Thursday, 29 August 2013

Stuffed trout for a simple and delicious weekday supper

Fish is one thing which I have never really learned how to cook.  Beyond baking it with some lemon and black pepper I have always been quite tame, timid one could say (which is not a word people usually associate with me!).  So, as a part of my attempt to broaden my pallet a bit I thought I would try stuffing a fish.  Now I know this is not exactly on the Heston Blumenthal scale of experimenting, but given how poor I have been in the past at cooking fish it felt like a big deal.  So, here, behold, a rather delicious courgette and aubergine stuffed trout.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Myfitnesspal and a note on calorie counting

I apologise if this reads like an advert for myfitnesspal but I am always amazed by the number of people attempting a diet who have not discovered it.

Myfitnesspal is a FREE service available on web and as an app (iPhone/ iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone).

It comes with an easy to use screen which really helps you track your progress!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Moroccan-style roast vegetables

Inspired by my recent trip to Marrakech, I began to hunt out ways to make my veg more interesting. The need for variety was at the forefront of my mind, but I was in need of a way to cook, or dare I say it, flavour, some vegetables I am often more cautious about eating. I have always thought of roast vegetables as a fantastic means of incorporating more varied vegetbles into a healthy diet but the amount of oil some use to cook them in has put me off.

The fantastic thing about roasted vegetables is they make an easy and tasty side dish or mixed with some cous cous or pasta a healthy meal which will leave you feeling angelic and energised!

This recipe is based on one from Tesco online, but as ever given my healthy and hearty twist!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Something for the Weekend: Healthy Herefordshire


Tractors and Country living are frequently celebrated in Herefordshire at the numerous country and town shows

Whilst being in the countryside is not quite synonymous with a healthy weekend for me, it is fairly close. If nothing else, a slower pace of life and some really clear air do wonders for my health. Pair this with miles of stunning (and quite testing) walks literally on the doorstep, what more could you want? The ability to do canoeing or SAS-inspired activity weekends? Yep, we can do that too.

This post will focus on Herefordshire, one of the most sparsely populated counties in the UK and, I feel it is fair to say, often one of the more forgotten. I spent two years living in Hereford, working, making friends and exploring some truly stunning countryside. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Spiced yoghurt-marinaded chicken with cous-cous and salad

Yet another dish which has been made with slight adaptations from one I saw in Waitrose magazine.  This was mainly in how I cooked it, but I also omitted fennel seeds from the original recipe (mainly because I cannot stand them) and vegetable oil (I couldn't see the need).  For the rest of the spices I used slighly different quantities as in the recipe to give a different emphasis to suit my palette. I then added in spinach and lemon wedges to give the chicken a really citrusy taste.  Additionally, I used chicken breasts, not thighs and drumsticks as the meat is leaner (and I don't like skin...).

Ingredients

Friday, 9 August 2013

Something for the Weekend: A Chilli Fiesta in Rural Sussex

Situated just north of Chichester, beyond the village of Lavant is West Dean College and Gardens. Craft-based courses dominate the schedule for learning at the college but, three times a year they have foodie themed weekend festivals: chilli, tomato and apple.

This weekend, as you may be able to tell from the signs (and post title), is the Chilli Fiesta. It begins

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Skinny Lemon and Poppy seed Muffins

Usually, I am skeptical about recipes on product placement pieces in magazines.  I usually view them as something created to make you buy a product you wouldn't normally, to make something you wouldn't normally.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, it just breeds a sense of cynicism in me.  I don't know therefore if it is because I have an inherent trust of Waitrose that they would not put something awful in their magazine (and those who are not fans of Pippa Middleton, please refrain from commenting) or because these looked bloody yummy!  Either way I gave them a go, and my goodness they were fabulous.

Monday, 5 August 2013

#Challenge2013 - July

Being my birthday month, it would have been a surprise had I not been able to find an excuse or two to eat out in July.  I was looking forward to flexing my newly-bought tastecard but I am, as yet still to use it (and trust me, this is not for a lack of trying but more for a lack of my reading terms and conditions such as booking in advance).  Despite this, July is probably one of the less exciting updates to Challenge2013 as it did not really involve me branching out too much, which defeats the point somewhat of the challenge!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

My case for food labelling in restaurants

There has been a reasonable amount of discussion in the Health pages of the online news about suggestions the Government should legislate to oblige restaurants to provide the calorie content of their menus.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Love Kingston Run Challenge - Three Months to go

Last year I did the Great South Run, 10 miles running around Portsmouth on a Sunday morning.  It was not the easiest of things which I have ever done, but neither was it the hardest.  So I decided to set myself a further challenge; the Reading half marathon.