Month: October 2015

Savoury but sweet Halloween treat, not trick!

Love, love, love this warming winter dish (sorry if you’re reading this from Down Under, but it’s getting mighty cold over here already!) Well known Aussie chef Karen Martini, is known for her contemporary take on traditional food, in particular Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and classic English. Sydney’s famous Icebergs Dining Room and Bar located at Bondi Beach was founded by her, and as well as authoring some very popular cookbooks, she owns Mr Wolf pizzeria in Melbourne, and is also a TV presenter. Here, she makes light and delicious work of this notoriously tough fruit (yes, it’s a fruit and not a vegetable –...

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“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.” ― Wallace Stevens

We’re always being advised to drink plenty of water but there are many different opinions on exactly how much we should be drinking every day. Two litres is the most commonly recommended amount, and given that the body is about 60% water which is constantly being lost primarily through urine and sweat, it’s important that we get the balance right. For most healthy people, drinking little and often throughout the day is the best approach. Drink a little more, but not too much, when it’s hot or you are exercising, and listen to your body – it will let...

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Skincare treats

I feel like I’ve been neglecting my posts on skincare products of late, but as luck would have it, I received a super goodie bag full of SkinCeuticals samples in the post last week, courtesy of Dermacaredirect. Founded in the US in 1997 and developed through their research into skin cancer, SkinCeuticals was one of the pioneers in the development of cosmeceuticals (a hybrid of both a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical). Now owned by L’Oreal (don’t let that put you off!), amongst medical professionals, SkinCeuticals are still considered to be leaders in skin health when it comes to providing scientific evidence to support the benefits of...

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Emerald green goodness and a little bee pollen from Smooth Mama

Smooth Mama (and you) will be ready to take on the world with this greener than green concoction this week! This super green juice is a great balance of both fruit and veg and is better than a coffee in the morning at getting you “up and at ’em”, as they say 😉 *apple *lime *ginger *celery *cucumber *cavolonero – all *omniblended and then beeyouteefully garnished with a little *beepollen  Bee Pollen – what’s all the buzz about then? Next time you happen across a honeybee take a closer look and you’ll see the microscopic pollen grains (tiny yellow balls) clinging to their legs....

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Lets talk about antioxidants

Antioxidant this, antioxidant that –  we’re bombarded with information on the benefits of these anti-ageing superheroes all the time, but what exactly are they, what do they do, do we really need them and what are the best antioxidant rich foods? So many questions, so little attention span :-0 In my article Don’t Eat Yourself Old I named and shamed some of those age-accelerating foods that you should be excluding from your diet and promised to muse over all the good antioxidant stuff that you should be incorporating in order to delay the signs of ageing and protect yourself against ill health, so here goes! First the science bit, which is important if you...

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