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dates stuffed with nut butter and salt

When I was rummaging through the fridge the other afternoon I had no idea that the concoction I was about to make would be such a good one. I ripped open a Medjool date, took out the stone and stuffed the cavity with about half a teaspoon of cashew butter (you could use almond butter...

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chickpea mash

spiced chickpea mash with grilled lamb and pomegranate

I couldn’t resist the piles of pomegranates on sale at the international market yesterday. I’d been re-reading a much-loved old cook book of mine, Casa Moro, and it had got me craving middle eastern combinations of flavours. I already had some local lamb chops in the fridge and some canned chickpeas [garbanzo beans] in the...

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lighter take on champ

a lighter take on champ

Even though I have Irish grandparents and friends I’d never celebrated St Patrick’s day until I moved to California. This is the land of continuous celebration so being Irish doesn’t get in the way of the excuse to party! The shops here are filled with corned beef and Guinness. Neither of which really float my...

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homemade dukkah

homemade dukkah – the easy way to add fragrant crunch to your meals

When you’re looking for your food to be balanced and interesting to eat, you need to add different textures and flavours. I talk more about the principle of flavour and texture balancing here.  One of my favourite ways to add crunch is to add some toasted nuts or seeds to my meals. Homemade dukkah is...

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salmon tacos

salmon, rainbow chard, fennel, pumpkin seed tacos

I didn’t know that taco night was a thing until I moved to California. Now I’m a convert. Mostly because having tacos for dinner means I can throw a few leftovers, something fresh and lots of healthy veggies onto the table and my boys will make their own dinner. It is a very sociable way...

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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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pickled vegetables

quick pickled vegetables and fried capers – game changing garnishes

More often than not the final hit of flavour is the thing that transforms a meh dinner into something amazing. Adding a hit of acid and some crunch to dishes are two of my most used tricks when I’m cooking. I make these pickled vegetables or fried capers when I want my food to taste...

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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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carrot avocado and sesame salad

moorish carrot, avocado and sesame salad

Last week I was asked to supply some healthy food for the opening party of a fabulous new barre and group-cycling studio near me, The Dailey Method, Willow Glen. I wanted a salad that would hang around well and that would suit their healthy clientele’s dietary needs. Oh and because the studio’s brand colours are...

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you say tomato sauce

you say tomato sauce – never buy a jar of pasta sauce again

Every time I go to the supermarket and see the shelves upon shelves of tomato sauce I want to stage a protest, but my English reserve (and crazy lady side) means I only rant in my own head rather than out loud. I know those jars are a staple of most people’s weekly shopping trips,...

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stock

stock or broth – the easy way to make your own liquid gold

If you make soups, stews, risotto or pho, homemade stock is a game changer. It is so simple to make from things you would usually throw away. Once you get into the habit of making your own you’ll never look back. Your food will taste better, you’ll save money, and your health will benefit. Homemade...

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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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buckwheat tacos

buckwheat tacos with grilled salmon, bacon, avocado, greens and a bunch of other good stuff

Last Friday I decided to escape my computer and treat myself to lunch at Zona Rosa, a new healthy Mexican place in town where I had a taco so delicious that I couldn’t wait to replicate at home. I am a little new to Mexican food. Until I moved to California from England four years...

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cauliflower mash

the smoothest creamiest dairy-free cauliflower mash

Mashed potato is, I think, the ultimate comfort food. The creaminess, the lack of chewing, the fact it stays on your spoon or fork even if you are lying on the sofa watching telly. Don’t even get me started on what happens when mustard and cheese or a handful of chopped greens get added to...

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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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egg and kale-slaw

21 day re-nourish plan – week 2 menu and recipes

So how are you doing?  One week in to the three-week plan and I can really feel the benefit of all the nourishing foods I’ve cooked with. And I’ve really felt the difference by not having any sugar, gluten or dairy. I have been sleeping better, I’m less puffy, my skin is better and I...

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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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