Campfires and fruitcake! Two of my favourite things.

This weekend, I was in my happy place. I was outdoors with a bunch of amazing scouts and leaders building catapults, leading camp songs around a campfire getting kids to shout really, really loudly, listening to the owls at night and watching the clouds whizzing past the full moon. We were lucky with the weather,…

Italian cooking class – the secret ingredient!

I promised to tell more about the amazing Italian food from the cooking class I went to. I talked last time about making pasta from scratch – something I had never done before. The next step was to make sauces to go with them. Sugo is the word for sauce and we made two simple…

Italian food – a cooking class!

I was a participant for this class. It was amazing. I ate way too much but it was all so very delicious. It kept me fueled for my evening in the forest with cubs and scouts until late building shelters and geocaching. Two lovely ladies from Puglia ran the class. If you are not familiar…

How do we talk about weight?

You may have seen James Corden’s response to Bill Maher talking about how fat shaming is a good thing – it has made the news and people are talking. Then there was Piers Morgan and a fitness celebrity backing up Bill Mahr on Good Morning Breakfast suggesting that fat shaming was the way to get…

Muffins don’t have to be sweet!

Try these Onion and Apple Muffins as an alternative to a sandwich or with some soup. They are also delicious with a bit of garlic and herb cream cheese and some salad. It may sound a bit weird but really give them a go. Although best straight out the oven, as with any home baking,…

A tale of HbA1c with a happy ending

First, I should explain what HbA1c is – I will let the experts do it for me. Here is how Diabetes UK explains Hb1Ac: The term HbA1c refers to glycated haemoglobin. It develops when haemoglobin, a protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body, joins with glucose in the blood, becoming ‘glycated’. By measuring glycated…

Holidays will soon be over so let’s start thinking lunches

There are so many reasons to make a packed lunch but there are also lots of reasons why we don’t quite manage to do it. Does the plan to make lunch end with the kitchen work top looking a bit like the photo – everything dragged out the fridge and cupboard but with no real…

Nutrition analysis…more than just for labelling

I just spent an afternoon analysing some recipes for a client, a home economist developing recipes for her own client. It is quite soothing work, I have found quite an intuitive analysis package that has smart portion guide and pretty reporting which highlights allergens, that calculates portions and scales recipes up and down, presents information…

Procrastination

I loved this coffee shop in Edinburgh. What a great name! When I am procrastinating one of the first things I do is go make myself a cuppa! In fact, I think procrastination is one of the top reasons why people eat and drink when they are not hungry! I was talking to a friend…

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…