The New Confidence code A few months ago a young girl wrote to me to say that she did not want to go to college. She said she had lost her confidence and wanted to know how to find it and be able to feel good again. I wrote back and explained that I was not a psychologist or psychiatrist and that she should seek help if she was really have having difficulties,  and I also told her of some of the tricks I used to boost my confidence. After a while, she wrote back. She was so  appreciative and…

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I don’t seem to have the time to bake anymore. But I have a rare weekend off. So I baked these using a little chestnut flour which enhances the sweetness and gives a subtle earthy flavour. It’s time to get your bake on! 280g self-Raising flour 70g chestnut flour 2 sprigs of rosemary, 1 finely chopped Pinch of salt 85g butter, hard and cut into cubes (unsalted preferably but salted is okay) 170ml of skimmed milk 2 figs finely sliced 1 egg lightly beaten (1tbsp of maple syrup is optional if you have a very sweet tooth) Preheat the oven…

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I go to New York a lot for work. I enjoy filming the Foodie TV shows over there. On my last trip I did a couple of fun jobs and in my free time, I went on a photo adventure of New York taking pictures of some of the best places to shoot in the Big Apple. There’s lots more on this list but these are a few of my favourite so far. Starting out the day in Central Park by the boathouse. It can be mayhem navigating the many boats idling their way through the water with novice rowers…

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Start off the day right with one of the best coffees in town. Stumptown has several branches all over America. Once you have your coffee in hand take a look around the lobby of the ACE Hotel. It has a bar with cozy lounge seats and sofas and rugs. If you get up early enough head down with a friend to the Riverwalk, the best way to access it is around Canal Street. I got down there at 6.30am just in time to see the awesome sunrise with the famous Steamboat the Natchez in the foreground. Love this Mardi Gras…

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I have the wanderlust! After years of only travelling out of necessity or for a yearly Summer break, I feel an intense need to travel and explore the world. But instead of looking far a field for my first trip, I decided to start on my own front door step. Cambridge! I have started this new thing it is called ‘getting to places early’. It gives me a chance to have a look around rather rushing through life and missing the beautiful things like the two pictures below. The 20-tonne bronze statue called ‘The Meeting Place;  is actually at St Pancras across the…

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