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Issue 4: March 2013

What’s going on in your own neighbourhood, health, beauty, local legends and much more.

Spring Ahoy!

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March 2013


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Local News

All the biz and all the bits and bobs happening on your doorstep.


The Zipyard

Meet Barry McGlane and his talented team at The Zipyard.


Welcome :  There is a risk that we may be jumping the gun with all this spring chat. But the magazine will be in your hands until the beginning of April so we’re going to take a punt and grasp the new season with vigour. What could possibly go wrong?! I suppose our track record is wobbly given that we featured snowflakes on our January cover and on the day it was delivered it was +12 degrees. If things don’t turn, blame Barra Best. If they do, praise us! There’s plenty happening this month in terms of Mothers Day and also Easter at the very end so there’s lots to prepare for. Anyway, in this edition we have a whole host of features and profiles to get your teeth into whatever the weather. Our spring/summer fashion special will inspire the wardrobe no end and we also profile some of the best businesses in town. Read all about them and pay them a visit to see for yourself. They’re only round the corner. We also are very honoured to feature the recipes of the legendary Madhur Jaffrey. This really is a huge delight for us and we have only featured a fraction of the recipes from her current book; Curry Nation. Once again thank you very much for all the support of the readers of the Holywood Bloom and of course chiefly to the local businesses who advertise with us and whose talents we are delighted to share with you.

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Fashion Special

With the arrival of spring comes a chance for new threads. Behold!



Stand by brides! Win a wedding dress worth £1,000 from The Bridal Suite.




The NI charity providing much needed respite for carers.

Ronan Henderson

An extraordinary story of an extraordinary little boy from Holywood.


Dental Delights

The Specialist Dental Clinic can make it Mother’s Day every day.



We are so honoured to feature the inimitable Madhur Jaffrey.


Food Focus


Rising Star

A visit to Iona Bistro where quality and consistency go hand in hand.

We meet the fantastic, creative wonder behind Edie Sloan.


Local Legend

A chat with local mechanic Paul Cole from Downshire Auto Repairs.

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Tea, Fashion & A Great Cause The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) event at the Culloden hotel on April 20 will showcase the remarkable people that really make a difference to children with cancer and their families. The latest spring/ summer trends will be modelled by nurses from Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children’s Haematology Unit, social workers from the City Hospital’s Cancer Centre and children, teenagers and young adults who currently use NICFC services. NICFC staff will also be on hand to model at the BMW sponsored event which is in association with House of Fraser. The event will be compered by UTV’s Paul Reilly and Aundrea Bannatyne, whose little son James was diagnosed with cancer when he was just a toddler said she is delighted to be able to give something back to NICFC by helping to compere and model at the event. ‘NICFC helped us through an extremely difficult time in our lives and we are forever grateful for that. This event recognises and showcases the people who put their heart and soul into helping children and young people with cancer. I urge people to buy a ticket to this event and come and enjoy a fantastic day out in the stunning Culloden,’ she said. Tickets for the event are £30 with proceeds going to NICFC. The event runs from 1.30pm to 4pm. For info/tickets phone Joanna on 028 9080 5599 or email Alternatively contact the Culloden Events Department on 028 9039 3010/3065.

A Day of Heavenly Glamour, Timeless Romance & Enduring Love Brides from all over Ireland will be Saving the Date for the Decadence Vintage Bridal Fair taking place at Belfast’s Malone House on Sunday 3rd March. Fifty high quality wedding designers and suppliers will have everything to offer the discerning bride and groom from authentic vintage and designer bridal gowns and accessories, jewellery, china teasets and cakestands, veils, hats and fascinators, glittering tiaras, handcrafted wedding stationery, and button and brooch bouquets to vintage-themed wedding services including decadent cakes and sweet treats, photography, bespoke flowers, event styling, vintage transport, retro hair and beauty, wedding entertainment, and much more! Sunday 3rd March from 12-5pm at Malone House, Barnett’s Demesne, Belfast BT9 5PB. Admission costs £5 at the door. Updates and details of competitions and special offers available on the day will be posted on and the full exhibitor list will be available to view on the website 4

The Spring Fayre Fundraiser for 2nd Holywood Scout Group will be held at St Philip and St James Parish Church Hall on Church Road, on Saturday 9th March from 11am to 3pm. This is the day before Mother’s Day, so it is a great opportunity to get something special and handcrafted. There are 40 stalls, which include cupcakes, hampers, jewellery, pottery, relishes, soaps, candles, textile gifts and much more! There is also a tea room. Entry costs £2 and under 16’s go free. All proceeds from the door, tea room and stalls go to 2nd Holywood Scout Group.

The NDSAC Annual Sports Awards for 1st January to 31st December 2012 are now open for nomination. This is an opportunity for all in North Down to nominate sport participants to be considered for awards under each of five categories. Nominations are accepted in the following categories and the judges will determine the results of the awards, using the performance and supporting information provided with the nominations:- Sports Person of the Year 2012, Sports Team of the Year 2012, Young Sports Person of the Year 2012, Young Volunteer for 2012, Bruce Mulligan Award. At their discretion, the Judges may also award one or more AWARDS OF MERIT for exceptional performance or service in sport during 2012 (Nominations are not required for this category.) Nomination forms can be obtained from the related documents section below or by contacting Wendy Williams, Administrative Assistant 028 9127 0371 extn 8141 or by email Nomination forms must be returned no later than the closing date of 6 March 2013. The Awards Ceremony and dinner will be held on Friday 26 April 2013, 7:00pm for 7:30pm at the Marine Court Hotel, Bangor

GOLD STAR AWARDED TO BELFAST CITY AIRPORT FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE George Best Belfast City Airport has been recognised and rewarded for its Service Excellence at the Ireland Excellence Awards. The bestowment of the prestigious Gold Star accolade, which is independently validated by the Centre for Competitiveness and recognises organisations that have demonstrated excellence in their overall business performance, follows a rigorous examination process of service standards at the airport, which is based just minutes from Belfast city centre. The airport’s Landside Operations Manager, Judith Davis said, ‘Achieving ‘Gold Star’ status is a fantastic and well deserved honour. Customer satisfaction is very important to us and improving the passenger experience through the airport is an area we continually place a particularly strong focus on. Our employees are very aware of customer needs & requirements in the airport, and undergo regular training to ensure all Service requirements on site are not only met, but exceeded at all levels. As one of East Belfast’s largest employers with approximately 1,500 staff on site, I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of our employees has not only been recognised, but rewarded.’ 2013 marks the airport’s 30th anniversary and will see the airport continue to work with long term partners, flybe and Citywing and new arrivals, British Airways and Aer Lingus. 5

Bloom News New GP initiative to help people lose weight With over half of adults in NI being either overweight (35%) or obese (24%), the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is funding a new initiative with GPs to help people who are overweight to lose weight and to lead active and healthy lifestyles. The initiative is being supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA). This pilot GP Weight Loss Referral Scheme is the first of its kind in NI and will operate through GP surgeries. GPs and other professionals working in primary care, for example practice nurses and health visitors, will now be able to refer patients who meet the eligibility criteria for free sessions with a participating commercial weight loss provider. The participating providers in the scheme are Unislim, Slimming World, Rosemary Conley, WeightWatchers and LifeCounts. Patients who are over 18 years of age, not pregnant, with a BMI greater than 30 and have not attended a slimming organisation in the last three months but are ready and committed to making lifestyle change will be issued with 12 vouchers, valid for a four month period. The patient will benefit from gaining physical activity and nutritional support in a safe, friendly and warm environment, tailored to suit their health needs and beneficial to their overall health. One member, Joanne Moore, who joined her local Slimming World group is already reaping the health benefits of following the food optimising plan that Slimming World offers. Joanne says, I joined Slimming World in January last year and love the food plan. Since starting Slimming World I’ve lost nearly three and half stone. I no longer feel sluggish and tired all the time and by June I was taken off my tablets for high blood pressure as having lost weight my blood pressure had gone back to normal. Food Optimising is so easy to do and there is a big variety of foods you can eat. Nothing is forbidden - you just limit the unhealthy foods.’ For further information about joining your local Slimming World group contact Michelle on 07753745301 or Sally on 07738713436.

Holywood Golf Club : The Best Place to Start Ever thought of taking up Golf, now is your chance with this fantastic offer from Holywood Golf Club home to the world’s number one Golfer Rory McIlroy. Ladies Men and Children can all take part, why not make it a family occasion, and learn from the best and on the very fairways that Rory learned the game. Holywood are offering a very unique opportunity to try the game out, using the latest techniques and equipment designed to make the experience enjoyable and help you pick up the basics quickly. For only £49.00 per person for six lessons there will be groups for men Ladies and children it is a great, fun and inexpensive way to try out the game of Golf and maybe you will become a world star like Rory. All the teaching is carried out by PGA Golf Professionals and at the end of the 6 weeks you will get a special deal on green fees to help you practice your new found skills. Golf is a great way to exercise and make new friends so why not give it a try. Contact Paul Gray on 02890423135 or . Classes start on Tuesday 9th April and Thursday 11th April. Contact now to enrol! 6

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SPRING COMES TO LIFE AT THE ULSTER FOLK & TRANSPORT MUSEUM THIS EASTER With its rolling hills, the arrival of new farm animals and scores of trees bursting into leaf, Spring has officially sprung this Easter at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. The rural areas of the Folk Museum are an ideal place to enjoy traditional Easter Celebrations taking place from Sunday 31 March to Tuesday 2 April. As well as being able to meet the newest additions to the farm including spring lambs and baby chicks, visitors can take part in traditional spring activities. Families are being encouraged to bring their own decorated eggs to roll down Bleach Green Hill, and to take part in the special egg hunt around the grounds of the museum – keeping an eye out for the special golden egg to win an Easter prize. Everyone is invited to come wearing an Easter Bonnet and take part in the ever popular Easter Bonnet Competition each day in the Parochial Hall with prizes galore for the lucky winners! Visitor Services Manager, Ruth Turkington said of the event; “At Easter, the museum comes to life with new green shoots, new arrivals at the farm and excited children playing games and hunting for eggs. The traditional Easter activities are really embraced by our visitors, and this year we welcome the return of special magic shows in the Parochial Hall and in the Rail Gallery, as well as rabbit shows and traditional musical performances. From Easter Sunday to Easter Tuesday, the activities will keep all ages entertained and while the sun shines, visitors can take in perfect springtime walks around the grounds, taking in living history in all its glory at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.’ For further information please visit Major event day pricing applies, activities start at 10am running until 5pm.

For anyone looking for that extra special gift, food item or unique piece for the home, look no further than The Speciality Fair which takes place in Hibernia Street every last Saturday of the month from 11am-3pm. There is a wide range of handmade crafts, food and local produce on sale. Well worth a visit and a dander. 8





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Holywood Holywood CFC Community Hall 65 Church View (Alt entrance 108 High Street) 5.30pm & 7.30pm Tel: Sally 07738 713436

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the zip yard - anything is possible

Repairs & Much, Much More You may have an item of clothing or household fabric that you think is beyond repair? Barry and his team at The Zip Yard may beg to differ!

For 5 years Barry McGrane (the owner of The Zipyard in Holywood) and his team of professional seamstresses have been providing a modern, professional clothing alteration service to the people of Holywood and North Down. ‘It never ceases to amaze me, the variety of jobs customers leave with us. The conversation usually starts with “I don’t think you can help me with this?” but we invariably can and do! We have repaired everything from children’s much loved teddy bears to boat sails, car and boat covers, golf bags, holdalls, boots……The list is endless.’ One customer asked if The Zip Yard could customise his camper van by re-upholstering the seating area using his old jeans, a novel idea for recycling. They worked to his instruction and the result was very impressive. ‘The van has now become a bit of a talking point,’ says Barry. ‘But our business is not just about mending and altering. Some of our team have also made garments for our customers who have wanted something unique and a bit special. They provide the template and we set to it. Due to the nature of this work the customer can expect a slightly longer turn around time than our usual 24 to 48 hours.’ The team see different alterations at different times of the year. As the weather improves they anticipate an influx of curtains and soft furnishings as well as seasonal fashions and bridal wear. ‘A number of our local customers are housebound and subsequently cannot visit the shop. This is not a problem as a quick phone call can enable us to pick up the garment, repair or alter it and return it at a convenient time. (Unfortunately we cannot offer the pinning service in your home.) The service applies not just to the elderly but also to anyone who is housebound. The shop also has wheelchair access and large spacious fitting rooms with wall bars and seating to accommodate customers needs. Our pinning service is swift, professional and free of charge.’ Although Barry has owned The Zipyard in the town for five years his association with Holywood goes back more than 50 years. ‘I was born and bred in Holywood and it is very gratifying to be able to provide a local service to local people.’ Downshire Rd Tel 02890 421144 Mon – Fri 8.30 to 5.30 Sat 9.30 to 4.00 10



Holywood No.1 Downshire Rd Tel 02890 421144 Mon – Frid 8.30 to 5.30 Sat 9.30 to 4.00 Open Over Lunchtime

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Fashion Special


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Roco Boutique

SS13 at ROCO is all about Neon and Neutrals. “We have super bright J Brand Denims, (pictured is J Brand Supernova Skinny £275). Neon doesn't have to be difficult, keep it sophisticated by pairing your bright denims with a luxe oversize neutral knit. If the thought of Neon Skinny's hasn't got you jumping up and down, slapping on the fake tan and feeling all Summery, (Is that just me!?), then an easy wardrobe update is a bright scarf. We have a fabulous range of printed scarves in amazing colours from Lily and Lionel, prices start at £99. (pictured is Lily and Lionel £99).”

101 High Street. Tel 028 9042 3937.

Urban Orch ard “Orla Kiely is sailing in to Spring & Summer with bright colours and a new nautical twist on her signature multi stem. Spring/Summer 2013 ETC Collection available instore at Urban Orchard now! Featured right is the ‘Nautical Stem Shoulder Bag. £125.”

Floating Flower Make Up Bag £74

Soft colour block leather tillie bag £389

Daisy stem print laptop skin £85

Spring trends from Orla Kiely: ‘Ahoy there! Can you feel that breeze in the air? It’s time to brighten up your wardrobe with our Pre-Spring collection and this time we’re dreaming of the seaside. Sail away with our Around The World silk twill skirt and forget the cold with our floating flower washbag in daffodil yellow! Top your new look by styling your holiday gifts with our latest range of kindle and iPhone covers in a range of iconic prints.’

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Little Citizens

“Matching as we know it is out the window.”

“Everywhere you look on the catwalk the print on print trend means we’ve got be more relaxed about how outfits come together. Maybe it’s an unusual colour combination like camel and neon green or a black and white checkered top with a paisley bottom, whatever your take-- I say be braver than you’ve ever been. It’s fashion and it’s fun. For kids you’ll see a lot less pinks and blues. They’re still around but the shades are going to be a lot more unusual, think rasberry and azure blue. Neons are making a big splash, played so skillfully by designers who pair bright yellow with petal pink for example. Neutrals are equally big giving you a chance to make bolder choices with accessories and shoes. It’s the season to dress lively and fun, that’s a dead cert! Aymara is a new to the UK brand, brought to us by a Belgian and Peruvian husband wife team. The clothes are impeccable, fine cotton knits elaborated in their own factory in Peru. The Pima cotton ensures these clothes are gentle and lovely on babies and young children. Beautifully designed with colours and details that pop.” Skirt in grapefruit pink £48. Sleeveless Flowy Top in bright yellow £46. Flower Clip in petal pink £14. Bright yellow and petal pink cardigan £52.

Polo Top and Straight Legged Trousers in Terracotta Azure£89 for the set. Retro Polo Tops in Cobalt Sky and Terracotta Azure £46 each.

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“The new arrivals offer something for everyone from vintage design with use of lace and soft pastel shades to a sixties look with strong colours and geometric patterns. Our aim is to make you feel and look special and that’s why we at Akiva believe in: The Art of Dressing”

We stock a wide range of brands including Noa noa, Darling, Great Plains Joules and Inwear to name but a few. We are thrilled to add Sandwich to our existing collections.

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“We at Nantucket, Holywood have just revealed our exciting spring/summer 2013 collections!”


“Step into a world of colour and feel your spirits instantly lifted. Experience the vibrant blues from OUI and PASSPORT, or daring reds from OLSEN. Dabble in sophisticated neutrals and striking contrasts of taupe white and lime from BETTY BARCLAY. Be tempted by creative combinations of on-trend prints, stripes and spots See the exciting new range of leather handbags from Italy. Choose from hot colours, fuchsia, saffron or sizzling orange. Tell your own story with a beautiful new Gabs handbag.”

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local respite for carers

Crossroads: Caring for Carers

Richard Best, Director of Projects and Fundraising for Crossroads Caring for Carers NI outlines what this fantastic organisation does to help carers.


rossroads Caring for Carers is a Northern Ireland based charity which since 1984 has provided respite care for carers, who provide care for an elderly, frail, ill or disabled friend or relative. Crossroads aim to meet the needs of carers by providing them with a much-needed break whilst providing peace of mind that their loved one is well taken care of by a Crossroads care attendant. Our new purpose built building on the Upper Newtownards Road has been open for a full year now offering vital services that we have never been able to offer before. Our Care Attendants have been able to bring along our children that we look after to do crafts and play in our new children’s activity room. We also have a purpose built sensory room used by our children with special needs and an outside soft play area. We have a training suite where our fully qualified training manager not only trains our staff but also trains our Young Carers and volunteers. We run training courses on first aid and moving and handling for our Young Carers as these are the vital skills that they use in everyday life to support their families. Our Young Carers can also use the rooms to have DVD nights and catch up with other Young Carers. In our purpose built kitchen is our Young Carers Cookery School run by our dedicated volunteers who teach our Young Carers how to cook quick, inexpensive and healthy meals for their families. We run volunteer lunches and parties for our older volunteers. This is a time for the project teams to catch up and thank the volunteers for their dedication and hard work.

An overview of two of Crossroads projects:

• In Your Prime Project Throughout NI there are many elderly people at risk from isolation and loneliness. Crossroads has just recently launched our ‘In Your Prime’ Project which aims to reach, empower and connect older people through interaction with each other. We want to attract mature volunteers who are willing to support and encourage elderly people, whilst building friendships, reducing isolation and creating a supportive environment. We want to build a network of social support, develop sustainable befriending groups and inspire older people to contribute their skills and life experiences. • Young Carers Project Young Carers are people aged from as young as 5 to 23, who have accepted the responsibility of a caring role, perhaps for an ill/disabled parent. Whilst many children and young people will do jobs around the home, appropriate to their age and ability, young carers do things and take on a level of responsibility that is inappropriate for their age. Crossroads Young Carers Project aim is to provide support for children who ‘care’ for another member of their family who may be ill, disabled, have mental health problems or an addiction to alcohol or drugs. We would like to thank all the various organisations who helped fund this wonderful new building. This purpose built building has enabled us to provide many vital services that we would not have been able to provide to these deserving people. It is great that Children and adults of all ages are able to come along and make use and enjoy all of the facilities.’ 432 Upp Newtownards Road, BT4 3GY. Tel 028 9065 3080. 16

Flowers from The Flower Room, Holywood are guaranteed to do exactly what gorgeous flowers should do – put smiles on faces and warmth in hearts. As well as beautiful flowers, The Flower Room stocks a handpicked collection of stylish gifts, cards and decorations for all seasons.

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a brave local boy and his proud parents

Christmas in Great Ormond Street This is the story of how Ronan Henderson, an 18 month old Holywood boy who spent his Christmas and New Year in Great Ormond Street Hospital. Ronan was first admitted to the Ulster Hospital on 14th November with suspected neurological problems but after clear CT scans and lumberpuncture was diagnosed with very low blood sugar levels with abnormally high insulin levels. Doctors put him on a dextrose drip to keep his sugar levels up but he needed transferred by ambulance to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children where the specialist Paediatric Endocrine team are based. On 18th November he had surgery to have a centre drip line inserted by the senior consultant anaesthetist. During the following days Ronan was put on a feeding tube and maintained good blood sugars from regular high energy milk feeds. He was discharged with a diagnosis of normal hypoglycaemia and sent home with a glucometer (a finger prick test to measure his blood sugar levels every couple of days.) However in the next few days Ronan struggled to get his blood sugars above 3.7 and on Monday 26th November it had fallen below 2.5. He was readmitted to the Ulster Hospital and after a week and a half he was seen as an oupatient in the Royal. At that stage it was disclosed that he would be moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital. On 11th December Ronan, his Mum and Dad (Joanne & Roger) flew to London leaving Ronan’s three year old sister Phoebe behind with other members of the family. Ronan again had surgery to insert a centre line and was moved to a ‘long-stay’ ward. Ronan then finally got a diagnosis - Congenital Hyperinsulinism which basically means that either part or all of the pancreas is overproducing insulin. This genetic condition is believed to affect 1 in 45,000 babies (it is believed there are approximately six children with it in NI currently). Treatment was started in the form of diazoxide and so began the slow ‘weaning’ process. Roger returned home to Phoebe leaving Joanne to look after Ronan over the Christmas period. Finally they got home in the New Year. Ronan’s blood is constantly monitored and the results emailed weekly to GOSH who advise on progress. He will return to GOSH in six months. The diazoxide that keeps Ronan’s blood sugar levels up by stopping the pancreas producing insulin also causes hair growth - so much so that as Joanne says, ‘Bradley Wiggins would be envious of his sideburns!’ Since returning home the Henderson family have enjoyed spending quality family time and watching Ronan build up his confidence again. They commented, ‘We greatly appreciate the support of all our friends and family and particularly of our Church (Bangor Road Presbyterian) where the ministerial team have been especially supportive.’ The family have arranged a quiz/raffle in Holywood Golf Club on Wednesday 27th March 7.45pm to raise funds for GOSH & Killinchy Cycle Club is doing a Maracycle at the end of June. Any support would be gratefully received at www.justgiving. com/KillinchyCycleClub. More information on the condition 18

learn to play

New to Golf School at Holywood Golf Club We have Ladies or Gents Classes available if you would like to follow in the footsteps of Rory McIlroy and learn to play golf Series of 6 fun packed lessons to introduce you to the game of golf Easy to use equipment makes learning golf fun and easy Starts on Tuesday 9th April for 6 weeks Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-7pm and 7pm – 8pm Venue – Holywood Golf Club Price just £49 per person

To book please contact Paul Gray on 028 9042 3135 or email


Golf home of Rory McIlroy

specialist dental clinic - mothers day

Mother’s Day Every Day

Give your Mum something special to smile about this Mother’s Day!

mother’s day is just around the corner

“...and everyone everywhere is shopping for a gift that will show their mum just how special they are, here at The Specialist Dental Clinic we believe the best gift you can give is confidence; every women will always point out something they would like to change about themselves, their hair, smile, weight, wrinkles, the list is endless! Here at The Specialist Dental Clinic we have a few tricks to help your mum beam with confidence and happiness all year round, not just on Mother’s Day!

not so nice smiles!

If you’re a mum who avoids getting into a photograph and doesn’t smile openly then the years of living with a not so smile can have a big impact on your confidence. Whatever the reason you do not like your smile The Specialist Dental Clinic have the solution, our advanced cosmetic treatments from veneers, whitening to invisible braces (Six Month Smile), will give you the smile you have always dreamed off. To see what treatment you need book your free cosmetic consultation today.

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For the mums with missing teeth (or just one tooth) we have a wide range of treatments to help get you the healthy smile you deserve, the best option for missing teeth is a dental implant; this treatment will make you look a lot more youthful, allow you to eat the food that you want and a dental implant will feel and look like your natural teeth. So to fill an unsightly and uncomfortable gap make sure you book for a free implant consultation this March. And to make sure your mum gets the treatment she deserves we offer all our patients chair side monitors with a choice of DVDs and personal earphones for their entertainment. Simple luxuries like lip balms, neck pillows and hot hand towels will make your visit to us feel more like a day at the spa than a day the dentist.”

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“If you cannot get cod loin, it might be best to shift to firmer seafood. Salmon or prawns would work well. Fish stock is salty, so taste as you go.’ Fish in a Bengal Style Sauce (Macher Jhol)

Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation Britain’s 100 Favourite Curries

Madhur Jaffrey, television’s most-loved Indian cook, returned to our screens for a major new series for the Good Food Channel in October 2012. Travelling across Britain, visiting local Indian and South Asian communities, Madhur revealed how it’s possible to sample virtually the whole of Indian cuisine without ever leaving the British Isles. In the official tie-in book to the series, Madhur Jaffrey showcases her favourite curry recipes with influences from all over the subcontinent: Punjabi, Goan, Parsi and Bengali amongst others. All maitaining mantra that Indian food doesn’t need to be complicated. Always innovative and contemporary, accompany Madhur Jaffrey on her very personal tour of our modern-day Curry Nation. 23

Fish in a Bengal Style Sauce (Macher Jhol)

Chicken With Spinach (Chicken Palag)

Roti Chai Restaurant, London Serves 6

For the marinade

2 teaspoons ground coriander ½ teaspoon turmeric ¼ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ teaspoon Kashmiri or other mild red chilli powder

For the fish

450g (1lb) cod loin, cut into 4 centimetre (1½ inch) chunks 6 tablespoons mustard oil 12 cauliflower florets ½ teaspoon nigella seeds 3 hot green chillies, sliced 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 2 tsp finely grated root ginger 2 medium onions, chopped 2 teaspoons grain mustard 1½ teaspoons ground coriander 1½ teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons Kashmiri or other mild red chilli powder 4–5 tablespoons tomato passata 3 fish stock cubes 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves Mix together all the ingredients for the marinade. Coat the cod chunks in the marinade and leave for five minutes. Set a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and pour in 2 tablespoons of the mustard oil. Allow it to smoke. Carefully fry the fish all over for one or two minutes, just allowing the chunks to firm up. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. Place the cauliflower in the same oil. Stir and fry for two minutes, until brown all over. Remove and 24

place in a bowl. Cover with cling film and allow to sweat. Put a karhai, wok or large pan, 25 centimetres (10 inches) in diameter, over a medium heat. Pour in the remaining mustard oil. When it’s hot, add the nigella seeds, chillies, garlic and ginger. Stir for two minutes, until lightly brown. Increase the heat to high and add the onions. Fry for two minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add 120ml (4fl oz) of water. Mix well and cover. Cook the onions for 10–12 minutes until soft and brown, stirring occasionally. Add the mustard and stir in the ground coriander, turmeric and chilli powder. Stir uncovered for one minute, then add the tomato passata. Combine thoroughly. Now pour in 250ml (9fl oz) of water. Dissolve the fish stock in the sauce and cook on a high heat for two minutes, until

the oil rises to the surface. Return the cauliflower, fold it into the sauce and reduce the heat to low. Cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes at a gentle simmer. Return the fish to the pan and carefully cook through for two to three minutes. Check for seasoning, then garnish with the coriander and serve.

Chicken with Spinach (Chicken Palag) Zahda Saeed, London Serves 6

6 tbsp olive or sunflower oil 3 medium onions, finely sliced 6 garlic cloves, peeled 400g can plum tomatoes 1 teaspoon hot chilli powder ½ teaspoon turmeric 4 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons garam masala

1–1½ teaspoons salt 2 tsp finely grated root ginger 1.2kg (2lb 12oz) whole chicken, skinned, chopped into 12 pieces 450g (1lb) frozen spinach, thawed and finely chopped 4 tablespoons whole milk 2 whole green chillies Set a large pot, about 25 centimetres (10 inches) in diameter, over a medium heat. Add the oil and, when it’s hot, tip in the onions and whole garlic cloves. Stir and fry for a few minutes, then cover. Cook for 15 minutes until brown, stirring occasionally and adding a splash of water, if necessary. Increase the heat to high and add the plum tomatoes and a little of the juice from the can. Stir and mash for two to three minutes. Add the chilli powder, turmeric, ground coriander and cumin and the garam masala, mashing until you have a thick sauce. Mix in the salt and ginger. Put in the chicken pieces and brown them on all sides for two to three minutes. Cover and cook over a low heat for n15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase the heat to high and add the spinach, milk and chillies. Mix well and cook over a medium heat for 15–20 minutes, stirring now and then and adding small amounts of water if the chicken seems to stick or brown too much. Serve.

Aduki Bean Curry Gujarati Rasoi, London Serves 4-6

200g (7oz) aduki beans 2 tablespoons brown sugar 5 tbsps olive or sunflower oil ½ teaspoon mustard seeds 3 centimetre (generous 1 inch) cassia bark or cinnamon stick 1 dried chilli

Aduki Bean Curry

the cassia bark, followed almost immediately by the dried chilli. Allow this to darken all over for 20 seconds, then add the remaining mustard seeds and let them pop for a few seconds. Add the sliced garlic, swirl the pan and then add, all at the same time, the ginger, green chillies, ground coriander and cumin, turmeric, salt and garam masala. This process should take about one minute. Stir for a further minute, then add the onion and the finely chopped garlic. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir and fry for two minutes, or until the onions are Rinse the beans well and soak soft. Add the passata and cook, them overnight in 1.5 litres stirring, for three minutes. (2¾ pints) of water in a pan about Return the beans and their 20 centimetres (8 inches) cooking liquid, bring to a gentle in diameter. Next day, set the pan simmer and cook, uncovered, over a high heat, add the sugar for a further 10–15 minutes. Add and bring to a boil. Reduce the water if it’s too thick, to achieve heat to low, cover partially and a consistency you like. Add the cook for an hour and a half, or until chopped coriander, coconut and the beans are very soft and broken lemon juice, stir then serve. up. Pour into a large bowl and set aside. Clean the pan and place it Curry Nation over a medium heat. Pour in by Madhur Jaffrey the oil. Check it is hot by dropping is avaiable now in a few of the mustard (Ebury Press, £20) seeds; they should sizzle and pop immediately. Working quickly, add 1 garlic clove, roughly sliced, plus 1 tsp finely chopped garlic 2 tsps finely grated root ginger 2 hot green chillies, finely sliced 2 teaspoons ground coriander ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garam masala 60g (2oz) finely chopped onion 125g (4½oz) tomato passata 15g (½oz) coriander leaves 6 tablespoons grated fresh coconut, or frozen grated coconut, defrosted 3 tablespoons lemon juice 25

food focus : bistro iona Food Focus

Consistency & Quality We meet Paul Whitsitt, owner and chef at Bistro Iona. Passionate about food from an early age, Paul’s diverse and value menus offer something for everyone.


got into catering through my family who ran bakeries and coffee shops in Belfast,’ says Paul. ‘I started out helping on an Saturday afternoon and evolved to going through catering college. I started in Iona nearly 17 years ago and having worked for two previous owners, the opportunity then came up to take over the Iona in 2000 and so bought it over with my mother.’ Since then Paul hasn’t looked back. He has built up the business, putting his own stamp on things and feedback from the customers endorse their success. ‘What I think our customers like about Iona is that we change the menu regularly, every month in fact. Plus we are ‘bring your own bottle’ so it brings down the expense of buying wine in a restaurant. The consistency and quality of our produce is very important. Our regulars know that as I’m the only chef. When they dine here, their meal has been prepared by the same person, and not by different chefs each time which can result in different tastes.’ Paul has a great rapport with his suppliers and insists on top quality produce with all 26

meat and fish sourced locally. The menu is diverse but also great value with specials throughout the week which combined with the BYO bottle makes it very appealing. ‘We do a midweek menu and an early bird on Friday and Saturday which is extremely good value and goes down very well with our customers at 2 courses for £15.95.’ A few of the dishes this month include; slow cooked lamb shank with a rosemary red wine and red currant jus, roast loin of cod on bed of fennel, garlic and roasted tomatoes, dry cured pork loin cauliflower puree cider soaked raisin jus and a simple tender sirloin steak au poire with roast mushroom. ‘From myself and the waiting staff, I’d just like to thank all our loyal customers as their business is much appreciated and to recommend to anyone who hasn’t tried us or been in a while to give us a go as you wont be disappointed!’ 27 Church Road, Tel: 028 9042 5655

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rising star : edie sloane Rising Star

Craft Work

Clockwise from top left: iPad sleeve; Personalised Button initial frame, Karen at work, iPhone sleeve , Personalised House Cushion, Patchwork Cushions.

We meet Karen Weston, the creative master behind Edie Sloane, named after Karen’s Grandmother who shared a passion for making things too.


’ve always ‘made things’ for as long as I can remember,’ says Karen, ‘Starting with Blue Peter and progressing through a BA Hons in Design and a career in advertising and marketing. When I had my first child I knew that I wouldn’t be going back to work, as family life is too important to me, but I found that I was searching for some sort of creative outlet and so started by making bunting for my son’s room. And so it began...’ Karen progressed from making little things for her sons and their friends, to wondering if she could get it stocked in some retail outlets and when she discovered she could, the next stage of the journey began. She started supplying a few shops with bunting, bags and aprons and attending some car fairs, fitting it all round family life. The wonderful range she offers now covers many bases of products and most recently, workshops. ‘I offer handcrafted and personalised gifts for the home - bunting, cushions, iPad/iPhone etc tweed sleeves, and more recently I offer a range of workshops for children and adults and birthday parties. What makes my workshops different is that I offer parent and child an opportunity to craft together, rather than the traditional workshop of dropping off the child, I attempt to offer a shared experience and some quality time together.’


So with a broad range of products and interactive workshops, it has been a fantastic and inspirational career path, but what has been the highlight so far? ‘To be honest, whatever I am currently working on is my highlight. I love what I do and what I make and would never supply or offer a service that would not make me happy, so I always fall a little bit in love with whatever is my current project! When I am completely absorbed in a project I spend a lot of time turning it over in my head, and the simplicity of two colours together my make my heart soar. I love that I get to create something which I love and which I know makes other people smile. I also love that I can do it around my family life, that everyday I can drop off and pick up my children from school, help with homework, make their dinner and spend time with them and then start working again in the evening after bedtime when we are in silly season.’ Some of Karens work is stocked in Doris & Jeannie’s, 25 Belmont Road BT4. Workshops and parties are listed on the Facebook site. Doris & Jeannie Tel 028 9543 8177

akiva The art of dressing

Akiva has been in Holywood for just over 10 years and is well known for its personal styling service provided by friendly, helpful staff. We stock a wide range of brands including Noa noa, Darling, Great Plains Joules and Inwear to name but a few. We are thrilled to add Sandwich to our existing collections. This choice of brands enables us to cater for all age groups and style preferences. The new arrivals offer something for everyone from vintage design with use of lace and soft pastel shades to a sixties look with strong colours and geometric patterns. Our aim is to make you feel and look special and that’s why we at Akiva believe in...

92 High Street Holywood BT18 9HN Tel: 028 9042 1999


local legend - downshire auto repairs Local Legend

Keep Your Motor Runnin’

Paul Cole has been working on cars since the age of eight, giving him a firm foundation for success with his business, Downshire Auto Repairs. ‘


’ve been working as a mechanic since I left school,’ says Paul. ‘But have been interested in cars since I was eight years old. My brother’s a mechanic who owns a garage in Australia and I’ve a cousin who owns a garage in England. Now my son Aaron has come into the business since he left school, so it’s very much in the blood.’ Paul started out on his own, doing homers while in other line of work and had built up such a quantity of customers, it was a natural progression to set up a base on his own in 1995.’ Downshire Auto offer a fully comprehensive list of services right across the board, every one of them with the utmost customer service, as Paul explains. ‘We do mechanical, bodywork, welding, timing belts, clutches... all competitively priced. We can look after your whole MOT for you. That includes taking the car, booking the test, getting it ready, taking it to the test and returning it. It’s a handy service, especially for our elderly customers or people busy at work. We have vehicles towed here by AA and RAC, we’re one of the nominated garages for that and we also deal with fuel contamination if that mistake occurs. We take part in Autograss racing so we know about racing and high performance modified cars. We have a full racing pedigree behind us and we’re getting more into car sales too.’ With technical advances in cars come of course advances in training and Paul and the team are continually updating to ensure they are on the case with any issue that is brought in to them. ‘It’s got so technical. Diagnostic computers, electronic transmission etc. You have to invest in machines and tools all the time. It moves at such a fast pace. We are always investing too, we’ve just done new floors, ramps and roof renovations recently. We are taking on new staff the moment and are looking for a new mechanic.’ Recommendation comes from word of mouth and that’s the basis of the large client list. Most are from the town but they still have customers who have moved away and still come here from the likes of Greyabbey or Carrick. ‘We always do what we can. We deal with people on a one to one honest basis, show them what the problem is and try to help. We break down the bill and everything’s transparent. We’d like to thank our customers for their loyalty, if they have a problem, we solve it and all our work is guaranteed for a full 12 months. We get some lovely feedback and we really appreciate it. My mobile number is also on my card and I encourage people to call me, if I can help or give advice, I will.’

1a Downshire Place Tel: 028 90 428 338 Mob: 07967 509339 30

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March 2013 - Holywood  

Welcome to the March edition of Bloom Magazine, Holywood's FREE lifestyle magazine delivered to local households every month and stocked acr...

March 2013 - Holywood  

Welcome to the March edition of Bloom Magazine, Holywood's FREE lifestyle magazine delivered to local households every month and stocked acr...