As 2020 is drawing to a close, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to resist decorating the house early this year. I think we all deserve a little sparkle after what has been quite a year! When I was a child we had the most amazing decorations. Commercial sized decorations that included the thickest tinsel strung across the ceiling. Hall mirrors were framed with white tinsel and red bauble concoctions that would be achingly retro and sought after if we still had them all. My decorations nowadays don’t include tinsel (think I’m allergic due to over exposure!!), but I still go hedonistically […]
Digestion begins before we even take our first bite. While we prepare food the aromas and textures and sight of food help stimulate our body to prepare for digestion. So it’s important not to rush the process – cooking doesn’t have to be elaborate but try and take a little time to let your senses start off that digestive process. Microwave food (‘ping’ food as one of my client’s calls it) and ready meals cut out this step. Time can be short and so the temptation can be to opt for ‘fast food’ but, whenever possible for digestive and health […]
Every time I see something green I am always reminded of words from the poem by Rupert Brooke called The Old Vicarage, Grantchester…. ‘A tunnel of green gloom, and sleep Deeply above; and green and deep The stream mysterious glides beneath, Green as a dream and deep as death.’ My mum has recited part of this poem throughout our childhood and still does now. We used to walk the very same river banks in Grantchester when we lived in Cambridge. This dish has nothing to do with rivers but plenty to do with green and does contain a certain amount […]
Are you confused about cholesterol and its impact on your cardiovascular health? If you are confused – I’m not surprised. A 2009 study highlighted that 50% of people who had died following sudden heart attacks had LDL cholesterol levels that were less than 100. Less than 100 would be within a range considered normal. So this study could be used to push for more extensive use of statins to drive down LDL cholesterol levels. But is this the answer? Think about it for a moment….our livers produce cholesterol because our bodies need it: we use cholesterol to make for example […]
Would you be prepared to take 12 minutes a day for 8 weeks to try something new that might just be life-changing? This year we’ve had an incredible lesson in the power of slowing down and being present. Initially many of us rushed to fill our days with activities and trying to learn new skills at home, trying to keep ourselves and our families busy. It was hard to adjust to having days stretching out in front of us while we were confined to our homes. So much time to think. The silence was vast. I asked myself if my […]
In recent months many of us were forced to rely on independent, local stores. They have proved themselves most worthy of our continued support. Their hard work to provide their local communities with great quality produce should not be forgotten now that restrictions have eased and we can venture further for our shopping. My local butcher in Arundel is rather special. This family run business takes immense pride in sourcing its produce from dedicated UK suppliers and they do their own butchery and make their own award-winning sausages in house. Find their contact details at www.arundelbutchers.co.uk Befriend your local butcher […]
With our legs dangling over the side of the quay in southern Spain we’d sit and wait patiently with our home-made bamboo cane fishing rods baited with the soft white part of leftover bread that we’d fashioned into doughy balls on tiny fish hooks.