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Café crush

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Thursday, 03 July 2014
There are more cafés in London than you can shake a teacup at, but few have the power to make people literally stop in their tracks.

L'ETO - with branches in Chelsea, Belgravia and Soho amongst others - does just this. Their array of delectable cakes have people practically licking the window in appreciation.

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And it gets even better when you venture inside. As well as the cakes (all homemade), there are a selection of chocolate truffles, and healthy yet hearty salads for a that bit of savoury before you indulge in the sweet.

If you happen to be passing in the morning, it's worth trying their new breakfast menu. From avocado on toast to fluffy pancakes to quinoa porridge, there is something to cater to every fancy. Their freshly squeezed juices are delicious too.

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Part patisserie, part chocolatier, part fresh and vibrant café, it has swifty become a firm favourite for us Young Ladies About Town. See you there for breakfast, a light lunch of afternoon tea (most likely all three)!

www.letocaffe.co.uk 

SLEEP, EAT, RELAX

Posted by Nanny Knows Best
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on Monday, 07 April 2014
“Eat and sleep and you will live a long time. You have to learn to relax”. Misao Okawa is 116 years young and obviously won the generic lottery for health and wellbeing.

But I like to think her wisdom speaks volumes for adults and children alike.

A healthy body is a healthy mind is a happy soul. Nutrition and rest make it so. And a developing body requires more rest and an appropriate routine. Bed and sleep well before a child becomes delirious and crashes on the sofa/in the back seat of the car/on your lap.

Irregular bedtimes can disrupt everyday rhythms, which in turn leads to sleep deprivation. Physical, emotional and behavioural changes occur during a 24-hour cycle as the body responds to light and dark. Apparently it’s something like jet lag when repeated over time.

There are many sleep experts out there you can tap into to help with your child’s issues if it’s a problem, but the responsibility is entirely yours. Give yourself and your dear one the gift of calmness and find a routine to satisfy you both.

It’s an investment in their development and your sanity, and it’s never too late to introduce as the detrimental effects are completely reversible. It may take enormous effort and energy, high drama, tantrums (keep your cool), and at first until sleep time becomes a pleasant experience for all.

Children don’t grow out of bad habits and behaviour. They require adults to guide them to learn and then understand.

Misao’s wisdom is not ground breaking nor, an ancient Japanese mystery. Next step is to adopt her sushi diet and you’ll be blowing out an inferno on your birthday cake too.



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APRICOT AND BRAZIL NUT BREAKFAST BARS

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Wednesday, 05 February 2014
Fast food of the very best kind...Nigel Brown's breakfast bar recipe

Makes 14
  • 150g dried apricots
  • 150g Brazil nuts
  • 50g dark chocolate chips
  • 50g rolled oats
  • 50g muesli
  • 30g puffed rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4

Chop the dried apricots and Brazil nuts into small pieces of irregular size. Place all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Next, stir in the golden syrup and orange juice until evenly combined.

Line a swiss-roll tin (20cm x 30cm) with greaseproof paper and spoon in the mixture. Smooth down with the back of a spoon so the mixture is tightly packed and of even thickness.

Place in the oven for 20 minutes, check after 15 minutes to ensure it does not burn. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for an hour or two, then chill in the fridge overnight.

Cut into 14 bars and store in the fridge.

Banana smoothie

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Friday, 03 January 2014
Nigel Brown Banana Smoothie recipe
Get 2014 off to a healthy start with this nice and easy Banana smoothie...

Ingredients
  • 1 whole large banana
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 450ml skimmed milk
  • 6 ice cubes

Method

Peel and slice banana.
Add all ingredients to blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour and serve with a twist of lime juice.

Leek, Rocket and Gruyere Frittata

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Thursday, 10 January 2013
We're getting healthy this week with one of Nigel's 'Detox Dinners' - a great recipe to help combat those extra festive calories that we have all indulged in!

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Serves 2

Ingredients
2 tbs Rapeseed oil
1 large leek, pale section only, washed, thinly sliced
6 eggs, lightly whisked
185ml Natural yoghurt
40g coarsely grated Gruyere
1 Bunch of shredded rocket leaves
1 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley
Salt and pepper

Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Heat the oil in two frying pans over medium-low heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Set aside the leeks to cool slightly.
Combine the leek, egg, yoghurt, Gruyere, rocket and parsley in a bowl and season with the salt and pepper. Divide the mixture between the two prepared pans. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until just set.Turn onto a service plate and serve with a lightly dressed salad and warm crusty rolls.

Nigel holds exclusive classes in his own cookery school kitchen for more information log on to www.nigelbrownchef.co.uk


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