Pearl barley risotto with beetroot, goat’s cheese & walnuts…

 

There is something ridiculously comforting about risotto. Like snuggling under a softly plump duvet on the sofa while rain spatters the window panes outside or coming home and peeling off your work clothes before climbing with utter gratitude into your sweats and slippers, the concept, creation & consumption of this dish is one of the most soothing, reassuring & satisfying things you can do in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Granted it’s not the fastest dinner you can throw on the table and you do need to devote more time to it than you might do to say, cheesey spaghetti hoops on toast – one of the greatest meals of all time in case you were wondering – but the end results are so worth it.

This particular version of the dish whose life began in northern Italy several hundred years ago does stray a little of the well-trodden path of classic cookery but I hope the forgiveness of the Italians might be bestowed upon me as they recognise a twist on tradition as nothing more than the truest form of flattery and appreciation.  Read More

Detox yourself in the most delicious way with simple, beautiful beetroot & cashew falafels…

I love cake. Like seriously love it. I love soft, squidgy, fudgy, damp crumb on my plate and inch-thick, sweet, buttery frosting on my fork.

I also love ice-cream. I love melty spoonfuls of creaminess with fat chunks of brownie, chocolate, nuts, cookie…well, you get the dangerously-close-t0-diabetes-if-I-don’t-exercise-a-little-self-control picture.

Then there’s cheese. Bread. And let’s not even go down the slippery wine lined slope, you know, the one with the chocolate pit stop on the way…?

Anyone else out there feel like a split personality when it comes to food? Because as well as all of those things, I also really love avocado and spinach and chickpeas and kale and bulgar and salmon and goji berries and almonds (yes, even the non-chocolate covered kind) and all the things that we’re told day after day are good for us. So what’s a girl to do?

Everything in moderation people, everything in moderation which is why, if you’re anything like me and aim high for goodness while sometimes low and falling hard and fast into a plate of pumpkin doughnuts or the latest Honest Burgers incantation, this recipe for beetroot falafels from the Detox Kitchen is exactly what you need.

Plus, on a day like today when there’s nothing but an ocean of grey outside as far as the eye can see, these vibrant, Middle Eastern sunset hued balls of sesame seed studded goodness from the Detox Kitchen Bible are just the thing to bring a little sunshine to your plate…

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A glorious vision of health and beauty with citrus spiced salmon…

Dearest darling reader,

How are you? How’s your day going? Ready for your 3 day weekend? Well of course you are…God bless the Bank Holiday in all it’s brief-respite-from-work-even-though-it’s-guaranteed-to-rain loveliness. We’re British and we’re used to doing things in a state of perpetual change when it comes to the weather because if we didn’t go out every day with sunglasses, an umbrella & a set of snowshoes in our bags, frankly, we’d never leave the house.

The sun appears to have departed these shores to be replaced in residency by a polar wind – pop up only I hope – so this post comes to you from the hands of a lady wearing several more layers than you’d hope for in May, who can currently be found in that slightly overwhelmed, definitely overfed state that arises post-birthday. Or more accurately, post-week-long-and-eating-out-every-day-birthday celebrations.

I love it, I love any excuse to go and eat out and normally J and I don’t have to look very far to find one.

It’s someone’s birthday? Great!

You had an excellent ,meeting at work? Ace!

Oh look, it’s Tuesday? Woo-hoo!

The plus side of all this feasting is that you get to travel the world on your plate without the need for excess baggage fees or learning to sleep upright – I’ve been to India at Dishoom, Italy via Polpo, Britain thanks to the Soho Hotel, Peru through Lima and Japan by way of Shackfuyu this week alone – but the downside is the mysterious & unfathomable shrinking of one’s waistband followed by a general feeling of utter lethargy and the craving for something fresh, healthy & reinvigorating.

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This is where today’s delightfully cheeky little dish comes in – something that you can eat with sheer gusto knowing that it’s every bit as good for you as it tastes. Luscious, fat-on-your-fork flakes of salmon are smothered with a marinade that combines a citrus kick with the faintest hint of floral and served alongside a juicy pineapple salsa, coconut oil roasted sweet potato half moons, sweet & nutty red rice and creamy hunks of avocado, it’s the perfect dish for getting back on the culinary straight and narrow…

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