Celery soup

Try this celery soup for a quick, healthy and tasty lunch

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 knob of butter

1 head of celery – washed and chopped

2 medium waxy potatoes – peeled and chopped

1 small onion – peeled and finely sliced

750ml chicken stock (or substitute with vegetable stock)

½ cup of full cream milk

Salt/black pepper to taste

2 tbsp parmesan – grated

Method:

  • Heat up the butter in a saucepan and add the onion, potato and celery
  • Cook for 5 minutes until the potatoes and celery start to soften
  • Add salt and a good grinding of black pepper to taste
  • Add the chicken or vegetable stock and simmer for 10 minutes until everything is soft
  • Take off the heat and blend to a smooth soup
  • Add the milk and stir through
  • Serve in soup bowls and add parmesan shavings
  • Serve with garlic bread on the side

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Beautiful Joe's ethical dog treats

We at Ellery Bow love to support small, local, sustainable and ethical businesses.

In this respect we have to say:

“We LOVE Beautiful Joe’s Dog Treats”.

The name derives from the best selling autobiography written by Margaret Saunders. Beautiful Joe is the story of a real-life dog (“A brown dog of medium size”),  who lived in Canada in 1890. He was rescued from a brutal farmer who had cut off his ears. Ms Saunders went on to devote her life to championing the rights of animals.

These dogs treats are 100% natural and super tasty, handmade from British free-range ox liver, with nothing added. Beautiful Joes are a small artisan dog food producer based in Wiltshire. In addition to giving away half the treats they make, they donate 1% of sales to Compassion in World Farming.

And that isn’t the best bit, they are sold in aid of dogs in need, so for every packet they sell, Beautiful Joe’s donates a packet to a dog rescue home or a related charity. So far, they’ve supported All Dogs Matter and The Dogs Trust, DOTs (Dogs on The Streets), The Blue Cross and they have decided upon their next charity which will be the Mayhew Animal Rescue Centre. Most rescue homes can’t afford to buy any treats for the dogs they look after. The free treats they donate are mostly used to train rescue dogs so that it is easier for them to find new,  forever homes.

Beautiful Joes, we at Ellery Bow take our “bowler” hats off and salute you!

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home-made dog biscuits

These home-made dog biscuits are healthy, quick and easy to make and your dogs will love them!

Ingredients:

1 cup nutty wheat flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar and salt-free peanut butter

2 tbsp biltong powder

3 large eggs

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  • Mix all the ingredients together and roll into shapes on a floured baking sheet
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until cooked through.

Overall time

30 minutes

 

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Chicken in black bean sauce

This Chinese chicken in black bean sauce recipe is quick and easy to prepare and tasty!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cooked chicken thighs – shredded

1 thumb sized piece of ginger – grated

2 cloves of garlic – grated

1 red birds-eye chilli – finely sliced

2 spring onions – sliced

1 handful green beans – top and tailed and cut in half

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp soya sauce

2 tbsp black bean sauce

1 lime – juiced

1 egg

1 handful coriander

½ cup white basmati rice – cooked

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Cooking oil

Method:

  • Mix together the ginger, garlic, chilli, spring onion, chicken, green beans and sesame oil
  • Heat a pan with cooking oil until hot and add the mixture to the pan, stirring continuously for 1 minute so it doesn’t burn
  • Add the black bean sauce, 1 tbsp of soya sauce and lime juice and stir for another minute
  • Remove from the heat and keep warm
  • Heat another pan with oil, crack in an egg and stir
  • Add the rice and 1 tbsp of soya sauce and cook until warm
  • Dish up the rice topped with the chicken, sprinkle with fresh coriander and top with sesame seeds.

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How can we manage stress in our daily lives

This modern life generates stress reactions through the fight or flight responses which were designed to keep us safe when the going gets tough¹. But, the go, go, go culture of today with its non-stop approach to being sees us accessing these stress hormones to get through every-day existence. And of course, if you have life events or issues outside of the every-day, whether that be trauma or one-off experiences we can easily be tipped over the edge.

Stress is a natural response to our modern lives, but unmanaged stress can take a real toll on your physical and mental health. This week is Mental Health Awareness week in the U.K. and the focus this year is on stress because stress is causing real problems in our society.

You’ve probably had someone say to you at some point, ‘You look stressed’ and this comment might have made you want to react with, ‘Of course I am!’ and then to list the hundreds of reasons why that is. The job, the money, the household chores, the kids, the caring for a relative, the business demands, the need to maintain a perfect body, and so it goes. Modern life has myriad demands and of course issues, and the stress response is activated because we find ourselves constantly pushing through.

And if you’re a woman and it seems like you are more stressed than the men in your life, you’re probably right. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has found that women consistently report higher levels of stress than men in workplace settings. In fact, there are almost double the number of women aged between 25-54 years reporting stress and anxiety. Now despite this being focussed on the workplace and the causes being identified within those settings I’m going to take a punt on saying that this is probably coincidental with all of the other things that an employee has on their plates outside of the workplace too. It is no coincidence that the age range where this is most prevalent coincides with women during periods of life when they are most likely to be caring for others.

[1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

Prioritising self-care is a great way to get ahead of stress, addressing it before it begins to have a negative impact on our sense of well-being. Since stress is constantly coming into our lives, it’s important to understand the real benefits of investing in caring for ourselves. You should make self-care the same as brushing your teeth, and although some practices might be more of a time demand there are daily things you can do that will only take a few minutes and those minutes are heavily outweighed by the long-term benefits. Here are a few:

1. Learn how to breathe mindfully. I am breathing in, I am breathing out. Stopping between tasks and allowing the breath to come to a settled place has incredible benefits to the nervous system. Do it when you stop to change task, have a cup of tea, or wash your hands.
2. Unplug yourself. When you stop for a few minutes resist the urge to pull your phone out of your bag or pocket and start checking social media. Just stop. Up to ten minutes each day of just sitting, no stimulation, let your brain rest just like the times you put your feet up to rest them.
3. Move your body. Find the exercise that works for you, whether that be cycling, running, walking or a class at the gym. Exercise has a powerful effect on the body-mind system. If you find yourself overwhelmed then dance it out, play a fun song and dance like you’ve never danced before!
4. Eat well. Tiredness and stress will make us reach for comfort foods which are possibly high fat, high sugar. Keep healthy snacks about you so that you can nibble on these and keep your blood sugar balanced.
5. Give yourself a break. Caught on the ‘must do’ loop? Then get off. Give yourself permission to have a whole day off where you only do that which you feel like doing, and none of that you feel that you must, and smile about it (because you’re worth it)!
6. Try different things. Explore what is going on in your area and do something different. Go to a class, have a massage, do a workshop. Find something that works for you, maybe something new each week. Take an hour, just one hour and make it all your own.

If you find it hard to build these things into your life find a friend who you can do it with, or maybe get a coach, but do start even with one little daily practice and I promise you, you won’t regret it.

Deb Cartwright is a co-founder of Livewell Directory and a leader in the charity sector, yoga teacher and personal coach. You can follow her on Twitter for more goodness @soul-full-life

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