Nettles?! Yes, Nettles. These stinging blighters that we curse on countryside walks and endlessly weed out of our gardens are actually surprisingly nutritious, full of vitamins, and are a great substitute for spinach and other greens. I gathered bag-fulls last spring, washed and trimmed them, blanched them to remove their stings, then shaped them into … Continue reading Nettle and Tofu Curry (vegan)
Think about the idea of typical Icelandic food and what comes to your mind? Fermented shark? Whale? Roasted sheep’s head? Well funnily enough, those aren’t as commonplace as you might imagine – which can only be a good thing if you ask me – and you’re far more likely to see Icelanders eating a good … Continue reading Iceland-Style Hot Dog
So, January – we need to talk. I know you can’t help it, but you’re quite cold and nobody seems to know how to approach you. We feel like you want us to do a post-christmas detox and a get into a new fitness regime? But then sometimes we just want some comfort, self-love, and…maybe … Continue reading Mate Tea with Lemongrass, Liquorice Root and Goji Berries
It’s about this time last year that an Italian friend and then-colleague returned from his Christmas holiday. He had been visiting family in Sicily and brought me back a little jar of pesto. It was green and had all the hallmarks of a regular basil pesto, but it was in fact made from pistachios. I … Continue reading Pistachio Pesto
As much as I love autumn, there’s an almost inevitable downside each year: The Annual Cold. For the last week, despite my best efforts, I’ve been coughing and sniffling and frankly feeling rather sorry for myself. Thankfully there is a ray of hope in the face of The Annual Cold: The Hot Toddy. It might … Continue reading Hot Toddy Syrup – Just Add Water!
Sourdough is a strange and wonderful thing. There's something strange about choosing a method of baking that requires such a lot of time and patience, and yet something equally wonderful about exactly that. I hadn't even realised you could make a sourdough starter from scratch with just flour and water until a couple of years … Continue reading Creating a Sourdough Starter and Baking My First Sourdough Loaf
Here in the UK we are enjoying a lovely warm start to the autumn - yep, would you even believe it is autumn right now? Today the sun is shining and the temperature is balmy, so I can almost overlook the brisk wind that happens to accompany it. I thought a great transitional drink idea … Continue reading Blackberry and Apple Autumn Sangria