6th July 2017 victoria 2Comment

This is an easy and delicious snack and great for those of us who have a sweet-tooth! You can use peanuts instead for this recipe if you prefer it or just want to switch it up a little. It takes just 5 minutes to make.   Ingredients 200g cashew nuts (salted or plain) 50-100ml water 40g granulated sugar A couple of drops of vanilla essence Half a teaspoon of cinnamon (optional) 20g of coconut flakes (optional)   Recipe Put the nuts in a pan on high heat making sure they don’t overlap. Add the water. Use more water if you…

5th July 2017 victoria

Rita Jahanforuz is an Israeli singer and this beautiful story was inspired by those she heard as a child growing up in Tehran, Iran. The vivid colours used in the illustrations, by Vali Mintzi, truly complement this compelling tale. It is a story that teaches of the human need for kindness, care and patience, and the law of sowing and reaping in a simple way. My favourite line: “Sometimes when people are sad they don’t know how to ask for what they really want.” This is a very well-written story which can be read and understood easily by children aged…

5th July 2017 victoria

This is a book I listened to on the Audible app and it was narrated by Fiona Hardingham. I chose this book because I’m a fan of Kinsella’s stories. The first book I read of hers was The Undomestic Goddess that had me laughing so hard I was in tears. I then moved on to the Confessions of a Shopaholic series and I’ve also read some of her standalone books in between. Her books tend to feature a young female protagonist navigating her life working in commercial London. Perhaps, that’s why I can relate as I too am a young…

30th June 2017 victoria 2Comment

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose – Proverbs 18:21   I was watching Disney’s Anastasia the other day and one of the songs from the wonderful soundtrack is ‘Learn to Do It’. You can listen to it here. Apart from the musical arrangement, chorus, melody – which I think are all brilliant – there’s a line that really stood out to me, ‘tell yourself it’s easy and it’s true’. The power of words. Have you ever heard a song that puts you in a particular mood? Or heard a phrase that reminds you of a certain…

27th June 2017 victoria

I absolutely love carbs so I like to experiment with different ones. I was buying pasta one day and I came across orzo. Orzo is actually pasta shaped like a grain of rice. This recipe is so simple to make. You’ll be getting your veg in too. And yes, it does taste good, it’s all in the seasoning! This recipe serves 2 and it takes 20 minutes to make.   Ingredients 100g orzo (I bought mine from Sainsbury’s) A handful of spinach 1 Tomato Sunflower oil Seasoning salt Black pepper   Recipe 1. Cook the orzo in a pan. It’s…