Cooking On A Bootstrap: BOOK THREE needs YOUR help!

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

   Well hello my wonderful readers. It?s been a year since my last cookbook came out, and I am inundated with messages every day, asking when my next book is coming out.The good news is, it is nearly written. A hundred budget recipes, in the same style as that surprisingly runaway bestseller A Girl Called Jack, with Breads And Breakfasts, Super Soups, Beans Pulses And Lentils, etc, with extra chapters ?Eat Your Greens? and ?Don?t Throw That Away? for nifty tips on using leftovers. (Stale cake truffles, anyone? Or bread crust soup?) It has been an absolute joy to write; irreverent, cheeky, nifty, thrifty, and delightful. I?ve stripped it back from the gorgeous gloss that was Book Two, as beautiful as it was, the glass slipper didn?t quite fit my budget foot, so I?m going back to basics.My first book came about by accident. Some of you may know this story, or most of it. I started writing a politics blog after a local councillor declared that ?druggies, drunks and single mums are ruining our town? in early 2012. I started going to the council meetings, as an unemployed single mother, and writing about what I saw. The blog expanded to a diary of my day to day life, the impact of housing benefit paid 11 weeks late, of cuts and suspensions to benefits and the real impact that had on a young mum and a two year old boy. Of turning the fridge off because it?s empty anyway. Walking everywhere in the pouring rain in your only coat, dragging a child behind you, into every pub and every shop in walking distance to ask them if they have any job vacancies. Of trying hard not to go red when the person behind the counter assesses your ripped jeans and scruffy jumper and the crying child behind you and says no. You add the ?not for you? in your head, unsurprised. You drag that toddler home and pour the last of the tin of tomatoes over some basic pasta and you try not to hurl it at the wall when your three year old says ?I want something else, Mummy.? Because there isn?t anything else.I made a decision, then, to try to feed myself and my son as well as possible on the scraps of change I had left at the end of the week. My first recipe, a carrot and kidney bean soup, had 100x as many hits as my previous blog post on local election results, and so I carried on, documenting my food shop, poring through famous recipe books and adapting their recipes to the contents of my local supermarket basics range, forensically costing it, and uploading it onto my blog.The recipe blog turned into a publishing deal, and in February 2014, A Girl Called Jack was a runaway success. The letters and emails pour in...

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3D Paper Snowflakes How To

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

We have been meaning to share these 3D Paper Snowflakes with you for years and FINALLY  I have gotten around to making them for you. They are traditional Paper Snowflakes from Scandinavia! Sometimes these 3D paper snowflakes are also referred to as Paper Stars and they do look WONDERFUL in colour too (See below!!). Either way, these make a beautiful Christmas Decoration, as well as a wonderful more general ?Winter Decoration?! I do think it is important to ?decorate for Winter?, as after the Christmas festivities and Christmas sparkle, the remainder of Winter, can be a little dull and depressing!!! So make some of these beautiful 3D Paper Snowflakes and make your house or bedroom look all Wintery Festive. You will see that they are much easier to make than they look and once you get the hang of it, you can ?do away? with the need for measuring out the pencil lines and simply cut free had and experiment! 3D Paper Snowflakes DIY ? Materials: per snowflake you will need ? 3 sheets of A4 printer paper (though any paper is fine! Origami paper works brilliantly for this too! Alternatively you can make GIANT 3D Paper Snowflakes, by using 6 sheets of paper ? one per snowflake point) scissors glue stick (I think pritt stick is simply the best) Stapler String for hanging 3D Paper Snowflakes DIY ? How To: If you like my videos, please do SUBSCRIBE ? for regular fun, easy and free crafty videos! And check out the colourful post it version from my friend?s YouTube channel (another GREAT channel to subscribe to btw!). I hope you are inspired to have a go at these 3D Paper Snowflakes and that you enjoy making them as much as I do!!!! Looking for  more Snow Themed Craft and Ideas? Take a peak at these! Did you like this? Share it: Tags: Christmas, decoration, paper, Paper crafts, snowflakes, Winter, vlogs, video, stars, Snow, 3d, 3d Paper Snowflakes Category: How To’s, Paper Crafts, Party Ideas, Winter, Christmas, vlogs View...

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Yas Marina circuit was focus of alleged bomb plot | F1 Fanatic Round-up

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

In the round-up: A man accused of being a supporter of Islamic State is charged with terrorism offences including a bomb plot which targeted the Yas Marina circuit. Links Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more. Reem Island killer?s husband in Federal Supreme Court on terror charges (The National) “On Monday, the court heard her husband plotted to bomb Yas Marina Circuit and Ikea, and planned to target buses as they carried tourists along the Corniche and attack an American military base in the country.” McLaren: Formula 1 costs needs a rethink (Motorsport) “I would back Bernie (Ecclestone) and say if you cannot afford it, don’t come. If you can afford it, then let teams do what they want.” Palmer is ready for F1 – Maldonado (Autosport) “I think he is ready. I hope he pushes hard with me to put the team in a good place.” Sirotkin offered F1 test role for 2016 (F1i) “If we find the required financial support, maybe I’ll be a test driver in F1. There is an opportunity, and perhaps we’re even closer to this goal than some others.” David Coulthard picks Alex Wurz as his F1 unsung hero of the year (The Telegraph) “After every race he writes to Bernie Ecclestone, the sport?s chief executive, Jean Todt, the FIA president, and Charlie Whiting, the race director, to express the drivers? feelings on the circuit or any accidents that have taken place.” No news on Schumi? Lawyer silences press (Wheels 24) “The accident itself was an event of contemporary history and could be reported on. But there is no such requirement once the recovery starts and the public is excluded – it happened in a hospital and now at home.” Worst of 2015: Women in F1 (Crash) “While Wolff did at least get out in a car on F1 weekends, running Friday practice sessions at several races to become the first female driver to take part in a grand prix meeting for 20 years, Jorda gained more TV time as pit-lane cameras sought her out to brighten up the quieter moments between action on track.” On this day in F1 Former F1 racer Guy Edwards turn 73 today. Sadly his son Sean, a successful Porsche sports car driver, was killed in a crash while instructing another driver in Australia two years ago. … read the...

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Magnussen believed he had 2015 McLaren seat | F1 Fanatic Round-up

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

In the round-up: Kevin Magnussen says he believed he would drive for McLaren during 2015. Links Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more. Kevin afslører: Sædet var mit – Button havde sagt farvel (Ekstra Bladet – Danish) Magnussen says he was told the seat alongside Alonso for 2015 was his. Ferrari could promote itself without F1 (Autosport) “F1 would change (without Ferrari). It would be something else. Nobody would be interested in Formula 1 without Ferrari, not even Mercedes. We are all there to compete.” Kimi Raikkonen shrugs off 2015 criticism (ESPN) “We have a lot more speed than what the results show but obviously the results give you the points.” McLaren pair had to drive differently in 2015 (F1i) “Normally you are a driver that will think about a whole stint length and I am normally quicker at the end of a stint than I am at the beginning, but with the way we are now, we are just trying to hold onto the back of the grid, so you drive differently. You drive flat out every lap until you destroy the tyres.” How Genii sold Lotus to Renault for £1 (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog) “Having almost been dormant over the past year Grigny is now once again in frontline use by Renault as the immediate owner of the F1 team.” Alexander Rossi Reflects on 2015 (Alexander Rossi) “As I write this, my team and I are working hard on 2016 and we look forward to sharing some exciting news soon.” Raikkonen can help Vettel win championship – Alesi (Motorsport) “In F1, it is the same, the group spirit is very important and with Raikkonen, he has nothing to prove. The only thing he can is to help Vettel to be world championship.” On this day in F1 It?s two years to the day since Michael Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident....

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The best stories, debates and pictures: F1 Fanatic?s must-read highlights of 2015 | 2015 F1 season review

Posted on Dec 30, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close here?s a look back on the articles which got you talking the most during the last 12 months. Your favourites New superlicence rules would have barred ten drivers in last five years The FIA introduced a complicated new regime to prevent drivers like Max Verstappen from getting into F1 in future. But the original version of its superlicence plan would have prevented many others from reaching F1 when they did. Alonso and McLaren differed over his testing crashAlonso?s crash not caused by car fault ? McLaren Alonso to miss first race of 2015 on medical grounds Steering problem, not wind, caused crash ? Alonso One of the most surprising stories of the build-up to the season was Fernando Alonso?s absence from the first race of the year following a crash during testing. He and McLaren gave differing explanations for its likely cause. Cruising Mercedes still 0.5s quicker than anyone Mercedes dominated the first race of the year, setting the tone for the rest of the season. Hamilton first to fall foul of new FIA helmet rule Showing little regard for F1?s many more serious problems, the FIA decided to clamp down on drivers changing the design of their helmets. Red Bull to blame for F1?s cost crisis ? Fernley Force India?s deputy team principal Bob Fernley gave a frank assessment of how F1 has found itself in its current state. Could Ferrari have won without the Safety Car? Sebastian Vettel took a surprise victory in Malaysia which raised questions whether Ferrari had unlocked their true potential or merely seized an opportunistic victory. Could a new rule stop another Monaco qualifying row? F1 returned to the scene of one of its biggest controversies of 2014. Hamilton was stung by his Monaco defeatMercedes answers fans on Hamilton?s Monaco strategy error and rubbishes conspiracy claims ?Are you sure it?s best to stay out?? Radio call which cost Hamilton victory revealed Mercedes urged Hamilton not to skip Monaco podium after losing race In the aftermath of Lewis Hamilton?s surprise defeat in Monaco it wasn?t immediately clear how he had lost the race. Subsequent team radio messages revealed the role he had played in the strategic error ? and how Mercedes had to cajole him into taking part in the podium ceremony. Hulkenberg wins on Le Mans debut One of the season?s best feel-good stories: widely overlooked talent Nico Hulkenberg won on his debut at Le Mans with Porsche alongside Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber. Sadly next year?s running of the endurance classic is on the same date as the European Grand Prix, so there won?t be any current F1 drivers in action. Maldonado, Hamilton and others get penalty points An action-packed Hungarian Grand Prix led to several drivers picking up penalties. F1 2015 by Codemasters reviewed The official Formula One game arrived for next-generation machines. Team radio...

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