Category Archives: Food

Violet Syrup

Violet Syrup

That gentle, spring, powdery scent of fresh violets.  It’s an old-fashioned smell.  It reminds me of powdery old-lady kisses and victorian valentines and heavily-curtained, doily-covered sitting rooms. But violets also remind me of spring.  That first burst of gentle spring, where you can’t quite believe that these delicate flowers are actually pushing up through the so-recently-frozenContinue reading

Dandelion & Rooibos Well-Rooted Chai

Dandelion & Rooibos Well-Rooted Chai

Do you ever have those days when thoughts are swirling in your head?  You feel a bit spacey and scattered – too much to do, not enough time.   In that state of mind, I’m never very productive.  Instead of focusing on work, I seem to just get stressed and add more items to myContinue readingContinue reading

Warming Herbal Teas

Warming Herbal Teas

We’re in the depths of winter.  And it’s cold. (Not nearly as cold here in London as it is in the States this year!  But still.  I feel the cold!) Who doesn’t like a cup of tea to warm them up on a cold morning?  And with a little insight into traditional herbal remedies, youContinue readingContinue reading

Do you know this trick for finding healthy food to eat?

Do you know this trick for finding healthy food to eat?

Walking down a grocery store aisle, you might think we are the healthiest eaters ever. “Fat free!”, “Certified by the Heart Association!”, “Proven to lower your cholesterol!” At least, that’s according to the fronts of the food packets. In reality, we know it’s different, because we SEE the problems around us.  Diabetes. Excess weight.  High cholesterol.Continue readingContinue reading

Home Remedies for Dry Skin: What to Eat

Home Remedies for Dry Skin: What to Eat

You know that tight, dry feeling after you wash your face. The fine lines, flakiness and maybe even – gasp! – crepey skin around your eyes. So you slather on some thick cream.  Depending on your skin that day it either soaks in immediately and goes dry again, or sits in a greasy layer on top ofContinue readingContinue reading

Mostly Purple Pickle

Mostly Purple Pickle

A bright red cabbage arrived in our veg box the other week.  I’m not a huge cabbage fan unless it’s fermented (or if you use it to color Easter eggs!)  I was feeling light and springy.  I wanted something colorful.  And purple is my favorite color.  So I thought, why not make a bright purpleContinue readingContinue reading

Learning from the masters: Spaghetti a la guitara

Learning from the masters: Spaghetti a la guitara

“I can’t slow down.  If I slow down, I’ll get tired.” says Anna, our adopted Italian nonna (Grandma) for the day. At 77, she has been making pasta several times per week for most of her life.  In the beginning, she’s not sure what to make of us … English speaking ladies with cameras, who aren’t soContinue readingContinue reading

Can you overdose on kale? I think I did!

Can you overdose on kale? I think I did!

Ahh kale, everyone’s favorite green, nutrient-dense veggie. In my health coaching course, we all got a little obsessed with kale.  Regular kale.  Curly kale.  And my very favorite, Cavolo Nero. In fact, I even wrote a post last December extolling the virtues of this vintage veggie – sharing my favorite breakfast recipe for using kale! ButContinue readingContinue reading

Wild Rosehip Vinegar – Part 1

Wild Rosehip Vinegar – Part 1

This post is a work in progress.  Generally I like to finish projects and make sure that they’re tasty / effective / fun before sharing them with you.   But I’m going to take a bit of a risk and just let you know what I’ve got brewing in the cupboard… Last weekend I foundContinue readingContinue reading

Elderflower Martinis

Elderflower Martinis

Ok, I admit that martinis don’t really fall under ‘healthy living’ in the traditional sense.  But you know my philosophy is about balance and living well – healthy living in a complete, holistic, creative, “everything in moderation”, “get out and enjoy life” kind of way.  So the occasional martini features in my life … especiallyContinue readingContinue reading