Homemade sauerkraut

I wrote a blog post a little while ago about the benefits of sauerkraut. You can buy it in the supermarkets but it is often pasteurised and therefore loses a lot of its beneficial bacterial properties. I tried out a recipe for making sauerkraut at home and it was delicious…so here it is.. The recipe […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pre-race nutrition tips for smashing a half marathon

I am doing my 2nd half marathon tomorrow and have been paying a bit closer attention to my nutrition than normal in the run-up to it to make sure I feel tip top going into the weekend. I’m usually able to run for about 2 hours without much of an energy top-up, just a couple […]

Salad jars

I saw this idea recently and think it’s fantastic! Salad in a jar. No mess, no exploding boxes and easy to transport! It allows you to dress the bits that need a bit of moisture but keep leaves, nuts and seeds etc. fresh at the top. They keep well for a couple of days in […]