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How to Make Vegetables Deliciously Unhealthy: Braised Greens With Bacon

Braised Greens with BaconAfter the last healthy recipe by my Dad, it’s time to revisit my How to Make Vegetables Deliciously Unhealthy series.

I found this one on the BBC Food website – it’s Braised Savoy cabbage with bacon. Not only does this recipe contain bacon - it also includes butter, wine and crème fraiche too.

Fish Kebabs

Fish KebabsThis weekend, I’m taking a break and letting someone else do the cooking for a change. My Dad has taken up the culinary challenge and donned the Copy Cook apron for a couple of days.

Dad’s recently been trying out recipes that are low in cholesterol. On Friday night, we dined outside in my parents' garden on fish kebabs, a great summer dish of Dad's creation.

Tangy Sorrel Soup

Sorrel SoupIn small quantities sorrel is harmless; in large quantities it can be fatal. Wikipedia.

Wish I’d read this before I ate a large bowl of sorrel soup. Anyway, I’m still here, and it doesn’t appear to have done me too much harm.

The life of a freelance copywriter

Reversing a tractorI love being a freelance (or independent) copywriter.

It’s not without stress, and it’s sometimes difficult to maintain a work/life balance. You’re very reactive to when work comes in.

The great thing about being a freelancer is that it’s never dull. Boredom comes with repetition. I can honestly say no two days are the same. Not something I could have said during my years of working 9 to 5 in an office.

Mary Berry's Sardine Pate

Sardine PateAs I mentioned in my last blog post, I can be a little indulgent when it comes to picking up treats in supermarkets.

I don’t have a sweet tooth; it’s not choccies or cakes that I crave, although I enjoy the odd dessert. It’s deli stuff – salamis, pates, olives, antipasti and savoury nibbles in general.

A Girl Called Jack

Garden ProduceI like to think I live fairly simply; I’m sure my weekly grocery bill is a lot less than most people's.

However, I would struggle to feed myself, let alone a child as well, for only £10.00 per week. But that’s what Jack Monroe had to do, and she shares her experiences in her blog A Girl Called Jack.

Take a minute

MinutesAs Secretary of a conservation charity, I‘m used to taking the minutes at committee meetings. It’s a job many people hate as you need to type at the same time as listen. I like to contribute to the meeting as well, so it’s an exercise in multi-tasking.

When I first took on the role, I used to document every last detail, afraid of missing out something significant. (Remember Frank Pickle in The Vicar of Dibley?) What seemed trivial to me could be perceived as relevant by other committee members.

Bees and the State of Nature Report

Opium PoppyOn 22nd May 2013, Sir David Attenborough launched the State of Nature report at the Natural History Museum, London.

The report was compiled by 25 wildlife organisations, working alongside scientists, to produce a stock take of Britain's nature. It revealed that 60% of the species studied have declined in the past 50 years. The reasons for the decline are varied, but in many cases, the loss or deterioration of natural habitats has been the main cause.

How to Make Vegetables Deliciously Unhealthy: Courgette Cakes

Courgette CakesAn ambitious new recipe in the How to Make Vegetables Deliciously Unhealthy series – it’s Courgette Cakes.

No, they’re not supposed to look like that. Oh boy, did they go horribly wrong.

What’s your USP?

Ant NestThat’s not always an easy question to answer.

Your Unique Selling Point should differentiate you from your competitors. As a copywriter, I do what a lot of other copywriters do. However, copywriters fall into different categories, usually defined by areas of expertise.

In-house copywriters employed by large organisations have an in-depth knowledge of a particular sector. By contrast, freelance copywriters work in a variety of industries and acquire an understanding of a number of markets.

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