Today’s mission is to cram the maximum number of breast cancer friendly foods into one recipe that suits all diet preferences. This one is meat and dairy free, sugar and gluten free, and filled with delicious ingredients that support breast health.Continue reading
Category: Lovely Leftovers
Recipes that work well the following day – so it’s worth making extra.
Easy Chicken Tagine
This is a recipe I make all the time but always forget to photograph. It’s incredibly quick and impressively tasty. I remembered my camera today so I can finally share it. This is definitely a dish that takes minimum effort and delivers maximum impact; it’s also endlessly versatile, depending on what’s in the fridge. Continue reading
Leeks baked with chorizo and tomato
Leeks, to me, are one of the most underrated vegetables. They are full of valuable prebiotic fibre and oestrogen detoxing sulphur and, cooked well, they become velvety and unctuous, complementing both meat and fish. The recipe below works well with any robust fish or seafood, it’s delicious with chicken or lamb, and even makes a great pasta sauce. (Black bean spaghetti is my new guilty pleasure!)
Duck, walnut and pomegranate salad
I’ve been a Riverford customer for ever, or so it seems. My account tells me I’ve ordered from them 273 times (22.75 years of weekly orders) which means I placed my first order shortly after my diagnosis of breast cancer. They’ve been an important part of my drive to stay healthy: never more so than the way they’ve managed to keep all their customers supplied with fresh vegetables during the coronavirus lockdown. This weekend they added some Easter roasting joints to their website and I chose an organic duck. With only two of us for lunch on Easter Day, I ended up with much more meat than we could eat so I will be using it in various creative ways over the next few days. Tonight’s dinner was delicious!
Lamb, pistachio and mint patties
I’m always on the lookout for delicious and economical mid-week suppers and these hit the spot – they would also work well as part of a tapas-style feast. I served them last night with some fennel and orange slaw and some tahini yoghurt laced with chillies. They also taste good cold! Continue reading
Roasted apricots with pistachio and roses
Last night’s simple dessert accidentally turned into something bloggable that I was encouraged to share. I started off by halving some apricots to roast and serve with yoghurt, and the addition of a few extra ingredients along the way elevated it to something special. Continue reading
Fennel, orange and black olive slaw
I first tasted this slaw during a trip to Bologna several years ago, and it quickly became one of my favourite side dishes. A perfect accompaniment to fish, chicken or red meat, it works just as well without the olives.
Cauliflower, lentil and halloumi salad
This was one of those accidental salads that worked so well I felt duty bound to write it down and share it with you. Therefore, apologies for the photo because, as so often happens, it wasn’t until it was half-eaten that I realised how good it was! Continue reading
Spicy Summer Slaw
Thanks to the unpredictable contents of my Riverford box, I’m always looking for new ways to combine vegetable in a healthy and delicious way. This was yesterday’s experiment which really tickled my tastebuds in a way that made it an instant share.
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