December 15, 2016

As soon as the first chestnuts start appearing in the supermarket I realise Christmas is almost upon us, it’s funny how these amazing tree nuts spark thoughts of celebration and sitting by an open fire. As the song suggests they just go hand in hand I guess!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas.

The Christmas Song (first verse)

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, 

Jack Frost nipping on your nose, 

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, 

And folks dressed up lik...

It’s October, Halloween is approaching and did I tell you I’m in love? In love with ‘Nutritional Superstars’ they go by the name of Pumpkins, pumping out beautiful antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamins A, C & E, rich in dietary fiber, & minerals, at only 26kcal per 100g, makes them a true winner on my score card!

But wait there’s more, the seeds are full of protein, minerals, vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, monounsaturated fatty acids (g...

September 21, 2016

So there I was this afternoon sitting minding my own business and my husband has to mention of all things Thai stir fry! Now I cannot get Coconut milk off my mind. The delicious white coconut milk creates a creamy tropical sauce, so unbelievably good in Asian recipes. Delicious in Thai, Vietnamese or Indian inspired dishes such as curries, stir-fries, or soups with a coconut milk base. The bad news is (don’t worry good news is coming too), since living in I...

September 6, 2016

Exciting news!!!! Blackberries are the top of all ‘super fruits’, the dark blue colour ensures that they have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. As a child I would go foraging and I have such fond memories of coming home so proud with my basket of black beauties, purple stained fingers and clothes eager for my mother to prepare blackberry and apple crumble, such a delicious treat. Here in Umbria, I often go out walking with my husband in t...

September 5, 2016

I’m so excited to tell you that the figs have just ripened in my garden and this year I have an abundance of them, probably because the boys, now taller than last year, can get to the ones really high up!

This week I have been busy in my kitchen making a delicious low sugar spiced fig jam, great with cheese and nuts or used as a filling for rustic gluten free galettes. This morning I again awoke with figs on my mind and my immediate thought was its time to m...

September 1, 2016

The first thing you should know about Chilli Con Carne is that it not Mexican, but American. It is a Texan dish whose early recorded origins seem to stem from a food market in San Antonio in the early 1880s.

The American spelling of chilli is with just a single letter ‘l’, but as we promote the most divine and most fabulous chilli ever made which is of British origins, then we keep with the British spelling of chilli. However, as it happens it’s not just the...

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