Bread glorious bread

This week marks the end of my three month abstinence of all things dairy and wheat not to mention peas, cannellini beans, kidney beans, yeast, almonds, cashews..... Am I feeling smug having got through a whole three months without some of my favourite foods? Excited that I may now be able to reintroduce them back into my diet? Oh how I have missed freshly baked bread. Many times over the last few months, I've clinged longingly to warm loaves of freshly baked bread, whilst

Kids, do you fancy some avocado on sourdough - no? Chocolate - yes?

If you are lucky enough to have kids that will happily devour avocado, nuts, seeds, homemade energy balls and only drink water, then I take my hat off to you. Whilst many of us, have a long list of foods that we'd like our kids to be eating , getting them to eat it is another matter. I do have some general snack rules in our family, which have varied over the years but two I have always stuck to, I very rarely buy sweets and for many years now, we never have biscuits in the

The French connection

My passion for healthy food hasn't been a life long one. I've never been a massive junk food eater, or had a particularly sweet tooth. But when we moved to France, when the kids were four and six years old, I began to look at food in a fresh light. I realised that I was hitting middle age an it was time to start looking after myself. But it was not just age, being surrounded by markets with amazing seasonal, locally sourced foods and supermarkets stocking only fresh produce

Should I go gluten free?

Is it just a trendy food fad, or is there more to it? So of all the confusing messages around food and health, whether you should go gluten free must be up there near the top. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats, if you are have coeliac disease then the, the body’s immune system reacts to gluten by damaging the lining of the small intestine, which will affect the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. It’s a serious condition which needs to be di

Cranberry & Quinoa Cookies

A healthy snack, that's easy to make, that even my kids love! Ingredients: 1 egg or for vegans: 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds + 3 tablespoons water, stir well and leave to rest in the fridge for ten minutes before using) ½ cup almond butter (or nut butter of your choice) 1 medium banana, mashed 2 tablespoons maple syrup ½ cup rolled oats ½ cup quinoa flakes ⅓ cup cranberries * 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp sea salt 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 tbsp chia se