Tackling the spice cupboard

When the lovely people from Honey and Co visited the Scottish Borders for a cookery demo, they said how important it was to use fresh spices and that it was always a good time to clear out the spice cupboard. I’ve been meaning to take stock of what’s in mine ever since, and moving flats […]

Turmeric

It may just seem like a humble spice that goes in your curry, but it’s a powerhouse of nutrients. One teaspoon of turmeric provides 26% of your daily manganese requirements, 16% of your iron, 5% of your potassium, and 3% of your vitamin C. The active substance in turmeric believed to hold many health benefits […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sweet potato and squash soup

This is a cracking little winter warmer for all you soup lovers out there. It is high in antioxidants and fibre with a little spice to warm your cockles. Ingredients: 1 onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, crushed whole 300g sweet potato, peeled and diced 300g butternut squash, peeled and diced 1 stock cube 2 […]

Autumn warmer – spiced stewed apples

As the nights get darker, we turn to home comforts to keep us cosy. Spiced stewed apple is so comforting and warming and, of course, nutritious! Peel and core 3 cooking apples and chop them into bite sized pieces. Pop into a pan and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ground […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]