Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

Another great dish for a dinner party. Choose wild salmon fillets from your fishmonger. You can’t beat the taste, and they’ll be much bigger than those you’ll find in the supermarket. The pistachio crust can be prepared the night before. Just cover the dish with clingfilm and pop it in the fridge overnight. NB. Shelled…

Orange-Rosemary Seared Salmon

If my taste buds could talk, they’d be screaming “Yay! It’s summer!” I’m not joking! This dish is perfect for this time of year and it’s so quick and easy. It’s packed full of goodness and flavour too. My family tell me it’s like eating in a restaurant, it’s so grub-tastic! They’re biased I know,…

Dried Fuit & Nut Balls

These yummy little dried fruit and nut balls are packed full of nutrients and fibre. Great for your lunch box or for taking on a picnic. Use whatever dried fruit and nuts you have in your store cupboard, but I recommend using Medjool dates and dried apricots as their gooey texture holds the ingredients together…

Plantain and Sausage Hash

The key to getting this recipe perfect is by using quality sausage meat. And by that, I mean a trip to your local butcher’s shop. You can use whatever sausages you like, Italian, pork and black pudding, or as I’ve used here, Moroccan spiced sausages. My local butcher, Axons of Didsbury, have a wall full of…

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…

Homemade Chicken Stock

Believe it or not, it’s the first time I’ve ever made chicken stock. I’ve made hundreds of dishes using chicken, but never made stock from the carcass or leftovers. It may have something to do with the fact that I now eat only free-range organic chicken, so didn’t want to waste any of it. It’s…

Dried Fruit Bars

This is the easiest snack I’ve ever put together. I had all the ingredients in my store cupboard already so all that I had to do was weigh out the ingredients. Here’s what I used, but you can use whatever dried fruit you have in. Cranberries would be a good option or mango. You can…

Paleo – Day 2

Had another great nights sleep. Not quite as long as yesterday, but absolutely no headaches, and I slept for over 7 hours which is good for me. I also drank 2½ litres of water. I had brunch around 11am with my daughter who was eager to try the baked avocado. You can find the recipe…

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…

Quinoa and Cashew Nut Pilaf

This is a light, healthy dish, perfect for summer, and it’s super-easy too. It can be served warm or cold so it’s great for making in advance and serving up at a picnic or BBQ. Quinoa is a South American, gluten-free grain not dissimilar to rice, but lighter in texture. It has a nutty taste…

Sunflower and Coriander Pesto

This makes an interesting change from the standard basil and pine nut, or pumpkin seed pesto, and it’s very easy to make. You can buy 1kg of sunflower seeds for around £3.99 as opposed to pine nuts which for the same weight, will burn £38.00 – £48.00 into your pocket. Ouch! Sunflower pesto offers an…