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Beetroot Curry

This is absolutely delicious! The quantities are a little bit vague as I tend to just go with what’s in the fridge and make necessary adjustments to the spices but this recipe is based on the quantities I used yesterday. It really wouldn’t matter if you didn’t have this much beetroot as you could always add more tomatoes or spinach instead. The original recipe used large tomatoes but I didn’t have any so put 8 cherry tomatoes in instead … [Read more...]

Aubergine & Spinach Curry

Well it was the spring equinox on Wednesday but as you are probably more than aware, especially if you’ve had to cancel plans this weekend, it is freezing cold and there is plenty of snow on the ground. I went out for a chilly dog walk yesterday morning and when I got in fancied doing some cooking - something warming and comforting! As it was Saturday there wasn’t much left in the fridge; we normally shop and prepare for the week ahead on a … [Read more...]

What’s all the fuss about the OMG diet?

Following on from my last post about my interview on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire about fad diets I thought I would expand this week on the current fad diet getting all the attention.  It is the ‘Six Weeks to OMG – Get Skinnier than all your Friends’ diet book.  It has sold FIVE times more copies than the popular Dukan diet. The reason the OMG diet has been in the news recently is because the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) banned a … [Read more...]

Is there anything wrong with fad diets?

On Sunday morning, I was a guest on Mollie green’s radio show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire where I was asked to be the expert on fad diets and to give my opinion on them.  I have to admit I was a bit nervous before going on as I’ve never been on the radio before and was worried I wouldn’t be able to think of anything to say or would just keep saying ‘errrrm’.  However, once I got started I soon relaxed and found it was really easy to talk … [Read more...]

Why vegetarians shouldn’t drink milk (and it’s not why you think)

Did anyone see the recent Jimmy vs the Giant Supermarket programme where Jimmy Doherty took on Tesco in a bid to produce a higher welfare meatball?  I’ve been aware of the issues raised in the programme for some time but feel that now is the time for more people to take action as change is much more likely to occur with the backing of a high-profile figurehead (just look at what Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall managed to achieve with his ‘fish … [Read more...]