Pesto Pasta with Spinach and Broccoli

After all the amazing food I ate in France, along with the many cakes, I have decided to go a little healthier. I believe it is good to have treats so I’ll still be baking cakes but it is lovely to eat colourful foods, fruit and vegetables to make you feel good.

I trawled Amazon for various healthy cook books and I stumbled across this gem ‘The Medicinal Chef’ by Dale Pinnock. His approach to cooking is extraordinary. He uses healthy food but makes it interesting, so you don’t really deprive yourself of anything. Just eat good food that’s healthy.

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The book contains different categories that target certain health issues including;

– Skin
– Heart
– Respiratory System
– Digestive
– Wellbeing
– Mental Health & Nervous System
– Joints & Bones

Within these categories he names health issues and informs you of the best foods to eat for the condition. It’s very interesting and it definitely works.

Here is a recipe taken from the book, a healthy tea, a real crowd pleaser. When I made it everyone had clean plates so it must have been tasty! In the recipe he only adds spinach but I added baby florets of broccoli and found that worked well.

Pesto Pasta with Spinach and Broccoli

Serves 4

Ingredients

– 180g Walnuts
– 50g Fresh Basil leaves
– 2 Garlic cloves
– 1tbsp Flaxseed
– 3tbsp Grated Cheese
– Olive Oil (In the recipe it said 1tbsp I found this was not enough so I probably added 8tbsp or more. Just get it to the consistency you most prefer. I like it quite loose, not too stiff. )
– 350g Spelt Pasta
– 3 Handfuls Spinach
– 100g Broccoli, in baby florets

Method

In a blender blitz the walnuts, fresh basil, garlic, cheese and add the Olive oil gradually to form a paste. I like mine fairly loose but if you like it a little thicker, add less oil.

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When the pasta and broccoli are cooked drain them and put them back in the pan mixing through the pesto and add the spinach to wilt it down.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Check out Dale Pinnock cracking chef, proving we can eat healthy but tasty appetising food.

Stephy x

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Brasserie Georges, Lyon

Brasserie Georges is in the heart of Lyon city centre, conveniently situated near the train station. It was established in 1836, building an excellent reputation for first class service and gourmet food. A friend recommended this restaurant to me; what a recommendation.

Whilst in France of course, I sampled multiple patisseries and boulangeries but not eaten out in a traditional, historic restaurant. I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to visit Brasserie Georges.

We booked a table, as you can imagine it is very popular, so it gets busy. We were greeted by kind, attentive staff and were seated promptly. The menu was excellent with traditional French dishes, some local to the area and more less adventurous dishes – basically pleases all diners.

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The menu was written in French and English, this made it much easier!

I ordered a Sirloin Steak (rare) with dauphoinse potatoes, a pepper sauce and green beans. Of course, a glass of red wine to accompany the meal.

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The dauphoinse potatoes were trés bon! I was very chuffed with the portions too; very generous!

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Of course, bread to mop the plate of the sauce. My plate was clean by the time I had finished. ‘Compliments to the chef.’

As the meal was large I didn’t want a huge dessert but craved something sweet to finish the meal off. I ordered a café gourmand which is an espresso with a selection of small pastries. Perfection!

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A tasty end to an exquisite meal. Mercì beaucoup Brasserie Georges!

If you’re ever in Lyon, sorry correction; when you are in Lyon, as you must visit, please, please go to Brasserie Georges to experience good food, good wine and good service! Viola.

Stephanié x x

Move Over Coffee, Tea Has Arrived

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the French have an obsession with tea. I was expecting to drink lots of coffee but no! They enjoy a cuppa just as much as the English. They are very passionate about it too.

I drank some beautiful tea in Lyon, France. It was in a traditional Chinese tea room with a French twist. Very extraordinary and unique.

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It was very delicious and refreshing and felt much healthier than drinking a strong coffee or espresso.
To prove my theory about the French’s obsession with tea, a friend sent me this interesting article about France’s Silent Tea Revolution an interesting read.

Who knows, in the future coffee will be no more and tea will be the normal accompaniment with a croissant!? Watch this space….

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Stephanié x x