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Tomato and Basil Risotto

Tomato and Basil Risotto

Tomato Risotto is a versatile dish suitable as an accompaniment to many mains and, with a little variation, can be provided for most diets including: Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan. With tomatoes in abundant supply here in Zambia I am always exploring new ways to include them in our meals. This particular risotto, being simple […]

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Halloumi Burger

Halloumi Burger

This vegetarian cheeseburger is a tasty accompaniment to grilled vegetables, green salad and a variety of salsas. It is suitable for Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, and Vegetarian diets. These burgers are a vegetarian option that make a pleasant change to bean burgers. Grilled Halloumi cheese is a regular addition to many menus. This variation […]

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Roasted Cauliflower

Roast Cauliflower with Spices

Roast Cauliflower with Spices can be served as a vegetable, a salad or a light meal. It is suitable for many diets including: Low Calorie, Paleo and Vegan. Roasting cauliflower sweetens it; and the addition of spices makes a tasty ‘combo’ and a good variation on the traditional cauliflower cheese. Cauliflower and peanuts pair well […]

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Ricotta Gnocchi

Ricotta Gnocchi

This Gnocchi is Gluten Free, with the ricotta cheese providing a moist texture. Gnocchi is very simple to make, although it does take a little time particularly when you are unfamiliar with the process and the texture required. (Below are some simple tips to help you make your first batch of Gluten Free gnocchi). I […]

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Vegetable Sauces

Vegetable Sauces

The Vegetable Sauce recipes below are simply prepared and suitable for the diets as indicated with each recipe. Cooked in advance they can be refrigerated for later inclusion in: dips, salsas, pasta and gnocchi sauce, pizza, served over roasted, steamed or stuffed vegetables, as the basis for poaching fish and as a sauce for many […]

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Flatbread with Yeast

Flatbread with Yeast

Flatbread, Pitta Bread and Naan are regional variations of flatbread that are suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Diabetic and Vegan. The breads are simple and quick to make. In warm weather the dough will usually double in size in about 1 hour. However, in colder weather keep the proving time to a minimum […]

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Pineapple and Corn Salad

Pineapple and Corn Salad

The sweet and savoury flavours of Pineapple and Corn Salad provide a meal in one that is suitable for most diets including Diabetic, Gluten Free, and Vegan. This is a combination of ingredients, pineapple and corn, that, until living in a tropical climate, I had not enjoyed to their fullest. Combining them seemed a good […]

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Cornmeal and Blue Cheese Muffins

Cornmeal and Blue Cheese Muffins

Cornmeal and Blue Cheese Muffins make a wholesome, savoury treat. Made with cornmeal they have a grainy texture and are suitable for Fodmap and Gluten Free diets, among others. The inspiration for this recipe was to use local ingredients for a savoury Gluten Free muffin. Cornmeal/maize was being planted in the fields nearby as I […]

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Asparagus and Gribiche Sauce

Asparagus with Gribiche Sauce

This sauce, accompanying steamed or grilled asparagus, can be described as a healthy hollandaise option. It is suitable for many diets including Diabetic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Vegetarian. Gribiche Sauce is of French origin. The preparation is simply the mixing of the yolk of a soft-poached egg with a combination of herbs, […]

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Roast Parsnip and Bean

Roast Parsnip and Beans

Roasted parsnips are sweet and with beans make a tasty light meal or winter salad. This dish is suitable for most diets including Diabetic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Nut Free and Vegan. One of my favourite winter vegetables has always been roasted parsnip. And this recipe is suitable for any root vegetable, which […]

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Vegetable Wrap

Nori Wrap

Nori Wraps are a great snack, canapé or lunch suitable for every diet including Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw and Vegan. They are a light variation of a sushi roll, having no rice. This makes them very quick to assemble and a particular favourite for those following a Paleo diet. The ingredients chosen will make these […]

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Grilled Aubergine

Grilled Aubergine

Grill aubergine (eggplant) to serve with a wide choice of ingredients to suit various meals types and diets. ‘Grilled’ Aubergine, widely featured on menus in the Mediterranean, refers to numerous cooking methods. It is frequently fried, resulting in the aubergine absorbing a large quantity of fat. The fat content of this dish can be minimised […]

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Roast Carrot Salad

Roast Carrot Salad

A salad for all seasons, bringing great flavour and colour to the table. This is the simplest of salads, being particularly useful when it is winter and you are cooking seasonally. It is also ideal for those occasions when you have minimal vegetables to select from when making a couple of salads. It was for […]

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Salmon Tartare

Salmon Tartare

This aromatic combination of herbs and spices is delicious with raw salmon as a fresh starter or light supper. Tartare is usually associated with steak; a mix of raw beef with herbs and spices. The concept for this dish is similar, though the salmon is cut into small cubes rather than minced: and the mix […]

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

A simply soup that is tasty and suitable for most diets including Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Vegan diets. Pumpkin soup was one of my ‘comfort foods’ when I was young and something I still enjoy. There are many variations; but perhaps the most common is pumpkin with the addition of potato to […]

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Vegetable Fritters - Bahji

Vegetable Fritters – Bahji

Tasty vegetable fritters, Bhaji, make a great snack or light meal and are suitable for Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Many of you will already be familiar with this Indian snack, also known as pakora, of which there are there are many variations. Onion bhaji are perhaps the best known, at […]

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Gluten-Free-Bread

Gluten Free Bread

This is a very simple Gluten Free bread with a texture similar to wheat bread and suitable for many diets including Egg Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan. Creating a light and moist texture is a particular challenge when baking Gluten Free bread because these qualities must be provided by a combination of ingredients other […]

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Mediteranean-Bean-Salad

Mediterranean Bean Salad

Mediterranean Bean Salad is a combination of legumes and summer vegetables; delicious as a light meal or as one of a selection of salads. The vegetables I have recommended for this salad are a guide only; any number of summer vegetables can be included. Try adding celery, green beans or a little tomato. Fava beans, […]

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Chickpea Pancakes

Chickpea Pancakes

Chickpea Pancakes are high protein savoury pancakes that make a nutritious snack or a meal suitable for Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. Chickpeas are legumes that have a diverse range of uses in cooking aside from their regular inclusion in tasty vegetable stews and curries. Ground into flour called besan, gabanza […]

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Steamed-Aubergine-and-Sesame

Steamed Aubergine and Sesame

A light dish of aubergine and mange tout flavoured with sesame and ginger. It is suitable for Diabetic, Dairy Free, Paleo and Vegan diets; and substitutes are suggested for Fodmap diet. Steaming is an unusual way to prepare aubergine as it is generally fried in a lot of oil. This method — together with the […]

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Cauliflower with Peanuts

Cauliflower with Peanuts

Roasted Cauliflower and Peanut is a nutritious salad that is suitable for most diets including Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, and Vegan. Cauliflower is available for much of the year, making it a very versatile ingredient. The roasting of the cauliflower makes it more digestible and sweeter, and is an interesting variation on many of […]

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Baked-Eggs

Baked Eggs

A simple and visually interesting method for presenting eggs at breakfast, lunch or supper. These eggs, in little bread parcels, have been a particular favourite with my nephews, two active young boys who would rather be outside than stopping for a meal. So, the novelty value of eggs cooked in bread cases was a winner […]

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Spring-Greens-with-Tahini

Spring Greens with Tahini

Spring Greens with Tahini is a seasonal vegetable combination that can be served as a vegetable or made into a light meal for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. The term spring greens is a generic term for the numerous varieties available. It originates from the cold north where, with the thawing of […]

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Scrambled Tofu

This alternative to scrambled egg is full of flavour and a good hot breakfast choice for Vegan, Low Fat and Egg Free diets. Tofu is a healthy and tasty alternative to scrambled eggs. While, in itself, tofu has little flavour, you can use this an asset, bringing your own vegetables, spices and/or herbs to the […]

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Ginger Congee

Congee, rice soup, is a delicious breakfast, light meal or any-time snack. Select the ingredients you add to make it suitable for your diet. I was first introduced to congee when I was visiting my mother in Hobart, Tasmania. We went out for breakfast at the café Tricycle in the famous Salamanca Wharf area. It […]

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Quinoa Citrus and Herbs

Quinoa, Citrus and Herbs

A multitude of flavours and colours for this salad of grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and herbs. I have used quinoa, a high protein, Gluten Free grain; but there are many other wholegrains that are suitable in this recipe. For a Fodmap and Gluten Free-friendly salad try bulgur wheat, millet or wild rice. Many of the […]

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Grilled Polenta, Mushrooms

Grilled polenta and mushrooms is a tasty alternative to mushrooms on toast that is suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free and Vegan diets. This combination of polenta and mushrooms could also be considered a variation of risotto or pasta, making it a starter at a dinner party or a light meal with a […]

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Pheasant Soup

This winter soup is a combination of the tasty remains of roast pheasant, sweetened with cranberry sauce and ‘bodied up’ with the addition of a variety of seasonal vegetables. It is a treat in our house, not only for the flavours but also because it is made from the remains of a ‘special’ meal, i.e. […]

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Festival Salad

This is a salad to enjoy as a light, healthy meal utilising ingredients remaining from a roast or festive meal. As the name suggests, this is the salad of ‘abundance’…otherwise known as the salad of leftovers! In our enthusiasm for a happy time we so often over-cater. How to use cold, cooked vegetables can be […]

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Turkey Burgers

A tasty meal or addition to your smorgasbord luncheon, using the remains from your celebratory lunch of roast turkey. Yesterday a friend sent christmas greetings which included:                                 This little note I send to say                                 I hope you’re well and perky;                                 And don’t forget on Christmas Day                                 Enjoy a meal of turkey! At the risk of […]

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Spinach Slice

Spinach slice makes a healthy and satisfying canapé or a light meal; or add it to your picnic basket. This dish requires little preparation time and can be cooked well in advance. The taste is subtle and, I find, a pleasant change to the spicy food I usually eat. However, you may want to add […]

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Pea and Lemon Soup

A nutritious soup that is quick to prepare, makes a tasty light meal and is suitable for many diets including Low Calorie, Paleo and Vegan. Peas are one of those vegetables that are often neglected. I think this is a result of there having been fewer choices of vegetables when they were the vegetable…and often […]

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Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

By selecting a variety of mushrooms and natural ingredients, this soup is rich in flavour and suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan diets. There are hundreds of varieties of mushrooms. For real depth of flavour, this soup requires a selection beyond the button and chestnut. If availability of fresh and interesting mushrooms […]

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Lentil Salad

Lentil Salad

A lentil salad that is a complete and easy meal to assemble in 5 minutes, with pre-cooked lentils. Variations are offered making it suitable for Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Vegan diets. My preference for lentils in this salad are those cooked with spices. Here I have used those remaining from a meal of “Green […]

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Injera - Teff Pancake

Injera – Teff Pancake

Injera is a type of pancake, made with teff flour which is Gluten Free. It is a staple in the Horn of Africa where the grain, teff, originates. It is a very nutritious, being high in protein and iron, and is gluten free. These qualities have made the grain highly sought-after; and it is now […]

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Pumpkin, Spinach Muffins

Pumpkin, Spinach Muffins

Moist, savoury muffins for a snack, a Hallowe’en treat or a nutritionally-balanced light meal that is suitable for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. With autumn and the falling leaves, we harvest the remaining pumpkins, gather chestnuts and forage for mushrooms. It brings with it opportunities to celebrate with friends and family as we include […]

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Beetroot Feta Salad

This salad makes a light and visually bright meal. I came upon this recipe through the Australian chef, Jill Dupleix. It appealed to me because the beetroot is without vinegar, enabling the sweetness of the earthy vegetable to contrast with the salty feta. It is very quick to assemble particularly if you purchase pre-cooked beetroots […]

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American Buckwheat Waffles

Waffles are delicious as a sweet or savoury snack for Fodmap, Gluten Free and Diabetic diets. Visiting my mother soon after she had moved house we rediscovered the waffle iron. We became a little sentimental and dug out the family waffle recipe and started a little cooking experiment. Mum has been a huge influence in […]

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Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Cucumber and Avocado Soup

A light refreshing soup that is a meal in itself. It is suitable for many diets including Dairy Free, Raw and Vegan Diets. The subtle flavours can be enhanced by the addition of a little harrisa or chopped green chilli. However, be cautious with the quantity unless you want a ‘hot’ soup. Diets for which […]

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Pumpkin and Tofu Flan

Pumpkin and Tofu Flan

A savoury pumpkin pie full of flavour while being suitable for many diets including Diabetic, Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian and Vegan diets. All the spices in this flan are sweet, with the cardamom and chilli also providing ‘heat’. The natural flavours maintain suitability for Diabetic, Dairy Free and Vegan diets. They […]

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Aubergine Cheescake

Aubergine Cheescake

A tasty baked savoury cheesecake with no grains, making it a good choice for Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Fodmap diets. With aubergine and tomato it has the flavours of a Mediterranean summer; and the creamy texture is reminiscent of moussaka. The inspiration for this dish comes from Nopi, one of popular chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s […]

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Beetroot Potato and Egg

Beetroot, Egg and Potato Salad

Three favourites for a complete salad – eggs, potato and beetroot – may be enjoyed by Diabetic, Dairy Free and Low Calorie diets. These are Alastair’s favourite foods and make a ‘comfort’ meal when he returns from extended travels. As we all know: “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”! The combination […]

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Courgette Linguine Salad

Courgette Linguine Salad

A grain-free ‘pasta’ salad, fresh and light and suitable for Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegetarian diets. With the help of a mandolin, or a good knife and a lot of patience, a courgette can take on the appearance of pasta. Even its texture is not dissimilar. This dish can provide flavours similar to ratatouille when […]

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Gado Gado

Gado Gado

A delicious salad for Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. Gado gado is a south-east Asian salad combining the spices of the region – coconut, tamarind, ginger and chilli. I have included only a small quantity of chilli: add more to your taste; or, to make the dish suitable for all tastes, serve […]

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Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh, flavours of the Mediterranean enjoyed by Dairy Free, Diabetic and Low Calorie diets among many others. Also referred to as a parsley salad, Tabbouleh can be personalised according to taste and the availability of ingredients. To the parsley is added a softened grain. I have used millet, which is gluten free and a tasty […]

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Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad

A vegan version of a spicy Thai salad. Papaya salad is traditionally known as Som Tam. The interesting flavour combination – sweet, sour, salty and hot – make it a tasty accompaniment to any grill or cold selection; or, with the addition of more seeds, it is a satisfying light meal in itself. Green papaya […]

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Watermelon and Feta Salad

A refreshing watermelon salad for Gluten Free and Vegetarian diets. The sweet watermelon and salty feta are a tasty combination, enhanced with the mint or basil. I first encountered this dish a few years ago in a restaurant in Lusaka, Zambia. I ordered it as a starter but was so satisfied by it that it […]

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Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes

Herby fish cakes or small bites, as canapes for Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Paleo diets. The herbs provide moisture and flavour to these fish cakes, so select a firm fish (it need not be expensive). The idea for these originated from my mother’s cooking. She used to make what the family called ‘green patties’. […]

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Grilled Peaches in Ham

‘Angels on Horseback’: canapes or a treat in your picnic box when following a Gluten Free, Low Calorie or Paleo diet. My mother used to make ‘Devils on Horseback’, prunes wrapped in bacon, although now ‘out of vogue’; this is not dissimilar. Like the prunes, the peach caramelises slightly when grilled and is complimented by […]

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Carrot Loaf

Carrot Loaf

A tasty, savoury carrot loaf for Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and Vegan diets. This recipe originated when planning a picnic with friends; one being coeliac (Gluten Free diet) and another being vegan. I wanted a single dish to suit everyone. Combining the ideas of a nut loaf and a carrot cake, this loaf evolved. The […]

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Peaches with Feta

Peaches with Feta

A fruit-based starter; or a light lunch for Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Vegetarian diets. This dish provides a delicious mix of summer flavours – fragrant peaches and basil with salty feta cheese mixed with a grain to bind the contrasting textures. I have selected giant couscous (not suitable for GF diet), other examples […]

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Avocado and Edamame Dip

Avocado and Edamame Dip

A high protein dip suitable for Dairy Free, Raw and Vegan diets. A nutritious twist on the avocado dip, guacamole. Here, the edamame beans provide protein and, being low fat, their inclusion in an avocado dip makes it no longer a calorie extravaganza; and it is also a satisfying sandwich filler. Add your own variations. […]

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Strawberries and Cheese

Strawberries and Cheese

An elegant and delicious presentation of fruit with cheese for Diabetic, Nut Free and Vegetarian Diets. Lightly baking strawberries and camembert (or other soft cheese) is both unusual and a good use for those few remaining berries. I have been making this for many years, having acquired the recipe from I am not sure who […]

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Tofu Steaks

Tofu Steaks

A simple, nutritious dish that is suitable for almost any diet, including Vegan, Fodmap and Diary Free. If cooking tofu is new to you, this recipe is the simplest introduction. Like any grill it requires minimal preparation, very little cooking time and virtually no mess. Tofu has very little inherent flavour so it must be […]

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Rice Noodle and Vegetable Salad

Rice Noodle Salad

A light salad that can be a tasty meal in 10 minutes. A simple combination of vegetables served with rice noodles to make a quick meal. Rice noodles are suitable for Gluten Free and Fodmap diets and are lighter in texture than the wheat-based noodles you may be more familiar with. This salad is interesting […]

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Springtime Quiche

Vegetable Quiche

Eat seasonally with this quiche full of fresh green vegetables. Choose your favourite spring vegetables for this quiche. I have included asparagus, one of the star vegetables of spring, peppery watercress and green beans. For a Fodmap diet courgette is a good substitute for the asparagus. You can use a regular shortcrust pastry; or, alternatively, […]

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Coriander and Feta Samosa

Coriander and Feta Samosas

A tasty variation on the Vegetarian samosa that can also be enjoyed by Low Calorie and Low Fat diets. I came upon this tasty combination when visiting Kenya. The first time was in the café at the airstrip in Nanuki, which provides an interesting selection for lunch and snacks as you wait for your charter […]

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Sweet Potato Bake

Potato as a nutritionally complete meal for Vegan and Dairy Free diets. For those of us who like our potatoes, here it is in its sweeter guise prepared as either a complete meal or as a tasty addition to almost any main course. There are many versions of sliced baked potato dishes, from the very […]

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Savoury ‘Muffins’

Muffins but not as you know them! Rather, a new take on poached or fried egg and bacon. This recipe is based on the idea of baked eggs that, when cooked in muffin tins or small soufflé dishes, appear like muffins, in shape at least. They can be prepared in advance and require no watchful […]

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Ricotta Bake

Ricotta Bake

A recipe for a healthy breakfast, lunch or snack choice. Ricotta cheese has a very subtle, sweetish flavour and is used both as a savoury and in sweet dishes such as cheescakes. It is a soft cheese that may be suitable for Lactose Free and Fodmap diets. It is lower in fat than cream cheese, […]

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Aubergine Rissoles

A vegetable rissole, packed with flavour and protein. I am a great fan of aubergine, especially when cooked without the huge quantities of oil too often used. These simple patties are a variation on the traditional aubergine dip Baba Ganoush, in which the aubergine is baked in its skin and mixed with various combinations of […]

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brussels sprouts and feta salad

Brussels Sprouts and Feta Salad

A new way to eat Brussel sprouts for the Diabetic and Vegetarian. Brussel sprouts used not to be my ‘favourite vegetable’! But, after a few winters in Britain, I came to understand that sprouts can be sweet. They like the cold (even if I don’t), with the frosts and snow being the secret to growing […]

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Avocado Tartine

Avocado Tartine

A tasty light meal for Vegans, Diabetics, Dairy Free and Nut Free diets. Tartine is a French word meaning open sandwich and it also suggests bread with rich and elaborate toppings. This is a good description for this simple but delicious light meal. It is inspired by a lunch I enjoyed with a friend at […]

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Parsnip Soup

Parsnip Soup

A good Fodmap soup, great flavour with no onion or garlic. Baked parsnips have always been a favourite of mine, especially when sweet and caramelized for a roast, be it meat or a nut roast. Parsnips also make a delicious soup. The inclusion of the fennel in this soup provides an unexpected combination of flavours […]

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