Fish Forever

"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed." - Chinese Proverb All this eating more fish has meant that I have finally had to face up to this whole sustainable fishing thing, something I had previously written off as looking rather complicated and, frankly, unappetising - gurnard, sprats and whelks? Easier just to eat meat! But face it I must and I ...

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Garlic Prawns & Californian Chopped Salad

  "Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it." - Charles Dudley Warner (1871) I spend a fair amount of time, particularly during the British winter, daydreaming about how my life would be if I lived in California. Conclusion? It'd be 52 kinds of awesome. I'd go everywhere in my gym kit, carrying my eco-friendly glass water bottle and a ...

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Spice Mountain

"I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want" - The Spice Girls (1997) I made a very long overdue trip to Borough Market today and discovered the amazing Spice Mountain store. Yes, I know, it has probably been there for 56,000 years but I don't make it across the river much these days. Anyway, this place is absolutely brilliant, it is open Tuesday to Saturday (so if you live ...

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Rye Banana Bread with Homemade Nutella

Jump straight to the recipe → "To be honest, I think bananas are a pathetic fruit" - Andy Murray (Hitting Back, 2008) Baking with whole grains is one part of this healthy eating thing that I have been studiously ignoring. White wheat flour makes the best cakes. FACT.  The absence of gluten in most alternative flours more often than not results in cakes that are dense and heavy, or dry and overly ...

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Nigella’s Soy & Tahini Pork

"The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend” -  Chuck Palahniuk (Invisible Monster) One of the real highlights of this healthier eating lark is that we eat pretty much whatever we want at the weekend. OK, we don't spend (every) Saturday slinging back KFC Zinger Tower burgers, but the weekend is when I tend to indulge my pastry ...

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Cinnamon & Vanilla Cashew Milk

"I think everybody's nuts" - Johnny Depp Is milk bad for us? I really quite genuinely have no idea anymore. Pretty much everywhere I look I can find millions of sensational articles telling me that milk is some awful inflammatory, acid-forming, snot-inducing poison. The anti-milk brigade also delights in pointing out that humans (and mainly only those in the West) are the only species who drink milk to adulthood and, to ...

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Bream No.2 – The One Without the Eyes

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully" - George W. Bush (2000) I had intended to put both bream suggestions in my first post today - a sort of "Bream Two Ways" as it were  - but that got rather long. So here is Bream 2.0 - this time using just the fillets - the easiest and quickest thing in the world to cook and two great vegetable ideas ...

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Bream No.1 – The Balearic Baked One

"It's OK to eat fish 'cause they don't have feelings" - Kurt Cobain (Something in the Way, 1991) I always thought I was pretty cool about eating fish. I didn't much like whelks, anchovies or sardines but I ate most shellfish, lots of smoked haddock (i.e. kedgeree), cod, tuna and tons of sushi. But was I one of those people who could just swing into the fishmonger, ask what was good that ...

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Radicchio & Red Onion with White Bean Purée

"Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once." - Paul McCartney (2009) We have been doing Meat Free Monday for a few months now, albeit with varying degrees of success as I seem to have a blind spot as to the proper classification of chorizo and ...

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Cookbook: A Change of Appetite

"Women can spin very well; but they cannot make a good book of cookery" - Samuel Johnson Just as I was really beginning to flounder with this whole healthy eating thing, a new cookbook clattered through the letterbox. An Amazon pre-order that I had forgotten I'd placed. AND IT QUITE SIMPLY CHANGED EVERYTHING. The book is A Change of Appetite by the Sunday Telegraph food writer Diana Henry and it turns ...

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Nigel Slater’s Fennel, beetroot & sour cream salad

Jump straight to the recipe → "You don't win friends with salad" - Homer Simpson (1995) I was a very late convert to the merits of a salad. Because, you see, a good salad is not a simple thing. It is something that requires an understanding of flavours, texture and balance. It is a culinary dark art. In her book, The Art of Simple Cooking, Alice Waters (the undisputed Californian queen of ...

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