Low-Carb Zoodles/Courgetti with Sicilian Trapanese Pesto

  I've hung out in Trapani, Sicily, a lot this year, where this authentic and summery Trapanese Pesto sauce is traditionally served with local busiate pasta. The pesto itself - bursting deliciously with garlicky olive oil, tomatoes and toasted almonds - is low-carb. So here I'm keeping it that way by serving it with courgetti/zoodles … Continue reading Low-Carb Zoodles/Courgetti with Sicilian Trapanese Pesto

Low-Carb Middle Eastern Chicken Pilaf

I've devised this recipe for fragrant and exotic Low-Carb Middle Eastern Chicken Pilaf based on the recipe for Low-Carb Roasted Cauliflower Couscous that I published last year. It's full of veggies, meat and nuts, and so a whole meal in itself at just 8.4g net carbs for a very hearty portion. And as with all my low-carb … Continue reading Low-Carb Middle Eastern Chicken Pilaf

Low-Carb No-Bake English Strawberry & Vanilla Cream Cheesecake

It's Wimbledon tennis fortnight, so here's a new take on classic strawberries and cream - Low-Carb No-Bake English Strawberry & Vanilla Cream Cheesecake! Only 4g net carbs per generous slice. Gluten-free, no added sugar or artificial sweetener, and you have the option to make it vegetarian.

Travel in Pictures: A Quick Trip to Trapani, Sicily, to Attend My Photography Prize-Giving

This article is all about the flying 48-hour visit I made last week to Trapani, north west Sicily, to attend the award ceremony for the Instagram photography competition for which I was one of the winners there last month. Trapani's less on the tourist trail than some Sicilian cities. And that's just one of the reasons why Trapani's totally worth a visit of at least a few days if you're planning a trip to Sicily.

Low-Carb Classic French Chocolate Pots

These super-simple, but super-scrumptious, Low-Carb Classic French Chocolate Pots, contain only two ingredients! Decadent and impressive enough for a make-ahead dinner party dessert, you can also easily whip some up to grab straight from the fridge as a mid-week treat. Or use as a handy fat-bomb to adjust your macros on a keto diet.

Happy 1st Blogging Birthday to Santé Bon Viveur! – review of the first year

It's Santé Bon Viveur's 1st blogging birthday!! It's been a whole year since - with massive trepidation - I first pressed the 'Publish' button and sent a blog post out into the world. I wanted to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone who's supported me this year - by following, reading, sharing, and commenting on this blog, and by trying out my recipes and giving feedback. And I couldn't let this milestone go by without marking it with a round-up of the year. So here's some highlights and successes; some things I've learned; some info about Santé Bon Viveur's readership; plus some handy links to everything I've published so far organised by category. So you might find something useful in this article if: - You follow me for one type of post - maybe low-carb recipes, or travel writing - and you want to find links to everything in that category, simply listed in one place. - If you're a new blogger - or thinking about becoming one, or setting up some other website - and want to hear about some of the challenges I've overcome, and new things I've had to learn, in my first year.

Low-Carb Mille Feuilles

Who doesn't love a delectable, creamy French pastry? I know I do! And I've been craving one. So I came up with this recipe for Low-Carb Mille Feuilles! It uses fat head dough instead of puff pastry. And for the filling, I've used whipped sweetened cream. Or you can mix it up by using instead my crème anglaise (from my recipe for Low-Carb Summer Berry Crème Anglaise Tarts). Only 3.8g net carbs per slice, these save you a massive 57g over a high-carb version.

Travel In Pictures: Creative Rage Exhibition, Stoke-on-Trent – until 2 Sept 2018

Last weekend, 27 April, I went to the opening of Creative Rage - an exhibition of multi-media pieces by members of the UK-based progressive LGBTQ artistic community. If you want to catch it, it runs until 2 September at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. Here's some of my favourite images, a bit of background, and a little practical information.

Cassata Siciliana – Italy’s most exciting cake! Includes the exclusive recipe given to me by the Villa Ducale boutique hotel, Taormina, Sicily

I haven't got a very sweet tooth. But I still think the cake, Cassata Siciliana, is one of the most wondrous foods on the planet! In this article, I'm not only telling you what it is, but also sharing with you the exclusive Cassata Siciliana recipe given to me by the Villa Ducale boutique hotel in Taormina, Sicily.

Travel in MOVING Pictures: Videos of The Trapani Misteri Procession 2018 – Sicily, Italy

A few days ago I published my favourite photographs that I'd taken over Easter of the beautiful and moving Misteri procession in Trapani, Sicily. But to experience it in full, you need to hear the wonderfully funereal music, and to see the movement too (the 'annacata' waddle of the people processing)! So here's some of my short videos of the Trapani Misteri Procession 2018. They were taken on 30 and 31 March, mostly from the balcony of the Ai Lumi hotel in Corso Vittorio Emanuele.