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New Link Road to Improve Access to Rushden Lakes Approved by ENC

A new link road between Ditchford Lane and Rushden Lakes has been approved by East Northamptonshire Council’s planning committee.

 

A new road will mean easy access to the popular retail and leisure park from the A45 east bound for those visiting the park and for those making deliveries. It would also include a shared pedestrian and cycle path alongside the road as well as safe crossing points for those on foot or bike.

 

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “We have been working closely with the site owners and developers to get plans in for a road that will take the pressure off the main entrance to Rushden Lakes. We understand how essential the road is for the local area and highways and now that the application is approved, we look forward to receiving confirmation of when work will start.”

 

Details of the application can be found at www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/planning using the reference 18/00004/FUL.

 

Relaxation is the new Business in Thrapston

Introducing AmbaScarlett Holistic Healing, run by Helen Dawson and situated in Changes Hair Salon on Thrapston High Street.

Helen specialises in Reiki and Reflexology and is the only local holistic therapist to offer the Reiki Holistic Facial.

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What is Reiki?

Reiki is an ancient Japanese therapy which involves channelling energy, allowing for the restoration of the person’s physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.

Reiki treats the whole person. The flow of Reiki energy helps the body to heal itself and return to a state of balance.

What is a Reiki Holistic Facial?

A Reiki Holistic Facial includes the standard cleanse, tone and moisturise of a standard facial, then there is also a neck, shoulder, head and décolletage massage.  Plus, the addition of serums for your skin type and acupressure.

The Reiki healing flows throughout the hour-long treatment.

Generally, clients leave feeling blissful and ready for their best night’s sleep ever!

The Benefits of a Reiki Facial:

  • Deeply relaxing and promotes healthy sleep
  • Relieves muscle tension in face, neck and shoulders
  • Can relieve tension headache, migraine and eye strain
  • Encourages blood supply to head, brain and scalp
  • Helps relieve congestion associated with sinusitis and tinnitus
  • Removes dead skin cells and encourages cell regeneration
  • Nourishes the skin and balances pH to promote healthy looking skin
  • Can relieve emotional stress, anxiety and depression
  • Creates a balanced feeling of peace and calm

The Products

As part of th Reiki Facial , Helen uses natural product from Tropic Skincare.  Helen’s own cleansing routine doesn’t contain any toxins or harsh chemicals so she refuses to put them onto anyone else.

Read her insights into The Body Burden and how the cosmetic industry is contributing to weight gain and hormonal imbalance here  – The Truth about Detox

All the Treatments

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Treatments from AmbaScarlett Holistic Healing include Reiki, Reiki Facials and Reflexology – plus these treatments can be combined with essential oils, as Helen is also quaified in Aromatherapy.

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For more information

To book call Helen Dawson on 07799 627789

Email:  helen@aspengirl.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ambascarlett

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Sage Advice from Hawkwell Herbs

It is still cold…  Pasta awaits.  “Spag Bol” awaits.  Fish in tomato sauce awaits.  Roasted veggies in tomato sauce awaits.  We all want a bit of warmth and a bit of that feeling of eating something to make us warm.  Something tasty. Something that satisfies inside when all is cold outside.

Just as well then that the Herb of the Month is SAGE.  Which is PERFECT with tomato sauce because it ‘adds depth’. Whenever anyone says something ‘adds depth’ of flavour, I rarely know what they mean by it!  Here is what I mean. It is a taste which makes you want to eat more, lick your lips forever, and eat more again!  Perfect for that warmth inside when it is cold outside.

This month, therefore, we are going to make a tomato sauce which you can put with anything. And you can use ingredients in your sauce that you happen to have lying about (most likely) so I have given you plenty of alternatives…hawkwell herbs

What do you need?

Tomatoes…  Now, unless you are living The Good Life somewhere hot right now, you are unlikely to have fresh tomatoes…  If you are lucky enough to be near a Farmers’ Market where the farmer has a lovely heated polytunnel and can provide you with some, go for it. Otherwise, avoid the ones flown in from Lord Knows Where…  You may have some frozen from last year of course? Or bottled?  For this recipe, I chose a combination of tinned tomatoes and tomato soup! It is what I had…  You can do the same.  You will need about a pint of liquid, however it is made up.

Sage – our hero of the sauce. Choose the flavour Sage that you prefer.  Go easy to start with. Use about 6  leaves until you know how much you like. It is a strong herb…

Some oil

Some onions

And then your choice of other ingredients: I have gone for: a tin of tuna;  some kidney beans; and some coconut milk!  The coconut  milk was included in  my 1 pint of liquid. You might  like to add mince (for a spaghetti bolognese),  or garlic (not everybody likes it though), or just add nothing and leave it as a sauce for later with, say, a nice thick fish or poured over some mashed spaghetti squash.

How do you make it?

Chop your onions and your sage. Gently ‘sweat’ your onions in oil in a pan. Keep them moving so they do not burn. Then add your Sage (keep your Sage  moving too. Do not let it burn.)

Then add your liquid. Add your other ingredients (so here I added  my beans and my tuna). Heat it all up until it begins to bubble fairly ferociously! Then… turn it down and let it simmer gently.

How long for?  That depends what you have put in it. If you have added meat (eg mince) make sure that is cooked through. The idea of this sauce is that it slowly bubbles away, filling your home with wonderful tempting aromas! Some people like their tomato sauce quite ‘runny’, others like it nice and thick.  The longer it cooks, the more it will evaporate and become thicker. Up to you.

 

Did you know:

There are over 500 different flavours of Sage.  And Sage must always be planted by a stranger and always planted alongside other herbs. And it will only grow where there is a dominant woman! A little like Rosemary –  the size of the Rosemary bush reflects the power of the woman of the house.

My question for you

You have seen that I added a tin of coconut milk. What is YOUR favourite ingredient in your version of a tomato sauce?

Where can you find Hawkwell Herbs this month?

Saturday 2nd February – Thrapston Farmers’ Market

Sunday 3rd February – Olney Farmers’ Market

Saturday 9th February  – Oundle Farmers’ Market

Saturday 23rd February – Ely Farmers’ Market.

PLUS Sara delivers herbs in ‘HerbBella the Van’ to Loyalty Card customers on Mondays and Fridays to keep everybody topped up in between markets.

And if you are on Twitter

Sara will be ‘taking over’ the @smallholdersUK account for a week from Monday 4th February. Learn all about the life of the Herbs, how they are grown, how they can be used in cooking and, generally, about the life of a herb grower from Sudborough!

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Herb of the month for February

Sage – 5 different flavours – from the strong and punchy – the sweet and comparatively mild.   As always, a Cooking Ideas booklet comes with each herb. All available at the Farmers’ Markets.

 

January Herb Salad – from Hawkwell Herbs

Sara Dixon from Hawkwell Herbs has come to talk to us about cooking with herbs, her monthly slot will include some herby recipes, plus where to find her stall and how to order or buy…

It’s a cold January, so why a salad? We need taste still, we need to feel we are indulging still, but, let’s face it, we put ourselves under pressure to go ‘healthy’ at the beginning of the year.  This recipe has taste, indulgence AND health.

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What do you need?

Oil – oil of your choice – try using flavoured oils if you have any – try indulging with a nut oil if you are able.

Onion – I like to use red onions for colour AND strong flavour.  Chop your onion quite small after peeling.

Bulghur wheat or any other grain of your choice – as long as it is capable of filling you up.  You can even use beans if you prefer.

Herbs of your choice – I tend to go with whatever I have the most of! I have used Parsley, which survives cold, frost, snow… and I have gone for the flat leaved variety which I prefer to the curly, I’m using Mint and have gone for Moroccan as it has a punchy taste but try any flavour mint that you have, and Land Cress which, if you haven’t tried it, is peppery.

Preparation: Chop the herb leaves for the dish itself but RETAIN the stalks as well (see below)

  1. Cook your chosen grain/beans according to manufacturer’s instructions.
    1. If you are going with the Bulghur Wheat, it is one third wheat to two thirds water (in volume), bring to the boil, simmer for about 10 minutes.
    2. Drain any excess moisture away.
  2. Whilst cooking your grain/beans, start to gently fry your onion in the oil until it goes soft. This is when the natural sugars develop too. Which helps if you crave that still-remembered Christmas sugar hit!
  3. The amount of oil you add is up to you but this is a dish which involves Bulghur Wheat which soaks up the oil very nicely as part of the final mixing.
  4. Once the onion begins to go soft, add your herbs. Turn the heat right down and gently stir them until they too begin to wilt. I like some crunch to my herbs as well as rawness of flavour but if you are using herbs which need some cooking, stir them for longer.
  5. Then add your Bulghur Wheat/grains/beans to the herb mix and mix it all together well.
  6. Eat hot or cold.

Did you know?

Retain the stalks of herbs (unless they are used in the dish itself) as they still have a use! I use them in stock, stews, casseroles, even herbal teas/tisanes as they often hold a great deal of flavour.

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Where can you find Hawkwell Herbs this month?

Sunday 6th January – Olney Farmers’ Market

Saturday 12th January – Oundle Farmers’ Market

Saturday 26th January – Ely Farmers’ Market.

PLUS Sara delivers herbs in ‘HerbBella the Van’ to Loyalty Card customers on Mondays and Fridays to keep everybody topped up in between markets.

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Special events this month:

Monday 7th January – a healthy afternoon tea party hosted with AmbaScarlett  https://www.facebook.com/events/1611948945572240/

Sunday 27th January – Hanslope Vegan Winter Fair  https://www.facebook.com/events/728024497577611/

Herb of the month for January

Another themed month!  A variety of herbs to help you make tasty herbal teas/tisanes, as well as herbs to pep up a winter salad.   As always, a Cooking Ideas booklet comes with each herb. All available at the Farmers’ Markets.