West Berkshire Lifestyle Nov - Dec 2021

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At last the Christmas editions are here! With festive fun, gifts and interiors, plus inspiration for decorating the guest bedroom and an interview with the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen. Plus, our competition pages return, with staycations, laundry upgrades and festive hampers!

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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Guest

A Culinary Journey through

Northern Ireland bedroom perfection

It’s certainly the challenge of

publishing that you always have your

head in the wrong season - each year,

Christmas begins for us in July, which

is about the same time as I start to

ask my friends and family what they’d

like as a present or if they’re free for a

meal in December - each year I’m met

with the same furrowed brows and

a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking

about that yet!’

Forward planning aside, it is a rather

lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m

mostly sorted for the festivities - my

only issue being losing said gifts

between July and December 25th. If

your industry doesn’t quite prepare

you in the same way though, we’ve

got a bevy of festive features to help

get you prepped.

Our competition

page returns

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Alongside Christmas features,

we’ve got a lovely interview with

The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen, plus some delicious recipes

from her new book.

If you’re receiving guests this year,

we’ve got some inspiration on

creating the perfect guest room

sanctuary. And if festive madness all

gets too much, you can always slip in

there yourself!

Yorkshire Shepherdess

Amanda Owen

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Editor Katie Thomson

e katie.thomson@minervapublications.co.uk

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-Press Manager Kate Norris

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

Angela Cave and Pete Lawrence. Front cover courtesy of Rose & Grey roseandgrey.co.uk

Key Account Manager Angela Cave

e angela.cave@minervapublications.co.uk

d/l 01225 984498

twitter: @WBLifestyle

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Recipes from

Amanda’s new book

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The news has been all doom and

gloom of late, but I think it’s important

that, toy shortage/turkey drama/fuel

crisis or not, this year’s Christmas is

looking so much brighter than 2020’s,

and there’s so much to be thankful

for. This quote from the legendary Bob

Hope really captured that for me:

“My idea of Christmas, whether

old-fashioned or modern, is very

simple: loving others. Come to

think of it, why do we have to

wait for Christmas to do that?”

We are looking forward to seeing

you again in January - we are doing

away with the New Year, New You

nonsense and instead focusing

on what 2022 can offer you. Until

then, take care, have a very Merry

Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Katie

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COMPETITION

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Find the competition and enter on that post,

using the appropriate keyword.

T&C’s apply and no cash alternatives available. Winners chosen at

random - entries made after closing date will not be accepted.

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TONIQ On Demand

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We caught up with personal trainer Arron Collins-Thomas to find out about his new

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Your gym, with its fully-rounded approach to health and

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putting our pets first

We may feel as if we have had ‘information

overload’ when it comes to germ

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a product comes along that demands our

attention - enter Leucillin. This is a skin

health product for pets that is proving to

be a product which all of us may well be

putting in our first aid chests very soon.

We spoke to Georgina Bashforth (pictured

right) about the product and its exciting

potential…….

First of all, in layman’s terms – what is

Leucillin?

Leucillin is a clever antiseptic applied to

the skin topically to protect against harmful

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Our pets our so important to us, how

is Leucillin used and what specific

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Leucillin has a great reputation for safety

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veterinary and grooming industries,

this year. It has been awarded human

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Furthermore it can be safely applied in

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For children, as well as our pets, it’s

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so no more wincing on that grazed knee.

It seems to be a very gentle solution

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problems - can it be used long-term?

Leucillin achieves an unbeatable

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the 99.99% which we think is good? Well;

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Fast effective pathogen reduction means

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And finally, how else can it be used and

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Our goal is to help alleviate the dependence

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During the pandemic Leucillin has been

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We have also recently teamed up with The

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KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE

AND HAPPY THIS CHRISTMAS

To share a stress-free and safe Christmas with your dog,

The Kennel Club has rounded up some tips on how to keep

them comfortable and safe during the festive season...

A DOG’S DINNER - Each Christmas there are thousands of cases of

dogs needing veterinary treatment after stealthily stealing chocolate

and other unsuitable festive treats. With so much going on during

Christmas so try and keep treats out of paw’s reach.

One of the most hazardous Christmas treats is chocolate, which

is highly toxic for dogs. It is important to keep any chocolate

treats, including tree decorations, out of your dog’s reach to avoid

poisoning, and ask your visitors to do the same.

Christmas dinner also involves a lot of foods which can be

dangerous for a dog, either through being toxic, too salty or too

fatty. Owners should avoid feeding dogs turkey, goose or chicken as

bones can easily splinter causing an obstruction and possibly even

piercing your dog’s tummy.

Sweet treats like mince pies and Christmas pudding all contain dried

fruits including raisins, currants or sultanas which are toxic to dogs.

Other dangerous Christmas treats that should stay in a cupboard

and away from your pet include macadamia nuts, blue cheese,

alcohol, bones, fatty foods and mouldy foods.

FESTIVE FUN - Christmas festivities can be overwhelming for dogs,

from excited and noisy children to crackers banging, so avoid forcing

festive fun by making sure their routine isn’t disrupted. Take them out

on their usual walks and keep their dinner at the same time too. To

help them feel secure, ensure they have their usual space and bed

where they can retreat if they want to.

When visiting family and friends over Christmas, or fitting in some

Christmas shopping, make sure you don’t leave your four-legged

friend alone for more than four hours.

DANGEROUS DECORATIONS - Christmas decorations and

presents are often just as intriguing and exciting for dogs as they are

for humans. However, some seasonal decorative plans including

holly, mistletoe, ivy and poinsettia, can also be dangerous. When

decorating your house, make sure these plants are out of your dog’s

reach.

When choosing your tree, consider an artificial one as they don’t

drop needles and are likely to be less harmful to pets. It can also be a

good idea to leave the tree up undecorated for few days, giving your

dog a chance to get used to it being there.

Avoid hanging any chocolate, sweet or salt-dough decorations on

the tree and keep the bottom branches bare of lights, tinsel and

baubles.

If you think your dog

may have eaten,

touched or inhaled

something that

they shouldn’t,

speak to your vet

straight away.

There is further advice

on how to have a carefree canine

Christmas on The Kennel Club

website:

thekennelclub.org.uk/health/dogs-atchristmas

thekennelclub.

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INTO THE

blue

Emily Baker takes in ultimate luxury

in the inimitable Maldives

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ARRIVAL BY SEAPLANE

t’s difficult to write about the Maldives

without descending into cliches - it is

Ievery bit as beautiful as you imagined, the

ocean suites with their glass floor hatches

are equal parts luxurious and mesmerising,

and of course the combination of sand, sea

and all-inclusivity really are a winner - so, I’ll

try and limit myself to only using the word

crystalline a handful of times, but what can I

tell you that you don’t already know?

I think I could start with the journey - though

travelling is my bread and butter, long haul

can test even the most excited of voyagers.

There are a few different routes to the

mainland of Male, with BA offering direct

flights. For those looking to fly in the lap of

luxury (and if you’re heading to the Maldives,

who isn’t) then Qatar is the best choice -

with a short layover in the ultra-plush Doha

airport, it’s enough to make the journey an

event, rather than a task.

Whilst I was prepared for the drama of the

seaplane arrival, there is something otherworldly

about seeing this string of atolls

from the air for the first time. The inky-blue

sea stretches out like a vast blanket,

punctuated by bursts of green, framed by

the turquoise necklace of each island’s reef.

Even whilst feeling weary from the long

flight, I pressed myself to the window like a

child, completely mesmerised by the views

below along the 40 minute hop. If you’re

looking for that international-traveller ‘I’ve

made it’ feeling, then arriving by seaplane

has to tick all the boxes.

The welcome on arrival at the spectacular

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Resort was the first

taste of the group’s trademark hospitality

- a gleaming small army in white uniforms

and glowing smiles awaited, festooning us

with flower garlands and introducing each

guest to their own dedicated villa butler -

they are your go-to whilst on the resort, for

everything from booking restaurant tables

to helping you hitch a ride on one of the golf

buggies that transport guests around the 52

acre resort.

There are a handful of different

accommodation options for guests - either

stays on those quintessential oceanic villas,

decked with their steps straight into the

water, or a series of beach villas, either with

direct access to the beach or with oceanic

views and their own private infinity pools.

Whilst some of the fixtures and fittings are

looking a little tired in places, the sheer

delight of the location more than makes up

for any shortcomings inside, as does the

wealth of activities, both in the water and

out, available from your doorstep.

This brings me on to my other assumption

- one I think many travellers make - that

the Maldives is a destination for loved-up

couples to fly and flop in luxury. And whilst

there’s definitely scope for that, I wasn’t

overcome by a raft of couples acting

amorously by the pool, but instead greeted

by a huge breadth of guest profiles - there

were, of course, couples, but also groups

of friends on a girly getaway and families -

taking advantage of the total safety of the

island to let little ones run around freely.

Though, unlike other family-friendly resorts,

the children are seen but not heard - there’s

space for everyone, so adults can still find

their escape. Kids and adults alike can

partake in aquatic adventures, with guided

reef swimming, paragliding, and options to

learn to dive in the resorts PADI and DDI

Diamond certified diving school.

If the term barefoot luxury is banded

about too much, it’s very much found

its true definition here - this is a place of

relaxation, aided by that extra oomph that

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“There’s not much I can say that you

might not already know, but that

shouldn’t be a reason to stop you

getting into the Maldivian groove and

discovering it for yourself”

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HORIZON WATER VILLA

only an all-inclusive stay can offer. In

all there are 15 venues for drinking and

dining - offering a mixture of worldwide

cuisines. Where the food really shines is

in the bevy of freshly grilled reef fish and

Maldivian curries - there are fine dining

options available, but it was the Bamboo

restaurant with its tables in the sand and

menus of fresh salads and Pan-Asian

cuisine which really hit the right notes in

the afternoon heat.

Knowing as they do that tourism in these

areas have hugely adverse effects on the

local environment, Sun Siyam as a group

continually look for ways to reduce their

footprint. Being an archipelagic state,

the Maldives does rely on a significant

array of food imports, but the group has

its own farm island which grows a variety

of produce, limiting the carbon impact.

Guests to the resort can visit too, for a

unique farm to plate experience.

I suppose the other big question for

everyone tentatively dipping their toes

back into international travel, is, is it safe?

The major advantage of the Maldives is

the sheer space between the islands,

meaning that they can isolate cases as

and when they occur. How this landscape

will change as more vaccines are rolled

out across the globe is still unknown, but

its clear that each resort is doing their

part. As it currently stands, to change

resorts you are still required to take a

PCR test - whilst some might consider

this an unnecessary expense, I think it’s a

sensible and safe practice to make sure

you can enjoy your stay fully.

Now, if there is a spa to be found in

a resort, you will generally find me

ensconced inside it. Within a humblelooking

bungalow off one of the jungle

tracks, lies Iru Fushi’s - a world-leading

spa by French brand Thalgo - don’t be

fooled by initial appearances though

- knock on the heavy black-lacquered

doors and you’ll be whisked into an

exotic oasis, where pebble-lined paths

snake through bubbling koi ponds.

Massages here are on the expensive

side, but hey, you’re in the Maldives -

lean in to the luxury and enjoy your slice

of paradise, it really is worth it.

I suppose the thing that really sets the

tone for any trip, and indeed the make or

break, are the staff within the resort, and

Sun Siyam really do have a spectacularly

good team. Throughout the stay, nothing

was too much trouble. Want a pinch-me

romantic dinner on your own stretch

of beach, surrounded by the twinkle

of candles? You’ve got it. In our little

quintet of ladies holidaying together,

we mentioned we would like to have a

meditation session on the beach - what

we got was a heart shape hand-dug into

the sand, punctuated with tea lights and

frangipani flowers, with yoga mats rolled

out and a selection of oils from the spa to

aid relaxation. This beautiful scene was

all the work of our dedicated butlers and

could not have been more special. This

attention to detail extends everywhere

- even my own very British sensibilities

about having a butler were eased, as

the service they offered was completely

unobtrusive and very intuitive.

There’s not much I can say that you might

not already know, but that shouldn’t be

a reason to stop you getting into the

Maldivian groove and discovering it for

yourself - flawless hospitality, great food,

a wealth of activities and the unrelenting

joy of the location, I think Sun Siyam

could make even the most cynical resortsnob

fall under its spell.

www.sunsiyam.com

HOW TO BOOK

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Banjo Cycles has been serving Newbury and the surrounding

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town centre, Banjo Cycles is the longest serving cycle shop in

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Amanda Owen

The yorkshire Shepherdess

Tells us about her life in the Dales

Known to millions as The Yorkshire

Shepherdess, Amanda Owen is the author

of five best-selling books about her life

on Ravenseat ,one of the most remote

farms in the country, where she lives with

her husband Clive and nine children. She

currently stars in Channel 5’s popular TV

show Our Yorkshire Farm and her latest

book is Celebrating the Seasons includes

stories, recipes and photos from the farm

and is out now.

I understand that you had had no

previous links to farming, may I ask

how you became so involved in this line

of work?

I grew up in Huddersfield and no one in

my family is from a farming background.

I loved the James Herriot books when I

was a child, and watched the TV series.

Because of James Herriot I loved the idea

of being a vet, probably like most other

children of that era, but was told at school

that I was not academic enough to make

the grades. One day in the school library

I picked up a book called Hill Shepherd.

It was a photographic documentary of

hill farming in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Reading that book was an epiphany for

me, the pictures of the hill shepherds on

the moors with the sheep made me realise

it was where I wanted to be. It ticked the

box of wanting to work with animals in

the countryside and importantly it also

ticked the rebellion box as it was so the

opposite of my townie life up until then.

Years later after I had married my husband

Clive, we realised that there was actually a

photograph of him in Hill Shepherd! So it’s

a very important book to me.

How did you learn your crafts? One of

the many things I learnt from your book

was how important it is to get the grass

in - in good time.

I started out as a farm hand, and then

moved on to being a contract shepherd,

working on different farms all over the

country. But really, I learnt everything as I

went along.

Most of my crafts came through natural

progression, learning to ride a horse

by riding it, learning to clip a sheep by

clipping my first one, learning to work a

dog, by taking the dog out with me for the

first time.

You can only learn what to do by doing it,

you have to get practical on the ground

experience. Nothing comes close to

learning how to be a shepherd, other than

actually doing the work of a shepherd and

it’s not just about learning about sheep,

it’s about learning about the land.

With the grass it starts with the sheep.

You’ve got to have your sheep in good

order - we grow hardy stock through the

winter, so it’s absolutely vital that you grow

your crop well, so they have food to eat

throughout the winter.

You enjoy sheep shearing - were you

nervous when you cut your first fleece?

Of course, but you know, you have to be

nervous in order to be any good at what

you’re doing. If you’re lambing sheep you

are dealing with nature first hand, but

there is no room for you to have time to

be nervous as you have to get on with the

job. It’s you alone in that moment and it’s

not optional to be nervous. That pressure

makes you work fast.

The first time I clipped, I would clip the

sheep while the professional shearers

were having their dinner, and they

would encourage me or discourage me

depending on what I was doing, and then

the more you do it you get faster. You

keep practicing and eventually you will

get there.

How do you spread yourself between

9 children - it must quite a noisy

household at times?

It is a noisy household. But we’re very

privileged to live where we do which

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means that there’s plenty of room for

everybody to get some space outside. I

enjoy the busyness and noise of family

life in the house. But I can get away from

it by walking out my front door. Plenty

of people can’t as they leave their front

door and if they live in a city, it’s still loud

and busy when they get out. We’re lucky

here to have the wide open spaces and

the kids spend a lot of time outdoors.

We’re working farm and that means that

everyone mucks in - no matter what

the age, it could be collecting hen’s

eggs, feeding the horses, or helping find

uniforms for everyone, also cooking. Real

dough is just as good as playdough and

the kids love learning to cook. The only

time when we all come together is tea time

at the farm, when we all come together to

eat, it’s my favourite time of day, when I

get to hear what everyone’s been up to on

the farm and school.

Your children must have a wonderful

time and appear to have no fears with

any of the animals. Do they each have a

special one?

I suppose they do. Quite a lot of the girls

loves the horses. Violet loves the cows,

she was excited recently that our pet cow,

Ciara has now come in from the fields.

Violet hand reared Ciara from a calf, so

she thinks she belongs inside the house

and doesn’t like the other cows. Miles is

very taken with the hens and his flock of

30 sheep. Through the winter and up to

lambing time Miles looks after his flock of

sheep after school. Sidney has his own

dog, Nell a sheep dog and she runs for

him, so that’s quite a big thing for a young

lad to be able to work his own sheep dog.

It’s a level up from being a pet. The terriers

are wonderful they are real characters,

they are source of frustration as they

will have fights with each other, or they

wander off from the farm to the local pub

quite a few miles away! The terriers, are

Chalky and Sprout, sadly we lost Pippin at

the beginning of lock down. Tony the pony

(pictured above right) is loved by Annas,

Clemmie and Nancy, they look after him,

feed him, brush him and ride him. They

also love the bigger horses Josie and

Princess. Princess is very good with the

kids and often two of them ride her around

the fields. They also like to take the horses

down to the river and give them a bath

and wash and comb their tails.

Will any of them follow in your

footsteps?

Yeah, I think so, at the moment Miles and

Sidney are very keen on farming and Edith

is a good shepherdess. That said I never

place any expectation on any of them

to follow me into being a farmer and a

shepherd. You don’t know where life will

take you. I’m not sitting here going: “I want

you to be a shepherd”, because life goes

through stages, and what you want to do

changes, so I’d rather they make their own

choices, they can do whatever they want

to do. It’s a difficult thing to ask a child

what they want to do with the rest of their

life. They’ll figure it out as they go along.

What is your favourite season and why?

Summer. But really I mean June. June is

my favourite month, because all the sheep

have had lambs and been turned back

out onto the moor and it’s before hay time

and clipping, so there’s a lull and a pause

in the farm work, and at the same time

everything comes to life - the flowers, the

birds on the moor. In June, the Curlews

are back, as are the Lapwings, Golden

Plover, Black Grouse. All you can hear

is birds, wherever you’re walking. There

are woodcock and snipe too - they are

all ground nesting birds up here on the

moor, so you get to see their nests as

well - and it’s just beautiful. The flowers

you see in June are marsh marigolds,

globe flowers, all the hay meadow

flowers, rare orchids - it’s really pretty.

What made you decide to write this

book? It is a delightful read and the

recipes are a treat….

Celebrating the Seasons, came about

because I wanted to answer some of the

most frequently ask questions, how do

you cater for such a big family? Tell us

about the practicalities? What do you

cook? It was really difficult selecting

recipes for the book. I wanted to include

forgiving recipes. Recipes that it was

totally fine to get distracted in the middle

of and would still turn out good. Recipes

that were achievable with the most

basic of ingredients, simple feel good

food, that was nutritionally good too. My

absolute favourite is the Tagine recipe,

it’s a people pleaser, for me its so easy

and the smell always brings everyone

to the kitchen - which is helpful! Every

time I cook it it’s different, sometimes

chick peas, sometimes wild rice, some

times couscous - it always comes out

slightly different each time. In addition

to the recipes, people have told me they

loved my photos and images of the farm

that I post on twitter and would always

suggest I do a photograph book. If you

go back to basics it was a photography

book - Hill Shepherd - that inspired me

to become a shepherd. So it’s nice to

go full circle. I know how inspiring a

photography book can be - how it can

really steer you and how a picture can

tell a thousand words. I really hope that

when people buy the book, that they

look at the pictures over and over again

and still find something new in them, as I

have with Hill Shepherd.

What would you like to tell our readers

about your life?

I want people to know that Celebrating

the Seasons is a book about going your

own way. It’s not a blueprint for how you

should live your life, it simply says this

is what we do as a family this is how we

do it, feel free to follow the recipes, or

do them your own way. I want people

to not let themselves to be stereotyped,

to know that all things are achievable if

you really want to do it. So many people

said you won’t have time to write a book,

you won’t achieve that. But I believe you

can do anything you just have to start

doing it. If you want to write a book,

start writing. I got an E in GCSE English,

and this is my fifth book. Anything is

possible.

Celebrating

the Seasons with The Yorkshire

Shepherdess by Amanda Owen by Pan

Macmillan, £20.


Dinner is served

Tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Wild Mushroom Soup with

Wood Sorrel & Hazelnut Pesto

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 35 minutes

Serves 4

2 tbsp Yorkshire rapeseed oil, plus extra for

garnish

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed or grated

450g wild mushrooms, such as yellow

chanterelle, roughly chopped

50ml Madeira or sweet sherry

850ml hot vegetable stock

3 sprigs fresh thyme

200ml double cream

1 tsp mushroom powder

Salt and black pepper

Pesto

25g chopped toasted hazelnuts

1 small bunch wood sorrel

2 tbsp olive oil

10g Parmesan

Garnish

Handful of wild mushrooms

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add

the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5

minutes, until softened but not coloured.

Next, add the mushrooms and fry on a

medium heat for 8 minutes, until they are

golden.

Pour the Madeira over the mushrooms and

cook on a high heat for about a minute until

the alcohol evaporates.

Lower the heat and pour in the hot stock,

then add the sprigs of thyme. Bring to the

boil then cover and simmer gently for 20

minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, blitz with

a hand blender or in a liquidizer until the

soup is smooth. Return the soup to a clean

pan, stir in the cream and sprinkle over the

mushroom powder, then season the soup

and gently reheat over a low heat.

Meanwhile, place the pesto ingredients into

a small food processor and blitz for a few

seconds until combined. Add extra oil if the

pesto is a little thick and season to taste.

For the mushroom garnish, drizzle some

oil in a small frying pan and gently fry the

remaining mushrooms for a couple of

minutes until golden.

To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls,

scatter over the whole fried mushrooms,

and top with a spoonful of pesto.

Tip

Try serving with homemade spelt bread.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with

Jewelled Couscous

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 4

Tagine

2 tbsp olive oil

600g lamb shoulder, diced

1 large onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tbsp hot smoked paprika

40g tomato purée

400g can cherry tomatoes

1 cinnamon stick

50g dried apricots, chopped

2 large pieces orange peel

285ml lamb stock

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

Jewelled couscous

200g couscous

200ml hot vegetable stock

1 red onion, chopped

100g pomegranate seeds

1 small bunch mint, leaves roughly chopped

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

3 spring onions

20g almonds, toasted

Salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ gas 4.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large

heatproof casserole dish, then add the

lamb and sear and brown on all sides for

about 5 minutes. Remove the lamb from

the casserole dish with a slotted spoon and

set aside.

Return the casserole dish to the heat and

add the remaining oil. When hot, add the

onion and fry gently for approximately 8

minutes until golden. Add the garlic and fry

for a further minute.

Sprinkle over the ground spices and stir

in the tomato purée then fry for a further

minute. Return the meat and any juices

to the pan with the remaining Tagine

ingredients (except the fresh coriander),

bring to the boil then cover with a lid and

transfer to the middle shelf of the oven.

Cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.

Meanwhile, while the Tagine cooks, put the

couscous into a bowl and pour over the

hot vegetable stock. Cover the bowl tightly

with cling film and set aside for 10 minutes

until the couscous has absorbed the liquid.

Season the couscous, then stir through

the remaining ingredients, saving a few

almonds and herbs to garnish.

To serve the Tagine, remove the cinnamon

stick and check seasoning, then sprinkle

over the chopped coriander. Serve in warm

bowls with the jewelled couscous.

Tip

This recipe can also be cooked slowly in a

Tagine over a barbecue.

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And time for pudding...

More tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Rhubarb & Custard Crumble Cake

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Serves 4-6

Rhubarb

250g Yorkshire rhubarb, cut into 2cm

chunks

50g caster sugar

Crumble

50g plain flour

25g butter, cut into cubes

40g chopped mixed nuts

25g demerara sugar

Cake

170g butter, softened, plus extra for

greasing

85g caster sugar

85g soft brown sugar

3 medium eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

170g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

30g custard powder

Icing sugar to dust

Custard to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas

Grease and line a 21cm round spring-form

cake tin.

Put the rhubarb into a saucepan and

sprinkle over the caster sugar. Heat very

gently until the sugar dissolves into a syrup.

Simmer for 6–8 minutes until the rhubarb

just begins to soften. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile make the crumble. Place the

flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the

butter with your fingertips until it resembles

breadcrumbs, then stir in the chopped nuts

and sugar.

Next make the cake. Beat the butter, caster

sugar and soft brown sugar in a bowl using

an electric mixer for 2–3 minutes, until light

and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract

with 2 tablespoons of the flour, beat for

a minute until combined, then fold in the

remaining flour, baking powder and custard

powder.

Drain any excess juices from the rhubarb

and discard the syrup, then gently fold the

cooled rhubarb through the cake mixture.

Transfer the cake batter to the prepared tin

and gently smooth the top with a spatula.

Sprinkle the crumble over the cake and

press down lightly with the back of a spoon,

then bake on the middle shelf of the oven

for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden, firm

to touch, and when a skewer is inserted it

comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the

cake tin, then transfer to a plate.

Dust lightly with icing sugar before serving

warm with custard.

Tip

Also delicious served with ice cream or

single cream.

Hedgerow Nutty Crumble

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Serves 4

Fruit filling

40g butter

40g golden caster sugar

2 Braeburn apples, peeled and sliced

200g Bramley apples, peeled and sliced

300g foraged berries or any mixed berries,

such as blackberries and wild raspberries

Crumble topping

125g plain flour

85g unsalted butter, diced

85g demerara sugar

50g rolled oats

30g chopped toasted hazelnuts

Custard or ice cream to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.

For the fruit filling, melt the butter in a

pan, add the sugar and apples and gently

simmer for 5 minutes. Add the berries and

simmer for 2 minutes, then transfer to a

23cm round oven-proof dish.

Meanwhile prepare the crumble topping.

Put the flour into a mixing bowl and rub

in the butter with your fingertips, until the

mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir

in the sugar, oats and hazelnuts.

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the

fruit, then place the dish on the middle

shelf of the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes,

until the crumb is golden and fruit

bubbling.

Allow to cool slightly before serving with

custard or ice cream.

Tip

Try using other seasonal fruits such as

damsons or gooseberries.

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The more things you can put in the room

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Gifts for gardeners and the garden too!

Matt Biggs, the gardening expert, gives us some excellent ideas on Christmas presents for your

green-fingered friends...

It is that time of the year again, only this year hopefully we can be

with our loved ones and celebrate Christmas as we want to.

Whilst the past 18 months have been difficult and challenging for

so many of us, one good result is the interest in gardening that

spending so much time at home has created.

Bee-keeping is a great hobby -

and there is no better way to help

nature than to help our bees -

check out local bee keeping clubs

and societies - and do buy local

honey too!

New gardeners, born again gardeners, there are many ideas to

bring a Christmas morning smile - so here are a few, and not only

good for gardeners but good for the garden too.

Horticulture courses - from the RHS courses to local college

courses and even garden club activities, there are many ways to

learn from those in the know - and gardeners are great sharers.

The gift of a course, a membership or a good book is a great way

to encourage budding gardeners and assist those who want to

fulfil a gardening wish.

Older people who can no longer garden may be able to do a little

more in their gardens if the beds are raised so that they can sit and

garden or do so from a wheelchair . If housebound, planting a small

but beautiful tree or shrub so that it can be seen from the house is a

great idea, and a bird feeding station will offer hours of entertainment

and be great for the birds too!

From locally made hand creams and soaps to really good tools,

books, vouchers for the local garden centre and bird tables there

is plenty to keep a gardener happy - and give nature a bit of a

hand too!

Fore more information contact: 01635 254888 | kblwork@tesco.net | www.enbridgehouse.co.uk

Enbridge House, Church Road, Woolton Hill, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9XQ

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Century 1 Light

Chandelier in Rich

Auerelia Gold with Clear

Heritage Crystal, £906.12,

weybridgelights.co.uk

Design by Turner Pocock

Clemence Mirror, £174,

sweetpeaandwillow.com

So’Home Lamp,

£139, laredoute.co.uk

Rustic Apricot Blossom

Wallpaper, £44 for 10m

roll, litfad.com

MODERN

REGENCY

Porthallow Footstool, from

£746, sofasandstuff.com

Botticelli Demi Lune

Console Table, £495,

perchandparrow.com

Country Living Linen

Pom Pom Cushion, £20,

homebase.co.uk

Estella Headboard from £545,

headboardsbydesignonline.co.uk

400cm Core-Edo

Coordonne mural, £470,

thebestwallpaperplace.com

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HOUSING-WITH-CARE

Allowing older people to live where they want to live

Imagine you’re an older person in your

70s, approaching your later years and

perhaps in need of more support soon,

but still with so much to give, so many

talents to unlock, so many friends to

make. You’re thinking about moving

from the family home you’ve lived in

for years to somewhere which provides

security and care if and when you need

it, but which also allows you to keep

your independence and connections to

the local community, and which has a

range of activities and facilities to keep

you busy.

It’s this middle ground, this golden

mean, combining independence with

care and support, which housing-withcare

settings across the country are

offering to older people in increasing

numbers. Sometimes called retirement

communities, retirement villages or extra

care housing, these settings give older

people the opportunity to rent or own

a flat or apartment, on a site with 24/7

staffing, high-quality care provision if

needed, and facilities like restaurants,

bars, cafes, gyms, activity rooms and

much more.

While long-standing options for older

people like care homes and traditional

retirement housing will continue to have

a vital place, there is a growing need

for middle options like housing-withcare

which allow older people to stay

independent and healthy for longer.

The evidence is clear: housing-withcare

improves health and well-being,

drastically cuts down hospital and GP

visits, and reduces feelings of loneliness.

Not only do older people themselves

benefit, but so too does the NHS and

whole social care system.

Housing-with-care settings can be in

either rural or urban locations, giving

older people the chance to choose the

lifestyle they want. Often, they are closely

connected with the town centre, and

people of different ages are able to use

the facilities at the retirement community

and mix with older residents. Far from

being ghettos of the elderly, housingwith-care

settings can be hubs of

intergenerational connection.

ARCO’s role as the representative body

for the housing-with-care sector is to help

our members provide the best possible

service to their older residents, and to

ensure the sector thrives and grows in

the way that it should. An important part

of ARCO’s work is helping members

set high standards through the ARCO

Consumer Code, a new edition of

which was launched in September this

year. The code upholds the principles

of transparency and fairness, giving

customers and residents confidence that

housing-with-care operators achieve

high levels of consumer protection in

everything from marketing, sales and

lettings, and resident relations.

Because, ultimately, housing-with-care is

all about the residents. About responding

to the growing demand from older

people for housing options that combine

independent, active living with care

and support if needed. About allowing

residents to live the life that they want

to live.

For further email please visit

www.arcouk.org

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Pearl House Newbury, our exciting new

retirement development in Newbury,

has opened its doors for you to view

Join us at Open House Thursdays for coffee and

cake in our beautiful facilities and learn what Luxury

retirement living is about. Dates for your diary:

• 11th November - Coffee Morning at 11.00am

• 25th November - Money Matters event with talks

from local experts. At 11.00am

• 2nd December - Our Christmas Fair - we welcome

enquiries from potential stall holders.

Feel safe and secure, with 24-hour concierge.

Communal spaces include a library, club lounge,

restaurant and landscaped gardens.

Come and take a look at the spacious one and two bed

apartments and penthouses. Apartment prices start at

£275,000 PLEASE NOTE other charges apply.

(No ground rent is payable).

To book a viewing or to take your place for an

Open Thursday event at 11am on 11th or 25th November

Telephone 01635 551 229 or contact us at

sales@edenrl.com

For further information please visit our website.

www.pearlhousenewbury.co.uk

MAKE LIFE EASIER

• Large range of Mobility Aids • PPE

• Hire services • Wheelchairs • Stairlifts

Our stores always welcome visits for consultations regarding advice

on choosing the right mobility equipment or service.

FREE HEARING

HEALTH CHECK

Shoes and slipper

Footcare appointments

The Mobility Store

7 Clive Parade

Cricklade Road,

Swindon SN2 1AJ

01793 701313

swindon@thehearingandmobilitystore.co.uk

THE MARLBOROUGH

MOBILITY STORE

56 George Lane,

Marlborough SN8 4BY

01672 511550

wiltshiremobility@mail.com

THE WROUGHTON

MOBILITY STORE

Unit 1, The Forge

4-6 Devizes Road

Wroughton SN4 0RZ

01793 815083

wroughtonmobility@mail.com

NEW

ADDRESS

Rise and recline furniture

Adjustable beds

Mobility scooters

Mobility scooter repairs

FREE LEVEL ACCESS PARKING AT ALL STORES

www.thehearingandmobilitystore.co.uk

THE BOURTON ON THE

WATER MOBILITY STORE

Lansdowne

Bourton on the Water GL54 2AR

01451 810088

bourtonmobility@mail.com

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Care with compassion

See the difference Porthaven makes at Falkland Grange

Book a visit at porthaven.co.uk or call 01635 926971

NURSING • RESIDENTIAL • DEMENTIA

Falkland Grange Care Home, Monks Lane

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