I always used to love apple sauce with a roast dinner but these days I find it a bit boring when it’s apple and nothing else. Last night I was struggling to think of something to liven up some organic pork and invented a more interesting (IMHO) version that contains three of the best gut-friendly foods on the planet – four, if you count the prebiotic impact of extra virgin olive oil. It’s also incredibly simple and can be made in 10 minutes flat. This is a vegetable dish in it’s own right – not just a condiment.Continue reading
We invited some dear friends to supper last night for an impromptu birthday celebration. Although I’m not the world’s most prolific or skilled baker I decided to make a cake. My inspiration was a delicious apple and almond cake I tasted at the delightful Southern Cross cafe in Edinburgh – it made such an impression on me that I vowed to recreate it. It’s supposed to have some flaked almonds on top to make it look pretty but the cupboard was bare yesterday so that didn’t happen. The resulting cake is both light and dense, moist and crumbly – easy to make and well worth the effort.
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
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.
I find the biggest obstacle to choosing and eating the right foods for every meal is my inbuilt programming of what a meal ‘should’ be. Working with clients, I have learned that breakfast is the meal people find most difficult to reimagine.
Last year, on Christmas Day, we had the most delicious goose I have ever tasted — with crispy skin and dark, tender flesh you could carve with a knife and fork. This year I can’t resist a repeat run… Continue reading
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
I’m a great believer that the proverbs and old wives’ tales that we learned from our grandparents were based in ancient wisdom that we ignore at our peril. So I wasn’t surprised to learn, during my functional medicine training earlier this year, that a daily portion of stewed apples can work miracles in just a few days to support and restore a healthy microbial population in the gut. Continue reading
Inspired by a recent visit to Juliet’s (my favourite Tunbridge Wells café) this salad is the perfect accompaniment to grilled or barbecued meats; tonight it is going to sidle up to a grilled lamb chop from Speaight’s butcher. To me, supper doesn’t get any better than this! However, this salad would also make a delicious and nutritious lunch. Hope you like it as much as we did!
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.