I have an incredible sweet tooth. Puddings, cakes, sweet and buttery enriched breads are my weakness. I'd much rather eat anything like this than a normal meal if I'm perfectly honest. When out for dinner I eye up the dessert menu to make sure there's something excellent to look forward to. I completely understand when children say they are full but their pudding tummy isn't!
But I am completely aware this isn't a sustainable or adult way to function. So I treat myself from time to time and fill in the savoury, healthy gaps with day dreams of treats and Pinterest baking ideas to satisfy my cravings until it's time to get sugary again.
I gave in recently. I craved a Brownie, but not just a normal...
What would a freezing cold January day, (6 hours outside…) working with a group of young people who aren’t in education, employment or training look like? This was Friday.
I regularly work with groups of young people in North Solihull on community gardening projects, teaching basic gardening and growing skills, but most importantly, getting everyone involved and doing it for themselves.
It can be a little frustrating, the thought of dirt in their acrylic nails and that it’s not cool and pointless seem to be overriding thoughts, but once overcome, they get stuck in. It’s extremely rewarding to see how much can be learnt skills wise and in wellbeing through spending time outdoors in the garden, working the ground and providing...
It’s cold, rainy and just fairly grim in Birmingham this week. Yesterday was the so called Blue Monday, where it seemed socially acceptable to be depressed and notice the lesser points of life.
This so called day only first appeared in our lives in 2005, brought around by a holiday company – yes the weather is always bad, generally we all have a bit less money after Christmas and all the hype to keep up with New Year’s Resolutins and ‘be a new you’ is a bit suffocating, but do we need to focus on it?
Perhaps we need to be a bit kinder to ourselves and take fewer cues from social media.
Yes we need to stay fit and active, excerising brings around huge benefits to the body and mind with endorphins and self confidence, not...
1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan and grease a square tin (20x20cm) well with butter. You can line the tin with baking paper if you'd rather, it can be a bit tricky to spread the oat mixture on top.
2. Place the dates in a saucepan with the 150ml of water and place over a medium heat, cooking gently for 5-10 minutes. You want the dates to be nice and squishy to make a spreadable paste. Even if you have chosen stoned dates, there can be a few stones that remain, look out for any and remove where needed. Leave this date puree to cool.