Can’t you just see yourself running through a field of beautiful blooms with your limbs out and the sunlight shining while wearing this dress? It’s pretty much peak springtime all the time with this lovely dress.
Speaking of sandals, jelly sandals are back newborn! These plastic wonders were popular in the’ 90 s, but they are in style again, and if you get these silver sparkly ones, they pretty much go with everything.
Spring is the perfect season for camping because it’s not too hot yet. That’s where this camping hammock comes in. It encloses you in a mosquito net so you don’t have to worry about being bitten to death while you’re trying to relax.
When spring appears, it’s been a while since you’ve gone sockless. And usually, that results in a few blisters, at the least at first. That’s why you need this blister salve, which you roll on before you set shoes on. It prevents raw scalp caused by rubbing and even softens and moisturize your skin.
One of the best things about springtime is all the fresh veggies that you will feed. Make their own lives style easier( and save paper towel) with this effective salad spinner, which dries your leaves perfectly.
Sipping iced tea on the porch is definitely a perfect springtime activity. But you need a straw to do it properly. These stainless steel straws are inexpensive, last a long time, and don’t hurt the environment like plastic straws. This is a no-brainer.
Fresh corn salad is a staple of barbecues in springtime, but you can’t waste time cutting the kernels off with a knife. They go everywhere. This corn stripper runs like magic and will reduce the prep period by half.
We’d all love to have fresh herbs at our disposal on a daily basis, but it’s not summer yet. We don’t have all the time in the world to cultivate them. Luckily, this indoor herb planter is self-watering, so you don’t have to remember to water your basil nearly as much.
Why should be used sweat and suffer through springtime clean? No thanks. This electric scrubber will get down and dirty with your tiles and your bathtub better than your weak limb ever could. And that’s exactly why you need it. Springtime is for deep cleaning.
This lovely published mini backpack is great for day trips, amusement park visits, and other fun days you’ll have this spring. It is a possibility compact, but there’s a lot of room in there for all your stuff.
We all need reusable shopping bags in our life, and these happen to be stylish. Not to mention they also hold a lot of stuff. You can even use these as a purse or a beach suitcase if you’re so inclined.
Picture yourself sitting on a park bench with a sketch pad and a mechanical pencil , not a care in the world, doodling to your heart’s content. That could be you this spring, with this professional pencil!
All your friends will be so impressed if you get ready to grill and put on these gloves. They are waterproof, oil and hot resistant, and most importantly, will construct you look like a total pro in front of the grill.
This magnetic screen door is the perfect way to seamlessly move from inside to outside when it’s nice out this spring. It keeps the bugs out, but it lets the fresh air in, and because it closes with a magnetic, it allows hands-free entry.
Cocktails and canapes: Rosie Sykes cleverly pairs edible treats with a perfect festive pick-me-up
Some days demand a stiff drink and a bite to feed, whether it’s a cosy night on the sofa, or the bright lights of Christmas. In this extract from her new volume, Rosie Sykes cleverly pairs each edible treat with a perfect festive pick-me-up …
Cooling like marble, nearly flinty and savoury. Decorated with diced lime, lemon, orange and a zigzag of bay leaf to create a jazzy terrazzo consequence, this fizzy aperitivo employs Cocchi Americano- a bitter Italian aperitif wine with citrus and herbal flavours- inducing it the perfect are beginning to any party.
Yogurt adds a cool note to summer eating, as a herby highlight to chicken, or a lighter raspberry buffoon to objective the day. Plus, how to attain your own labneh
If there is a theme operating through this summers cooking it is that of yogurt and its strained and lightly salted cousin labneh. At breakfast, I prefer the wake-up-call sharpness of sheeps milk yoghurt, often with a glowing puree of alphonso mango and a gently sweetened compote of blueberries or blackcurrants. Use as replacement for some of the cream in a fruit fool, the refreshingly acidic notes of goats milk yogurt flatters the flavors of apricots, strawberries and raspberries, as well as stimulating the dessert less rich. Homemade labneh, attained with thick yogurt left to stres overnight through a muslin, has been in my fridge all summertime long. I use it as it comes, or with basil and mint threaded through and maybe a little black pepper. Cold for the refrigerator it accompanies lamb and chicken from the grill, and last week I used it to stuff aubergines with shredded cucumber and garlic. The blander, sweeter cows milk range can be used for this.
You will need a large square of cheesecloth.
Makes about 500 g ocean salt 1 tsp strained yogurt 500 g
Stir the salt into the strained yogurt. Line a sieve with a piece of cheesecloth( a new J cloth will do at a push ), then suspend it over a bowl. Scrape the yogurt into the lined sieve, place the sieve and bowl in the refrigerator and leave to drip overnight. By morning you will have a thick cream that they are able to hold its shape. Should you want something spreadable, then you could leave it for another 24 hours.
Stuffed aubergine with labneh and cucumber
I love the soft, luscious stuffed aubergines of the Countries of the middle east, especially when they are allowed to stand after cooking and can be consume merely warm and when their flavour have time to marry. Rather than the usual tomato and onion stuffing, earlier this week I made a freshening filling with salted yogurt, cucumber and the flesh of the roasted aubergine. The recipe involved two textures of cucumber, one soft and mildy salted, the other fresh crisp. Both were folded, together with the soft aubergine into the labneh and stuffed into the aubergine shell with sesame and dill. One of those dishes that is pleasing warm or cold.
Serves 4 cucumber 1 large salt 1 tsp small, plump aubergines 4 olive oil 8 tbsp a head of garlic labneh 200 g sesame seeds 2 tbsp dill a handful rose petals ( optional)
Set the oven at 200 C/ gas mark 6. Peel the cucumber, slice in half lengthways then, employing a teaspoon, remove and discard the seedy core. Coarsely grate the cucumber, using the largest matchstick disc on the food processor.
Divide the cucumber into two heaps, place one half in a sieve balancing over a bowl, sprinkle with the teaspoon of salt then leave in a cool place for an hour. This will introduce a soft, silky texture. Set the other half in a bowl, encompas and refrigerate.
Halve the aubergines lengthways, then score them, virtually through to the scalp, in a lattice fashion. This fosters the olive oil to penetrate more thoroughly. Place the aubergines snugly and cut side up in a roasting tin, trickle over the olive oil, add the whole head of garlic, unpeeled, to the tin, then cook for about 45 minutes until the aubergines flesh is soft and wholly tender.
Remove the aubergines from the oven and scrape their flesh into a bowl, returning each empty scalp to the tin. Peel the garlic, squeezing the soft, creamy filling into the warm aubergine flesh. Squeeze the salted cucumber dry in your hand, then add, together with the matchsticks of crisp cucumber to the aubergine. Season with black pepper. Add the labneh, then fold the ingredients together.
Spoon the filling into the aubergine scalps. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry, shallow pan till golden, chop the dill and, if you are using them, the rose petals. Mix the seeds, dill and petals then scatter over the filling and serve.
A new bill could give hope to millions of people suffering in the UK, argues the writer James Coke
For much of my adult life I’ve had to rise each morning and combat multiple sclerosis. Sometimes it’s a thankless task- my legs scissored together, locked in spasm as I fight to break free of its stranglehold.
I’m convinced cannabis has allowed me to live more of a normal life than would have been possible with the constant ache. I’ve always smoked it. But in recent years I’ve been stimulating cannabis oil and turning it into tinctures. A few drops of my special brew numbs any niggling aches, clear my intellect and help me get a good night’s sleep, spasm-free.
But smoking a joint or building cannabis tinctures could land me in jail for five years under our current drug statutes. For someone living with MS or any other affliction that can be soothed by cannabis- including Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress ailment or cancer- the stigma of a criminal record is not ethical or fair.
Since the” war on medications” was launched in the early 1970 s millions of people with medical problems have been get a bum deal. Cannabis, for centuries lauded for its therapeutic benefits, was unjustly demonised, tossed in with the likes of heroin and cocaine, to be expunged from the reach of society. However, the war was lost long ago. It was found that the illegal global drug marketplace is worth about $400 bn a year. The figure represents the total failure of the policy and excludes the billions wasted fighting it.
The UK government appears reluctant to follow suit. Yet since 1998 it has licensed GW Pharmaceuticals to create Sativex. The medication, for people with MS, are from cannabis plants, mostly grown by British Sugar. It is a step forward, but ultimately it has ringfenced the development and sale of medical cannabis at a massively inflated cost. Merely a handful of those with MS receive it: the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( Nice ), which authorises the use of drugs by the NHS deems it too expensive( a year’s supply can cost upwards of PS5, 000 ). You either have to live in parts of Wales or be able to afford a private prescription to benefit.
The formula in each 10 ml Sativex bottle includes the chief components in cannabis- THC and CBD( 2.5 mg of each ). It expenses PS125 a bottle and lasts on average 10 days. In comparing an ounce of medical cannabis will cost me PS250 and hold upwards of 900 mg of each component. Once extracted into cannabis petroleum and dosed accordingly, it can make about 350 bottles of a product that does the same task, at a fraction of the cost.
Obviously by making the spraying I am breaking the law- but it helps indicate the hypocrisy of the government’s posture and its inertia in facilitating real reform. The production process is surely not rocket science, and cannabis is a common herb in many countries, and should not cost an arm and a leg. People are just being held to ransom by an outdated law.
Flynn has got a lot of backers in his corner, though. Legalising medical cannabis might be personal to me, but it should be personal to us all. There are more than 11 million people living with a disability in the UK, and an ageing population means few is likely to be immune from the pain that lies ahead. The benefits seen from the US and across the world offer us a template to build upon.
A new bill could give hope to millions of people suffering in the UK, argues the writer James Coke
For much of my adult life I’ve had to rise each morning and combat multiple sclerosis. Sometimes it’s a thankless task- my legs scissored together, locked in spasm as I opposed to break free of its stranglehold.
I’m convinced cannabis has allowed me to live more of a normal life than would have been possible with the constant pain. I’ve always smoked it. But in recent years I’ve been building cannabis petroleum and turning it into tinctures. A few drops of my special brew numbs any niggling aches, clear my mind and help me get a good night’s sleep, spasm-free.
But smoking a joint or attaining cannabis tinctures could land me in jail for five years under our current medication laws. For someone living with MS or any other affliction that can be soothed by cannabis- including “Parkinsons disease”, post-traumatic stress ailment or cancer- the stigma of a criminal record is not ethical or fair.
Since the” war on medications” was launched in the early 1970 s millions of people with medical problems have been get a bum deal. Cannabis, for centuries lauded for its therapeutic benefits, was unjustly demonised, flung in with the likes of heroin and cocaine, to be expunged from the reach of society. However, the war was lost long ago. It is estimated that the illegal global medication marketplace is worth about $400 bn a year. The figure represents the total failure of the policy and excludes the billions wasted opposing it.
The UK government appears reluctant to follow suit. Yet since 1998 it has licensed GW Pharmaceuticals to produce Sativex. The medication, for people with MS, are from cannabis plants, mostly grown by British Sugar. It is a step, but ultimately it has ringfenced the growth and sale of medical cannabis at a massively inflated price. Merely a handful of those with MS receive it: the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence( Nice ), which authorises the use of drugs by the NHS deems it too expensive( a year’s supply can cost upwards of PS5, 000 ). You either have to live in parts of Wales or be able to afford a private prescription to benefit.
The formula in each 10 ml Sativex bottle includes the chief components in cannabis- THC and CBD( 2.5 mg of each ). It expenses PS125 a bottle and lasts on average 10 days. In comparing an ounce of medical cannabis will cost me PS250 and hold upwards of 900 mg of each component. Once extracted into cannabis petroleum and dosed accordingly, it can render about 350 bottles of a product that does the same job, at a fraction of the cost.
Obviously by making the spraying I am breaking the law- but it helps indicate the hypocrisy of the government’s posture and its inertia in facilitating real reform. The production process is certainly not rocket science, and cannabis is a common herb in many countries, and should not expense an arm and a leg. People are just being held to ransom by an outdated law.
Much remainders on the second reading of Paul Flynn’s private member’s bill on Friday advocating cannabis be made legal for medical use. If it eventually passed into statute, it would be a landmark day for people living with a chronic illness or in constant pain.
Flynn has got a lot of backers in his corner, though. Legalising medical cannabis might be personal to me, but it should be personal to us all. There are more than 11 million people living with a disability in the UK, and an ageing population entails few will be immune from the pain that lies ahead. The benefits seen from the US and across the world offer us a template to build upon.
Just in time for World Malaria Day, April 25, a team of China-based scientists have delivered some very good news. They have created a genetically modified herb that can create high levels of a key antimalarial, promising to slash the price and boost the world’s render of much-needed antimalarial drugs.
Artemisinin is a potent antimalarial naturally produced by the aromatic herb Artemisia annua , also known as sweet wormwood. The compound is used as the main “ingredient” for numerous antimalarial drugs, including Artemether, Artesunate, Artemotil, and Dihydroartemisinin. However, only tiny sums of the compound are naturally found within the plant, so it’s not unusual for these narcotics to fall short of global demand.
As reported in the journal Molecular Plant, scientists have now managed to pinpoint the genes responsible for making artemisinin. They then tweaked these genes to generate plants that make three times more artemisinin than normal. Typically, artemisinin builds up about 0.1 to 1 percent of the plant’s dry weight. In the GM shrub, it induces up 3.2 percent of the dry weight.
“Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, ” senior analyze writer Kexuan Tang of Shanghai Jiao Tong University said in a statement. “Our strategy for the large-scale production of artemisinin will fulfill the increasing demand for this medicinal compound and help address this global health problem.”
Malaria affects around 216 million people per year and causes an estimated 445,000 demises annually. It’s caused by a number of different single-celled parasites, the most prevalent of which is Plasmodium falciparum, transmitted by Anopheles mosquitos. In the early 1970 s, Chinese scientist Youyou Tu first showed how artemisinin could be used to fight the malaria-causing parasite, for which she was later awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine.
Scientists have attempted to increase the yield of artemisinin many times in the past, but they never had enough of the plant’s genetic data to work with. To conquer that problem, the researchers had to sequence the plant’s full genome for the first time, creating a map of its 63,226 protein-coding genes.
Following their hard work, the researchers say their GM super-herbs are now “re ready for” large-scale production and will help meet the challenge of increasing global demand of artemisinin.
“It is not expensive to generate high-level artemisinin lines, ” Tang added. “We have propagated hundreds of high artemisinin producer lines via cutting and selection, and scaled up the production of these plants. Hopefully, our high artemisinin transgenic lines will be grown at a massive scale next year.”
US president agrees Moscow must provide answers over poisoning as May prepares reprisals
Donald Trump has given Theresa May his full support for her strategy of confronting Russia over the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, saying he is” with the UK all the route “.
The US president’s backing came in a phone call on Tuesday after he had said earlier that it was conditional on the facts supporting the British prime minister’s lawsuit. Downing Street said Trump had agreed that” the Russian government must provide unambiguous answers as to how this nerve agent came to be used “.
May has already received strong subsistence from key European leaders and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons( OPCW ), the body responsible for the control of chemical weapons.
The prime minister is preparing to set out a range of reprisals against the Russian country, including calls for fresh sanctions, visa bannings and crackdowns on Russian money in the UK. She is expected to set out plans to build a coalition of international support- from the European union, Nato and even the United Nations- to rein in Russia over time.
May will set her proposals to the national security committee on Wednesday before briefing MPs in a statement that could set the course for UK foreign policy for years to come.
The package of measures comes in the face of a warning by Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign affairs ministry spokesperson, that Britain must not try to scare Moscow, pointing to Vladimir Putin’s recent speech in which he presented a range of new nuclear weapons
Russia’s ambassador to the OPCW, Alexander Shulgin, accused the UK of inducing unfounded accusations and pumping out hysteria.
” We call upon them to abandon the language of ultimatums and threats and return to the legal field of the chemical convention, which allows us to resolve this kind of situation ,” he said.
A spokesman for the Russian embassy in the UK, responding to speculation Britain may mount a cyber-strike as part of its response, said:” Statements by a number of MPs,’ Whitehall sources’ and’ experts’ considering a possible’ deployment’ of’ offensive cyber-capabilities’ cause serious concern.
” Not only is Russia groundlessly and provocatively accused of the Salisbury incident, but apparently plans are developed under the UK to strike Russia with cyber-weapons .”
In Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry summoned the British ambassador, Laurie Bristow, and warned that” actions by the British authorities are openly provocative “.
” Any menaces of sanction measures against Russia will not be left without a response ,” the ministry said.
Its one of the most subtle and delicious aromatics, says Nigel Slater. Use it in soup, and save some for dessert, too
At the bottom of the fridge is a little plastic box of aromatics: a hand of ginger, an assortment of red and orange chillies, a tuber of galangal and a tight bundle of lemongrass stubbles. This is the box of tricks that comes out when I make pho or any sort of coconut milk curry or soup( the lemongrass neatly cuts the fattiness of the coconut ). Today it comes out for a classic and a curiosity.
I buy lemongrass from Chinatown if I’m passing through, because the stems are more plump there, the layers of tightly packed leaves softer and greener. They are also cheaper than elsewhere. But what really matters is the freshness of the stems. So many around are dry and lack the highly aromatic quality that makes them worth buying. The bottled ones, by the way, are as good as useless.
Lemon verbena, a herb I use for tea and that grows extravagantly if your plant is protected against the frost, is a better substitute for lemongrass than lemon. It has something of the effervescence of the husks. Lemongrass, like lime foliages, suffers from freezing, bottling and drying. The basic citrus flavour remains, but the real magical, the addictive essence- its heart and soul if you like- is lost.
The idea of flavouring creme caramel with vanilla or coconut is easy to get to grips with, but I have always had doubts about flavouring the milk itself. But an infusion of lemongrass worked wonderfully this week, producing a mildly citrus note that is flattered rather than overwhelmed by the thin layer of caramel that lies on top. The herb added a refreshing note that appealed at the end of dinner, though I should probably admit to scoffing one at breakfast, too, in lieu of my usual yogurt. But then, what kind of a world is it when we can’t have pudding for breakfast?
Prawn and lemongrass soup
Serves 4 prawns 16, large and raw shallots 400 g, small groundnut oil 4 tbsp lemongrass stems 3 ginger 50 g water 1.5 litres carrots 150 g sugar snap peas 150 g coriander a handful nam pla( fish sauce) 1 tbsp
Peel the prawns, setting the shells to one side. Return the prawns to the fridge. Peel half the shallots then roughly chop them. Warm half the petroleum in a deep pan then add the shallots and fry them until they are soft and pale gold.
Split the stalks of lemongrass lengthways, discarding the tough, outer foliages, then bash them hard with a heavy weight, such as a rolled pin, to splinter them. Add the shattered stalks to the shallots. Peel the ginger, cut it into coins about as thick as a PS2 piece, and add them to the shallots. Continue cooking over a low heat.
Add the reserved prawn shells to the pot. Pour the water into the pan and bring to the simmer. Lower the heat, then leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
Peel the remaining shallots, cut them in half, then open into individual layers. Peel the carrots, cut into thin slicings then into short matchsticks. Warm the remaining part groundnut petroleum in a large pan, then cook the shallots until golden.
Cut the sugar snap peas into thin strips. Add the reserved prawns and cook them for three minutes on both sides. Strain the broth through a sieve into the shallots and prawns. Add the carrots and sugar snaps and season with the fish sauce, then cook for a minute or two before tearing the coriander leaves and adding them to the soup.