Recipes for Spring

SPRING is here! It’s official; the clocks have changed, the sun is flooding in through the window and my garden is full of brightly coloured spring flowers and pretty blossom. So I thought I’d do a roundup of some of my favourite spring recipes. Think […]

Homemade pesto

Do you always buy pesto ready-made? Well, now’s the time to try making your own! This simple little sauce can transform so many dishes and it is the easiest, quickest thing to make. It is also far cheaper to make your own then buy it […]

Fish and spinach pie

Fish pie is one of my favourite go to dishes for a filling, tasty, easy dinner. I always add a thick layer of greens to the base, spinach, kale and cavolo nero are all great options. To keep it healthy, I don’t overload with sauce. […]

Sorrel and buckwheat soup

Sorrel is a hardy herb that is easy to grow although it isn’t so commonly found in the shops. It has a strong flavour so is perfect for soups and sauces. The early leaves can be added to salads, but the more mature leaves are […]

Pancake day!

I love pancakes… I really could eat them every day, and this year I’ve been doing lots of experimenting with healthier pancake alternatives. I thought I’d share two of my favourites below: fluffy banana pancakes (dairy and gluten free), and chickpea crepes (plant based and […]

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Pears poached in spiced ginger syrup

Pears are a delicious and widely available British winter fruit and they make the perfect base for this simple tasty dessert. With only four ingredients, and taking just a few minutes to prepare, poached pears couldn’t be easier to make! The ginger and cinnamon give […]

Beetroot, celeriac and carrot slaw

These three winter roots are full of vitamin C and high in fibre. This slaw makes a great side and is slightly sweeter and more digestible than lots of raw cabbage. I like to serve it with piping hot jacket potatoes, or in wraps and […]

Cauliflower Cheese with mustard sauce and almonds

A perfect warming dish for cold days, cauliflower cheese is real comfort food and a great way to get some extra vegetables into children! The mustard and almonds give this an interesting and more “adult” twist however, and it is wonderful as a side dish […]

The question of sugar

As we enter the new year, many of you will be trying to “detox” or at least eat a little more healthily after the excesses of the festive period. You may, as part of this, decide to give up sugar. Certainly, there is a lot […]

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Leek and celeriac soup

After the excesses of festive celebrations, hearty, healthy soup makes a perfect meal. Easy to make and keep in the fridge for whenever you need a simple meal (being completely plant based it lasts well and can also be frozen), this celeriac and leek soup […]

Baked apples

Comfortingly warm and filling, but also a great healthy option for a dessert, baked apples are a winter favourite. Add ginger wine if you want a little decadency, or leave out for a family friendly and healthier option. Serve with crème fraiche, oat cream or, […]

My garden in December

The frost glistens on the grass reminding that winter is truly here. Birds flock around the feeder hanging on the tree, my usual friendly robin as chirpy as ever! I enjoy watching them from the window, but don’t spend too much time in the garden […]

Leek and hake bake

Cooking fish in sauce makes it deliciously moist and flavoursome – it’s a little like a fish pie without a lid! You don’t need to use hake, any white fish or salmon will work well, or you could even use a mix of fish chunks. […]

Squash and hazelnut gratin

This is a fantastic and very easy, vegetarian main or side; I’ve even made it as an addition for Christmas dinner in the past and it always disappears rather quickly! You can use any squash – all are full of sweetness and Vitamin C. You […]

Mushroom and black bean pie

You can’t beat a good pie on a wintry day and this is a fantastic healthy and filling option. The black beans are high in fibre and a great source of protein and make this is one of those dishes that meat eaters won’t notice is vegetarian! […]

My garden in November

November is an endless competition between me and leaves! The two sycamores in my garden and the beautiful tulip tree next door rain down an endless golden brown confetti throughout the month. Growing up in the countryside, we’d make huge bonfires of dry leaves; the […]

Pumpkin and sage ravioli

I don’t make pasta often as buying fresh pasta is so much quicker, but I do think it’s worth making your own for ravioli! This pumpkin and sage filling is deliciously sweet and the oat cream makes it decedent whilst still being dairy free. Sage […]

In season at the end of the year

Winter is here, cold days and long nights. A time for warming comfort food; hot pots, roasts and plenty of soup. Luckily Britain has a great selection of vegetables available over the winter, so you can still get a good variety of flavours and vitamins […]

Marrow stuffed with quinoa and olives

Marrows have a fairly short season in the autumn as are simply courgettes left to grow larger on the plant. They don’t have a huge amount of flavour but make a great blank canvas for a meal. Like courgettes, you can spiralise to use as […]

Salmon Wellington with celeriac mash

Perfect for Sunday lunch or a dinner party, this salmon and spinach version of the beef classic is an absolutely winner and far simpler to make than you may think! lLeafy green winter vegetables make a perfect accompaniment along with this celeriac mash, which is a […]

My garden in October

One of my favourite months for being outside, October is that beautiful crossover month where the leaves are turning golden and you can snuggle into your favourite coat, but a little warmth still lingers in the air during the day and the sun shines with […]

Quinoa burgers with apple braised red cabbage

These veggie burgers are very easy to make and keep well for reheating so are an excellent midweek dinner. The tang of the braised red cabbage is a perfect autumn compliment and adds some lovely colour to the plate! Also delicious served with mashed potato […]