June is officially the start of summer and here on the North West Coast of England we are enjoying perfect summer weather. I love this time of year; it’s not too hot, the garden looks so vibrant with acid green foliage and the flowers are just starting to bloom. Time to plan some summer activities! I’ll be sharing lots of ideas over the next few weeks……
Eating healthily in the summer is so much easier; the warm weather makes you want to have cold dishes and salads. But after a few weeks do they all start to taste the same? Take some inspiration from my salad recipes and dressings to revive your taste buds!….
This gorgeous weather makes me want to plan a garden party, everything looks so pretty at this time of year and I’ve found some fantastic ideas on Pinterest. Take a look at my post Garden Party Ideas, it’s sure to inspire you!…….
New research reported in The Telegraph has shown that a Mediterranean Diet rich in tomatoes and olive oil can be beneficial to our cardiovascular systems (heart and blood vessels). Hang on, I hear you say, that’s old news! However, what if you could get the same benefits from Tomato Ketchup?!! A new study conducted by the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust found that giving patients a pill containing the tomato ingredient, Lycopene, increased the width of blood vessels by up to 53%. Lycopene is ten times more potent than vitamin E and previous research has shown its potency appears to be enhanced when it is consumed pureed, in ketchup or in the presence of olive oil. I love putting tomato ketchup in my tomato based sauces: bolognese, cottage pie, curry etc and now it seems it’s super healthy!
Are you going to any festivals this summer? I can’t believe how many there are out there and more appear every year, there really is something for everyone! If you have children there are obviously more things to consider, but…. trawling your way through the details is time consuming; fortunately there are some great sites such as festivalkidz who have done all the hard work for you. I’ve taken some of their advice and put together a short list of great Family Friendly Festivals…….
Having a small outdoor space can be a real challenge when it comes to creating a comfortable area for sitting, cooking and eating. How do you pack it all in? Fortunately the Better Homes and Gardens website has some great ideas…… Small Outdoor Spaces.
The garden beckons and if the kids ever get out of bed they will be out there too! Time for some Home Made Ice Lollies, so much healthier than shop bought and you can invent your own perfect recipe. To start you off, I’ve put together some great ideas, there’s even some naughty adult ones!