Month: November 2014

Brits too tired to cook

Despite the popularity of cooking shows such as The Great British Bake Off and a plethora of celebrity chefs hitting our headlines and television screens on a weekly basis, Brits now seem to be spending less time than ever in the kitchen. A poll of 2,000 adults has revealed that 60 per cent of us turn to snacks rather than cooking a meal. Getting home late, making do with what’s in the house and being too tired or busy to cook, were just some of the reasons that the exhausted Brits gave for grabbing quick-fix foods on week nights. MOST POPULAR QUICK-FIX DINNERS 1. Toast2. Cereal3. Ham sandwich4. Crisps or nachos5. Packet or tinned soup6. Cheese and crackers7. Instant rice / noodles / pasta8. Crumpets9. Chip butty10. Sausage roll or pasty The average adult was found to only eat a hot meal from scratch just four times a week, while a third said they regularly eat their ready-made dinners straight out of its packet instead of serving it on a plate. Rob Dixon, Head of Marketing at Pukka Pies, who conducted the survey, said: ‘’We can all relate to the feeling of being too exhausted to cook when we get in after a long day, and try as we might, we can’t bear the thought of peeling, chopping and cooking the traditional meat, vegetables and gravy from scratch. ‘’The...

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Mum horrified by disturbing princess wand

A mum from Kettering, Ohio, was horrified by a disturbing image that her toddler found hidden in a toy wand purchased from a dollar store. When her curious little girl peeled back the foil covering on the wand, she discovered a picture of a young girl self-harming. Mum Nicole Allen, who found the wand among other items in the Dayton store’s toy aisle, told a reporter from NewsCenter 7: “If you look closely enough it’s not a drawing, it’s an actual picture of the girl slitting her wrist. I’m outraged over it. I want to know how they think that it’s suitable for a child.” The shop’s owner Amar Moustafa responded that parents need to pay more attention to what they are buying their children. He said: “The name on it says ‘Evilstick’, so from the name… I would inspect it before I even gave it to my kid.” Moustafa added that, while he wouldn’t give the wand to a toddler, he sees no harm in purchasing the toy for an older child. “Five, six, seven, ten years old, I mean, they see that on TV every day.” But mum Nicole and other locals disagree. One shopper, Tina Musgrove, said: “You don’t want to think about little girls picking it up and thinking this is normal or funny or interesting or any of those things.” Despite the negative reaction,...

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Mickey/Minnie Clementoni Baby Tablet

Essex Baby Review Our reviewer checks out the Mickey/Minnie Clementoni Baby Tablet – the Disney toy tablet designed for little hands. Description The Clementoni Baby Tablet with play and learning modes is one of the newest tablets for babies on the market. It is designed for ages nine months and above. The pad teaches your child initial letters, numbers, shapes, colours, and first English words using baby Disney characters. There is a play and a learning mode, which operates with nine interactive buttons. It also plays some amusing songs and lights up. Reviewer’s opinion The Clementoni Baby Tablet is...

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Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Here is another great recipe from our guest blogger Truly Madly Healthy. These Christmas Gingerbread Cookies are great at this time of year and they stay nice and chewy! Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 30 mins Ingredients 225g rice flour (plus extra for dusting the work top) 125g gram flour (chick pea flour – or try Gluten free plain flour) 1 tsp xanthan gum 2 tsp ground ginger – or ginger powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp nutmeg 1tsp Gluten free bicarbonate of soda 100g organic butter 50 g Coconut Palm sugar 4 tbsp Maple syrup or...

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Should schools play a role in dental health?

Following government recommendations that schools should play a more central role in improving oral health in children, Dr. Chig Amin, the principal dentist and owner of the Epsom Dental Centre, shares his views on where responsibility should lie. Oral health report card provides an opportunity for us all An eye-opening report on the state of the dental health of Britain’s three-year-olds has a lot of parents worried. While we should take the findings of the survey seriously, I think we should look at it as an opportunity to get parents, dentists and schools working together to make sure that no kids have dental problems at such an early age. Specifically, the Public Health England survey found that 12 percent of three-year-old children had tooth decay of varying severity, with some parts of the country doing very well while others fared more poorly. In response, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued a guideline that made recommendations on what can be done to combat this problem. Some of these recommendations proved to be quite controversial, especially those suggesting that schools should play a bigger role in improving the oral health of Britain’s children. The loss of baby teeth matters more than many people think The initial reaction from some people was to argue that maybe this isn’t such a big deal because baby teeth will fall out...

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