One of the best things to come out of Scotland in my opinion (after my husband, naturally), is smoked haddock, so I was super excited to find it in Marks & Spencer here and be able to make one of my favourite dishes and the ultimate comfort food, kedgeree. Having previously failed on some attempts, including one occasion where I was little too liberal with the cayenne and produced a "haddock madras", this week's was a personal best so I thought I would share the recipe... Wha
This is possibly one of my favourite seasonal soups (gluten-free) which takes under 10 minutes to make assuming you have chicken stock and peeled chestnuts on hand. It's an Asian adaptation of the chestnut, kale and bacon soup from the River Cottage cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (my secret crush). Chestnuts are available in the wet markets or you can pay 10 times the price for vacuum packed ones in the supermarkets. That said, the price differential is lower than th
It actually pains me to write up this recipe as I am currently fasting (well, for a few hours anyway - I consider any period longer than an hour without food to be a fast), for the annoying blood glucose test that is being forced upon me to due to my doctor's diplomatic classification of my pregnancy as "AMA" (advanced maternal age). Anyway.... eggplant miso is one of my favourite dishes which I used to order at Tsunami restaurant when I lived in Clapham. I have tried it a fe
Here is a chewy, fruity bar with hints of chocolate from the cacao nibs. However, the key to a really successful is granola bar is to use the grains, seeds, fruits and nuts that you like, so do feel free to vary them. For example, you can substitute the dates for raisins, opt for sunbutter (sunflower seed spread) rather peanut butter if your school is nut-free, or use agave rather than maple syrup. You don’t need to cook them if you like them really gooey, alternatively bake
Here’s a summery salad, is high in protein from the soy beans and cheese. You can shave your courgette/zucchini into ribbons with a vegetable peeler, or use a spiraliser to make zoodles (zucchini noodles). The saltiness of the feta works well with the sharpness of the dressing, and the salad is bursting in flavour from all the fresh herbs. What you need: Salad: 1 large zucchini 150g barrel aged feta cheese Small bunch of mint leaves Small bunch of coriander leaves 300g of eda
These are simple to prepare, nutritious and incredibly moreish. I soaked my almonds first but you could just use roasted almonds and bake for a shorter time. The balsamic vinegar gives them a nice sweetness, but for a lower sugar or gluten-free alternative, use apple cider vinegar. What you need: 1 cup soaked raw almonds 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon high mineral salt Method: Soak your almonds overnight in drinking water. Read why we soak n
This is a super quick family pudding using fresh bananas and a homemade chocolate sauce which contains just three ingredients: cacao powder, coconut oil and maple syrup. Is it therefore dairy-free and refined sugar free. You could sprinkle some dessicated coconut on top or shavings of frozen coconut cream, for a dairy-free ice-cream effect. Simply pop a carton of coconut cream in the freezer... If you do apply this chocolate sauce to ice-cream or anything frozen, it will hard
There are plenty of ways to liven up breakfast time with these coconut based wraps from Green Vitamin. These are raw, paleo, gluten-free, soy-free, low calorie, vegan and low-carb! Now breathe... Above you can see the cacao coconut wraps with sunflower seed butter, yoghurt, granola, pitted black cherries, dates, cacao nibs and almonds. Litter your table with every fresh/dried fruit, seed and nut that you own along with yoghurt, granola and sticky spreads o help glue the wrap
Summery weather calls for drinks & dips, and pico de gallo (tomato salsa) is something I could eat with a spoon, never mind the tortilla chips (although clearly I ate a whole packet while shooting this). What you need: 6 large tomatoes, skinned & deseeded 1/2 red onion finely chopped 1/2 cup freshly chopped coriander 1 clove of garlic minced 1 red chilli 1 green chilli (for colour, or just use 2 red ones) 1 tablespoon coconut sugar 1 tablespoon of your finest olive oil Juice
I had once, in HK, the privilege of a private dinner cooked in my neighbour's flat by Francois Latapie, Director of Operations for NYC's Bistro Bagatelle. He prepared a simple yet flawless and unforgettable dinner including steak au poivre. The next day most of those present rushed out to hunt down the elusive green peppercorn, the key ingredient in any self-respecting pepper sauce. While I can't claim to have matched his finesse, I have had about 7 stabs at it since then and
This is (one of my) current guilty pleasures and could not be simpler. Apart from being very moreish, there are many health benefits of eating miso which is made from fermented soya beans. It contains all the amino acids so is a complete protein, aids digestion, is a powerful probiotic, rich source of B12 and has been reported to reduce risks for breast and other cancers. Since this is white miso, my kids didn't even notice it mixed into butter and certainly didn't complain
These were just an excuse to use my new coconut flour. The recipe is from Empowered Sustenance and a pretty good result re bake, texture, lightness and moisture BUT why did I expect the foul-smelling, raw buckwheat honey (also a new purchase) to smell less like cow manure after a 15 min bake?! Is this stuff always like this?! A good reminder of garbage in is garbage out... I would definitely try this gluten-free, vegan, paleo recipe again but with a sweeter smelling honey...
In my previous corporate job, my erstwhile colleague, Fella, would often do a cake run when we hit our sugar lows, at about 4pm most days. However, for the times when we couldn't leave our desks, we had no option other than to hit the secret stash in her bottom drawer: a packet of digestive biscuits, a jar of Nutella and a knife. It certainly hit the spot. This is my slightly healthier version containing just 4 ingredients. Like Nutella, it is chocolatey and hazelnutty, but a
Kedgeree has long been comfort food to me. As a child, we would make it simply with rice, smoked haddock, eggs and peas, always with ketchup on the side. Having tasted it at The Ivy restaurant in London, I am now inclined to spice it up a bit. This one has a mild curry flavour that you can moderate according to your kids' preferences. Whether or not use you have recourse to tomato sauce, we will never know... What you need: 4 cups of brown rice 200g smoked haddock 4 cups of w
Or ideal as a mid-afternoon snack which meant I had to make excuses come supper time as to why I wasn't so hungry.... The layers are: 1 Fresh, pitted cherries.
2. Granola from Bob's Red Mill.
3. Raw dairy-free coconut yoghurt from Green Vitamin - possibly best yoghurt on this planet
4. Flaked almonds and cacao nibs. Read more healthy AND interesting breakfast ideas here... #blackforest #breakfastparfait #dairyfree #vegan #gf #glutenfree #granola #greenvitamin #bobsredmi
This is a type of "hidden" sauce, hiding a carrot and some dried apricots in a classic tomato & onion pasta sauce. You can't taste the dried apricots but they sweeten the sauce (and far better to use these than white sugar like I used to...) plus they are high in iron. To boost the protein content of the meal, we used a penne pasta made entirely from organic red lentils, produced by Tolerant Foods and sold at SpiceBox Organics in HK. This pasta also suitable for those follow
Takes just 20 minutes to make, so a super easy dinner for the whole family. I picked the sage from my balcony and bought the Parmesan and special aged (aka expensive but I assure you it was worth it!) Acquerello risotto rice from GCX at the bottom of One Island South, Aberdeen. This is a not just a pizzeria but also an Italian deli selling olive oil, Italian cheese (incl. burrata) and cold cuts. What you need: 1/2 cup of dried porcini mushrooms 25g butter 1/2 large brown onio
Blackbean rotini are pasta shapes (similar in shape to fusili) made entirely of organic non-GMO blackbeans. They are therefore gluten free and high in protein and iron so ideal for vegan and GF diets as well as athletes. More importantly for me(!) this satisfied both the kids and I for lunch today. The children thought the black bean pasta were chocolate flavoured, and is it wrong that I didn't correct them? The sweetness of the honey dressing also appealed to them. I added a
Chickpeas/garbanzos roasted in garam masala. This was adapted from Sarah Wilson's book "I Quit Sugar" which is one of my current favourites - healthy recipes free of refined sugar and relatively simple to make. Ok, so she recommends to activate/sprout your chickpeas overnight before you start but I was HUNGRY and had had a bad day so I rushed home to open a bottle of wine and try this using tinned chickpeas. Drain them, mix with one tablespoon of garam masala (and am sure thi
Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad with an olive oil, lime juice and honey dressing inspired by one of the dishes from the Brickhouse restaurant in D'Aguilar St. For the dressing use 50ml olive oil, 50ml lime juice, 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of raspberry( or red wine) vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and serve with a bottle of rose - remember 20% of Les Domaniers Rosé from Wine Shop Asia with our exclusive discount code WSASPRING14 valid until June 20th. #watermelon