Conversions for Cooking

You wouldn't think it to look at most of these recipes, but I'm a dedicated fan of low-carb (though I occasionally fall off the wagon), and most of these seem to be anything but.

I hope you enjoy cooking and eating these recipes. I've written them as simply as possible because I can't stand following recipes that have a load of extraneous wording when you're in a hurry.

I always use the best quality food I can afford and grow a fair bit of my own veggies. I always use free-range eggs (I'd have chickens, but I think the foxes would get them first). Where possible, I use organic ingredients. I don't do trans-fats — ever! I favour olive, coconut, hemp and, very occasionally, sunflower oil, and I'm not averse to using lard and dripping (though I find commercial lard to be a bit on the piggy tasting, even though it's probably been refined to hell and back). The only sausages worth eating are Porkinson's sausages and Morrison's Finest.

As far as I'm aware, I've never given anyone food-poisoning, which is a minor miracle, given that at least one portion of every dish I serve will have a cat hair in it.

We're a difficult family to cater for: I live mainly on salads, meat, nuts and fish; I'm the only one who will happily eat offal; Steve and Callum won't eat any red meat other than minced steak; I need to buy chickens with three breasts as I'm the only one who will eat anything other than breast meat; I try to avoid eating wheat flour; Rhiannon should avoid wheat flour; Steve and Callum will eat most food wrapped in bread or pastry; I have been known to resort to subterfuge to put vegetables inside my son and husband; Callum will happily buy junk from fast-food outlets (but covers his ears when I try to describe their nature); Callum and Steve will happily live off biscuits, preferably chocolate; Steve will find fault with at least one aspect of everything I cook (Haven't you put any potato in this vegetable soup? Yes: the yellow chunks are swede, the paler chunks are potato. Is it? Yes (sigh), why? They're very potatoey-tasting potatoes.). At least he doesn't complain about the cat hair.


Pancakes, Bacon & Maple Syrup


Carrot & Coriander Soup

Pea & Mint (or Basil) Soup

Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup

Main Meals

Basque-Style Chicken

Beef in Black Bean Sauce

Butter Chicken

Caramelised Onion Tart

Chilli con Carne

Egg Rolls


Fricassea di Pollo


Linguine with Crab

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb

Nut Roast

Pesto Salmon

Prawn Fritters

Raj Lamb



Roast Chicken




Side Dishes

Cucumber Raita

Desserts & Sweets

Coconut & Lime Iced Slice (low-carb)

Creamy Fudge


Impossible Pie

Panna Cotta (low-carb)

Passionfruit Pavlova

Rhubarb Caramel Pudding

Sussex Pond Pudding

Cakes, Pastries & Biscuits

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Country Fruit Cake

Carrot Cake

Flaxseed Bread

Gooey Chocolate Cake

Hazelnut Crust

Jam & Coconut Sponge

Lebanese Semolina Cake

Norwegian Apple Cake


Spelt Bread