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

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.

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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

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!

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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

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

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

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.

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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

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