KING’s – Purveyors of fine foods are delighted to support Ceres Events at their Annual Charity Raceday Luncheon on Wednesday April 19th, 2017, in aid of The Matt Hampson Foundation and The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
We’ll be donating a King’s Caviar Hamper for the auction and if you have never eaten caviar before, Laura King, Founder of King’s Fine Food has written a few tips to help you make the most of the experience.
How to taste caviar – tips from Laura King
Anticipation, ambience and visual beauty – the experience of enjoying caviar comes down to more than the taste. Here are a few steps to make the most of tasting King’s caviar:-
In rugby, a Lions year is always extra special. Not quite a World Cup, but in many ways equally as important. A series victory as a British and Irish Lion is rare, and the comradery gained between victorious team mates lasts a lifetime.
Rewind to the last big challenge – the 2015 World Cup. The ins and outs of that tournament have long been discussed, but the state of the nations after? Ireland and Scotland had cause for optimism and disappointment in equal measure. Wales had beaten the old enemy England, but then lost narrowly in the quarter finals to a well-drilled South African team. And the old enemy themselves? A shambles.
England, the same England who went through the following calendar year unbeaten under new coach Eddie Jones. England who ended 2016 as the obvious nation to provide the bulk of the Lions squad, with Ireland close behind.
How Eddie Jones turned English fortunes around in such a short space of time might be the stuff of legend in a few years when reminiscing down the pub, but right now it is simply a case of good coaching and raw talent. England always had a nucleus of decent players – Farrell, Brown, Launchbury, the Vunipola brothers, Care, Ben Youngs. What they lacked was the killer instinct and given they were led by an eminently nice coach in Stuart Lancaster and a decent captain in Chris Robshaw known for being a throughly good human being, that is hardly surprising.
Enter Jones. Snarly, gnarled, experienced, an Aussie who says what he thinks and holds no prisoners. He quickly unearthed a mean streak and taught England that nice guys unfortunately do finish last. He picked a captain in Dylan Hartley known for being rough around the edges, despite serious questions over his discipline. He encouraged England to be quicker and more tactically astute around the breakdown. He turned a squad of nice guys into winners.
A strong England tends to mean everyone else steps up their game too. As the old adage goes, you want to win every match, but you want to beat England the most. We have certainly seen this with Ireland who beat the All Blacks and Australia in November and seen genuinely world-class when fly half Johnny Sexton is pulling the strings. Scotland came agonising close to beating World Cup runners-up Australia yet again and Wales finally beat one of the big three, downing a tired and insipid South African team in Cardiff.
All of this points to the conclusion that far from being beaten before their twinkle toed rugby boots hit the hallowed turf of Eden Park, the British and Irish Lions stand a fairly decent chance of competing with and even beating the reigning World Cup Champions.
Farrell and Sexton calling the shots. Hogg scything through the defensive lines. Stander on the charge, with Jonny Gray on his shoulder to bundle him through the first tackle. Dreams to be savoured.
The one thing they might be missing? Man of the moment Jones. If he can turn England’s 2015 has beens into 2016 Grand Slam champions, then just imagine what magic he could have worked on the talents of the British and Irish Lions.
This week, the boys and I have really been starting to get into the festive spirit.
On Monday, we spent the entire day in our PJs, watching Christmas movies, drinking hot chocolate with whipped cream, creating festive pictures and making and decorating these no-bake Nutella doughnuts.
The second we spied these Reindeer doughnuts online, we were desperate to make them. And the boys had such fun decorating these doughnuts with mini marshmallow eyes, pretzel antlers and Smartie noses!
Of course, smarties, pretzels and marshmallows aren’t the healthiest of foods. But, you know…it’s Christmas!
You could decorate any doughnut you fancied like this, but we all wanted the perfect, simple no-bake recipe to get them started.
After a bit of thinking, we came up with these no-bake Nutella doughnuts (Nutella is a firm favourite in this house!) – and they are utterly delicious! Created using hazelnut meal, cacao and dates, they’re also free from refined sugars and any nasties.
They also happen to make perfect energy balls if you don’t fancy making doughnuts! We had a few leftovers, which were happily devoured this way.
Anyway…merry Christmas, all!
Makes 8 mini doughnuts
Huge thanks to Sam for agreeing to be one of our #GuestBlogs and for letting us use one of her fabulous recipes. Sam is a freelance health, food and fitness journalist, busy mama and recipe creator! Please check out her website: thenourishednaturally.co.uk
My name is Claire Lomas and in 2007 my life was turned upside down when I had a spinal injury whilst out horse riding. I fractured my neck, dislocated my back, fractured my ribs, punctured a lung and contracted pneumonia. When I left hospital it was with a T4 spinal injury, meaning that I was paralysed from the chest down. Prior to this accident, I was a top level event rider and chiropractor. Losing the movement and sensation below the chest, meant that I had to completely start over.
I am now married with a daughter and another baby on the way. I have written a book and have my own business and have managed to achieve things post my accident that I would never have dreamed of, like lighting the Paralympic cauldron in Trafalgar square. I count myself lucky, there were people I met in hospital whose injuries were more debilitating than mine. It is the thought of these people that gives me the drive to fundraise as much as I can.
I met David Nicholls after I had completed the London Marathon in 2012. He showed me two x-rays, one of an injured spinal cord and one, which to me, looked normal. The scans were from Darek Fidyka and showed his cord before and after he underwent a procedure funded by nsif. I found the results of this procedure incredibly inspiring. From our first meeting, I knew that David and I shared the same passion and belief that spinal injury can be cured. The dedication from this small team convinced me that nsif is the charity I want to support.
I am absolutely thrilled to be attending The Fifth Annual Ceres Charity Luncheon on behalf of nsif, I am also happy that the Matt Hampson Foundation are co-beneficiaries, as last year they helped me to take up motorcycling, a sport which has given me a great deal of enjoyment. They also helped me purchase a ReWalk suit, which has played such a big part in my fundraising. The Ceres Charity Luncheon will be a great fun way to raise money for these two incredible spinal injury charities who focus on both long term, and every day solutions to spinal cord injury.
Huge thank you to Claire for agreeing to write a #GuestBlog for us. Please check out Claire's website: claireschallenge.co.uk
2016 HAS BEEN AN AMAZING YEAR FOR THE MATT HAMPSON FOUNDATION AND I AM SO PROUD OF HOW FAR WE HAVE COME AS A CHARITY IN JUST FIVE YEARS.
Our beneficiaries continue to amaze me everyday, they are the one’s out there Getting Busy Living and inspiring us all to do likewise and they are the reason for our continued success as a charity.
We have finally commenced work on the Get Busy Living centre and the next twelve months look set to be the most important in the Foundation’s short history as we aim to open our doors sometime in 2017. There’s a lot of hard work ahead but with our beneficiaries to inspire us and our generous supporters who continue to believe in what we do, together we will achieve something very special. The centre once completed will give us the ability to help so many more people and give them the tools to Get Busy Living again after a life altering injury.
Thanks for your continued support it really does make a huge difference and means so much to everyone involved in the Matt Hampson Foundation.