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The Mental Health Pandemic
Levels of anxiety and depression have been significantly elevated as people struggle with illness, isolations, and uncertainty.  Research is beginning to reveal the contours of the pandemic related mental health that many predicted.  
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The Three Sisters Planting System
This year as a result of lockdown I’ve been able to spend so much more time in the garden and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Whilst doing some plant research, quite by chance I happened to come across a method of planting referred to as ‘The Three Sisters’.  It is a system of planting sweetcorn, beans, and squash together in close proximity. 
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Red Quinoa Bowl, Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Peanuts and Miso Dressing
Full of slow-release energy goodness and packed with flavour. The quinoa forms the base of the salad, which is a great vehicle for any green or roasted root vegetable. You can substitute the sweet potato for baby carrots, parsnip or butternut squash and the broccoli can be swapped out for kale or swiss chard.
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Baking Conversion Chart
When cooking a recipe from an American cook book, or following a recipe from an American website, you’ll need a cups to grams converter, as the weights and measures used vary quite a bit from the metric measurements we use in the UK. We've put together a handy cheat sheet to print out and put on your fridge!
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Cottage Pie, Recipe for Donation
This recipe worked brilliantly for donation as it provided a warm comforting crowd pleaser to our NHS heroes. This is a great-value family meal and perfect for freezing and using at a later date when you want something quickly!
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Spiced Aubergine and Kidney Beans - Recipe for Donation
This recipe is the perfect for anyone trying to eat less meat. It's packed full of flavour, and nutrient dense. Perfect served with rice, flat breads and a dollop of yogurt!
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Carrot Cupcakes with a vanilla Cheesecake topping For Donation
We made these super yummy cupcakes as one of our recipes for donation to the NHS Hero's that are working so hard on the front line. We thought we'd share the recipe for you to enjoy at home as well.
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Rhubarb & Ginger Sponge Cake
April is the season for Rhubarb, so why not make the most of it and whip up this Rhubarb and Ginger Sponge Cake as a sweet treat with your afternoon cuppa!
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Healthy Comfort Food
Year on year it seems that the minute the nights start drawing in and the temperature drops by a notch or two most of us morph into emergency munching mode. An almost instinctive craving for carb heavy, dense foods grips all but the most stalwart and helps to add a few more pounds to those already gained over the festive period.
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Fancy a Cuppa? What Teas You Should Be Drinking Throughout The Day
According to the UK Tea & Infusions Association us Brits drink 100 million cups of tea a day, or 36 billion a year. In 2010 during the ad break for a dramatic Coronation Street episode the National Grid measured a power surge of 800 megawatts or 300,000 kettles turning on at once. So, suffice to say, we love our tea!
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The Cooking Academy Delivers 100 Cooked Meals for NHS Staff at Watford General Hospital
On Monday 30th March, Kumud delivered 100 cooked meals for the frontline NHS staff working in the COVID-19 wards at Watford General Hospital. Kumud and one of our teaching chefs Sarah Leary, volunteered their time to prepare and cook nutritious meals to keep the dedicated staff going on their long shifts.
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Too Stressed to Sleep?
In some walks of life talking about how busy we are is almost a badge of honour, an indication of your success, but there is a big difference between being super busy and chronically busy. The latter is just a recipe for disaster when you just feel terribly overwhelmed and constantly under fire. When you can’t escape from stress it can become a physical problem, and may lead to a range of health issues
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Top Tips for Working from Home
Whilst working from home it is important to keep some sort of routine; this will avoid us feeling stressed anxious and perhaps overwhelmed. Here are some simple steps you can incorporate into your daily routine to make sure you can stay focused.
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Hacks for Making your Food Last Longer
We've put together a few handy hacks to help make your food last longer. From how to store your fruits to how to handle your herbs!
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Mother's Day at Home- A Spanish Feast!
If your plan to go out this Mother's Day has been cancelled don't let it get in the way of celebrating together as a family. We've put together some delicious Spanish recipes that are bound to impress!
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Middle East Feast!
We've put together a selection of delicious Middle Eastern recipes that are bound to impress! Whether you try one of them of them or all of them, you can still celebrate at home with a spread of simple but tasty recipes!
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Banana Bread Smoothie
So this is the perfect smoothie for a happy tummy as bananas are also a digestive aid as well as a mood enhancer due to the serotonin they release in the brain.
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Green Goodness Smoothie- Avocado, Spinach, Mint and More!
This smoothie has it all - healthy fats from the avocado and nutritionally dense spinach with its remarkable abilities to restore energy, reduce oxidative stress and improve the quality of the blood. 
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Oats and Raisin Smoothie- with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Oats contain more soluble fibre than any other grain, thus can slow down the digestion process and provide an extended sensation of fullness. This makes the perfect smoothie for people who want to lose weight.
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Eating to Cope with Viral Infections
Wherever we turn there’s no escaping from the global spectre of COVID-19 casting a shadow over our daily lives. Inasmuch as there’s no known cure for the common cold so it is with all viral infections, medication can at best only alleviate symptoms whilst the immune system fights off the virus.
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