JUS ROL OVER AND TART IT UP

JUS ROL OVER AND TART IT UP

A lovely light meal for family or guests this weekend, serve with rocket and watercress and plenty of torn baguette.   Simple to prepare and easy on the taste buds.

Enjoy with a glass of chilled white Chablis or Prosecco.

Caramelized-Onion and Gruyère Tarts with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Ingredients

400g grated Gruyère cheese

10 tbsps. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

225g. Cream cheese

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 tbsp. Chopped fresh oregano

¾ tsp. fresh ground pepper

2 tbsp. unsalted butter

2 large onions

2 tbsp. thyme

1 Pack Jus Rol Puff Pastry

50g olives (optional)

pastry

Method

Heat oven to 200 degrees C (180 fan)

Mix Gruyère, cream cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, mustard, oregano, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.

Melt butter in a large pan, add onions, and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until dark brown and caramelized.

Stir in the thyme and set aside.

Cut pastry into 8 equal sizes pieces

Spread the cheese mixture on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border all the way around.

Top with the caramelized onions and the olives.

Bake tarts on parchment-lined baking sheet for 10 minutes, reduce oven temperature by 20 degrees, and bake until puffed and golden – approx. 12 minutes more.

Serve

 

Idea : Why not try topped with ham and figs.

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SYLVIA AND HER ‘BEAUTY FULL’ CAREER

SYLVIA AND HER ‘BEAUTY FULL’ CAREER

When Sylvia Chrzanowska, arrived in the UK from Poland armed with University Degrees and Masters in Environmental Protection and Polish Civil Law, a career in Beauty was the last thing on her mind.

But the legacy of her Mother as a Beauty Therapist in Poland, inspired Sylvia to pursue the career in which she shines.   She explains that the beauty treatments administered by her mother in Poland were always extremely advanced.

Because of this Sylvia qualified as a Nurse and was compelled to adapt her medical credentials to a career she was already familiar with, and one in which she would naturally excel.

Since 2004 Sylvia has been practicing advanced non-surgical aesthetic treatments, described in clinical terms as ‘specialising in facial harmony and volume replacement achieving soft, subtle natural results for full facial rejuvenation’. 

Sylvia

When I first met Sylvia I knew immediately that we were compatible as practitioner and patient, due to her calm, friendly but professional approach, the like I had not experienced for decades in either the medical or aesthetics profession

As I began treatment with Sylvia where she practices at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire I very quickly realised that as well as being an exceptional practitioner, she is a genius with injectables, and also had a keen eye and vision for what was best for me.

She also put me at ease very quickly, and I since learned that this is part of her training, both from home and with her present position, originally trained by Dr Tracy Mountford.  She explains that administering the treatments are just part of the process and the psychological support is equally as important, and something that comes naturally to her, as I personally discovered.

Sylvia deals daily with patients who suffer from both fear of needles and panic attacks during treatment, and I would recommend that there is no-one better if you are suffering from stress and still want to have any sort of visual rejuvenation.

There is also a natural conviction in the way Sylvia approaches a treatment plan, in ways that are both creative and pragmatic, which instilled me with confidence and any reservations were soon dispelled as she talked me through the plan, and administered the treatments. 

Having experienced such high standards of aesthetics, I would always recommend a visit to a highly skilled practitioner as Sylvia, and avoid untrained and inexperienced beauty therapists, choosing those preferably with a medical background, as the results are dependent on their expertise and training, and if they are not favourable can be reversed. 

Beauty and Aesthetics is now deeply etched in Sylvia’s DNA, as even when on vacation on a visit to her native Poland, she is summoned to her Mum’s clinic to administer a treatment or two, and in spite of her being there on a break, usually capitulates knowing now that Beauty is truly her destiny and one she has come to adore.

“The most important thing for me is to work with a highly experienced team and having been working at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic since 2014, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”

In the past, Sylvia has also trained fellow nurses in how to administer non-surgical treatments and combines injectables with state of the art technology based treatments to achieve optimum aesthetic outcomes. Sylvia likes to guide her patients through the various options tailored to their individual and specific needs, ensuring they receive the very best cosmetic results time after time with the highest standards in patient care and outcome.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FAMOUS – DOES FAME REALLY EASE THE PAIN?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FAMOUS – DOES FAME REALLY EASE THE PAIN?

 

Fame was once bestowed only upon the revered members of the Nation like Kings or Queens, successful Scientists and gifted writers or performers.  People who had actually achieved something, or of course who were born into Royalty.

In recent years though we have seen a rise in reality TV, from Celebrity Get Me Out of Here to Any Way is Essex, pulp viewing but hugely popular nonetheless, and producing huge reality ‘stars’ who endorse products, open high profile events and even switch on the Christmas lights due to their popularity.

X Factor and The Voice has also lead to huge exposure for thousands of budding singers and performers, who even if they win are not guaranteed a career, but certainly achieve their 15 minutes of fame that everyone seems to be seeking.

So what happens when you achieve that fame or notoriety?  Does that mean your problems are solved and you live happily ever after?

Well let’s take a look at that belief a little more closely.  The best way to start is to take a look at movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Robin Williams who both took their lives as their fame was just not enough to block out the pain of their suffering.

Princess Diana was another good example of being the most famous and revered woman on the Planet but was one of the unhappiest as she couldn’t live with her own demons and the fact that her husband actually did not love her.

When speaking with a well know analyst recently whose patients are mainly the rich and famous, she told me that the majority of her clients can’t cope with the fact that fame does not ease the pain.

She couldn’t share her confidentiality, but told me that anxiety and depression with several of her well known clients had actually increased as a result of them becoming famous.

I am not talking to you from a great height.  In fact, I too have known many struggling actors and performers and been one myself, with huge talent but have never ‘made it’, whatever that means.  It does seem unfair that ‘fame’ is sometimes just the ‘click of the switch’ that happens to random people for no particular reason, whereas true talent is often ignored and left behind.

So what is the solution if the stars are aligned and we are transported in the World of celebrity and fame without even trying.  It has happened to a small section of the Nation and is well deserved if as a result of a special achievement or accolade.   This seems to have a more favourable outcome with people like Marie Curie who discovered a ground breaking cure for cancer.

But what about the wannabes who just want to get into Love Island without very much substance to back it up?  Take a look at the majority of the contestants of these types of shows, who have already disappeared into insignificance or one or two that have taken their own lives.

What value is fame, and how does it serve us.  Only you can answer that, but it is food for thought, and I would love to hear your own take on fame as I am still searching for the answer, not for fame itself but why it is so important to so many people.

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