How to survive the clocks going forward next week

It will soon be time to put our clocks forward for British Summer Time – yay! Every spring time we move the clocks forward by an hour on the last Saturday night/Sunday morning in March, and this year it’s on 26 March 2017. Changing the clocks forward by an hour can mess around with our…

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Spanish style lentil and chorizo casserole

Technically this is a stew as it’s cooked in a pan fairly quickly, but it’s still a hearty dish and makes a great lunch or supper Serves 2 You need this: 1 small (55-60g) chorizo sausage, diced into ½ cm (1/4 in) pieces (see TIP 1) 2 rashers unsmoked back bacon (or 3 rashers streaky)…

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How to get the best night’s sleep in a hotel room

Sleeping away from home can sometimes be a challenge, different environment and layout; different bed, pillows and bedlinen; it’s stuffy and hot, or the air conditioning is noisy! Here are my top tips to get some decent shut eye when you’re away from home whether you’re on the road or on your hols: Get the…

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Marmalade’s marvellous history

We recently finished making our annual batch of marmalade, and it got us thinking about how and who first thought about turning those very bitter Seville oranges into a delicious breakfast spread. Seville oranges are from the fruit family known as “bitter Chinese orange” and they are widely used to provide essential oils for perfumes…

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Do you know your onions?

Onions come from the Allium family, there are many different types of onions but here are  some of the more common ones. Spanish or brown onion– the most common onion you will find, used in soups and stews etc. They are rich in sulphur – the chemical that makes some people cry. Red onion– milder…

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5 Signs you’re sleep deprived and what to do about it

How do you know when you’re not getting enough sleep? When we sleep, our body goes into maintenance mode, and if you’re not getting enough shut eye, then you may find that you’re suffering from the following:   1. You have the concentration span of a gnat There is nothing worse than having to struggle…

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