There’s an old tradition that’s made a very welcome come back in the last few years – Afternoon Tea. And what’s not to like? Little sandwiches, a lovely selection of delicious cakes all washed down with dainty cups of freshly brewed tea. Continue reading “Afternoon tea”
Some people find changing to a whole-food plant-based diet easy, for others its more challenging. One area that seems to be a big stumbling block is breakfast. On the surface it seems easy – cereal or toast are most peoples go-to options. Continue reading “Breakfast inspiration”
Here’s the final video for this Global Sharing Week – and it’s a good’un! If you like pastry, but cannot or do not eat refined fats (so can’t make it the traditional way or pop to the supermarket for a ready-roll version), you’ll love this super-easy and tasty pastry that is surprisingly easy to make and very forgiving in clumsy hands! Continue reading “Magic pastry”
Sweet potato chocolate frosting
It’s day 4 of my video series, sharing some of my top tips and easy recipes for Global Sharing Week. Today, I’m going to tell you how to make a super easy and deliciously tasty chocolate cake frosting alternative. No refined fats, just deliciousness and extra nutrients. It’s recipes like this that make cake health food 🙂 Continue reading “Sweet potato chocolate frosting”
My next post for Global Sharing Week is a simple way to make a lovely dairy-free cheese alternative. Labneh is a Middle-Eastern soft cheese made from strained yoghurt – here I show you how to make it with soya yoghurt instead. It always goes down well when I make it for people on my Eat Well Live Well course – and now you can see how easy it is to make yourself at home. Continue reading “Dairy-free labneh”
Plant-based hollandaise sauce
It’s one of my favourite times of the year – asparagus season. I just love those wonderful deep green, aromatic spears that melt on the tongue as you bite into them. I even have a special little asparagus song that my husband has to listen to me singing whilst it lays in the steamer (he loves it really…… 😉 ) Continue reading “Plant-based hollandaise sauce”
Banana bread loaf
I’m so happy to say I’ve been getting some wonderful feedback from people who have read my book Eat Well Live Well with The Sensitive Foodie. As well as gaining some useful insight from the first half (which covers loads of information about health, food and plant-based eating), they’re loving the recipes.
It seems that my simple banana bread recipe is a particular favourite. I’m not surprised as it’s really easy and super yummy. It’s also the one that gets raved about whenever I make it for an event or shared lunch. Continue reading “Banana bread loaf”
Potato, leek and mushroom ‘gratin’
Food waste is big news. And so it should be. It’s estimated that 18 million tonnes of food ends up in landfill every year in the UK alone. Globally the figure is a mind-numbingly huge 1.6bn tonnes, almost a third of what’s produced. At a time when food poverty still affects one in nine people, that just seems wrong.
And as the UK government formally declares a climate crisis, food waste comes high on the agenda of things we can do to make a different. Climate scientists state that reducing food waste is the third most impactful thing we can do (eating a plant-based diet is top of the list!). Which is good news. And there are some great initiatives going on that help get unused food to those who need it (like Fareshare) and even apps that enable you to find someone local who wants your unwanted food (like Olio). Continue reading “Potato, leek and mushroom ‘gratin’”
Creamy mushroom pasta
Following on from my ‘brain food’ post yesterday (plant-based foods that are particularly good for the old grey matter) I wanted to share one more with you – mushrooms. According to an article on the BBC website this week, a research study suggests that people who eat mushrooms more than twice a week have less age-related cognitive decline that those who didn’t. This means they performed better on memory and recall tests, good news for mushroom lovers!
The study was small and the research cannot make a direct cause and effect link (so hard to do as there are so many other factors to take into account). However, it does suggest there is something in mushrooms that can benefit the brain. As with all fresh produce, mushrooms contain a whole array of micronutrients and phytonutrients. In fact, mushrooms as medicine is a huge area of research at the moment. Continue reading “Creamy mushroom pasta”