food to glow

feel good food that's good for you

Poor old cucumber. Not a serious contender nutritionally (all that water you see), an afterthought for the salad bowl, grudgingly eaten as batons and dipped into no-fat dip as a dieter’s punishment. In other words, a bit low on the food totem pole. But it has been getting a bit more love recently. Not big love, like freekeh, …

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I can’t believe it is almost the end of August. I’m not ready to let it go. One of the reasons is that here in Scotland we are experiencing a late burst of summer, after a rather underwhelming (okay, quite miserable) July and early August. Out of necessity I have shed my jeans and sweaters for shorts and …

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I suppose most of us need another ice lolly recipe like we need another hole in the head. But before you wander away and look at prettier pictures (these are fairly scrappy. sorry) can I just point out that these taste a hell of a lot nicer than they look. Despite the healthy ingredients, and …

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The eagle-eyed among you (all of you?) may have noticed the absence of any small, black-skinned oval beans in this pot. Do you feel cheated? Were you hoping to see dots of creamy, ebony-skinned beans caught up in a tangle of saucy pasta and wholesome greens? Well, even if you were – and that is another direction this …

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Those of us fortunate enough to have space for a greenhouse, a sunny patch of garden, allotment, or indeed – in my case – a brilliantly-bright conservatory, are rubbing our hands in either glee or tense anticipation. Months of tending, cutting out pesky suckers, watering, feeding and tying up are about to pay off with …

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If you can get past the awkward title I promise – hand on heart – that you will not just like this dish, you will absolutely love it. But first, a confession: it has tempeh. Is that a deal-breaker? I hope not.  Now, I don’t know about you and your nearest and dearest, but we …

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A wonderfully refreshing and healthy dessert for summer. Granita is the quintessential Italian summer dessert, made of fine frozen crystals of strong coffee or fruit juice. While granita di caffe is possibly the most popular way to enjoy this iced treat – at least in Italy and in posh Italian restaurants on this side of the …

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We’re a nation of snackers. With 97% of us in the UK admitting to snacking between meals the snack break has become a daily ritual in homes and workplaces across the UK. I favour nuts (almonds!), green smoothies, green tea, home-dried fruit (on a mango kick right now), fresh apples and, um, the occasional ramekin …

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I’ve been juicing off and on for a loooong time. By long time, I mean longer than some of you have been alive. That long. I’m not a pro at juicing: I’ve never done – or felt the need – for a juice cleanse, nor do I juice every day. Most days, sometimes more than once …

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Banh Mi is one of those foods that anyone interested in food must try at least once in their life. It is simply a stunning confluence of colours, flavours and textures. And yes, it is a sandwich. A humble sandwich. But what a sandwich. Crispy light baguette (not the chewy kind), tangy lightly pickled vegetables, …

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