It makes sense that by caring for the earth we should be caring for the ones we love most.
Simple ideas like that can revolutionise your life.
When you buy something to keep a baby clean it must never be dangerous to a child. And it’s logical that what we use for our children should never be a threat to the environment either.
That’s why, as much as possible, Earth Friendly Baby’s creams and wipes come from natural sources. Ingredients harvested from plants are chosen because they work in harmony with your body, and the earth. Artificial colouring or synthetic fragrances don’t get a look in.
A child’s bubble bath should be fun for everyone, including your peace of mind.
A baby cream should soothe and calm and bring inspiration to your conscience.
A child friendly handwash should keep germs at bay and help kids think about the world around them.
That’s the way a sensible life works.
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Yesterday I was fortunate enough to visit an American style Diner in Chelsea called Corgi’s Deli(on Fulham Road). The place was filled with cakes and patisseries and stunning interior design – the kind of place where you would be proud to take your mother. They did a really good cup of coffee, but what was most appetising was the enormous array of cupcakes they had on display.
Cue a conversation with my friend about cupcakes – ‘they’re really fashionable at the moment, didn’t you know?’ ‘But they’re just fairy cakes, we’ve always made them?’ ‘Yes, I know, but a friend sent me one as a gift the other day, it was very sweet and well decorated.’ ‘Aren’t they a bit more like muffins?’ Maybe, but the saying goes that you eat a muffin, because you believe it might be healthy, you eat a cupcake out of love.
And the debate rages on… But I thought you’d enjoy this fai… er cupcake recipe that I found.
12-hole muffin tray
12 paper baking cups
Large piping bag, fitted with specially shaped piping tube eg. star or petal shaped
Preheat oven to gas mark 5 or 190°C.
1. Melt the butter and pour into a bowl with the sugar, flour, eggs, milk, salt and vanilla extract.
2. Beat the mixture into a smooth batter, use an electric hand whisk for good results. (The mix may appear a runnier than a usual cake mixture but don’t over-whisk as this produces holes inside the cakes.)
3. Line the tray with cases and spoon the mix into the paper baking cups.
4. Bake the cakes in the centre of the oven for 18-20 mins (or until they’ve risen and are a light golden colour).
5. Take the cakes out of the oven. After they have cooled a little, transfer them to a wire rack to cool properly.
6. To make the buttercream you need to mix the egg white and sugar in a bowl placed over the top of a pan of hot water. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely (about 3 minutes).
7. Remove the bowl from over the pan and whisk the egg whites until stiff.
8. Gradually whisk in the butter and then, using a gentler speed, the lemon juice, waiting until each addition is absorbed before adding more, then the vanilla and the lemon essence. The mixture may appear to separate, but once it is all added, keep whisking at a high speed until it’s light and fluffy.
9. Fill the piping bag with the buttercream and pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake.
10. Keep the cupcakes cool until you serve them. (Best eaten within 2 days of making – not suitable for freezing.)
If you want you can decorate the cupcakes with icing sprinkles. – These can be made by piping thin strips of coloured icing onto greaseproof paper using a very small size writing nozzle (no.2). Then leave the icing to dry and break it into short sprinkle type lengths.
A good friend of mine swears blind that Turkish Delight are evil!
“After all,” he quips, “the White Witch used them to tempt Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!”
Cue animated discussion – he couldn’t be more wrong in most people’s minds, Turkish Delight is far too delicious and won’t turn the neighbourhood into a winter wonderland.
But Turkish Delight still runs the risk of being evil in the minds of most Vegans or Coeliacs.
That’s because, if it’s a cheap Turkish Delight, it typically contains gelatine which vegans refuse and a variety of other ingredients (like glucose syrup) are suspect for coeliacs.
A traditional Turkish Delight however should leave you free from those concerns. Delights such as those made by Koska are created from only natural ingredients, they are GM Free and Gluten Free, and suitable for vegan and kosher diets.
As a family firm Koska has been using the same original recipe for over one hundred years!
The exact triggers of coeliac disease have been discovered.
Three out of the four subtances which trigger the immune response in coeliacs have been identified by a team of Australian and UK researchers.
The team had to work out which of a possible 16,000 gluten fragments were actually causing sickness. Now that they have detected the most poisonous suspects out of a round up of 90 toxic gluten elements. This means that they can start working on treatments and a possible cure.
It is estimated that 1 in 30 people in the UK, particularly women, live on a gluten-free diet. That’s a huge number of people who constantly avoid toast for breakfast, cake in their lunch and pasta for dinner.
Coeliac disease can be kept under control, however it is not easy – almost half of coeliac patients still suffer damage to their instensites five years after beginning to eat gluten-free.
We’re not talking about an overnight cure. Appropriate medicine may not be available for the next ten years. But with this breakthrough an end is in sight.
A potential therapy is now in development, experimenting with exposing people to very small amounts of the toxic fragments. The results of the trial should be available in the next few months.
Scientists have pinpointed the amazing chemistry which enables broccoli to help overcome prostate cancer, according to a report in the journal BioMed Central, Molecular Cancer.
The chemical called sulforaphane in broccoli (and other greens like brussels sprouts*) counteracts a genetic fault that can lead to prostate cancer, in effect it dampens the effect of cells which could trigger cancerous growth.
The research laboratory at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich commented,
“This may explain how diets rich in broccoli, the dietary source of sulforaphane, can reduce the risk of incidence of prostate cancer and the progression of localised prostate cancer to more aggressive forms of this disease.”
Research is ongoing as to how sulforaphane may inhibit breast cancer too.
Prostate cancer effects 36,000 men a year – it is hoped that this scientific breakthrough will lead to new medical treatments.
Broccoli extract can already be bought in tablet form as Comvita Broccoli Extract – this contains glucoraphanin which the body makes into sulforaphane.
* Sulforaphane is found in brassicas like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, bok choy and rocket. (For those interested in sprouting seeds, it is also reported that sulforaphane is 20 times more concentrated in broccoli sprouts than in the mature vegetable.)