Fight The Cold Naturally

When I’m a little stressed and run down, my immune system gets a little hammered, so I make a conscious effort to avoid getting sick with immune boosting foods and nutrients. Food is one of the most powerful tools we have to help prevent disease and a healthy body begins with a healthy immune system. Over 70% of your immune system resides in your gut and what you eat forms the foundation of your health. If it’s not supported with the right foods, it becomes more susceptible... Read More


I love making warm and hearty vegetable style soups this time of year.  Most of the time I just get the leftover veggies from the fridge and throw them into a pot to simmer down into a nourishing symphony of flavours that make me feel warm and revitalised. This recipe for Ribollita is from my PURELY DELICIOUS COOKBOOK and HEALTHY CHEF RECIPE APP. I love is that it lasts for days in the fridge once it’s made,  so you can enjoy it for lunch or dinner topped with a little... Read More

Minestrone with Vegetables of the Moment

When I make minestrone I vary the vegetables I use depending on what I can get in the market that day.  This wonderful vegetable soup reflects the season – the vegetables of the moment that are clean and pure and that can be thrown into a large pot and simmered to perfection. I love minestrone because it’s a one pot meal that’s simple and nourishing and it can be enjoyed for a few days or until the pot is empty. I’ve used water not vegetable stock to... Read More

How To Make The Perfect Vegetable Stock

The secret to a making a good soup comes down to using a good stock. I love making my own vegetable stocks at home as they are much healthier than store-bought versions that are normally reconstituted powders loaded with salt, MSG, flavours and dextrins.  Making your own stock is also a great way of using up left fresh vegetables you may have lying around in the fridge.  My basic stock recipe consists of onion, carrot, celery, mushroom, peppercorn, garlic and herbs such as parsley... Read More

Immune Boosting Chicken Soup

  When I was a little, my great Aunt used to make this amazing Polish chicken soup called Rosół to help fight a cold or flu.  It was amazing and you could instantly feel it’s healing effects with every mouthful.  If we wanted noodles with our soup, she would instantly beat up a few fresh eggs and slowly pour the mix in a thin stream into the simmering stock which made the best egg noodles. With a few tweaks to her original recipe, the ingredients in my chicken... Read More

How To Enjoy A Pomegranate

It is the season for pomegranate and to enjoy these wonderful antioxidant rich ruby red jewels in a variety of healthy meals. Think baby spinach leaves topped with Persian feta, pistachio, figs and a generous scattering of pomegranate, maybe a muhammara dip made from pomegranate, roasted red capsicum and walnuts served with crunchy raw vegetable crudities or a refreshing salsa made from pomegranate, orange, lemon and coriander you can spoon over grilled organic chicken, rare... Read More


I’m happy to announce the WINNERS of the second ‘WIN A VITAMIX COMPETITON” for this year.  Perfect timing for Christmas ! We had hundreds of entries ! Thank you so much to every body who entered their ultimate healthy smoothie. FIRST PRIZE WINNER:  NICOLE VALENTIC – for her creation called “THE HULK“ a delicious healthy smoothie made for her twin boys. Congratulations Nicole, you are now the proud owner of the amazing VITAMIX. THE WINNING SMOOTHIE... Read More

My Sun Herald Recipes

  Check out my articles and weekly healthy recipes featured in the (S) section in the Sun Herald Every Sunday. You can also view them on line by clicking onto this link: MY HEALTHY TRAIL MIX: THE GOOD OIL ON SALAD DRESSINGS: DETOX: DELICIOUS... Read More

Spicy Red Tomato + Lentil Soup

To be fit, healthy and full of energy, you need to fuel your body with quality carbs and nutrients as well as protein for recovery.  This is one of my favourite meals that I regularly make when it’s cold and rainy outside.    Serve alone or topped with natural yoghurt, labna (yoghurt cheese) or Persian feta and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.  I’ve added a touch of chilli for those who want a little heat, but this is very optional. Tomato is high in lycopene,... Read More

Cauliflower + White Bean Soup

I absolutely love making this nourishing soup !  It’s a complete healthy meal for a light lunch or dinner – but the secret to making the perfect cauliflower soup or cooking cauliflower overall  is to cook it quickly so the flavors stay intact and you taste the whole essence and goodness of this magnificent vegetable. What’s good about it: Cauliflower contains phytonutrients that release sulfur compounds when heated. These odours become stronger with increased... Read More

7 Day Healthy Chef Menu Plan

A good diet has always played a vital role in supporting health, which is why it is so important to think about what you put into your mouth every time you eat and drink and whether or not it makes a positive or negative effect to your health. Epidemiological studies have shown that people who follow a healthy diet based around wholefoods are on average less affected by degenerative illness and disease. The benefits of the diet are attributed to a daily intake of fresh fruit... Read More