I love to promote the concept of ‘eating the rainbow’. Did you know that the colours of different fruits and veggies indicates an abundance of certain nutrients? For example; greens are rich in vitamins B, E and K, orange/yellow foods have lots of vitamins A and C, and purple produce is packed with vitamins C and K as well as heaps of antioxidants. The reason for this is due to the phytochemicals that give plants their colour; each particular phytochemical brings with it a unique set of disease-busting chemicals – kind of like power rangers! Continue reading
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Roasted tenderstem broccoli with a tangy tahini dressing
Broccoli is definitely one of my all time favourite vegetables, which I’m fully aware puts me firmly in the weirdo category, but I’m cool with that. I’m one of those people that needs no encouraging to eat their greens, but I know that many kids (and husbands) need a little nudge or two in the right direction. Continue reading
No dairy? No problem! Our delicious creamy almond cheese
We’re not going to lie to you lovely D&H’ers, we were always a little skeptical of dairy-free cheese. The idea of making creamy, dairy-like deliciousness from nuts conjured up all sorts of weird-tasting images, but in the name of research we decided to give it a go!
So we’ve come up with this fabulous almond cheese, which can be enjoyed either raw (as a creamy cheesy spread) or baked (for a crumbly feta-like consistency). It’s so delicious and super creamy as well as being packed with protein and good fats. Oh and of course it’s really easy to make, you know we like to keep things simple! So what are you waiting for…give it a whirl! Continue reading
Slow cooker aubergine, mushroom and lentil bolognaise
My slow cooker was one of the best presents I received for my wedding. Although I’m aware this statement makes me sound a little old (and maybe a bit sad?) it’s the truth. Slow cookers are just amazing – you throw in a bunch of stuff, set the timer and when you come home at the end of the day you open the door to the smell of amazing food and lo and behold there’s a perfectly cooked dinner ready and waiting. It’s just so easy, but it also makes the food so delicious as it keeps in all the moisture and makes everything really tender. Continue reading
Roasted sweet potato, butternut squash and carrot soup
I’m so obsessed with soup at the moment, and for good reason – it’s comforting, filling, inexpensive, quick, great for batch cooking, hydrating, nourishing, and above all, delicious. One of my favourite things about this time of year is all the lovely seasonal vegetables, with sweet potato, butternut squash and carrot being my firm favourites. I couldn’t choose just one so I made this soup using all three and it was so delicious I just had to share it with you all!
Asian quinoa stir fry
This recipe was inspired by a night of reminiscing (read: being made fun of) about my post-university culinary repertoire. My statement dish was a chicken stir fry. Actually, it was my only dish. I used to eat out A LOT, and when I didn’t, this was my go-to dinner.
It’s a good thing Mr H likes chicken, because it’s about all I could rustle up when we started going out six years ago (and if you ask him about my cooking back in the day he will MOST DEFINITELY tell you about the time I dropped a whole pot of white pepper into one such stir fry, attempted to scrape it off and then stubbornly refused to admit that it had rendered all the food inedible so proceeded to eat it to prove a point, red-faced and nose streaming). My mother will also tell you how uninterested I was in cooking despite her best efforts to show me a thing or two in the kitchen. Continue reading
My favourite thing about visiting Israel has to be the food (unless my cousins are reading this in which case my favourite thing is seeing family, closely followed by the food). They might call it the land of milk and honey, but for me it’s the land of houmous, falafel, baba ghanoush, dates, figs, oranges – the list just goes on and on.
The best hummus, and I would know…
I pride myself on knowing good hummus. I’ve eaten enough of it in my time, and I’m talking the proper stuff, not your average supermarket rubbish. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well get yourself to Jaffa in Tel Aviv, head to Abu Hasan, grab some of their insanely delicious hummus and some pitta to mop it up and only then will you understand. Or make this instead.
Now hummus is often seen as complicated or scary – there’s about five different spellings (houmous? hummous? hummus?…) and about five million different recipes, but I promise you it needn’t be. All you need is a food processor, a couple of ingredients and a spare five minutes and you’re good to go. Continue reading
Tasty tacos with all the trimmings
When I used to think of Mexican food (actually I suppose we should call it Tex Mex food – I’m sure any Mexican would tell us that what we think of as their cuisine is about as Mexican as French fries are French) I would envision fried tortillas, greasy cheese, stodgy meat and an abundance of salt. I used to love a burrito, but I always felt so lethargic afterwards, and I always needed to drink about a litre of water just to quench the thirst that all that salty food had induced. Continue reading
Creamy Asian slaw
There must be some unwritten rule somewhere giving coleslaw the right to turn up at every salad bar, crash every barbecue and sneak into every family party buffet. To us, cabbage and carrots drowned in mayonnaise shouldn’t even be classed as a salad, maybe a condiment or a side dish, but a salad!? Never.
You might have realised we aren’t the biggest fans of traditional coleslaw. For starters it’s incredibly unhealthy (we’ve seen so many people load up their plates with coleslaw under the pretence that they are ‘being good’) and to be quite honest our taste buds are of the opinion that it’s a little bit bland. And don’t even get us started on all the nasties that lurk in shop bought versions! Continue reading