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Six Plants You Can Grow On Your Windowsill

The importance of eating organic food has gradually grown from an unlikely trend to something a whole lot more vital; we are all encouraged to eat more fruit and veg and to choose organic options where possible but the associated costs can be prohibitive.   The most affordable way of eating organic plants is to grow them yourself.  Fortunately, you don’t need a lot of space to grow a selection of vegetables and herbs; a small vegetable patch, hanging baskets, a balcony or roof terrace or even, as in my case, a sun-filled windowsill, can provide enough space to make a good start in growing your own. We live in a small flat with no garden so our only option at the moment is to grow plants on our bedroom windowsill (this is south-facing and so receives the most natural light and warmth of anywhere in the flat).  We have made a start into the process by researching the types of things we will be able to grow and have come up with these super …

Squash and Coconut Dhansak… Using a Microwave

When I was growing up, microwaves had quite a negative image. There was a broad assumption (or it may just have been in my house) that the only things you could really cook in them were ready meals and other unhealthy convenience foods.  These days, though, there are lots of healthy meals you can make with the help of your combi microwave oven. One such meal is this squash and coconut dhansak that is quick and easy to both prepare and cook as well as being super healthy. The ingredients I used are as follows: 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 500g butternut squash (one medium squash), peeled and chopped (or buy ready-prepared to save extra time) 100g carrots, peeled and cut into batons 100g chopped onions 400g can chopped tomatoes 400g can coconut milk 2 tbsp. coconut yogurt Garlic naan bread (shop-bought) Rice (2 x micro pouches) To make this delicious curry, I completed the steps below: Heat the oil in a large pan. Put the butternut squash and carrot into a bowl with a splash …

Give Your Business a More Profitable 2019

Picture source Perhaps you’re looking to expand your company this year so that you can increase its profits. Of course, that’s easier said than done. You might not have the necessary funds for a massive investment. Still, there are plenty of ways to stimulate business growth without excessive amounts of funding. Here’s how to give your business a more profitable 2019. Increase your company’s productivity levels. A great way in which you could give your business a more profitable 2019 is to increase your company’s productivity levels. If you can boost your daily output then your business can expand as a result. This gives you the potential to meet the demands of a much larger client base, and that means your profit potential will increase as a result. There are lots of small ways in which you could make a massive difference to your company’s productivity on a daily basis. You could incentivise your workers by giving them rewards (e.g. a bonus or a free lunch) for pushing themselves. Give them a reason to work …

My Experience with Data Breach

One of the downsides of blogging, or indeed any online activity, is the susceptibility you have to occurrences of hacking and resultant data breaches.  Back in 2013, when I hadn’t been blogging for very long, my site was hacked, I was locked out and sensitive information that belonged both to me and to my readers (those who had commented left their names and email addresses on my site) were at sudden and immediate risk of theft. Now, I am the first to admit that I know nothing about the technical side of maintaining a blog and I simply reported the incident to my hosting company who did all the hard work for me.  As it turned out, it was quite a substantial and serious hack that also resulted in my personal email address being hacked and my financial data being at risk.  Due to this, it was deemed that the best way forward was for my hosts to shut down my site and reopen a whole new one.  Not ideal for any blogger, but the best …

An electric atmosphere at Teesside Audi as new e-tron rolls into town

Motoring fans on Teesside have been treated to one of the stand out car launches of 2019, as the new all-electric Audi e-tron was previewed at Teesside Audi.  The first fully electric model for the brand, the Audi e-tron is due to be released in April and is expected to set the standard for luxury electric vehicles, with features that will take the technology to the next stage of development.  But before it does, Audi has been touring the country with the car, allowing motoring enthusiasts to get up close to what many consider to be the new challenger to the Jaguar I-PACE when it comes to today’s new breed of luxury EVs.  A world class leading car in terms of build quality, The SUV provides a zero-emissions alternative to the likes of the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC and features a plethora of technological advancements.  Among the more innovative features on the Launch Edition is the integration of two high-definition cameras in place of traditional door mirrors, adaptive air suspension, LED headlights and charging …