With lent just on the horizon and many of us vowing to give up some unhealthy (albeit delicious) eating habits, pancakes are the traditional dish for Shrove Tuesday. Whether you prefer american pancakes or classic crepes, we have the perfect recipe for both! 

 

FLUFFY AMERICAN PANCAKES

American Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4
100g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt
generous pinch caster sugar
15g butter
1 egg
150ml milk
butter or oil, for frying

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the salt and sugar. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Melt the butter and leave to cool a little. Beat the egg and add to the well with the milk and the cooled melted butter. Beat into the flour using the batter method. Leave to stand in the fridge for 20 minutes before using. Heat the oven to its lowest setting.
  3. Heat a knob of butter or 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan until hot, then add small ladlefuls of the mixture. Cook over a medium high heat for 30–45 seconds, or until the pancakes puff up and brown, then turn and cook the second side. Keep warm in the low oven or wrapped in a tea towel while you cook the rest of the pancakes. You will need to cook 1 large or 2 smaller pancakes per person.
  4. Serve the pancakes with a spoonful each of compote and crème fraîche.

These pancakes are also ideal to serve for breakfast or brunch, as above or with fresh berries and a sifting of icing sugar, or maple syrup and crispy bacon.

Recipe from Leiths.com by Sophie Hibbert

 

CRÊPES

crepes

INGREDIENTS

Makes about 12

100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg, plus 1 extra yolk
300ml milk
1 tbsp sunflower or light olive oil
30g unsalted butter, for frying

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre. Beat the egg and extra yolk in a small bowl with a fork and add them to the well.
  2. Stir in the eggs, concentrating your stirring only in the eggs, gradually drawing in four from around the edge. Don't force the flour in, it will be incorporated automatically as you stir the eggs.
  3. As the egg mixture becomes thicker, add a little milk to loosen it, then keep stirring. Continue like this until all the flour has been incorporated. Beat to ensure the thick mixture is smooth, then add the remaining milk and oil. Chill the batter in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, which allows the starch cells in the flour to swell (so lightening the batter).
  4. When ready to use, check the consistency of the batter; it should be a thin cream consistency. Pour it into a jug.
  5. Melt the butter and set aside in a small bowl. Place a small non-stick frying pan (about 16cm diameter) over a low to medium heat. Wipe out the pan with kitchen paper dipped in melted butter.
  6. Pour a little of the batter into the frying pan, just enough to thinly coat the bottom of the pan. about 1-2 mm thick. As you pour the batter in, swirl the pan to encourage the batter to cover the bottom completely, then pour off any excess, back into the jug. Return the pan to the heat and use a palette knife to trim away any batter left up the side of the pan from pouring excess batter back into the jug.
  7. After 1-2 minutes, use the palette knife to release and lift the edge of the crêpe to check the colour on the underside.
  8. When golden brown, use the palette knife and your fingertips to turn the crêpe over. Cook the second side until golden, 1-2 minutes, then carefully remove it from the pan to a plate.
  9. As the pancakes are cooked, stack them interleaved with strips of greaseproof paper (about 3cm wide). This will help to keep the crêpes separate as they are piled up. Repeat with the remaining batter, wiping out the pan with kitchen paper dipped in the melted butter for each crêpe.

Recipe from Leiths.com

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Here is our top 10 best movies for a valentines date... Each one perfect for a romantic day in! Also, don't be left with a broken TV for Valentines Day... buy a TV Screen Protector now to keep your TV safe from accidental impact damage. 

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

When Harry Met Sally

Stars: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal

In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Ten years later, Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore, and in the company of their respective best friends, Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher), attempt to stay friends without sex becoming an issue between them.

 

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Pride and Prejudice

Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfayden

In this adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel, Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) lives with her mother, father and sisters in the English countryside. As the eldest, she faces mounting pressure from her parents to marry. When the outspoken Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and upper-class Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), sparks fly. Although there is obvious chemistry between the two, Darcy's overly reserved nature threatens the fledgling relationship.

 

Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca

Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

 

Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually

Stars: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

 

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle

Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls in to a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day.

 

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell

Lovable Englishman Charles (Hugh Grant) and his group of friends seem to be unlucky in love. When Charles meets a beautiful American named Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at a wedding, he thinks his luck may have changed. But, after one magical night, Carrie returns to the States, ending what might have been. As Charles and Carrie's paths continue to cross -- over a handful of nuptials and one funeral -- he comes to believe they are meant to be together, even if their timing always seems to be off.

 

Pretty Woman (1990)

Pretty Women

Stars: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

In this modern update on Cinderella, a prostitute and a wealthy businessman fall hard for one another, forming an unlikely pair. While on a business trip in L.A., Edward (Richard Gere), who makes a living buying and breaking up companies, picks up a hooker, Vivian (Julia Roberts), on a lark. After Edward hires Vivian to stay with him for the weekend, the two get closer, only to discover there are significant hurdles to overcome as they try to bridge the gap between their very different worlds.

 

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands

Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being -- the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg's teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward's hands make him an outcast.

 

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Dirty Dancing

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

 

The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook

Stars: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner, Gena Rowlands

In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.

 

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What is Blue Light?

Blue light is shortwave lengths of light (these carry the most energy) which is generally emitted from electronic devices, like your phone, TV, and computer. But blue light is also transmitted from the sun along with red, yellow, orange, green light waves. These light waves mixed together create "white light". 

Wave Length

Key Points About Blue Light

Like ultraviolet radiation, visible blue light — the portion of the visible light spectrum with the shortest wavelengths and highest energy — has both benefits and dangers. Here are important things you should know about blue light:

 

1. Blue light is everywhere.

Sunlight is the main source of blue light, and being outdoors during daylight is where most of us get most of our exposure to it. But there are also many man-made, indoor sources of blue light, including display screens of computers, TVs, smartphones and other digital devices. 

Blue Light

 

2. HEV light rays make the sky look blue.

The short-wavelength, high-energy light rays on the blue end of the visible light spectrum scatter more easily than other visible light rays when they strike air and water molecules in the atmosphere. The higher degree of scattering of these rays is what makes a cloudless sky look blue.

 

3. The eye is not very good at blocking blue light.

The human eye is very effective at blocking UV rays from reaching the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eyeball. However, when it comes to blue light, virtually all visible blue light passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the retina.

 

4. Blue light exposure may increase the risk of macular degeneration.

The fact that blue light penetrates all the way to the retina (the inner lining of the back of the eye) is important, because laboratory studies have shown that too much exposure to blue light can damage light-sensitive cells in the retina. This causes changes that resemble those of macular degeneration (a disease that can result in blurred or no vision), which can lead to permanent vision loss.

Although more research is needed to determine how much natural and man-made blue light is "too much blue light" for the retina, many eye care providers are concerned that the added blue light exposure from computer screens, smartphones, TVs, and other digital devices might increase a person's risk of macular degeneration later in life.

 

5. Blue light contributes to digital eye strain.

Because of short-wavelength, high energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, it is not as easily focused. When you're looking at computer screens and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of blue light, this unfocused visual "noise" reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain. 

Digital Eye Strain

 

6. Blue light protection may be even more important after cataract surgery.

The lens in the adult human eye blocks nearly 100% of the sun's UV rays. As part of the normal ageing process, the eye's natural lens eventually blocks some short-wavelength blue light as well — the type of blue light most likely to cause damage to the retina and lead to macular degeneration and vision loss.

After cataract surgery you might benefit from eyeglasses that have lenses with a special blue light filter & anti-blue light screen protectors for your TV (such as the ones sold at thescreenprotector.com) & phone— especially if you spend long hours in front of a digital devices.

 

7. Not all blue light is bad.

So, is all blue light bad for you? Why not block all blue light, all the time?

Bad idea. It's well documented that some blue light exposure is essential for good health. Research has shown that high-energy visible light boosts alertness, helps memory and cognitive function and elevates mood.

In fact, something called light therapy is used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons, with symptoms usually beginning in the fall and continuing through winter. The light sources for this therapy emit bright white light that contains a significant amount of HEV blue light rays.

Also, blue light is very important in regulating circadian rhythm — the body's natural wakefulness and sleep cycle. Exposure to blue light during daytime hours helps maintain a healthful circadian rhythm. But too much blue light late at night (reading a novel on a tablet computer or e-reader at bedtime, for example) can disrupt this cycle, potentially causing sleepless nights and daytime fatigue.

 

Blue Light Filters

If you are on your phone constantly or watch TV (especially during night!) you might want to consider getting a blue light filter. 

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Everyone gets stressed at one point or another. The best way to deal with stress is to pin point the area that is getting you most stress rather than turning to unhealthy stress reliving habits. 

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Here are the top 10 best ways to reduce Stress:

1. Be Active

Exercise is a great way to relive stress. Even though it won't make your stress disappear, it does reduces the emotional intensity of stressful situations. It gives you a chance to clear your thoughts and deal with the issue in a calm manner.

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2. Take Control

"If you remain passive, thinking, 'I can't do anything about my problem', your stress will get worse," says Professor Cooper. "That feeling of loss of control is one of the main causes of stress and lack of well being."

Taking control of a situation is empowering and helps you to find a solution to your problem. 

 

3. Connect with People

Colleagues, friends, and family are great to have in your life, not only will they support you with your issues but they can help you see your issue from a different perceptive. 

Friends also give you a chance to relax and have a laugh, which is a great stress reliever. 

 

4. Have some "Me Time"

Everyone needs time to themselves, whether it's to socialise with others, relaxing, or exercising. It is recommended to set aside a couple of nights every week for some quality "me time". 

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5. Challenge Yourself

Setting yourself challenges outside of your work, helps you to build confidence which will help with stress. So try setting yourself a challenge like learning a new language or learning a new skill! 

 

6. Avoid Unhealthy Habits

Don't rely on unhealthy habits to cure your stress, such as smoking or drinking alcohol. Long term, these crutches will not solve your issue and will just cause more problems down the road. 

 

7. Help Other People

Volunteering and community work  help to build up your resilience.

"Helping people who are often in situations worse than yours will help you put your problems into perspective," says Professor Cooper. "The more you give, the more resilient and happy you feel."

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8. Work Smarter, Not Harder

Working smarter is where you can prioritise important work that will make a difference rather than concentrating on unimportant tasks. You need to accept that you will always have things to do.

 

9. Try to be Positive

Look for the positives in life and be grateful. Looking at your issues with a "glass half full" perspective can help reduce the stress you feel. 

 

10. Accept the Things you can't Change

There will be times when you cannot change a situation. Instead of focusing on these issues, try to focus on what you can change. 

 

Hope these tips helped! And remember... Don't Stress, Do your Best, Forget the Rest! 

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The joy of October is not only the changing of leaves, but the chance to get creative and carve pumpkins into any design you want! Here are our top 10 tips to create the perfect carved pumpkins! 

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1. Cut from the Bottom, Not the Top!

Michael Natiello, pumpkin carving pro, says cutting the "lid" from the bottom of the pumpkin helps prevent the sides from caving in later. 

 

2. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.

This way it won't drop inside the pumpkin when you replace it, like it would with a straight up-and-down cut. 

The Screen Protector Pumpkin

3. Scoop out all the pulp — and then some.

Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out all the pumpkin goop! Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to 1¼-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell.

 

4. Sketch out your design on paper first.

If you draw your jack-o'-lantern face to size, Natiello says you can use it as a pattern: Just tape it to the front of your pumpkin and use a fork or pencil to poke holes along the lines you want to carve. 

 

5. Use Cookie Cutters for easy Shapes! 

Use a cookie cutter to create quick and sharp looking shapes! Simply use a hammer to get the cookie cutter to go through the pumpkin skin. 

The Screen Protector Cookie Cutter Pumpkin

6. Start by making simple rough cuts. 

If you get the big pieces of pumpkin out of the way first, you can go back and clean up the edges of your design later.

 

7. Don't cut all the way through the skin!

Don't cut all the way through the skin, this lets the pumpkin glow all the way through rather than just near the bottom! 

The Screen Protector glowing pumpkin

8. Keep your pumpkin fresh.

Spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, you can revive it with a face down soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

 

9. Create a chimney.

First, leave the lid on for a few minutes while the candle burns. Then make a small hole where the lid has blackened. Or, save yourself the stress and go with battery-operated votives instead.

 

10. Sprinkle a little cinnamon inside the lid.

That way, when you light the candle, your jack-o'-lantern will smell like a pumpkin pie. Yum!

 

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