I'm what waiters, dinner party hosts and anyone who can't mind their own business might call a dietetic pain in the ass. In the last few years, I've become a prolific giver-upper of things, which can sort of make me difficult to cater for. It does not however, make me difficult to be around.
We Scots don't have the best reputation when it comes to what we put into our bodies. It is said that smoke too much, take too little exercise, and that what most of us eat and drink would make our French and Italian comrades wince.
Every mum will tell you that they don't want much fuss so this beautiful dessert is just perfect as it takes just minutes to make and can be made in advance. This raspberry and vanilla creme brulee really is the perfect way to end any special meal.
These easy vanilla cupcakes are so simple to make. Decorate with a swirl of delicious buttercream frosting or as we did today, CHOCOLATE and SPRINKLES!
Of all the cakes one could have - Victoria sponge, cheese, chocolate, fairy, polenta, etc - I do think ones involving yogurt are up there with the best. Not only are French-style yogurt cakes always going to be soft, but they are incredibly straightforward to make. They also keep very well, so are perfectly suited to lunch boxes and unexpected guests. And Mothering Sunday or Easter...
In the last couple of months or so I have been served a brownie on a board, baked beans in a bowl, chips in a bucket, mushy peas in a jam jar and a burger on a piece of wood. I haven't had anything served on a tile or a slate recently, but there's every chance that'll happen soon.
I've given the quantities and timings I used but it really depends on how many spuds you're cooking, of what size, and how hot you like your food. I was using new potatoes. Adjust to your personal tastes, as ever.
I've been a gym bunny for well over a year now and I am amazed at how much my body has transformed through exercise. Along with eating healthily the majority of the time (apart from booze-fuelled holidays in Portugal and when I'm feeling sorry for myself during the time of the month), my mind and body are healthier thanks to my fun exercise regime...
Both my uncles are obsessive shoppers, both of whom are equally obsessive about paying the bill at any given restaurant. Both my grandfathers died from a smoking addiction and my Grandma has a tendency to clean manically when stressed. Three members of my family have a tendency to over-eat and are incapable of stopping and my mum can't sit still until all the drawers and doors in the house are shut.
Tea gets a bad rep these days as everyone is so bothered about that strong smelling coffee stuff and tea is suffering. If one more coffee drinker tells me about magic beans, you'd think I lived in a panto. We've forgotten how good tea is and how much we love it, let's bring tea back into fashion London.
Life is all about choices, on this we can all agree. There is an increasing dialogue around food, there is an obesity epidemic, people in Ireland are getting fatter and that is a fact. Since World War Two, our waistlines have been expanding and now it has more than crept into the next generation as childhood obesity is at record high.
The fact is that most of us today are eating a great deal more than our parents or grandparents ever did. Not only are our average meal or snack servings now a whopping 50% larger than 20 years ago, but the rise of convenience and processed foods - with all that added sugar and fat - means the food we eat now often packs a much higher calorie punch.
This spicy avocado dip is so creamy and delicious with sweet potato wedges. Avocados are everywhere these days. You see them in smoothies, on toast with lavish toppings, and made into decadent chocolate mousse.
We'd like to do a lot more to beat this crisis but we also want to stop future generations being devastated by drought. Around 70% of Africa's people depend on smallholder agriculture for a living and they produce the bulk of the continent's food. We have to find a way to help them survive major crisis - come rain or shine.
Working with food startups on the surface level (branding and marketing) has given me an insight into some of the grit and hustle that goes into getting brand exposure - but I wondered about the other cogs in the machine.
These brownies are exceptionally chewy, sticky and moist. I used Holy Lama Spice Drops to get a beautifully fragrant masala chai flavour and I have to say it ended up being so subtle with hints of spice which didn't overpower the dark chocolate and delicate pistachio flavour either.