Vegan lunch for 2

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Summer 2017 is beckoning and I don’t know about you but I’m already smelling spring in the air. Yesterday’s weather was simply gorgeous and after a long and sunny walk in Richmond Park, complete with plenty of deer spotting, I was inspired to conjure up something light, healthy and skin friendly for lunch. After all, visualising one’s beach body is always a sobering prospect in February so nutritious and lo-cal were the key requirements for the menu.

My lovely mum who is visiting from Sweden was my lunch date. Her skin beats most 40-year-olds and she is most definitely proof that you are what you eat. She simply glows. Continue reading “Vegan lunch for 2”

Pea and Cauliflower Bowl

If I was in my twenties, my girl crush would be Deliciously Ella. She has single-handedly changed the face of what a vegan may look and be like which is no small matter.  If in the past you would have let your imagination run riot and conjure up a physical manifestation of a vegan, Deliciously Ella would not have been it, let’s be honest. Continue reading “Pea and Cauliflower Bowl”

5 minute vegan Pad Thai

 

 

I’m impulsive and impatient when it comes to almost everything. No long thought out plan for me – instead I fly by the seat of my pants in the hope that my intuition will guide me in the right direction through life. This applies to cooking too. Occasionally I plan but mostly I open the fridge and hope there is enough in there for me to do something with, and quick. Continue reading “5 minute vegan Pad Thai”

Warming Halloween soup

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There is lots of excitement in my house this time of year. Halloween costumes are planned and decorations are everywhere, storage bags overflowing with remnants from years gone by but still in good working order. As usual I’m mostly loving the food. With its warming flavours and golden colours of squash and pumpkin, sweet potatoes and carrots this is a holiday that is right up my street. And there is nothing better than a good soup – we’ll be having one everyday this weekend although the kids want it as a starter rather than the main event. Continue reading “Warming Halloween soup”

Roasted Veggie Time

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Although the sun has been shining A LOT as of late, I’m not being fooled.  Autumn is definitely on its way and with that, the joy of comfort foods returns. Oh yes, I am the first to admit to being a lover of all things cozy and would happily have stew, curry and broth in the sofa on a daily basis from mid-September to mid-March. However, if there was to be one favorite dish on the Autumn menu, a humble plate of roasted vegetables would score top marks for three very valid reasons.  Continue reading “Roasted Veggie Time”

Sweet potato and pomegranate salad

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Is it just me or did this summer come and go way too fast? It feels like I have not had a chance to use half of my summer wardrobe and now it’s almost too late. I say almost as I’ve decided to fight autumn every step of the way. It helps that I’m off to Spain for a lovely wedding this weekend and sunshine and bikini are some of the menu items. I will enjoy every minute of the sun and festivities. Continue reading “Sweet potato and pomegranate salad”

Courgetti and other things..

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Pasta and I had a love affair for some years. My children grew up on the stuff and it was always the go-to dish for me throughout my 20s and 30s. If pasta was on the menu, things were going to be alright in my world. I was never wild on meat, could take it or leave it really, but pasta and bread were on top of my list of stuff I would struggle without. Carb girl, me.

Fast forward and today I can’t wait to get my spiraliser out to make courgette pasta smothered in my home-made pesto – the more colourful courgettes the better too. Do I eat regular, gluten packed pasta today? Not if I can help it – on the rare occasions that I do, the effects are immediate. I am NOT gluten intolerant or allergic, yet I feel bloated, tired and edgy. Fresh veg wins hands down every time for me these days.   The brilliant nutritionist of the moment, Amelia Freer  (credited with Sam Smith’s recent weight loss), says in her excellent book Eat, Nourish, Glow that she eats 10-13 servings of fresh veg and fruit PER DAY! Only three of those servings are fruit by the way. The rest is pure veg in all varieties. She glows and is testament to what a great diet can do. Continue reading “Courgetti and other things..”