Spinach & Parmesan Mini Quiches

Spinach & Parmesan Mini Quiches

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Spinach & Parmesan Mini Quiches

 

Mostly utilized in Italian-themed dishes such as pasta or pesto, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is much more versatile though and can add unique flavour to all kinds of dishes. The strong flavour of fresh goat’s cheese and the umami flavour of Parmesan cheese enhance the eggs and spinach used in this recipe for Mini Quiche Tartlets exceptionally well. Paired with walnuts and seasoned with aromatic nutmeg, these mini quiches bring a flavour explosion to the taste buds. The size of these tartlets not only proves to be the perfect individual portion for an elaborate brunch with one savoury treat after the next, it is also ideal as a lunch treat, served alongside baby leaf salad or fresh rocket.

 

Ingredients:

For 6 tartlets, ø12cm

 

For the base:

125g plain white flour

100g wholemeal flour

150g butter, salted (extra butter for greasing and for the pot)

1.5 tsp. baking powder

 

For the filling:

3 medium-sized eggs

150g fresh goat’s cheese

180ml milk

125g fresh spinach (approx. 110g after cooking)

50g walnuts, chopped

Salt, black pepper and ground nutmeg to season

 

Fresh rocket to serve

Olive oil to serve

 

What you’ll need:

Flat baking tray to carry the tartlet moulds

6 tartlets (ø12cm), ideally made from silicone (if moulds are metal, use butter for greasing)

Kitchen scales

Grater

Pot

Strainer or colander

Mixing bowl

Whisk

Teaspoon

Large spoon for stirring

Chopping board

Knife

 

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flours with baking powder. Cut salted butter into small cubes and add to the mixture.
  2. With your hands to knead the dough until the crumbs form a uniform mass. Divide the dough into 6 portions.
  3. Place the tartlet moulds on a flat baking tray. Press each dough portion firmly and evenly into the moulds. In case you use moulds other than silicone, grease them with butter first. Chill the pastry in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, wash the spinach thoroughly and drain by using a strainer or colander. Heat a pot with a teaspoon of butter. Add the spinach leaves and half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Cook the spinach for several minutes until the leaves are wilted. Let it cool.
  5. Prepare the quiche filling by combining eggs, fresh goat’s cheese and milk in a mixing bowl. Whisk the mixture thoroughly. Add a dash of sea salt, half a teaspoon of black pepper and another half teaspoon nutmeg to season.
  6. Chop the walnuts into small pieces and stir into the egg mixture. Add the seasoned cooked spinach to the bowl as well, but make sure to drain access water.
  7. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan, middle rack).
  8. Take the tartlets from the fridge and carefully fill them with the egg mixture.
  9. Bake them for 30 – 40 minutes.
  10. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a side of fresh rocket.

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(Credit to: Castelli/Parmigiano for these beautiful recipes)

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POWERFUL PRESENTATION – THE ULTIMATE KEY TO SUCCESS

POWERFUL PRESENTATION – THE ULTIMATE KEY TO SUCCESS

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More than 20 years ago, when juggling a multitude of ‘strings to my bow’, I had a phone call from an Actor friend who was desperate to fill a teaching role at the City Lit in Public Speaking, as he had been offered a major role in a television series.

My buddy, who prefers to remain anonymous had been ‘filling in’ between acting jobs as he also had a teaching diploma, and now could no longer fulfil his course as a teacher, due to this incredible coup in his acting career.

At the time I was also in between acting jobs and was also a young parent, and so the opportunity was tempting but a bit scary.   I was familiar with teaching, but had been trained alongside my acting course for far younger students and in drama, and so was also wary that his classes were adults ranging from 25 to 70 and were on a different subject altogether.

Encouraged by my partner, I agreed to take over my friend’s class, and with great trepidation took myself along to the City Lit and promised to ‘give my all’ to the very diverse group of individuals who I encountered in my first session.

The session was over an hour and a half, with a break in between, and I had little time to prepare, so decided that I would utilise all of my acting training.  After all, Presentation and Performance skills are closely aligned, and so what could go wrong!

I veered between emotional recall, a device to relax and bring awareness to the student, and trust exercises, and then had a brainwave.  I would get each student to think of an icon, either from history or a movie or television series they most admired, and deliver the speech as that person.  It was a risk, and when they all went off for their break, I thought they wouldn’t come back.  But they all did, and embraced it with open arms.  I told them I didn’t expect perfection, and in fact encouraged them to have fun with it and send it up.  The class ended on a high.

Fortunately, my theory was right, and the students loved every minute, so much so that the following week I was contacted by the Head of the City Lit Course Studies, and offered my own course.  The feedback had been really good.

It was then I realised I had a talent for teaching this subject, and after all it was ‘giving back’ some of my own talent for performing that was inherent from childhood, especially having grown up in a world of entertainment.

At the time I was also studying psychology, and found it fascinating to incorporate the core issues around self-confidence with the ability to stand up and deliver a speech.

So I then decided to add this to my own curriculum, and the combination again proved to be successful, with students telling me that they had major breakthroughs with their delivery and ultimate self-belief.

The other revelation is that everyone of any age or gender has the ability to deliver a Powerful Presentation if they are given the tools to do so.

We may not all be Actors or Politicians, but we are all asked to speak publically at some time in our lives, whether it be when promoting a business, at our kids’ school or at a friend or family wedding.   Speaking in public is also one of the top fear factors in many people’s lives, and I have found a way of helping people to overcome and manage nervousness in delivering a speech.  Many of my more reticent students have gone on to be really strong speakers.

Mentoring in Public Speaking has now become one of my passions as well as performing and running my magazine and events business, and I dedicate time each month to help people Break the Deadlock to enable individuals to deliver a Powerful Presentation, which can be a life changing event.

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DOGGY FUN DAYCARE – A WONDER WORLD FOR ANIMALS

DOGGY FUN DAYCARE – A WONDER WORLD FOR ANIMALS

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If you have any reservations at all for sending your beloved dog to be looked after when you are working, we have made the discovery of a lifetime.

Doggy Fun Daycare is the brainchild of Nic and Gary Worthington, who have recently relocated to Norfolk, and with a plethora of land and a world of ideas for a new business startup, but they decided to follow their passion and have set up the most exquisite day care centre for dogs.

As Nic says ‘I am amazed how quickly it has taken off considering how many people are doing it!  I think the videos really help as I have some really great dogs that are the stars of these hilarious clips.  I have benchmarked other doggy day care websites and there is no fun to them!  I think it also helps that we have a bespoke fully enclosed  play paddock for them to run free and be nutters!  The Client’s are updated throughout the day with the clips via WhatsApp so that they are not fretting as I used to do when leaving Tilly.  Anyone holidaying in Norfolk too can drop off their beloved dog’.

Nic was already the owner of Tilly, a beautiful black Labrador, who really is her ‘baby’ and was quite apprehensive at first when considering how she would be able to look after other dogs as well as her own.  But decided to give it a try and the rest is history with dog owners driving from far and wide to experience her five star doggy fun daycare.

Nic not only looks after the dogs with constant care and attention, but she makes sure they are stimulated with games throughout the day, as you can see from some of her videos, which we have all found both heartwarming and hilarious.

Her husband Gary joins in as much as he can on his free days from a job he has with the NHS, and so there is no love spared as the dogs delight in dedicated loving care and attention.

It is definitely the ‘soul’ project of the animal loving couple.  So much so that local dogs who have spent just a day or so in their care can’t wait to get back, and have been known to try to break through the gate when passing by with their owners.

Nic has now added an overnight facility for dogs to board, offering the dogs a home from home environment with soft beds and sofas galore and we would recommend that you put your name down early wherever you are based, as she is guaranteed to be fully booked as news gets out of her exclusive doggy daycare facility.

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  • Fully Licenced with North Norfolk Council
  • Home from Home Environment
  • 24 Hour Supervision
  • Two Walks per day
  • Bespoke Fully Enclosed Play Paddock
  • Regular Photos and Videos throughout the day of your Dog via WhatsApp
  • Love and Attention given to each dog

 

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THE LAW WITH ALPACAS – A WORK/LIFESTYLE BALANCE

THE LAW WITH ALPACAS – A WORK/LIFESTYLE BALANCE

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Jo Davis is a Partner at the Buckinghamshire and London law firm B P Collins, heading up the Employment Practice team, and is recognised as a top lawyer in her field by both the Chambers and Legal 500 Directories. Jo is known for her warmth and humour, whilst fighting ‘like a tiger’ for her clients, and it was a pleasure to meet her for tea at Pinewood Studios, where we enjoyed a chat about employment law, the elusive work-life balance – and the perils of the alpaca mating season!

Welcome to Pinewood Jo! Tell me, did you aspire to be a lawyer from a young age?

I had no idea at school – originally I wanted to be a teacher, but then all my friends wanted to as well, so I said I won’t do that then! My eldest brother did a law degree and he’d come home from university talking about some of the cases he’d studied and I thought I quite fancy that. He was training as a barrister and I didn’t want to compete, so I did the solicitor thing and did a law degree at Manchester (Metropolitan Uni as it is now), which I really enjoyed. Then I went to Guildford Law College, which covered all of the core subjects – conveyancing, probate, the lot.

And what led you to specialise in employment law?

My first job was in a small firm next to The High Court in The Strand – which gave great exposure to disputes. I worked on a high-profile case of a top-level female TV producer, whose boss (also female) really picked on her and ultimately unfairly dismissed her. It was widely reported on, and this case whetted my appetite – ever since, I have loved working in employment law. I was lucky, I fell into something I loved from the start.

What personality traits would you say suit a career in this area – and did you show these traits from an early age?

Law in general, but particularly employment law, is all about problem solving – people want a result and you’ve got to get them there. I always liked problem solving – I like taking facts and working out the best way forward. I was the kid that wanted to do the Rubik’s cube – plus I like people! I come from a family of journalists, so communication is something that runs in the blood; and it’s satisfying when you get to the end of a case and have a positive result – I like to win! I acted for one client, who had given evidence at a colleague’s discrimination hearing (speaking in support of the employee, so against her employer); she returned to the office on the Monday, and her boss sacked her by text on the Tuesday! She was single, going through IVF at the time and had no savings as a result., so she ended up renting her house through Airbnb. The other side wouldn’t negotiate at all – but in the end we got her a good and fair settlement. Now she’s back on her feet and doing really well. Cases like that that stick with you; you’re championing the underdog and I love that.

And is employment law a particularly male or female-led area of law?

There are probably more women in employment law than men – generally there are more women coming into the legal profession than men now; but still fewer getting to the top, although increasingly now we have more women at the top in B P Collins. I have three kids, and a good work-life balance and flexible working is one of the things that B P Collins supports.

What would you say are the main challenges of the role?

The hardest point is probably. adapting to the constant changes; there is a lot of referring to text books and online resources, as employment law is very nuanced and technical. Other than that, it’s getting the work-life balance right – I’m always rushing; I have friends who somehow seem to be a lot more laid back than I am!

I disagree; it sounds like you have a great balance – and a pretty full life outside of work!

Well, I get to take my kids to school in the morning, and I’m able to see school plays and so on – I’m really glad about that, as you can’t get those years back. My husband is based at home and looks after the kids, so I’m lucky – it’s much harder if you’re both working – it’s all about balancing.

 And back at work, what are the most common issues you confront in your cases?

I’d say whistle blowing and discrimination – I was involved in one of the biggest age discrimination cases of recent years, where a Partner in a law firm was kicked out at 65. That went all the way to the Supreme Court – it was fascinating to see it through.

Gender discrimination does occur, but it’s rarer than it used to be – people are more alert to it and generally see the pitfalls.  That’s not to say it doesn’t still happen , but it happens inadvertently, such as in cases of indirect discrimination, when an employer applies a rule to everyone, but it impacts a certain group or gender more. And on payment issues, men are still more pushy for pay-rises than women, who can be more self-deprecating.

Sorry to bring up the B-word, but how is employment law being affected by the current climate?

With Brexit, it’s difficult to tell – there’s more caution, probably fewer acquisitions, as everyone is waiting to see what happens. We have an immigration team, who are doing a lot of training as the government is becoming clearer on what changes they are planning. Overall we are busier than ever, getting good quality work across London and the South East, particularly since opening our new office by St Pauls. I’ve got a really good team around me, so I’m lucky.

What advice would you give to law students today?

 Generally I’d say to do a job you really love, as you’re going to be doing it for a lot of hours. If you’re doing law, find the area that really interests you, and take your time to find what makes you tick – if you like attention to detail, the corporate or property side might appeal; if you like fighting a battle and winning, then maybe litigation is for you; just don’t jump too quickly, as once you’re on one track it’s not so easy to retrain.

 And what advice would you give to your younger self starting out?

I don’t regret anything I’ve done – I’ve liked all the firms I’ve worked in. At B P Collins I like working with different teams and having colleagues to talk though issues; you find you talk yourself into the right solution. It’s a really friendly firm, we’re all about the long-term relationships with our clients, and we like to have a laugh too. I don’t think I’d change very much really.

And back to that work-life balance, what do you do outside of work? I hear you have an
alpaca farm!

Yes – we have 12 alpacas, with two on the way, so we’re building up a herd. They all have different characters – we had one that went berserk; he’d be really friendly and then spit at you – and alpacas generally don’t spit, that’s llamas – alpacas are much cuter! And then there’s Donna, she’s very skittish, particularly around bald men for some reason! The female alpacas are worth a lot more because they breed – but then you do get the odd exceptionally good male, the stud, the Sean Connery of alpacas – and they’re worth a fortune. And mating them is an interesting experience! I let the experts sort that out for me, but once it’s done they have a spit-off – three meetings, a week apart – and if the female spits at the male it means she’s pregnant! So that takes up quite a few weekends!  We plan to sell them – but I can’t quite bring myself to yet, as we’re too attached!  We also have 20 chickens, 8 ducks, two lambs, a dog, a cat, a rabbit and two dwarf hamsters – and we’ve just put up a yurt – it is basically The Good Life!

To learn more about Jo’s alpaca farm, see her website www.waterperryalpacas.co.uk
To learn more about B P Collins’ services, visit www.bpcollins.co.uk

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Top 10 Irresistible Villas & Apartments in Spain

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