Entries by Julie Bladon

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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 […]

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Sri Lankan Potato, Coconut and Chard Curry

An intensely flavoured curry with the recipe to make your own Sri Lankan curry powder.  The curry has a twist with the addition of preserved lemons.  If you don’t have preserved lemons you can substitute with a whole lemon sliced thinly and salted with half a teaspoon of sea salt. If you are short on […]

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Ras el Hanout Roast Chickpeas with Halloumi

A tasty twist for cooking chickpeas.  Using ras el hanout, a north-African mix, to spice up the recipe.  An alternative way of cooking halloumi and vegans can substitute the halloumi for a block of firm tofu and skip the honey.  Serve the dish with a drizzle of honey and flatbreads. Serves 4 Prep: 20 mins […]

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Asparagus Traybake with Mustard & Orange Dressing Recipe

A tasty recipe for Spring using seasonal asparagus, radishes, spring onions and peas.  The mustard and orange dressing gives the dish some zing!  Serve with wild rice, fresh bread or new potatoes. Serves 4 Prep: 15 mins / Cooking: 20 mins Ingredients 4 eggs 250g asparagus, woody ends snapped off 1 bunch of spring onions […]