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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oven-roasted sea bass with bulgar wheat

Quite often I need something I can stick in the oven and leave to cook while I jump in the shower and race out the door again. You can pick up little bargains on nice fish and I got a couple of sea bass fillets the other day that are perfect for these foil parcels […]

Gazpacho in the garden

I’ve never really been one for a cold soup but I arrived home at the weekend to this and slurped it in the sunshine – it was just the ticket. Taken from an incredibly old (1976) book of Spanish regional cookery, it is a traditional recipe that you just can’t go wrong with; fresh, quick, […]

From my head to-ma-toes

Tomatoes are our major source of dietary lycopene, an antioxidant that fights heart disease and may help to prevent prostate cancer Salicylates, contained mostly in the seeds, have an anticoagulant effect and the peel is richer in nutrients than the flesh Lycopene is more active in cooked tomatoes than raw and is better absorbed if […]