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Pumpkin, Sage and Pancetta Risotto

Thank you to Melissa Gatt for doing her Halloween tricks in the kitchen! She turned her pumpkin into an absolutely delicious risotto... What a treat!
Here's how she made it...

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Coconut & Cherry Chocolates

Since these chocolates went down a storm at our Fasts Track to Fabulous Evenings, I decided to share the recipe with you, so, you too can make these healthy delicious treats. However, I cannot take all the glory as it was my  dear friend Belinda Blake, who introduced them to me. Thank you Belinda :) 

To Make 26 Truffles ..... 

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Lamb shoulder with broad beans and herbs by Ottolenghi


It’s lambing season so spring is the perfect time of year to be eating this nutritious red meat. Like the broad bean in this recipe, it too is a great source of iron and B12 but iron from meat is more easily absorbed than from its plant cousin. Iron is essential...

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Seasonal sniffling, sneezing and sore throats?

It’s that time of year again where colds are going around and spreading like a viral infection. Well, that is because it is a viral infection!  The virus triggers the immune system, which then activates the mucus layer in the eyes, nose and throat causing us to feel all bunged up and ‘snotty’! 

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Back to school lunch box for happy, healthy children!

 It’s time to go back to school  and for many children this is a stressful time.  Choosing the right nutrients for their packed lunch could play an important role, not only on their moods and concentration levels throughout the day but also on their immune systems to fight off the colds and sore throats that start to circulate this time of year! .

So here are a few top ‘lunch box’ tips to help your children stay happy, healthy and energised!   

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The wonders of watercress

Vegetable of the Month - Watercress

Making an appearance this time of year is a wonderful, peppery, leafy green called watercress. This plant, once revered by the ancient Romans for its medicinal powers, was fed to their soldiers to fight against diseases such as scurvy, bronchitis and ‘ill’ blood. 

Today, watercress is making its comeback not only because of its rich variety of nutrients but also thanks to its delicious fresh flavour and versatility in the kitchen.

Here’s a wonderful summer recipe that is perfect as a light lunch but is also delicious as an accompaniment to roasted meats. The fresh, peppery flavours of the watercress contrast with the sweet, zesty juice of the oranges. Together, they cleanse the palate and help digestion as well as add a splash of summer colour to the table.

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Naturally High Springs into Action!

Spring is in the air and one of the first vegetables of the season is asparagus. So, this month, let's focus on why asparagus should be at the top of your shopping list.

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Chilli peppers can spice up your love life and much, much more!

We, as a nation, love ‘foreign’ foods.  This is possibly because of their exotic aromas and the fantastic array of spices used to enhance their flavours.

There are over 200 herbs and spices on this planet but on average, we only use about 5 of them in the UK!


Herbs and spices are Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet.   In fact, when I worked in the jungles of Belize, the local people used the herbs from the rain forest for their every day needs such as for snakebites, fever, antiseptics, contraceptives, headaches etc – it was fascinating to see first hand how they relied on their surroundings to survive and used their knowledge of the medicinal powers available.

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Brussels Sprouts – Not just for Christmas!

As a child, I disliked Brussels sprouts and I know I was not the only one! You either love them or hate them. The latter is mainly due to their horrid sulphurous smell that fills the room when they have been over cooked.

Today, I love Brussels sprouts. So now, it’s become my aim to help the rest of the Nation fall in love with them too!

Below is a very simple, quick recipe for you to try, not just for Christmas day but throughout the whole winter.

Before I share it with you, I just want to give you just a little taster on how beneficial they really are to your health.

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Celeriac – Beauty and the Beast.

In winter, Mother Nature  provides us with a power house of nutrients needed to protect us against the colds and flus that are flying around this time of year.  

Celeriac is quite an ugly, knobbly, root vegetable. Yet, behind it’s warty exterior, there is a treasure trove of surprises.

Stressed out?

Are you aware that you might be suffering from a stress related illness? 


Are you lacking in energy? Do you crave sweet and/or salty foods? Are you putting on weight? Do you suffer from headaches or skin problems? Are you having digestive issues such as IBS, heartburn and food allergies? Are you suffering from excessive sweating or depression and mood swings? Do you have a low sex drive?


Any of these symptons could be an indication that you are suffering with long term stress.   So what is stress?

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Today, I am proud to say that I made my first batch of Kale ‘crisps’ in my new dehydrator and what a success!  I was so surprised to see how my whole family polished them off in no time. In fact, the kids wanted more!  Kale is such a powerhouse of nutrients that it’s  a fantastic way of getting another green vegetable into the diet in the form of a snack  any time of the day. Whilst I used a dehydrator,  they can also be made in the oven too.

Let’s find out why kale is so good for you!

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Food of the gods! The Royal Aztecs drunk a bitter, spicy, frothy drink called xocoatl. Today we know it as chocolate.  Like gold to the conquistadores, the cocoa beans were very precious, so much so, they were used as a currency.


In modern times, chocolate is still worshipped all over the world. Yet, it is often perceived as the irresistible temptation and sinful indulgence.

So, for this Halloween, lets take a closer look at this edible gold and find out if it is a trick or treat!

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My Cod with Chorizo and Lentils Supper!

Today, I want to share with you a recipe that I cooked last night for friends.

I had spent the day travelling so I was looking for something that was effortless to prepare and flavoursome. Flicking through an Olive Magazine on the plane, I came across  this recipe. It ticked all the boxes and looked really easy, so I decided to give it a go.  It was such a success that I wanted to share it with you! 

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Valentine's day is fast approaching. It provides us with the perfect excuse to have foods with aphrodisiac powers. So,before getting down to the nitty gritty, remember, everything is best in moderation!

Oysters are the old favourite – according to legend, Casanova ate 50 oysters for breakfast every day! They contain D-aspartic acid found to increase sex hormones in both men and women. Plus they are one of the highest sources of zinc needed for a healthy reproductive system!

Asparagus is another one! Nicholas Culpepper, an English herbalist said, "asparagus stirs up lust in man and woman." That's why in 19th century France, asparagus was served for the nuptial feast.

Almonds, found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, were called the 'Greek nut' by the Romans. They are, in fact, the seed of the fruit, bursting with a multitude of nutrients. It includes tryptophan, the precursor of serotonin the 'happy hormone', said to arouse passion in women!

Finally, there is dark chocolate! Food of the Mayan gods! It is said, Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, drank chocolate daily to enhance is sexual prowess – he had 18 children. Chocolate contains theobromine and phenethylamine, known to stimulate both the nervous system and mood! 85% dark chocolate contains the highest levels of serotonin.

Here's a very easy recipe for Valentine's Day – it's quick and leaves you more time for romance♥!!

Chocolate Almonds Ingredients;

150gof 70% or more dark chocolate
100g -200g whole almonds (with skin)

1) Melt the bar of chocolate in a bowl over hot water.
2) Mix in the nuts – stir and cover with chocolate.
3) Cover a tray with grease proof paper, pour the chocolate/nut mixture onto the paper. Or place the nuts on the paper one at a time if you prefer individual bites.
4) Place in the fridge for 1 hour.


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