The first recipe I have tried from this is the roast banana icecream (pg.164). It smells delicious cooking. It requires a bit of elbow grease, but soThe first recipe I have tried from this is the roast banana icecream (pg.164). It smells delicious cooking. It requires a bit of elbow grease, but so far worth the effort...more
The first recipe I have tried from this book is the Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola (pg.23). I have substituted frozen berries for the fresThe first recipe I have tried from this book is the Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola (pg.23). I have substituted frozen berries for the fresh berries as I couldn't get these in the shops at a reasonable price in january. I have cooked the fruit for and extra 5 minutes as its frozen, but it still tastes delicious. I've never tried making home made granola before but it came out really well and tasty. I would probably just make it with sultanas next time rather than mixed dried fruit, but that's only because I don't really like mixed peel. Overall a cracking recipe - would make again!
I then tried the Golden Vegetable Soup (pg.34). This smells delicious as it cooks. Butternut Squash is a pain to peel, but it is worth the effort!
The Chicken and Mushroom Risotto (pg.145) is absolutely delicious. It takes a bit of patience is get going and a couple of more expensive ingredients but such a nice dinner and tastes just like the full fat version!
Pg.65 - Easy Crispy Chicken. Putting this together is seriously quick and easy, wish I had thought about using the toaster to make breadcrumbs before. Incredibly simple as receipes go.
Fragrant Pork and Prawn Noodle Broth (p.127) smells really good when its cooking but is incredibly spicy. My blender died half way through so that was a little tricky, but its all good. Would probably use less chilli next time (or take the seeds out as them recommend).
Southern Style Jambalaya (p.147) this is delicious but needs to be eaten hot. It makes up a lot of food so it feels really filling. Have frozen the left overs and will have to see how those come out.
Chili Salad Bowls (p.106) these are a bit tricky to make but really pleased I have learnt how to make my own healthy tortilla bowls after loving the taco salads in the states. I've made this without the cheese, the lime, the salsa and the creme fraiche and added extra salad to make it super tasty and had two for dinner as they are low in calories and have been to the gym.
Paprika Chicken (pg.91) - trying this recipe for the first time tonight, it's relatively simple but does take quite a long time to make. This is not a whip it up on a work night type of recipe. I love the smell of paprika and it's great on a chilly winter night, makes it feel really homey. I'd probably have it with the mash as its winter and I like the stodgy after a long cold day, but I think the rice would work just as well in the summer for a bit of a lighter dish.
Simple Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad (pg.174) - I've adapted this recipe slightly for my meal - I've added some olives to the salad and left out the spring onions as I couldnt get any in the supermarket. I've also substituted the dressing for a chilli salad dressing that I had in the cupboard...I've still thinned this out with the water but it does mean the salad isnt quite the 183 calories stated...
Chili Con Carne (pg. 151) - this is relatively easy. I didnt like that there wasnt any veg in there, so I adapted the recipe slightly by chucking in 1 pepper, 2 carrots, a courgette and a handful of sliced mushrooms - this meant I could have it on its own without rice and I felt full. Its a bit spicier than the normal chili I make but I could adjust that...
Home Made Butternut Squash Tortellini (pg.138) - a bit fiddly to make but delicious. Don't be fooled into thinking you need more than the portion size, its very rich and heavier than your normal pasta
Minestrone Soup (pg.33) - a tasty and light alternative to more of a wintery soup....more
The first recipe that I have tried from this book the the fresh tomato soup (pg.46). I havent made this with the croutons, just made the soup on its oThe first recipe that I have tried from this book the the fresh tomato soup (pg.46). I havent made this with the croutons, just made the soup on its own for lunch. The combination of tomatos, basil and garlic brings a lovely smell to the kitchen. I used frozen basil rather than fresh basil as this was all i had, but this meant that when i blended it it just crumbled rather than ending up stewed. The idea of blending the ingredients whilst uncooked was a little odd and I found doing the carrots particularly difficult to blend. But it smells nice and tastes ok too!...more
Rocky Road Chocolate Muffins (p.244) - I have made these in mini muffin cases as they are quite rich. I love rocky road and these seem to have come ouRocky Road Chocolate Muffins (p.244) - I have made these in mini muffin cases as they are quite rich. I love rocky road and these seem to have come out really nicely. Using the mini muffin cases i have managed to make 46 rather than 12 and it gives you that sweet little something that you are looking for
Spicy Dried Fruit Muffins (p.233) - I have made these as normal size muffins and secured the 12 from the recipe. These smell delicious as they are cooking as the mixed spice smell really comes out.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares (p.194) - Little bit tricky this recipe, particularly if you are using one of the flexible baking dishes. Not so sure i would do this one again. Seemed to end up with too much topping for the dish....more
This book was brilliantly moving and a fast paced journey through a life of change and identity ending on a poignant note "...Where an outstretched haThis book was brilliantly moving and a fast paced journey through a life of change and identity ending on a poignant note "...Where an outstretched hand is no longer a gesture but a moment of love, lasting until sleep, until waking, until everyday life"...more
This is the core textbook for the fourth module as part of my CIPD PG Diploma/ MA in HRM. This is another assignment module rather than an exam basedThis is the core textbook for the fourth module as part of my CIPD PG Diploma/ MA in HRM. This is another assignment module rather than an exam based course and I can feel that I am reading this book in that vein. The aim of reading this book is not only to support my understanding of the learning and development environment, but also to support me in developing my assignment which is around designing a management development programme for a case study organisation.
Chapter 1 - Learning and Development in Organisations Today: This chapter gives us the historic information about learning and development and the importance of this in the organisation. This chapter gives some key definitions and some key areas of focus for the field of learning and development. There are some useful points in here to draw into areas of design of a learning and development programme.
Chapter 2 - National Skills Strategy: Chapters like these are always really hard for me to work through, these are the ones that highlight my lack of knowledge in the wider HR field and make me realise that there is more out there for me to experience than just staying in the field that I know and that I am comfortable with. This is the area that makes me realise that I need to do operational HR rather than just a specialist field. This is the government strategy and policy that we should be applying. I find that it is complicated, even set out in a straightforward way like in this book, but it has given me a little bit of an understanding into what to expect and what I need to know, and it actually interests me enough to want to experience it further.
Chapter 3 - Reforming Vocational Education and Training: A lot of the activities in this chapter happened when I was too young to understand or after I had left school so I didn't notice. This was enlightening about the key decision that have made education what it is today.
Chapter 4 - this chapter has given me the basics of where the learning theory has developed from. It has given me a foundation for where I should look to make sure that my assignment is fitting to the requirements of the brief and also fulfills the key learning points.
Chapter 5 - this was interesting and helped me think through how to approach this assignment, where to start with my programme ideas and things that i should be looking out to achieve.
Chapter 6 - this chapter was hard work to understand, i'm not an L&D expert and don't have much to do with this area of HR. But the theory is always interesting to read.
Chapter 7 - this chapter will prove useful for my assignment, this provides some of the key areas to consider when designing a learning and development course
Chapter 8 - has some useful pointers for things to consider to make a successful training course
Chapter 9 - ethics...now how do i combine this into my plan?
Chapters 10 - 14 - these are all about managing L&D in different sectors...its actually quite an interesting read...
Chapters 15 - 18 - these are really the sum up of the book and some of the key challenges that are faced...more