Diet Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Butternut Squash and Sweet potato soup with Coriander

Diet Soup Recipe – Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato: I am not the most patient of cooks.  While I prefer to cook from scratch, I am quite prepared to take shortcuts.  And, although I would always recommend buying your vegetables ‘whole’, sometimes those little peeled and pre-diced packs look too useful to ignore.  On the […]

Pomegranate Cocktails

Pom Pomegranate cocktails 2

POM Wonderful Collaboration- Pomegranate Cocktails. Guest feature by Sarah James: I was set a challenge to make some cocktails using POM, and enjoy some delicious pistachio nuts at the same time.  I hesitated for a nano second… I had heard about pomegranates being a new ‘superfood’ and have used pomegranate molasses in cooking Persian dishes, […]

Not quite Nutella – Chocolate Nut Butter Recipe

Not quite nutella

Chocolate Nut Butter: There are things I wish I’d never tried making.  Mostly, as in this case, those things involve chocolate.  However, they are just a little too complicated to be a serious threat. And, mostly I can’t pretend they might be healthy.   So mostly I manage to limit my indulgence. Somehow, the fatal […]

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: Leaving writing up about the wonderful feast at the Tilda Brazilian Supperclub hosted by Luiz Hara with Druv Baker (of Masterchef fame)and Rosana McPhee has meant that my review would be a vague series of commendations. For that reason, I’m not going to try and pretend that I remember all […]

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

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

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 a complementary liqueur or […]

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