Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Recipe: Caponata - Sicilian Aubergine Stew #vegan

This traditional aubergine casserole is one of my favourite vegetable dishes, but so hard to get right.  The Sicilian classic is perfected in the Carluccio chain of restaurants and, although I've experimented with lots of different recipes, I always come back to Antonio Carluccio’s version from Complete Italian Food, with a couple of tiny tweaks.  Serve with a selection of other antipasti dishes as a starter or lunch for 4-6 people, although it does keep very well in the fridge for a couple of days and the flavours intensify.  Works as a pasta sauce or warm side dish too.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Win £500 by Answering ONE Simple Question!

What would you do with £500?  A holiday, a new appliance for the kitchen, a fantastic camera, a new laptop, or save it for the impending C word (just 124 days, folks!), whatever you spend it on, £500 is quite a prize.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

How Can We Reduce, Reuse, Recycle This?!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, that's the mantra, the new 3 R's, isn't it?  But once you've got the whole reduce bit sorted, as much as the manufacturers will let you anyway, what about the reuse and recycle?

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Finding Dory at Sea Life Centres This Summer

To celebrate the cinema release of much-anticipated film sequel Finding Dory, Sea Life centres in the UK and Ireland have teamed up with Disney•Pixar to launch a series of summer events.  The perfect entertainment for all the family this summer, the Finding Dory events include an interactive and educational trail.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Recipe: Quick Quinoa and Puy Lentil Salad #vegan

This is a super quick work at home lunch we make often, perfect for all the family*.  One of those last-minute throw togethers in which you can include whatever you have in the fridge or cupboard, rather than making it by the book.  Having those ready-to-eat packets of quinoa and lentils in the cupboard is so handy, although of course if you have the time and are organised to soak and prepare ahead, use the dried versions.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Review & Giveaway: Vintage Florals Anemone Cushion

Cushions have a bad press mainly amongst the male of the species, and those films where a vital conversation between a couple is had whilst they take the pile of cushions off the bed to put them on the floor does nothing to increase their bad rap.  But many of us maintain that they have their place and purpose and embrace the cult of the cushion.  After all, how else can we prop ourselves up for bedtime reading?

Monday, 15 August 2016

Why Give a Backpack? What Difference Can £15 Make? #GiveABackpack

Last week we told you about the work of Mission Without Borders, a small international charity working to support some of the poorest communities in Eastern Europe.  They work in the six poorest countries in Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, giving people the spiritual and practical support they need to be become self-sufficient.  Read the story of how one little boy's life has changed, and how you can help more children like him.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

SPD/HFA/Aspergers/ASD/Whatever the Heck THIS Is - Me Too!

The further we continue on our journey with Lara, the more I see - and understand - myself.  Having spent years thinking it was just 'my weird ways' as my family has helpfully, and hurtfully, described my behaviours for as long as I can remember, realising that there is a reason for this stuff is such a relief.  The one BIG advantage Lara has is that I get it, I'm here, I survived and continue to do so, and I can say "yep, me too".

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