PUBLISHED: 11:19 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 18 December 2018 Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Brandy butter fudge Picture: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis Archant Food editor Charlotte Smith-Jarvis shows you how to prevent waste in the kitchen this Christmas by using up those leftover ingredients. Mincemeat and toasted walnut brownies Picture: Charlotte Smith-JarvisOne of my pet hates at this time of year is waste. We Brits spend a phenomenal amount on Christmas lunch and all the trimmings, but throw a huge chunk of it away – apparently the equivalent of four million meals. What?! This is insanity. Leftovers are the best bit. So with that in mind, over the next couple of weeks I’m going to show you how to use some of the bits and pieces you have lurking around the fridge and cupboard during December in more creative ways so they don’t end up in your wheelie bin.This weekend it’s all about baking and I’m turning my attention to three … [Read more...] about Make our edible gifts: From Salted Brandy Butter Fudge to Mincemeat and Walnut brownies.
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Cooking the perfect turkey for the big Christmas Day meal takes a bit of know-how. It has to actually fit in your oven – a consideration many of us forget until it’s sadly too late – and if your bird arrives frozen and needs to be defrosted before cooking, getting your timings right (and clearing some space in an already-full fridge) is crucial. Plus, of course, there’s the burning question of whether you have your bird at lunchtime, for dinner, or sometime in between. But the first challenge is to pick your bird, which is why we’re here to take the guess work out of choosing the best turkey, whether you’re looking for a whole bird to present at your Christmas table, or an easy-to-cook pre-prepared package. For each whole bird, we followed the cooking instructions to the letter, and rested them for 30 minutes to an hour after they came out of the oven – an essential addition to your cooking time in order to release the juices, as otherwise you … [Read more...] about 13 best turkeys
Canada has long been a nature lover’s oasis. The 10 provinces and three territories that make up America’s more chilled-out neighbour have become synonymous with wildlife-spotting, incredible scenery and great hiking routes. One of the provinces, New Brunswick, is located between Quebec and Nova Scotia and offers some of Canada’s best landscapes. Time permitting, it is worth spending a week travelling around Canada’s Atlantic provinces, starting with a foodie road trip of Nova Scotia , before relaxing on Prince Edward Island and discovering the beauty of nature in New Brunswick. Autumn is the best time to visit, as the snow is yet to fall and you’ll be able to witness a golden Canadian autumn in all its glory. Below is our guide for a three-night, two-day trip along the Bay of Fundy coast in New Brunswick. Day one The closest international airport to New Brunswick is Halifax in Nova Scotia. Budget Canadian airline, WestJet offer flights from London … [Read more...] about A 48-hour guide to Canada’s coastal New Brunswick
How? By posting billboards in bus shelters with the words 'flamenco' and 'paella' crossed out and announcing, “It's time to change the stereotypes about Spain.” As if flamenco and paella were something to be ashamed about, say furious protesters. Of course, they're not; many of Spain's colourful clichés are very real and often fabulous, but they're only a tiny part of what you find when you visit the country, and it all depends upon where you go. Polka-dot dresses are not likely to be found during Madrid rush hour, and the majority of the country doesn't have beaches or palm trees; and, in fact, for nearly three-quarters of the year, you won't get a tan when you visit, either. If it's stereotypes you want, here's how to find them – but check out the alternatives, too, to see a bit of what Spain is really like. Naturally, one of Spain's biggest clichés, that it's full of fiestas, is true, we're happy to say, and any trip here in summer will practically … [Read more...] about There’s more to Spain than sun, sea, sangría and flamenco – but those are great, too
Over the following pages, we will look at daily habits, food, relationships, technology, sleep, financial matters, work, connecting to nature, and much more. As you read through my short tips, you might even recognise what I like to call 'blind spots' - areas you didn't even realise were causing you stress and tension. Look upon these as a gift, because once you know more, you can do better. There is absolutely no one alive today with no stress, so before you read this, I ask you to consider these questions: is there something in your life that is causing you stress, anxiety or leading you down a negative emotional path? Maybe you could turn your most painful issue into your biggest inspiration, leading to massive personal growth and a reduction in stress? So what is stress? Well, basically, it is being here but wanting to be there! Think about it - your life now wants to be in the promised land, in the future, where the grass is greener and life is problem-free. OK, now back to the … [Read more...] about Alison Canavan’s 100 simple ways to manage stress