living organic


Forget Porridge from Flakes. Oat meal is the New Sexy

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I have to admit that I’m a bit of porridge passionata. It’s not big here in Tuscany where many people eat cookies for breakfast (yeah, go figure), but it doesn’t stop me trekking to the local health food store where I order porridge flakes by the case. Well, that is, until I tried the real [...]

Sweet Nut Bar

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Recipe: Sweet Nut Bar Summary: Increase your nut intake with these delicious and easy to make nut bars. Nuts are rich in essential fats, arginine and soluble fibre, all very beneficial for your heart health. Ingredients butter, for greasing 120g wholemeal spelt or wheat flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp [...]

Could rice be the spice of life?

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Historically, rice has been associated with prosperity and fertility, which is why it was thrown at weddings.  It is such an important staple today that about half the world’s people eat rice every day.  There are about 40,000 varieties, so if you think there is only white rice, it’s time to think again. White versus [...]

Coconut Bannoffee pancakes

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Ingredients 3 cups milk 2 eggs 1 teaspoon cinnamon 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2/3 cup caster sugar butter, melted for cooking 2 organic bananas 1 tub Coyo coconut milk yoghurt 5ml Little Pod vanilla paste 80g Biona coconut palm sugar 25g organic butter 100ml organic single cream Make the cinnamon pancakes [...]

Don’t worry about weight gain; you can go nuts with nuts

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Some people avoid nuts because they think of them as fattening.  But while it may not be your best idea to shovel in cheap, heavily salted peanuts while knocking back a beer at the local bar, adding organic nuts into what you eat provides great health benefits.  Eating nuts can actually help you lose weight [...]

Not just a Christmas tradition, dried fruit should be around all year

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Rather than eat fruit that is out of season, grown and flown in from some far-flung place, how about eating fresh fruit that is seasonal and local and eat dried fruit for the rest of the year?  There are wacky and wonderful dried fruits available now – enough to keep you interested for a long [...]

Stuck for a starter? Check out Planet Organic’s Antipasti & Olives

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

We have people around for dinner pretty much every Saturday evening. I never run out of ideas for main courses, I have a fabulous selection of recipes – from my Mom, from my cookbooks and a few other cookbooks. But I often find that I am stuck for what to do for a starter and [...]

Oats are ‘eaten by people in Scotland, but fit only for horses in England’

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

In Samuel Johnson’s dictionary, oats are defined as ‘eaten by people in Scotland, but fit only for horses in England.’  Of course, the Scotsman’s instant reply is, ‘That’s why England has such good horses and Scotland has such fine men.’  Bata boom. One of my favourite things, oats.  If you have never been that excited [...]

Cinnamon Bread

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Recipe: Cinnamon Bread Summary: This is a great example of sunflower oil in baking. Cinnamon bread makes a lovely dessert, mid-morning snack or afternoon treat. I usually double this recipe and make two because the kids eat it so quickly – or you can pop one in the freezer. Ingredients 180g/6¼oz/1½ cups wholemeal spelt or [...]

Pasta – Boil It, Bake It, Stuff It or Soup It

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I live in Tuscany. I should have a lot to say about pasta. We eat it sometimes, but certainly not as often as Italians do. They love it, but they don’t eat a whopping big bowl of it like I used to in America. At a meal, they have antipasti, then a small bowl of pasta and then fish, chicken or meat with vegetables.

Page 1 of 712345...Last »