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tomato tart by food to glowThe conservatory and spare room are piled with Rachel’s boxes and bags: split-new cooking utensils, tea towels, pristine winter boots, Italian coffee maker, erm, Sriracha sauce.

By next weekend these bags that are really quite annoying me will be emptied into a new home, a new chapter of life. And I will be a big old mess. Continue Reading

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instant japanese pickle by food to glow

snapped on my phone seconds before scoffing!

All I can say is, “wow!” After hovering around the front door for a couple of days – occasionally having dark thoughts of neighbours signing for my special delivery and not handing it over – it arrived. My Foodie Penpal delivery. Continue Reading

plum-berry upside down skillet cobbler by food to glowYou may find this hard to fathom but about half of these photos are from 2012. Yes, I have waited that long to post this recipe. And I don’t quite know why, as it is a good one. Easy, seasonal, thrifty and really quite luscious for a food to glow pudding. It won’t be luscious compared to a Nigella or Mary Berry recipe – what with the lower sugar, fat, and blatant lack of icing. But if your tastes run to the healthy then this might seem quite a treat. I know it does for me. But then again, I don’t get out much. Continue Reading

mango, lentil and quinoa salad by food to glowThere is a definite autumnal feel to the air up here in Scotland. The sun is out on this bright unseasonably chilled August day, but it holds little warmth. I don’t know about you but today, walking to a friend’s house, I had to turn back and pop on not only a jacket, but a scarf too. My hands were also chilled, but I couldn’t bear to dig out the gloves so in my pockets they went. Perhaps it is time to put the fan back in the garage…

With my ‘thin’ Florida blood I know I feel the Scottish cold more than most people my age (I have had chilblains in June!), but I can’t quite give up on salads just yet. Certainly not this warm one. I have been transitioning into soups and bits on bread (more on that soon), but salads are still on the menu here at food to glow. At least until the first frosts. Which may be just around the corner, apparently. Continue Reading

nut and seed crackersIf you think wheat – or any grain for that matter – is necessary for crispy crackers, be prepared to have that belief well and truly quashed. Like flat earth theory, alchemy, and the theory of the four bodily humors, we now know that grains do not always a cracker make.

Kellie’s Theory of Healthy Cracker Happiness:

Nuts + (grinding x flavouring) + slow baking = a tray of yummy, snappable crackers.

It’s practically revolutionary! Continue Reading

 beet tops and courgette phyllo tartletI didn’t scare you off with the beet tops, did I? Good. It’s just that with beets coming in thick and fast (with any luck), I’ve discovered that these brilliant, long-stemmed leaves can also be put to good use. And seeing as a one-cup cooked serving offers 220% of vitamin A, 60% of vitamin C, 16% of calcium, and 15% of iron I suppose it would be churlish not to. Wouldn’t it?

I haven’t always been so aware of their value. For years I have been willy-nilly hacking off the pretty red-veined leaves and composting them. This makes for very nutritious compost, I’m sure. But a few years ago I saw something on good old, much-maligned Twitter about using beet greens with pasta and, after a few plays around, I hit upon my own really quite delectable stir-fried beet green ‘sauce.’ Well, it isn’t quite a sauce, more of a topping. I will share it very soon and you can be the judge. It takes all of five minutes to prepare so is perfect for a weeknight supper. It’s just not desperately photogenic, so you may have to use your imagination and read the ingredient list to convince you. :-) Continue Reading

cold coffee concentrate

“This easy recipe is for anyone trying to ditch an expensive coffee chain iced coffee habit. I can’t promise you free wi-fi and a comfy seat, but I can promise a beautiful taste and pennies in your pocket.”

My mother is no longer here but I always think of her when I drink iced coffee. A bit of a long-standing family joke, really. And as I am fairly getting through the iced coffee these days she is on my mind a lot. It makes me have a wee giggle inside. A nice memory.

Pretty much every morning growing up she would put on her General Electric drip coffee machine, drink a mug or two, then leave the pot sitting on its little hot plate throughout the morning – coffee strengthening to a bitter crescendo as the hours passed. Continue Reading

cream of avocado soup food to glowI love being introduced to new foods and recipes. Don’t you? Pouring over others’ food blogs, visiting markets in far-flung cities and countries, ordering the wackiest (within reason) thing on the menu. Love it.

Possibly my favourite food-related activity – other than eating the stuff – is looking at commonplace ingredients and trying to finesse something unique from them, or at least sufficiently different to add another dimension. For instance, I have previously welcomed the challenge of making lentils acceptable for breakfast (and this one too). Or just about acceptable! Continue Reading

baked stuffed squash blossomsSquash blossoms are the ultimate in edible flowers. Unlike nasturtiums, borage, violets and other pretty posies consigned largely to salad and ice cube duty, squash blossoms can be stir-fried, frittata-ed, casseroled, gratineed and, most notably, stuffed. If you have loads of blossom knock yourself out with a risotto or casserole, where they will add a pretty and uber-seasonal note to each dish. However, if you have but a few precious farmer’s market blooms, the vote always has to be for stuffed. Plated up in their crunchy panko summer coats these little morsels shine on their own with a chilled glass of white wine,  whispering “it’s summer.” Continue Reading

Korean Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry (Japchae) with Marinated Baked TofuJapchae is a classic Korean stir fry dish using deliciously chewy, gluten-free sweet potato vermicelli. Although mainly a party or celebratory dish in Korea, it is easy enough to make for the (non-party mode) family – even as a midweek meal. The sweet potato vermicelli makes it sound very exotic, but it is in fact pretty straightforward. If you can do a Chinese stir fry, this is not much more of a culinary stretch. The flavours however are very different to a typical stir fry, with sweet and salty predominant in a typical japchae.

I know! Something sweet from me! Continue Reading

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