Reframing Menopause

The dialogue around menopause is changing. When Laura and I started writing our Eating Well for Menopause booklet, we felt that there was not enough conversation around health and food for women at this time in their lives. We felt that it was time to reframe menopause and improve the conversation and we were not…

Do you Tofu?

I have been writing again with my good friend Dr Laura Wyness. Working on the menopause book we have been highlighting the benefits of isoflavones for women with regard to managing hot flushes and the positive effect on cholesterol. The main source of isoflavones or phytoestrogens is in soya and soya products. Simply by including…

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…

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…

Cooking with processed foods – recipe number 1

In my last post I defended processed food.  I highlighted lots of processed foods that are not really much different from fresh with regard to their nutritional value and that there are lots of quick meals to cook using them.  I know, I know – part of the reason we want to use convenience foods…

Off to Canada…..

A bit behind schedule – but part 4 in the Maisons-Laffitte round robin took us off to Canada.  This time it was more of a brunch with Mimosa (Bucks Fizz to the British readers) – sparkling wine with fresh orange juice.  How sophisticated – although Muriel is a little concerned that we will become known…

Off to Argentina

It is time to head to Argentina in the Maisons-Laffitte round the world cooking marathon.  Mila treated us to empanadas with different fillings and the most amazing dessert – maybe stop reading when we get to dessert if you are concerned about sugar! Not to worry too much as it is a really labour intensive…

Turkish Cooking in Maisons-Laffitte

I am learning to speak French, a must when living in France with children at school with lots of French homework.  I go to a class once a week.  At Christmas we had a bring and share, started talking about food and how everyone came from different places – Turkey, Argentina, Belgium, Scotland, Canada and…

Summer is over, back to school and juggling everything…

…so start the new term with a post and the intention to be more pro-active.  The after school clubs start and this one has something on one night, the other has something on another which clashes with swimming and it is the same night that one of the adults has to work late.  It is…