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Jasmine’s 6 Ways to Connect to Nature This Spring

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After a long winter season spent indoors, I couldn’t be happier to see the spring in full swing and summer firmly on its way. Spring is a really magical time of year, and an important transition period according to the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda. Spring is the season of new beginnings and growth, easily visible as bulbs start to appear after many months’ rest underground. Thanks to the warmer days and longer evenings, it’s also the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature at a time when many would say it’s at its most beautiful, and definitely at its most inspiring. Ahead of Earth Day on 22nd April, I’m sharing some of my go-to practices and daily habits that help me tune into Mother Nature and bring me back into balance if I’m feeling overwhelmed or disconnected. Walk barefoot Imagine it — warm sand or cool pebbles underfoot, or the feel of fresh dewy grass. It’s pure bliss, isn’t it? In Ayurveda, this practice is known as “earthing,” and modern science has proven its

Melissa’s tools to Fighting Food Waste & Consuming Less

Melissa’s tools to Fighting Food Waste & Consuming Less

Carrot Cake with Honey Yoghurt ‘Cream Cheese’

How To: 1.  Preheat the oven to fan 180°C/Gas mark 6 and line the base of two 23cm-diameter cake tins (for a whole cake) or a 20cm x 40cm baking tin (for a traybake) and grease the sides with butter. 2. In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds with the salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. 3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the maple syrup and melted butter, then stir in the carrots, raisins and walnuts before mixing with the dry ingredients in the large bowl. 4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tins or tin, spreading it out evenly, and bake in the oven for 35 minutes until springy to the touch and golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and place the tins on a wire rack to cool. 5. While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting. Add the strained yoghurt or cream cheese/quark/goat’s curd mixture to a bowl and mix in the honey and vanilla extract. Taste, adding a tiny pinch of salt if needed, then leave in the fridge until the cakes have cooled down com

Carrot Cake with Honey Yoghurt ‘Cream Cheese’

How To: 1.  Preheat the oven to fan 180°C/Gas mark 6 and line the base of two 23cm-diameter cake tins (for a whole cake) or a 20cm x 40cm baking tin (for a traybake) and grease the sides with butter. 2. In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds with the salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. 3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the maple syrup and melted butter, then stir in the carrots, raisins and walnuts before mixing with the dry ingredients in the large bowl. 4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tins or tin, spreading it out evenly, and bake in the oven for 35 minutes until springy to the touch and golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and place the tins on a wire rack to cool. 5. While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting. Add the strained yoghurt or cream cheese/quark/goat’s curd mixture to a bowl and mix in the honey and vanilla extract. Taste, adding a tiny pinch of salt if needed, then leave in the fridge until the cakes have cooled down comp