Discover: Quinoa

Quinoa has become the punch-line of many people’s health food jokes, but behind the humour is a delicious and versatile food. It also good for weight loss, and has been revered for thousands of years. Just so you know – Quinoa is pronouned ‘keenwah’ not “Quin-Noah”. Quinoa History Quinoa is ancient! It was referred to…

Pomegranate – The Jewel of Winter

Pomegranate, the magnificent fruit of my homeland, is often my delicious comfort through these cold and gloomy winter days. A wonderful companion since childhood, I have always been entirely, completely, madly in love with pomegranates. When I am full (but bored) and idly craving a snack, a handful of these little red rubies, bursting with…

Broccoli: The Green Fingers of Jupiter

I recently visited my son and his family in Florida, and at the christening party of his youngest son, I tried a delicious broccoli salad and a tasty broccoli dip. The American flavour palette is somewhat different to the English one, but I was still surprised how impressed I could be by a vegetable I…

Nigella Sativa – the Seed of Blessing

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who had just come back from an exotic holiday invited me to her house for a light supper to tell me all about her solo adventures in an unknown land. She humbly warned me that she does not care about cooking and so it would be a…

Life is Sweet with a slice of Spelt Apple cake

This absolutely gorgeous cake made with spelt flour has become one of the most frequently baked cakes in my kitchen, especially when I have guests to impress. It looks good, it tastes good and it’s pretty nutritious. The crunchy almond topping covers a moist layer of spelt flour, butter and juicy apples that is heady with…

Barmy for Barley

I used to find it hard to get excited about barley, but that changed recently when I stumbled upon details of it’s wonderful virtues while researching the properties of different grains. I’ve always thought barley is delicious and underappreciated, but since reading up on it, my relationship with this versatile and nourishing grain has been a…