Online Journal

10th December 2018

Are you in need of Vitamin D?

A few weeks ago Vitamin D was in the news, with the message that it wasn’t necessary to take a supplement through the winter to improve […]
1st December 2018

Vegan Christmas?

With the huge increase in veganism in the UK, there is every chance that a few of you will be stressing about what you are going […]
17th June 2018

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb….

…I’m not sure if it’s a Norfolk saying, but when ever anybody is talking a lot about something you’re really not interested in, “rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb” […]
17th April 2018

Perfect Pesto

As spring finally starts, the herbs in the garden are starting to come to life.  But if you venture a little further out you can find […]
11th April 2018

Raw Chocolate Pots

If like me you love a daily hit of chocolate, these lovely little pots of goodness will satisfy your need!  They are simple to make but […]
11th April 2018

Tasty Tofu!

Is that really possible?!!  I do get asked that question a lot, and mostly I have to agree – it is a bit tasteless!  So I […]
4th April 2018

A Tasty hit of Protein

I’ve just been listening to a broadcast on Radio 4, about whether people should take protein supplements – something I do feel quite strongly about. What […]
26th March 2018

Jazz up your veggies!

I am constantly telling clients and friends to include more vegetables in their diet (so is the government!), but most people struggle to get in their […]
19th March 2018

Carrot Cake Rice Pudding

On a cold day I normally fancy something really comforting, but don’t want a complete blow-out on the unhealthiness scale.  So today, after a freezing rowing […]
16th March 2018

Turmeric Latte

If a warming drink is what you need, and we may well need it this weekend, the spiciness of a turmeric latte is not to be […]
16th March 2018

Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie

For a real hit of antioxidants, blueberries and cacao make a perfect combination.  This is a great breakfast or brunch smoothie, and the addition of cinnamon […]
13th March 2018

Storecupboard Fishcakes

Sometimes it’s easier to think about what you can make from what you already have, than to make another trip to the supermarket for inspiration – […]
7th March 2018

Prawn and Turmeric Miso Broth

Prawn and Turmeric Miso Broth If you need a quick healthy light lunch, this soup ticks all the boxes – great colours too, which shows it […]
28th June 2016

Injury prevention when training for the great race.

It’s Henley Royal Regatta week and this great injury prevention piece has been provided by Nolan Osteopathy who are based in Henley-on-Thames. Rowing is a great […]
15th June 2016

Meze Meals – Variety is the Spice!

Including lots of variety in your daily diet is hugely important, to ensure you are getting all the nutrients you need for a healthy life.  Just […]
18th May 2016

Fun Fermenting!

Over the early May Bank Holiday I was lucky enough to be invited to Bristol Food Connections, a great food festival in Bristol that includes workshops […]
16th April 2016

More Questions than Answers?

It appears a lot of the nation were glued to the BBC’s Angela Rippon, telling us ‘How to Stay Young’ – a two part series that delved into […]
7th April 2016

Cycling Curious Cuba

I was warned when I mentioned to others that I intended to cycle around Cuba that I would struggle to find good food.  I thought, how […]
18th November 2015

A New Grain?

It’s taken me a while to recover from my recent trip to Ethiopia, for so many reasons! Firstly, it was pretty tough from the point of […]
25th May 2015

Mountain Bikes and Garlic

I did once own a mountain bike. I’m not sure why I had it as I never rode it off-road, just potted around country lanes, wondering […]
13th April 2015

Walking the Camino

What an amazing experience – one I would wholeheartedly recommend to anybody who loves a bit of a walk! The Camino Frances is the most popular […]
30th March 2015

Training for a pilgrimage

Well it’s not long now before myself and six friends head off for St Jean Pied de Port to start the Camino de Santiago – a […]
9th March 2015

Finally out of hibernation

It’s that time of year when, after a few days of sunshine I finally feel like I can come out of hibernation.  No more layering on […]
8th October 2014

Cooking from scratch

I am constantly telling clients that the only true way of knowing what is going into your body is to make everything from scratch, preferably using […]
1st October 2014

Stressful Times Need Food

Although we think of stress as something that comes from too much work, not getting to a date on time, burning dinner or just being totally […]
24th September 2014

Autumn Harvest

It’s the time of year I love – free food all over the place!  You just need to know where to look.  And not only is […]
25th August 2014

Life can be sweet.

There is no getting away from the fact, no matter how hard I try to train myself otherwise, I love sweet things.  Despite having a hugely […]
4th June 2014

Back to Paleo

I am often asked about my own diet (people want to know I am human and eat foods I shouldn’t to make them feel better!), and […]
13th April 2014

Preserving months……..

I can’t believe it has been so long since my last writing – where has the start of the year gone?  Well in my case it […]
20th January 2014

Cycling the Backroads of Sri Lanka

As usual, I found the need to escape the English winter just as all the Christmas festivities came to head, and on Christmas Day I headed […]
17th November 2013

Winter Comfort

So this week we have been told, we will be seeing the real start of winter – not a very cheering prospect.  But it happens every […]
12th November 2013

Enough cake already?!

To satisfy the request for more cake, my healthy blog is turning into a cake blog, so this has to be the last, for a while […]
25th October 2013

Never enough cake!

Lots of great comments about the recipes and blog, but one comment that stuck out was that there was not enough cake!!  Anybody who knows me […]
15th October 2013

Autumn Colours

No doubt you will have heard of the expression ‘eating a rainbow’, but how much of this advice do you really follow? There is a good […]
26th June 2013

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

After the last post I was asked where I find so many ‘weird’ ingredients?!  To me they are not weird, just unusual and sometimes the research […]
18th June 2013

Eating for the rest of your life

It’s now a few weeks since I gave up so many of the foods I thought I couldn’t live without, and still I don’t miss any […]
18th May 2013

Life after detox………

Wow, what an amazing experience – and that is not what you would expect to be saying after two weeks of not eating all the things […]
8th May 2013

Time for a Spring Detox

Now, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I get very cross when, in the first week of January, […]
9th April 2013

Custard Tart Heaven

Another country, another rowing training camp!  In the past my rowing club visited Seville for a week over Easter every year to get some serious training in, with […]
1st March 2013

How to start the day…..

Most of my friends who know me well will know that my favourite way to start the day is to take my sculling boat down to […]
10th February 2013

Cyclist’s Palsy and Rempeyek!

Well, after a week of no cycling, my left hand is no better at doing up zips, or typing this blog than it was before, but […]
7th February 2013

Bangkok to Singapore by bike

Well we made it – 1161 miles from Bangkok to Singapore, and no injuries apart from a dead left hand (which I am told will gradually […]
9th January 2013

The Final Week….

For those that know me well you will have guessed that Vietnam was not a relaxing beach holiday, in fact what I failed to mention is […]
3rd December 2012

Eat, Drink and Be Healthy!

It’s that time of year again, when you will start to over-indulge and then regret it two weeks later, when your clothes are feeling a little […]
27th November 2012

Testing my culinary skills

The great thing about my job is that I get to cook some really great food, including lots of food that I wouldn’t necessarily cook for […]
19th November 2012

I am very lucky…

I am very lucky that I have a little bolt-hole tucked away in Suffolk, where I can escape to when everything all gets too much, or […]
6th November 2012

Defeating Muscle Soreness

As I am surrounded by sports people for the majority of my day it’s inevitable that I am constantly asked for advice.  But that’s what I […]
1st November 2012

Oh my goodness, where did the summer go?

Oh my goodness, where did the summer go?  And how much did that amazing Olympic thing interfere with our lives (in a great way of course!)? […]
15th June 2012

Fast flowing rivers and aching bones!

I have just returned from yet another heavenly week in Foca, Turkey.  Each time I go I am overwhelmed by the friendliness of the local people, […]
29th May 2012

Childhood Memories

Last Sunday was spent competing in the Norwich 100, a cycle ride around the gorgeous coast of Norfolk, and through the flat (you must be kidding) […]
8th May 2012

What to do with goji berries?

So, are they really worth all the hype?  Known as yet another ‘superfood’, goji berries have now been around for a while, but what does one […]
29th April 2012

Bad weather, but great food

The great thing about bad weather (and boy have we had our share in the last few weeks) is that I don’t feel guilty been inside. […]
14th March 2012

Memories of India

So hard to imagine that this time last week we were in searing temperatures, fighting our way through the crazy traffic of Southern India. I had […]
11th March 2012

Cycling Coast to Coast, Southern India

Wow, what a trip – cycling 800km from Channia to Cochin, in Southern India, and all with only a few hours of training on a bike […]
5th February 2012

Sorting out the men….

It’s weekends like this one that really sort out ‘the men from the boys’ on the rowing front (I’ve just realised there is no female equivalent […]
25th January 2012

A Raw Day

After attending a media event at Saf Restaurant last night, it got me to thinking how easy it is to make great food, without cooking it.  I always […]
5th January 2012

New Year, new idea…..?

So here we are again, back at January, starting the new year with lots of good intentions, and no doubt a few new resolutions just waiting […]
17th December 2011

Christmas Crumble

It’s not as if there isn’t enough naughty food to eat at this time of year, but still I love to come up with my own […]
30th November 2011

Christmas Madness!

It’s that time of year again when you are invited to so many parties, that a night in seems like a treat instead of the other […]
22nd November 2011

Back to Baking, and the Blog

I can’t believe a month has gone by since I last managed to fit in time for my lovely blog.  I don’t like to complain about […]
13th October 2011

How could I forget it’s Chocolate Week?

I can’t believe it’s Thursday of Chocolate Week and I’ve not yet had chocolate.  This obviously had to be remedied, but not with a boring bar […]
10th October 2011

Not letting-go of summer

We may have had a few chilly days, but it stills feels pretty warm to me, and I’m loving it! Yesterday a friend and I took […]
4th October 2011

Back to Britain

It seems like I have been away for the whole summer, although according to most people I speak to I really didn’t miss the summer at […]
16th September 2011

Chocolate Unwrapped

I am lucky enough to be a member of The Guild of Food Writers, and even luckier to be invited to regular tastings and workshops run by […]
5th September 2011

Fighting fit again – I hope!

Wow, you have no idea how good it feels to be able to eat again – and now I am finding it hard to stop!  Weeks […]
21st August 2011

Please take me back…..!

What a culture shock, to return from the banks of the Zambezi back to London – it really highlights the differences between our two countries. But […]
17th July 2011

An overhaul before I go!

Packing and getting organised for a ‘normal’ trip abroad is bad enough, packing and preparing myself for this wild adventure is daunting – what if I […]
10th July 2011

Time to bulk up!

With only 14 days left before I fly out to Lusaka and join the other members of the Row Zambezi team, I have to really work hard now […]
2nd July 2011

A Diverse Day

I love that my life is so mad, with so many things going on at the same time, sometimes I get very confused as to where […]
21st June 2011

Behind with Blogging!

I can’t believe where the time goes – so much for keeping this up to date through the summer months.  When I am not working (and […]
24th May 2011

Chocolate Heaven

So, having worked liked a demon for two weeks to cycle the length of the country and get myself toned, slimmer and fitter, I then return […]
17th May 2011


Wow, what an adventure, I can’t believe we’ve made it back in one piece!  967 miles of peddling, with only a couple of wrong turns and […]
25th April 2011

Easter Treats

One week to go before we make the crazy trip, cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats, climbing the highest peaks of Wales, England and Scotland […]
19th April 2011

Row Zambezi boats are launched!

Wow, what an exciting weekend!  The boats for the Row Zambezi trip arrived at Eton Excelsior rowing club on Saturday morning, and they are beautiful!  But not only that, they are […]
5th April 2011

Travelling gifts

I have a friend who has a great job of travelling the world to research and write about fruit.  I thought my job was pretty good, […]
27th March 2011

The Delights and Downsides of Training Camp!

It’s that time of year again when our coach takes us all off to Seville for a week of training on the Guadalquivir River.  When people […]
20th March 2011

Time to up the training

With only 6 weeks until we embark on Endto3PeaksEnd, I was very aware last week that I need to be training longer and harder.  And with Row Zambezifollowing on […]
13th March 2011

Dreaming of Summer

At last the mornings and evenings are getting lighter, and for the past few days it has even felt quite warm (although if you are reading […]
22nd February 2011

Definitely time to bake a cake!

Is there really a time when you shouldn’t bake a cake?  Not that I can think of. But today I felt like celebrating, just a little […]
16th February 2011

Technical Issues and Tofu!

Oh the delights of technology.  First the computer decides it will go on a complete go-slow, then the Wi-Fi packs up completely!  Huge thanks to Apple […]
24th January 2011

Marmalade Days

Believe it or not, after all the  years I have been cooking, this is the first time I have attempted to make marmalade!  It always seemed […]
15th January 2011

Hugh’s Fish Fight

I think it would be impossible not to have noticed the fuss about fish that has been going on in the media this week.  But if […]
7th January 2011

A great start…………

It’s that time of year again – all the newspapers, magazines, TV and radio programmes are full of talk about diets – can they not think […]
18th December 2010

The training never stops!

I am constantly asked, when is the off-season for rowing?  For some unknown reason whoever started this mad sport decided that an off-season was not required! […]
9th December 2010

Edible Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s getting to the time now, when I start to realise that I have no idea what to give friends as a small gift for Christmas. […]
3rd December 2010

The latest Fashion……in wellies and cake.

At last, enough snow to give me a reason to walk into Richmond with my rather sporty new wellies from Hunter!  Who would have thought, not so […]
26th November 2010

It’s official….winter is here!

Just when I was really looking forward to racing down the Thames in the Scullers Head, the weather turns, and now all I can think of is […]
7th November 2010

Last weekend I headed back home to Norfolk…

Last weekend I headed back home to Norfolk, facing the dreaded drive up the, yet to be made into a duel carriageway, A11.  It brought back […]
26th October 2010

Joy’s 20-minutes Meals!

Just when I think nobody is reading what I write each week, a friend from Australia complains that I haven’t written anything for ages!  That is […]
22nd August 2010

One week to go……

With only one week left before we fly to Canada for the Fisa Rowing World Masters, training has taken priority over everything else (and my healthy diet […]
14th August 2010

Harvest Time?

At the beginning of spring this year, my neighbours Colin and Audrey and I decided we would like to have our own, shared allotment.  We got […]
8th August 2010

Another Italian Break

  Last weekend I was invited to visit one if the most beautiful areas in Italy – San Gimignano in Tuscany.  Stunning countryside, really friendly people, […]
9th July 2010

An extremely quick recovery!

Well, if some of you are wondering why I haven’t been on my travels, or up-dated my blog recently, it’s because I had a few days […]
31st May 2010

Walking The Ridgeway

It is a while since I’ve done a long walk, and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy exploring England by foot. It is the only way […]
20th May 2010

When in Rome…….

Another trip to the beautiful city, but this time it was slightly different and much more like home – it rained constantly for four days – […]
9th May 2010

Bank Holidays were made for this.

What a life-safer my friend Guinevere is…..whenever I need to get away from it all and chill out for a few days, she insists I get […]
18th March 2010

Spring has finally Sprung!

At last – it took it’s time, but today, for the first time, it actually felt like winter was behind us – I could walk into […]