Families…it’s not just parents and little children

Families. Complicated things aren’t they? When we see advice for families we generally see information for mums and dads with babies or school children. But we all know that families stretch beyond that. Just because your kids are grown up, heading off to uni or living at home, you don’t stop seeing yourself as a…

The Sewing Machine and The Power of Food Beyond Fuel

I have just spent some time in Edinburgh. I like spending time in bookshops and I like reading books set in places that I know well. The Sewing Machine is a book set in this wonderful city, a city that I have a strong connection to and have spent a lot of time in. A…

Another curry class and thinking about leftovers

Last week I did some more cooking at an apartment in Paris. This time we cooked Keralan style veggie curry and spiced vegetable rice. It went down well. We did raita and poppadoms to go with it. As ever it was a pleasant lunch with lovely people. The recipes are simple ones that could easily…

Cooking More Veggie Food – a cooking class

A few weeks ago, I headed into Paris to meet four ladies who wanted to cook more veggie food and wanted a few tips on menu planning. I was so engrossed in the class I took zero photos!! It was such a fun day thanks to the company and the generous hospitality of our host….

Indian Cooking Class

I had a lot of fun last Friday. I agreed to run a cooking class for Maisons-Laffitte International Association. I ran a class cooking Keralan chicken curry , a vegetarian version with vegetables and chick peas to replace the chicken, spiced vegetable basmati rice and raita. We cooked poppadoms and had chutneys and pickles followed…

Food and the immune system

I was asked about what to eat to help the immune system. We often get told about this food or that food’s effect on our immune system or how a food is protecting us against illness or cancer or how full of antioxidants the food is. Eating to help our immune system is not about…

Social Media and Nutrition

On Tuesday, the third @AfNutr Twitter chat talked Social Media. It was a great discussion, trying to get to the bottom of the ups and downs of social media in the nutrition world, how to stay professional on a forum that can get a bit nasty from time to time. Most importantly, we were also…

More guilt for working mothers!

This week a big news story for me was the story that working mothers were more likely to have heavier children. This was most true for single working mothers. The reporting didn’t go down too well with working mums and too right. Some newspapers reported both the study and the outrage the findings caused –…