Food

Ginger Apple Smoothie

 Ginger Apple Smoothie This Smoothie is the perfect Summer drink. With its zingy flavour it’s completely refreshing. Perfect as a Smoothie but also gorgeous when diluted to make the perfect pitcher for a BBQ or a drink for the kids. Ginger as we know has a very specific strong taste,…

Vegan Choco krispies

Usually my baking creations are invented because of an impending event or request, but these Vegan Choco Krispies were born out of lust. A purely selfish bake – I wanted chocolate, I wanted coconut oil, I wanted something crunchy but fudgey and I didn’t want to feel too bad about…

Dairy Free Tropical Fruit Loaf

Dairy Free Tropical Fruit Loaf by BakingBright Myself and my other half have given up a few indulgent treats for Lent, so I wanted to make something that will satisfy our sweet tooth, but, also something that we would actually look forward to eating too! I asked him what sort…

The Gate • Restaurant Review

The Gate • Restaurant Review On a rainy bank holiday Monday, I decided to steal away to the back streets of Hammersmith and discovered a haven of healthiness at The Gate. Situated in Hammersmith for over 26 years, I’m surprised I had not heard of it a decade ago, when…

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Slow cooked lamb with orzo pasta • Youvesti

Slow cooked lamb with orzo pasta • Youvesti This is a wonderful one pot dish perfect for large gatherings or the whole family, real comfort food…great for fussy eaters. My family daren’t even try fussing as they will have the wrath of their nurturing grandmother.I like to serve Youvesti with…

Pistachio Power Balls

Pistachio Power Balls by BakingBright I love snacking. One of my fellow cast members on the tour I am on calls me a little rabbit – always in the corner munching on something (leave your dirty jokes at the door please…!). ‘Healthy’ snacking can be challenging sometimes, so here is…

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Simple Dinner Suggestion • Eat yourself to a healthy heart

Simple Dinner Suggestion – Eat yourself to a healthy heart.   Simple Roasted Tomato Soup Packed with lycopene for a healthy heart. Equipment Needed Knife Chopping board Roasting tin Oven Stick blender Saucepan Sieve Serves 4 Ingredients: 500g of Tomatoes – quartered 1large red onion – quartered 2 cloves of…

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Cypriot meatballs • Kefthedes

Cypriot meatballs • Kefthedes Traditionally these meatballs are Greek. I can still sense my mother’s frustration as she stood frying a colossal batch of kefthedes for dinner, only for them to be gorged as soon as they came out of the frying pan, rightly so burning our fingers and tongues…

Double Chocolate Protein Cookies

Double Chocolate Protein Cookies by BakingBright Double Chocolate PROTEIN cookies??? Why the extra protein I hear you ask? I’ve decided to venture out of my comfort zone at the gym – which would have usually consisted of a lot of running – and I have started to lift some weights….

Changing the way we drink water! Acquablend

Acquablend: Changing the way we drink water When I think about changing the way we drink water, I immediately think of an inconvenient devise that should be added to a tap and therefor means it is home bound. When I was handed my first Acquablend bottle, I literally thought someone…

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Restaurant Review • L’Escargot

 Restaurant Review • L’escargot L’Escargot is the oldest French Restaurant in London situated on Greek Street in the heart of bustling Soho.  Founded in 1896 and originally called Le Bienvenue, the restaurant moved to Greek Street in 1927 and changed its name to L’Escargot. Now under Brian Clivaz ( formally…

Thieves’ Lamb • Kleftiko

Tonia Buxton’s Thieves’ Lamb • Kleftiko Recipe This dish gets its name from the ‘Klephtes’, notorious bandits lurking in the countryside. Not having their own flocks,they would steal lamb or goats, cooking the meat in a sealed pit to avoid the smoke being seen.I cook kleftiko sealed tight in the traditional…

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Tonia Buxton’s Hallumi bread rolls • Halloumoti

Hallumi bread rolls • Halloumoti Very similar to the olive bread but you also add some mechlebi,our sour cherry pips and mastiki powder. These ingredients are very Greek…you may have to come to Cyprus to buy them as there really is no substitute! Makes around 10 rolls 5 glasses (1…

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Vegan Cranberry & Pecan Upside Down Cakes

Ingredients for Vegan Cranberry & Pecan Upside Down Cakes 2 tbsp chia/flax seeds 6 tbsp water 150g fresh cranberries 55g golden syrup (+ extra for drizzling) 75g pecans 150g wholemeal flour 70g oats 1/2 tsp baking powder 140g caster sugar 40g sunflower oil (+ a little extra for greasing) 175ml…

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Tonia Buxton’s Seabream with capers • Tsipoura me kapari

Tonia Buxton’s Seabream with capers • Tsipoura me kapari Easy ideas worthy of whole fresh fish are sometimes hard to muster up. This is a fantastically simple way to cook the abundance of seabream we have in our sea…or any other catch of the day. Special enough for dining with…

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Immune boosting smoothie

Immune Boosting Smoothie If like me you are avoiding catching yet another of the bugs that are going around. This is the smoothie for you! It serves to get you back on your feet if you’ve suffered. Or, staving off the dreaded lurgy if a family member has it. Kale…

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Tonia Buxton’s Fig and walnut dessert • Siko kai karithi

Tonia Buxton’s Fig and walnut dessert • Siko kai karithi If you need a healthy kick-start to the day followed by slow releasing high energy fuel this makes an ideal breakfast topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon. Handy too as a grazing snack especially…

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Tonia Buxton • Cumin Potatoes

Tonia Buxton • Cumin Potatoes • Patades me Kimino My style of cooking just throwing everything into the pot and leaving it to get on with the job!  Good with grilled fish, kebabs or lamb.   Serves 4 as an accompaninent: 4 medium Cypriot potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 large…

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Wholemeal Kiwi & Pistachio Loaf – dairy free

Kiwis are a new obsession in my household, however, I seem to buy a batch, forget I’ve got them and then realise I have 6 to eat in a day before they go off. Hence my Wholemeal Kiwi & Pistachio Loaf. Now, a word of warning, these kiwi’s need to…

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Passionfruit Smoothie Recipe

So if you are anything like me, you see passion fruits in the supermarket and are like hmmm great idea but what the hell would I do with it. I love getting anything passion fruit whilst out, cocktails, desserts whatever, I can’t get enough, but at home I’m at a…

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Smoothie

Rhubarb and Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie   As Autumn creeps in at a steady pace. I wanted to take advantage of the last of some of the summer fruits available for this delicious Rhubarb and Strawberry Smoothie. Generally, this fruit, ( sometimes classified as a vegetable )is connected with deserts namely…

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Nutty Fridge Bars – gluten free, vegan

It’s just TOO hot to bake, but I want a nutritious and cooling snack. I got my thinking cap on and so here are my Nutty Fridge Bars – they live in the fridge to keep them fresh and cool and are sort of like a sticky version of a…

Back to School-make Mornflake Oats your family Breakfast

Back to School ~ Make Mornflake Oats Your Family Breakfast It is that time of the year again… Back to school!  Summer has drawn to a close and the days of endless fun and late nights are coming to a close.  Fellow mums, do I hear a sigh of relief?!…

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Mango, Berry & Mint Smoothie Recipe

Now my Smoothie recipes tend to be a little more slap dash. Or are they? I like to work in handfuls. As I have been learning from my nutrition coach Sean Lerwill a good judgement of the amount of carbs, fats and proteins needed for each meal can be visually…

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Tonia Buxton • Vanilla custard dessert • Charlotta

Vanilla custard dessert • Charlotta Many of my childhood memories are of the simplest pleasures in life…like this custard dessert made for us by my mum’s elder sister thia Frosa whenever we arrived back in Cyprus for the summer holidays. Peace and quiet reigned as I would spend an age…

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RAW Super Food Protein Bites

RAW Super Food Protein Balls Recipe Perfect post workout treat & they really help me keep those 3pm cravings at bay, I have two of these with a tea and ties me over until dinner.I must admit they are not the most attractive but they taste yum! Ingredients 1 cups…