How to Eat Healthily on a Budget, Tess Ward

How to Eat Healthily on a Budget

Does eating healthily mean spending more money? A lot of people think the answer is yes, but it is possible to eat a real food diet on a budget too. It is all about being resourceful and and thrifty with your ingredients. Because I hate wasting anything, and find a way to use up everything… Read more »

Morrocan Sweet Potato and Cumin Houmous, Recipe, Tess Ward, Healthy, easy, dip, speedy, fast, good

Morrocan Sweet Potato and Cumin Houmous

Sometime the simplest dishes are the best. The sort that require minimum kitchen work, without any stress and tricky preparation.  Sweet potato houmous is one such thing. With a base of chickpeas this recipe is similar to the original sort but with the addition of soft baked sweet potato and a few aromatic spices. These… Read more »


Unravelling Ayurvedia in Sri Lanka

If you feel favourably about spending your vacation time being marinated in oil, massaged to within an inch of your life and fed vegetarian curry then I have just the place for you. The Barberyn Reef Resort is one of Sri Lanka’s most renowned Ayurvedic hotels. A hidden haven of tranquillity and peace, tucked away in… Read more »

Prawn Noodle Salad with Yuzu Wasabi Dressing , Tess Ward, Healthy, low fat, Diet, rice, gluten free, noodles, takeaway, prawn, Recipe

Prawn Noodle Salad with Yuzu Wasabi Dressing

I’m a total sucker for a good bowl of noodles and this little prawn salad is no exception. Fresh, zesty and packed full of flavour, it is the perfect summer salad number. Naked, no nasties, it’s stripped back cooking at it best! This dish was specifically requested last month by a friend (a self-confessed carb-o-holic,) with a… Read more »

Spring Green Salad with Crispy Black Pudding , healthy, spring, salad, recipe, easy, fast, lunch

Spring Green Salad with Crispy Black Pudding

So I know black pudding is a bit of a crowd divider, but bear with me because this is a recipe that is guaranteed to please more than just the most vampiric of foodies. Certainly black pudding has a time and a place. I personally find its rich, deep flavour a little wasted on eggs… Read more »

Shnack-attack at Shackfuyu, Soho, Restaurant, review, New, best , London, sashimi, tostada

Shnack-attack at Shackfuyu, Soho

I almost dare not hype much about my newest Soho dinner hideaway for fear that my experience might sky rocket expectations. However if the popularity of Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns is anything to go by, Shackfuyu is bound for the same rave reviews, despite its unpronounceable name. Shackfuyu opened its doors just a… Read more »

Daffodil Juice, Tess Ward, Juices, Smoothie, recipe, happiness, pineapple

Daffodil Juice

Since it is easter and the time for epic indulgence (if you have a family anything like mine) and overdosing on the chocolate and hot cross buns, I wanted to share a fresh springtime juice to take the edge off. It is not really like me to share a juice recipe, because lets face it, there… Read more »

Yoghurt n Rye Waffle Dippers with Nutritious Nutella, healthy, chocolate

Rye Waffle Soldiers with Nutritious Nutella

Waffles are undoubtedly underrated as a breakfast. They crispy sibling of pancakes and toast, they are usually the uncelebrated, hidden base to sweet and savoury toppings, but they also make rather superb dunkers for any and every dip or sauce you can think of. I am a bit of a big kid when it comes to food… Read more »

Lunch at Bistrot by Shot, Parsons Green

Lunch at Bistro by Shot, Parsons Green

West London has a real shortage of decent eateries. The majority that dominate are kebab shops and mediocre local hubs, mostly pubs. For many of them food is secondary and rather uninspired on all counts. Last week when perusing my inbox of new openings, I found too my delight, one with great promise. A cat amongst the pidgins…. Read more »

6-Ingredient, Easy Breakfast Muffins . Tess Ward, Healthy,  Baking, Recipe, Banana, Bread, Cake

7-Ingredient, Easy Vegan Breakfast Muffins

What do you do when you run out of eggs when baking? Well, make vegan muffins or course. For speed, simplicity and weekday breakfast ease, this muffins hit the nail on the head every time. Bonus for the fact that they don’t require popping to the shop for forgotten ingredients. They are made solely of… Read more »

A Mark Hix Masterclass. Not for vegetarians , Tess Ward, Mark Hix, Chef, Food, Writer

A Mark Hix Masterclass. Not for vegetarians

There is nothing like a bit of meat carving in a Mark Hix masterclass to kick off evening of birthday fun. Part two of the festivities carried on in Browns hotel, where my wonderful friend Bella and I went to brush up in our carving technique. A few glasses of bubbles, amazing food and a… Read more »

Birthday Brunching at Hally's, Parsons Green, cafe, review, best, brunch, eggs, tess, ward, candle, cake, healthy, good, food, recipe

Birthday Brunching at Hally’s, Parsons Green

There is nothing like a family brunch to kick off a great birthday and where better then my favourite local spot. Hally’s is a charming little californian-inspired cafe in Parsons Green. A simple and unassuming place, with a real reputation for outstanding breakfast dishes. From ricotta pancakes, to eggs benedict, they stick to the classics. It is… Read more »