Porridge with pear and pistachio nuts.

The humble pear is in season and what a joy that is. Nothing quite like a nice pear. 🙂 My kids love them and no matter how many I buy, they are always gone the following day. It is the perfect snack and after a bit of swatting I am delighted by all the health benefits that are related to pears. Who knew?  Continue reading “Porridge with pear and pistachio nuts.”

Oumph has launched in the UK

A fun and thought provoking product launch took me to Whole Foods  in Kensington last night. The cool Swedish outfit behind the launch, Food for Progress, has managed the unmanageable by turning a bean based meat substitute into a sexy, tasty and remarkably meat-like product called Oumph. Forget bland tofu and Quorn. This is as close to meat you can get as a vegetarian. Continue reading “Oumph has launched in the UK”

Why I love Kombucha

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Fermented foods, filled with good bacteria, are all the rage at the moment and rightly so. With over 80% of our immune system situated in our gut it seems incredible that we don’t talk more about it. And with scientists linking gut health with brain health, there are new and interesting facts about how influential gut health really is for our general well being and state of mind. Continue reading “Why I love Kombucha”

Crunchy salad with creamy chilli and turmeric dressing

My lovely friend G always jokes about getting enough roughage from his diet – it’s a standing joke now. But the meaning of the word fibre has gone out of fashion in the healthy food narrative these days. What a shame! Fibre is key to lots of imortant functions in our bodies, like feeding our gut flora – our gut bacteria needs fuel, just like we do. Not eating enough fibre can lead to  chronic illness and obesity. But equally, eating a lot of the right sort of fibre can prevent it. Continue reading “Crunchy salad with creamy chilli and turmeric dressing”

Home-made Kimchi

 

How nice to be back, it’s been a little while since I last wrote…

As were moving towards the end of Summer, we’ve been lucky to have had a mini heat wave here in London. A couple of days ago we spent a glorious afternoon on the veranda of a beautiful houseboat near Hampton Court in Surrey. It was baking hot, boats were passing, kayaks were paddled and all the kids were splashing about in the river. It was pure bliss. Continue reading “Home-made Kimchi”

‘All in one’ Porridge

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Efficiency is a zeitgeist. To do more in a shorter amount of time is what everyone is striving for these days. Leaving you free to do…more things efficiently. I am a bit ambivalent about all this efficiency – it sounds stressful to me but aficionados swear it is the opposite. The more efficient you are the less stress and forgetfulness you’ll experience. Perhaps. I am willing to be proved wrong. Continue reading “‘All in one’ Porridge”

Community Rocks

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As an only child, coupled with being an independent Swede, the lives of other people can sometimes take a backseat. Or not feature much at all. Don’t get me wrong. I would go to the end of the earth for my friends and family and I am intensely loyal. But in a wider context I get on with my stuff and let others get on with theirs – I am seldom the person who’ll put my hand up to join the PTA or voluntarily take on a set of responsibilities which may benefit a greater whole. I keep myself to myself in the nicest possible way. Continue reading “Community Rocks”