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Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat…5 Life Enhancing Food Choices

I was about 10 when I heard my granddad say this.  I didn’t fully understand what he was saying as a child, I totally forgot it as a teenager of course and as an adult turned it on its head and lived for every sugary snack, pizza, glass of wine or bag of crisps I could get my hands on.  In more recent years I switched those indulgences to ‘organic’ or ‘high end’ products.  My focus was mainly on eliminating chemicals and preservatives.  I enjoyed eating healthily but I most certainly enjoyed the extras too.  That was B.C. (Before Cancer). Cancer drops like a bomb in the centre of your life, scattering its parts far and wide… Those parts of me were and still are scattered.  Pulling my life back together is currently my life’s work.  To go back to what was though, to live relatively carelessly would be to deny what has happened, it would undermine my gratitude for being alive and well, and I just can’t do that, but equally I can’t live …

An Hawaiian Poke Bowl meets an English Autumn

Traditional Hawaiian Ahi Poke recipes call for raw tuna, which, try as I might I’m just not keen on.  But in this poke bowl recipe you could absolutely switch out the tofu for tuna, or salmon.  The recipe is filled with warming spice and rich toasted sesame flavours, and the good old English Autumn’s staple green vegetable Cavolo Nero toasts up as fantastic seaweed substitute.  So sit on the couch, close your eyes and imagine you’re on an Hawaiian beach… See, I bet you’re feeling warm already! Serves 2 ~ Preparation 10mins ~ Cooking time 30mins Ingredients: 200g Tofu 5 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil 250g Sushi Rice 6 Cavolo Nero Leaves 2 White onions 1 large red chilli 1 thumb ginger 3 cloves garlic 1 tbsp Tamari Soy Sauce 1 bulb fennel 1/2 Avocado 1 dstsp Agave nectar Method: 1) Pre-heat the oven to 150C.  Wash the rice in a bowl of water, rinse, drain and repeat 3 times.  Bring 350mls water to the boil in a pan on the hob.  Add the rice.  Simmer …

Courgetti Ratatouille

So the bountiful August is well and truly in swing… filled with beans, potatoes, herbs, carrots, garlic, beetroot and of course courgettes… Our Allotmenting this year has been less productive than in previous years, mainly because I’ve been focused on getting my yoga class up and running alongside studying…I’m spread pretty thin but Tim and the kids have done a fab job of just about staying on top of the growth…and salvaging veg before the birds / rabbits / deer get there!  So here’s a vegan ratatouille recipe, originally posted on my instagram account, tried and tested by the lovely Mel Bevan (who’s family have given their seal of approval)!     Ingredients (serves 2): 1 red onion 2 cloves garlic 1/2 red pepper 1 red chilli Pinch sea salt and crack of black pepper Sprig of fresh rosemary and thyme 1 can plum tomatoes 8 medium mushrooms 1 tsp agave nectar 1 large courgette 1 tbsp rapeseed oil Method: 1) Heat a tbsp rapeseed oil in a large pan or wok. 2) Finely slice …

Homemade Burgers & BBQ Salads

So in the spirit of Summer (apparently it’s here in Britain although you wouldn’t know)… here’s my home-made BBQ.  Albeit to be consumed under a brolly in a shivering 16C whilst pretending it’s not raining and it’s actually hot… I’m not complaining, I’m not I’m not…   In a bid to cut out the sulphites, the nasty preservatives found in a lot of processed meat I’ve made my own burgers.. The recipe is simple and the flavour is delicate and that’s mainly because the kids complain if they are any other way… But the salad are a little more hearty, and the potatoes are home grown…whoopee (pat on the back for keeping a plant alive)…   Burger Ingredients (Makes 6):   400g Organic lean beef mince 1 red onion 1 tsp maple syrup 1 egg 50g breadcrumbs Pinch salt & pepper Knob of butter Sprinkling of plain flour to shape the burgers Potato Salad (serves 4): Around 24 new potatoes (either whole or halved) 2 handfuls fresh broad beans Knob of Butter Handful of Fresh …

A Meat-Free Monday Bowl of Plenty…

Mondays are for cleaning up after the weekend, sorting laundry, putting away, generally making sense of the mess created by us all having a ‘relaxing’ (read chaotic) weekend at home.  Mondays are for Yoga too… There’s a brilliant class at the beautiful Yoga Sp8ce on a Monday afternoon taught by Ruth… It’s always challenging, always blissed out and always reminds me to be good to myself… So feeling virtuous (after a weekend of over-indulgence) here’s a fab meat-free Monday recipe to kick start a healthy week, before another over indulgent weekend at the Hersham Beer Festival!!  See you there… Ingredients (Serves 2): 1 medium sweet potato 1/2 head cauliflower 1 leek 1 cup red camargue rice 1 400g can chickpeas 2 handfuls almonds 1/2 large white onion 1 tsp paprika pinch saffron 1 tbsp tamari 1 tsp garam masala Sea-salt Olive oil Method: 1.Heat the oven to 200C. 2. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the rice, along with a pinch of salt and pinch of saffron.  Allow to simmer for …

Chicory, Pear & Goats Cheese Salad

I’m not sure if this is an starter or a meal in itself?  My portion sizes aren’t exactly very yoga (by which I mean make a bowl with your hands and that’s  your portion size…) I just can’t decide how many times a day and how many servings per meal they mean… This one was part of a tapas style ‘picky’ Friday night meal… so we probably vastly overate a lot of a very deliciously food!     Ingredients (Serves 2): 2 heads of chicory 2 pears 2 handfuls walnut halves 100g goats cheese (the soft rolled type) balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp butter Method: 1) Break up the chicory so each leaf provides a little bowl for your cheese, pear & walnuts… 2) Slice the goats cheese in to discs and then halve. 3) Cut the pear in to approx. 1/2cm slices (discarding the core).  Then cut each slice in to 1/2cm strips. 4) Melt a tsp of butter in a frying pan on the hob.  Add the walnut halves and …

Tom Yum Yum Yum

Endless evenings on Thai beaches.. endless days snorkeling, scuba diving and soaking up the sun.  Thai food for me is a little taste of heaven.  It opens doors to memories that will forever soothe my soul, soften my heart and inspire and lift my mood.  It’s truly mind body & soul food… So in the early, cool spring sun, here’s a dish to usher in the heat… Literally.  Prawns, Oyster mushrooms, mange tout and plenty of Chilli… It’s a Tom Yum ‘yum yum’! Ingredients: 4 Cloves Garlic 1/2 Thumb Ginger 1/2 Red Pepper 300g Oyster or Exotic Mushrooms 200g Mange Tout 150g King Prawns 1 Can Coconut Milk 1 Small Bunch Coriander 2 Red Chillis 1tsp Fish Sauce 1tsp Turmeric Juice of 1 Lime 1tsp Tamarind past 1/2 tsp Palm Sugar 2 tbsp coconut oil 1/2 cup quinoa Method: 1) Heat the coconut oil in a large pan or wok on the hob.  Bring a separate pan of water to the boil and add the quinoa.  Simmer until the grain splits and softens, drain and …

Free Healthy Desk Lunch Recipe Ebook

This is exciting!The lovely folk over at Furniture at Work have put together a fab recipe ebook filled with healthy desk lunch ideas.  The ebook contains recipes by a collection of 16 bloggers and includes Hole Food Family’s very own ‘Clean, Lean & Green with Cashew Turmeric Cream’. The ebook is free to download and contains some Gluten Free, Vegan, Seafood, Egg & lunchbox inspiration… Click the link below to download your copy for FREE!  #HealthyDeskLunch Healthy Desk Lunch Recipe Ebook Follow us on facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pintrest Follow my blog with Bloglovin