What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work? Part 4 12

I have finally finished the Sirtfood Diet!!! But how did I get on in week 3? Did I lose any weight? And what are my reflections on the diet overall? Read on to find out…     Endorsed by many celebrities and hailed as the new 5:2, the Sirtfood diet has had me intrigued since I first read about it back in January. But is the diet of 2016, a diet that includes red wine, coffee and chocolate, just too good to be true?     Last week I successfully completed the second week of the Sirtfood Diet. I had lost […]

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work?

Baked Potatoes with Spicy Chickpea Stew

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Kind of Mexican Mole meets North African Tagine, this Spicy Chickpea Stew is unbelievably delicious and makes a great topping for baked potatoes, plus it just happens to be vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free. And it contains chocolate. Yey!     Don’t you just love happy accidents? I am utterly convinced that pretty much all the best recipes come from something that started out as a bit of a disaster. This was definitely so with this recipe.     As many of you will know, I am currently following the Sirtfood Diet and on Tuesday I chose to […]


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With 6lb already lost in the first week of the Sirtfood Diet, how did I fare in Week 2?     Endorsed by many celebrities and hailed as the new 5:2, the Sirtfood diet has had me intrigued since I first read about it back in January. But is the diet of 2016, a diet that includes red wine, coffee and chocolate, just too good to be true?   Last week I successfully completed Week 1 of the Sirtfood Diet, losing a grand total of 6 pounds as well as feeling much healthier and sleeping better than I have in years […]

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work?

Kale and Red Onion Dhal from the Sirtfood Diet

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Delicious and very nutritious this Kale and Red Onion Dhal with Buckwheat is quick and easy to make and naturally gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan.     As those of you who follow my blog regularly will know, I have been following The Sirtfood Diet for the last 10 days. In that time I have cooked loads of gorgeous recipes – check out Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to see what I have been making.     This is my slightly simplified version of one of my favourite Sirtfood recipes. It’s gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan so is a great […]


What is buckwheat and how do you cook it? 14

Buckwheat is naturally gluten free, full of nutrients and keeps popping up in fashionable diets all over the place. But what exactly is it? How do you cook it? And does it actually taste nice?     Move over quinoa, there’s a new grain in town! Buckwheat seems to be everywhere at the moment. It’s hugely popular with clean eating fans, such as Deliciously Ella, Madeleine Shaw and Sarah Britton author of My New Roots. It is also the main carb in the Sirtfood Diet which I started last Monday (For more about the Sirtfood Diet check out my recent […]

What is buckwheat and how do you cook it?

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work?

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work? Part 2 12

Hailed as the diet of 2016 and the new 5:2, endorsed by numerous celebrities and with promises of 7lb weight loss in the first 7 days, is the Sirtfood Diet too good to be true?     The Sirtfood Diet has intrigued me ever since I first heard about it back in January. Not only does it promise incredible weight loss, muscle gain and an improvement in overall health, the Sirtfood Diet also actively encourages eating chocolate and drinking coffee and red wine (albeit in moderation!). It all just sounded just a little but too good to be true…I felt […]


King Prawn Stir Fry with Buckwheat Noodles 10

Totally delicious, healthy and filling – this King Prawn Stir Fry is packed full of Sirtfoods and makes the perfect start to the Sirtfood Diet, but is a great recipe for anyone who wants to benefit from a few Sirtfoods in their life!     I have been intrigued by the Sirtfood Diet since I first read an article about it in Good Housekeeping magazine, back in January. It has been hailed as the next 5:2 and has had loads of endorsements from celebrities as diverse as David Haye (Heavyweight Boxer), Lorraine Pascale (TV Chef and Food Writer), Jodie Kidd […]

King Prawn Stir Fry with Buckwheat Noodles

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work?

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work? Part 1 20

A diet that includes chocolate, red wine and coffee? A diet that doesn’t involve counting calories, syns or smart points? A diet that doesn’t involve fasting 2 days a week and yet claims to bring many of the same benefits as the 5:2 diet? A diet where average weight loss is 7lb in the first 7 days? Sounds just a little bit too good to be true? I felt I had to check the Sirtfood Diet out…     Regular readers of this blog will know that I am on a mission to improve my diet but without compromising on […]


Beetroot, Kale and Orange Salad 12

So fresh and healthy, this Beetroot, Kale and Orange Salad totally blew me away the first time I tried it! I know it sounds kind of an odd combination, but it really, really works and I will definitely be making this again – really soon!     Last week, I reviewed Madeleine Shaw’s latest book Ready Steady Slow and I was so excited by her food, I just had to share a couple of my favourite recipes from the book. On Tuesday I shared her lovely Thai Chicken Salad and today I am sharing this amazing Beetroot, Kale and Orange […]

Beetroot, Kale and Mozzarella Salad from Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw

Shredded Thai Chicken Salad with Toasted Cashews from Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw

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This Thai Chicken Salad is delicious, easy to make and super healthy. The honey drizzled cashews add a touch of extra yumminess as well as even more goodness.     Last week I shared my review of Madeleine Shaw’s latest book Ready Steady Glow – a wonderful book full of delicious, healthy recipes that are easy to make and fit into real people’s real lives. This week I really want to share with you a couple of my favourite recipes from that book. Today I am sharing her delicious Thai Chicken Salad, with a couple of my own little twists. And […]


Review: Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw 

Madeleine Shaw’s Second book Ready Steady Glow is a wonderful collection of easy, healthy and delicious recipes to help you get that glow!     Regular readers of this blog will know that a few weeks ago I won signed copies of both of Madeleine Shaw’s fabulous books: Get the Glow and Ready Steady Glow.     Last week I reviewed Get the Glow and also shared two of my favourite recipes: Indian Spiced Cauliflower Rice and Gluten Free peach and Cherry Crumble.       This week I am reviewing Madeleine’s latest book Ready Steady Glow. For those of you who […]

Review of Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw

Indian Spiced Cauliflower Rice

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This Indian Spiced Cauliflower Rice is a quick, easy and wonderfully nutritious alternative to regular rice. Adapted from Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw.     Last week I reviewed Madeleine Shaw’s lovely first book ‘Get the Glow’ – it’s a wonderful book full of delicious healthy and relatively easy recipes – If you haven’t got one already I’d really recommend buying it! Her recipes are so great that I really wanted to share a couple with you this week.     On Tuesday I shared with you my version of Madeleine Shaw’s Gluten Free Cherry Crumble and today I am sharing […]


Gluten Free Peach and Cherry Crumble 18

This Gluten Free Peach and Cherry Crumble is an insanely delicious, super simple, healthy and totally gluten free version of the humble crumble. Adapted from Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw.     I am a huge fan of crumble, it is such a fabulously tasty and totally easy peasy dessert, which can be put together in minutes and left to do its thing in the oven. However, with all that refined white flour and sugar, it’s not exactly a health food, is it? So it has always been an occasional treat for me – until now! Enter Madeleine Shaw’s Cherry Crumble – […]

Gluten Free Peach and Cherry Crumble

Review of Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw

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Madeleine Shaw’s Get the Glow is a fabulous, inspiring recipe book full of easy recipes that are delicious AND good for you!     As you probably know by now, I am trying to improve my diet and get healthier this summer. I have recently taken up running and now I am working on my diet – trying to fill my plate with lots of healthy, nutritious food that is also delicious and above all EASY!     I have been quite intrigued lately by the phenomenon of clean eating (yes, I know I’m a little late to the party!) […]


Easy Peasy Homemade Oven Chips 12

These Easy Peasy Homemade Oven Chips are easy and quick to make, super tasty and so much better for you than shop-bought oven chips.     Mmmm – chips. I do love chips, but the kind you get from the shop and bung in the oven are…well they are convenient and great for playdates – but they are not exactly a health food are they?     My chips are made from baking potatoes with the skins left on, olive oil and a little salt and are much more healthy than their shop bought cousins…not only that, but they are […]

Easy Peasy Homemade Oven Chips

Easy Peasy Homemade Burgers

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These Easy Peasy Homemade Burgers take 5 minutes to prepare and taste sooo much nicer than the shop bought ones…plus they haven’t got any of that random unpronounceable gubbins in them either!     Hands up who loves a good burger! I love beef burgers – they taste fab and are a great choice for a barbecue…but so often I find the shop bought ones, well, a little disappointing – even the expensive fancy ones. There is often that slight artificial taste going on – plus have you ever read the back of the packet? Shop bought burgers are often […]


Homemade Sweet Potato and Smoked Paprika Chips 18

Dusted with paprika and roasted in the oven, these Homemade Sweet Potato and Smoked Paprika Chips are so much tastier and healthier than shop bought oven chips and almost as easy!     Last autumn I was really inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Super Food book (which I reviewed earlier this year). One of the superfoods he really advocated were sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are apparently one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet: packed full of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants.     Since reading Jamie’s book I have used sweet potatoes in a lot more of my recipes: Chicken, Chorizo […]

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Smoked Salmon and Vegetable Kedgeree

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Perfect for a weekend brunch, this Smoked Salmon and Vegetable Kedgeree is brim full of health and deliciousness, plus it’s easy to make and only takes 30 minutes.     I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that I am trying to improve my diet and get more healthy this summer. But don’t worry, I totally love food and I am not about to embark on a diet of lettuce leaves, carrot sticks and apples (gosh that would make for a boring blog, wouldn’t it?). Nor am I about to start making my own nut milk – I love […]


Prawn, Avocado and Mango Salad 8

Another super simple, yet totally delicious salad, that only takes 5 minutes to make! This Prawn, Mango and Avocado Salad makes a fab main meal or can be served as part of a picnic or barbecue.     So, on Tuesday I shared with you my recipe for my 5 minute Mexican Salad, and today I bring you another gorgeous summery salad that is healthy, tasty and above all easy.     My recipes come about in many ways, but many of my recipes are inspired by me dreaming up a bunch of things I love, that I think would go together […]

Prawn, Avocado and Mango Salad

5 Minute Mexican Salad

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An incredibly easy peasy Mexican-inspired salad, that takes only 5 minutes to throw together and just happens to be vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free – so everyone can enjoy it!     Oh I do love it when the weather starts to cheer up (I am writing this bathed in glorious sunshine, though no doubt sod’s law will dictate that when this post actually goes live it will be chucking it down!).     The turn in the weather makes me slightly sad that I have to stop making stews (well, I don’t have to and to be honest […]