I read an article recently about how to live a longer life and to become ‘immortal’. It spoke of us having less focus on the number of vegetables we eat and more focus on the Polyphenols which are the chemicals that are found in certain foods. Everything we read about food being ‘anti-inflammatory’, ‘improves fat metabolism’  or things like ‘stabilising blood sugar’ are all down to the polyphenols in the food we eat. I have taken some of these ‘immortal’ foods and made a lunch dish for you. Best to cook it the evening before and then take it in…

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A dear friend invited me to Monaco where they now reside and I immediately jumped at the chance.  I am not a fan of Squeasy Jet and so I went to old faithful BA. They had a few flights scattered about leaving from City Airport, Gatwick and Heathrow. The City Airport flight was a quarter of the price of the other flights, so I booked that one with a return to Gatwick. Those of you who have not experienced City airport will find it quite a treat compared to the other main airports. So the journey there was a bit…

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I used to bake for pleasure, every other weekend or so for gifts and special occasions. Then I was whisked away into the transformative world of Television. Writing lots of books, cooking and baking multiple times a day and coming up with new recipes with every breath. Even though it was my passion, I began to lose a little love for it and baked less and less for pleasure. They say that it  is an occupational hazard when you make your passion your work. Happy to say I am getting back to re-addressing the balance. I work (mainly stateside) judging…

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I have just spent three energising days at the Vila Vita Parc.  Do hit that link and check out their website also, there are some pretty awesome pics and videos on it too. We left Gatwick airport at a rather unfavourably early  hour of the morning headed for Faro airport. At least the early three hour flight meant that there was a full day to explore when we arrived in Portugal. Spain, Italy and France have always been on my hit list for short distance European travel and this was only my second time in Portugal. I have wanted to…

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I was lucky enough to head to the Algarve two weeks ago as the UK nights began to close in. The weather in the Algarve was still hot enough for Summer wear with a light sweater in the evenings. I was staying as a guest of the Vila Vita Parc and they organised a few days out for us. On the first day we drove up into the hills of the Algarve to a beautiful building which used to be an old primary school that closed down due to insufficient numbers of children in the area. Lots of the school…

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