Have you noticed a bit of a theme going on here? Chocolate and Orange AGAIN? Well, it is my favourite chocolate combo and when you can healthily eat chocolate for breakfast with the sprightly zest of orange, what could possibly be wrong with that?
Over the years I have tried to get better at eating breakfast and I am much better but I still do need something to excite me to get me ready to eat in the mornings. I will never be someone who eats the same breakfast day in, day out, that just terrifies me.
Whether you love to indulge in chocolate bliss over Easter, or savour sweetly spiced hot cross buns, or maybe you love a healthier indulgenc...
This is a lovely recipe for an Italian Easter bread given to me by my sister-in-law Sarah many years ago. It's a sweet, citrusy yeasted bread or cake, similar to panettone and not a million miles from a hot cross bun. Normally you divide the risen and knocked-back dough into four balls and put them side by side in a cake tin for their second rise.
This is an easy and pretty flexible recipe. No nettles? Use all spinach. No wild garlic? Just use one small clove of bulb garlic. And of course use any deeply flavoured mushroom rather than porcini - but if you do you will miss out on the deep umami notes that porcini brings to this.
Cheap Easter chocolate often comes at a price, but do you know what that price really is? In the Ivory Coast children are being sold into slavery or kidnapped to work on cocoa plantations because of our insatiable desire for cheap sweet stuff. While it may be more costly, choosing child slave labour free chocolate helps farmers, children and if often tastier too.
I can't pinpoint when my love affair with biscuits started but my workplace is very well versed in the tea and biscuits department and I could often chomp my way into double figures without even noticing.
Someone's always asked about what I put in my smoothies and why they're beneficial. I like using seasonal ingredients and to be honest, when it's freezing cold, the last thing I want to guzzle is a smoothie, regardless of how mouth watering it is! So I'm back on them and praying for the sun to shine more often being the new season.
Years back, when I first started seeing my wife (who at the time was my girlfriend) she would tell me about this magical delicacy from her home city; a place that she affectionately referred to as The Potteries.
Eating well and having a healthy lifestyle is important to help protect against both physical and mental ill health. But it's important to remember that there is no quick fix to improving diet or fitness levels - healthy eating and exercise should be part of everyday life.
We all know someone who can't eat something. Whether it's that the food 'doesn't agree with them', 'can't stomach it' or 'gives them a headache'; the majority of people know their body. What do we do when someone shares this with us? Do we tell them there is no such thing and ask if they've been tested for an allergy at the doctors?
This past weekend we celebrated Earth Hour 2016, causing many of us to look at what changes we can make to do our bit for the planet. We all know about swapping light bulbs, shorter showers and driving less, but there's one change we can all make that has a bigger impact than anything else: what we put on our plate.
I dearly love a bit of duck and I succumbed to its siren call when I was shopping. I bought legs, which are cheaper but tougher than the breasts (all that paddling). To make them really succulent they benefit from long, slow cooking, but at the same time it's nice to have a crispy skin and I think this recipe hits the spot.
My family love callaloo, a wild form of spinach grown throughout the Caribbean but is of African origin. More than likely, callaloo was transported from Africa to the Caribbean during the transatlantic slave trade and it's grown and flourished in the Caribbean ever since.
Foragers can have a lean time of it over the cold winter months but as the days lengthen, and we hear the distinctive song of the skylark as it hoovers in flight, the forager can fill his or her basket with buds and wild spring greens. The March wind may blow but wild garlic works as well in a dumpling as a sushi style wrap.
Most of are lacking in some nutrients and these nutrients are very important for our health. While we may be eating more than enough in terms of calories, sugar, processed fats or carbohydrates, there are certain important nutrients that are very low in the population as a whole.