Rail Etiquette

What with tube strikes, rail cancellations, closures, overcrowding and even flooding, you might be forgiven for assuming that, of late, public transport has become more like a freak show than a professional service. People on board can seemingly get away with behaving like apes; I’ve witnessed arguments breaking out, nose-picking, sweating cyclists -still adorned in their sodden lycra- forcing their…
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Dog with a bone…

Some adjustments to my nuclear family were necessarily made in preparation for his arrival a few weeks ago, but I cannot say that Banjo – the Lakeland terrier – has settled in all that well as yet. My boyfriend and I are lucky enough to live at least twenty minutes or so away from my parent’s house and therefore, we…
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Burt Bees to the rescue!

Absolutely loving the beautiful sun – who has his hat on – today. And it’s so warm too! There’s only one thing for it, out come the pins and thank goodness for Burt Bees’ yummy new Aloe & Buttermilk body lotion. It not only smells delicious with the transporting scent of Coconut and Olive, but it’s also made with Aloe…
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That sinking feeling…

…and just because one rises to the occasion it doesn’t mean that the next one will… This weekend, I bravely tackled a beautiful raisin loaf – courtesy of the great Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – and after thirteen minutes or so of TLK (tender-loving-kneading) and a good two-hour rise, the dough was prepped beautifully and ready to go. Out of the oven,…
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Knead for needs sake

Over the last few days my kitchen has seen the miraculous fruits of my bread-making labours. And there is a particular science to it, which I shall endeavour to explain momentarily. However, I would like to preface this by saying plainly that this mystifying scientific process can be rendered into one piece of solid and obligatory advice; knead as if…
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