When Is A Banana Not A Banana?

Answer: When it’s a plantain! Bet you knew that already didn’t you? Clever thing you! And if you don’t already know, a plantain, or cooking plantain, is one of the less sweet cultivated varieties of the genus Musa whose fruit is also known as a banana. The thing is, I’m finding new and interesting things…

Roasted Cod Fishcakes

First of all let me tell you these didn’t start out as fishcakes! There’s no point in pretending. They were supposed to be whole cod fillets, roasted with garlic but here’s what happened . . . . . I bought some fresh cod fillets from my local fishmonger. They came with the skin on, plus…

Paleo – Day 1

So here I am; day one and raring to go! I’ve already done my food shop – see here. It’s a good idea to pick a start date and get everything organised, especially if you go out to work. Who wants to be rushing round spending hours preparing everything? Paleo meals are quite straightforward so…

Baked Avocado

I adore avocados and they’re so good for you. This recipe can be served as a side dish (one avocado is enough for two people, if served with a salad) or eat one whole avocado for breakfast or lunch. The choice is yours! Serves 1 or 2 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes…

Mixed Bean Bourguignon

An excellent vegetarian version of Boeuf Bourguignon, adapted from a recipe from ‘The Everyday Wheat-free & Gluten-free Cookbook’. Use whatever tinned beans you have in your cupboard. I use organic products if they’re available. In this recipe I used organic flageolet beans by Biona (£1.75) and organic potato flour by Sussex Wholefoods (£1.99 for 1kg…

Leek, Cucumber and Emmenthal Flan

The ingredients in this flan are so unusual. There’s the crispness of the water chestnuts, the softness of the leeks, and the sweetness of the pineapple. Mix them all together and they work quite brilliantly. This dish is perfect for the weekend, served at lunch or supper time with a large salad. I hadn’t used…

Home Baked Beans and Sweet Potato Wedges

Once you’ve devoured the sweet flavours of these home baked beans, you’ll forget all about the ready-made tinned variety. They are complete polar opposites; the Belgravia and Brixton of baked beans no less! 🙂 This dish is perfect for serving up at the weekend, either at lunch or supper time. Make a big batch and…