sampling all of the local food. Foodie highlights: whole artichoke dipped in flavoured […]

All hail the haggis, Burns’ Night

It’s that time of year again, when our Scottish supermarket shelves are stuffed with haggis in anticipation for Burns’ Night on the 25th January. Each brand has a different recipe for haggis, but it is basically onions, spices, oats and lamb, including offal. You can also get vegetarian haggis these days with vegetables and pulses […]

Moroccan chicken stew

Taking a Moroccan-inspired route with a stew allows you to add lots of wonderful spices to your dish, which not only add flavour but pack a health punch too. Cinnamon bark contains many volatile oils that have been found to have an anti-inflammatory action and act as a digestive aid, easing bloating and heartburn. Cumin […]

Chilli and rosemary cornbread

This is just super! No yeast, no kneading and still out comes a hearty bread great for dipping, dunking and accompanying. It happens to be gluten free if you use gluten-free baking powder and you can swap to almond milk to make it dairy free too. Another great from the River Cottage books by Huge […]

Spinach falafels

These green machines pack a health punch. Chock-a-block with spinach, chickpeas and spices and perfect crammed into homemade flatbreads with some mango chutney and rocket. Spinach is full of antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenes and vitamin E. It is also rich in vitamin K, that vitamin we hear little about but is great for bone strength. […]

Socca Sundays

Anyone looking for a wholesome, easy, gluten-free pizza base should try this. Socca is a pancake or crepe made with chickpea flour originating from Nice, France. The chickpea flour is nutty and flavourful and makes a lovely pizza base or appetizer to dunk into dips. What’s more it is gluten-free and vegan if you’re into […]

Dippy eggs

Need a quick, light and healthy meal? Or a delicious brunch? Perfect for sharing? Here you go! Nutritious and protein-rich eggs on a bed of homemade tomato sauce, with some (preferably) homemade bread to dip in. Try baking some bread of your own with some of these recipes. Tomato sauce is really rich in the […]