breakfast and brunch

pancetta polenta and avocado breakfast

pancetta, polenta and avocado breakfast

Italian vibes this morning with this pancetta polenta and avocado breakfast. This looks fancy but it took me 10 minutes and was wolfed down by my boys. I taught wet polenta in class last night (recipe below) and had some left over. So I poured it onto a plate before I went to bed and...

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crunchy chickpeas

addictive crunchy chickpeas [garbanzo]

These addictive crunchy chickpeas are my new obsession. Either roast them alongside vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, brussel sprouts are all good). Or follow the recipe below and add them to salads, serve them with drinks or have them as a healthy snack. They add a delicious crunch to pitta and houmus. If you are Stateside you’ll...

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smoked fish pate

easy smoked fish pâté with Melba toast

I make a scrumptious chicken liver pâté but when I fancy a change I make this smoked fish pate with salmon, trout or mackerel. I love the fact that most of the ingredients are things I have to hand all the time. So I can throw it together without much planning. I’m sure I don’t...

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dairy and sugar free salted caramel chocolates – practically a health food

I love salted caramels. I’m all about balancing flavours and the combination of sea salt and caramel with bitter dark chocolate is perfection in my eyes. But I don’t feel great when I eat too much dairy or sugar so they are an occasional treat. So when I saw a version of this sugar and...

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week 3

21 day re-nourish plan – week 3 menu plan and recipes

We’re on week 3 woo hoo!  I hope, like me you are feeling great about eating better and more mindfully. And that the plans and recipes from the last two weeks are helping you plan your cooking so you eating lots of yummy foods but aren’t wasting time and money in the grocery store or...

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bacon porridge

bacon porridge with perfectly poached eggs – trust me

I get a little bit hard to please when it comes to recipes that really intrigue me, but this one did. It also ticked my boxes of family friendly (check), one pan (check), re-heatable (check), healthy (check) and bacon (check). Oh and it has a perfectly poached egg on top (double check). I first made...

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week 1

21 day re-nourish plan – week 1 menu plan and recipes

I’m on day 2 of a 21 day re-nourish plan. Note – not a diet!  For a little background on how this plan works, check out my post from yesterday. I love how many of you are doing this with me, and I can’t wait to hear how we all feel in 21 days. I’m...

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buckwheat porridge

buckwheat porridge with dates, almonds and apple

Our house practically runs on oats. Sometimes I feel like the cashier at our local Whole Foods must think I have a pet horse for all the oats I buy from the bulk bins. I usually cook a batch of oats with water and flax seeds twice a week so that we can just grab...

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ten nourishing breakfast ideas

Breakfast can be a big rush in most houses. We all know how important it is to start the day off right but good intentions don’t always win out. These are the breakfasts I love to have at home to start my day feeling nourished and healthy. If I’m eating out I tend to have...

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dairy free chocolate cookies

a gluten and dairy-free chocolate cookie you can eat for breakfast

In a world of no consequences I would eat a chocolate chip cookie every day. But boringly, as I keep telling my boys, there are consequences. So I try and bring some balance and find new ways to get my and their chocolate hit. These dairy free chocolate cookies hit the spot every time. I...

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kale salad with avocado dressing and crunchy potatoes

I love a good kale salad. I know we’ve all been on the kale bandwagon for quite a while now. But, for good reason, the kale love-in shows no sign of slowing. So I guess it has matured past the flash in the pan stage and is now embedded in our everyday eating. If you...

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date shake

Palm Springs date, almond, banana shake

The date shake I had at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs has been on my mind since I got back. Date shakes are one of the must-haves when you visit Palm Springs.  Many of them are pretty unhealthy though and rely on ice cream and milk to give substance. I found them a bit...

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the joy of a simple goat’s cheese stuffed apricot

This is barely a recipe, more a point in the right direction. It is a perfect illustration of my mantra – good seasonal ingredients, cooked simply and carefully with love. Perfectly ripe apricots, like melon and tomatoes always remind me of childhood camping trips to France. We’d pull our (non-airconditioned) car over at the side...

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wax on wax off – de-waxing citrus fruit and embracing zest

As a Brit I still cannot get over the thrill of being able to wander outside and pick a lemon, orange of grapefruit off a tree in my California garden.  The problem is that once my tree is bare, and my friends have also handed over their spare fruit I really struggle with paying for...

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quick houmus flatbread

This is barely a recipe but as it is something that I make almost every week I wanted to share it. It is so quick and healthy and gets 2 of the 7 a day into whoever is eating it, along with a good dose of protein, good fat and healthy carbs. On nights or...

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Easter

Easter treats for lunch and brunch

I’m in England just now and enjoying the four day weekend we have for Easter. Very civilized having Friday and Monday public holidays either side of the weekend as it allows so many of us to travel back to our families. I always feel that it is like Christmas without the hassle of gifts and...

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chorizo and chickpea stew

Chorizo and chickpea three ingredient stew

Sometimes I forget to post some of the easiest things I throw together and this chorizo and chickpea stew is one. I make them so often that it doesn’t occur to me that other people don’t make them too. Or I talk myself out of posting them because they are so simple I wonder if...

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Pancake Day and the English art of flipping pancakes

As a child growing up in England, Pancake Tuesday or Pancake day was perhaps, one of the most eagerly anticipated days of the year after Christmas and birthdays. The real name for Pancake day, and the name we were supposed to use at school, was Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent starts....

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