Greek Salad with Tomatoes


Tomatoes are packed with carotenoids, including lycopene. Research shows that lycopene present in ocular tissues helps prevent light-induced damage to the retina and other areas of the eye. Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, another vision protector.

Serves 2
1 tomato
1⁄4 cucumber
1⁄4 green bell pepper
1⁄4 red onion
Handful of olives
1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
4-6 cubes of Feta cheese
Sprinkle of oregano

Method:
Chop the tomatoes into wedges. Thinly slice the bell pepper into rings. Slice the red onion and cucumber and half the slices. Add to a salad bowl along with the olives and lightly toss with the olive oil. Top with the Feta followed by the oregano.

Recipe from www.essilor.co.uk

Tantilisingly Tasty Turkey chilli


Turkey is rich in zinc. Zinc is concentrated in our retinas and helps enzymes that promote eye health. Niacin, also found in turkey meat, can help protect your eyes from cataract development.

Serves 2
100g turkey mince
1⁄2 white onion – thinly chopped
500g passata
Half a can of kidney beans, drained
1 garlic clove – crushed
1 chilli chopped
1 cube of vegetable stock
Splash of water
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon cumin

Method:
Cook the turkey mince in a pan until brown, then drain any excess fat
Add the onion and cook until tender
Mix in all the ingredients except the water - add water according to the desired thickness of the sauce
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with rice or potato wedges and add cheese if you wish!

Recipe from www.essilor.co.uk

Mothers Day With The Samsung KX


The Samsung KX experience space in London’s Kings Cross is offering families and parents the opportunity to enjoy a free hand-drawn digital portrait for Mother’s Day.


Digital Family Portraits:
Timings: w/c 16th March - Tues/Wed/Fri/ - 3-5pm. Sat/Sun -  12-2pm.
Samsung KX is inviting guests to enjoy a hand-drawn digital portrait experience, the perfect gift for mums this Mother’s Day. Sketched live by one of the skilled Samsung staff, opt for either a full family drawing or make it extra special with a portrait of yourself.

Digital Mother’s Day cards:
Timings: w/c 16th Mach - Mon-Fri 3-5pm. Sat/Sun – 12-2pm.
Samsung KX is inviting guests to push their creative limits this Mother’s Day with digital card-making workshops using a Galaxy tablet. The experience will include insightful live demos showcasing easy tips and tricks to make the ultimate e-card, which can be easily downloaded and sent to mum in time for the special day. For more information check out www.samsung.com/uk/explore/kings-cross

Location:  Samsung KX
Coal Drops Yard
King's Cross, London
N1C 4DQ



Sweet potato and spinach quesadill


Sweet potatoes and spinach are both essential sources of vitamins and minerals that promote eye health. Packed with beta carotene, the body converts beta carotene in sweet potatoes into vitamin A, a nutrient that helps prevent dry eyes and night blindness. Beta carotene and vitamin A also may help reduce the risk of eye infections.

Serves 2
1 sweet potato
2 tortillas
100g spinach
1⁄2 jalapeno chilli - chopped
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 garlic clove - crushed
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Salt and pepper for seasoning

Method:
Pierce the sweet potatoes and cook in an oven at 200 degrees for 50 minutes, or until soft
Let the potatoes cool and scoop out the inners
Heat some of the oil in a large skillet and add the garlic, heat for 1-2 minutes until brown, add the sweet potato flesh, spinach, jalapeno and cumin
Cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally, season accordingly
Spread the filling on one-half of each of the tortillas and fold shut
Brush with oil on each side and cook on a hot griddle pan for 3 minutes or until brown.

Recipe from www.essilor.co.uk

HACKNEY EMPIRE ANNOUNCES JACK AND THE BEANSTALK FOR ITS 2020 PANTOMIME


Hackney Empire has announced Jack and the Beanstalk for its 2020 Christmas production opening in London this November and marking its 22nd pantomime at the East End venue.  Jack and the Beanstalk will run from 21 November 2020 to 3 January 2021, with press night on Thursday 3 December. Tickets will go on sale to the public from Friday 6 March 2020 at 12 noon.

This year, Hackney Empire is proud to announce Grande Dame Olivier Award-winner Clive Rowe as its very first patron of the theatre. Clive will also make his 14th pantomime appearance this Christmas starring as Dame Daisy Trott. The full creative team and casting will be announced in due course.

Yamin Choudury, Artistic Director, and Jo Hemmant, Executive Director, from Hackney Empire said: “Nothing could feel more perfect than Clive Rowe becoming our first patron. As Hackney Empire’s pantomime Dame he has captivated, delighted and charmed audiences with his award-winning performances. As we head towards Hackney Empire’s 120th birthday, we look forward with great excitement to the next chapter of life at the theatre.”

Clive Rowe said: "I cannot truly express how honoured I am to have been asked to be Hackney Empire’s first patron.  My relationship with the building over the years has always been based on love and respect not just for the theatre but also for the community it is part of. I would like to thank the Hackney Empire for this. I will cherish my patronage."

As only Hackney Empire can, Jack and the Beanstalk will get the festive season underway, bringing all of the fun, magic and razzle-dazzle that Hackney audiences love.

When happy-go-lucky Jack is tempted into selling his family’s beloved cow for a fistful of magic beans, he finds himself tangled in an adventure of epic proportions! Join Jack on his journey up an enchanted beanstalk as he tries to outwit a rampaging giant, all with the help of his larger-than-life mum. This tall-tale is packed full of slapstick comedy, laugh-out-loud topical gags, outrageous costumes, dazzling song and dance numbers and plenty of chances to cheer, boo and hiss.  Hackney Empire’s pantomime has become one of the city’s most anticipated annual highlights bringing West End value at East End prices to attract an ever-growing local, national and global fanbase.

Over 44,000 people attended last year's pantomime Dick Whittington and His Cat including 10,000 schoolchildren. 41% of the audience were first-time visitors to the Hackney Empire.

Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk go on sale on Friday 6 March from 12pm at www.hackneyempire.co.uk

Lightopia Festival - London


We were lucky enough to visit this year Lightopia festival in London’s Chiswick House Gardens. Lightopia is an immersive visually stunning lantern and light festival which has toured Manchester and Edinburgh and is now in London.

 

We couldn’t wait to see what awaited us, having read so much about the festival and seeing the images of the trail we were super excited for the evening ahead. we eagerly headed to the main entrance of the park, as soon as we arrived it was clear that we were in for a real treat as brightly colourful Lightopia sign greeted us.


We wandered through the light trail passing the various installations each unique and spectacular from The Love Gate, Tree of Life and The Flower Road, there were so many installations to see, it was an amazing display of light art and sculptures, some of the light installations moved to music whilst others were just visually pleasing to experience. 


There was a wonderful selection of food and drink available from delicious churros, chips to hot and cold drinks. At the end of the light trail, there were yet more attractions to experience from a mini funfair and a few more food and drinks stalls.


Overall Lightopia was an amazing experience which I feel privileged to have shared with my loved ones, I would defiantly recommend visiting it’s a great evening out and is suitable for all ages. I very much look forward to Lightopia returning to London next year. Check out my Instagram highlights for more images of our visit https://www.instagram.com/mummybebeautiful

Lightopia Festival  - London
Dates- 2nd Jan – 1st Mar 2020
Times - 5:00pm-10:00pm last entry 8:30 pm
Location - Chiswick House Gardens, London, W4 2QN

Ticket Price: (Booking Fee Apply)
Advance: | On the day
Adult £20.00 | Adult £22.00
Child £13.00 | Child £15.00
Family Ticket £58.00 | Family Ticket £66.00
For more information check out https://www.lightopiafestival.com

Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni with Beetroot and Almond Pesto



Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni with Beetroot and Almond Pesto

Serves: 2
INGREDIENTS:
1 pack of La Famiglia Rana Prosciutto Cotto & Mozzarella Tortelloni
15g shelled and roasted almonds for garnish 
1 small roasted beetroot, peeled and diced 
15g pumpkin seeds 
15g cashews or walnuts 
1 clove of peeled garlic 
Grated Pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh lemon juice 
Salt and pepper


METHOD: 
Place all the pesto ingredients (beetroot, pumpkin seeds, cashews, garlic, pecorino, oil, lemon juice) in a food processor and mix until the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Add salt and pepper to your liking then pour the pesto in a bowl. 

Grill the almonds in a non-stick pan for 2 to 3 minutes until they are golden brown and set aside. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the tortelloni for 2 minutes. 

Carefully drain the tortelloni and stir in the pesto, mixing gently. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds and serve.

La Famiglia Rana:
La Famiglia Rana is a family run-and-owned company. We’ve been producing the finest fresh filled pasta since 1962. From humble beginnings when founder Giovanni Rana hand-made and personally delivered fresh tortelloni to friends and neighbours in Verona, we’re now a globally recognised brand and we continue to uphold our same core values: using only the best ingredients and pushing boundaries to create the tastiest fresh filled pasta.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S LUZIA


We were delighted to attend the dress rehearsal of Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA: a waking dream of Mexico at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.


LUZIA invites audiences to escape to an imaginary Mexico into an imaginary spectacular world CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S LUZIA. The visually stunning show is a breathtaking production of circus acts which left us in awe as we watched the stunning artistry unfold.


The show was so creative and innovative and was unlike anything I'd seen before, from the moving stage to rain and water incorporated into the stunning performance.


There were high jaw-dropping death-defying acts, as well as modern highly funny comedy moments which involved audience participation.


The entire show and story was phenomenal, each act sharing a part in the unique unfolding story.
I cannot recommend Cirque Du Soliel LUZIA enough, you will not be disappointed. 

Cirque Du Soleil’s LUZIA
Debuts at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 January – 1 March 2020
Kensington Gore, South Kensington
London SW7 2AP

Ticket Information
Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia or 020 7589 8212.

Lexicon: NoFit State Circus


NoFit State has announced the full list of perilous and playful circus acts in their latest production LEXICON opening at the Roundhouse on Friday 3 January 2020 for a strictly limited season. With an international cast from Brecon to Bologna, Finland to France and everywhere in between, the acts perform, live and travel together in the traditional circus lifestyle.


LEXICON will present a host of heart-stopping acts including aerial acrobats such as Lyndall Merry defying gravity on the Swinging Trapeze, Vilhelmiina Sinervo and Rosa-Marie Schmid’s majestic artistry on the slack and double ropes and Pablo Meneu reaching new heights on the aerial straps.
NoFit State’s new production also brings nail-biting balancing acts including local Camden boy Luke Hallgarten who will be returning to his hometown to play at the Roundhouse for the first time with his dizzying Cyr Wheel performance. 


He is joined by Luca Morrocchi’s pin dropping Chinese Pole routine and Davide Salodini’s conquering turn on the Walking Globe. Rosa-Maria Autio and Nicol√≥ Marzoli will dazzle as an acro base duo featuring foot juggling and Sam Goodburn will amaze audiences by combining his juggling skills with a unicycle. NoFit State’s three-year veteran and second rigger Junior Barbosa joins Joachim Aussibal to inject mischief as the show’s Pranksters alongside Cecilia Zucchetti who will work across the ensemble.


The fast-paced innovative circus filled with live music and movement will break the boundaries between the real and the imaginary, the possible and the impossible, become blurred where nothing is hidden and everything revealed.

LEXICON ARRIVES AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IN JANUARY 2020 FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON CHECK www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2020/lexicon FOR MORE INFORMATION.