Beetroot relish

I have made this at Christmas time for the last couple of years, and it always goes down a treat. It’s lovely with cheese, meat, fish and many other things…being a little bit sweet and sharp. It’s a very simple recipe, taken from BBC food. It requires no chopping but your hands will get a […]

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 […]

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 […]

What is a free radical anyway?

It is always hard to come up with a definition of these things without either being too sciency and hard to understand, or dumbing it down too much and sounding like you are talking to children. The latest health article in The Guardian I think explains it perfectly, so I will say no more… “Free […]

A word on vitamins

As we go all too quickly into winter the amount of time we spend indoors inevitably goes up – and so does our risk of catching those pesky colds that hang around inside. Our immune systems are wonderful things when they are working correctly and there are things we can do with our diet to […]

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! It is made […]

The courgetti craze

There’s not much that can beat spaghetti bolognese and my dad makes a cracker. I was sent back to the city with lots of leftover sauce and decided to give courgetti a try to go with it. I’ll admit I was dubious but it went down a treat. You really need one of those julienne […]