Do you want to know how to make a gin & tonic cake that's low-carb and gluten-free? Do you want to know what science says about whether gin is good for you? Read about it all in my latest blog post.
My Travel in Pictures feature is having a Brighton, UK 'summer season' throughout the whole of August! To kick off, here's my top 10 reasons why you should visit this uniquely wonderful, colourful, vibrant, hedonistic, bohemian city.
It's official, you don't have to give up pizza if you're cutting down on carbs! This highly-versatile, low-carb/keto and gluten-free crust recipe can be used as a base for both pizza and garlic bread. It's a miniscule 3g of carbs per serving, saving you at least 84g. And what it's made of might surprise you!
It was International Coffee Day on Sunday (1 October 2017), and that put the idea in my head to make a coffee-flavoured low-carb swap recipe. And since I also fancied some ice cream, a recipe for low-carb coffee ice cream is what I came up with! This saves you a massive 24g of carbs per serving over normal coffee ice cream. And if you're a coffee freak, be warned - it's so gorgeous that I've hardly been able to put down the spoon!
I spent a gloriously foodie weekend 15th - 17th September 2017 at Abergavenny Food Festival - 'the Glastonbury of food festivals' in Wales, UK. Foodies came from far and wide to hear, and mingle with, chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers. All were there to enjoy, celebrate, revel in, and learn about food. There was so much to do at AFF that I couldn't manage even half of what I wanted to. But here's just a snapshot of all my favourite bits of AFF 2017 as I experienced it.
Being passionate about good quality, healthy food is inextricably linked with the politics, economics, ethics and education surrounding it. Last weekend I went to see food writer, broadcaster and activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talking at Abergavenny Food Festival in Wales, UK, about his life in food. A significant and compelling part of what he said was about his food activism, and especially about why - from an ethical and health perspective - we should all be eating less and better meat, and more plants. In summarising what he said in this post, I'm trying to do my small bit to spread Hugh's important and inspiring messages.
If you've got a free weekend and fancy making it foodie, it's a fine idea to go and explore all that Brighton has to offer. Its food scene is in itself up there in the top reasons to visit Brighton. So here's my tips for just 6 must-try food experiences - all within 15 minutes walk of each other in the centre of this fabulous funky city. Whether you fancy fresh local seafood, fish and chips, the most decadent chocolate cake, gourmet vegetarian, or something a bit more global - no worries, it's all here.
Put down those Dorritos and save shed-loads of carbs and calories with my recipe for super-tasty, low-carb/keto, gluten-free, vegan, spinach crisps! A healthy snack with potential to help lower blood pressure, prevent asthma and cancer, and improve blood sugar control and bone health.
So August has ended, the kids have dragged their feet back to school, commuter trains are once again standing room only, and people are beginning to post 'jokes' about how many sleeps it is 'til Christmas. But let's not give in so easily - if it's only early September and it's 19° outside, then it's still a British summer, right?! So my Travel in Pictures Summer Season is extended for a couple of weeks longer, and today invites you for a stroll along the promenade to take in Brighton (UK) beach and seafront, and the wonderfully iconic, mesmerising and desolately beautiful West Pier. There's just no doubt that Brighton seafront is one of the top 10 reasons to visit Brighton. And arguably, one of the top 10 reasons to visit England!
The next stop-offs in my Travel in Pictures Brighton 'Summer Season' are two fabulous areas for wandering, hanging out day or night, and shopping - next to each other, but with quite different characters. First we're losing ourselves in the twisting maze of Harry-Potter-Diagon-Alley-esque, centuries-old, historic Lanes. And then we're treating ourselves to a bit of funky bohemia in the North Laine.
A photo in a travel brochure inspired me to create the recipe for these luscious Low-Carb Gluten-Free Summer Berry Crème Anglaise Tarts. Similar tarts are a classic in any good French patisserie. And here's 3 low-carb recipes for the price of one - pastry, crème anglaise, and fruit glaze.
It's Brighton Summer Season throughout August here at Santé Bon Viveur, and one of my top 10 reasons to visit is Brighton Pier. It conjures up and offers everything that a traditional day at the British seaside used to be - fish and chips, a pint of beer, a stick of rock, deck chairs, the helter skelter, ice cream, fairground rides and the amusement arcade. The most visited tourist attraction outside London, I hope these pictures will give you at least a tiny glimpse of why Brighton Pier remains so popular....
It's Santé Bon Viveur's Brighton Summer Season all through August, and last weekend I - and 299,999 other people - had an absolutely fabulous time at Brighton's Pride festival. So now, let's Travel in Pictures to get just a taste of Brighton's fantastically vibrant Pride Parade 2017.