If, like me, you have been going stir crazy on lockdown and have been trying to keep your mind active then you will be looking at ways to do this. I’ve been busy creating some new recipes to keep my mind ticking over. Some of these recipes will feature on my new menus in the Brasserie when we reopen. 

Did you know the foods we eat can affect not only our physical bodies but our state of mind? The food we eat can do good for our brains and boost our moods. Recipes that are good for our brain are called “brain food” and brain food meals can be amazing.

What foods are brain food? An easy way to remember is seafood, greens, nuts, and beans. It’s an easy way to remember how to incorporate brain food in your diet! Here I have one my favourite  brain food recipes. 

Aaron’s Pumpkin Seed, Spinach and Feta Salad

Just half a cup of pumpkin seeds, contains more than half of your recommended daily intake of zinc and can help with depression, learning and memory.


For the pumpkin seeds:
• 70g unsalted pumpkin seeds
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• ⅛ teaspoon salt
• ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
• ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
• Pinch cayenne pepper

For the dressing:
• 30ml vegetable oil
• 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
• 1 teaspoon sugar

For the salad:
• 170g fresh baby spinach
• 70g dried cranberries
• 100g feta cheese


In a large skillet, toast seeds over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add sugar and seasonings. Continue to cook and stir until sugar melts, about 4 minutes. Spread mixture on waxed paper to cool.

In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until smooth. In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, cranberries, cheese, and pumpkin seeds. Serve with dressing. Enjoy!