How to prepare – Watermelon

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Some people can be a bit daunted about tackling a whole watermelon.  There’s no need.  It’s really easy if you follow these steps.

  1. Stand the watermelon on a chopping board and cut in half vertically.  It can be a bit tough.Jpeg
  2. Put half of the watermelon on the board and slice sections as shown.
  3. Use a knife to peel the skin from the flesh.

  4. Chop up the flesh into pieces.

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Celeriac Mash – how to prepare


In a quest for interesting foods I had a go at celeriac mash recently.

I cut off the outer layer and diced the celeriac.  I boiled it until soft (about 20 minutes) and then mashed it up.  I served it with grilled aubergine and Slimming World Mediterranean Style Chicken sausages.



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How to prepare – Pomegranate

IMG_20160227_083059I’m gradually warming towards this fruit.  I wasn’t sure at first – just eating a spoonful of pips wasn’t my idea of fun.  Now I’ve found that a spoonful sprinkled in a fruit salad, or dessert adds a tasty crunch.  There are a couple of ways of preparing a pomegranate.  I will quickly explain how I did it.  Be careful though as the juice can stain clothing.

  1. Slice off the top.IMG_20160227_083025
  2. Cut out a segment.DSC_0607
  3. Prise out the seeds with your fingers.IMG_20160227_083001
  4. Continue cutting out segments and prising out seeds.
  5. Pick out any bits of pith.

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How to prepare – Papaya

IMG_20160223_190222This is a easy way to prepare a papaya.

  1. Peel the papaya.
  2. Cut in half lengthways.
  3. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
  4. Turn over and then chop into bite sized pieces.




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How to prepare – Mango

I hate struggling with unusual fruits and making a mess.  Here is an easy way to prepare mango without wasting much at all.

  1. Cut a small slice off the bottom so that the mango can stand up straight on the chopping board.DSC_0598.JPG
  2. Cut as close to the stone as you can, just to one side of the centre, and cut all the way down.DSC_0599.JPGDSC_0600.JPG
  3. Repeat this for the other side of the stone.DSC_0601.JPG
  4. Make vertical and horizontal cuts through the flesh of the mango but not through the skin.DSC_0602
  5. Here’s the best bit: turn the piece over and push through the skin with your fingers.  This makes a hedgehog shape!DSC_0603
  6. Cut off the chunks.  If the mango is very ripe you can do this without a knife and just using your fingers to remove the flesh.
  7. Repeat for the other side of the mango.
  8. Pick up the centre piece and peel off the skin with a knife.
  9. Try to slice most of the flesh away from the stone.  This is a bit messy.

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Butternut Squash – Easy way to prepare

I’ve always hated preparing butternut squash and have always struggled to chop a raw one up.  Then I was told about baking the squash in the oven first and then easily removing the flesh by scooping it out.

Here’s a simple method:

  1. Pierce the butternut squash in several places about halfway into the vegetable.DSC_0609 (1).JPG
  2. Put on a baking tray and bake for about 60 minutes at 220 degrees Celsuis.DSC_0610
  3. When baked remove from the oven and cut in half lengthways.DSC_0611.JPG
  4. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  5. Then scoop out the flesh (it is easier to wait for it to cool a while first).DSC_0612


My serving suggestion:

Iceland Slimming World sausages with mashed butternut squash.

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Pomelo – How to prepare

Size comparison left to right: Pomelo, Grapefruit, Jaffa Orange, Clementine

Ever fancied trying a pomelo?  Worried you won’t know how to prepare it?

It takes a bit of time to prepare but is well worth the effort.  It is similar to a grapefruit but has a much milder flavour.

  • Remove the netting and cellophane wrapping.IMG_20160213_202421
  • Start to cut away the rind.  It is about 4 cm in before you get to the flesh.
  • Once you have cut around the fruit remove as much of the outer white pith as possible.IMG_20160213_202303
  • Cut into the pomelo and remove each segment.IMG_20160213_202246
  • Peel away the pith from each segment and collect the flesh in a bowl.IMG_20160213_202206.JPG