Ham, egg and lentil lunch

Heavenly ham, eggs & lentils

It’s not easy to adapt a low carb diet to our convenience food mentality. Most of us want to grab and go when it comes to lunch and breakfast, but few foods offer the level of easy packaging and shelf life that carbs do.

I’m on a mission to provide a few quick and easy, store cupboard, brunch/lunch/supper options that don’t break the Dissident rules. Continue reading


Almost instant vegetable curry

The latest research suggests that aspirin can reduce your risk for a range of commonly occurring cancers (as well as a number of heart problems). I’m sure many of us will be beetling off to our GPs for a recommendation. But you don’t have to rely on pills for your health – eating the right food has the same effect – only with more enjoyment factor (which further boosts immunity). Continue reading


Low carb Salade Niçoise

One of my favourite salads which works equally well for two people and ten. Most of the ingredients can be prepared in advance and the salad assembled, beautifully, at the last minute. I made it recently, on one of those beautiful summer days we had, for a very important occasion with some of our specialest friends and it hit the spot. Continue reading

smoked mackerel salad

Smoked mackerel and avocado salad


  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • spinach, watercress and rocket leaves
  • 4 smoked mackerel fillets
  • olive oil and lemon juice
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sliced mango (optional)


Slice a cucumber and an avocado onto a salad of spinach, watercress and rocket. Lightly grill the smoked mackerel fillets and place on top. Make a dressing with olive oil, a little mustard and lemon juice and drizzle over everything. Top with some pumpkin seeds. If you haven’t already indulged in some fruit today, a slice of mango adds a sublime element to this dish.

You can also use smoked chicken or fresh prawns instead of the mackerel.


Fish Pie ‘Tortilla’

OK, I admit, this one was a bit of an accident. It started on Thursday morning; with a busy day ahead, and early supper required, I looked in the fridge and found very little in the way of inspiration apart from a celeriac, which needed using up. A quick rummage through the freezer unearthed two pieces of fish, neither of which was big enough in itself for a main meal. Low carb fishcakes was the thought that sprang to mind. The resulting dish wasn’t quite what I intended but it was delicious. Continue reading