Posted in Food

Jazz Up the Jar

I wouldn’t say that processed food, ready meals and even takeaways aren’t relevant to modern life, it’s just that over the past 40 years there are three generations of people who have come out of school and gone through their home life without ever being shown how to cook properly.

Jamie Oliver

Load the compost heap with peelings, not the recycle bin with plastic. Dieticians and health fanatics take an aggressive, no-give approach to processed foods, and pretty much anything out of a packet. But for the humble eater seeking sustenance, many factors affect what they put in their mouths: time, availability, knowledge and price to name just a few.

This August bank holiday 28° plus temperatures saw many pink, part roasted beings grab the phone for a takeaway, or shuffle to the supermarket aisle stocked with jars of processed sauces, prepared to sacrifice the beauty of a steaming plate of home cooked food in favour quick and ease.

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Prawn Coconut Curry with Honey and Lime

A light citrusy curry with a handful of flavours that compliment each other. Perfect for a warm summers evening.


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 lb of cooked prawns
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger crushed
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 lime juiced
  • A handful of baby leaf spinach
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste


Melt butter in a heavy based frying pan, over a medium heat and saute the diced onion until opaque. Add the garlic and ginger to the pan and stir through.

Sprinkle over the curry powder and pour in the coconut milk. Stir gently and bring to a simmer. Add the honey and lime juice and season to taste.

Stir in the spinach and allow to wilt before adding the prawns and coriander.

Simmer for a further 5 minutes until prawns heated through. If necessary season once more.

Serve with a choice of rice or noodles.

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Pork Shoulder Steaks in Honey and Mustard Sauce

A hearty and comforting pork dish, with a blend of honey, mustard and lime. Serve with choice of potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


  • 4 Pork Shoulder Steaks
  • Dash of Olive Oil
  • 1 0nion
  • 1 Gala Apple
  • 4 Medium Size Mushrooms
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 1tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp low fat fromage frais
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1tbsp of Cornflour
  • Quarter Pint of Water
  • Salt and Pepper to season


Pre heat oven to moderate, 180ºC, 356ºF, Gas Mark 4.

Add a dash of olive oil to a hot heavy based frying pan. Fry pork steaks until brown on both sides. Place browned pork on an oven tray and pop in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

Dice onion, apple and mushrooms and crush garlic cloves. On a moderate heat, add to the frying pan used to brown the pork. Saute gently with a wooden spatula until soft and translucent.

Add honey, mustard and lime juice, plus quarter of a pint of water and stock cube. Simmer for ten minutes allowing liquid to reduce.

Meanwhile mix the cornflour with a little water to make a slurry. Add to the frying pan and stir until thickened.

Finally add fromage frais, simmer for five minutes and season to taste

Serve with the pork shoulder steaks and choice of potatoes and veg.


Posted in Health & Wellbeing, Social Issues

Stop Social Stigma

Treat Neurological and Mental Illness Equal to Physical Illness

We are all a little broken. But last time I checked broken crayons still colour the same.

Trent Shelton

Deep in the green belt of Buckinghamshire is the Epilepsy Society headquarters. Densely lined with trees, its secluded location is a stark reminder of the historical social stigma surrounding the neurological condition. The word epilepsy derives from the Greek word epilepsia, meaning falling sickness. In many cultures sufferers were victims of prejudice, considered possessed and even contagious. Like mental health patients they were often hidden away from public view, in hospitals and asylums. The uncorroborated, yet plausible origin of the term going round the bend, may literally refer to the journey up the long winding drive to incarceration.

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