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Cutting onions makes me cry (sometimes)…

Peeling, cutting, chopping, slicing raw onion releases an enzyme and amino acid which creates an irritant that burns and makes your eyes water.If this is a problem for you then try peeling an onion under running water, chilling them in your refrigerator, use a sharp knife (cutting rather than crushing), wearing goggles helps but […]

Aubergine Pizza:One for the kids

I got this idea from a link with Julia Child who brought French (and Mediterranean) cooking to Americans. She was born in 1912 and after WW2 studied and worked in France and became the USA’s Elizabeth David or Mrs Beeton. I have several of Elizabeth David’s books and she really made Britain aware of […]

The Cod has Come – Norway.

♫ ♪ ♫ “Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Dr John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I’m afraid of my life, I’ll go down in the soil
If me wife don’t stop drinking your cod liver oil.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ By Great Big Sea

By way of explanation The Cod has come is […]

Green Tea-Lemon Granita:Keep your heart healthy

A big concern in the UK and the West in general is the threat of heart attack. Experts credit compounds in green tea called flavonoids with stopping blood platelets from forming clots, much as aspirin does. Over 30% of the dry weight of green tea leaves consists of powerful flavonoid antioxidants which researchers have […]

A BIG and healthy curry: Don’t eat it raw

Sometimes I crave the heat and taste of curry, cooked from scratch. This recipe of cubed shoulder of lamb and butternut squash contains just about everything in my spice cupboard. The spices need to be dry fried (don’t let them burn) in order to bring out the oils and aromas. I know that the […]

Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heartburn?

“A sense of humour is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heartburn?” This is a quote by Bob Hope which reminded me of a time when I told a BUPA consultant, in passing, I wasn’t there for heartburn, that I had suffered heartburn in the past, the cause […]

A non meat Thursday

A non meat Thursday using up the last of my courgettes, aubergine and fresh coriander.

Mackerel fish cakes with Courgette, Sweetcorn and Coriander served with Bengali Beguni (fried Aubergine fritters).


It is quick and easy to knock something together especially when using tinned fish – think oily fish, omegas and all.

And the aubergine fritters are so […]

30 days to get my rippling 16 pack back

I have no excuse not to recover my sixteen pack. I walk but that’s not enough so after acquiring a bench and some (light) weights I have today set about pumping the neoprene in order to increase my cardiovascular capacity and general fitness as I seem to have developed a touch of asthma in older life. And […]

Butterflied Sardines

This is a labour of love but it is worth it. It also helps if the sun is shining and you are sharing ‘al fresco’ so this recipe is for two as a starter.Ingredients:4 Fresh sardines, gutted, de-headed1 Egg beaten25g Parmesan cheese. grated25g Breadcrumbs1 tbsp Fresh herbs, chopped25g Seasoned plain flour1 Red Chilli,deseeded and […]