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 Fuss-Free Canapés

Melissa Hemsley Canapes

Hello, Melissa here! Canapés can be a really fun way to get creative in the kitchen and keep guests busy too. They don’t need to be stressful or dreaded when it comes to entertaining. Prepping in advance and using ingredients you’ve probably already got at home can wow guests and let you enjoy your party too. So here are a few of my favourite recipes both sweet and savoury for fuss-free festive feasting…
Plus read here for my Tips on Stress-Free Entertaining!

Buckwheat Blinis with Beetroot Tahini

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As always, the season inspires what I want to eat, so beetroot plays a starring role in these miniature pancakes which you can prep in advance and leave to chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
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Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds


If you’re looking for new ways to add some veggies in at home, try these sweet potato rounds. Slice up a sweet potato, pop them in the oven and they make the most delicious base for whatever topping takes your fancy.
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Chickpea Fries with Sage & Parmesan


These chickpea fries from my cookbook Eat Green are inspired by Panisse (a popular snack from Provence, France) and make the most delicious canapés too! Serve as they are with crispy sage and parmesan or serve with your favourite dip.
Get the recipe in Eat Green.

The Fuss-Free Party Platter


Not technically a Canapé but this fuss-free version definitely hits the spot when it comes to entertaining. When you want to WOW your guests but haven’t got time to cook or prep, a festive grazing board is just the ticket for keeping things stress free for YOU. Get inspired & create your own platter for minimal effort but maximum results.
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Chocolate and Pistachio Dipped Apples


These chocolate & pistachio dipped apples are SO easy and hit the spot when you need something a little sweet after a meal or for a snack. They’re good fun to get kids involved with and a great way to use up apples.
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Chocolate & Orange Tahini Bites

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These tasty sweets are perfect served with coffee after dinner. As they’re made in a baking tin, you can slice them up as small as you like for bitesized delights.
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Fruity Chocolate Dippers

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These easy little guys hit the spot every time. Simply melt your favourite fair trade chocolate, dip in segments of satsuma or clementine then sprinkle a tiny little bit of sea salt on top & a few chopped pistachios or nuts or seeds if you’re feeling fancy. Chill in the fridge/freezer until set, et voila!

Happiness Balls

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No party is complete without my Happiness Balls! So easy to make and great to get kids involved too. I also love making these and gifting them to friends and family. Roll them in anything you have at home that might need using up or get creative.
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Chocolate Coconut Clusters


My *Chocolate Coconut Clusters* from my cookbook ‘Eat Happy’ are perfect to make with kids… be big or little! These quick little clusters are just four ingredients and are deliciously moreish. Make them bitesize for a show stopping canape. They can be kept in the fridge and enjoyed throughout the week so you always have a little chocolate love to hand. Look out for fairtrade chocolate too!
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For more Festive Recipes and tips and tricks, follow me on instagram @melissa.hemsley or head to my website www.melissahemsley.com

Melissa x



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