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We’re less than 3 weeks away from the big day, and if like some of us you are hosting a big family lunch then you may wish to read on! No knickers getting in a twist here please; military precision is what is needed so you can get to enjoy the day and not be stuck in the kitchen swearing like a sailor! Although everyone’s ideas of Christmas vary and we all have our own traditions, we can all agree that the lunch takes a starring role. Here are a

It’s always tough coming up with ideas for Christmas presents for the kids, especially when they seem to have everything and more! And with the bid to reduce waste and be more mindful on our impact on the environment, it seems like a good idea make at least one or more of their gifts an ‘experience’! With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of local ideas that might tickle your fancy:   Chocolate making workshop at Temper Temper in Southborough -designed for enthusiastic budding chocolatiers of any

We hear from Sandra Elston, a healer trained in Usui Reiki, Crystal Healing and Energy Healing… As I sit here writing this article it is close to Christmas and it’s snowing. I love snow. I find it wonderful, magical and mesmerising. The logical part of me knows that snow is an absolute pain to travel in, and I will be happier when my family are home from work and school. But I still love it, especially when I am warm and indoors watching it! The world is stiller and calmer

This is a jazzed-up version of bubble and squeak and can be adapted to finish up all sorts of leftover vegetables, though parsnips, sprouts and bacon is a particularly satisfying combination. A poached or fried egg or sausages would be a good addition. Ingredients 200g parsnips, peeled & cut into even-sized pieces (alternatively, use leftover boiled, steamed or roasted parsnips) 3 tbsp olive oil 300–400g potatoes, peeled & cut into even-sized pieces 200g Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon, finely sliced Polenta flour (or use ordinary

We’re always grateful for The Better Body Group’s level-headed advice, especially now during this sometimes ‘tricky’ Christmas season! Tilly Kyle, Exercise specialist from The BBG shares her wisdom… Christmas really has started early this year with Christmas tunes playing on our radios long before December started. Whether you are a Christmas fanatic or a scrooge-wannabe, one thing is for certain: we will eat an excessive amount over the festive season. People consume, on average, around 3000 calories per day at Christmas, over one and a half times more than the

Since the time of King Henry VIII the George & Dragon, Chipstead has been offering hospitality to locals and visitors. Renovated by new owner Benjamin James in 2009, his mission was to breathe life back into a beautiful but tired sixteenth-century pub, using tasteful decor, a roaring log fire and a menu that changes daily and uses the best of what the local, organic farms in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey have to offer. Featured in the Michelin Guide and The Good Pub Guide the menu offers something for everyone, vegetarian to meat

Party Doctors share with us their top tips on how to pull off the perfect Christmas bash! 1. Don’t delay, start today: It is imperative to start planning early. The majority of venues and event planning companies have an influx of enquiries throughout the summer holidays would you believe! 2. Find yourself a few Santa’s helpers: Whether you’re a group of 20 or 200, don’t try and take on the task on your own. Build a committee of colleagues, friends or relatives to pitch in too. Don’t be afraid to

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