World Pulse Day

February 10th is World Pulse Day but what are pulses? Pulses are part of the legume family and are described as dry edible seeds grown in a pod.  A staple of the Mediterranean diet, pulses include kidney beans, chickpeas, split peas, dried peas, beans and lentils.  Unlike legumes they are naturally low in fat and…

Milk Kefir

What is Milk Kefir? Milk kefir is fermented milk containing a high number of nutrients and probiotics. It can be slightly effervescent and tastes sour, similar to plain yoghurt and has a consistency of pouring or drinking yoghurt. Adding kefir grains to milk allows their micro-organisms to multiply, fermenting the sugars and turning the fresh…

Holistic Learning

Last week I spent three days sprouting, blending and fermenting, making delicious and nutritious food with The Holistic Chef, Jamie Raftety. I wanted some inspiration for the coming season so Jamie tailored a course to fit my brief. Jamie is an Irish chef who is based in Cheltenham and works as a consultant, a private…

A year of food photography

It’s been a year since I first picked up a DSLR camera with Ali at Cotswold House Phototgraphy and I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by. Before my visit to CHP I didn’t even know what a DSLR camera was, let alone how to use one. I’ve been going through my recipes…

Autumn

It’s our shipyard period at the moment and we are temporarily based in La Ciotat. It’s been a long time since I was last here and I had forgotten just how pretty it is. La Ciotat is located between Toulon and Marseilles in southern France and is home to many bars and restaurants. On weekends…

Spice Up Your Life!

With autumn upon us and winter fast approaching I‘m feeling the need for comfort foods. Soups and warm salads are always a winner with crew once the weather turns cold and the best way to jazz up any dish is with a bit of spice. Spice has been used for centuries to preserve food and…

Summer

  Hello there! I’m back and wow, what a summer! It’s been a couple of months since my last blog where I wrote about going dairy free. I contacted Natasha to ask how she was finding the change in her diet and she told me she was feeling good and found she had much more…

Dairy Free

This blog has been inspired by my cousin’s wife Natasha whose daughter Autumn is on a strict dairy free diet for the next four weeks. Natasha is still breastfeeding so she too has to go dairy free and was looking for some dairy free recipes that she could add to her repertoire. Natasha is concerned…

Spring

The summer season is well underway in the world of yachting. The Cannes film Festival has been and gone and the Monaco Grand Prix is done and dusted. We’ve already done a few trips along the coast, from St.Tropez to Portofino and all of this cruising has been a reminder of what a beautiful part…

First Blog

I’ve always loved food and can remember cooking from quite a young age.  I would often cook dinner for my parents and have fond memories of making grilled bacon, broccoli and new potatoes and the like when I was about nine years old.  I remember not wanting to touch the slimy bacon rashers and picking…