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Old School Foodie Legends I Wish Were On Instagram

The Godfathers and Godmothers of cooking


Long before social media, the internet and even TV in some cases, the cookery Godfathers and Godmothers were born and began sharing their culinary skills and knowledge with others.

There are a number of the old-school foodies that I wish I could find today on Instagram – a glimpse into their worlds, seeing how they created some of the most marvellous dishes that are the staple dishes of today’s chefs still, watching them work, seeing those finished dishes and having an insight into lives that we can now only imagine….yes, these are people that I would love to see on Instagram today.


Mrs Beeton


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In lots of ways, this is where it all started, as Mrs Beeton was a Victorian writer whose ‘Book of Household Management’ is arguably one of the most famous cookery books ever published.

In times when your household management was a measure of where you stood in society, Mrs Beeton not only provided recipes for all occasions, she wrote the complete manual of how a well ordered household could be achieved.

It is widely recognised that almost all of the recipes in her books weren’t her own – it is the way she wrote such clear instructions that helped ladies with no experience of cooking recreate the meals, or supervise their own cooks to do the same.

In her own words: “I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways. Men are now so well served out of doors – at their clubs, well-ordered taverns, and dining-houses – that in order to compete with the attractions of these places, a mistress must be thoroughly acquainted with the theory and practice of cookery, as well as be perfectly conversant with all the other arts of making and keeping a comfortable home.”

Obviously this is a hilarious point of view for the modern woman. But there is no doubt that a delicious meal (cooked by woman or man) is a delight to share with family, friends and relatives, and is the mainstay of our health and happiness.


Julia Child


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Widely considered to be the chef who brought French cuisine to the American housewife, her first cookery book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ was a best-seller which tapped into the American interest in French culture in the early 1960s. It’s helpful illustrations and precise attention to detail helped to make fine cuisine accessible.

The book is still in print and we can only imagine the impact that this chef would have had on Instagram had it been available in the day.

Her TV career began after she was interviewed on a book review show and demonstrated how to cook an omelette. Viewers loved it, and the rest is history!

In 2009, a film of Julia Child’s start in the cooking profession was released and her story runs alongside that of blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book. I particularly love the scene where she learns to chop piles of onions!


Mr Food


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Just had to mention this very enthusiastic guy. I love the catchphrase that he was known for in his TV appearances “Ooh! It’s so good!” (which, incidentally, is registered as a sound trademark in the US!)

Mr Food was an American TV chef, who pioneered quick and easy cooking, wrote 52 cookbooks, and led the way for other TV food personalities who followed after.

His recipes were practical in their preparation techniques and used readily available ingredients, and his philosophy was that “anyone can do it”. He wrote 3 books about cooking for diabetics too, which is quite significant as specialist dietary cookbooks were not nearly so available then as they are today.


The Galloping Gourmet (Graham Kerr)


In terms of TV personality and character, the Galloping Gourmet has it in abundance.

His was one of the first classic cooking shows. This cook was charismatic, jokey, incredibly engaging and energetic, demonstrating obscenely rich and decadent recipes. Later he was dismissive of his earlier cookery style, citing the emerging high obesity rate and began substituting low fat options for dairy fats and using less sugar and generally making his dishes much more healthy by today’s standards.

He has written a number of cookbooks, often associated with his television shows, and has made guest appearances on the shows of some of the world’s greatest cooks and chefs.





And hey – don’t forget about me!
You CAN follow me on Instagram, try my recipes and share your own. Let’s make cooking a journey that we can share together. In the words of Ruth Reichl, “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”

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10 Foods To Keep Skin Healthy And Glowing

Natural is beautiful


Healthy, glowing skin is our outside presentation of what’s going on within. Our skin has an uphill battle with outside pollution and the weather, internal factors such as age, our DNA and hormones (none of which we can do much about), smoking and alcohol which we CAN influence, and diet.

I will share with you the best foods I find can help to keep your skin as healthy and glowing as possible.

Of course, covering up in sunlight, moisturizing well in chill winds, stopping smoking (a must!) and reducing alcohol consumption will all help too, so we should always be aware of those things that we can do to help ourselves.




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Although not strictly speaking a food, water is the single biggest influence on our skin.

Keeping hydrated will not only keep our skin healthy and glowing but will rid our bodies of toxins too.

It varies on how much water we are advised we should drink each day, but it helps to keep some with you at all times so you can take regular sips throughout the day. I aim for at least 2 litres.


Sardines, mackerel and salmon




It is well-documented that fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which are very good for you, and help keep your skin clear.

It is said that a particular type of fatty acid is an anti-inflammatory, which can also help with acne and similar skin conditions.

Plus, we all know how great Victoria Beckham’s skin looks. She maintains her flawless skin by eating salmon every day, under the instruction of her dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer. And we can’t deny her skin is GORGEOUS!

There are some delicious recipes around using this type of fish, or just go mediterranean style and throw it on the barbeque, serve with fresh salad and petite or fingerling potatoes!






According to research, kale is one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light, as well as providing you with skin-firming vitamins C and A.

Great in stir fried dishes, as part of a salad, or as a side; don’t overcook your kale as it will lose precious nutrients.






Especially good for vegetarians as they contain the omega-3 fatty acids which are found in fatty fish, walnuts in particular can help eliminate dry, scaly skin due to the omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid.

A handful of nuts with yoghurt or fruit, or with cheese and apple is so tasty. Nuts can be used in all kinds of recipes, both sweet and savoury.




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We all know that vegetables are good for you. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that you need to keep you healthy.

But it’s yellow and orange vegetables that tend to have more flavonoids, beta-carotene, carotenoids and vitamin C that improve skin health and heal skin damage.

Carrots in your slaw, grilled bell peppers in your salads and stir fry dishes and sweet potato as a side will all promote great skin!


Dark chocolate


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Tastes delicious and is anti-ageing; dark chocolate is great for your skin.

Cocoa is rich in flavanol antioxidants that defend skin against free radicals, which is said to prevent wrinkles, although it’s still up for debate as to how much you would need to eat to turn back the clocks!

Bearing in mind your calorie count, it’s fair to say that a little dark chocolate each day may well help your complexion, but don’t overdo it! A dark chocolate milk shake as a post workout snack may be just what your skin is crying out for.


Kiwi fruits


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This little fruit is packed full of vitamin C which is said to help in the battle against skin dryness and wrinkles.

I love kiwi in a fruit salad, or for a divine sweet treat, a beautiful pavlova topped with cream, strawberries and kiwi, with a little passion fruit drizzled over the top is a perfect dessert.




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Tomatoes contain lycopene which gives them their deep red color. It is considered that eating tomatoes can help protect the skin from damage by the harmful rays of the sun, protecting your skin against ultraviolet lights.

Tomatoes and natural tomato products can enable your skin to take in oxygen, delaying aging and wrinkling.

Italian cookery has an array of tomato based pizza and pasta sauces so it is easy to include tomatoes in your cooking.

You could try making a face mask from tomatoes, which is also supposed to benefit your skin, tackling it from the inside and out!




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One of the main avocado skin benefits comes from their high oleic acid content. This is a ‘good’ fatty acid which helps to maintain moisture in the outer layer of your skin, helping to keep it soft and hydrated. Oleic acid also helps to regenerate damaged skin cells and reduces facial redness and irritation. It also contains vitamin C which is necessary for the creation of elastin and collagen, which bind your skin cells together and maintain their firmness and structure. So avocado as a part of your healthy diet is great for your skin, though remember that, although the fats it contains are ‘good’ fats, it is high in fat and can add a lot of calories.


Almond milk


Some research has shown that dairy milk can be inflammatory for skin conditions such as acne, and so substituting almond milk for dairy may help alleviate acne, wrinkles and rashes.

There may be other reasons for these conditions too, but it could be worth trying it for a period of time just to see if it works for you. Almond milk can be used in most of the ways that dairy is used.


I hope that you find something here to help your skin look great, and don’t forget to keep up a great cleansing routine too. Many of the food items here can be adapted into natural skin care products, which we could look at in a future blog.

You can share pics with me on Instagram – if you try a new routine, snap some before and after selfies – it can help you to remember how your skin was and to compare with how it looks now!