This week we celebrated the publication of the city's first allotment strategy which sets out the direction of travel for 10 years against a number of key areas.

When I was growing up, one of the first meals I learned to cook was pasta. It was easy, versatile and always hit the spot when I was hungry. So I was fascinated to learn that in a recent survey of cooking skills, 35% of people said that they did not know how to make a simple pasta dish.

In this blog, I aim to give you the knowledge you need to cook pasta and start you on the road to creating your own wonderful and delicious pasta dishes.

24 local projects have received a cash boost totalling £16,200 after this year's Good Food Grants recipients were announced by the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

If the recent sunny weather has lured you down to Preston Park you may have noticed changes to our demonstration fruit and vegetable garden.  During the winter, work began to expand the garden to around double the original size. The expansion aims to showcase a different style of growing food which is more low-maintenance than the raised beds we use in the rest of the garden.

When it comes to health recommendations, most of us know the drill: exercise most days of the week; eat a varied and nutritious diet; keep your body mass index in the healthy range (18-25); get enough sleep; keep up with medical checks; don't smoke; consume alcohol in moderation. Reducing stress, improving relationships, and developing new interests or hobbies also contribute to healthy living. So why is it that even when we're strongly motivated, adopting a new healthy habit – or breaking an old one – can be so difficult?