Sunday, 1 June 2014


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Welcome to Sarah's Kitchen Diary

I love everything about food and use this blog as a place where I talk about recipes, places I've been and products I've tried.

To help you find your way around I've tried to gather posts under six main headings.  

Here you will find all my recipes for everyday eating healthily. I've always been interested in cooking, baking and creating but in recent years have become increasingly interested in eating for health. For me this means avoiding processed food and chemicals, buying organic where possible and choosing lean protein, vegetables first, with some fruit, nuts and grains. 

Here you will find all my recipes for Treat Days.

Whilst I try to eat healthy 'clean' food most of the time I still do enjoy an occasional treat. For me this involves eating well for the majority of the week with 1-2 treat meals a week. On these I prefer to make my own treats or eat a quality restaurants so that I know what has gone into the meals. 

Here you will find all my posts about restaurants and recipes I have found on my travels some further away and some closer to home. I also have a few posts about cooking classes I have attended.

Here you will find posts with reviews of various products.

I often get offers of products to try in return for a review on this site. I only say yes when I believe in the product and sometimes also will post reviews of products I've bought and love. 
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 This page is used to collect all of my too hints and tips and will shortly be home to my very first recipe book. Best of all it will be free! 

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Monday, 5 May 2014

A Rather Interesting Tomato Salad

When I'm on holiday I love to go to the supermarket and buy a random selection of tomatoes, the uglier the better! I learnt this tip from a family friend when we were on holiday in Spain as children. The ugly ones really did taste the best! When the ingredients are great you don't need to do much with them, the simpler the better really. 

Now it's a bit early in the season for really good tomatoes, but I had been given some Red Wine Vinegar with Cassis and had some tomatoes that were pretty tasty so I left them out in the sun to warm up (I always think they're better that way) and decided to make a tomato salad. I'd heard that blackcurrants went well with mint and tomatoes. I couldn't get any of the actual fruits but the vinegar certainly made me want to try that combo! Very refreshing and summery. Perfect for a sunny bank holiday weekend. 


1/2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil 
A spring of mint
100g tomatoes (preferable a mixture of varieties) 

1. Start with the dressing. Mix together the oil, vinegar and mint. If the leaves are small enough you can leave them whole. Mix well. 

2. Slice the tomatoes into chunks and add to the dressing
3. Season to taste and toss the tomatoes in the dressing. 


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Jamaica Style Pineapple

I had friends coming over for dinner. The main was fairly substantial so I wanted the dessert to be fresh and light. I love pineapple and have been a big fan of Jamie Oliver's pineapple with mint for years so I decided on this gem. Some restaurants might call it a carpaccio of pineapple but this always confuses me as I think of carpaccio as thin slices of raw beef or maybe tuna. Sometimes after a BBQ I like to serve grilled pineapple and I think this dressing would work brilliantly.

In common with Jamie Oliver's it's super simple. In contrast it isn't one for children!

1. Slice a sweet ripe pineapple in very thin slices. This one had a relatively soft core so I decided to leave it in but you could remove it.
2. Arrange the slices on a pretty plate.
3. In a bowl mix the zest and juice of one lime with 1 tbsp of dark rum, 1 tsp dark soft brown sugar, 1/2 tsp of grated ginger and pink peppercorns to taste. I used 1/3rd of one of these Knorr flavour pots. I tend to prefer fresh ingredients but these do seem to pack a punch.

4. Put the dressing into a little bowl with the pineapple. That's it. Super simple!


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Wine, wine, beautiful wine!

So one of the few decadences I'm not intolerant to is wine. As long as its only one glass (that means a large one right?) and it's not a sweet wine it's fine. So I've embraced this fact and gone on a bit of a wine mission. 

I went to a lovely wine tasting at my local independent wine shop Park + Bridge. It was great in more ways than the obvious, having someone to discuss the wine with made all the difference in making a choice that suited my palate and it had the added plus of getting chatting to some of the people who live in the area (something that any Londoners will know is rare!). 

At £10+ a bottle though wine from Park + Bridge is definitely for a more occasional bottle. 

This was my favourite. It tasted like a hug. 

A couple of the £5 or less Waitrose range have been perfectly drinkable, but in the lower price range the wine that really stood out for me was this Sauvignon Blanc from Aldi. Light but still fruity and flavoursome. I was impressed! 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Lime and coconut macaroons...great treat and healthy to boot!

Wow, wow, wow. I'm going to keep this short and sweet (excuse the pun) I've only just made these but they were so great I had to post straight away. In the search for gf and dairy free treats I remembered the old fashioned coconut macaroons that my nan used to love and decided to give them a go with the updated twist of lime. They taste great, very pleased with the chewy but crisp texture and the lime zing lifts them perfectly. The best surprise though was that I checked the nutritional value and they're perfect for a healthy treat too! 80 cals, low in carb and high in protein and fibre with moderate healthy fat from the coconut. They'd make a great gift for a friend on a diet. Pile 5-6 up and tie with a pretty bow. 

So here goes:


Makes 9

100g unsweetened shredded/desiccated dried coconut 
2 large egg whites 
1 tbsp coconut sugar or soft dark brown sugar or your choice of sweetener (the state are based on sugar) 
1 lime (or two if they aren't very juicy!) 


Pre-heat the oven to 180C

1. Place the egg whites in a bowl and add the sugar. Beat well until incorporated. 
2. Add the coconut, zest and juice of the lime and stir until fully combined
3. Form the mixture into 9 rough balls and flatten onto a greased baking sheet 
4. Bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown