Pakora and chips

There are 6 veg on this plate. The pakora are phenomenally tasty and so incredibly good for you. Substitute the chips for sweet potato chips to boost nutrient intake further. They are an adapted recipe from Dr Rupy of ‘The Doctor’s Kitchen’. His recipes are pure gold. I can’t recommend his book enough! Here’s how…

Healthy flapjacks

Inspired by Dale Pinnock “The Medicinal Chef”, these flapjacks are not only healthy but they also taste delicious. They are low sugar so don’t expect a high sugar hit, but they are delicious as they are and I would encourage you to try them. They make you realise how tasty doesn’t have to be sugary….

Rowena’s nut roast

Only one day to go to Christmas… The decorations are up, the mulled wine and Harvey’s Bristol Cream flowing. Now to prep for the big day… I love Christmas, I come from a very Christmassy family, my Dad, inspired by his mum like to go all out for tge festive season. I like the tradition…

Orange and fennel salad with halloumi and pomegranate

An antidote to the 5 million mince pies I have eaten thus far… I can no longer ignore my liver screaming for me to reign it in. So, here we go liver.. Enjoy Inspired by the warm clementine salad in December’s edition of the magazine.  Thanks Waitrose for the great flavour combo. Here’s how to…

Chocolate protein breakfast pancakes

When your kids dont realise the clocks have gone back and they are actually up at 5am…the only thing you can do is some experimental cooking with chocolate… The result is a winner!! 40g oats 3 eggs 1 tbsp chia seeds 2tbsp milled linseed mix (lidl, aldi) 2tbsp cacao powder 1tbsp maca powder (aldi) 2…

Venison with red wine, juniper and bay

Inspired by a trip to the butcher who had just received in the first of the season’s venison. Put everything into the slow cooker and stir. Cook on high for 7 hours. Olive oil, splash One chopped red onion 4 chopped chestnut mushrooms 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or pureed 250-300g (a large handful) of…

Gingered beef with bay slow cook casserole

This is an all time favourite. Takes moments to prepare but then needs about 7hrs on high in the slow cooker. One chopped red onion A thumb sized piece of fresh ginger peeled and chopped very small One large garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tbsp tomato puree 2 tsp brown sugar 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar…

Smoked mackerel pate

Very simple but use the best ingredients for the best results. This is gorgeous with raw carrot batons and green stringless beans dipped into it. 3 deskinned and deboned smoked mackerel filets. I used Severn and Wye Smokery fish, as it is local and delicious. 200g of the best creme fraiche you can buy. Full…

Fast mushroom soup

250g mushrooms, I used half and half forestier to chesnut mushrooms, roughly chopped 1 very large red onion, chopped A tbsp dried thyme A blob of butter for frying onion and mushrooms in 3 tbsp thick cream 500ml veg stock I used my soup maker, which is an excellent purchase. It is morphy richards and…

Moroccan chickpea and cauliflower burgers

This is inspired by this month’s Tesco magazine! I’ve adapted it to use rice flour and reduce the carb content as well as a few other healthy tweaks. The result is excellent. Really firm, substantial burgers. We had one in bread (crusts removed to reduce overall carb content) and a second on its own, with…