Christmas Kale the Swedish Way

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On the classic Swedish Christmas table, you’ll always find some sort of kale salad. Often dressed with a citrus dressing it goes wonderfully well with all the various staples such as meatballs, ham, herring, cooked fish and sausages that are traditionally part of our ‘julbord’ – the Christmas version of the more known ‘smorgasbord’. Continue reading “Christmas Kale the Swedish Way”

Tasty Kale Salad with Sweet Potato and Courgette

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The longer I stick to a predominantly plant-based diet, the more I crave it. Funny isn’t it? Contrary to what one may think, making your meal consist of mainly veg is actually not the purist, boring and lonely avenue some may proclaim it to be, rather it is an incredibly delicious, energising and unifying endeavour which keeps on giving. Continue reading “Tasty Kale Salad with Sweet Potato and Courgette”

A lunch box with bells on

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You know that feeling when you are heading out and about in the morning without any care for where lunch is going to come from and certainly not prepared enough to bring something good/healthy/nutritious with you in a smart lunch box. And then sitting down with a dry shop bought sandwich only to watch your colleague devour the best part of her/his fridge neatly collated into a lunchbox filled with such yummies as avocado/quinoa/hummus/beetroot/beans/seaweed etc. You get the picture and yep I’ve been there too. Continue reading “A lunch box with bells on”

Stress busting seaweed salad with sweet potato and figs

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Where I grew up in Sweden you went to the school which was closest to your house. Everyone knew how it worked and therefore there were no surprises when you came of age to move on to the Swedish equivalent of secondary school. Those who lived in my area went to the same school – job done! Here in England, on the other hand, things are not so straight forward. My children are preparing for a change of schools next year and the closer the date looms, the higher my stress levels soar. There are so many options, so many roads which they can travel, all with different benefits and concerns and it feels quite impossible to know what to choose. Continue reading “Stress busting seaweed salad with sweet potato and figs”

Power Lunch

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For all of you who regularly nip into the nearest coffee shop to grab a sandwich for lunch back at the office desk – this post is for you.  Why not try BYOL or Bring Your Own Lunch? It is a healthier and often cheaper way to go about that crucial mid day fuelling exercise which so easily finishes with a bag of crisps and a chocolate bar if we’re not careful.  Continue reading “Power Lunch”

The Italian Blog

 

I’m writing this from a small village in the Cinque Terre off the Ligurian coast of Italy. It is high season and tourists from all over the world are squeezing themselves into every restaurant in the main square here in the town of Vernazza. Many restaurants are fully booked several nights in advance and although the hills surrounding the town are steep and restaurants located on many levels, requiring you to work for your supper, it does not seem to put anyone off. Needless to say it is unbelievably beautiful. Breathtakingly so. I simply had no idea. Continue reading “The Italian Blog”

Protein Rich Bean Salad with Quinoa

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Protein Rich Bean Salad with Quinoa

More rain anyone? As I’m curbing my desire to switch on the heating, I’m amazed how much our dietary intake is dependent on the weather. Sunny skies? Green juice and salads in all varieties feels like the most natural thing to ingest. However, on a rainy, cloudy day with a chill in the air, like today,  a warming stew seems more in keeping. As it happens, my slow cooker is on as I write and a veg stew is on tonight’s menu. I may even put the fire on… Brrrr. Continue reading “Protein Rich Bean Salad with Quinoa”