• Smoothie

    The Well Cell Smoothie

    I love my NutriBullet, and wouldn’t be without it but I cringe when I see Facebook pictures of NutriBullet cups loaded up with fruit and a few token spinach leaves. That’s not the way to wellbeing. To get the ups without the downs … Continue reading

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    Halloumi, nut and olive salad

    The sun was shining into my kitchen as I did my pre-lunch fridge surfing, prompting me to pull together a little salad in celebration of the first free Vitamin D of the year.

  • Venison steak with celeriac mash

    Venison steaks and celeriac mash

    My lovely husband needed a little bit of cheering up last night and this perfectly hit the spot.

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    Fake cornflake cakes

    It really couldn’t be easier:

  • Kale Gratin

    King kale gratin

    I tried this for the first time last night and started a whole new love affair with kale: I used curly (Riverford organic kale is quite honestly the best I’ve ever tasted) but you can use any kale you like. … Continue reading

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    Smoked mackerel tartare

    Although it’s incredibly good for you, I’m not a great fan of smoked mackerel. Generally I find it heavy, indigestible and a bit ‘worthy’. So I was delighted

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    My new muesli

    I’m not a fan of ‘free from’ or substitute foods but sometimes I miss sitting down in the morning with a bowl of something filling and comforting – that muesli feeling.

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    Vietnamese pork balls

    This recipe came from a wonderful day I shared with friends at Jamie’s Cookery School in Brighton. I thoroughly recommend their courses – full of useful cooking confidence and great fun to boot.

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    Broccoli and pine nut “couscous” (with no couscous)

    I’m always on the lookout for carb susbtitutes that provide healthy, dissident alternatives to stodge. This one from my new, favourite cook book, Smashing Plates, by Maria Ella is on the menu tonight.

  • Full English

    Full English supper

    Last night I was going out to give a talk on nutrition for mental health to a group of counsellors and psychotherapists, so supper had to be early, quick and sustaining. The fridge was rather bare…

Dawn’s Superfood Salad Dressing

My nutrition clients often ask me what they can dress their salad with, since most off the shelf varieties are packed with added sugar and dubious fats. My stock reply has always been olive oil and lemon juice… Simple, but not exciting. Lately I’ve been inspired, particularly by my desire to include more hemp seed oil into my diet, to create something with a bit more punch. Continue reading

Coffee and Walnut Chocolates

Low carbers don’t need to miss out on delicious things. These coffee and walnut chocolates hit the healthy and happy spot. They make a great hostess gift or a delicious mid morning snack with a cup of coffee.


  • 30g Green & Black’s Espresso Dark Chocolate
  • Some walnut halves


  • Melt the chocolate gently in the microwave or over a double boiler then toss walnuts into the liquid to taste. You can alter the chocolate to walnut ratio by altering the amount of walnuts you add.
  • Simply stir the walnuts around to coat them, then tip them out onto a plate.
  • If you have made them very chocolatey, you will have to separate them otherwise you will just be left with a huge lump of walnutty chocolate. (Shame!)
  • To add an air of Parisian glamour wait until they are almost dry and then sift some cocoa powder over the top.

If they last long enough for you to think about giving them away then wrap them in cellophane with a ribbon, or present in a pretty jam jar.




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