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  1. Being the Oldest Mother at the School Gates

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    Article by Cary J Hansson This week, my youngest son finished school for the summer. And as we’ve decided that next year, he’ll either catch the bus in winter or cycle in spring, I will no longer be collecting him from the school gates. There’s nothing unusual in this. It’s a commonplace occurrence that happens  all over the world as parents, mostly mothers, come to terms with the fact that their child is growing away from them and a rather special  era is over. So here is where I make my confession. I’ve been the oldest mother at the school gates For me, this era should have perhaps finished a decade or so ago.  I’m fifty-five you see, and my youngest son is eleven and for the whole of his...
  2. Vegan Recipe: Opera Cake

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    Recipe by Danielle Maupertuis, Vegan Pastry Chef This cake is a great thing to have in your repertoire. Pistachio, passionfruit, raspberry make a mosaic of soft, warm colours, like summertime.   OPERA CAKE  Preparation notes Makes 5 cakes  3 x 3 x 8 cm Preparation time:  40 mins + 2 extra hours to set Cooking time: 15 mins   PISTACHIO SPONGE   25g ground almonds 25g ground pistachios 25g gluten-free plain flour ¼ tsp baking soda 15g cornflour 40g golden caster sugar 65g milk alternative 1 ½ Tbsp rapeseed oil   Method Preheat the oven to 190C / gas mark 5. Grind the pistachios in a food processor. In a mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment, mix all the ingredients together until smooth consistency, with no remaining lumps. Pour the sponge in a pre-lined baking tray. Spread evenly – 8mm thick – with a...
  3. Vegan Recipe: Le Fraisier Classical French Strawberry Cake

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      Recipe by Danielle Maupertuis, Vegan Pastry Chef I propose to re-baptise it “the Wimbledon cake”! This is a brilliant answer how to combine creamy, fruity, soft and crispy textures, all in the same time!  LE FRAISIER, CLASSICAL FRENCH STRAWBERRY CAKE    Preparation notes Makes: 6 cakes 8cm diam, 3,5cm height Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes   1.FRENCH SABLE PASTRY   50g hard vegan block (Violife, Naturli…) 75g sifted icing sugar 25g vegan milk alternative (coconut,soya,almond,rice…) 125g plain gluten-free flour ¼ tsp xanthan gum ¼ tsp. baking powder pinch of salt Method  In a mixing bowl, using the paddle, at medium speed, beat the spread and the sugar until fluffy consistency. Reduce the speed and incorporate the milk. Add the flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Work on a low speed till all the ingredients...
  4. Vegan Black Forest Gateau Recipe

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    Recipe by Danielle Maupertuis, Vegan Pastry Chef   When it comes to desserts, do vegans deserve more than a fruit salad? Vegan pastry chef Danielle Maupertuis certainly thinks so! This is the first of a series of recipes Danielle has kindly shared with readers of Fab after Fifty from her latest cookbook (details below) . You will find various adaptions of this cake, originated from Germany. Respecting the traditional components – cherries, cream, sponge – I introduced an exquisite chocolate mousse to enrich the balance and interest of the flavours. The kirsch liquor made from cherries will gently excite your palate. Now time for tasting!                        BLACK FOREST GATEAU  Preparation notes Makes : 6 cakes 6cm height, 7cm diameter Preparation time : 40 mins + extra time...
  5. 5 Ways to break through life’s blocks and barriers

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    By Anne Jones, author of ‘How to Heal’  When you experience shock, trauma or sudden illness your energy field is impacted. The impact creates an imprint that holds toxic energy – negative emotions and stored memories.  This can be a one-off experience or a sustained period of trauma. An extreme condition of this is PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.   The scars and imprints from past traumas can negatively affect your mind, body and spirit. They can cause physical problems, suppressed emotions, and negative mindsets. They are the cause of the blocks and limitations that you may be experiencing. This sense of being blocked manifests in a number of ways and in various aspects of your life. Here are a few: Unable to find a suitable partner Difficulty in getting a job or...
  6. Loneliness by Carolyn Hobdey Author of De-Twat Your Life

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    Loneliness I have a very full and busy life. I box, weight-train, dance, sing in a choir, belong to a car club… and that’s before I begin to talk about my portfolio working life. I have so much going on my best friend says it makes her tired just listening to me. In fact, she says I’ll end up being the fastest woman in the graveyard! The rest of my friends ‘complain’ that they have to get a diary appointment to see me. I’m immensely fortunate that I am surrounded by such amazing, kind people. That’s why it surprises people when I tell them I am lonely. Profoundly so. I am not alone – far from it – and I enjoy my own company – I am an introvert who masquerades...
  7. Creating Positive Relationships

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    By Anne Jones, author of ‘How to Heal’ Do some friends and work colleagues drain and exhaust you? Do you and your partner bicker and argue too much? Do you struggle with family members who make you feel angry or who try to control you? Do you want to attract new love into your life?   Our happiness levels are affected by whether our relationships are positive and uplifting or toxic and depressing. At least fifty percent of my work as a spiritual healer is to help people improve the vibrations of their closest connections: partner, family, in-laws, friends, and work colleagues. I help clients to release the yearning for lost love, to heal current associations and to be open to finding a new partner.   The people who are closest to you, who...
  8. Tips for dating in your 50s and beyond

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    Article by Jacqui Baker Dating in your 50s, 60s and 70s (possibly 80s) is unique to each individual when they find themselves single again later in life. I always break down the decades into 50s, 60s, & 70s because you cannot categorise it as ‘over 50s’ becoming single in your 50s compared to becoming single in your 60s or 70s cannot be described as the same. Some people make the common mistake of jumping straight into dating or finding someone to date and often find themselves feeling sad and bewildered. Finding yourself single For instance, finding yourself single after your partner has died and after a separation/divorce of a long-term relationship have similarities.  It is commonly known that divorce is the second highest stressor after the death of a loved one.  There is...
  9. Self-Care: Not just one more thing to add to your agenda

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    Article by Elizabeth Bishop When it comes to taking care of ourselves, “balance” feels like a magic word—or maybe a magic goal. Too often, our longing for this quality in our lives puts us on a kind of quest. And too often, balance feels elusive, hanging at the end of some stick like a dangling delight, always stacked behind more pressing to-dos, and exhaustingly just out of our reach. It doesn’t have to be this way. There’s another way to think about balance. Instead of a goal to be achieved at the end of a journey, what if we accepted it as a part of every moment, available to us whenever we need it? Balance is a true in-the-moment experience. We can only genuinely know...
  10. Re-connect and plug back into life – in just a moment

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    Article by Sid Madge. Meee Being connected is a huge part of being human. We like to be seen, be heard, be loved. And yet for so many of us COVID has limited how we connect. We’ve socially distanced to get the pandemic under control but many of us are feeling the impact on our health and happiness. But we have much more power than we think. First, we have to appreciate our deep human need for connection.   I’m a great believer in instant change, little ‘micro-moments’ of learning or adaptation that allow us to actively take charge of our situation and emotions in the moment, reset and bring more of our best to help ourselves and others. Each micro-moment intervention is designed to be actionable in a minute and I’ve...
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