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I don’t know about you but the darker nights and drop in temperature, has hurtled me headlong into hibernation mode. So this month at Urban Fox we’re winter-proofing our lives, inside and out! We’ve got boots made for walking, our pick of this season’s belted coat trend, natural remedies for all your winter ailments as well as tips on how to protect your skin. If those winter blues are kicking in and you’re struggling to stay motivated in the gym or at work don’t worry we’ve got it covered! And for the home we have inspiring seasonal décor, warming homemade suppers and the smart woman’s guide to winter driving.


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CONTRIBUTORS: Mark Goddard, Jake Harvey, Jon Levy, David Keatley-Lill, Paul

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LIFE & WORK 25 Winter proof your car The smart woman’s guide 27 Love your job Boost your mood and career

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 29 Reviews November’s recommendations 30 On the face of it Erin O’Connor exclusive


34 What’s on Activities for the whole family

8  Animal instinct Make your wardrobe roar!

36 Winter blues, soul or jazz? Wire-less for sound

11 What a belter AW13 must-have coats



39 Winter warmers Home-made seasonal recipes

45 What’s Hot? Kitchens just got hotter

43 Festive fare Delicious Christmas treats

49  Inspiring interiors AW home trends

13 Made for walking The long and short of it 15 It’s my party Fabulous festive frocks 17 Party hairdos & don’ts Channel your Xmas diva

53 Shape up Geometric homeware designs


55 Tips from the potting shed A little gardening know how

19  Seasonal skin savers 6 steps to perfection



57 Escape to the sun Favourite winter destinations

21 The natural way Remedies for winter ailments

58 My way Sarah Franklin on acting, racing & bouncy castles!

23 Staying motivated Goals, friends and treats



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do book your appointment early with your salon to get the time that suits you take some pictures of the look you want to achieve wash your hair the day before if you’re wearing it up, as it’s better to work with invest in some dry shampoo and hair dust - stylists use these products as styling tools to add volume and texture to the hair, when used together they can transform your ‘day hair’ into ‘party hair’ in seconds

keep hair up simple if you’re doing it yourself. Low glossy ponytails are all over the catwalk this season and look fantastic with that ‘little black dress’ curl your hair in the morning and pin it up during the day. Come the evening remove the pins, shake and add a shot of hair-spray, turning you into a party diva without too much fuss

don’t over product the hair. A sticky hairspray up do is never a good look on the dance floor, less is more be afraid to try to put your hair up yourself. Why not speak to your stylist for some ideas if you’re not going to have time to see them on the day of the party be fooled by how difficult a picture of an up-do looks. If you break it down into sections and treat them individually, with a bit of practice you will become a hair-up guru

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Regular cleansing removes impurities, leaving skin clean and refreshed. This also helps our skin absorb the beneficial ingredients of other face care products more easily. Try Crème de la Mer The Cleansing Fluid, £60 from John Lewis.

Exfoliation is particularly important in the winter to aid removal of dead skin cells. Increase frequency to once a week. Try Elemis FreshSkin Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash, £12 from Time to Spa online.


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It’s especially important to drink plenty of water at this time of year to keep your skin hydrated. Try reducing your caffeine intake and if you’re out partying, alternate your favourite tipple with a glass of water.

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With its special anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties Manuka Honey is a popular remedy for sore throats and colds. Take 1 tsp and let it melt slowly in the mouth before swallowing to coat the mouth and throat

If all else fails a Hot Toddy will at least make you feel 100 times better. Mix with boiling water, a tsp of grated fresh root ginger, a measure of whiskey, a pinch of turmeric, juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey

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As the dark nights set in, staying warm and cosy at home becomes more appealing than hitting the gym. So we asked Rebecca Watts at Nutrafit, Leicester how to keep motivated during the winter months




Set realistic goals 1 to 3 months at a time and work out what is needed to achieve them. Think about the time period; don’t set a 3 month goal if it takes you through Christmas as you are unlikely to achieve it. Instead set yourself small targets up until mid-December then have a more achievable maintenance plan for a couple of weeks over Christmas.

Join together with a friend(s) with similar goals, whether this be for exercise or support. Set up a message group on your phone and maybe even plan to meet up for group exercise once a week. You will find that everyone goes through the same set-backs and problems and the group support is invaluable to help keep you focused and give you that push.

Whenever you are trying to lose weight it’s important to fully plan and prepare your meals. It is often the lack of preparation that leads to bad choices, snacking and irregular eating habits. Try making a big pot casserole or a hearty winter soup. Make sure that there is plenty of protein in there to keep your energy levels up.




If you have lost motivation, join a club or group where you have set times to meet up. This can be a diet club where everyone has mutual goals, a local exercise class or a sports club where others rely on you being there. Knowing that you are expected prevents you putting it off until tomorrow.

Find a balance, set yourself a weekly plan and at the end of it incorporate a treat E.g. 3 x gym classes and 20 minutes a day walking, plus healthy eating all week means you can choose from a meal out with friends, a chocolate bar or a glass or two of wine. This will help you get through each day knowing that once you have achieved it you get the treat.

If your usual plan isn’t working for you now winter is here, then change it. If you’re struggling to get up for a morning gym session, switch to an evening workout or get a personal trainer to help get you back on track. If all else fails there is plenty you can do at home - running up and down the stairs, squatting, lunge walking, a workout video etc. Finally, plan a strict diet for a week or two, with limited food choices. This will help get you focused again.


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WINTERPROOF your car This winter many of us will have to drive on icy roads. So we spoke to Julie Jordan-Spence, owner of Jordan’s Motors in Leicester, for her advice on how to winter-proof our cars in preparation for adverse driving conditions The best way to stay out of trouble on icy roads is not to drive on them. Decide if your journey is absolutely necessary and if not, don’t drive. Get your battery checked. Batteries have got much better in recent years, however they don't like the cold and wipers, heaters etc. make high demands on them. Make sure you have the correct mixture of anti-freeze in the engine cooling system. Modern anti-freeze protects an engine in all conditions, hot and cold.

Keep your fuel tank topped up just in case you get caught out on icy roads. This will mean you have plenty of fuel to keep the engine running when you need heat and light. Try to avoid minor roads that may not be gritted. Have your air con checked to make sure it is performing at an optimum level. Your air con is vital in bad weather as it demists the window far more efficiently and gives better visibility.

Windscreen washer fluid should be kept topped up as winter driving can get messy. Use the right mixture of screenwash and water as this acts as antifreeze. Do not use washing up liquid, as it will freeze solid. It’s a good idea to carry a small bag of essentials in your car in case you get stuck in snow. Consider leaving an extra coat, very large bar of chocolate (if stuck enjoy every mouthful guilt free), bottle of water and a magazine might we suggest the latest edition of Urban Fox - to help while away the time.

Winter driving requires extra tread in your tyres, the tread should be at least 3mm deep. If you live in a location susceptible to snow and ice, consider fitting winter tyres. Keep your phone battery charged and have an in-car charger so you can contact the rescue services should you need help. Adjust your driving style. Driving in the rain, snow and ice not only makes your car harder to control, it can also create poor visibility which cuts down on reaction time. Think ahead and give yourself extra time to make your journey. Finally if you have your car serviced on a regular basis it should be ready for winter conditions. URBAN FOX NOVEMBER 2013 25

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Feeling a bit lethargic and agitated at work lately? Here are 12 great ways to boost your motivation and avoid those winter blues

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Suggest a team-building day. A corporate cooking class can help develop vital team skills and be fun too

Personalise your desk with photos of friends and loved ones who make you happy

Plan some fun activities with your colleagues after work. Doing something together for a few hours will lift everyone’s spirits

Listen to your favourite music on an iPod. If you’re in your own office have a sneaky dance too

Eat healthier office snacks – nuts, fruit, vegetable sticks - to create slow-burning energy that keeps mood and energy levels steady

Set yourself a challenging goal - pursue a promotion or complete a neglected project

Water is great for replenishing brain cells and the water-cooler is often the place where colleagues can talk about work stresses and their lives outside the workplace

Brighten up your workspace by opening blinds, adding additional lighting or choosing a meeting room with more natural light

Take a walk during your lunch break. Even if it’s not sunny, you’ll still get some much needed Vitamin D

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get through her performance without shedding a tear, and she will surely be recognised come awards season. What makes the film so enchanting however, is its refusal to get maudlin. The weighty subject matter is treated with respect, but out of it Coogan, Dench and Frears have somehow fashioned an uplifting, bittersweet and often hilarious road trip.

book REVIEW Embrace winter with these books created to celebrate the season

Winter: five windows on the season Winter’s Tales

by Lari Don A & C Black (hardback), £12.99

Both books available from The Bookshop, Kibworth. Tel 0116 279 1121

A selection of folk tales about winter from all around the world. Find out how spiders invented tinsel; what happened when the spring girl beat the hag of winter; why snow is eagles’ feathers, and how a hero with hairy trousers used ice to kill a dragon. Stories from the Americas, Asia, Scandinavia and Europe make this a wonderfully inclusive anthology of the chilliest of tales. Stunningly illustrated in papercut style.

by Adam Gopnik Quercus (paperback), £9.99

Winter takes us on an intimate tour of the artists, poets, composers, writers, explorers, scientists and thinkers who helped shape a new and modern idea of winter. We learn how literature heralds the arrival of the middle class; how snow science leads to existential questions of God and our place in the world; how the race to the poles marks the human drive to imprint meaning on a blank space. Offering a kaleidoscopic take on the season, Winter is a homage to an idea of a season and a journey through the modern imagination. URBAN FOX NOVEMBER 2013 29






We talk to supermodel Erin O’Connor about her lucrative looks and being a judge on TV’s latest modelling reality show


n the fleeting fashion world, models come and go, but then there are those who have that special something – and few of those stars shine brighter than Erin O’Connor. The late Gianni Versace claimed she was “the best catwalker” while Karl Lagerfeld once called her “one of the greatest models in the world”. O’Connor, however, seems convinced she looks like a man. “I’m utterly androgynous!” she cries, clasping her hands together in glee, “And I truly love it. It’s been part of my identity for so long. I’ve never been that pretty girl, and I wouldn’t want to be.” Of course she might be almost alone in that self-appraisal, for her looks have given her a stellar career spanning 17 years. The Amazonian beauty has walked and posed for them all: Gucci, Vogue, Dior, Elle, Armani, Prada… you name it, she’s done it. Now, she uses her vast experience and shrewd know-how for her latest challenge as model mentor on the new fashion reality series, The Face. Alongside fellow models Naomi Campbell and Caroline Winberg, the 35-year-old educates and guides a fresh

batch of young acolytes as they battle it out via a series of runways and photo shoots for a lucrative contract with Max Factor. O’Connor is evidently really into the job: “It’s so unpredictable; it’s theatre and performance-based; and with that, you get some very lively entertainment!” she laughs. “It’s not just cruel or exploitative for TV purposes. Rejection is of course part of any successful model’s career. It’s how you pick yourself up and get on with the job. If you fall, get back up again!” Having been in an industry where the very nature of it is change, O’Connor notices the differences between today’s young hopefuls and when she started out on her own career. “The girls on The Face have lived their fledgling fashion moment at such a fast pace in the industry and they’ve had to assimilate and move on according to whether it went well or otherwise. I think that’s tough, but it’s relevant. We had a chance to cultivate our careers and have a sense that we wanted to become self-sufficient and independent. First and foremost, we’re business women. We’re self-employed and it’s about going out there and having that self-exposure.”

“I was six-foot with a defiant nose, with a shaved head and I wasn’t easily breakable-looking”

So, as judge and mentor, what does O’Connor look for? “I really think it’s impossible to define beauty,” she shrugs. “When I see a girl, I hope that she takes my breath away. I like them to have fire and magic, and I want to know why I can’t stop looking at them. My gut instinct is to always go with a girl who will challenge the industry, to kind of define a new era that will inspire them. It’s not about getting them to fit the current mould or the trend, as it were.” Her own enduring demand in modelling reinforces the fact that O’Connor earned her place in the industry in a similar way. “Yeah, I guess I was a renegade in the industry,” she smiles. “Accidentally, I kind of brought anarchy into the industry. In the meantime, I hid behind the persona that was created for me. It became my armour. I was six-foot with a defiant nose, with a shaved head and I wasn’t easily breakable-looking.” It’s a persona that’s been chameleonic, with memorable performances from playing Joan of Arc to the re-animated dead. “I’ve played some pretty extreme characters!” she grins. “There’s always a strong narrative and a real big performance narrative which I love, but it terrifies me in equal measure – the anticipation. There are a lot of last-minute panics backstage. And it’s funny, because it never gets any easier. And then once I’m out there, I’m free and it’s liberating. It’s all about being in the moment for me, and the fact that I get to do this – to perform like this on purpose as a job is amazing.” URBAN FOX NOVEMBER 2013 31

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Rawlins Christmas Craft Fair

Sunday 17 November, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Over 40 stalls of high quality handmade arts & crafts, plus refreshments & children’s art workshops Entrance £1 (50p concessions) ONE DAY WORKSHOPS Christmas All Sewn Up • Christmas Flower Arranging Christmas Treats • Parchment Embossing Portrait Photography • Make a Silver Ring Intro to Bookbinding • Indian Cookery Christmas Cake Decorating Advance booking for these workshops is essential. Phone for further details or visit our website to enrol online.

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Loughborough Rd, Quorn LE12 8DY. Tel: 01509 622827

We’ve teamed up with Curve to offer the chance for 1 lucky reader to win a pair of tickets to see their production of Tony Award-winning musical Chicago on 9 Jan at 7.30pm. Set in 1920s Chicago, this sleek, sexy show tells the story of scintillating sinners Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, their crimes of passion and their outrageous pursuit of fame and celebrity. But murder, adultery and corruption are no match for their manipulative, smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. He’ll razzle dazzle us ‘til we’re begging for more! With musical favourites including All That Jazz, Cell Block Tango and Razzle Dazzle, Chicago is a magnificent Broadway and West End classic. Now this spectacular production, directed by Paul Kerryson, is set to take Leicester by storm!


Simply send your name, address and contact telephone number to inserting ‘Chicago’ in the subject bar. Closing date for entries is Fri 20 December 2013. If you don’t win, you can still book tickets by calling 0116 242 3595, visit or via the AR app using your mobile device. Terms and Conditions: No cash alternative is available and the prize is nontransferable. Tickets can only be collected in person from the Ticket Office on the day of the performance. They must be collected at least 30 minutes prior to the performance, after this time tickets will be released for general sale. If you are unable to attend the performance for any unforeseen circumstances you must contact the Ticket Office by 6pm on the day of the performance. Failure to do so may result in you being unable to enter future competitions. The editor’s decision is final.


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The Mousetrap, 11-16 Nov, De Montfort Hall


Fairtrade Fair

Sat 9 Nov Loughborough Town Hall Free Event

Loughborough’s biggest Fairtrade event is back! Organised by Charnwood Action for Fairtrade, stallholders will be selling fairly traded crafts, gifts, jewellery, fashions and foods in the Victoria Room, 10.00-16.00. The event usually attracts around 1,000 shoppers throughout the day, looking for high quality and unusual Christmas gifts and ideas.

The Mousetrap

Mon 11 – Sat 16 Nov De Montfort Hall, Leicester Tickets from £14

The legendary, record-breaking, box office smash-hit thriller celebrates its 60th anniversary. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal

their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

Hibernating Animals Workshop

Sat 16 Nov Embrace Arts, Leicester Free event

For ages 5-8, join award-winning illustrator Reg Cartwright and his wife Ann for a fun-filled afternoon of drawing and story-telling. Reg and Ann will talk about their work as illustrator and author of numerous books for children, including The Winter Hedgehog, Norah’s Ark and The Proud and Fearless Lion. This will be followed by a drawing and writing workshop on the theme of hibernating animals.

season, Leicester Market will be hosting a mouth-watering event with a huge variety of artisan food producers, with the emphasis on ‘local’. There will also be craft traders selling jewellery, artwork, decorations and much more! A wonderful family friendly event.

Victorian Christmas

Mon 18 – Fri 22 Nov Rockingham Castle, Rutland Tickets £7 adults, £3 children

It’s Christmas Eve 1881 and the Castle is decorated for a nostalgic Victorian Christmas. The fires are lit, the food prepared and the Great Hall table is laid for a sumptuous Christmas lunch. Guided tours in period costume take place throughout the day.

The Castle Courtyard decorated with illuminated trees offers a warm welcome to visitors.

Kids In Museums: Takeover Day Sat 23 Nov New Walk Museum, Leicester Free Event

Takeover Day is a celebration of children and young people’s contribution to museums, galleries and historic homes. It’s a day on which they are given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the museum. Go along, join in and see what their group of young people have been up to! For more details on the work of ‘Kids In Museums’ visit

Winter Food Festival Sun 17 Nov Leicester Market

Free Event

Kicking off the holiday shopping

Victorian Christmas, 18-22 Nov, Rockingham Castle


Country House Christmas Sun 24 Nov Brooksby Hall, Melton Mowbray Free Event

A Christmas event with a difference. Christmas floral demonstrations by the Belvoir Flower Company; gift wrapping lessons; tips on creating watercolours and millinery corsages, amazing craft and gift ideas, as well as an art boutique selling artwork and products made exclusively by English artists and manufacturers. The raffle draw will close the event, with proceeds going to Rainbows. Event runs 11.00-16.00.

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop

talking lawyer, Billy Flynn. He’ll razzle dazzle us ‘til we’re begging for more! This spectacular new production, directed by Paul Kerryson, is set to take Leicester by storm.

Christmas Craft Fair Sat 30 Nov – Sun 1 Dec The Guildhall, Leicester Adults £1, Children Free

The atmospheric surroundings of Leicester’s historic Guildhall are the setting for a Christmas shopping experience with a difference. The 600 year-old Guildhall hosts a weekend Christmas Craft Fair, with many exciting and original stalls, selling handmade arts and crafts. The fair provides opportunity to buy direct from the makers themselves,

with stallholders including ranges of jewellery, artwork, textiles, ceramics, handmade cards and much more. The event runs 11.00-16.30 each day.

Leicester Communal Chanukah Lighting

Sun 1 Dec Town Hall Council Chambers Free Event

This year will be the 10th Leicester Communal Chanukah Lighting. The festivities will include the traditional ceremony of lighting the Chanukah candelabra, songs, a performance from the children of the Jewish Sunday School. The one hour programme will be followed by ‘latkes’ – a traditional Chanukah food - and wine.

Macmillan Beauty Evening Thu 5 Dec The Retreat, Oadby

Entrance £5 (all proceeds to Macmillan)

Join the team at The Retreat for an evening of fun, fizz and pampering in aid of Macmillan cancer charity. Beauty demonstrations with Decleor and Jessica experts and goody bags containing products donated by Decléor, Promotional Solutions and Guinot. Fabulous raffle prizes on offer including £250 of Decléor products, Retreat treatment vouchers and a John Lewis Winter Warmer Hamper donated by Urban Fox. If you’re interested in finding out more about the work of Macmillan, visit their website

Sun 24 Nov Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland Course fee £40

Kids In Museums, 23 Nov, New Walk Museum

Talented flower artist Sue Jarvis shows you how to make a beautiful natural wreath to take home, using evergreen leaves, fruits and seedheads gathered from Barnsdale and her own garden. This relaxed and friendly morning course includes detailed demonstrations, festive refreshments and all materials - a lovely way to start the holiday season.


Fri 29 Nov 2013 – Sat 18 Jan 2014 Curve, Leicester Tickets from £9.75

Set in 1920’s Chicago, this sleek, sexy show tells the story of scintillating sinners, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, their crimes of passion and their outrageous pursuit of fame and celebrity. But murder, adultery and corruption are no match for their manipulative, smooth URBAN FOX NOVEMBER 2013 35


Winter Blues, Soul or Jazz? Thinking of upgrading some of your audio visual equipment in time for the festive season but bewildered by the options available? We asked Mike Swan, AV specialist at Around Sound in Stoneygate for his advice on how to choose the best wireless speakers


Treat reviews with caution. We are all different and in the same way that you may enjoy a badly reviewed film or wine, one person’s great sound is not necessarily another’s.


Decide where you are going to use the speaker. The smaller the speaker, the easier it is to carry round but size can influence sound. If you want a product to sound great in your living room but also be able to take it on holiday you will compromise on the sound you get at home.


Features vary but at least look for an auxiliary jack input to allow you to play your none-Bluetooth devices. Your device could then also double as a TV or computer speaker.


The Latest Bluetooth protocol, to enable you to stream wirelessly, is called aptX® so your speaker should handle this format.


Also consider the battery power and warranty. Check the manufacturer gives a best guess on how long the battery will last and what options there are when it reaches its life’s end.


Ideally the product warranty will be 2 years and since a portable speaker is likely to be moved about, you need to know that you will be able to get support for it after the first year. Also make sure the retailer or manufacturer will support the product after the guarantee expires.


Apple Airplay is great if you are an Apple person, but it only works on your home Wi-Fi network, so it’s not great for taking out away from home. Also, like many Apple products, it will not work with non-Apple phones.


For multi-room, Sonos is by far and away the best solution but does not offer a portable solution. At the end of the day, anything is better than listening to your phone by itself but to really enjoy your music treat yourself to a ‘quality’ device.


Visit your local specialist audio shop to listen to the product options available. Take your own device loaded with your own music and avoid pre-programmed auto-display units, which often make things sound better than they are in real life.

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Fresh, unique, intriguing. Introducing our new Nepalese menu. Each unique dish is made with the freshest high-quality ingredients, and is full of intriguing tastes you won’t find anywhere else in Leicester.

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Traditional or Prosecco Afternoon Tea Tuesday –Saturday 12-5pm (reservation only)


Winter warmers Follow our Winter Warmers recipes for simple and mouthwatering meal ideas that will keep you cosy this winter Ingredients (serves 4): 2-3 tbsp sunflower oil 1 onion sliced thinly 2 stalks celery finely chopped 600-800g lamb 3cm diced 2 tbsp plain flour 500ml bottled beer 300ml water ½ chicken stock cube ½ beef stock cube 150g mushrooms chopped 2 bay leaves 1 tbsp brown sugar 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon tomato purée Salt/pepper 2 packets of ready rolled puff pastry 50g softened butter

LAMB AND ALE PUDDINGS by Lucy Cufflin, Lucy’s Food

Method: • •

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Soften the onions, celery and oil in a covered saucepan for 5 minutes. Remove.  oss the lamb pieces in 1 tbsp of flour and seal the lamb so it’s brown on all sides. Return the celery/ T onion to the pan, adding all other ingredients except the rest of the flour. Bring to the boil. Cover and simmer gently for 1 hour or until the lamb is tender. Remove from the heat and dust the top with the remaining flour allowing it to be soaked up by the surface fat and thicken the stew. Repeat as necessary. Taste, season and allow to go completely cold. Butter 4 pudding basins. Using ½ sheet pastry per pudding remove 1/3 of each piece for the lid and ease the other piece into the pudding basin. Ensure there is pastry flopping over the edges of the mould. Fill the pies with stew leaving 1cm at the top and brush the top edge of the pastry with water. Lay the reserved piece of pastry over the top and lifting the sides up to join the lid squeeze the side and top together. Trim with scissors so you have a neat-ish edge and bake for 45 minutes at 350F/180C or until well browned and risen. Serve with some of the remaining stew and a cauliflower purée.


Ingredients (serves 2): 2 pheasant breasts 100g brussels sprouts 1 large leek 8 chesnuts 4 large potatoes 200g milk

100g double cream 200g butter Black truffle or truffle oil Breadcrumbs Parsley Thyme Salt

Method: •

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 or the pomme puree use desirée or ratté potatoes, but any baking potatoes will F be fine. Place the potatoes in the oven and roast them like you would for jackets. Once cooked remove the skin and push through a potato ricer. Bring the milk, butter and cream to the boil then slowly whisk in to the mashed potato until you get a wet pomme purée. At this point finely grate the truffle in or pour about a tablespoon of truffle oil in and mix. Season. Halve the brussels lengthways then finely slice them. In a pan sweat off a finely diced shallot, garlic and sprig of thyme then add the brussels and about 50g butter. Warm the pomme purée and spread it across the plate with the back of a spoon, place a spoonful of the brussels on top, then pan fry the pheasant breasts for about 4 minutes each side and leave to rest for 5 minutes, until perfectly cooked through. Then assemble on the brussels. Pan fry the leek, half and serve with a rich sauce. Garnish the dish with chestnuts & brussel shells.


Winter warmers CONTINUED


Ingredients (serves 4):


4 lamb shanks 1pt Belvoir Brewery’s Melton Red Ale 1pt lamb stock or bullion 4 sticks of celery 2 large carrots 1 medium onion 50g pearl barley 1 bouquet-garni 2 bulbs of garlic 3 bay leaves 1 tbsp tomato paste 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly 2 tbsp cornflower (mixed with water - either paste or granules) 20g fresh chopped rosemary salt & pepper

Ingredients (serves 4-6):

60ml hot milk 1 litre cream Handful of fresh chopped parsley

For the mash 1 kg potatoes 100g butter 100g butter ½ pt milk 4 egg yolks For the filling 75g shallots Sprinkle of thyme 20ml Pernod or 75g chopped fennel 100g flour 125ml stock

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 reheat oven to 140c, heat a drop of oil in a non-stick frying pan and seal the lamb shank until it has P good colour all over and set aside. In the same pan fry the carrots, onion & celery until they start to brown; add the garlic and sauté for a minute. Now place the lamb shank and vegetables in a casserole dish with the ale, stock, tomato paste, redcurrant jelly, bayleaves, barley and bouquet garni and then cover with a lid and place in the pre heated oven for about 4 hours or until the lamb is very tender and falling off the bone – at this stage take the lamb out and set aside. Remove the bouquet garni, then using a ladle skim the layer of fat off the remaining broth. Place the dish on the hob, and when boiling add the cornflower to the required thickness, then add the rosemary and season. Place the lamb back in the dish put some foil over it and put back in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve with mash and some honey roasted parsnips.

FISH PIE by David Keatley-Lill, The Bradgate, Newt own Linford

2 cod loins diced 300g salmon fillet 12 king prawns 6 scallops 100ml white wine 75g butter 1 egg yolk Lemon juice Salt and pepper Black bomber cheddar

Method: • •

 reheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a P shallow (approx. 2 litre capacity) pie dish. Boil potatoes until tender. Drain well and push through a potato ricer, or mash until smooth. Add butter and milk and mix well. Allow to cool and then stir in the egg yolks. Season well and put to one side. Sauté the shallots in oil and butter with thyme for 5 minutes until softened. Add

the Pernod/fennel then reduce. Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute. Heat the stock in a pan. Gradually stir it into the shallot mixture until smooth. Boil for 5 minutes until reduced by a third. Mix in the milk, lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes. Season well, then add the cream and parsley. Meanwhile, cut the salmon and cod into

bite-sized chunks and scatter in the pie dish with the scallops and prawns. Sprinkle with lemon juice and season. Pour over the sauce and mix well with a fork. Spread the potato on top and fluff up with a fork and scatter with the grated cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 180°C and bake for another 20 minutes until evenly browned.

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QUORN GRANGE HOTEL Whether you’re coming with family, friends or colleagues, the Quorn Grange Hotel offers something for everyone this Festive Season. With join in Disco Nights and Murder Mystery events from £33.00 per person Festive Lunches and Dinners from £19.50 per person Sunday Carvery served every Sunday throughout December Mulled wine afternoon Teas in our Bar and Café Eighty Eight Special menus for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and our New Year’s Eve black tie dinner Book early to avoid disappointment, call us on 01509 412167

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Join us for Nibbles and Tipples every Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm. Our nibbles start from just £2.50 each and, along with a glass of wine, they are the perfect way to unwind after a long day. On Thursday 21st November we celebrate the very first pressings of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau so book now to join the celebrations. No 9 Station Street, Kibworth Beauchamp, LE8 0LN. Telephone 0116 279 6260




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HOT? Planning a kitchen makeover? James Oakland, Director at Oaklands the kitchen specialists, tells us what’s hot in the kitchen

Units in complimentary tonal hues are a hit for the coming season Open plan, social kitchens continue to be a favourite for modern family life and entertaining

Bright and quirky gadgets and accessories add the wow factor

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Complete Kitchens fitted from £5,999 With kitchens ranging from £5,999 - £60,000, our extensive range includes the German Classic kitchen package. Priced at a competitive £5,999 it offers hundreds of style and colour combinations - choose from shiny, matt, country and shaker styles. FREE Neff Dishwasher Offer! Ask in-store for details. Dewhirst Kitchens are now into their second year of designing and fitting Daval bedrooms. It is now even easier to realise your dreams with a genuine 25% discount. We are the region’s exclusive supplier and have transformed many rooms into organised and peaceful retreats with a wide range of storage systems.

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Interiors The change in season means new interior design trends hit both designer boutiques and high street stores. We ask TV Designer Debbie Greasley what themes are inspiring her this winter COUNTRY TWEEDS

Perfect for the country kitchen and dining rooms

Get the look: • A perfect combination of traditional tweeds, drill cottons and plaids, hunting scenes, wellies boots, wool blends and vintage leathers. • Staple the overall look with neutral tones adding a splash of colour with strong burnt orange, mustard yellows and purples or softer tones of duck egg greens and blues.

• Mix with chunky up-cycled dressed painted or dark wood furniture, scrubbed pine dining tables tops and long benches. • For flooring consider coir matting, wool twist carpet or painted wooden floors. • Don’t forget to have a bit of fun using motifs of game and poultry and the obligatory stag head for wall art!


Perfect for a living room or bedroom Get the look: • Think grand elegance with stunning textures of shimmering fabrics, linen, velvets and silks. • Colour schemes are monotone with light silvers, grey and soft golds turning into blush tones. • Ground these colours with a staple piece in gunmetal grey or deep royal and navy blues. • Mix with contemporary light glossy furniture or dark wood. • A beautiful upholstered chair in a stunning metallic fabric will act as a striking one off piece. • Add chromes or gilts and glass, and oversized table lamps and chandeliers for lighting. • Finish with luxury throws and beaded trimmed cushions. URBAN FOX NOVEMBER 2013 49

You’ve chosen your stove, it’s arrived and you’re delighted with the installation and service that you have received or maybe you’ve had your stove for a while, but how do you look after it making sure it runs as efficiently as possible? Wait no longer… Just register for one of our Stove Workshops on Saturday 30 November 2013 at our stunning showroom and we will provide clear information on the following and much more: • • • • •

Avoiding glass blackening Making your stove as efficient as possible The best type of fuel to use Maintaining the ideal temperature Avoiding underburning and overfiring your stove


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MPB Kitchens

Quality kitchens at amazing prices Looking for a new kitchen? MPB can provide you with the very latest ideas for kitchens, appliances and worktop surfaces, all at very competitive prices, with a full fitting service available. Whether you’re looking for a traditional or a modern kitchen, why not give us a call?

For more information or to arrange an appointment, please call Mick Bihanycz on 01536 201882 or mobile 07810 247020.

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ShapeUp! Bring colour, pattern and texture into your living room with our pick of the best geometric homeware designs

Titania Chair £879 for two, Darlings of Chelsea

Vitra Sunburst Clock £241, Heal’s

Metropolitan Tiffany Lamp from £159, Broughtons of Anstey

Day Bed £2375, Orla Kiely

Amanda Sugar Bowl & Milk Jug £14.50 each, Hunkydory Home Spear Vase £39.95, Ferm Living

Ben de Lisi Applique Cushion £32, Debenhams


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Tips from the

POTTING SHED This month’s tips are courtesy of Mark Goddard of Coles Plant Centre

I’ve got an empty, shaded area in my garden that looks dull and boring during the winter months. Is there anything I could plant there to brighten it up? There are a few species that offer a variety of features to brighten up that dull spot in the garden. Using a mix of plants that bear winter flowers and berries, or variegated foliage and bark colour, you can easily introduce a bit colour.

black berries. If you think a tree might fit the spot well, you could consider a Prunus Autumnalis ‘Rosea’; a winter flowering cherry tree that produces small, pink blooms throughout winter and spring.

For an attractive flower Mahonia ‘Winter Sun’ is well worth considering; this medium sized evergreen shrub produces long spikes of bright yellow flowers throughout the depths of winter. The flowers look spectacular against the dark green leaves. Another evergreen shrub to consider would be Viburnum Tinus ‘Eve Price’, which produces pink tinged, bright white flowers from autumn through to spring, as well as metallic blue/

You might also consider selecting plants that have bright coloured stems, so even when the foliage of the plant falls, you are still left with some interest throughout winter. Certain varieties of Cornus (Dogwood) are probably the best example; Cornus Alba Sibirica have bright crimson stems that strongly contrast with the bright yellow of Cornus Flaviramea when planted together.


Finally, as a twist on a classic you could try a variegated Holly. Two of the more popular varieties are Ilex ‘Golden King’ and Ilex ‘Silver Queen’, both sport variegated leaves as the names suggest, as well as bright red berries throughout autumn and winter.

One of the stems of my Cabbage Palm (Cordyline Australis) died back last winter. Is there anything I can do to protect the plant against the cold this year? The last few winters have taken their toll on these types of plants. Cordylines can usually cope with average winter temperatures, but we’ve seen some really cold spells over the last few years which have killed back some of the more exposed plants. Cabbage palm

There are ways to protect your plant from the weather; if you know that a prolonged

cold spell is approaching you can bundle the leaves up and tie them together, wrapping them with a horticultural fleece until it starts to warm up again. If your plant does still die back, don’t count it off straight away as you may find it begins to sprout leaves from lower down the stem, where the plant is still alive. URBAN FOX NOVEMBER 2013 55

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My Way...

Sarah Franklin

Solicitor and founder of Isis Legal Ltd talks to us about wanting to be an actress, racing cars and her love of bouncy castles! I was born in Thurmaston and lived in Syston until I was 11. I always wanted to be a lawyer, although there was a brief spell at secondary school when I wanted to be an actress. It’s pretty much the same thing really when you are in court! I started work at a Solicitors as soon as I finished my A levels and did my Law Degree and Post Grad diploma in Law part time at De Montfort University whilst working full time. It was hard work but worth it, as by the time I qualified, I’d already had 6 years’ experience.

Most inspirational woman: Natalie Goodwin – 1960s Formula 3 racing driver

Over the years I specialised in certain areas of law such as family and matrimonial, commercial, wills and probate and decided to start my own business, Isis Legal in May 2007. I love helping people whether it be to buy a new home, start a business or with the difficulties and problems in their lives. I always liked cars and, as soon as I could afford to, I bought a Lotus Elise to do track days. My husband was very ill in 2004 and I had one of those life changing moments. I’d always wanted to race so signed myself up for the Race School at Silverstone which was a 5 day course. After that, I had my race licence and there was no stopping me. I’ve been racing ever since, mainly in sports or saloon cars. My motto is ‘Life isn’t the amount of breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.’

Favourite fashion brand: Christian Louboutin

People are always surprised when I tell them about my racing. It’s still very much a man’s world. However, as soon as I have my helmet on I’m just another driver. I had a big accident in 2011 but it’s my passion and what I love doing. The danger element is what makes it exciting. I’m just an adrenaline junkie. I won Class B of the Production Touring Car Championship in 2012 and I’m proud to have been twice nominated for a Gold Star by the British Women Racing Drivers Club. When I’m not working or racing, I’m a big supporter of the Air Ambulance Service because it is so essential, particularly in motor sport. My latest fund raising activity was achieving a world record for the longest continuous time on a bouncy castle – 32 hours with a team of 8! I never want to see a bouncy castle again as long as I live!

Last film you watched: Jack Reacher

Last holiday destination: Monza, Italy


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