Warm Salads: the easy way to ten-a-day

You can’t have missed last week’s headlines announcing that the five a day target needs to double. The New York Times led with ‘You’re going to need a bigger bowl‘.

The study found that up to 600g per person per day of vegetables leads to a reduced cancer risk and that 8oog reduced all cause mortality. Apples and pears, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, cruciferous veg and salads were all found to be helpful, with a particular emphasis on green-yellow vegetables and crucifers for cancer risk.

I know many readers greeted the news with dismay. It can be hard to meet those targets.  Continue reading

Spring-inspired fish, fennel, orange and olive stew

Yesterday, I invited a few people for supper to celebrate a friend’s recovery from a rather horrible health scare. I had been planning to cook a fish tagine but, typical me, ended up at the last minute changing my mind. It was such a beautiful day that I decided I wasn’t in the mood for the deep, earthy flavours of Morocco and wanted something lighter and more zingy to match the mood of impending Spring. Too late to find a recipe, I ended up rooting in the fridge and putting this together and it turned out to be seriously delicious.  Continue reading

Fish pie ‘tortilla’

OK, I admit, this one was a bit of an accident. It started on Thursday morning; with a busy day ahead, and early supper required, I looked in the fridge and found very little in the way of inspiration apart from a celeriac, which needed using up. A quick rummage through the freezer unearthed two pieces of fish, neither of which was big enough in itself for a main meal. Low carb fishcakes was the thought that sprang to mind. The resulting dish wasn’t quite what I intended but it was delicious. Continue reading