Entries by Julie Bladon

Book Review: The Practice – shipping creative work by Seth Godin

I don’t know about you but I’m enjoying the long stretch between Christmas and New Year to catch up on reading books, listening to podcasts, watching movies and taking rest. I have finished Seth Godin’s new book, ‘The Practice – shipping creative work’ over the holidays.  An inspiring book that encourages creatives to do the […]

Puff pastry fiorentina

A quick, easy and cheap meal for one, perfect meal for winter evenings. Serves 1 Prep 10 mins / Cooking 20 mins Ingredients 20cm x 20cm square of puff pastry 2 tbsp passata Salt and black pepper 1 pinch dried oregano 1/4 mozzarella ball, torn into chunks A few spinach leaves 1 egg Method 1.  […]

Harissa Shakshuka

It’s been a while since I last posted to my blog.  2020 has been a challenging year for all and I hope you are doing ok.  I have been cooking and creating throughout the year so I thought I would post one of my favourite dishes. Harissa shakshuka is a versatile dish that can be […]

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DIY Beauty Balm

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm is one of my all time favourite beauty products.  It’s an amazing all-round product that leaves your skin feeling radiant and it smells divine. Here’s a DIY version of this beauty balm.  These natural ingredients are easy to buy and it’s really simple to make at a fraction […]

Book Review: The Self-Evolved Leader by Dave McKeown

“It’s both embarrassing and frustrating when you discover your well-meaning attempts at heroic leadership have kept you and your team stuck in a cycle of mediocrity. You’re exhausted, they’re frustrated, and everyone’s underperforming. Dave McKeown draws on wisdom and experience to give you the insights to break the cycle, and a plan to actually change […]

‘Reading Well for children’ booklist launched to support children’s mental health and wellbeing

Libraries Unlimited and The Reading Agency launch ‘Reading Well for children’ book list to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. The Reading Well for children booklist has been created in response to concerning data about children’s mental health in the UK. In 2018, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health reported that schools were on […]

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Fish Butter Curry with Cucumber and Lime Salsa Recipe

A wonderfully rich fish curry with coconut cream, butter and tomatoes.  Serve with basmati rice or naan bread and chutneys. Serves 4 Prep 20 mins / Cooking 70 mins Ingredients 1¼ tsp ground ginger ½ tbsp ground fenugreek 1 tsp ground coriander 8 cardamom pods, shells discarded and seeds removed and crushed in a mortar ½ […]

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Tarka Dhal Recipe

Dhals (dal, daal, dahl) are perfect comfort food for the winter months.  Dahls, made with lentils and spice, make a healthy meal providing a source of  protein, while the vegetables, spice and herb ingredients supply valuable vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. To create a warming dahl, it is recommended that it is cooked long and slow […]

Book Review: You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha

In our uncertain times and rapidly changing world, ‘You Are Awesome’ is a real tonic.  Luckily for me this book arrived several weeks ago and I’ve been devouring the book’s wisdom. ‘You Are Awesome’ is all about resilience and Neil uses his life experiences and research to highlight the secrets to developing resilience in an […]