The cooking Journal
Encourage people to come back to the office
After 2 years of consistent remote working, the statistics are clear: by the end of 2021, approximately 37 percent of workers in UK wish to work from home some of the time after the Coronavirus pandemic is over, with one in five who want to work from home all the time.

As CEO’s and government are eager to get people to populate the offices again, is becoming clearer that employees are not on the same wavelength.  The Future Forum, developed by workplace-messaging platform Slack, surveyed more than 10,000 workers globally in the summer of 2021 and what emerged was an “executive-employee disconnect” with regard to returning to work. Three-quarters of all executives reported they ideally want to work from the office three to five days a week, compared with about one-third of employees. Among executives who have primarily worked completely remotely through the pandemic, 44% said they wanted to come back to the office every day. Just 17% of employees agreed.

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Is There a Problem With Fasting?
Why do good things always get ruined?

Fasting is booming. Google Trends indicates that interest in fasting has increased by over 400% since 2004. Both medical experts and self-proclaimed health gurus have jumped on the bandwagon and pretty much all of them praise the benefits of fasting.

The benefits of fasting are many fold, if you fast regularly, your insulin response will dramatically improve, your skin and hair will become stronger, you will leverage the power of a metabolic process called autophagy, and, above all, you will lose weight.  Autophagy is a natural process that occurs as you observe a water fast, that usually kickstarts if fast for longer than 36 hours.  As you fast your body clears out and replaces damaged cell parts with new ones. It has been linked to a long list of potential health benefits. For example, some research suggests that it could limit the development of conditions like cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease (Source: PMC National library of medicine).  Although autophagy occurs constantly within your body, there are several ways to speed the process. These include fasting, exercising, or restricting your calorie intake (3Trusted Source).

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Goat’s cheese and beetroot tart
This beautiful goat’s cheese and beetroot quiche is perfect for spring and  summer entertaining.

Adding roasted beetroot to this tart not only gives a delicate sweetness to the dish, but also injects a beautiful dash of colour to the table.

The creamy, tangy filling is topped with crunchy slices of marinated beetroot to create a show-stopping vegetarian tart.

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Marinated Lamb Chops
Any type of marinade can transform an inexpensive cut of lamb into a tender and juicy treat.

The recipe for grilled and marinated lamb chops is perfect for entertaining and for BBQs. You can make it on the grill, hob or even in a crockpot or slow cooker. Serve it with Middle Eastern pilaf rice, homemade spicy potato wedges or with a salad for a low carb meal.

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Chilli & Fennel Chicken Kebabs
For those of you who have attended our one day Indian class you'll know that this Chilli & Fennel Chicken Kebabs recipe is an old favourite, and for something that is such low maintenance, it yields incredible favour and is how a chicken kebab should really taste.

Use this recipe for an easy BBQ chicken dish and you'll never be short of guests for sure.

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Why is dementia affecting women more than men?
There is no doubt from the overwhelming amount of research that shows that women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer's disease compared to men. Worldwide, women with dementia outnumber men 2 to 1!

Despite this, science is still a long way from a complete understanding on how gender affects your risk of developing dementia. In fact, it’s only in the last decade that researchers have even begun to scratch the surface.

Whilst age plays a major role in the development of the disease, it is not accurate to limit the cause to the fact that women generally live longer than men and are therefore more likely to develop the disease with old age.

Furthermore, it is not fully understood why women are more prone to develop Alzheimer's disease than men, one of the main theories seems to be linked to the hormone oestrogen. Let's explore a few possible reasons on why women are more likely to develop dementia.

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Harissa Pork and Summer Salad
Tired of the usual menu? Spice up some pork cutlets and prepare the most fragrant Summer Salad!

SERVES 4

Ingredients
4 pork cutlets (about 250 g each)
2 tablespoons harissa paste
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt

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World's Earth Day - Tips for sustaining the environment at work
As World's Earth Day approaches, it's crucial that we do our part in protecting our planet, both as individuals and as part of our community.

Not surprisingly, our places of work can affect the environment either positively or negatively to a very large scale. Now that we have returned to the office, we should be raising awareness on how eco-friendly your employer is when it comes to consuming energy in order to cool and heat the rooms, to get materials delivered and to dispose of waste.

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The Gut Health and Alzheimer’s connection
Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia, a condition that is devastating for those affected, their loved ones and their carers. With one in three people born today likely to develop dementia in their lifetime, scientists have been exploring potential links that could help uncover approaches for new treatments. This includes work to better understand the health of our gut and the brain.

The gut is host to a community of bacteria called the intestinal microbiome. The precise make-up of the microbiome differs between individuals, in both the types and quantities of bacteria present. This microbial composition can have far-reaching effects on other parts of our body and emerging evidence is suggesting a relationship with brain health and the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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Why You Need More Protein, the Older You Get
Three ways to keep muscles and bones stronger, for longer

We all want to stay fit and healthy, well into old age. But that’s not going to happen by chance: to maintain physical strength, you need to up your game. That means eating more protein. 

Protein builds muscle and bone. The reason why you need more, the older you get, is that your ability to digest and absorb amino acids — the “building blocks” of protein structures, reduces over time. You need more, just to stay at the same level. 

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Chard & Ricotta Italian Easter Pie
Easter is fast approaching, and if you are looking for a different recipe, you should definitely try this Italian classic! Known as Torta Pasqualina, this pie is so substantial and satisfying both to make and to eat. The pastry is rather unusual and requires you to make several thin sheets of dough, which are layered to create an almost filo-type pastry. Once the filling has been spooned into the base, deep holes are made where eggs are nestled. Once cooked, the eggs are dramatic and visually very beautiful next to the green filling. If you don't want to make the pastry, store-bought filo would work well, as would shortcrust. This pie is best served hot from the oven.
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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
If you are looking to give a chocolate twist to your Easter breakfast/dessert, you can't miss these Chocolate Hot Cross Buns....with a melting middle!
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Crispy chicken thighs with braised artichokes
This recipe is great for a mid-week spring dinner, and it will be even better if you'll use fresh artichokes!

The juicy and crispy chicken thighs, and the tender artichokes artichokes make this delicious one-pot meal a must in the springtime.

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Rhubarb and Oats Muffins
The perfect breakfast!

This simple, easy and delicious whole grain Rhubarb Muffins recipe is highly adaptable!

This one-bowl rhubarb muffin recipe is made with oats, your choice of flour, optional seeds and nuts and sweetened with honey.

It's also vegan and GF adaptable.

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Stylish ways to add colour to your spring dishes
Stylish ways to add colour to your spring dishes
Looking to add a seasonal splash of colour to your spring dishes? In this post Hayley Baddiley from the ceramics and homeware brand Denby shares her top tips for bringing spring shades to the dining table.

There are so many things to love about spring, from the days becoming sunnier to the nights finally becoming shorter. But one of the best things by far is the season's gorgeous light colour palette, which is always welcome after the darker shades of winter. There are a number of ways to enjoy the colours of spring, like adding the shades to your wardrobe or introducing them into your home interiors. Something that’s sometimes overlooked is adding them to our diets.

Adding colour to our dishes is more important than many of us realise. Naturally colourful foods tend to be packed full of vitamins and minerals. This is part of the reason why the Mediterranean diet is so good for us: it's filled with brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.

And it isn't just about the nutrients colourful foods contain, but how they make us feel. Colour has been found to impact how we experience the flavour of foods (The Colour Group). It's also been discovered that different shades can even impact our appetites, with red and yellow making us hungrier, and blue and pink suppressing our appetite (Colour Meanings).

So how exactly can you introduce colour to make your dishes both look and taste better? Read on for my top tips for adding colour to your springtime meals.

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Indulgent Guinness chocolate pudding
☘️ Happy St Patrick’s Day! ☘️ This year to celebrate, we would like to tempt you with this indulgent, creamy, dark chocolate pudding with a twist…Guinness stout!
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Quinoa salad with beet, fennel and orange
As we approach Spring, we should all consider using seasonal ingredients and aid our immune system! Beets are now in season, and with their vitamins, antioxidants and digestive properties, it would be a shame not to add them to our dishes. In this occasion, I would like to suggest a lovely spring salad that is loaded with beets, fennel and orange slices. You can have it as a side or as a main, in this case I decided to pair it with quinoa and have it as a delicious lunch.
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How to get glowing, healthy skin
There are two sides to your skin’s health. The first is what you see on the outside, the second is what goes on from the inside. Much of the time, the world of beauty focuses on the outside without realising that it’s what is going on inside that will really make a difference to the appearance of skin.  This blog post will be focusing on the latter, breaking through and diving into the world of skin nutrition.

More specifically, healthy fats as they are essential to the production of your skins’ natural oil and allows you to maintain moisture and elasticity in your skin, as well as vitamin C. So let's begin....


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Six Nutrients Women Need Most

Six key nutrients to keep you healthy


Although part of mainstream thinking today, the idea that women have different nutritional needs to men isn't as ancient as you may think. The field of study regarding women's nutrition has only been around for a few decades, fifty years ago, proper nutrition for everyone, simply meant three solid meals each day.

Every year, there's more promising research revealing how nutrients can have a significant positive impact on disease prevention and general well-being in women, which is great because changing your diet is one of the simplest ways to improve your health.

Six key nutrients have been identified as being the ones that women need most. Making sure that you include them as part of a well-balanced diet will help to ensure that you become, and stay, at your healthiest.

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All things pizza - National Pizza Day
Thick, thin, deep fried, gourmet.... who cares as long as it's pizza! This icon of Italian national gastronomy celebrates its National Day on the 9th of February, to the delight of pizza lovers all over the world.

Keep reading for some curious facts on pizza, and some inspiration for the toppings!

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