• Spring food

    The weather turns from warm sunshine to windy showers so we veer from winter soups and stews to summer salads and cakes. All the ideas below are simple to make and can be made with the minimum of standing or split out into separate stages. This could be made with bought cooked chicken, ready made croutons,

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  • Winter food

    Winter after an operation calls for warming food, for roasts, stews, bakes and soups. If my operation had been scheduled for the winter instead of midsummer, I would have definitely prepared some dishes like lasagne, shepherds pie, pasta bakes and dhal for the freezer. Food that I could have just taken out to defrost in

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  • Autumnal food

    SALADS As the weather changed, I couldn’t just fling a salad on the table and be done with it, although I did try my best. This pear, Gorgonzola and walnut salad is one of my absolute favourites. Pear, walnut and Gorgonzola dolce salad A variation with more autumnal fruit is this one of figs, grapes

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  • Simple food

    I had to change the way I cooked after my total knee replacement and it would be the same after any  operation. You have to deal with pain and fatigue but at the same time, feed yourself and maybe cook for others too. KEEP IT REALLY SIMPLE  It really doesn’t have to be complicated. One

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  • Entertaining

    After my total knee replacement, it was really important for me to have friends around.  I enjoyed  lunch dates and then later on, when I was feeling less tired, having people round for dinner.  I didn’t want to feel isolated; I wanted to chat, to hear news, to gossip and what better way to do it

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  • Summer salads

    The weather was too hot for cooking so we ate a lot of salad. This is all easy food that can be made so quickly but it looks really pretty laid out on a platter. I often invited friends for lunch to keep me company and I  made a variation and served it with ciabatta

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  • Easy Food

    After a total knee replacement, or indeed any major operation, then food just has to be easy. It’s the time that I thanked my lucky stars for ready meals, takeaways, freezer meals, and for vegetables, frozen, already prepared or tinned.  I am also very much aware that I wasn’t on my own as my husband

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  • Prehab-Food

    I thought seriously about the way I was eating before my operation as I wanted to be in the best health possible in order to face major surgery. If you are fortunate to have a more stable lifestyle, more education and more income, then you are able to make more informed choices about what you

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