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Holiday meal-planning

When we go on holiday, we usually stay in a house or villa meaning that we are responsible for our own meals!  I love planning what we are going to eat and I thoroughly enjoy visiting the different shops and markets. There is something rather special about trying what delights the local area has to offer. Certain foods taste so much better when on holiday: tomatoes are sweeter and fish fresher.  Meal times are the highlight of my day on holiday: we will eat together, chat, laugh and play card-games … little pleasures that the stresses and strains of everyday …

Sustainable Shopping

Why buying loose fruit and vegetables from the market is better for the environment, your pocket and your general well-being!  Recently I have ditched the supermarket and started buying my fruit and vegetables from a local market stall.  My primary reason for doing this was to try and reduce single-use plastic. The amount of packaging had become ludicrous and it seemed an easy swap. But this hasn’t been the only benefit to changing my shopping habits:  When buying loose items, you get to choose the exact quantity and size that you need.  This will help to reduce your food shopping bill and …

Vitamin C

It’s that time of year when many of us are trying to ward off the colds by increasing our vitamin C intake.  But which foods are rich in it and what are the benefits to our health? Vitamin C is not only associated with a healthy immune system; it is also involved in the formation of collagen (helping to maintain healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage) and improves cell health and wound healing.  It is important to remember that Vitamin C is water-soluble so is not stored in the body: this means that we need to ensure that we get an …

All oils are not created equal

There are lots of oils out there and they all boast different health benefits and qualities so it can be confusing deciding which ones to choose. I tend to stick to these three oils: Olive, Rapeseed and Coconut. I use olive oil for sauces and dressings; cold-pressed rapeseed oil for cooking and coconut oil or baking if I need a vegan alternative and sometimes for frying. So why is rapeseed oil my got to bottle and why do I not tend to cook with olive oil? Olive Oil – tastes good; rich in monounsaturated fats; contains many antioxidants which can …

Potatoes are incredibly versatile and tasty…

Potatoes are incredibly versatile and tasty, but they have managed to stir up some controversy in recent years with many people choosing to eliminate them from their diets. But, potatoes don’t have to be the enemy:  they are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, resistant starch* and fibre. It’s our portion size and chosen cooking methods that determine whether the potato is a healthy or unhealthy food choice!  I never fry them, I use oil or butter sparingly and I leave the skins on whenever possible.  Personally, I couldn’t live without the humble potato!  Sweet, white or new; baked in their …