A Romantic Dinner for Two – Valentine’s Day Menu

How about a special Valentine’s Day Menu that’s completely Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and Refined Sugar-Free but still incredibly tasty?  Think such a thing doesn’t exist?  Read on to find out how you can create a meal that’s delicious and healthy and super impressive… We’re spending Valentine’s Evening at home this year as we didn’t want to…

Roasted Red Pepper Houmous (Roasted Capsicum Hummus)

As my Haricot Bean Houmous (Navy Bean Hummus) turned out so well, I decided to have another go at it but experiment with the flavours.  I love Roasted Red Pepper Houmous so I decided to re-create that version using fresh ingredients instead of a store-bought version full of preservatives and fillers. The basic recipe is…

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Chilli & Cumin

As the weather is getting colder I thought it was time to get out and dust off my Slow Cooker which hadn’t been used since last winter!! I love soup, it’s such an easy way to get a lot of vegetables into your diet and I often make a huge batch and take it to…

Baked Camembert with Garlic & Rosemary

This has to be one of the easiest yet most crowd pleasing appetisers around!  5 minutes prep, 20 minutes in the oven and you have a huge gooey, melted cheese that is perfect for dipping.  I like to make my Baked Camembert with garlic and rosemary, but you could add any flavours you want.  Honey…

Burrata Caprese Salad

I love Burrata (in fact I love all cheese!)  It’s one of those things that I always order from any menu when I see it offered.  In fact I ordered it just last week at our Date Night dinner at Roast Restaurant. There’s something about the firm outer shell, giving way to the gooey, creamy…

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…

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…

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…

Grilled Figs with Goats Cheese, Crispy Prosciutto, Pecans & Honey

Figs have two main growing seasons so I’ve just found out!  The first is now, before the summer and the second is in the autumn.  This means that at the moment there is an abundance of figs in the stores.  I found some mini figs that looked so amazing and ripe that I knew I…

Gambas Al Ajillo (à la Dan) – Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp)

Last night’s dinner was a follow-on from Madrid.  When telling Dan all about my trip, I realised that I hadn’t eaten Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp) once on the whole trip, so to rectify it we decided to make it at home, and Dan offered to cook it .  Other than his burgers…

Almond Flour Crackers (3 Ways!)

One of the things I miss most about the medical diet that I’m on is the crunch of a crisp (potato chip).  Sometimes a carrot stick really wont cut it and when everyone has the crisps and dip out it can be tough not to join in!  No longer!  Bring on the Guacamole!  These Almond Flour…

Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp

I found some amazing Jumbo Shrimp in wholefoods and they really inspired me to create a recipe around them. We were having guests tonight and I had already planned the main course, but I hadn’t got an appetiser to serve when they arrived. With my Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus fresh in my mind from a few days…