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Bacon, Sprout and Chestnut Stir-Fry

Bacon, Sprout and Chestnut Stir-Fry

This was a quick throw together meal that I made as I didn’t have the time to make what I planned at the beginning of the week. So I made it up as I went along and was very pleasantly surprised by the end result.…

Roast Bacon, Sprout & Chestnut Lentil Salad

Roast Bacon, Sprout & Chestnut Lentil Salad

This makes a festive, nutritious and filling lunch or small dinner. If you want to make it more substantial, then add some roasted sweet potato to the mix or serve it with some toast. Roasting the bacon allows it to crisp up nicely and the…

Ingredient of the Week: Turkey

Ingredient of the Week: Turkey

The majority of people seem to only ever eat turkey around Christmas time. A recent survey suggests that over 75% of British families have turkey for their dinner on Christmas Day and over 10 million turkeys are consumed in Britain over the festive period. Turkey…

Thai Green Turkey Meatball Curry

Thai Green Turkey Meatball Curry

If not careful, turkey can be really dry and not pleasant to eat. This is because it is an incredibly lean meat. It is a great substitution for chicken and if cooked well is very tasty. I buy these meatballs ready-made from Muscle Food, but…

Cooking in an Unfamiliar Environment

Cooking in an Unfamiliar Environment

Last week I went away for yet another training camp in Mallorca. Only this time it was slightly different. For the first time in my 10 years of being on the British Cycling Paracycling Squad, we went self-catering. Now I love cooking, and in many…

Chestnut Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

Chestnut Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

This is a homemade pesto with a difference. Great for that festive time of the year if you have any chestnuts that need using. If you don’t have chestnuts then the classic pine nuts would work just as well. I served mine with some venison…

Ingredient of the Week: Barley

Ingredient of the Week: Barley

Barley is one of the world’s oldest, cultivated cereals and can be successfully grown in many climates, making it a staple grain in many cuisines. Most people know it for its use in making beer, but it is also incredibly nutritious and cheap. It is…

Salmon with Griddled Avocado & Barley Salad

Salmon with Griddled Avocado & Barley Salad

This makes for an incredibly filling and nutritious meal. Griddling the avocado makes it go gooey inside and adds a lovely creaminess to the dish, while the barley, sweet corn and peas keep the texture interesting. You can ramp up the spice rating if you…

Staying Healthy Over The Winter Months

Staying Healthy Over The Winter Months

As an athlete it is particularly important to ensure I do everything possible to avoid illness or infection. If I get ill, this means I have to stop training, which can have a detrimental effect on my performance in any upcoming races, as well as…

Barley Risotto with Bacon & Chestnuts

Barley Risotto with Bacon & Chestnuts

Its December and so the chestnuts are becoming more readily available in the shops. They are an ingredient that I’m still learning about, so I tend to only buy them pre-cooked for ease. This barley risotto was inspired by a recipe on BBC Good Food…

Ingredient of the Week: Turnip

Ingredient of the Week: Turnip

Turnip is another vegetable that my Dad successfully grew this year in his allotment, which meant as usual when this happens, that I had to come up with new recipes to use them up. As a child, because my name was Turnham, I was sometimes…

Healthy Sausage & Chips

Healthy Sausage & Chips

Sometimes you just need a plate of food that takes you back to childhood. Eating food is not meant to be a chore. It’s meant to be fun. It’s meant to bring back happy memories and be a sociable occasion that you can share with…