Christmas Devils on Horseback Recipe

These delicious little sweet and savoury mouthfuls are a favourite in my family and have always replaced the more traditional “Pigs in Blankets” at Christmas time.  Not only is “Devils on Horseback”  a much racier name but they are also a lot lighter on the saturated fat and calories! Ingredients 10 prunes, stones removed, soaked […]

Butter Bean and Bacon Pasta with Rosemary

I would love to take credit for this recipe but I’m going to have to admit that this one is not mine. 4 years ago this was the first dish that my other half made me and pretty much sealed the deal for us to (very happily) share the cooking. Although he initially made this […]

Braised Chicken and Vegetables

Back when I was 18 and a student at York University, halls of residence were pretty basic. In fact our “kitchen” consisted of a partitioned off bit of corridor with a sink, fridge and baby belling shared between 5 people. Coming from a family of cooks and chefs I quickly fell into the role of […]

Packed Lunch Noodles a la Dietitian

OK, so here’s an admission. I used to eat pot noodles when I was a teenager and what’s more, I used to enjoy them! Then a few years further on, circa 2004, I discovered the London-based joys of Wagamamas and take-out oriental food on every street corner. Now in 2011 I can’t imagine tucking into […]

Beat the Christmas Bulge

It’s 6 weeks until Christmas and in one way or another, we’re all getting in to the Christmas spirit.  Department stores are haemorrhaging tinsel and my mother is panic buying jumbo sized selection boxes! It’s true that most of us will gain weight over the Christmas period.  In fact, it’s thought that some of us […]

Low Fat Masala Curry

Oooh, winter nights are drawing in and the temptation of warming, spicy food is never greater. But pause for a moment before you reach for a take-away menu, how about passing on the high-calorie, high-fat, high-salt option and tucking into a healthy, quick home-made curry? Not only is this the health-wise option, it’s also the […]

Bread Pudding Heaven

Having spent 7 years at a very traditional British school (you know, the kind with real on-site kitchens, pig bins and a passionate obsession with frugality) this tasty, low cost pudding was a regular staple in my diet. With or without custard a steaming slice of bread pudding was the perfect thing to set you […]

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

This spicy pumpkin soup is just the thing for using up all those haloween leftovers (or in our case using up the allotment glut of Crown Prince squashes!) Full of immune boosting vitamins A and C and plenty of fibre this is the perfect winter meal served with chunky granary bread and hunk of cheese! […]

Potatoes…Are they evil?!

Well… in a word… “No”.  But here’s why.  A recent push from the United States Department of Agriculture tried to limit the provision of potatoes in US schools to twice a week.  US congress blocked the move, but here’s why we should love the potato! Potatoes contain starchy carbohydrates. They release their energy slowly to […]