I've always been a fan of Roald Dahl, even as an adult there is a magic in his writing that can bring you out of the worst mood and have you smiling aI've always been a fan of Roald Dahl, even as an adult there is a magic in his writing that can bring you out of the worst mood and have you smiling again. Among my favourites are Matilda and the BFG which I read many times as a child, and again more recently. I had never read Boy: Tales of Childhood, but I bought it on advice on my partner who had read it and wanted to read it again. At the time, I didn't know that this was an actual telling of Dahl's childhood, but it didn't disapppoint. The way that Roald Dahl is able to bring things to life in his writing is incredible, this book was funny and sad at the same time.
Sadly for me, this was the last of the Roald Dahl books that I own. I need to get the others which I haven't read yet and re-read them as an adult!...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
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
Another core book for my course,this focuses on resourcing and talent management,the third of the eight modules. I've approached this module with someAnother core book for my course,this focuses on resourcing and talent management,the third of the eight modules. I've approached this module with some nervousness. As a recruiter myself, this will either enhance my knowledge or have the opposite effect.
Chapter 1 - As always, these textbooks start off with an introductory chapter that covers off the outline of the book. The difference for me at this point is I feel much more interested in the topic at this stage than I have with any of the others but perhaps that is because I am a recruiter...
Chapter 2 - this focuses on the environment behind the recruiting scene. covering the legal side of the recruitment process this opens up your eyes to what you can and can't do
Chapter 3 - this is all around flexibility and the flexible firm. I find this material really interesting, and whilst quite heavy reading this presents the pros and cons clearly and in an understandable way
Chapter 4 - again interesting food for thought. this focused on diversity and fairness and all the ways you can dicriminate against people, as a recruiter it makes you think twice about what you are doing
Chapters 5,6 and 7 - interesting material but difficult for me to associate to as these are not really areas I focus on in my day to day job.
Chapters 8 and 9 - Alternative Recruitment Methods and Employer Branding. two important topic areas that as a recruiter in a day to day role not much thought is given to, but this provides you with areas that you ought to remember.
Chapter 10 - Selection: the classic trio. I think this will be useful for part of my assignment and writing about the things I would do for my fictional assessment centre. A lot of this is familiar to me in day to day recruitment, but it makes me realise that as a central function we only do part of the process and there is much more there for HR and line managers to be doing.
Chapter 11 - Advanced Methods of Employee Selection - this section has some useful areas in if you are planning your own assessment centre. It is an area that I will come back to as I do my assignment to make sure that I have covered everything, but also because there were some good points that I could use for referencing.
Chapter 12 - 20 - this material falls outside of the recruitment process and is what happen afterwards. Unfortunately in my current role this is not something I get involved in so I find it a little bit meaningless, but it is certainly something I can come back to if, and when, my role becomes something where this is relevant.
All in all an interesting read. In some places eye opening about things that we should be doing but perhaps don't, and in other areas very familiar from my own experience....more
I watched the film of the King's Speech last year and thought this was brilliantly done with Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. I expected the bookI watched the film of the King's Speech last year and thought this was brilliantly done with Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. I expected the book would follow a similar structure and would be read like a historical fiction. This book was more a factual history account and read as such. Whilst there were some interesting facts interwoven into the story that I didn't know, I felt that the film on the whole made a better job of this story than the book did, which I found quite disappointing. Whilst the structure of the written account was chronological and flowed as such, each section focused on a particular event and was factual drawing on the various sources that the writers had available. I felt like this was a book I should be studying from not one that I was reading for pleasure.
Definitely something I preferred as a film....more
I really didn't enjoy this book. I felt like I learned more about his life from the timeline at the end than from the rest of the book. It was difficuI really didn't enjoy this book. I felt like I learned more about his life from the timeline at the end than from the rest of the book. It was difficult to read,perhaps because of the way it was put into a kindle version,but I just couldn't get into it and found myself frustrated and bored trying to read it......more
I would have given this book zero stars if it was possible. For something with Logic in the title this was the most confusing book that I have ever reI would have given this book zero stars if it was possible. For something with Logic in the title this was the most confusing book that I have ever read with all its x could be y but x could also not be y. I couldn't make head nor tail of this and didn't enjoy it at all......more
This book is really quite sad, and in some places shocking, but it's one of those books that should be read because these events did happen and it's sThis book is really quite sad, and in some places shocking, but it's one of those books that should be read because these events did happen and it's something we should know about. Going into this book, I expected it - from the title - to be somewhat similar to Anne Frank's harrowing story and the way that that was written. However, the circumstances surrounding Anne Frank's diary, and the fact that she was only able to account for the day to day events, make that account far more raw than this one.
For me, this was quite a powerful book. Written from Nonna's diaries kept during the war, it provides an account of events through a reflective eye. It's made me incredibly sad to read, and the refined nature of the text (if you were to compare it to something like Anne Frank's diary) has the same, if not a bigger impact, on the reader than if you were to take each days account one by one.
It's a powerful story by a survivor of WWII and the holocaust years, and I couldn't put the book down, as harrowing as the account was. It's really made me sit back and think about what the people went through during that time and how terrifying it must have been to have not known what was around the corner......more
I decided I would read this book now as I had a free hour and a terrible work weekend away where it was difficult to be able to get my point across anI decided I would read this book now as I had a free hour and a terrible work weekend away where it was difficult to be able to get my point across and I hoped that this might shed some light and help. It didn't so much help with that, but help with ideas of how to overcome those mental blocks we all face...
The forces against us as artists and entrepreneurs: 1. Resistance (i.e. fear, self-doubt, procrastination, addiction, distraction, timidity, ego, narcissism, self loathing, perfectionism, etc) 2. Rational thought 3. Friends and Family
"Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego"
"Chatter is resistance - its aim is to reconcile you to the 'way it is', to make you exactly like everyone else, to render you amenable to societal order and discipline"...more
I'll be honest,I read the first 400 pages of the book word for word,but the last 255pages before you got to all the references etc were a bit hit andI'll be honest,I read the first 400 pages of the book word for word,but the last 255pages before you got to all the references etc were a bit hit and miss. Having been to China a few years ago and studying Russian history at school the content was no surprise in terms of the activities that took place in the communist regime. what was disappointing was that,after reading wild swans and thoroughly enjoying that,this felt like a propaganda piece,and as such was read with that thought in mind.
I'm sorry to say that this book did nothing for me in the end......more
I went to an event earlier this month where Andy C was the days guest presenter. The event was really good,although I was teased for being under 25! II went to an event earlier this month where Andy C was the days guest presenter. The event was really good,although I was teased for being under 25! I was given this book for free because id attended the event and thought what's the harm in reading it. Andy was really inspiring when he spoke and I'm pleased to say the book was just as good. Well worth a read,its got some useful messages in it and a few laughs too!...more
I found myself unable to breath through this account of escape from the world trade centre. I remember being in high school and watching the events unI found myself unable to breath through this account of escape from the world trade centre. I remember being in high school and watching the events unfold on the news which was shocking enough but this account brings the events to life as if you were there....more