Food

Now food is possibly my favourite activity, and that includes both the cooking and the eating!

In this section I will share recipes, food preparation tips and articles about food.

Love Dr Emma x

My Food Ethos

It is really difficult to know what you should be eating these days as everyone has different ideas about what is good and bad for you.There are also so many food fads; one week kale is the superfood of the moment, and next it is acai berries. One minute we should be vegetarians, and the … Continue reading My Food Ethos

Cupboard Essentials

  Many cookbooks start with a long list of cupboard essentials which are required to make all of the recipes in their book. I used to wonder whether this was just an attempt at making you shell out money and lavishly furnish your kitchen with expensive spices and unknown seeds. But as I have cooked more and more I … Continue reading Cupboard Essentials

Freezer Items

Here are a few things that are useful to keep in your freezer: Frozen peas – always useful for bulking out recipes such as risotto, pasta and paella Frozen berries – for smoothies and for jam making Bread – For those evenings when you get home late and there is no food in the fridge. … Continue reading Freezer Items

Kitchen Equipment

If you are relatively new to cooking, or like me, you don’t have a particularly big kitchen, you need to be sensible about which kitchen appliances and equipment you buy. Below is a list of the items I use on a regular basis. I am also not embarrassed to say that when it comes to … Continue reading Kitchen Equipment

Simple Frozen Berry Jam

5When I reduced my intake of refined sugar, the things I really missed were condiments. I have a few sugar free recipes for you to try, but my favourite is this jam made with frozen berries. It is very quick and very cheap. I have tried a number of recipes from different people and websites, but … Continue reading Simple Frozen Berry Jam

Veg Boxes

I want to urge you all to jump on the veg box band wagon! Recently I have started having a weekly veg box delivered from Penylan Pantry (https://penylanpantry.com) in Cardiff. I have always eaten a lot of vegetables, often in preference to meat, but found I was buying the same types of veg over and over … Continue reading Veg Boxes

Breakfast

I cannot do anything or go anywhere without having a hearty breakfast. When I reduced the amount of refined sugar I was eating, the hardest thing was deciding what to have for breakfast. I used to love cereals, but near enough all cereals have heaps of sugar in, unless you opt for some of the … Continue reading Breakfast

Granola

I am very much one of those people who enjoys a snack or something sweet after dinner. One of the things I love to have is greek yoghurt and granola. But as I have explained in my breakfast post, purchasing sugar free granola can be pretty expensive. So here is my version of homemade granola. I … Continue reading Granola

Creamy Pesto Pasta 

I put this recipe together to use up some aubergine and butternut squash that I had left over from my Penylan Pantry veg box. I have included chicken in this recipe to add to the flavour, but of course you can leave it out to make a vegetarian dish. Makes 4 servings Ingredients 4 boneless … Continue reading Creamy Pesto Pasta 

Thai Green Curry

Last night I made a Thai green curry because my Dad loves Thai food, and it’s also very easy to make which is great as I can’t stand up to cook for too long just yet. Serves 4 Ingredients Coconut oil 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 4 tsp Thai green curry paste (there are some … Continue reading Thai Green Curry

Ratatouille

A great way of eating a whole load of vegetables is with a ratatouille. There are many different recipes around. My mum roasts all of her vegetables, whereas I throw everything into a casserole dish and make more of a tomato based dish. This recipe makes enough for 6-8 side portions, but of course you … Continue reading Ratatouille

Jambalaya

Having everyone home for Easter is a wonderful excuse to cook even more food than usual. I have made a jambalaya because it contains lots of meat which suits my brother, but also a good helping of vegetables to satisfy me. During the course of dinner we did debate how a jambalaya differs from a … Continue reading Jambalaya

Seafood Risotto

This is one of my mum’s favourite recipes as it is so easy to make. You only need to chop one onion, and crush one garlic clove. There is no other preparation involved so it’s a great recipe when you are short on time, energy or space. Serves 3 Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 … Continue reading Seafood Risotto

Spaghetti Bolognese

As with most of my recipes, I love any dish that uses up a whole mix of ingredients in really whatever quantities you have. So apart from the mince, tomatoes and wine, you can do what you want with the quantities of the other ingredients. Batch cook, makes 6-8 portions Ingredients Olive oil Rosemary, 3 sprigs, … Continue reading Spaghetti Bolognese

Frozen Berry Smoothie

I’ve taken to having a smoothie mid-afternoon to satisfy my cravings for something sweet. I have always thought that smoothies were expensive to make because they require lots of fresh fruit, but I have found that frozen berries work just as well, for a fraction of the cost. Makes 1 Ingredients 100ml milk (of your choosing) … Continue reading Frozen Berry Smoothie

Zesty Pecan and Date Treats

These are commonly called raw brownies, but I fear that is a little misleading. If you have ever had a Nākd bar, these are pretty similar. These bars contain blended pecans and dates which form a dense, chewy mixture, perfect for a sweet, high energy snack. Many of the recipes you will find online use … Continue reading Zesty Pecan and Date Treats

Summer Smoothies

I’ve taken a leaf out of my friend Roxy’s book, and taken some inspiration from her blog Doc Lost in the Kitchen. I bought a whole mix of fruits and have been trying out some different smoothie recipes. As she says, don’t get too bogged down with measuring the ingredients. I just use a hand … Continue reading Summer Smoothies

New Cardiff Eateries

It is so easy to keep visiting the same coffee shops and restaurants again and again, either for fear of being let down by new places, or simply because you love a particular eatery so much that it feels traitorous to go elsewhere. But as the number of cafes, restaurants and trendy hotspots in Cardiff … Continue reading New Cardiff Eateries