Homemade pickled ginger for sushi

Hello dear reader, It is officially spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and, when I see the cherry blossoms appear, my thoughts often turn to Japan. Cherry trees are known as Sakura in Japan and their pretty blossoms are celebrated with many parties and feasts. Never having been to Japan, my sole knowledge of its cuisine…

Cheese and Pumpkin-seed Rye Crispbreads

Hello Dear Reader, Are you a fan of whole grains?  Quinoa from Peru, teff from Ethiopia, we are travelling the world and embracing these little kernels of goodness. What to do, though, if you prefer to eat local produce? I’m in Scotland and one of my favourite locally-grown wholegrains is Rye.  This healthy little wholegrain…

Hazelnut Milk – Shake Up Your Wake Up

Hello Dear Reader, Have you been eating breakfast this week, as part of Farmhouse Breakfast Week? If you don’t know what I’m on about, check out yesterday’s blog post here, where I told you all about it.  I also promised you then that I would show you how to make nut milks, which are lactose-free, gluten-free…

Berry smoothie – Shake Up Your Wake Up

Hello Dear Reader, Today is the first day of Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which encourages you to Shake Up Your Wake Up! Apparently 47% of us regularly skip breakfast, even though this is the most important meal of the day.  It literally means “break” “fast”, as in to break the fasting your body has had during…

Vietnamese-style Pork Meatball Bánh Mì

Hello dear reader, Week two of the new year and everyone is going diet-crazy, whether planning to eat healthier or to lose weight. When I think of healthy food my thoughts often turn to Southeast Asia, where many dishes are light and low in fat but packed full of flavour by the addition of delicious…