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  1. Midlife Kitchen Recipe: Raw Pad Thai from Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice

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    Midlife Kitchen Recipe: Raw Pad Thai from Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice   Another recipe from the Midlife Kitchen cookbook. All the recipes are designed to promote midlife health. Enjoy!   Raw Pad Thai  Recipe   WHY WE LOVE IT One of our Midlife mantras is to embrace variety – and the sheer abundance of flavour, texture and colour here will clearly do wonders for you. It’s a rainbow of raw excellence, brought together with a terrific tangy dressing guaranteed to transport you to a Koh Samui beach. You’ll need a bit of time to chop and slice, but otherwise it’s a doddle. Add cubes of tofu or cooked prawns for a more substantial meal.   SERVES 2 1 small carrot, peeled andcut into thin strips, shaved or shredded 1 small courgette, finely sliced or cut into thin strips 50g red...
  2. Recipe from the Midlife Kitchen: Monkfish and Fennel with herbs, tomatoes and anchovies

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    The Midlife Kitchen cookbook   by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice offers 160 recipes all aimed to help boost midlife health, and all using accessible ingredients. The recipes aim to restore, rejuvenate and revive.   I’m looking to try out some of the recipes myself over the coming weeks – I might even try on video – if I’m brave enough to give cooking, talking and filming at the same time another go! Here is one of the recipes – just to get started – it looks delicious – and really easy to make Monkfish and Fennel with herbs, tomatoes, and anchovies (page 154 in the book) WHY WE LOVE IT We’re forever on the hunt for speedy suppers that are just a bit special – and this fits the bill perfectly....
  3. Gousto Recipe Kit Review

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon A very busy friend has been using the Gousto recipe kit delivery service for ages and has sung its praises, so when I was asked if I would like to try out some of the recipes- with the pre-measured ingredients delivered fresh to my door, I just had to say yes! I love to cook, but have fallen victim to my weekly menu becoming a bit repetitive, so I saw trying Gousto as a good way to cook something new, without having to buy lots of new spices- some of which I might not use again too often in the future. With Gousto, you choose from a selection of recipes – for 2 or 4 ( the recipe options change weekly) and the ingredients arrive, complete with easy to...
  4. Recipe: Jennifer Irvine’s California Prune Energy Balls

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    Recipe by Jennifer Irvine It can be really hard trying to get – and stay – in shape. Your body is adjusting to your new regime, and it can feel like hunger can strike at any time! Usually this coincides with an energy slump mid morning or mid-afternoon, when it’s all too tempting to reach for something sweet and crunchy lurking in the cookie jar! These are the perfect alternative – healthy, tasty, and packed with energy. The nuts give you a protein and energy fix, which will sort out the low-blood sugar levels which are causing your energy slump. Most people think that you need a sugary snack for this, but this is a common misconception – in fact all that happens is that you’ll get an...
  5. Recipe: Rosemary Shrager’s Guinea Fowl with Herbs, California Prunes, Walnuts and Braised Fennel

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      Recipe by Rosemary Shrager   GUINEA FOWL Ingredients:  Serves 4 1 plump guinea fowl 4 leaves sage 1 sprig rosemary 10 California Prunes 2 sprigs thyme 4 rashers dry cured streaky bacon chopped 8 walnuts, chopped in quarters Juice of 1 lemon Olive oil, salt and pepper Instructions:  Oven 200C First cook the dry cured streaky bacon and put into a bowl. Cut the California Prunes into half and add to the bacon, chop the herbs and mix in with the walnuts and salt and pepper. Take a large sheet of foil and put it in a roasting tin, then lay the fowl on top, stuff and cover the guinea fowl with the mixture. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and olive oil the close the foil tightly and roast for an hour, pulling back the foil for the last 20 minutes to allow...
  6. Using an Artisan Gin for Cocktails : Slingsby Artisan Gin Review

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I often struggle to find presents for family members who have everything, but tend to pick up as ‘stocking filler’ presents local gin  (last year from Cornwall) for my mother and whisky for my father, so that they can enjoy a slightly different weekend tipple – although I am yet to get the feedback on  the welsh whisky I bought at a recent county show. When I was asked if I would like to try Slingsby Artisan Gin from Harrogate , I knew the perfect person to do the tasting would be my mother as not being a gin drinker  myself I wouldn’t really be able to tell how it differed from  Gordon’s. I’m not suggesting my mother is a drinker, but she took on the task very enthusiastically!...
  7. Healthy Eating Recipe: Strawberry and Mango Lassi from the Detox Kitchen

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    THE DETOX KITCHEN BIBLE  – STRAWBERRY & MANGO LASSI Serves 2 • 140 calories per serving This Indian drink is normally made with cow’s milk yogurt. We use soya yogurt, which creates a very similar texture. Perfectly ripe fruit will give you a luscious sweet, smooth finish. The drink is rich in vitamin C due to the strawberries; studies have suggested these berries may also hold properties that help to reduce inflammation within the body. Serve the lassi chilled – perfect on a summer’s day.   1 ripe mango, peeled and stone removed 100g ripe strawberries, hulled and cut in half 2 tbsp plain soya yogurt Juice of ½ lime 250ml rice milk 2 ice cubes Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve immediately, over ice. (If you don’t have any ice cubes, put...
  8. Healthy Eating Recipe : Grilled Peaches, Hazelnuts & Raspberry from The Detox Kitchen Bible

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    Healthy Eating doesn’t have to be boring.  This recipe for Grilled Peaches, Hazelnuts and Raspberry  is taken from The Detox Kitchen Bible By Lily Simpson & Rob Hobson   At the height of summer, when you find a perfectly ripe peach, its flesh seems to want to burst out of its skin. That’s when it’s time to make this recipe for fragrant peaches with tart-sweet raspberries. It is the ultimate summer pudding. Fruit-based desserts like this offer a useful way to increase your fibre intake, which will help to maintain healthy digestion. Ingredients 150g fresh raspberries 50g hazelnuts 1 tbsp runny honey 4 of the ripest peaches you can find   Method Preheat your oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Line a small baking tray with greaseproof paper. First make the coulis. Put the raspberries in a blender and blitz...
  9. Healthy Eating Recipe: Cajun chicken with avocado salad & mango salsa from The Detox Kitchen Bible

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    Healthy Eating doesn’t have to be boring.  This recipe for Cajun Chicken with avocado salad and mango salsal is taken from The Detox Kitchen Bible By Lily Simpson & Rob Hobson This dish is all about the marinade. Rich spices and a punch of garlic create a smoky,  aromatic flavour. By gently bashing out the breasts, the marinade can cover a greater area of the flesh. The chicken is perfectly balanced by the light, creamy avocado salad and sweet-spicy salsa made with mango. This fruit is a source of the antioxidant beta–arotene, which among its many other benefits may help delay the onset of cognitive decline in older people.    Ingredients 1 tbsp smoked paprika 2 tbsp ground cumin 1 tbsp ground coriander 1 tsp crushed dried chilli 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp olive...
  10. Healthy Eating over 50: Beetroot Falafel recipe from the Detox Kitchen Bible

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    Healthy Eating doesn’t have to be boring.  This recipe for Beetroot Falafel is taken from The Detox Kitchen Bible By Lily Simpson & Rob Hobson   BEETROOT FALAFEL  This recipe is the result of a heroic number of falafel trials. The main reason falafels go wrong is taking a short cut and using tinned chickpeas. This always results in wet, mushy, sad-looking falafels. But if you start with dried chickpeas, you will end up with wonderfully crisp, round, textured falafels. We’ve added beetroot to these for its bright red colour. Beetroot is a rich source of folate, which is used in the production of red blood cells and helps ward off anaemia.   Ingredients 200g dried chickpeas 2 raw beetroots, peeled and finely diced 1 carrot, finely diced 50g cashew nuts 30g home-shelled pistachio nuts 1 tsp olive oil ½ red onion, finely...
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