Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Lentils & Goats Cheese

I love salads but at this time of year, a cold dinner doesn’t always appeal.  This Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Lentils & Goats Cheese is warm and comforting.  It’s the perfect winter lunch or dinner or can even be served as a side dish as part of a larger meal. This recipe serves two…

What to do in the Salento Region of Puglia, Italy

Dan and I were off to Italy again!  We had been invited by the Puglia Tourist Board who promised to show us a whole host of things to do in the Salento Region.  (Puglia is the southernmost part of Italy or the ‘heel of the boot of Italy’ and Salento is the southern tip of…

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…

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…

Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven

If you follow my Instagram you’ll have seen the delicious picture I posted of an amazing fish lunch that I had recently at 2Passos Restaurant in the Algarve, Portugal.  A beautiful whole Dorade (Sea Bream) baked in the oven on a bed of onions, tomatoes and garlic.  The combination had all the flavours of the…

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…

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 I…

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…

Rocket Pesto (Arugula)

Homemade pesto always tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the shops. This Rocket Pesto  – also known as Arugula Pesto is the US – is peppery take on the Italian Classic.  Fresher and bursting with flavour from the herbs, it adds so much to most dishes.  You can pair it with…

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…

Courgetti Aglio E Olio with King Prawns

(Zucchini Noodles – Zoodles – with Garlic, Chilli & Jumbo Shrimp) Apparently there is a courgette (zucchini) shortage in London (I’m  actually not joking) that I was completely unaware of.  My mum told me about it – it’s been on the news and everything!  From what I’ve been hearing, everyone is on a New Year’s Health…