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MOUTH-WATERING SIDES TO GO WITH ANYTHING

Try something different with these simple, yet special side ideas for your festive table. Six different vegetables to pair with anything from the traditional turkey roast, to pork or beef. When it comes to festive food, there is always a nod to both English and Italian traditions in my kitchen and veggies are no exception. [...]

1 CHICKEN, 4 MEALS

I hate to waste food and time, so I am always looking for ways to save both.  This way of preparing chicken has been a feature of my weekend cooking for as long as I can remember.  It takes very little prep time and it gives you a main meal on the day you prepare [...]

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PASTA: HEALTHY CARB OR JUNK FOOD?

It’s probably surprising to no one that as an Italian and a huge fan of the Mediterranean diet, I love pasta dishes. Having grown up with them, experimented with recipes for them, and enjoyed them for decades I know firsthand how delicious and healthy they can be. But over the past few years, I’ve increasingly [...]

Mushrooms

Crimini, chestnut, portabellos and oriental varieties like shiitake and enoki are big on flavour and texture and one of my favourite fridge standbys. If you have mushrooms in the fridge you can whip up a delicious quick meal in minutes whether it is mushrooms on toast, a earthy risotto or a quick pasta. Wild mushrooms [...]

Aubergines

–Aubergines have a glossy skin covering a creamy sponge-like flesh with numerous centrally arranged small, soft seeds. Aubergines have a rather bland flavour when raw, but they become soft and flavoursome once cooked.  Native of South Asia, aubergines come in different sizes, shapes and colours, from the plump deep purple oblong variety commonly used in [...]

Winter Squash

Autumn is squash and pumpkin season. Green skinned kabochas, ridged acorns, coquina squash all make an appearance in early October. Squashes are generally better for cooking than the giant Jack-o-lantern varieties of pumpkins best for carving into ghoulish faces at Halloween, as their flesh is often watery and bland. Winter squashes store well, are cheap [...]

Carrots

There are many carrot benefits. Carrots are grown all year round and store well. Unlike many fruits and vegetables, much of their nutritional value is not lost through storage! Adding fat to carrots when cooking them increases their health benefits because it increases the bioavailability of beta-carotene, that is the amount your body can absorb. [...]

Avocado

You may know there are many health benefits to avocado, but do you know the history of this fruit? Avocado is a fruit and more specifically a berry. Cultivated in Central America since 8000BC, the avocado or alligator pear is commonly used as a ‘savoury’ fruit in salads and salsas. Like bananas, avocados mature on [...]

Apples

Apples are good for you. Well, you knew that already, right? As the saying goes ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. But are you aware of their amazing specific health benefits of apples?   WHY EAT APPLES Apples lower cholesterol. The soluble fibre pectin helps lower LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. Apples may fight [...]

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