Are supermarket vouchers a good deal?

I have a keen interest in shopping. Food shopping mind, I don’t have a huge patience for much else. I thoroughly enjoy seeking out bargains, getting the best quality for my money and finding unusual things to try. I’m pretty dedicated to Sainsbury’s but that’s mainly because of its proximity to where I live and…

Maple roasted carrot salad

It’s hard to say what’s going on with the weather at the moment. Just as we get a glimpse of spring, winter shuts that door firmly with an icy wind. It’s also difficult to judge what is best to eat. I’m longing for fresh greens and asparagus, but the climate isn’t ready, and nature won’t…

A dish for my mother

My mum used to come home from a long day of work, boil the kettle and grab pasta from the cupboard. She would fry up some halloumi slices and saute assorted vegetables as the pasta was cooking, then spoon out some green (rarely red) pesto from a jar, stir through and dig in. I’m sure she still does…

The Big Dream

Going to Kate’s Cafe in Southampton at the weekend reignited my goal of owning and running my own cafe. Everything will be blue and white, my favourite colour combination. All of the dishes will match, with co-ordinating fixtures and fittings. There will be light wood tables and chairs dotted around the space, with elegant menus…

The anti-inflammatory food shop

I find research into how food affects the body fascinating. We’re learning more everyday about the brain, our digestive system and how our muscles convert the food we eat into energy. Unfortunately, there is a lot of pseudo-science that disguises itself as fact. And it can be a quagmire to wade through. We constantly ask…