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 →
This amazing recipe from Sophie Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights lives up to its name. It’s exactly the sort of recipe that would never have passed my lips before The Dissident Diet: cream and cheese in the same pan! It has become a midweek staple because it’s easy, quick and delicious. Continue reading →
I love aubergines and they are an indispensable low carb food, but I’ve always been a bit wary of cooking them because the results can be a bit too variable for my perfectionist personality! Continue reading →
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 →
We’ve got lots going on at home. My beloved Dad is not at all well and the rest of our large family – most of whom live in North Yorkshire – are coming to visit and staying with us. It’s lovely to see everyone but it can place a strain on the catering department. Continue reading →
I try as far as possible to eat with the seasons. It’s better for the planet and, some would argue, better for our bodies. So in the middle of winter I really miss having a big bowl of salad. In recent years I’ve learned to scratch that itch by making slaw. Continue reading →
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 →
Easy to prepare and stunning to behold, stuffed peppers make a great starter, buffet dish and accompaniment to roast and barbecued meats. Use this as a recipe template and just experiment with what you’ve got in the fridge. Continue reading →
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.
My dissident diet has become such a way of life now that I even inflict low carb menus on friends I invite for supper. So convinced am I that it’s the diet we should all be eating, fat or thin, Continue reading →
Back in the good old days when I used to eat cheesecake in the mistaken impression that it was lower GI than pure sugar, and therefore ‘better’ for you, I used to make Nigel Slater’s Creamy Cheesecake with Damson Sauce. Continue reading →
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 →