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If you’re feeling the effects of the weekend then this curry will help you.

The paste is packed full of fresh and fragrant ingredients that have great healing properties.

What you’ll need: 

The green paste

  • 5 green small chilli peppers
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass
  • Handful of coriander
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp nam pla (fish sauce)
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger

The curry

  • Assortment of fresh veg: broccoli, peas, mangetout, baby corn, carrots, kale etc.
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Basil, to serve

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. Place all of the curry ingredients into a food processor and blend to a paste.
  2. Steam the veg until vibrant but not soft.
  3. In a saucepan, add 1 tbsp oil and heat. Add the paste.
  4. When the paste begins to release it’s fragrance, add the can of coconut milk.
  5. When it has heated, add the veg and cook until tender.
  6. Sprinkle with some chopped basil and serve with jasmine rice.
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A home that has a wonderful fragrance will instantly make people want to come back.

These are some simple tips on how to give your home a fresh and homely feel through the power of smell!

1. Flowers
Keeping some flowers around your home in a vase will allow a subtle but lovely scent to permeate your rooms.

2. Keep it clean
Open the windows, take the rubbish out often and wipe down surfaces, particularly in the kitchen and your home should smell nice and fresh.

3. Candles
Not only do candles emit a beautiful smell around your home they also give a romantic light, perfect for date night.

4. Lemon
The scent from a lemon has long been associated with cleanliness. Use lemon juice to clean your kitchen appliances or even cut some up and put it in your bin to keep it smelling a bit fresher.

5. Bake
Bake a cake or some scones and we guarantee your home will smell like heaven.

6. Essential oils
Mix some water with lavender oil and spritz your bedding and pillows with it for a comforting nights sleep. Experiment with different oils for your living room pillows and spritz them too!

7. Use this great tip
Simmering fruit, spices and herbs can make your home smell wonderful.

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Plain old white vinegar has the ability to clean your home from top to bottom. It brings up a great shine on tiles and silver and has amazing deodorizing properties.

Use vinegar in the following ways for an economical and thorough way of cleaning your home.

1. Tiles
Mix vinegar with some warm water and use on your tiles to bring up a great shine and get rid of stains.

2. Microwave
Use vinegar to shift those tough stains in your microwave.

3. Stainless steel hob
Using vinegar on your hob will make the silver gleam and break down any food residue.

4. Drains
Because of its incredible deodorizing properties, vinegar can clear up any lingering smells caused by your drain. If mixed with some baking soda it can also unclog your drains.

5. Smelly rooms
Whether it’s smoke, wet dog or perhaps that salmon from last night, vinegar is the solution! Simply place a bowl of vinegar in the area that smells and wait for an hour or two. Although it will smell like vinegar for a while, once you throw it away all the offending smells will have disappeared! Magic.

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