Raspberry Mint Lime Cooler – Non-Alcoholic

I have a confession to make – I’m taking a couple of weeks off the wine!  After our wonderful trip to France and Spain and the many wine tastings we did in Rioja and Bordeaux I felt like I needed a bit of a break.  I’m actually following the 3-week gut-reset diet from the book…

Haricot Bean Houmous (Navy Bean Hummus)

I absolutely love houmous (or hummus if you’re from the USA).  It’s one of those staples at any party now, everyone’s favourite dip that comes out with the nibbles.  You can dip crisps or crudité into it, spread it on bread and it goes fantastically with lamb as part of a main meal.  It’s just so…

24 hours in Bordeaux, France – A City Dedicated to Wine!

Arriving in Bordeaux to gorgeous sunshine we were all smiles for the first stop on our road trip tour of Western France and Northern Spain.  With our love of wine, Bordeaux was the obvious first stop!  We only had 24 hours in Bordeaux so we had to make the most of our time there. There…

Andi’s Restaurant – Stoke Newington, London

Having enjoyed brunch so much at Andi’s Restaurant a couple of weeks ago, we decided it was time to return and try out the dinner menu.  Andi’s Restaurant is the new hot spot on Church St in Stoke Newington, North London.  The kitchen is run by Andi Oliver, the new chef on the Great British…

Ilha Deserta, Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Every year I go to Portugal and it’s definitely my happy place.  I love the beaches, restaurants, sea and sun and we often spend days on the beach but sometimes I like to do a day-trip to see a bit more of what this beautiful country has to offer.  Ilha Deserta is one of the…

Raspberry Almond Cake with Coconut Cream

This weekend was my Mummy’s Birthday and I wanted to make something special for her!  She, like me, follows the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  This means no grains, gluten or refined sugar amongst other things, so a traditional cake was definitely out of the question.  Last year I made her my Carrot Cake & Date Muffins…

Friday Favourites #2

A week has flown by and I’m on my holiday now!  The one that I was desperately looking forward to this time last week.  By the time you read this I’ll have visited Bordeaux and be on the way to the next leg of our trip!  So here’s a few things I’ve been loving since…

Pork Chops with Butter Poached Apples

I don’t tend to cook with Pork – it’s just not one of my favourite meats.  I find it quite dry and chewy unless it’s a slow roasted cut like a Pork Belly or Pulled Pork.  When I saw these enormous pork chops in the supermarket though, I knew I wanted to make dinner with…

Warm Lentil Bacon Salad with Shallots & Fresh Thyme

Having loved the last lentil salad I made (Lentil Salad with Feta & Mint)  I decided to use lentils again.  I really don’t eat them enough.  They’re so filling and so full of protein that they’re extremely good for you.  Legumes, beans and pulses don’t seem to cause me any ill effect although I know…

Friday Favourites #1

Hi guys and welcome to a new series I’m trying out – Friday Favourites.  My chance to fill you in on all the things I’ve been loving each week. Through my blog I get access to some incredible products.  I’m often approached by great small businesses who are out there creating amazing things but just…

Pan Fried Cod with Tomato Chorizo Cassoulet

This evening I was in the mood for something light yet tasty and filling.  When feeling this way I usually turn to pulses.  Beans and lentils really pack a protein punch and seem to keep me feeling full for much longer than anything else.  Haricot (navy) beans are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that…

Parmesan Almond Flour Crackers

Recently I made my delicious Almond Flour Crackers and having tried three different toppings I kept thinking about other flavour combinations to create.  I love cheese biscuits so Parmesan came to mind pretty quickly.  With such a strong taste, you don’t need much of it to flavour the crackers so they don’t get greasy and…