All posts tagged: healthy living

Peach, Pea & Halloumi Salad

What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror?  “Hallou-mi!” This salad though, it’s no joke.  In fact it’s seriously lovely… It’s about as easy as dinner comes too, so when you’re ready for a super summer supper and a glass of cold white wine this is for you… Full of allotment bounty and wholefood nourishment… If you’re not buzzing with vitality (and a sense of virtuousness) afterwards then… well, pop to a yoga class instead!! Ingredients (serves 2): A bed of mixed watercress, spinach and rocked (around 2 large handfuls) 2 good handfuls of fresh, shelled, green peas 4 roast new potatoes (halved or quartered depending on their size) 2 handfuls steamed green beans 2 flat peaches, cubed 6 slices halloumi 1 beetroot, cubed 1 tbsp olive oil, 1tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp agave nectar 1 sprig fresh rosemary Sea Salt Pepper Method: 1) Pre-heat the oven to 180C.  Cut the potatoes and beetroot in to halves or quarters, drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of sea-salt, add a sprig of …

Peach, Pea & Halloumi Salad

What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror?  “Hallou-mi!” This salad though, it’s no joke.  In fact it’s seriously lovely… It’s about as easy as dinner comes too, so when you’re ready for a super summer supper and a glass of cold white wine this is for you… Full of allotment bounty and wholefood nourishment… If you’re not buzzing with vitality (and a sense of virtuousness) afterwards then… well, pop to a yoga class instead!! Ingredients (serves 2): A bed of mixed watercress, spinach and rocked (around 2 large handfuls) 2 good handfuls of fresh, shelled, green peas 4 roast new potatoes (halved or quartered depending on their size) 2 handfuls steamed green beans 2 flat peaches, cubed 6 slices halloumi 1 beetroot, cubed 1 tbsp olive oil, 1tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp agave nectar 1 sprig fresh rosemary Sea Salt Pepper Method: 1) Pre-heat the oven to 180C.  Cut the potatoes and beetroot in to halves or quarters, drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of sea-salt, add a sprig of …

Mango, Coconut & Chia Cream

It’s officially the first day of the school holidays for us… Amid various melt-downs there were moments of loveliness.  Breakfast was one of them.  I think we all thoroughly appreciated the slow morning we had.  The sun was shining and we sat in the garden eating and planning our day… With extra time comes a little more creativity and this delicious breakfast pudding was the result.  It was as easy as making a smoothie, and just took a few extra minutes for the chia seeds to do their coagulating business in the fridge… So here it is… hope you enjoy!   Ingredients: 1 mango 2/3 can coconut milk 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp cocoa nibs Method: 1) Quarter the mango, slice and dice and scoop in to a blender. 2) Add the coconut milk, chia seeds and cocoa nibs. 3) Blend and pour in to a bowl.  Set in the fridge for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy! PS – I watched Forks Over Knives last night, anyone else seen it?  Brilliant watch for anyone …

Wild about Garlic (that’s Wild Garlic)…Recipe Share…

If you go down to the woods today, and follow your nose along the river bank, you might notice the pungent smell of wild garlic wafting through the air.  You’ll see it in all it’s woodland growing green glory, carpeting the banks of the river Mole, deep in the woods…  It’s a fairy-tale food, and it’s free!  It’s coming in to season now and it’s so worth hunting down…  So if you’re out walking or feel like an adventure, keep your noses peeled and collect the green leaves (not the bulbs) for use as you would any seasonal herb or garlic!  The flowers are edible too, but as with any herb, it’s most pungent, tender and tasty just before it flowers.  Not only that it’s quite literally a superhero amongst foods. My lovely Twitter folk friends have shared their favourite wild garlic recipes with me, so here they are for you, and of course if you have any recipes to share, please link them in the comments below… My own adventures with wild garlic 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 …

Garlic Mushroom, Thyme & Goats Cheese Toast

I could almost always have a cheese and Marmite sandwich for lunch, especially when I’m on my own.  No brain power required.  Fills a hole.  No further thought until supper time.  But when I jolt myself out of my rut and start pulling ingredients out of the fridge in a ‘ready steady cook’ style challenge I remember how good lunch for one can be.  And without any extra time or effort (other than applying my mind to it)!  So the result of today’s jolt of inspiration is this… Ingredients (Serves 1): 1 slice sourdough bread (toasted) 4 large chestnut mushrooms 2 cloves garlic 1 tbsp butter 1 spring onion 2 tbsp white wine 1 small sprig thyme 4 thin slices goats cheese Method: 1) Toast the sourdough in the toaster. 2) Melt the butter in a pan on the hob. 3) Crush the garlic, thinly slice the spring onion and add to the pan along with the thyme to soften (without browning). 4) Add the sliced mushrooms and the white wine. 5) Simmer until the …

Pink Potato, Fennel & Leek Soup

The temperature has dropped again and it seems like everyone is poorly… Mine included.  So we’re bundled up with sniffs and snivels and only hot soup and toast will do.  That along with chamomile tea and ginger biscuits!  No problem though, snuggling on the sofa and reading back to back Roald Dahl is a treat… We’re on ‘Danny the Champion of the World’… so gripping…The link to the site here is great too, lots of lovely interactive Roald Dahl quizzes, recipes and ideals for entertaining kids… So back to the soup.  Leek and Potato is always a favourite, but I had a bag of ‘Red Emmelie’ heritage potatoes delivered this week  from our good friends at Abel & Cole and they’re delicious.  They’ve also given this soup its lovely pink colour… It’s sweet and hearty and full of vegetable goodness!  I hope you enjoy it as much as us! Ingredients: 1/2 head large fennel 1 large onion 2 cloves garlic 2 large leeks 6 red emmelie potatoes 1 sachet red miso paste 2 tsp vegetable …

Spaghetti Puttanesca for One…

There’s something quite wonderful about being home alone, just myself to please and my own whims and fancies to indulge… It means strong salty flavours, preserved fish, anchovies, smoked mackerel, salmon and carbs.  There’s a whole lot of love wrapped up in a dish for one, and this spaghetti puttanesca sums it up for me… accompanied by a glass of red wine and ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ for company… Heaven!   Ingredients: 1 onion 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp chilli flakes 1 tsp mixed herbs 2 tbsp chopped anchovy fillets 1 Large handful kalamata olives 1 can plum tomatoes 1 large handful chopped parsley 1 tsp maple syrup Black pepper to taste 75g dried spaghetti Olive oil Method: 1) Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add a pinch of salt once its boiling and add the spaghetti.  Stir as the spaghetti cooks to avoid sticking. 2) Warm 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan on the hob. 3) Finely slice the onion, crush the garlic and add to the pan along with the …

Raw Winter Slaw

This is a lovely accompaniment to a hot buttery jacket potato.  Is there ever a time when a jacket potato isn’t a good meal option?  OK, so I recently found out that it’s not one of your five a day (sad face), but they’re full of fibre, vitamins and are a healthy source of carbohydrates (happy face)!  So what to have with them?  If you’re a cheese and coleslaw fan then this one is for you… Ingredients: 1/2 celeriac, peeled and grated 1/4 red cabbage finely chopped 1 tsp paprika 6 tbsp natural yoghurt 2 tbsp dijon mustard 1 handful pinenuts, toasted Juice 1/2 lemon Method: 1. Grate the celeriac & finely chop the red cabbage.  Place in a mixing bowl. 2. Add the yoghurt, mustard, paprika & lemon to a separate bowl and mix thoroughly. 3. Add the yoghurt mixture to the celeriac mixture and stir through so all the veg is coated. 4. Heat a pan on the hob and throw in a large handful of pinenuts, toast until lightly brown all over …