Saturday, 25 October 2014

How to make chicken bone broth

Chicken soup’s for the soul, but did you know it can heal your gut too? If you’re looking to heal your body from the inside out, chicken bone broth is a must know recipe. 

Bone broth contains collagen, gelatin and lots of minerals that your body and your gut need to renew themselves. As Hippocrates said, ‘all disease begins in the gut’ so if yours isn’t functioning well, get on to bone broth (and get checked by your doc too). 

How do I love it? Let me count the ways: Once you make it you can freeze it or store it in the fridge so it’s on hand for soups, stews, risottos or just as a warming cup of broth. When you get thirsty it’s an amazing tonic just warmed up on its own. You’ll find it refreshing and re-mineralising, especially when you’ve been exercising.

Apparently it’s also best to drink it between meals and last thing at night for ultimate healing time. You can make it with most animal bones - beef knuckle is good, I’m loving the thought of marrow and oxtail too. Yet chicken is the easiest place to start...

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Coconut and Chia Bircher

A friend asked me how she could start her day healthily but wanted something quick instead of her usual toast and jam. I said bring on the bircher!

The whole concept is that you put it together the night before so the coconut milk has time to soak into the oats, seeds and nuts, making for a thirst quenching and delicious start to the day. The hardest thing you have to do in the morning is open the fridge door and there it is, sitting pretty. It's all the better too for letting the flavours develop overnight. Soaking the oats and nuts also deactivates phytic acid, which can stop you taking in nutrients.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Lemon and Ginger Britain Biscuits

I just couldn't resist this Britain cookie cutter. Usually when you try intricate patterns with a biscuit they go really wrong. This is either because they rise too much and you can't make out what the shape was supposed to be in the first place, or they break, which these did. The lemon and ginger combination here is incredibly good and the two are definitely better together.

Monday, 25 August 2014


The panic that sets in when you go gluten free should never be underestimated. In a society where most of our convenience and comfort foods are based upon gluten grains, you find yourself craving everything you ever ate with wheat in it, from Yorkshire puddings and oven hot crispy croissants to just cooked crepes.

Sunday, 17 August 2014


Whenever I crave a reminder of student life on la Cote d'Azur, I make Pissaladière. The bakeries in Nice serve it as a snack in huge delicious square slabs presented simply on baking parchment.  Across the border in San Remo, Italy, you'll find they add mozzarella, but not so en France. They love it just as it is and rightly so.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Chocolate and hazelnut black bean brownies

These chocolate hazelnut black bean brownies are ridiculously off the scale good. There's no way you can even tell they are vegan, gluten free, let alone full of beans!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Beetroot, coconut and lime soup

The English vegetable patch at this time of year makes for rich beetroot pickings, which is apt because this earthy, spicy soup delivers big flavours in spades.

What it's really like to do a detox

Two weeks before I’m due to step on a plane to do a six day detox, I receive an email. It’s from Jane, the yoga retreat’s hostess.

The note lists the food and drink I must cut out in order to prepare my body for the juice fast that I’ve signed up to. ‘Please omit caffeine, sugar, all processed food, meat, cow’s products, gluten and alcohol. We look forward to meeting you.’

Now if you’d shown me this a year earlier I would have winced. My sugar, dairy and gluten fuelled body could never go without her beloved chocolate, cheese, croissants and coffee. Never!

Or could it?

Friday, 25 July 2014

Turmeric omelette and things I like this week

Egg is one of those ingredients that is on my list of intolerances (dammit). However I find that as long as I don’t overdo the oeufs, occasionally I can tolerate them. A recipe that shows them right off in their freshest state is just the ticket, just like this turmeric omelette.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

My world top ten healthy blogs

 Green Kitchen Stories Baked Saffron Falafel
Green Kitchen Stories Saffron Baked Falafel
I thought it would be good to share some of the most useful blogs and posts I’ve found that are helping me to restore my health. Some of these cover food, while some are brilliant for learning the how’s and why’s of getting sick. They’ve certainly opened up a whole new world of learning for me, I hope you enjoy them too.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

3 reasons why I'm changing the blog name

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I've been mulling over this for what seems like an age.

What I've learnt about restoring health with amazing food is no longer about being 'fussy'. So the time has come to create somewhere that I can share all that goodness with you. There have been oodles of fabulous suggestions on what to rename the blog. Thank you to each and every one of you who have made them. You are a creative (if a little crazy) bunch. In the end though, one kept shining through above all others...

What do you think?! I love it and hope you do too. As far as the name goes, here are my three great reasons why The Restored Kitchen has won through:

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Mum's Summer berry masterclass

We get the sweetest selection of plump summer berries at this time of year. I love to raid mum's garden (and jam cupboard) for black and red currants, strawberries and ruby red raspberries.
As a post war child (who looks impressively young for her years due to genes and yoga), mum also has an uncanny ability to preserve whatever excess fruit there might be.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

How to make zucchini pasta

If you tend to feel sluggish after your spaghetti, this zucchini 'pasta' dish will leave you with boundless energy from all its phytonutrient-rich greens.

As with any pasta, you've got to cook the veg just right (al dente is best) and serve it with a sumptuous sauce or you may as well stay at home; The pesto sauce is the key here to sending your taste buds into orbit. I also dressed this with some freshly steamed asparagus spears and extra pine nuts and sesame seeds to add some crunch as well as healthy fats.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Asparagus season and frittata

There’s an asparagus farm near us that has the freshest asparagus you could wish for. We go through legions of spears within the precious few weeks of the season.

Frittata is equally good hot or cold, so your gluten free picnics will never be the same again. It's also a brilliant vessel for any fresh summer greens (think peas, courgettes and herbs). My recipe uses mint, basil and thyme and it won’t last long. Enjoy!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

English summertime, the longest day

I've been busy taking shots around the farm and in the country to show you just how much I love England in the Summer.

It's light pretty much all day at the moment so I'm waking up early, which leaves plenty of time to capture and enjoy the fresh morning colours in the wood. Happy summertime!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Crispy sesame and ginger tofu

This is the perfect meal to cook up in a hurry when you get home from work. It's quick, easy to make, deliciously tasty and healthy too.

The tofu, ginger and green veggies are much easier for your body to digest than a meat dish, so you should even find you sleep better after it too. Sesame seeds are full of magnesium which is also good for beating stress and tension.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Happy carrot salad

Mood food, that's what this is. You know those recipes that give you a giggle just thinking about their name? Bubble & Squeak, Spotted Dick, Toad in the Hole...
It's a big claim I know, but somehow this simple little salad - with its sticky sesame, crunchy carrot and squidgy sultana and spicy surprise - scores every time.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Super green smoothie

If like me you've been wondering what all this juicing talk is all about anyway, let me let you into a secret: It's a game changer.
If you've been feeling sluggish in a morning, veggie juice is a great way to ease your body into the day ahead. Filled with phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it's the perfect way to eat your veg quicker than you can say five a day.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Photoshoot - Miss Friday Bakery

A friend asked me to help her style and shoot for her bakery business. Brownies, glamorous Italian style meringues and romantic, indulgent wedding dessert tables: What's not to love?
You know when you just get it with someone - creatively that is? Well we had a blast. Hope you like the pics as much as we had fun taking them. 

Sunday, 29 December 2013

How to make raw chocolate, a picture post

Making raw chocolate is as easy as one, two, three, four. You can get the ingredients online or at good health food shops. It's packed full of antioxidants, none of which are wasted by overheating or roasting. Enjoy and Happy New Year!
100g raw cacao butter
10 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp agave syrup
Pinch salt
To flavour the chocolate:
Dried rose petals and rose syrup
Whole almonds, roasted

1. Melt the cacao butter gently in a bowl placed over a slowly simmering pan of water.
2. Once all the butter has melted, whisk in the raw cacao powder.
3. For the almond flavoured chocolates, place a whole roasted almond in each section of an ice cube tray.
4. Leave some mixture if you're making rose scented chocolate. Add in 2-3 tablespoons rose water and mix. Place some rose petals in the remaining sections of an ice cube tray. Freeze or chill for 10mins before knocking out of the tray to serve.

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