Basic Chocolate Mousse

Balblair Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse – Ultimate Decadence and Unbelievable Simplicity: Easy recipes – those with one or two ingredients – are ultra hip at the moment.  I’ve already written posts about one ingredient banana ice-cream, three ingredient pancakes and a whole range of simple soup recipes.  And, while I haven’t yet posted them, I’ve been trying a […]

Celeriac and Cucumber Soup – Testing the Froothie

Froothie Soup

Celeriac and Cucumber – Raw Soup for Health: I tend to avoid smoothies.  It’s partly that I like my fruit with ‘bite’ and partly that I have a few food allergies and a few dietary guidelines which are specific to hypothyroidism.  One of the guidelines for anyone who is hypothyroid is to avoid uncooked or […]

Tilda Brazilian Supper Club and a Druv Baker Special

Brazilian Meatballs

Simple Meat Balls and a Brazilian Feast: It’s some time since I went to the Tilda Brazilian Supperclub hosted by Luiz Hara with Druv Baker (of Masterchef fame)and Rosana McPhee serving up a real feast. For that reason, I’m not going to try and pretend that I remember all the details of the dishes we […]

Healthy Asian Glazed Grilled Tuna for the 5:2 Diet:

Tuna in a mirin, soy and yuzu glaze

Glazed Tuna Steak – Healthy 5:2 Diet Recipe: A few weeks ago I was sent a little bottle of  Yutaka Yuzu to try.  For those who don’t know, Yuzu is a citrus fruit – related to lime – that is used a lot in Japanese cookery, often in the form of Ponzu – a soy […]

Summer Dessert Brandied Banana Ice-Cream Baskets


Brandied Banana Ice-Cream Baskets: For me summer is the time of year when, instead of cooking too much, I concentrate on dishes that are simple, use a very few good ingredients and can be put together in minutes. The last thing I want to do when the sun is shining is to spend time stirring […]

Healthy Burgers? 5:2 Diet and Healthy Portobello Mushroom Burger

portabello mushroom burger ready to eat

Healthy Portobello Mushroom Burger: OK, I fibbed just a bit.  You probably CAN’T quite have your burger like this on a 5:2 diet fast day.  The bread roll adds a wopping 150 calories.  But, it’s just as delicious (though not quite as photogenic) without the bread, or with just the base, like a burger open […]

Coffee, Walnut and Banana Ice-Cream Sundae

Movenpick Sundae challenge

The Mövenpick Challenge – Coffee Walnut Ice-Cream Sundae with Banana: I seldom make desserts.  When I do they tend to be the kind of dish that can be put together quickly and with no hassle.  In fact I am just as likely to dish out good quality pre-made ice-cream or sorbet and simply top with […]

Two Steps Forward, One Back – 5:2 Diet Again – Cod with Shrimps

Cod with Brown Shrimp 5-2 Diet Recipe

Back on the 5:2 Diet – Summer Cod with Shrimps and a Vegetable Medley: Having hit my target weight at the end of 2013 with the 5:2 diet, I’ve lapsed. This year so far I’ve been to Puglia (lots of fabulous burratta – literally buttered  cheese and pasta), to Costa Barcelona (sounds healthy till you […]

Raspberry Eton Mess – Simple Summer Dessert

Raspberry Eton Mess

A Five Minute Dessert – Raspberry Eton Mess: Proper cooks would make their own meringues, but I seldom make dessert and when I do I generally want something I can put together really quickly.  While home made meringues can be wonderful, they take two to three hours to ‘cook’. Personally I’m quite happy with the […]

Rusty Nail on a Plate – A Decadent Father’s Day Dessert

Rusty Nail Chocolate and Whisky Dessert

Personalised Treats for Father’s Day – and a Sinful Chocolate and Whisky Dessert Guest Feature by Sarah James: My father is a young at heart 86 year old, who happens to enjoy a good single malt. Alexander and James do more than just stock some very nice drinks, they also offer an engraving service to […]

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