Dim Sum

There’s a great little spot in Newcastle, tucked away in Chinatown, for a quick and delicious lunch. iNoodle. I’m sure I’ve had ‘dim sum’ before (traditionally small bite-sized portions served in steamer baskets), and I’m always a fan of dumplings, but something new was the steamed pork buns that I had last time I went. […]

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 […]

Cook House, Newcastle

I was supposed to move to Newcastle at the end of September but everything PhD wise has been really delayed. HOWEVER, all the travelling back and forward hasn’t been too bad, as we found a new lunch spot – Cook House. It was thoroughly miserable outside and we literally ran there with umbrellas, so the […]

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 […]

Mediterranean soda bread

You’ll be needing something to go with all the pumpkin soup recipes flying around at the moment. I found my fridge full of sundried tomatoes, olives and feta after a nice couscous-stuffed pepper and cod dinner, so a soda bread seemed like the perfect solution. I love making a regular loaf of bread but I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]