Research has proven that having a healthy gut microbiome is critical to your overall health. Gut health doesn’t just keep weight and digestive symptoms down, mood and energy up; it is also linked to healthy skin and an improved immune system. Cookery School spoke to Jeannette Hyde, Nutritional Therapist and author of The Gut Makeover and The Gut Makeover Recipe Book, about how to eat for optimal gut – and mental – health.
You know it’s officially Christmas when you can smell mince pies! The pastry firming in the oven and the mincemeat bubbling away underneath the star shaped lids makes for delicious viewing. Our recipe makes about 50 mini mince pies using a sweet, rich shortcrust pastry.
- 450g/1 lb raisins
- 450g/1 lb currants
- 225g/½ lb candied peel
- 225g/½ lb finely chopped vegetable fat e.g coconut
- 450g/1 lb finely grated cooking apples
- 450g/1 lb sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1½ teaspoons allspice
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 250ml/8ozs brandy or rum
As featured in the Cookery School Handbook
Risotto follows the same principle as other rice recipes in that liquid is used to cook the rice and is absorbed by the end of the cooking time. Where it differs to other recipes is that risotto always cooks in stock and/or wine, not water.
It’s important to stir risotto regularly during cooking, as the starch releasing from the grains results in an incredibly creamy dish.
It’s National Pizza Day on 9th February (yes that is such a thing!) so we thought it no better time to share our homemade pizza recipe. It’s really easy to make and so much tastier than anything store bought (with no nasty preservatives!).
This recipe serves four as a main course.
To make the dough…
– 450g/1 lb strong white flour
To celebrate our 15th birthday this February, we wanted to compile a list of 15 of our favourite Cookery School facts – but we got carried away!
Did you know…
1. We make sure that our suppliers deliver our produce in containers that we use again and again so to eliminate one-use plastics. We store all our food in glass containers and never use cling film!
This soup is one of our favourites! Jerusalem artichokes are often underrated but to us they are perfectly delicious when in season. This soup is very good for your gut as it contains strong prebiotic properties that stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the body. Antioxidents are abundant so these root vegetables do you the world of good!
– 450g/1lb Jerusalem artichokes
We’ve transported ourselves from the grey British skies to the blue Mediterranean seas by sharing our calamari recipe with the wonderful people at Villa Plus, one of the UK’s leading travel companies.
Villa Plus are highlighting recipes from the top European foodie destinations and have showcased one of our favourite seafood dishes.
‘Eat Like a Local’ is a campaign by Villa Plus, inspired by their customers’ love of immersing themselves in culture,
This recipe is perfect for a vegetarian Christmas meal. It’s super healthy and great for the gut as it includes ingredients such as chickpeas, nuts, parsley and olive oil. The chickpea water is used instead of eggs for binding the nut roast, making it vegan.
1 tin chickpeas (450g)
Good handful of finely chopped thyme or oregano
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 large carrot very finely grated
¼ cup olive oil 1 teaspoon salt
250g nuts of choice finely chopped
A good dash of tobasco
4 tablespoons polenta
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
A good handful of chopped parsley
Serve with cranberry relish for a wonderful Christmas treat
One of our favourite side dishes for this time of year! It has a rich flavour and looks so striking!
1½ lb red cabbage finely shredded 3 apples finely diced
2 onions finely chopped 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic finely chopped ½ cup tomato passata
¼ cup olive oil juice of 1 lemon/1tablespoon wine vinegar
1 cup red wine 1 tablespoon sugar –