Can takeaways be healthy?

On the face of it take away food is much more about entertainment than nutrition and so take away food is generally Over salted Over sugared Over the top It’s like that mainly because we want to be entertained by takeaway food we don’t generally expect takeaway food to taste just like the healthier stuff we have at home.  I …

Best Natural drinks: fruit juice or fruit chunks?

I woke up on Boxing Day happy but dehydrated so here is a quick fix that gets me back in the festive spirit. Because hangovers are 80% dehydration I used this trick enough yesterday to avoid the worst but if I don’t replenish my water stores along with nutrients then I will regret it. All I do is use fruit …

Learning to cook Tasty No effort food!!!

If you don’t think you can cook something gorgeous simple and healthy then try this idea out for size. The idea is that it’s an incredibly simple meal to cook but I show you how to upgrade something highly processed to something with added flavour, texture and nutrition. So I increase the quality but use cheap ingredients that I have …

Luscious Leftovers #roadtochristmas

My little ones birthday meant a lot of leftovers and a chance to sample new delights and save the effort of making anything. I had some special fig bread defrosted and I wanted something to go on it. I spied the party sausages in the fridge Et voila! Another flavour combination to celebrate the season. It’s a Simple trick but …

Improvised cream tea. Fruit sour dough creme fraiche will black currant jam and roasted pear

Roasted pear and fruit sour dough cream tea

After making a roasted apple cream tea I just had to try roasted pear and that was just as heavenly!!! It was an improvised cream tea of fruit sour dough creme fraiche with black currant jam and roasted pear

Use grapes as a sauce for blackberry lattice pie

Use grapes as a sauce for a Blackberry lattice pie

I’m just trying to challenge your preconceptions. I’ve been looking for ways to spice up dessert and options other than cream. Creme fraiche is becoming a staple but I still wanted something else so I don’t get bored.

roasted apple cream tea

Roasted apple cream tea

I love fruit but I can get bored of it so I’m experimenting with ways to make it a little more exciting. This example is by cooking it to change its flavour and texture to make for a different experience.

Do you use fruit as a vitamin drink?

I’m not talking fruit juice. I’m talking fruit you buy at the grocers or super market or get in the garden. Apples. Pears. Oranges. Jut a simple point but when you want a drink your pour yourself something don’t you. A tea or coffee. A milkshake or got chocolate or just plain water or maybe a fruit juice. You are …

Pate sandwich with marmalade and onions

Todays challenge was very simple. Combine shop bought ingredients and finish with a home made twist. My attempt was pork pate and I wanted to make it even more special with no effort or expense. I used orange marmalade because it’s in the fridge and goes with pork and the onions and leeks I made earlier in the week. No …

What can you do with Cabbage?

With delivery of our veg box I now have the challenge of making meals with a vegetable I have never liked. All my memories are of the soggy tasteless variety or that bitter taste that makes you feel like you are being punished.

How to make coleslaw in 5 minutes!!!

I’ll confess straight up, I have always wanted to make my own coleslaw but never done it. There are so many things about it I love and it is not just the taste. For example, have you ever considered how much it can contribute to your 5 a day?

What can you make with a vegetable box?

A couple of evenings ago we got a vegetable box from fresh fields farm boxes and almost instantly I had to ask myself What can you make with a veg box? I don’t actually know.

How can cream tea and fruit crumble for breakfast be healthy!!!

Cream tea to start!! When it’s a blueberry scone with strawberries and creme fraiche with fresh mint for extra zing. It was so appetising my little one seconded it and wolfed down. What I did have was delicious. This continues the experiment I ran before when I asked what is healthier for breakfast cereal or fruit pie?. The results might …

make effortless roast vegetables in advance

The best part of cooking is when one simple ingredient takes a dish in a different and interesting direction. Knowing how to do this right comes from experience but when you do learn, it means you can keep your meals interesting with the bare minimum of effort and expense. Personalise For example last week I was bored with the takeaway …

Is Gently Cooked Food Better for You?

I just came across Is Gently Cooked Food Better for You? from the excellent Marks Daily Apple. Something I’ve wondered for a long time. Given the chance I prefer gentle cooking. I feel flavours and textures are best with this approach. My wife is the opposite. She prefers quicker cooking and loves well done steak. The article reminded me of Advanced …

Health advertising: Why does it treat us like idiots?

Watching the BBC programme the men who made us fat reminds me how the food, and health and fitness industries are all conflicted between making a profit and making us healthy. So nothing improves because everything gets confused with misinformation due to the competition going on. Companies can’t focus on making us healthy because making a profit must come first …

What factors make us kick the bucket?

I hear so much about what risk factors there are to make us die sooner and all the things we should do or not do but because I like to research both sides of the story I always find things that contradict each other. I’m coming round to the view that the overall risk really depends on where we are …

Is modern fruit really healthy?

A great article from paleodietlifestyle asks the question is modern fruit really healthy?. I have asked similar questions like is cereal any better than fruit and cream. So I am glad someone has saved me the effort of researching fruit for myself. I’m quite impressed with the level of research that has gone into this and the unbiased nature of …