Hot Ingo!


On a recent trip to Garmisch-Partenkirschen, the lovely Bavarian alpine town just south of Munich, we stumbled across a small and unassuming cafe slightly off the beaten track. The young Bavarian waitress wanted to know if we cared to try the local speciality, Heisse Ingo (hot ginger) which we certainly did. Apparently it’s a local favourite with ski bums and locals alike and it was obvious why that was so. Continue reading “Hot Ingo!”

A little something extra…


The morning ritual of drinking a cup of warm water with 1/2 lemon is nowadays a household habit.  Known for kick starting the digestion, alkalise the body due to the chameleon like qualities of lemon (acidic on the outside, alkaline on the inside) and for adding anti-oxidant vitamin C into the body before anything else – starting the day right has become a growing obsession. Continue reading “A little something extra…”

Super Green Juice


I love reading the scathing reports on the latest super foods, health drinks, powders and cook books, generated by the media. We have happily eaten hot dogs, turkey twizzlers, Burger King and  battery farmed chickens for years – yet should someone decide to come up with a supplement or a new way of eating that claims any health benefits then all hell breaks loose. Why is that? Schadenfreude when someone feels and looks good after changing their way of life or just plain suspicion of anything new. The mind boggles. In any case – today’s green juice comes from the much maligned Gwyneth Paltrow’s cook book ‘It’s All Good’. This book is filled with gluten and dairy free recipes and drinks – yet includes meat – that  are tasty and fresh. As gluten and dairy are causing allergic reactions and discomfort in many, this book ought to be both helpful and inspiring. I suspect the book would have had a different reception should the author be a civil servant with a couple of gluten intolerant children in tow.  Still, I suspect she cares not much about the critique as her book flew off the shelves.

I very much enjoyed her juice this morning and hope you will do too.

The Best Green Juice (from ‘It’s All Good’ by Gwyneth Paltrow)

5 large leaves of kale, ribs discarded, leaves roughly chopped (if kale is not in season use spring greens)

1 lemon, zest and pith removed

1 large apple

1″ piece of fresh ginger

1 sprig of fresh mint

Juice all ingredients. Alternatively, if you have a blender but not a juicer, fret not. Gwyneth’s top tip is to blend all ingredients and then pour the mixture into a fine meshed strainer. Leaving the fiber and ending up with juice only. Happy Saturday to you all! X