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Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Thursday, 25 July 2013
Vanilla ice creamHere's hoping the heatwave continues...

Ingredients

  • 500ml double cream
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 150ml natural yoghurt (flavoured if you wish)
  • 4 egg yolks

Method

Heat the cream (bring almost to boiling point, then remove it from the heat) and add the vanilla pod and seeds. Leave to infuse until the cream is completely cool. Remove the pod and leave the vanilla seeds in the cream.

Over a low heat dissolve the sugar in the yoghurt, then turn up the heat and boil rapidly for 2 minutes. Leave the mixture to cool for 2minutes minutes.

Place the egg yolks in a basin and begin whisking while trickling in the hot syrup. Continue whisking until the mixture is thick and mousse-like. Whisk in the cream. Then pour into an ice cream machine and churn until frozen.

Burger Recipe

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Thursday, 04 July 2013
Nigel Brown's burger recipeWe're heading for a heatwave so home-made burgers should totally be on your menu this weekend!

Ingredients

  • 1kg minced beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder or mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

Method

Add all prepared ingredients to large mixing bowl, mix well with your hands.

Wet your hands in cold water and shape into burgers. Flatten them into about 1 inch thick.

Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes each side.

Searching for a ray of sunshine

Posted by Tania Kindersley
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on Wednesday, 04 July 2012
The rain continues to fall. In the village, people gather in the shop to buy strong liquor, clearly planning to drink their way through it. The farmers look harried and fretful; the cows are downright grumpy. There is a flinty north-eastern pride in getting through the tough winters. The lower the mercury falls, the happier we seem to be. A long snow in January is greeted with a sanguine blitz spirit. The thing is, we are braced for hard weather in the dark months. This is the north of Scotland, it is what we expect. Also, there is something clean and honest about minus 16, and it often comes with a dazzling blue sky and beautiful glittering hoar frosts. This weather, on the other hand, is just sullen and soul-sapping. The sky is the colour of old socks and the land looks sodden and defeated. The blue hills are lost in filthy cloud.

People are now heard seriously discussing the jet stream, which apparently is stuck. Meteorological experts spring up everywhere. Escape plans are hatched. One of my relations said today: ‘I think we are going to drive south.’

‘Oh yes,’ I said. ‘Perhaps at the tip of Cornwall you might find a ray of sun.’

‘Oh no,’ she said. ‘The South of France. The cloud goes all the way to Bordeaux.’

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Summer Swimwear

Posted by Nicky Hambleton-Jones
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on Sunday, 17 June 2012
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Selecting swimwear is one of the most stressful times of the year. Make sure you try on your costume from last year to ensure it’s best for your shape, especially if your weight tends to fluctuate. These top tips will ensure that you stand out for all the right reasons!

Shrink stomachs

For those ladies who are self-conscious of their tummies, there are lots of clever tummy control swimsuits which will slim your silhouette. The unique panels and material will smooth your stomach, define your waist and give you a great beach body. This adorable piece by Miraclesuit. £138, will make you look like a 1950s pinup as it claims to make you look 10lbs lighter! 

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Strawberry Pavlova

Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Thursday, 07 June 2012

With the joy of the Jubilee fading fast, it's time to prepare yourself for another slice of classic Britishness - Wimbledon.

And nothing is more evocative of Wimbledon than strawberries. Showcase them in in this irresistible summer dessert.

 

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And then the sun came out...

Posted by Esther Walker
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on Monday, 28 May 2012

When I was little, I liked summer. We had a big garden with a swing and trees and there was a lot of jumping through sprinklers, lazy picnics and going for weeks without wearing shoes.

But then there was a middle bit that I didn’t like – that bit where it was difficult to enjoy doing what I wanted to do, which was to sit under a tree reading Wind in the Willows, because I was supposed to be out carousing with my friends in public spaces.

But Kitty has saved me from all that. Her need, her desperate want and desire to be outside in all her waking moments, so arduous in the winter, is brilliant in the summer. She just wants to stagger about from sun up to sun down in just her nappy shouting “Bee!” “Flower!” “Ant!”

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Hats off to the hottest summer trend

Posted by Nicky Hambleton-Jones
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on Thursday, 17 May 2012
Liberty hat

Hats are not only the perfect way to protect your hair and face from the harsh sun, but you’ll also radiate glamour and personality.

Make sure you choose a hat that suits your face shape and flatters your skin tone. A hat really completes an outfit so it’s important to ensure that your hat suits your ensemble otherwise it might look a little too fancy dress!

The Panama Hat is set to be a popular hat style this summer and will complete a casual, daytime look. The light grey Panama from Liberty, £120, (pictured below) will flatter those with a round face as the structured angles of the hat are particularly slimming.

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Workwear dressing for spring and summer

Posted by Nicky Hambleton-Jones
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on Monday, 07 May 2012

During the summer it can be a tricky task to choose a work outfit that ensures you remain cool and comfortable, whilst projecting an image of professionalism and femininity in the workplace.

This summer you can survive the heat (when it finally arrives!) and still look smart and chic for the office by investing in a few staple pieces. Blouses are big news. They are light, feminine and can be teamed with tailored shorts, linen trousers or pencil skirts. An ideal wardrobe update, Bastyan has some gorgeous options to choose from, including a Limited Edition Collaborare shirt with a bat-wing silhouette and beautiful luxe style, which will look great in the office worn with a pair of lightweight, slim and stylish taupe jeans or trousers.

Ditch the blazer and go for a short-sleeved, cropped jacket for a cool cover-up which is bang on trend this season. A mustard yellow jacket is super stylish and will instantly transform a basic, monotone office outfit into something more sassy and chic that’ll take you through to dinner and drinks.

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