Recipe | Hearty, Healthy Soup To Kick That Cold Into Touch!

It’s officially winter, and that means that colds and flu are doing the rounds. So we reach to our comfort foods to make us feel better, and some of us go for the hearty sumptuous meals, and some even reach for the sugar! This isn’t a good idea when you’re suffering from a virus, as sugar can impact your immune system. The best way forward … Continue reading Recipe | Hearty, Healthy Soup To Kick That Cold Into Touch!

Pork Fillet with a Mushroom Sauce

Ingredients Pork fillet, cut into medallions – I usually do around 4 per person 55g butter salt, and ground pepper (to season) Freshly cracked pepper – add your preferred amount 175 gChestnut mushrooms, sliced 2 shallots, thinly chopped 50 ml Dry Brandy 50 ml dry white wine Carton of Oatly Creamy Oat (if dairy free)  – Single cream is good if you’d prefer Fresh veg and baby … Continue reading Pork Fillet with a Mushroom Sauce

Belly Warming Beef Stew

Ingredients 2 celery sticks, thickly sliced 1 onion, chopped 2 leeks, sliced 2 carrots, halved lengthways then very chunkily sliced 3 bay leaf 3 sprigs thyme 1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 tsp dried rosemary 1 small glass red wine 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp butter 2 tbsp plain flour 2 tbsp tomato purée 400 ml beed stock 500g stewing beef, cut into nice large chunks Method … Continue reading Belly Warming Beef Stew

Steak Pie

Ingredients 900g/2lb stewing steak, cut into cubes Plain flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper –  for dusting 1 tbsp Olive oil 2 Onions, sliced 1 Knob Butter 2 x Carrots, chopped 1 tbsp chopped Fresh thyme salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 x Pot hot beef stock 225g/8oz ready-rolled puff pastry 1 free-range egg, beaten Method Lightly dust the cubed steak with … Continue reading Steak Pie

Sausage and Bean Casserole

Ingredients 1–2 tbsp oil 12 good quality pork sausages 6 rashers rindless streaky bacon, roughly sluced 2 leeks, thinly sliced 1 x Red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped 1 x Yellow bell pepper, deseeded and chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes 300ml/10fl oz chicken stock 2 tbsp tomato purée 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp dark brown muscovado sugar 2 … Continue reading Sausage and Bean Casserole

Surviving The Winter Blues

The winter period is here, and the days are increasingly shorter while the night sky lengthens. This means during the winter months, we are exposed to less sunlight which causes our body to produce less serotonin but more melatonin; a hormone that prepares the body for sleep. This can trick your body into believing it should constantly be in the state of rest or sleep; affecting … Continue reading Surviving The Winter Blues

Belly Pork with Apple Juniper & Cider

Not quite your traditional Belly Pork recipe Ingredients Serves 2 550g belly of pork (6 thick cut slices) smoked dry-cured streaky bacon – I use around 7 slices, but it’s your own preference 3 medium Cox’s apples, cored, and cut into thick slices  2 x medium onions, sliced into rings 2 x cloves garlic, peeled, and sliced 18 juniper berries 18 sage leaves 225ml dry … Continue reading Belly Pork with Apple Juniper & Cider

Tips to Keeping Your Skin Soft and Glowing This Winter

Winter weather is not fun for skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers – And … Continue reading Tips to Keeping Your Skin Soft and Glowing This Winter

Keep Your Lips Kissable This Autumn

It might be later than usual, but autumn and winter are definitely coming. The evenings are getting shorter, the sky is getting darker, and the leaves CRUNCHY. This means heaters, colds and chapped lips! EEEEEEEK!   Dry and chapped This can usually mean you might be dehydrated, so instead of swiping on another layer of lip balm, grab a tall glass of water. Staying hydrated, helps … Continue reading Keep Your Lips Kissable This Autumn