Miscellaneous

A lovely and fresh salsa

Coriander and Pear Salsa

This is a lovely side dish which goes well with all kinds of dishes such as spicy Indian curries and Thai food.

A really light and tasty side dish

Yoghurt Almond Salad with Bananas and Raisins

This salad is a perfect side dish for various dishes although it teams up especially well with spicy food as the yoghurt acts as a fire extinguisher in the mouth!

Lovely and fresh cucumber salad

Almond and Cucumber Salad

I know I say this about nearly all my recipes but this one truly is amazingly healthy. It contains healthy fats, calcium, protein, fibre, antioxidants and minerals.

Such beautiful colours

Beet Salad - Two Versions (one spicy, one sweet)

Beets have been gaining more recognition in recent years in Iceland.

Breakfast

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and as the name rightly states, it breaks the long fast of the night. It also gives our metabolism a kick start and sets our energy levels right.


Perfect for using up those old and battered bananas

Banana Patties

These patties are gluten free, dairy free and nut free. They are perfect if you have over ripe bananas lying around.

A delicious start to the day

Breakfast in a Glass

I know some people that are not keen on breakfasts and I have often told them that it is not a very good idea to start the day without filling your muscles and brain with energy.

The best start to the day

Muesli with Dried Fruits, Nuts and Seeds

My husband once told me that there was one particular restaurant in the world he would like to try, and that he had read some great reviews on it.

The healthiest start to your busy day

Porridge

I don't understand people that can go to work or school on an empty stomach. It is like driving your car without fuel...now you wouldn't do that would you?

Lovely patties, perfect as a light lunch or a Sunday breakfast

Raisin Patties

I often make a LOT of these in one go and then freeze. I use two pans at once so that I can make two or three patties at once.

Amazingly versatile rice patties, perfect with cheese, jam or peanut butter

Rice Patties

This recipe was given to me by a friend of mine named Lisa Hjalt. She got the recipe from her friend named Sigga Runa.

Energy Bars / Trail Food

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I always make my own energy bars. The ones you can buy from supermarkets are usually rubbish unless they are organic and made with the finest ingredients.


Lovely treats, perfect with a glass of cold milk (or soy milk)

Australian ANZAC Biscuits

I have read several stories about the origin of the ANZAC Biscuits (never to be called cookies) and some myths are prevalent.

Fantastic energy bars, perfect as a snack

Banana, Date and Almond Bars

Have you ever experienced buying some healthy energy bars only to discover that they taste appalling? I have and I get really angry when that happens.

An excellent energy bar and a healthy snack

Date and Nut Bar

I make my own energy bars because a) it is cheaper than buying them and b) I like to know what I am putting into my body.

My favourite power bars

Flap Jack (Power Bar)

I love home made muesli bars (flap jacks) as much as I detest the junk you can find in some stores. Often this junk is labelled ("energy bars", "power bars" or something equally wrong).

The best start to the day

Muesli with Dried Fruits, Nuts and Seeds

My husband once told me that there was one particular restaurant in the world he would like to try, and that he had read some great reviews on it.

Lovely and healthy oatmeal biscuits, perfect for lunch

Oatmeal Biscuits

I love oatmeal biscuits, unfortunately they are not available in Iceland (at least not my favourite kind which is Nairns).

The healthiest start to your busy day

Porridge

I don't understand people that can go to work or school on an empty stomach. It is like driving your car without fuel...now you wouldn't do that would you?

A very good source of protein, healthy fats and energy

Power Bars with Carob Frosting

These are fantastic power bars, ones that I make very often for me and my husband. They are packed with healthy mono-unsaturated fats, protein, complex carbohydrates and slow releasing energy.

My husband eats at least two of those each day!

Power Bars with Chocolate Protein Frosting

My husband says he can't go through the day without having at least one or two of those. Which is why I always make a large batch and keep in the fridge.

A healthier frosting for your home made protein bars

Protein Frosting for Protein Bars

If you are making protein bars and want added protein and some sweetness, you can make this protein frosting. It is actually like a frosting on cakes but only a little healthier.

Wonderfully healthy protein bars

Protein Super Bars

These power bars are absolutely packed with protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy mono-unsaturated fats and well....power. You will almost fell like a superhero when eating these.

When on a hike, preparing a simple, yet tasty meal is very rewarding

Simple Trail Noodle Soup

I know it is probably much quicker buying ready made trail food but let me tell you...most of what is sold out there is rubbish.

A fairly substantial meal, perfect for a chilly evening after hiking

Trail Casserole with Couscous

The picture accompanying this recipe is taken in the Scottish Highlands were we once went on a hike. It was marvellous.

An excellent source of slow releasing energy

Trail Mix

This is the perfect trail mix and much cheaper than buying ready made trail mix from a health food store.

A filling yet light meal full of complex carbohydrates and energy.

Wild Mushrooms and Noodles Trail Soup

Me and my husband are keen hikers. We love nothing more than packing our bags on a Friday evening, heading into the Icelandic wilderness.

Snacks / Starters

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I often serve snacks or starters before a main course. I like salads and bruschetta as they are light and go well with almost anything.


Baked salmon skin, absolutely delicious!

Baked Salmon Skin

Yes really, baked salmon skin!!! You might think that I have gone absolutely mad but bear with me. I can promise you that once you taste this, you won't ever throw out salmon skin again.

A wonderfully healthy salad with vibrant colours

Beet Salad with Parmesan and Rocket Leaves

This is the perfect late summer salad. It has vibrant colours and a slightly sweet taste with a peppery kick. I adore beets (beetroots), especially baked as it brings out their subtle sweetness.

A very healthy snack, perfect as a light lunch or starter

Chunky Potato Wedges with Guacamole and Salsa

This is a very healthy snack, perfect as a light lunch or a starter before the barbecue.

A light and healthy hummus, a little different to the traditional one

Courgette Hummus

This is a similar recipe to the one I found in the wonderful book Rawvolution by Matt Amsden.

Healthy French fries...is that possible? Well yes it is!

French Fries (Chips)

I would never, ever, ever buy deep fried French fries or any other deep fried food for that matter because in my view, anything that is "cooked" in that way is completely ruined.

Children absolutely love this bread and it is one of my favourite light snacks

Grilled Bread with Tomato Sauce, Carrots and Cheese

Just before you shake your head in disgust, keep in mind that the tomato sauce I use is NOT the usual, disgusting, red sauce (sometimes called ketchup, filled with additives and sugar) that many people buy and put on everything, especially on children's food.

A perfect side dish with every meal and an excellent snack as well!

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

This must be the shortest recipe on this website. The ingredient's list has one ingredient only...sweet potatoes!

Lovely sandwiches, perfect as a light meal or lunch

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

I often make these when I have some "past their best" vegetables in the fridge. My husband absolutely loves these sandwiches and I have to admit, so do I.

I love, love, love quacamole

Guacamole

I don't understand how people can buy guacamole in a jar.

The versatility of hummus is amazing, it just goes with everything!

Hummus

I love hummus, absolutely love it. Whenever I go to a Middle-Eastern restaurant (especially the Lebanese restaurants in London) I always order some hummus.

A lovely and colourful North African salad

Moroccan Orange and Olive Salad

This is a exceptionally lovely salad and a bit different than the salads we are used to since there is no lettuce or anything green in it.

This lovely salad has the colours of the Italian flag; red, green and white

Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad (Tricolore)

Although my husband doesn't eat cold cheese (only melted...I know...weird) he loves cold mozzarella.

Home made peanut butter, absolutely lovely!

Peanut Butter

There is something deeply satisfying about making your own peanut butter.

I usually make a whole bunch of these in one go to freeze and re-heat later

Pitta Pizzas

Need a quick, tasty, yet healthy dinner but are too tired to make anything decent? Look no further. I often make truckloads of these to freeze and re-heat later.

A very healthy and delicious version of potato chips with no added fat

Potato Chips

These potato chips have absolutely no fat and are still delicious and crispy. Ok they might not be as juicy as your traditional potato chips but if you want a healthy alternative this is the one.

A colourful and tasty salad with a healthy dressing

Salad with Tahini Dressing

I am a big salad fan. I love salads and could eat them every day.

A traditional Icelandic shrimp salad

Shrimp Salad

This is a classic, Icelandic salad, served with bread, on crackers, as sandwich fillings and often when there is a gathering of people such as for birthdays.

The most summery salad of all

Summer Salad with Oranges and Watermelons

If there was a competition for healthy salads, this one would clearly be a winner.

The healthiest popcorn you could ever make

The Healthiest Popcorn

This is THE healthiest version of popcorn available. It has very few calories and even less fat. The only 'problem' is that you have to own a refillable pump spray hot-air popping machine.

An excellent source of slow releasing energy

Trail Mix

This is the perfect trail mix and much cheaper than buying ready made trail mix from a health food store.

A very popular and healthy salad, packed with protein and low in fat

Tuna Salad

When preparing my husband's lunch I am always trying to maintain a balance of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.

These wraps (pictured) were served at the equator in Uganda

Uganda Wraps with Avocado and Carrots

The wraps pictured were the ones I was served at the equator in Uganda when we were travelling there en route to Rwanda (gorilla trekking).

My favourite lunch and light dinner

Wraps with Spinach and Hummus

In my view wraps are the perfect lunch and the perfect light meal, they always go well down with dinner guests and each and every time I serve them I get asked for the recipe.

Side Dishes

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You may find all kinds of recipes for side dishes on this page.


An excellent barbecue sauce I first tasted in Kenya

Abdalla Hamisi's Barbecue Sauce

In 2006 we were on one of our trips to Kenya as tour guides and we stayed in private cottages run by friends, down by Diani beach, Mombasa.

Bean sprouts are packed with enzymes

Aduki Bean Sprouts

There are some tools available that are supposed to make your sprouting easier, however I have had fantastic results with just a glass jar and water.

Lovely and fresh cucumber salad

Almond and Cucumber Salad

I know I say this about nearly all my recipes but this one truly is amazingly healthy. It contains healthy fats, calcium, protein, fibre, antioxidants and minerals.

A lovely and simple dressing for every salad

Apple and Tamari Dressing

This is a lovely, fat free salad dressing which can also be served with nut patties, burgers, grilled vegetables and more.

A nice combination of texture, flavour and colour

Avocado Pineapple and Red Onion Salad

This salad is interesting and a bit different. You wouldn't necessarily bet on pineapple and red onion as a duet but it works!

Baked salmon skin, absolutely delicious!

Baked Salmon Skin

Yes really, baked salmon skin!!! You might think that I have gone absolutely mad but bear with me. I can promise you that once you taste this, you won't ever throw out salmon skin again.

Such beautiful colours

Beet Salad - Two Versions (one spicy, one sweet)

Beets have been gaining more recognition in recent years in Iceland.

A wonderfully healthy salad with vibrant colours

Beet Salad with Parmesan and Rocket Leaves

This is the perfect late summer salad. It has vibrant colours and a slightly sweet taste with a peppery kick. I adore beets (beetroots), especially baked as it brings out their subtle sweetness.

An easy and very healthy salad, the perfect side dish for the barbecue

Carrot, Pineapple and Sultana Salad

An easy and very healthy salad, the perfect side dish for the barbecue. I have tasted a similar version of this salad several times in Kenya.

Sprouts are amazingly healthy, packed with enzymes

Chickpea Sprouts

I adore bean sprouts. They are so versatile and delicious. I often eat them as a snack, put them on my sandwich, in a salad or as a side dish with radishes, raisins and oranges.

The simplest combinations are often the best

Coconut and Banana Salad

My sister in law, Elin (who has travelled extensively through Africa along with my brother) often makes this accompaniment and serves with Indian or African food.

A fairly unusual side dish but absolutely delicious

Coconut and Garlic Chutney from Tanzania

Well his recipe is tsort of not FROM Tanzania because this was served in an Indian restaurant IN Tanzania.

A lovely and fresh salsa

Coriander and Pear Salsa

This is a lovely side dish which goes well with all kinds of dishes such as spicy Indian curries and Thai food.

Healthy French fries...is that possible? Well yes it is!

French Fries (Chips)

I would never, ever, ever buy deep fried French fries or any other deep fried food for that matter because in my view, anything that is "cooked" in that way is completely ruined.

This is a delicious topping for bread, rice cakes and more

Grilled Pepper and Olive Relish

This is a delightful little salad/relish, perfect as a sandwich topping or as relish with grilled food. It is a nice alternative to the usual salad.

A perfect side dish with every meal and an excellent snack as well!

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

This must be the shortest recipe on this website. The ingredient's list has one ingredient only...sweet potatoes!

I love, love, love quacamole

Guacamole

I don't understand how people can buy guacamole in a jar.

A very African dish, low cost, but satisfying and simple

Irio (Mashed Potatoes with Onion and Peas)

I have had Irio on many occasions when travelling through Kenya. It is originally a dish of the Kikuyu people.

Nothing reminds me more of my travels through East Africa than this salad

Kachumbari (Tomato and Onion Salad) from Africa

This recipe was given to my by my sister in law, Lucy Mwangi who is from Kenya. Wherever I have travelled in East Africa, I have always been served a similar salad.

Magical pumpkin pieces in coconut milk, served in an African bowl

Magical Pumpkin in Coconut Sauce

I famously had a very similar side dish once in Nairobi which you can read all about in the The Spinach Dish From the Mystical House in Nairobi's Forest. It is a lovely, slightly sweet side dish with a delicate coconut aftertaste. It is absolutely lovely served with main dishes that include spinach, especially Indian and African food.

A lovely home made mango chutney

Mango Chutney

I love mango chutney but the ones you buy from your local supermarket are very often packed with additives, sugar and rubbish. I would never eat such a thing.

A lighter mayonnaise without all the rubbish

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise which you can buy from your local supermarket is usually absolutely packed with additives and bad stuff.

A lovely and colourful North African salad

Moroccan Orange and Olive Salad

This is a exceptionally lovely salad and a bit different than the salads we are used to since there is no lettuce or anything green in it.

Bean sprouts is what we should all be eating loads of! Amazingly healthy

Mung Bean Sprouts

I love bean sprouts. They are so healthy and versatile. I often eat them on their own like a snack or I use them in salads, on sandwiches and even in casseroles.

A low fat and healthy mustard sauce

Mustard Sauce

I use mustard sauce with everything, on my salad, my sandwich, on nut patties, with fish, with grilled vegetables, as a dip for raw vegetables...you name it.

Chutneys / Jams / Pickles

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Each autumn back home in Iceland the Icelandic women (mostly women) go absolutely nuts in jam making. They make jam out of everything.


An excellent barbecue sauce I first tasted in Kenya

Abdalla Hamisi's Barbecue Sauce

In 2006 we were on one of our trips to Kenya as tour guides and we stayed in private cottages run by friends, down by Diani beach, Mombasa.

A fairly unusual side dish but absolutely delicious

Coconut and Garlic Chutney from Tanzania

Well his recipe is tsort of not FROM Tanzania because this was served in an Indian restaurant IN Tanzania.

A lovely and fresh salsa

Coriander and Pear Salsa

This is a lovely side dish which goes well with all kinds of dishes such as spicy Indian curries and Thai food.

A very simple yet delicious jam for every occasion

Date Jam

I use this jam for everything...as a layer when making cakes, on my toast, with hummus, on oatmeal biscuits, in my yoghurt and on waffles. It just goes with everything and is so easy to make.

This is a delicious topping for bread, rice cakes and more

Grilled Pepper and Olive Relish

This is a delightful little salad/relish, perfect as a sandwich topping or as relish with grilled food. It is a nice alternative to the usual salad.

A lovely home made mango chutney

Mango Chutney

I love mango chutney but the ones you buy from your local supermarket are very often packed with additives, sugar and rubbish. I would never eat such a thing.

Home made peanut butter, absolutely lovely!

Peanut Butter

There is something deeply satisfying about making your own peanut butter.

Rhubarb Jam...so good with lots of stuff

Rhubarb Jam

I love rhubarb jam, I use it on waffles, on yoghurt, on toast and wherever I can because it is very, very good for you.

This is such a healthy jam and I absolutely love it

Spicy Blueberry Jam

This is more of a thick sauce than a jam as I don't use gelatin or other thickening agents. You can make it thicker by using pectin.

Biscuits

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Biscuits are usually the 'bad buys' in terms of healthy diet. The biscuits you find in the supermarket are usually packed with trans fats, sugar and additives.


Lovely treats, perfect with a glass of cold milk (or soy milk)

Australian ANZAC Biscuits

I have read several stories about the origin of the ANZAC Biscuits (never to be called cookies) and some myths are prevalent.

Packed with healthy fatty acids and vitamins

Linseed Biscuits

Linseeds (flaxseeds) is the richest source of omega 3 essential fatty acids which is also found in oily fish. Because it comes from a plant source, it is perfect for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Lovely and healthy oatmeal biscuits, perfect for lunch

Oatmeal Biscuits

I love oatmeal biscuits, unfortunately they are not available in Iceland (at least not my favourite kind which is Nairns).

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