Basic Summer Cooking – Quick Courgette Ratatouille Recipe

Hake with Courgette Ratatouille

Courgette Ratatouille with Summer Savoury: This is really an early summer dish – when the first vine tomatoes are really ripe and there are young, fresh courgettes available.  Very simple to make, it keeps well in the fridge for three or four days, works cold with a salad or warmed up to serve with lamb, […]

Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Butternut Squash and Sweet potato soup with Coriander

Diet Soup Recipe – Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato: It is definitely soup season again.  Any regular reader may have noticed that 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Back to the 5:2 Diet – Spicy Prawn Wraps

Chilli Prawn Wrap 5-2 diet

Dieting, Moving House and Spicy Prawn Wraps: I’m moving.  Or rather I hope I’m moving.  Life is just a little chaotic at the moment and to add to the chaos, I thought I’d be sorted out by now so I agreed to go on a couple of rather amazing press trips.   So, my normal […]

Watercress Soup With Quail Eggs for the #5:2Diet

5:2 Diet Recipe Watercress soup with quail egg

A Simple and Elegant Watercress Soup for the 5:2 Diet: Watercress is a brilliant ingredient for soups and this low calorie watercress soup is a great addition to any diet recipe collection.  The stalks in particular have a lovely peppery taste, though they can be just a little stringy.  Some recipes suggest using just the […]

Virgin Mary Soup – Sorted Food for the 5:2 Diet

virgin mary soup

Sorted Food with Lea & Perrins – Virgin Mary Soup: My Father enjoyed cooking.  Only a few dishes…curry, tomato soup, mince and tatties, fried breakfast and chips.  Occasionally, inspired by one of the TV chefs of the time (Graham Kerr otherwise known as the Galloping Gourmet was a particular favourite), he’d try to be creative […]

Cod with Lemon and Garlic Scapes – a simple way with Skrei

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Skrei – Norwegian Cod – with Lemon and Garlic – a 5:2 Diet Recipe I enjoy cooking with fish – it is healthy, fresh, simple to prepare and generally low in calories.  So, I was curious to try Skrei – a line caught cod from the Lofoten Islands reknown for its unique texture and flavour. […]