Worthing Lifestyle Jul - Aug 2021

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The high summer edition is here! And this issue is packed with amazing features, including delicious slow cooker recipes, an unbelievable garden transformation and a competition page brimming with prizes!

Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Amazing

A Culinary Journey through

slow cooker recipes

Northern Ireland

Isn’t it funny how quickly we can go

from loving the hot weather to doing

a rain dance - is there anything more

British? Day one sees us calling every

available neighbour into the garden

for a BBQ, making sangria and filling

up the paddling pool...but by day

three we are complaining about not

sleeping in the heat, getting sunburnt

and worrying about the grass dying

under said pool. At least the garden is

looking pretty happy though...

...and speaking of, we are a nation of

garden fanatics - never more-so than

when our patches of earth became

our social spaces, home gym or just

general respite from our four walls.

Chef Mitch Tonks

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With that in mind, we’ve got a

wonderful garden feature to help

inspire you - and to show that no

space is beyond help! This plot really

was an eyesore and a challenge given

its slope and poor access, but the

owners have made something rather

special and given us some tips into

how they did it.

Time to refresh your

interior

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Editor Katie Thomson

e katie.thomson@minervapublications.co.uk

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-Press Manager Kate O’Connell

Contributors Rebecca Rose, Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs

Angela Cave and Pete Lawrence. Front cover courtesy of Steve Haywood

Key Account Manager Marcus Hawke

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An amazing

garden glow up

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On the foodie front we have some

amazing recipes from a book all

about the humble slow cooker. Once

consigned as a product of a 70s Good

Housekeeping cookbook, the slow

cooker has had an image reinvention

in recent years - especially because

its low-cost and minimal fuss cooking

appeals to the modern, time-strapped

family cook. They’re as beautiful as

they are tasty, so we hope you enjoy

digging in.

Finally, we are bringing back our very

popular competition page - this issue

it has over £1,500 worth of prizes! You

can enter all the ones listed on the

page, plus some web-exclusives at

minervamagazines.co.uk - you can

also opt into being the first to hear

about new giveaways when they are

launched.

We are looking forward to seeing you

again in September - hopefully after a

long hot summer - we will be shining

our shoes ready for a new school year

and celebrating the best of autumn’s

amazing produce.

Katie

Katie

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TONIQ On Demand

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Are you accountable and is it personalised?

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Learning through play

Katie Paynter - discusses

the value of play in the

development of children

Nothing is as natural as a child at play. It is a

cherished part of childhood. It is important

to recognise that it is difficult to give a single

definition of play. It can be defined as ‘what

children and young people do when they

follow their own ideas and interests, in their

own way, and for their own reasons.’ Play

has also frequently been described as ‘what

children and young people do when they are

not being told what to do by adults’.

Regardless of definition, the importance

of play cannot be underestimated. It is

undeniably instrumental in children’s learning

and development and is particularly integral

in a child’s early years, given it indubitably

supports their foundational social, emotional

and cognitive growth.

Anyone spending any time with young

children will understand that providing them

with opportunities for play provides so much

more than a few minutes or hours of ‘fun’.

Many instrumental skills are developed. It

develops communication and language skills

and vocabulary, an understanding of emotion

and empathy, social skills and creativity. It

also supports and strengthens co-operation,

collaboration, sharing and problem solving.

Children will observe those around them

and mimic language and behaviour. It

teaches self-expression, nurtures a sense of

imagination and simultaneously gives children

a feeling of adventure.

Dramatic play is absolutely essential to a

child’s social and emotional development and

can enhance their physical development too.

It is also very closely connected to intellectual

development. This is when children make

sense of the world in which they live by

acting out situations before they experience

them and by mimicking what they witness

around them. Most children are innately

imaginative and will happily chat away to

someone on their toy telephone or pretend

to travel to hospital in an ambulance made

from a cardboard box! This creativity must be

actively fostered!

Encouraging young children to embrace

physically active play is extremely beneficial

and necessary for their development. It

helps them to learn about the ever-changing

environment and gives them the opportunity

to use their whole body and develop their

gross motor skills. It can meet their multisensory

needs and will promote significant

health and well-being benefits. Whether it

is messy play, creative or role play, it is an

essential part of learning.

Play provides a platform through which

children are not only able to learn about the

world around them through interacting with it,

but it also gives them the opportunity to learn

about themselves. As play is fun, children’s

focus tends to be over a sustained period. In

turn, this helps children to develop the ability

to concentrate. It is important as parents not

to push your child too hard. Children develop

in their own ways and in their own time and,

rest assured, their levels of focus will steadily

augment.

It is imperative that children are given the

time ‘to be children’ and being able to play

is essential, if the aforementioned physical,

social, emotional and cognitive skills are to be

securely embedded.

Katie Paynter, head of pre-prep and EYFS at

Lochinver House School and IAPS pre-prep

and EY adviser

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Nurseries Supporting

children and families through the pandemic

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In the first national lockdown nurseries could only stay open for

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According to the Department for Education’s figures only half of the

usual number of children are back at nursery or other early years

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As a result of lockdowns children have been going into nursery

having spent either all their lives away from other children and

extended family or having not seen them for weeks or months at a

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Early years education and care is crucial in a young child’s

development as these are the most important years that help

determine their futures. For many children early years settings have

been the only place of “normality” and a place where they can

interact in a safe environment. Children can play with others the

same age, challenge themselves with risky play and become used

to socialising again. They can also learn or re-learn behaviours

important for being in a large group like exploring, helping others,

sharing, communication skills and learning together.

With time out of nursery or other early education settings,

children’s basic communication skills have suffered, so their skilled

professionals are now focussing on their needs. However, these

dedicated staff need more time and government investment in

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lots of challenging behaviours from children and any problems

children are experiencing at home have only been exacerbated by

the events of the past year.

Many nurseries have gone above and beyond, for families too.

Many have helped to support children who were unable to come

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remotely such as story time, suggested activities and hints and tips

to parents.

Nurseries have done so much for children and families throughout

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I think that we would all agree that children have had a very

disruptive year and more likely one that has been somewhat

unsettling.

So to encourage children to enjoy themselves and catch up with

lost time a visit to a summer camp could be an ideal solution.

With a summer holiday abroad on hold for many, summer holiday

clubs are the perfect solution to ensure your child enjoys a time

away to remember!

You can choose a club as your child’s summer staycation. There

are many camps across the country which offer an exciting range

of activities.

The main purpose of many camps is educational, athletic, and

cultural development. A summer camp environment will allow

children to learn new skills in a safe and nurturing environment.

Summer camp experience can have a lasting psychological and

beneficial impact on the development of a child.

It’s also a great chance to make new friends and discover

their potential, which has been put on hold with the number of

shutdowns they have experienced.

We would recommend that you have a chat with the type of

activities they would like take part find one that would suit their

interests will offer your child the adventures they would enjoy. It

could be horse -riding, crafting, camping and much more....

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Summertime...

The Kennel Club advises us on how take care of your

friends during this time of year

Warm summer and autumn months are

great for spending time out with your

four-legged friend, catching up on the

adventures we all missed during the

pandemic, exploring new ‘walkies’ routes

or enjoying ‘staycations’ and trips.

These newly found freedoms and

socialisation opportunities can be very

exciting for dogs, and it is important that

owners know how to make sure their canine

companion is safe and comfortable wherever

they go.

The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest

organisation dedicated to dog health, welfare

and training, has rounded up top tips on how

to make sure you and your dog are enjoying

the end of the summer safely:

Seaside adventures and BBQs

If you are planning to enjoy the last weeks

of the English summer by the seaside or

throwing a garden party, keep an eye on your

four-legged friend too.

Many dogs enjoy water and swimming in the

sea, rivers or ponds, especially on a warm

day. To make sure your dog is enjoying the

water safely, always start off in a shallow

water to help them adjust before testing

deeper water. Never let your dog swim in a

rough sea, ensure they don’t swim too far

out, and make sure they come back if you

call them.

When taking your dog swimming, be aware

of blue-green algae, which can be found in

water bodies and is toxic for dogs. Algae is

especially common after heat waves and

can cause a range of serious reactions. If

your dog becomes unwell, contact your vet

immediately.

Whether you are planning your own

celebration or walking around popular BBQ

spots on the beach, make sure to look out

for any leftovers and watch your dog closely.

Skewers, cooked bones and even corn on

the cob can be dangerous for dogs.

Travel and staycations

If you are planning to enjoy a well-deserved

holiday soon, it’s important you also keep

your canine travel companion safe and

happy.

Whether you are off on a day trip or a

longer staycation, make sure to check the

dog-friendly status of all sights and places

you intend to visit and stay at to avoid

disappointment. The dog-friendly status of

some places might have changed during

lockdown or have seasonal restrictions in

place too. Whilst visiting attractions or pubs

and restaurants, keep an eye on your dog

to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed and

if it’s sunny or warm, make sure they have a

shady area to rest in. Wherever you go, be

sure to bring water for your dog.

It is also important to keep your dog safe

on the road - making sure they have a

comfortable and cool spot in the car and

taking regular breaks so they can go to the

toilet or have a drink. Most importantly, never

leave your dog alone in a car, even for a short

while and especially during warmer days

Wildlife and countryside walks.

If you are planning a long dog walk in the

countryside, make sure you’re aware of local

dog walking rules, many of which change

during the year, so you and your dog can

enjoy time in nature responsibly.

Whilst out with your four-legged friend, follow

pathways and pay attention to signage about

dogs being on leads or not allowed. Make

sure you prevent your dog from approaching

and chasing any wildlife or livestock and use

a lead if necessary or required by signage.

The Kennel Club’s Paw by Paw Guide is

a useful hub with information and advice

including seasonal dog walking and

travelling tips, helping owners and their

four-legged friends enjoy the summer whilst

staying healthy, happy and safe. For more

information visit: thekennelclub.org.uk/

pawbypaw

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Man of the sea

Mitch Tonks

Mitch Tonks, image courtesy Steve Haywood

Sally Thomson was

delighted to catch up with

chef and entrepreneur -

Mitch Tonks who she has

known for over 25 years....

SALLY: HOW ARE YOU DOING?

Mitch: We are doing great! We are looking

forward to finally getting the restaurant

open. I think we are going to have a nice

bounce back, but what a strange time.

I’m one of the people that has benefited

and enjoyed it to be honest. Getting to my

age and not really taking any time off, I’ve

had lots of time to spend with the kids and

rethink things to make things better.

I’D LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR

BEAUTIFUL BOOK THE DISHES LOOK

MOUTH-WATERING. MY FIRST QUESTION

HOWEVER, IS HOW

HAVE YOU ADAPTED TO THE LOCKDOWN?

I must say that the first 2 weeks were

scary; I didn’t really know what was going

to happen, I knew how much money was

in the bank and how long that would last.

I had some truly beautiful and humbling

experiences where my children took care

of me, cooked for me and said: “Dad, you

just concentrate on work and we are going

to look after you and cook for you.” My son

Ben is a chef and works in The Seahorse

and so does my daughter along with Ben’s

partner who is now the general manager.

FANTASTIC, WHAT A LOVELY FAMILY AFFAIR!

It is, and it was lovely being at home with

them. When we started to think about

survival, “I thought this is it we are going to

survive this” We had 274 staff and I thought

we are going to get through this and I’m

going to take care of every single one of

you and come out the other side.

There was a lot to think about and we really

took care of people. During the time we

thought about, “How can we make this

business

better” and we started

pulling apart everything that was wrong

and thought how can we make it better?

These are things that we couldn’t do when

we were open, so we did a whole lot of

things like shortened inventory, better

shift patterns, closed the restaurant for an

hour in the afternoon, went down to a 4

day week in the winter, all the kind of stuff

that we didn’t have the foresight to do

previously.

WHEN SOMEONE IS SO ENGROSSED IN

MANAGING A BUSINESS IT’S SOMETIMES

HARD, THIS MUST HAVE GIVEN YOU THE

OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A NEW VISION?

I think it was a bit of that, but I’m always

very outward looking with my business

any way but I think one of the challenges

was trying to get people to go along with

it as they would be like we’re too busy or

that’s not the way we do it. Everybody was

great, and I think I realised that we were

a lot more capable as I thought we were

which was great and hugely uplifting, so I

thought right I’m going to write a book. We

wrote the book in November after a really

good summer obviously we didn’t know

that we were going to be in lockdown the

first quarter. We were also working hard

on getting the planning permission for our

Salcombe restaurant which should be

ready next year. Then we started sending

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out boxes to people like a seafood meal for 2

and we suddenly built up to several hundred

boxes a week which was quite a considerable

amount.

What we did was open a fishmongers in

Brixham just before lockdown, so we ran it

from there sending out all these boxes. I then

started to reflect on my own behaviour at

home, how it had changed and how I was

buying my toilet roll, my chemicals, my meat

and things stuff that I had never bought on

mail order before and subscriptions and I

was really enjoying it. I started to think about

how much people had loved our boxes and

how Sainsbury’s had closed their fish counter

and I thought why can’t we set up a seafood

at home business so we completed buying

our fish supplier, we buy off the fish market

everyday we have our own boat out there

fishing so we bought that company and then

we bought another company that makes

sauces and things for us but also makes

things for Fortman & Mason and the big fancy

retailers. So, we are launching in July a really

innovated seafood at home business where

you will be able to buy amazingly fresh fish

packaged brilliantly, nice and easy recipes

available nationwide. Hopefully the reputation

will be great, and people will trust us, they

can see our fishing boats our restaurants and

they will want to buy fish from us.

KNOW YOU ARE EXTREMELY BUSY BUT WHAT

DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

I’m a sailor, a big reader so I love to read,

and I love to cook and entertain at my house

with the children. I’m a sailor so I love to plan

voyages I can’t wait to get on the water, and

we are sailing our boat up to the West Coast

of Scotland. I’m leaving in 3 weeks and we

are going to try and live a little bit up there

and a little bit down here and just take some

valuable time.

LETS TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOK WHICH

LOOKS WONDERFUL. WHEN YOU DO YOUR

RECIPES WHAT INSPIRES YOU? DO YOU

DRAW ON YOUR EXPERIENCE OR DO YOU

LIKE TO CREATE NEW DISHES?

I think in this book I draw on my love of

seafood which is really nice and my own

experiences in the rock fish book there’s quite

a lot of new dishes things that I mainly cook

at home. What I really enjoyed about this

book is there’s no boundaries. This is food

that I love like Asian food Singapore Chilli

Crab (pictured top right) and Crispy fried Chilli

cuttlefish. It’s really great!

I’VE NEVER WORKED WITH FRESH CRAB SO

MAYBE WHEN I NEXT COME DOWN YOU CAN

SHOW ME WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

I can definitely do that, and you know when

you eat a wonderful fresh crab it’s a mindblowing

experience.

YOU HAVE SOME FABULOUS ACCOLADES

BOTH ON YOUR WEBSITE AND IN THE LATEST

BOOK IS THERE ONE IN PARTICULAR THAT

STRIKES A LIGHT WITH YOU OR IS IT THAT

THEY ARE ALL GOOD AND YOU ARE PROUD TO

RECEIVE

THEM?

To be honest it’s not one of

the things I ever think about

but they are very humbling.

I think the thing I was most

proud of was the fact I was a

council house boy and didn’t

really excel in education so

when I got a doctorate from

Plymouth University, I was

very proud. I had to stand up

and do a speech in front of the

students and I never imagined

that I would get to university

and receive an honorary

doctorate and it was my most

personal proudest moment of

recognition.

THE ROCKFISH COOKBOOK –

PUBLISHED MAY 2021

FROM RESTAURANTS &

THEROCKFISH.CO.UK

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Canned

sardines

on toast

with capers & red onion

By Mitch Tonks

I love canned seafood. It becomes something

different in the canning process. Oily fish like

tuna, mackerel and sardines are particularly

delicious. I have always wanted to can seafood

caught in the UK. Canning seems to be

something we don’t do much in this country yet

in ports across Brittany and northern Spain it

is quite a craft, and the canned anchovies and

tuna from those areas are revered the world

over. They’re even more expensive than the fresh

catch.

There is a healthy sardine fishery in Cornwall.

We bought a tonne of the new season’s catch

in 2019 and worked with a Spanish seafood

cannery to have the fish popped into cans.

We tasted them alongside the very best of the

Portuguese and Spanish rivals and arrived at the

conclusion that the Cornish sardines set the bar,

being fat, oily and delicious.

I’m often asked what you can do with canned

sardines. This is how I prepare them at home,

just a simple combination of ingredients. But the

sardine mayonnaise we make at the restaurants

is what transforms the dish.

SERVES 2

1 x 140g can sardines

(I recommend Rockfish brand or Ortiz)

Sardine mayonnaise (see page 130)

½ red onion, finely sliced

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon finely chopped curly parsley

1 dill pickle, finely sliced

2 slices of sourdough bread

salt and white pepper

METHOD

Drain the oil from the can of sardines and use it

to make the mayonnaise.

Put the sardines in a bowl with the onion, capers,

parsley and pickle. Gently break up the fish but

leave nice chunks. Season. Toast the bread, then

heap the sardine mixture on top.

Serve the mayo on the side.

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Sea bream

baked in

paper

with garlic, olive oil,

chilli & rosemary

By Mitch Tonks

Cooking a fish ‘en papillote’, or in a bag, is an

excellent way to prepare it. The fish retains its

moistness and the other flavours that you add

really get a chance to develop with the flavours

of the fish to create something quite magical.

The combination of roasted garlic, chilli and

rosemary is a good one, as is thyme, lemon and

cumin. But you will find your own preferences.

Look for wild gilt head or black bream, or use

farmed gilt head bream, which are delicious and

perfectly acceptable. Ask your fishmonger to

scale and gut the fish and remove the head.

SERVES 2

8 garlic cloves

100ml olive oil

2 whole sea bream, weighing about 450g each,

head removed

1 small fresh bird’s eye chilli, finely sliced

4 sprigs of rosemary

50ml white wine

finely chopped parsley

salt

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan/180°C/Gas

Mark 4.

Place your garlic cloves, with the skin on, on

a small roasting tray, drizzle with a little of the

olive oil and sprinkle with some salt. Roast for

10 minutes or until soft – you should be able to

squeeze the garlic from the skin. If not then just

cook a little longer. Set aside to cool slightly.

Turn up the oven to its maximum heat.

Cut out 2 pieces of baking parchment large

enough to enclose a fish. Lay the parchment on

the worktop and place the fish on it. Sprinkle the

chilli over the fish and place the peeled garlic

around it. Tuck some rosemary into the belly.

Sprinkle with salt and pour over the rest of the

olive oil. Fold the paper up and over the fish, and

just before you seal it up completely, pour the

wine into the corner, then finish sealing.

Place the parchment bags on a baking tray

and cook for 15 minutes. Cut the paper open,

sprinkle the fish with chopped parley and serve

straight from the bag.

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SLOW &

Steady

The slow cooker is having a bit of a

revival, not least because it takes the time

pressures of home-cooked meals off of

family life and offers hands-free dishes

which warm the heart and soul.

Katrina Meynink is such an advocate of

the process that she’s created a beautiful

booked, filled with inspiration for each

cooking mood. Here we have some

tasters from her new book, Slow Victories.

EGGPLANT CHREIME

This is a bit of a slow cooker riff on the

traditional Tunisian braised fish dish of

the same name. But instead, here I’ve

cooked down eggplant in a harissaspiced

ragu and added the umami

heat of urfa biber (Turkish red pepper

flakes; available from specialist grocers),

served on top of hummus and finished

with some cooling coconut yoghurt and

herbs. This one gets better with age, so

embrace the leftovers. Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

2 medium eggplants (aubergines),

trimmed, quartered lengthways

2 teaspoons cumin seeds,

roughly crushed

1 teaspoon coriander seeds,

roughly crushed

bunch of coriander (cilantro), roots

trimmed, cleaned and chopped

2 ox-heart tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

(concentrated purée)

1 × 400 g (14 oz) tin chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon rose harissa

1 heaped teaspoon urfa biber

(Turkish red pepper flakes)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

To serve

150 g (51/2 oz) hummus

125 g (41/2 oz/½ cup) coconut yoghurt

fronds from 2 dill sprigs

chilli flakes, to taste

METHOD

Preheat the slow cooker for 15 minutes

on high. Set the cooker to the sauté

function and add the oil, garlic, eggplant,

cumin and coriander seeds. Sauté until

fragrant and the eggplant starts taking

on some colour. Add the remaining

ingredients, give it a gentle stir, then close

the lid and cook on low for 8 hours.

To serve, smear the hummus onto the base

of serving plates. Gently scoop out the

eggplant and place on top, then finish with

the coconut yoghurt, dill and chilli flakes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

FREEKEH WITH KALE,

CHILLI, YEAST &

PEPITA SALAD

I’m just going to say this up front:

the nutritional yeast in this salad is

a revelation. It truly adds the most

phenomenal umami flavour, as well as

being a superb seasoning mechanism.

This salad has excellent holding power,

so it’s always a good one for work

lunches or those irksome bring-a-plate

scenarios. Serves: 4 (as a side)

INGREDIENTS

200 g (7 oz/1 cup) whole freekeh, rinsed

500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) vegetable stock

50 g (13/4 oz/1 cup) nutritional yeast

150 g (51/2 oz/1 cup) salted pepitas

(pumpkin seeds), roughly chopped

(see Note)

125–185 ml (4–6 fl oz/½–3/4 cup) olive oil

150 g (51/2 oz/2 cups) cavolo nero,

finely sliced

1 green chilli, finely sliced

baby cavolo nero leaves, to garnish

(optional)

METHOD

Heat your slow cooker on the low setting

for at least 20 minutes. Add the freekeh

and vegetable stock, give it a good stir,

then cover and cook on low for 1 hour.

Check it at the 45-minute mark and

if there still seems to be quite a lot of

stock, leave the lid off for the last 15–20

minutes. Once cooked, fluff with a fork. (It

should be cooked through, but al dente.)

Turn out into a bowl and season

generously with salt and pepper, then

allow to cool.

For the salad, add the nutritional yeast,

pepitas and 125 ml (4 fl oz) of the oil to

another bowl and stir to combine. If the

mixture looks too dry, add more oil until

it reaches a lose pestolike consistency.

Add the cavolo nero and chilli and toss

with your hands. Add the freekeh, season

again with salt and pepper, and garnish

with baby cavolo nero leaves, if using,

then serve. If you need to revive this for

another day, simply slice some more

cavolo nero and toss it through.

COOK’S NOTE

Use unsalted pepitas if you prefer. You

can even add these to a mortar and

pestle and give them a rough grind; it

works wonders.

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LAMB SHAWARMA

I suggest doing this with a small leg of

lamb as you get the best results by being

able to lay the meat as flat as you can in

the base of the slow cooker. This allows

the braising liquid to come up the sides

so that the glorious spicy crust can be

maintained. Obviously, slow cooking

a lamb leg is a far cry from roasting it

on a rotisserie, but the spice-addled

preparation is the same and the end

result is freaking delicious.

I love serving this as part of a spread with

flatbreads, pomegranate, bundles of mint

and tahini.

This works best if you can prepare it

ahead. The day before you want to serve

it, rub the spices into the scored meat

and rest it in the fridge overnight.

You will need a large, shallow-base slow

cooker for this recipe. Serves: 4-6

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons black peppercorns

6 cloves

1 star anise

1 teaspoon cardamom seeds

½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds

1½ teaspoons fennel seeds

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

½ tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika

½ tablespoon sumac

4 garlic cloves, crushed

zest of 1 lemon

1–1.2 kg (2 lb 3 oz–2 lb 10 oz) lamb leg,

bone in

1 litre (34 fl oz/4 cups) chicken or

vegetable stock, or enough to come

three-quarters of the way up the side

of the lamb

To serve

tahini

pomegranate arils

finely sliced red onion (optional)

flatbreads

mint and coriander (cilantro) leaves

METHOD

Add the peppercorns, cloves, star anise

and all the seeds to a frying pan and

briefly dry-roast over a medium–high heat

until the spices pop and become fragrant.

You can also do this in your slow cooker

if you have it nice and hot. Grind them

in a spice grinder or using a mortar

and pestle. Add to a bowl with all the

remaining ingredients, except the lamb

and stock, and stir to combine.

Score the lamb leg in several spots. Rub

the spices into the skin and top of the leg,

then set aside to marinate for a minimum

of 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

Set your slow cooker to low. Add the

lamb, then gently pour the stock into the

bowl, being careful not to pour it over

the top of the lamb; you want to keep as

much of the spice mixture on the meat as

possible to form a crust. Cover and cook

for 10 hours. Remove the lid for the last

30 minutes of cooking.

Let the lamb rest for 10 minutes before

serving with tahini, pomegranate arils, red

onion, if using, flatbreads and herbs.

SPARKLING ROSÉ

POACHED PEACHES

The sweetness of white peaches at their

peak and the pure pink fizz of this

dessert really encapsulate late summer

eating at its best. The peaches are

delightful on their own or with a dollop of

crème fraîche. Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS

500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) sparkling rosé

115 g (4 oz/1 cup) caster sugar

1 tablespoon rosewater

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

6 white peaches

To serve

organic rose petals

3 tablespoons roughly crushed

freezedried raspberries or strawberries

METHOD

Combine the rosé, sugar, rosewater and

vanilla in the bowl of your slow cooker.

Set to the sauté function and cook for 10

minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Turn the heat to low, add the peaches

and close the lid. Cook for 2½ hours.

Allow to cool completely in the syrup.

Gently remove the peaches and place in

a large serving dish. Pour over the syrup,

then scatter over the rose petals and the

freeze-dried berries to serve.

You can, of course, cut the peaches in

half and remove the stones, but I like

throwing the whole lot in for a more lowmaintenance

approach. The stones are

so easily removed once the peaches have

slow-cooked, and it stops the fruit from

losing its shape as it cooks.

Slow Victories by Katrina Meynink

(Hardie Grant, £16.99) Photography

©Kait Barker, Katrina Meynink

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Having always been a coal man moving to gas was a big decision. I

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with this beast of a bbq.

“There’s grilling, and there’s barbecue. Grilling is when people

say, ‘We’re going to turn up the heat, make it really hot and sear

a steak, sear a burger, cook a chicken. ‘ Barbecue is going low

and slow.”

- Guy Fieri, American chef and author

It has now been exactly a year since Wine & Reason first

opened its doors on Montague Place in Worthing. The owner,

Fergus de Witt, has worked in the wine trade for nearly 20

years, and spent 3 years trying to find the ideal location for

his concept of a specialist wine bar with easy going, but high

quality, light bites. The premises that Wine & Reason now

occupies, however, already had a fully equipped kitchen, so the

initial concept very quickly evolved into a full-blown restaurant

with a vast selection of wines. With over 80 bottles of wine on

offer at any one time, and at least 35 different wines available by

the glass, there should be something for all lovers of fermented

grape juice.

The food on offer is not only 100% vegetarian and vegan, it is

also constantly changing and evolving, with several different

pop-up chefs taking residency over the past year. These include

the award-winning Vbab Worthing, vegan food specialists

Conscious Cow, specialist tapas chef Ollie Ritson from

Brighton, as well as The Sunrise Curry Club, who have recently

returned to the kitchen, offering incredibly tasty, unbelievably

authentic southeast Asian Tikka Tapas, which will be running

until February 2020.

Check them out whilst you can.

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AL FRESCO

living

Brits are a nation of garden lovers, this much is undeniable, but this

last year and all its challenges have deepened our appreciation for

our outdoor spaces.

This issue we catch up with a remarkable transformation - the

change in this edition was that of a derelict, unused and overgrown

space on a steep slope, into a smart, tiered city garden.

WORDS Katie Thomson

PHOTOGRAPHY Kiera Williams Photography

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o you have grand transformation plans

for your garden but don’t know where to

Dstart? We caught up with the owners of this

amazing redesign, couple Daniel and Katherine, and

found out their motivations for the change and how

they went about the transformation on a budget.

FIRSTLY, CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE

GARDEN BEFORE AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO

TAKE ON THE PROJECT?

Like many people, we were desperate for some

outside space - our flat had a small courtyard but

we wanted somewhere we could entertain and

somewhere for the dogs to enjoy.

The details surrounding actually buying the land

were a bit unusual - it was a plot backing on to the

communal garden of our building and came up

for sale from a previous owner. Despite the state it

was in, we snapped it up, knowing we could make

something special.

THE BEFORE PHOTOS SHOW THE LEVEL

OF WORK NEEDED - WHERE DID YOU EVEN

START?

We realised early on that we would need

professionals in - not only was the site overgrown,

it was steeply sloping and had a strange slab of

hard-standing in the middle. We enlisted the help

of a garden landscaper and together devised a

plan to make a sociable space with lots of room for

plants but also a big deck. The layout was in part

influenced by formal Georgian planting - the garden

backs onto a Regency-era building, so it felt right to

nod to that heritage.

First there was a lot of clearance work - an old

stump had to come out and then years of brambles.

Then it was on to a mix of excavating and filling the

various layers.

BEFORE

The site also had literally tonnes of stones in it, so it

made sense for us to use gabions, the metal cages,

as our retaining walls. We had planned to buy more

stones for facing them, but in the end we didn’t

need to.

We wanted the space to be pretty low

maintenance, so the bottom section is a material

called hoggin, which is a self-binding gravel (it’s

mixed with cement). It creates an even, solid

surface but it is also free draining, which was

important as this was the lower section. It’s really

good value for money too.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR PLANTING SCHEME?

We were aware that we wanted this to be a good

space for city creatures and insects - the planting

included lots of pollinator-friendly plants to try and

encourage them - in turn we have lots of birds which

is lovely. We filled the raised bed, which was created

with sleepers, with top soil and got to work planting

a mix of plants - we have geraniums, cornflowers,

sedums, geums, sweetpeas, alliums, violas, salvias,

foxgloves, thistles and some Ravenswing cow


LANTERNS (ON TABLE, DECK AND

FENCING) ALL LIGHTS4FUN.CO.UK

parsley - there is also some interest for early spring with

lots of daffodils, hellebores, muscari and tulips.

Either side of the lawn, a more formal, framing effect is

achieved using boxus - it’s literally instant impact and

really helps enforce those tidy lines.

Alongside the borders, we really wanted a tree in the

mix too - so we ordered a lovely small silver birch from

primrose.co.uk - it moves in the breeze so beautifully.

We can pot it on as it grows and eventually plant it in

the garden of a future home.

THE DECK LOOKS AMAZING - IS IT A SUN TRAP?

Absolutely! We were adamant that we wanted

something low maintenance so we went for composite

decking from a company called NeoTimber - in essence

it has the natural look of wood to without the associated

problems of cracking, splitting, warping and excessive

maintenance requirements. It also had a 25 year

residential warranty which was perfect for us as we can

make the best of it now, but when we move it also gives

the new owner peace of mind.

We went for the Essential range which is hollow in the

centre - it makes it really lightweight and by extension

really easy to fit. It’s also crazily cost effective at

£6.25 per linear metre! It has given the space such an

elevated look.

THAT FURNITURE IS AMAZING!

We really lucked out with these! Good garden furniture

is a little hard to come by at the moment, but as soon

as we saw the Salone range from Moda Furnishings,

we knew it was the right one. Its modern lines look

perfect against the tumbled Bath stone walls and the

configuration of this set was the perfect size for our

space.

Continuing on the low maintenance scheme, it was

essential this was furniture that could stand up to the

elements, not lease because we don’t have room inside

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SALONE GARDEN SOFA FROM

MODAFURNISHINGS.CO.UK

for the cushions. The frame is powered coated

aluminium and comes with a 7 year guarantee

and the cushions are what is called ‘hydrophobic’

meaning they repel water - they’re UV resistant

too. We can leave it out all year - thought we have

bought a cover to protect it for when it isn’t in use.

The access for the site is also dreadful! But the

delivery team made it look effortless and even did

it with a smile - we were so impressed.

HOW IS IT LIT?

We don’t have a direct power source up there so

lots of installed lights were an issue - so we opted

for a mixture of options from lights4fun.co.uk -

mostly their amazing solar-powered lights, which

have a great output given their diminutive size! We

also have some festoon lights from there - these

come in connectable 5m lengths so it’s great to

have options to make the right size for your space.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The craze for fire pits continues and we’d like to

get our hands on one - we always intended it for

the hoggin area in the bottom section with some

more seating around it. That spot also tends to get

the last of the afternoon rays.

IMAGES:

Cushions and throw: All from hauslife.co.uk

Furniture: Salone Range from Moda Furnishings,

modafurnishings.co.uk

Decking: Essential Decking from NeoTimber,

neotimber.com

Lights: All from lights4fun.co.uk

Plants: Primrose.co.uk

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Image from Fireclay

Tiles x Jessica Davis

Tiles can really reflect your personality, so you

don’t need to go with trends, but they can

be inspiring. This season sees a lean toward

inviting, earthy tones and using floor tiles up to

half height on the walls. Geometric tiles are still

hugely popular, and lots of ranges are bringing

out ceramic versions of en-caustic tiles for

easier upkeep.

Fascination kitchen by

Mowlem & Co

MIXING

materials

1

4

TILE

style

2

3

1 Kyoto Green Wall Tiles, £1.36 per tile

(304x76mm), www.londontile.co.uk; 2 Kromatika

Green Tile, £39.95 per sqm,

www.tilemountain.co.uk; 3 Bella Craquele,

£35.99, www.tilemountain.co.uk; 4 Priory

Cross Encaustic Effect, £1.06

per tile, www.londontile.

co.uk

Image from @studiomcgee

1

Image from @houselust

MODERN

rustic

3

2

1

INTERIOR

refresh

Trends not to be missed...

1 Zuiver Dendron

Side Table, £89,

www.cuckooland.

com; 2 Cushions from Modern

Vintage Collection, www.hauslife.co.uk;

3 Leather Foostool, £1839.50, www.

darlingsofchelsea.co.uk;

4 1950s Brass and

Leather Magazine

Holder Model 4019 by

Carl Auböck, Austria,

£1290.24, www.

thekairoscollective.com

This trend combines

a focus on integrity

of items (think antiques)

alongside comfort. It’s a lived-in

look that envelops - large convivial

pieces of furniture, paired with lots of

texture. Hardwood floors are key to

this style, as is a strong architectural

framework to the room.

The colour palette for this look tends

to be very neutral, focusing on a mix

of taupes, whites, creams and beiges,

intermixed with framing black and

other earth tones, like terracotta and

wood. Finally, small pops of colour can

be added in soft furnishings.

4

Inventive mixes of different finishes

have been really evident in lots of

kitchens this year - choosing surfaces

which age with a nice patina can also

add to the depth of the space - think

about brass and wood, or concrete

with stainless steel. Natural textures

should really shine through.

3

4

2

1 Sione Pendant, £45,

www.cultfurniture.com;

2 Raegan Dining Table, £1176,

www.sweetpeaandwillow.com

3 Whole Birch Kitchen Door,

www.thelifeofply.co.uk;

4 Cement Taupe Concrete

Effect Tile, £18.95,

www.wallsandfloors.co.uk

Image from @amberinteriors

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ADAPT YOUR HOME FOR SOMEONE WITH

DEMENTIA The Key Changes to Make a Safer Space

Maintaining independence is

important for someone living with

dementia, as is having a familiar

living space. Whilst some people

may move out of their home into

residential care, some families are

helping their loved ones remain at

home.

With small adaptations to their living

space, it’s possible for someone with

dementia to stay in their own home

both safely and comfortably. Many local

authorities have funding available to make

minor adaptations to the home, and for

those with more acute needs, there are

also grants available to support with larger

adjustments.

Here are some of the key adaptations to

consider for the home to ensure it’s a safe

space for someone living with dementia.

Kitchen

If your loved one is in the mid to later

stages dementia, they may need

additional assistance and may even have

a carer living with them. If this is the case,

it’s unlikely they’ll be left unsupervised in

the kitchen. However, in order to ensure

the highest safety levels, it’s advisable to

consider:

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• Fitting cookers and any gas-supplied

equipment with an automatic cut off

• Ensuring all smoke detectors and

carbon monoxide alarms are working

• Removing any obstacles, such as rugs

and mats, to avoid trips or falls

• Clearing out the fridge regularly to

remove out-of-date food

• Storing cleaning products, irons,

knives and sharp equipment in a locked

cupboard or drawer

Bathroom

The bathroom can sometimes present

challenges for those with limited mobility

or cognitive challenges. Whilst your loved

one may have a carer present to help with

personal hygiene, it’s best to ensure the

bathroom is a safe and easily navigable

space:

• Clearly marking the taps for hot and cold

• Installing grab rails around the shower

and toilet

• Adding textured pads on surfaces which

may get slippery

• Removing the lock from the bathroom door

• Locking away any medication, cleaning

products, and sharp items

Bedroom

In order to ensure the bedroom is a

calming space where your loved one can

sleep safely, the following should be of use:

• Avoiding electric blankets

• Installing a night light in the bedroom,

hallway, and bathroom to provide easy

vision if they get up in the night

• Making sure the room is a good

temperature

• Putting a clock next to the bed that

indicates whether it is day or night to

avoid confusion

Living Room

This is often where you spend most of

your time relaxing, so to ensure the space

is comfortable, familiar, yet safe, try:

• Removing obstructions which can cause

trips or falls

• Ensuring the room is well lit

• Having a clear path in and out of the

room - especially if your loved one needs

mobility aids

Hallway and Stairs

• Consider installing handrails up the stairs

• Making sure the front and back doors

are locked and car keys are locked away

- particularly if your loved one is prone to

wandering,

• Removing any obstructions such as

hallway tables or cables from phones

If you require further information the

Alzheimer’s Society have a support line

0333 150 3456


PLANNING FOR DEMENTIA

Woodlands, is a long and well established care

home for the elderly, near the beach in a quiet

residential area of Littlehampton.

We are proud of our five good stars from CQC due to the

OUTSTANDING consistent efforts of its staff, one celebrating 30 years

service at Woodlands this year!! We believe that consistent staff is

key to the happiness of our residents.

Residents at Woodlands have choices that they are capable of

making NOW – not tomorrow. By this I don’t just mean lunch or

tea in the garden. Occasionally residents might prefer to be quiet

in their own rooms, where they can have their meals, enjoy their

own company or their visitors!! Each resident is invited to join an

activity or just observe. It could be skittles, exercise, dancing, visiting

entertainers, animals or a game. It might involve a few, or be on a

one to one basis, but the choice is now… because this may be the

only way they think.

SO, we relax and make the best of every day. Our endeavour is

to “let every resident be the best they can be”!! At the same time

maintaining all the high standards set, not only by the authorities but

our own ethos of care for both our residents and our staff. And it is

this that makes Woodlands different from most care homes.

If you are thinking of professional care for a loved one NOW or in the

future, consider Woodlands House, a small luxury family run care

home. Covid19 guidelines in place. VISIT us and you will know what

you are looking for when you have to choose!!!!

Look us up on www.woodlandshouse.org or www.carehome.

co.uk for further information of reviews. Or telephone Oonagh

Cacioppo on 01903725458 Mob 07815762623. ADVERTISING FEATURE

PLANNING FOR

BY DEMENTIA

CQC Good!!!

ALL FIVE SERVICES INSPECTED

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Thank Though the goodness new regulations, 2021 standards is a New and Year inspections and spring seem

will endless, be the upon ethos us at soon! Woodlands has not changed here in thirty

years either, “Treat each resident as if they are your own parent”.

Our garden is a quagmire and only in use by the very daring but

Not difficult to understand, though challenging at times. The staff,

with the recent visit of the gardener, by the time you read this

all highly qualified and very experienced in the field of Dementia

the daffodils will be thinking of coming up and the garden will be

Care, take enormous pride in their team with the results of a

looking lush and green, and ready for activities!

“GOOD” in all five categories of the CQC Inspection Report.

Residents However, the at Woodlands greatest reward have is choices daily…seeing that they residents are capable content, of

making secure, and – now comfortable – not tomorrow. and feeling By this at home I don’t without just mean social lunch or

tea pressures. in the garden. Being a Occasionally small home, only a resident fourteen might residents, prefer most to keep

to residents themselves get on in together their own well!! room There and is enjoy always their a quiet own corner company if

or someone their visitors!! feels a little Each Me-time resident is is in invited order! to join an activity or

just Woodlands observe. House It could is a be care skittles, home exercise, for elderly dancing, people with or a short board term

game. memory It loss, might dementia, involve a confusion, few, or be and on a Alzheimer’s one-to-one disease. basis, but The the

choice families is of theirs. residents at Woodlands have recognised, that whilst

becoming less able to live independently, even with home-care,

An their unhappy remaining mood skills can and sometimes abilities can be be changed, more successfully just by a big

smile maintained or a cuddle given specialist if invited. care, Observation earlier rather is absolutely than later. vital With as staff

pain, with an anxiety, average worry, of eight can years not always at Woodlands, be expressed familiarity but is can key. be

seen by an experienced and trained carer. We recently realised

The environment which is comfortable and homely with all

that our AVERAGE employment record is eleven years! Staff

soft furnishings, gives the warmth and understanding normally

at Woodlands can ask a resident what they would like, already

associated with family care. It is also borne in mind how families feel

knowing that their favourite is the lunch of the day. This means

when first leaving and later visiting loved ones. It is important they

continuity and a depth of knowledge about each individual

feel comfortable and confident in the care being provided and that

resident. How to and not to approach, their likes, needs, joys

Activities both daily are specifically tailored around each resident.

and what makes them content, perhaps even while suffering an

illness Christmas that is every coming, one and of us like reading everyone this else lives we in will fear be of. preparing This is

even homemade MORE mince IMPORTANT pies, Christmas in these Cake difficult and times. loads of shortbread!!

Decorations will cheers us up as we look out at the birds and

01903 770356

If squirrels you are scurrying thinking around of professional the garden care for for their a loved supper one while NOW or in

the residents future, james@thesussexwillsoffice.co.uk

patiently consider wait Woodlands for warm House, aromas a small baking luxury indicating family run

care supper home and near Christmas the beach. are on CQC their 5 way! STARS Another rated. year Maintaining at Woodlands!! the

HIGHEST STANDARDS OF PROTECTIVE CARE.

WOODLANDS

HOUSE

CARE HOME

We specialise in caring for those suffering from memory

loss, Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of confusion,

in a luxury home in Sussex.

We operate an alternative Care Philosophy whereby

residents are encouraged to live their lives

without the pressures of social expectations

or unnecessary sedation.

www.woodlandshouse.org

www.carehome.co.uk

Room available NOW

CQC

Inspection:

“GOOD” for

every level!!!

For further information contact

Oonagh Cacioppoon 01903 725458

or email house.woodlands@gmail.com

4 St Winefride’s Road, Littlehampton, Sussex BN17 5NL

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Let's Get Together

We are social creatures. We thrive

in the company of others – talking,

laughing, playing… being. At

Hallmark Care Homes, relationshipcentred

care is at the heart of

everything we do...

Not only will our team members form strong relationships with

each resident, we also encourage residents to form bonds with

each other. Through the range of activities we offer – everything

from cooking classes to singing sessions, days out and

gardening – friendships are formed and new memories made.

Our social spaces are also abuzz with game-playing, chatting

and cake-eating – both with family members visiting and those

residing with us.

Of course, we understand the importance of ‘me time’ as well,

which is why there’s always the option for residents to opt for

some peace and quiet – either in our tranquil gardens, in their

stylishly decorated room or in a quiet nook.

You know your loved one best and we recognise that selecting

the right care home for them is an emotional decision. Will

they be safe? Will they be stimulated? Will they be happy? If

our multiple awards and current residents’ smiles are anything

to go by, the answer is a resounding YES. Every resident is

unique, with their own needs, interests and personality, which

is why we ensure we get to know them properly – by spending

time with both them and their family. We ask questions and,

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more importantly, we listen to the answers, so that we are able

to fulfil each person’s medical, physical, emotional and social

requirements. We want each resident to feel comfortable in their

new home, without having to give up the things they enjoy. As

such, your mum can still enjoy her weekly trip to the hairdresser

in our on-site salon and your dad can still have his Friday-night

pint at our bar.

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our residents, the

company of like-minded companions cannot be underestimated.

Our relationship- centred care encourages friendships both inside

the care home and in the wider community, which can both open

up new opportunities and allow residents to continue with a

much-loved hobby or pastime.

We can’t wait to meet – and get to know – your loved one. After

all, we’re in this together.

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Let’s Get Together

The highest quality care starts

with a connection

Every member of our team gets to know your loved one

as an individual when they move in, so we can support

them to live a life they love.

We call it relationship-centred care.

If you’re looking for the highest quality care for your

loved one, let’s get together and talk.

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