Food for thought

Clare Shepherd
Clare Shepherd

Clare Shepherd is a nutritional therapist who has just launched a new year

Pound for Pound health challenge. She lives in Broomhill with husband David, daughter Kim, two cats and Sasha the spaniel.

Are you a cook?

I love experimenting with different herbs and spices but I don’t like complicated recipes that take an age to make. And I’m always extremely grateful when my husband or daughter puts a plate of food in front of me.

Any cooking tips?

Don’t cook to smoking point with liquid oils, especially olive oil. High temperatures change the structure of oil molecules into something the body doesn’t recognise. Use rice bran oil or coconut oil instead for high temperature cooking, and pour delicious olive oil on afterwards for a wonderful taste.

What’s your favourite dish?

Currently a delicious recipe for bulgar wheat with roasted carrots, feta cheese and an amazing dressing.

And a drink to go with it?

A glass of wine would be lovely! Or should I say ‘water’ to be professionally correct?

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

Thyme in the evening for their great selection of food at reasonable prices. Daytime it has to be Thelmas in Sharrowvale Road, and the Pure on Raw café on Shalesmoor I can also recommend.

And pub?

The York at Broomhill and the Ranmoor Inn – both great places to meet friends.

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?

One I made myself when I was about 20. A huge pile of mashed potatoes with steak cut into bite-size pieces around the outside like sharks teeth! No veggies as I didn’t eat them in those days (confession). It didn’t impress my friends at all!

And the best?

I don’t have a particular favourite, so I’ll sit on the fence with this one.

Your favourite TV cook?

I don’t often watch the cookery programmes. It often frustrates me when I see some of the chefs use unhealthy methods and denatured ingredients to create a ‘masterpiece’ that does a lot to tease the taste buds but little towards good health.

What do think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?

SO much better than it used to be! But if I could add one more it would be a good vegetarian restaurant.