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MAY - JUNE EDITION 2021

CAPTURE YOUR TREASURED HORSE FOREVER WITH JOANNA FAIR PHOTOGRAPHY EQUINE LIFESTYLE & FINE ART PORTRAITS

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Contents 06 JOANNA FAIR PHOTOGRAPHY EQUINE LIFESTYLE & FINE ART PORTRAITS

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WINSLOW WHEELERS CYCLE CLUB

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LET’S TALK BBQ’S!

WINTERS TALE COUNTRY BARN

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BUCKINGHAM

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SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST

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GAS & SOLID FUEL FROM

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INSPIRE

HEARING CARE

SPORT AT SPORTS 4 ALL

W.G.HILL & SONS

BY BEN FOGLE Purchase a signed copy of INSPIRE at Coles Books, Bicester

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS ON THE MENOPAUSE JOURNEY

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TWYFORD PANTRY

WIN A SIGNED BOOK FROM COLES BOOKS, BICESTER WIN a signed copy of INSPIRE by Ben Fogle from Coles Books

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KIDS CORNER WORDSEARCH How long will it take you to find the 25 hidden words?

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Editor’s Note Hi and welcome to the May / June edition of

We also have our regular book competition

Community Contact Magazine!

kindly donated by Coles Books on page 53. Congratulations to Louise Bowers for winning

Does anyone else feel like they are just starting

the David Lloyd signed book in our last

to come out of hibernation? The shops and pub

magazine!

gardens are starting to open again, hooray! And now it’s our turn to start supporting our

Don’t forget to follow us @Community_

local businesses! If you have a local business

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do get in touch to see how I can help you

to keep up with latest news on events, things to

promote yourself over the coming months!

do and local businesses.

In this issue we speak with Joanna Fair, an

Have a great time being social again!

amazing photographer who specialises in

Laura x

photographing horses, we catch up with all the gardening news from Jess at Lolly and the Hare and we have an abundance of new recipes from Twyford Pantry! We also catch up with Kate’s Food Adventures who in this issue is talking all things BBQ and Louise LambertDay who guides us through what to eat on the menopause journey. There is also a review about an amazing new virtual Menopause Master Class on page 14.

Our Contributors

Jessica Naish

Louise Lambert-Day

Tina Hodges

Kate Edwards

@lollyandthehare

@placeeightwellness

Twyford Pantry

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"Investing in your memories is so very important. To me, as a photographer and horse owner, I know first hand how special and significant they become in your life "

Horses have been in my soul since the age of 6 when I first saw one. I was obsessed and used to cry at Black Beauty. My mum would find me with a skipping rope sat on the front gate pretending to ride! Every horse I saw I wanted one of my own. Thirty-nine years on and I am still the same (minus the skipping rope I might add) and had the pleasure of owning my own beautiful boy for 5 years before I sadly lost him in 2019 very suddenly. Being a photographer, I get to work with lots of beautiful horses and their owners to capture memories with their best friends. Some of whom have had them since foals and are now into their twilight years. After having my own photo shoot with my horse, I have an even greater knowledge of how important it is to cherish those moments with them. I am forever grateful to have these gorgeous pictures of him to look back on.

"For me your photos are a piece of art. This is why I make sure you have a gorgeous framed print included in my commission fee. Having 100 photos sat on a computer not being seen is a travesty. I want you to see your favourite photos in print to live on forever." When you book a commission with me, it is all encompassing. From the first phone call, the delivery of your bespoke welcome pack, to the photo shoot and beyond it is all about you and your horses and what matters most to you. You can even include your family and pets, creating a memorable experience from start to finish and have some fun at the same time! So, if you are after a creative fine art photo shoot for just your horse or one with you, your horses and family I’d love to work with you to produce some wonderful images to last a lifetime Joanna

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Back in March I was lucky enough to be invited to the

On two of our zoom calls we did facemasks, then on

very first Menopause Master Class hosted by three

others we exfoliated as well as cleansed, toned and

very talented ladies, Anita Stubbings of Body Matters,

moisturised. I can say that I am still keeping up with a

Sonia Norman from RestoreU and Louise Lambert-

skin care regime, which I never thought I would make

Day from Place Eight Wellness. I felt a little bit of a

the time for!

fraud having not gone or currently going through the menopause, but my goodness, it was five days

Sonia, who is the most amazing person to talk

of chatting with the loveliest of ladies, learning new

you through meditation, especially if you haven’t

skin care regimes, meditating and given a fountain of

meditated before. I really have never felt so relaxed,

knowledge for your mind, body and soul, menopause

and it is a great coping mechanism, especially if you

or not!

are feeling anxious or generally cross because of those pesky hormones! Every day at 12pm Sonia would do a

As women (and men!) we don’t give ourselves the

live meditation on the Facebook group, again, it isn’t

time we need to reset, and this is exactly what this

obligatory to do it at this time, it is there to do when-

masterclass does. It makes you take the time out

ever you have the time.

that you need to listen to your body. Which I think is something we probably all need to do after the perils

You may also recognise Louise Lambert Day from Place

of three lockdowns in the space of just one year!

Eight wellness as she is also my wellness columnist in Community Contact Magazine! Louise was also on-

You are all given exclusive access to a Facebook group

hand throughout the masterclass to educate on what

where you can talk to Anita, Sonia and Louise directly.

foods are good for ladies when going through the

There is an introductory zoom call so you can meet

menopause.

everyone on your Master Class and where the hosts will talk you through what is to come in the next week.

It was also a really nice excuse to meet new women all going through this journey at the same time. It is

Every morning at 7am Anita hosted a live skin care

something all of us have to go through eventually, and

regime you could do in the morning, either with her,

the key is to try and get through it as easily as possible,

or you can catch up a little later. Then every evening at

and with the knowledge that these wonderful woman

7pm another skin care regime over zoom. I should also

can give us, I would say it is possible!

say that before the Master Class begins, Anita will give you a call to talk about your skin and skin care regime.

For more information please visit our website

Once she gets to know how your skin is behaving,

communitycontact.co.uk/menopause.

generally or if it’s changed because of the menopause,

FREE 5 day masterclass is from the 7th of June. To

then she will be able to give you your bespoke creams

sign up just contact Anita at Body Matters or Sonia at

to use for the week.

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Welcome to Buckingham Hearing Care Hi, I’m Amberly and I own Buckingham Hearing Care. Having grown up in Mursley, attended school in Buckingham and living here I feel very privileged to be able to provide a local service to places that often are missed! I am an independent audiologist (bsc hons, Pg cert, RCCP, HCPC) and have over 16 years working experience. My training and experience has been comprehensive, working in NHS hospitals as a local manager, senior and lead audiologist as well as at private dispensaries. Unlike a hearing aid dispenser I have the clinical expertise to diagnose, treat and monitor all levels and types of hearing problems for both adults and children. I am able to provide rehabilitation and counselling for hearing loss for the individual and their

families. I perform microsuction and dry tool wax removal, assess hearing levels, dispense private hearing aids and make customised ear protection for noisy environments and swimming. I am a tinnitus UK expert and offer tinnitus assessment, management and rehabilitation. Personally I believe in true patient-centred care, the person I am seeing is not just an ear. Their lifestyle and abilities will be taken into account for the personalised care I offer. I work closely with and have developed a close and good local network with other medical and holistic professionals to support your care in the most beneficial way. I have clinics at the Swan Practice in Buckingham, Place Eight Wellness in Swanbourne, Mk18 Private Medical Practice in Stowe and I provide home visits.

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OH WHAT A RIDE!

Ahh, the menopause journey. No clear starting or ending point and an estimated time of arrival that could span years! Menopause is certainly a trip!

This natural journey starts with perimenopause,

LOUISE LAMBERT-DAY PLACE EIGHT WELLNESS

• Take care of your gut – incredibly important

where your body starts to provide helpful

generally & especially so during the

physical clues that the menopause process is

menopause. Keeping your digestive system

starting, even though it can still be years before

working properly will not only improve overall

your last menstrual period.

health but will prevent potential build-up of excess hormones and ensure they aren’t

Common signs include irregular periods, hot

reasorbed. Eating plenty of fibre, found in

flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, and

vegetables, fruits and wholegrains will help

mood swings—all results of unevenly changing

to do this and encourage a healthy balance of

levels of ovarian hormones (oestrogen) in your

gut bacteria.

body. • Drink more water – sounds simple and it is. And then the menopause itself; the inevitable,

During menopause, dryness can be caused

spontaneous and permanent ending of

by the decrease in estrogen. Drinking 8–12

menstruation; a normal, natural event,

glasses of water a day can help with this.

confirmed when a woman has not had her

It also helps digestion and can reduce the

period for 12 consecutive months. The average

bloating that can occur with hormonal

age of natural menopause is around 51 but can

changes.

happen as early as 40 and as late as around 58. Occasionally even earlier or later.

• Learn to love your greens - and in particular those that help to break down and clear

Many women sail down the road of menopause

hormones such as kale, broccoli and broccoli

fairly easily, with others suffering some

sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage.

quite devastating symptoms that have huge implications on their life and their relationships.

• Fat is not your enemy - hormones are

Why some women suffer more than others isn’t

synthesised from cholesterol from fats and

completely clear although it is an interesting

are essential for hormone health. Get these

observation of some research that not all

from nuts, avocados, seeds olive oil, eggs.

cultures suffer with the levels of troublesome symptoms and in cultures where age is revered,

• B vitamins – important for hormone

symptoms are not as extreme as those where

production and used up quickly when

getting older is considered a negative.

stressed. Our bodies don’t make these vitamins and so we consistently need to get

However, what is known is that lifestyle and diet

them from our diet. Good sources include

can play a huge part in making this journey as

whole grains, beans, lentils, seeds and nuts,

easy as it can be and in ensuring ongoing health

dark, leafy vegetables, avocados, bananas.

as we age.

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• Calcium & Vitamin D - Hormonal changes

foods that are sugary or spicy.

during menopause can cause bones to weaken, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.

• Exercise regularly – Improves energy and

Calcium from dark green veggies, small fish

metabolism, healthier joints and bones,

and fortified foods and Vitamin D from the

decreased stress and better sleep. Along side

sun, oily fish, egg yolks and red meats will

this try to maintain a healthy weight. Gaining

encourage strong bones. Vitamin D is also

excess body fat, especially around the waist,

essential for hormone health.

increases your risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

• Phytoestrogens - plant compounds that can mimic the effects of estrogen may

• Other natural herbs such as Red Clover, Agnus

help balance hormones. The high intake of

Castas, Black Cohosh and Ginseng may also

phytoestrogens in some Asian countries is

be helpful in alleviating symptoms. See a

thought to be the reason why menopausal

registered Nutritionist or Herbalist.

women in these places rarely experience hot flashes. Foods rich in phytoestrogens include

TRIP TIP

soybeans and soy products, tofu, tempeh, flaxseeds, linseeds, sesame seeds and beans. • Avoid trigger foods - Certain foods may trigger hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings, especially when you eat them at night.

Smokers may get there about two years earlier than nonsmokers, while race, age at f irst period, use of birth control pills or fertility medications do not seem to be determining factors.

Common triggers include caffeine, alcohol and

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Regulations and British Cycling, we are cycling in groups of 6 ensuring we keep socially distanced at all times. If these speeds and distances seem too much for you to begin with then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. If we have enough interest we will look to put on some slower step-up ‘taster’ rides later on in the season. The Winslow Wheeler Cycle Club started up in July last year and already has over 40 members aged between 18 years to mid 70’s. We are a friendly and sociable club, affiliated with British Cycling, providing rides for the local community and surrounding areas – a great way to keep fit and make new friends.

For more information, please email winslowwheelers@gmail.com or visit our Facebook / Website page, www.winslowwheelers.co.uk or call 07743 974349 after 6pm.

Cycling has really boomed since Covid-19 first appeared – it is a great way of boosting physical and mental health and can help shed any excess pounds. Many more people took to their bikes last year, whether it be a trip to work, the shops, local park or to join a Club like the Winslow Wheelers. Many bike shops reported running completely out of stock due to the sudden high demand. The club meet every Saturday morning at the Public Hall, Elmfield Gate Car Park, Winslow, MK18 3JA from 08:45 hours onwards. Currently we have three different paced groups led by experienced ride leaders: C Group– this is a steady paced ride at approx. 13-14mph average speed, distance 20-35 miles B Group- this is a medium paced ride at approx. 15-16mph average speed, distance 25-40 miles A Group– a faster paced ride at approx. 1718mph average speed, distance 40-55 miles We cycle mostly on the quieter country roads suitable for road bikes. These are club rides and not a race and all three groups meet up halfway at a coffee shop/café for a well-earned cuppa/cake and chat! In line with current Covid-19 Government

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HI, I’M JESS

Time to get outside and get gardening May is here and there’s a lot to do to keep your garden blooming all summer long... Here at Lolly and The Hare, Spring has well and truly sprung. Spring flowers are growing, blooming and being sold. The Summer flowers will be on their way soon, the hedges look lush and green and we are already planning ahead for our Autumn crops. Hopefully the weather will keep on getting better and we can feel the warmth on our skin and soak up the Vitamin D from The Sun, this is very welcome after what seems to have been an endless grey, wet and cold Winter/ Early Spring. There is so much beauty in there garden but still so many jobs to be done, here are a few to get you started.

SOW MORE SEEDS Many of you will have started seeds off in the greenhouse last Autumn or on windowsills earlier in the Spring, but it is not too late to start some off now. Choose some fast growing annuals such as Marigolds, Sweet Peas, Zinnia and Phlox. I prefer to sow them in small pots until they are large enough to plant into

I have always loved being outside and noticing the wildlife that plants and flowers bring into our gardens. As a youth I was much happier surrounded by my pets and plants than anything else, this has never changed. Now at the age of 40 I think I’m where I’m meant to be; surrounded once again by plants and pets. For the last 14 years I have been a florist, I have owned my own shop, been studio based and freelanced for some amazing florists, having the opportunity to work at amazing venues all over the country. During the last 5 years I have had the space to grow my own flowers, often adding the perfect bloom into my floral displays. Visit lollyandthehare.co.uk or follow me on Instagram @lollyandthehare to see availability of my gorgeous cut flowers. The farm is just outside Buckingham and all the flowers are grown by me and my dog, Lolly.

the garden. When buying compost, go for Peat Free, peatlands

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are the world’s largest carbon store so digging it all up for our gardens is having a catastrophic effect on this planet of ours.

PLANT OUT Anything you have been growing under cover can now be hardened off and ready for planting where you want them to be. Just check the weather for any last minute frosts, especially before you plant out Dahlia. Once your plants are in, keep them well watered and maybe give them a liquid seaweed feed to give them a real energy boost. Please choose Organic feeds, again, our environment needs us all to make small changes.

CHELSEA CHOP So called as we all do this around the time of The Chelsea Flower show although don’t leave it until the show this year as it’s been moved to September. May is the right time for this. Prune your late flowering herbaceous perennials back by a third. This will make them flower

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flowers you will be happy you did it.

SECOND SOWINGS If you are an avid seed sower then you can also do a second sowing of Half Hardy Annuals such as Snap Dragons, Amaranthus and Molucella. You will then get continuous blooms right up until the frosts come again.

BASKETS AND POTS

are after instant gratification in your garden then head to the garden centre. Now is the time to go and get all those lovely small plants for your hanging baskets and pots, they will soon grow and flower and provide you with gorgeous colourful displays. Feed them with some tomato feed every now and then and they will show their thanks.

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LETS TALK BBQ’S!

Hi! I’m Kate and I’m here to talk to you about all things food in Buckingham and the surrounding areas. You can also follow me on Instagram for foodie updates @kate_a_edwards

As I’m writing this, we’re experiencing some un-seasonal snow, however I’m confident that by the time you read this article we’ll be firmly on the road to summer. So what better time to start talking BBQs! I am fairly new to the world of BBQ-ing, but what I lack in experience, I make up for in passion! I was never that fussed about a classic British BBQ. The charred supermarket bought burgers and sausages never really did it for me, and I found the sides unimaginative. Now don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time and a place for this classic BBQ fodder, but it wasn’t something I wanted to eat every weekend throughout summer. Over the past few years I’ve been working on up-ing my BBQ game, so here are my top tips for how to have a cracking BBQ this summer.

Charcoal is for champs I’ve been experimenting with both gas and charcoal BBQs, and I have to say, charcoal always comes out on top. If you pick the right fuel, it adds a wonderful flavour to your food, as well as cooking it to perfection. The Oxford Charcoal Company is a great local company with a range of options to choose from. You can also add wood chips to achieve different smoky flavours. Don’t get me wrong, gas also has it’s place. If you’re rustling up some burgers to feed the kids, or cooking up a few sausages after a bit of day drinking, it’s quick and easy and gets the job done. But if you’re putting time and effort into your food, take the time to get your fuel sorted too.

Pick one dish and cook it well

We’ve all been there. Someone overloads the BBQ with a variety of different meats, cooking them all at the same, at the same temperature, which results in nothing being cooked well

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and everything being over or under done. To really wow your guests, pick one thing to be your main dish and really focus on cooking that well. I know it’s tempting to overload your guests with a variety of meats, but trust me, a well thought thorough menu will be much better received. To make it extra special, pick your meat up from a local butcher. They’ll be able to cut the meat exactly how you want it, and also offer some cooking tips too. Pick the main event – think a whole chicken, beef short ribs or a leg of lamb. Then plan your sides around it. If you really want to go the extra mile, create a cocktail to go with your menu too!

Direct vs Indirect heat

Funnily enough, not all meats benefit from being flame-grilled over a ferocious fire. You wouldn’t cook everything on max heat in your oven or on the hob, and the same applies to your BBQ. There are lots of different ways of setting up your BBQ so that you have an area for both direct and indirect cooking. You can see lots of examples online, or in DJ BBQ’s book “Fire Food” (which is a fantastic book to get you started on your BBQ-ing journey). You can then move your food between the two areas depending on what you need at the time. For example, you don’t want to cook a spatchcocked chicken over direct heat for the whole cooking time, as it will dry out. However 20 minutes at the beginning or end of your cooking time will really help to crisp the skin up.

It’s not all about the meat

There I said it! Controversial, I know. But there are so many amazing sides or veg based dishes you can create on the BBQ that will go down a treat. Take a look at the book “Charred” by Genevieve Taylor if you’re looking at adding some meat-free options to your repertoire. There are some great recipes there that will be sure to take your fancy.

Hopefully Covid restrictions continue to ease and we’re able to enjoy lots of BBQs with family and friends this summer. Serving your food up family-style on boards and platters in the middle of the table is always a great way encourage socialising over food. Have fun experimenting with new and exciting menus and don’t forget to share your cook-ups with me on Instagram at @kate_a_edwards.

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Hello Summer months and hopefully a continuation of some warmer weather (albeit splattered with hail and snow if April was anything to go by…what was that all about??!!!!). By the time you read this hopefully a lot more of you will have had your jabs if not the second one and our pubs/restaurants will have opened their gardens, getting ready to open their doors later this month (not to mention hairdressers in April, I lost weight just having a haircut!). How nice has it been to see friends and family in our gardens or public outdoor areas – the things we once took for granted. Since the last issue we have enjoyed Easter and I was lucky enough to also celebrate my 50th birthday on Easter Sunday. Being a WOACA (woman of a certain age) it delivers other challenges outside of COVID but I had the pleasure of joining the Press Pause for Menopause online masterclass back in March which Laura has written a review on, if you haven’t read it already. It was BRILLIANT for all sorts of reasons but also made me think about the benefits certain foods give us, especially on our mood and well-being. As we’ve all had a tough time of it one way or another, I have included some recipes to lift our spirits, both nutritionally but also to enjoy the creation of or to share once again with our loved ones. I also learned (bit late to the party I know) but I finally caught up with the fundamental importance of drinking water and increasing protein levels. Anyone who knows me knows I have been rubbish with water most of my life, but I’ve finally got into the habit and it feels really good….and gets easier! So, if there is one thing you can do for yourself to help with energy, memory, feeling and looking fresher it’s getting into drinking water – pimped up with fruit slices, a bit of lemon and ginger or just straight up – your body will thank you for it and we need our bodies to stand us in good stead. We have a lot of making up for lost time to do everyone so let’s give ourselves the best chance to be as healthy and most importantly as happy as we can be. Much love and summer blessings Tina xx

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Twyford Pantry Salsa Verde Salmon with Smashed Chickpea Salad (serves 2)

Ingredients 3 tsp olive oil 1 orange , zested and juiced 2 skin-on salmon fillets small bunch of parsley (including stalks), finely chopped ½ tbsp Dijon mustard 1 shallot or 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped ½ tbsp red wine vinegar 400g can chickpeas , drained and rinsed 2 roasted red peppers from a jar, drained and chopped 50g kale

Method Heat the grill to high. Whisk 1 tsp of the oil with the orange zest, a splash of the juice, lots of black pepper and a small pinch of salt. Put the salmon, skin-side down, on a non-stick baking tray and pour over the marinade. Leave to marinate at room temperature while you make the salsa. Put the parsley, mustard, half the shallot, the vinegar, 1 tsp oil, and the remaining orange juice in a small food processor and blitz to a thick sauce, adding a splash of water to loosen if needed.

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Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and fry the remaining shallot for 5 mins. Stir in the chickpeas and some seasoning, turn up the heat and stir until the chickpeas are just starting to crisp. Mash roughly with a potato masher and stir in the

tender. Allow to cool, then peel and halve if large. Slice the pear and arrange on a serving platter with the beetroot, nuts, cheese and micro salad leaves.

roasted peppers and kale. Add a splash of water and cover with a lid until the kale is wilted. Keep warm over a low heat.

Whisk together the walnut oil, balsamic vinegar and honey, then season to taste. Drizzle over the salad just before serving.

Grill the salmon for 4-6 mins, or until cooked to your liking. Spoon the chickpeas onto 2 plates, top with a salmon fillet (leaving the skin behind if you like), and spoon over some of the salsa verde. source: BBC Good Food online

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Baby Beetroot, Pear and Feta Salad (serves 4)

Ingredients

Ingredients 3 bunches baby beetroots (any but red and gold look good), trimmed 1 Williams pear 25g walnuts, toasted 200g marinated feta, drained 2 cups micro salad leaves or mixed herb salad 80ml walnut oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon honey

Method Preheat the oven to 180°C. Trim the bunches of beetroot, then wrap each bunch in foil and place on a baking tray. Roast for 45 minutes or until

2 ripe bananas 200g frozen berry mix (blackberries, raspberries and currants)

Method Slice the bananas into a bowl and add the frozen berry mix. Blitz with a stick blender to make a slushy ice and serve straight away in two glasses with spoons. source: BBC Good Food online

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