Mackerel and Fennel Stew

This is a delicious and deceptively easy dish, as you can just place everything in one tray in the oven. Oily fish like mackerel are excellent sources of vitamin d and omega-3- fatty acids, and fennel is excellent for digestion.

  • Yields: Serves 2


The Bibimbap is the signature dish of Korea. It is a rice based bowl combined with colourful and seasonal vegetables, kimchi, a little marinated meat, and then topped with a fried egg. This is a plant based bowl that uses meat as a condiment rather than as the main event.

  • Yields: 2 Servings

Aubergine, Tomato and Turmeric Curry

This is a deliciously nourishing and warming dish. In a recent study people consuming turmeric daily in food (rather taking a supplement) saw substantial beneficial changes in one gene associated with risks of depression and anxiety, asthma and eczema and cancer. Aubergines are known in Chinese Medicine for their impact on womb energy and are considered to be excellent bloody movers, making this the perfect dish for those wishing to focus on their fertility in the New Year.


  • Yields: 2 Servings

Chicken Broth Noodle Soup

Rather than having a rich soup base, the chicken broth stands out as the star in this meal. This is a comforting, warming and healthy bowl and is perfect as a lighter meal during the Christmas period.

  • Yields: 2 Servings

Black Sesame Congee

Congee is a rice porridge and there are many ways of preparing it depending on the type of rice grains used, the cooking method and preferred consistency. Congee can be prepared by grinding the rice for a thin consistency but I prefer a thicker consistency. The rice used here is organic jasmine rice but you can use any other white rice (bear in mind that the cooking time may change). The trick is to cook the congee for long enough that the rice breaks down to your preferred consistency.

Slow Cooked Asian Spiced Beef

As it gets cooler it is important to reduce cold foods in our diets and eat more warming meals. It is a fallacy that raw food is more nutritious as it all comes down to how well the body is able to take in the nutrients. Food that is cooked is easier to digest and essential for those of us living in damp cold climates like Britain.