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 […]

Vitamin C

That well known vitamin and the reason we are told to eat our oranges. Chemical name: ascorbic acid RDA: 60mg Top sources: guava, blackcurrants, green pepper, broccoli, strawberries, papaya, kiwi fruit, oranges and cabbage Absorption: enhanced by bioflavonoids found in fruit and vegetables Cautions: mega-doses can cause diarrhoea Use in sport: studies are inconclusive regarding […]

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 […]

Cantaloupe melon

This is by far my favourite kind of melon. It reminds me of summers in the south of France where we ate them endlessly with saucisson. The orange colour of cantaloupe means that it is full of betacarotene, holding some of the highest levels of this antioxidant of all the fruits and veg. Melons are […]

A is for apricots

Apricots are a summer specialty and are in all the shops and markets at the moment. Despite their delicious sweetness, they have a low GI and are full of fibre so a great snack for weight management. Fresh apricots are a source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin E and a range of antioxidants known as […]

Kale pesto

This is a lovely twist on traditional pesto and is still super quick to whip up. Dark green kale is the number one vegetable on the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), so has the highest levels of antioxidants of all vegetables. Kale also contains more calcium and iron than any other vegetable and a […]

Rosehips

These glossy red jewels are rosehips, and you can find them in abundance in the hedgerows right now. A bit tricky to pick from their spiky bush and things can get a little sticky, but totally worth it for the beautiful red syrup you can make from them, bursting with vitamin C. Rosehips are one […]

Goosegogs

My favourite fruit. I eat them straight off the bush in my parents’ garden, but I hate the topping and tailing that needs to go into preparing them for a dish! Gooseberries, like all the berries, are rich in potassium and vitamins A and C. Potassium works with sodium to balance the fluids and electrolyte […]