• Spring food

    The weather changes from warm sunshine to windy showers in one day 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,

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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

    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 salad A variation with more autumnal fruit is this one of figs, grapes and dolcelatte.

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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 cope with pain and fatigue but at the same time, feed yourself and maybe cook for others too. It really doesn’t have to be complicated. One evening, we had this ciabatta

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  • Entertaining

    After my total knee replacement, it was really important for me to have friends around.  I enjoyed my  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

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  • Summer salads

    The weather was too hot for cooking so there was much salad to be had. I was the lady who lunched and invited friends round to keep me sane and to keep me company as I recuperated. This is all easy food that I could make quickly but looked fresh, pretty and inviting. The theory

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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 frozen, tinned and pre-prepared vegetables, I am also very much aware that I wasn’t on my own as my husband and

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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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