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…

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…

Handmade artisan chocolates are always in season

The other day I was invited to a birthday party, so I went shopping in search of a meaningful present. I love giving gifts, but in this case the lovely birthday girl has more or less everything she wants already. Her house is clutter free and she is pretty selective when it comes to food…

Salad tips: How to make them be all they can be

As glorious sunshine and warm days are still with us, when it comes to lunchtime I usually crave a big plate of crunchy salad with a light sprinkling of balsamic vinegar. This delicious concoction helps to keep my appetite (and weight) under control so I find myself making it most days. I may be a…