Rock & Pop in Pictures: Soft Cell: One Night, One Final Time, The O2, London, 30 September 2018

On 30 September 2018, 80's synth pop duo Soft Cell played their last ever concert. It sold-out at the O2 in London - one of the UK's largest concert venues, holding 20,000 people. And it was beamed live to cinemas around the UK, and in other countries. I've been part of the cult of Soft Cell … Continue reading Rock & Pop in Pictures: Soft Cell: One Night, One Final Time, The O2, London, 30 September 2018

Rock & Pop in Pictures: Marc Almond, The Water Rats, London, January 2016

I’ve always been big into music. I go to lots of concerts and festivals. And I enjoy capturing the events in pictures. Photography has always been an integral part of my blog. So it seemed natural to start posting my rock and pop photography, as it’s another one of my passions. Since I’m a massive … Continue reading Rock & Pop in Pictures: Marc Almond, The Water Rats, London, January 2016

Say Hello Wave Goodbye: Attending the Soft Cell Beer (& Box Set) Launch!

I was enormously lucky to be invited to last week's London launch party for a new Soft Cell beer! Anyone who knows me knows I've been a massive fan of 80's synth-pop duo Soft Cell since I was a young teenager. And their new, limited-edition, Soft Cell beer is named Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - … Continue reading Say Hello Wave Goodbye: Attending the Soft Cell Beer (& Box Set) Launch!

Low-Carb Rhubarb Crumble – a quintessentially British dessert, but ketofied!

  Lovely, ultra-low-carb, rhubarb has been back in season recently here in the UK, so it inspired me to make a Low-Carb Rhubarb Crumble! Here's the recipe, plus a link to one for a low-carb crème anglaise/English custard to serve with it. Jump to: - Recipe for Low-Carb Rhubarb Crumble - Nutritional Info - Some Health Impacts of the … Continue reading Low-Carb Rhubarb Crumble – a quintessentially British dessert, but ketofied!

Travel in Pictures: Surviving the Bayreuth Festival of Wagner Operas 2018

The Bayreuth Festival of Wagner operas is one of the most prestigious and exclusive classical music events in the world. Until this month I was largely a Wagner virgin. Apart from - like many people - being able to hum some bars of the Ride of the Valkyries, and having hazy anecdotal knowledge about some extremely unpleasant historical … Continue reading Travel in Pictures: Surviving the Bayreuth Festival of Wagner Operas 2018

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.