12th March 2018 by - No comments

My boys are really active boys. They love sports, wrestling and computer games. Of course they enjoy reading but they would much rather be outdoors kicking a football around than any other thing!

But I want them to read more books. I want then to immerse themselves in the pages of a good novel and keep turning the pages until they reach the very end.

They read the books they get from school as homework, but I am always on the search for books they will just adore to read.

So the other day my older son and I came across this wonderful set of books in our local WHSmiths, and they are a winner!

The Books –

Ultimate Football Heroes is a series of biographies telling the life-stories of the biggest and best footballers in the world and their incredible journeys from childhood fan to super-star professional player.

Written in fast-paced, action-packed style these books are perfect for all the family to collect and share.

Verdict –

My son has already read a lot of the books in the series – Messi, Ronaldo, Hazard to name a few. He has told me all about what he has found out. He has got a few more ordered coming soon.

So the key to getting kids to read more is to find books which interest them. Such a great series of books for any football fans out there!

You can buy the series in all good bookshops and on Amazon uk now!

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5th March 2018 by - No comments

There are some fantastic movies available to watch on Netflix. We had some very snowy days over the past week and it was a perfect opportunity to look at the movies on Netflix more closely.

I love movies which tell a real story, and this was one of those. Amazing actors, super scenery and a story which is gripping from beginning to the end.

The Movie –

Testament of Youth is a story of love, loss and strength during the first World War. Based on the book Testament of Youth written by Vera Brittain, a true story of her life.

Vera Brittain is an intelligent, strong willed young lady from a well to do family. A loving brother, a handsome fiancee, and a place at Oxford University. Then World War changes everything. The men she loves all head to war, and are all lost one by one.

A true story of strength and courage.

Verdict –

I was extremely touched by this movie.

Alicia Vikander plays Vera Brittain amazingly.

After the movie I googled the real Vera. Such a heartbreaking story.

It is now available to watch on Netflix. Not to be missed! I look forward to reading the book.

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1st March 2018 by - No comments

I have always loved pickles. Not just regular gherkins, but any vegetables pickled. I do understand it is an acquired taste, but I read recently just how good fermented vegetables are for you.

Kimchi isΒ a staple in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger, and jeotgal (salted seafood).

The most important fact about Kimchi is that it has been known to be the secret to a long life. South Korea is expected to be the first country where life expectancy reaches 90. Made with cabbage, kimchi is salty and spicy, and full of probiotics, and vitamins A & B. It also contains lots of lactobacilli – a good bacteria found in yogurt and healthy guts. Scientists think it is why South Koreans live so long.

So here is my simple Kimchi recipe my darling mother found in a magazine & tried. If you love pickles and spicy foods you will love it!

Kimchi –

Ingredients –

  • 1 Chinese Cabbage – quartered
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Method –

  • Remove the stalks from the cabbage. Cut it up into 4cm pieces.
  • Place in a bowl, sprinkle over the salt. Rub the salt into the cabbage with your fingers.
  • Cover the cabbage with cold water, cover and set aside for 2 hours.
  • Sieve the water, rinse thoroughly under water then leave to drain.
  • Place the garlic cloves, ginger and sugar in a food processor and blend until a smooth paste is formed.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cabbage. Add in the ginger, garlic paste. Add the chilli powder. Add a little warm water. Mix thoroughly.
  • Place the mixture in a glass jar with a lid.
  • Keep at room temperature for one week to ferment.
  • Then transfer to the fridge.
  • The Kimchi will keep for up to 3months.

Enjoy with anything really! I love it as a side to my avocado toast!

Yum x

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