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Low carb coconut and raspberry cake

Low carb coconut and raspberry cake

I made a lovely group of friends during my first pregnancy and have been lucky enough to stay in touch with them. It had been a while since I’d seen them as I’ve returned to work after baby number 2 and am no longer around when they are in the week. I invited them over...
Ceviche

Ceviche

Last night we hosted a Mexican-Off. Basically a group of friends came round bringing their best Mexican dish . We’ve been doing this for a while with Jamaican food (Jerk -Offs much to our amusement) but decided to move on to unchartered cuisines after chums Jamie and Helen’s recent trip to Mexico. I’ve never been...
Day 1: Re-birth [Recipe: Vegetable and lentil stew]

Day 1: Re-birth [Recipe: Vegetable and lentil stew]

The title of this post is sort of tongue-in-cheek. Seven months after baby number two I’ve found myself left with a generous covering of padding. I knew this would be the case as I gained significantly more weight during this pregnancy as I had with baby number one. With my first, people barely noticed my...
Autumn comfort food: spiced red cabbage

Autumn comfort food: spiced red cabbage

I had been looking forward to making my first spiced cabbage of the cold season. I’d expressly made a trip to buy a Bramley apple to go in it and whizzed home to get started. The accidental discovery of the day was blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap molasses are thick, syrupy and not unlike treacle. They are...
Pumpkins: Not just for Halloween (recipe)

Pumpkins: Not just for Halloween (recipe)

You probably haven’t failed to miss it was Halloween today. Like I did. No biggie – you might say. Except when we dropped our 2 year old, G, off at nursery this morning we were greeted by a room full of little mummies, pumpkins, witches and ghouls. I had completely forgotten the nursery’s strict instructions...
What's so good about oats?

What’s so good about oats?

It’s World Porridge Day today which got me thinking about the food that I probably talk about the most in clinical practice. Porridge is probably one of the most robust breakfast options going – but why? Well, oats are bursting with dietary fibre (good for avoiding constipation and keeping hormones balanced as it ensures that...
An ode to Prunes

An ode to Prunes

This Sunday while I was making lunch I decided I had to have cake and custard. A couple of ingredients stood out on my usual raid of my cake ingredients: A small bottle of French almond extract and some dried prunes. Now, some people sniff at prunes and associated them with old people who sit...
Apples and my big mouth!

Apples and my big mouth!

These cupcakes were born out of my inability to keep my mouth shut. I had taken my eldest to playgroup and was mid-conversation with a group of other mums when I observed him leaning against a fence sinking his little milk teeth into what looked like a giant bramley cooking apple. From the pained expression...

Restorative cooking part 1 – Spiced spinach soup

We’ve been a man down this week. Actually, make that a man and toddler down. This got me thinking about foods to restore health and cheer the soul. So far I’ve made a tasty broth with plenty of nutritious veg with kombu and the antimicrobial marvel rosemary. I’ll post the recipe for that another day....

Pear and almond cake

While we were holidaying up North we were presented with a gift of homegrown pears from our hostess’, Lizzie Gilchrist, Uncle (John). There were quite a few of these gloriously sweet pears – too many to scoff raw so I wanted to do them justice in a cake. This is a Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall recipe...
Spiced parsnip soup

Spiced parsnip soup

Another variation on the theme of blended veg soups. My in-laws were dropping over for lunch today so I thought I would knock up this beauty. I more or less followed the Moosewood cookery book recipe bar the omission of some orange juice. It took less than 10 minutes to prepare and needed no babysitting,...
More veg! Courgette soup

More veg! Courgette soup

Mercy, this soup is tasty and quick too! I think that blended soups are a sure – fire way of filling up with veg and saving a penny or two while you’re at it. I added frozen peas to increase the veg content and add some more green. Frozen veg, by the way, is a...