Tess Holiday and Cosmo

There has been quite a storm about Tess Holiday’s appearance on the front cover of the October edition of Cosmopolitan.  Piers Morgan certainly provoked debate with his controversial statements.  The debate is important if sometimes ugly. Why can’t a beautiful woman be on the cover of Cosmo if she is obese?  And yes she is…

Does focusing on obesity in a health campaign have a negative side?

Have you seen the OB_S_TY campaign by Cancer UK? It caused quite a stir in nutrition circles when it was launched.  I wrote most of this back when it launched but didn’t hit publish button.  The focus on weight and health in isolation still bothers me so this is post remains very relevant.  I know…

Keep active and eat protein rich foods for healthy ageing

What a protein rich meal – eggs, beans and cheese!  These are naturally protein rich foods.  However, you may have noticed that extra protein is also being added to many foods – breakfast cereals, chocolate bars and snack bars to name a few.  Protein is certainly having its moment in the spotlight and getting some…

Cooking with friends

Friends of mine have invested in the Lidl version of the Thermomix – MrCuisine.  Not nearly as fancy with no on-line platform and step by step instructions on a little screen, maybe not such a powerful motor but it gives a lot of the functions at a fraction of the price.  The low price means…

It may not look great but so delicious!!

Just have to share this recipe with you – it isn’t you most good looking soup but don’t judge a book by its cover!!  This is the perfect soup to use up stale crusty bread and blue cheese.  I still have some wonderful Stilton from Christmas brought from the UK by friends and it was…

Let me introduce the humble Potimarron

This cute little squash is called Potimarron here in France.  I really don’t know how easy it is to buy in the UK.  We don’t really do pumpkin and squash in the UK.  Except for Butternut squash and the tasteless orange pumkins that make good lanterns for Halloween.  Here in the markets this time of…

Indulged over Christmas?

I certainly have!!  Lots of multiple course meals.  Lots of snacks and meals on the road between relatives that live a long way from each other.  Mince pies, presents of chocolate, a few glasses of wine, bowls of nibbles….you know the drill.  Lots of sitting around chatting with relatives and sitting in cars or on…

Happy New Year – some festive recipes

Things get busy in the run up to Christmas and things have been quiet on the blog during December.  I thought I would begin the New Year with a few festive successes on the food front.  I have already shared my first attempt at mincemeat  despite intending to make my own most years. I have also wanted…

Festive main course for vegetarians

During the festive season with a vegetarian at the table needs some fancy food that sits nicely with the trimmings of the festive meal.  This is the hit of this Christmas but could be used any time of year – in the summer it could be served with a salad or an interesting coleslaw like the…

One kitchen gadget that does it all….

…..Even has a recipe book to beat all recipe books ever with built in scales, timer and temperature control. It makes soup, it steams and can be your slow cooker. It blends, it chops, it mixes, it kneads bread dough although it doesn’t bake the bread. OK maybe not quite ‘all’ and it doesn’t wash…