Jasmine’s 5 Valentine’s Day Bakes You’ll Love

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If there was ever a brilliant excuse to do something a little special in lockdown, it has to be Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re baking for your sweetheart at home or want to deliver a lovely treat to your nearest and dearest, I’ve rounded up some ideas to brighten up your weekend. Lemon Basil Almond Drizzle Cake This cake is a firm favourite from East by West (page 95). This is a lighter take on a classic lemon drizzle, with a beautiful freshness from the basil. It’s made using a base of ground almonds and tapioca. Chocolate Raspberry Muffin Volcanoes The ultimate Valentine’s Day recipe, these muffin volcanoes are ooey-gooey and oh so delicious. They are not too sweet but just sweet enough thanks to sticky jam and dark chocolate. I make these using a gluten-free flour mix. Blackberry Apple Ginger Buckwheat Cake A mouthwatering cake that’s vegan and gluten-free — what more could you ask for? Delicious for a special breakfast hot out the oven or an afternoon tea, I love the t

Jasmine’s 5 Ways to Self-Isolate Mindfully

The situation we’re in is mixed across the board — some are finding it easier than others, but focusing on the silver linings and finding the opportunities (or even gifts!) is something we all need to focus on. Staying home is a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about ourselves and our communities — here are five ways to make your journey a little smoother.

1. Find Work-Life Balance

Where you used to have your commute, your afterwork plans, even picking up the kids from school to differentiate the work day from the rest of your life, you now have… well, not much to draw the line. Check out this article for my best tips for how to not let your working life take over your days and nights in lockdown.

2. Have Fun With It

Feeling antsy and wondering how to fill your time? There are so many options! I’ve loved finding new ways of connecting with my loved ones, and still having a laugh with friends via technology and… and knitting like nobody’s business!!! Here are loads more things you can do while hunkering down.

3. Make Your Home a Retreat

If you have a bit more time — say, a week when you were supposed to go on holiday — you could turn your attention to a bigger project. Take some time for yourself, do a spring clean, learn a new skill… and much more.

4. Support Local Producers

Many local businesses are losing money these days, including farmers and producers. If you’re looking for a way to help, ordering veg or meat boxes from farms and other ethical food delivery services is a win-win. You get wonderful food to feed your family, and you help your locals stay afloat.

5. Make Your Food Go Further

When you can’t go food shopping as often as you used to, you might have to make do with what you already have, whether that’s store cupboard essentials or the fresh stuff that lasts longer like root veg. If you’re out of ideas, here are 19 recipes for you!



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