Although it’s cold outside, I like to eat my all time favourite soup, Gazpacho at anytime of year. I recently had this delicious soup at Six senses hotel in the Maldives (pictured above) but it inspired me to share the recipe for my version (which is untraditionally bread and therefore gluten free). CROUTONS 1/4 ciabatta loaf cut into large cubes SOUP 1.2kg vine ripened tomatoes 1 clove garlic 2 handfuls of fresh basil leaves 6tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 tsp of a good sherry vinegar I tsp (or to taste) of Tabasco 1/2 tsp of sugar Salt and pepper…

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I love a Caeser salad. One of my favourites to take with me when I’m out and about during the day. But I do like to add some protein to it to make it more filling and to change the dressing somewhat so it’s not so massively full of fat. Being in my forties now, I am not scared of fat the way I was in my 20s through 30s. I am not going to eat cheese all day (much as I would love too), but I don’t avoid it the way I sometimes used too. Fat helps prevent me from…

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I have been ordering a lot from the delivery service. Shame on me. With all the rushing around, there has been very little time to shop and cook. So this weekend, I wanted to get organised and make some chicken that I could just pick on during the week. As I get older I am very conscious of eating healthy as much as I can, as often as I can. Especially when I have been baking. When I bake it is impossible for me not to eat the cake mixture and the resulting bake, so these days foods that fill…

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As some of you may know I spent a  bit of time in foster care as a child. From birth to to 18 months and then later on as a young child. Social workers were a consistent in my life right up until around 16 years old. So I was honoured to be asked to be the host and to become a Patron of the Social Worker of the Year Awards.       The only time we normally hear about Social Workers in the media is when bad things happen. Very little air time is given to the tireless work…

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A super quick 8 minute pasta dish for a simple lunch dish which I ate today.  This is  incredibly filling with a lot of protein in. This kind of food keeps me full from lunch until dinner with no snacking in between. I felt it was lacking in colour somewhat and the chilli flakes did not really show, but it does have lots of flavour. You can add some cherry tomatoes or red pepper/red onion if you fancy it. Pasta 1 handful of buckwheat pasta 1 handful of lentil pasta 1 handful of spirulina  tagliatelle spelt pasta Dressing A good drizzle…

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