CELEBRATING THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION 100 CENTENARY |‘COOKING WITH HEROES’ CHARITY COOKBOOK OFFICIAL LAUNCH

AFTERNOON TEA & BOOK SIGNING AT CLARIDGES HOTEL MAYFAIR HOSTED BY JON PULLEN AUTHOR, RAF SQUADRON LEADER AND ROBERT JOBSON ROYAL EDITOR

The Royal British Legion Cooking with Heroes

Earlier this month St Jame’s House and the Royal British Legion hosted the official launch of ‘Cooking with Heroes’ as part of the centenary celebrations for the Legion. With over 350 guests gathered in the elegant setting of Claridges Hotel in the heart of Mayfair, the event was a great success.

The Royal British Legion Centenary Cookbook, Cooking with Heroes is on Sale Now #RBL100

Cooking with Heroes focuses on 100 regions in which the British Legion has been active over the past century, presenting 100 delicious recipes as well as profiles of 100 military heroes specific to each region including that of Odette Halllowes.

Odette Hallowes (nee Brailly, then Sansom) volunteered to help with the war effort in 1939. As a native French speaker with a knowledge of the country, she was recruited as a special agent in 1942, assisting the French Resistance. Odette was arrested by the Germans in April 1943 facing interrogation and torture at the hands of the concentration camp guards before the camp was liberated by the Allies. For her remarkable bravery she received a George Cross, a Legion of Honour and an MBE.

The Royal British Legion Cooking with Heroes
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The Royal British Legion Cooking with Heroes

The Royal British Legion Cooking with Heroes

As part of its 100th Anniversary, I am honoured to have attended the Royal British Legion Launch Cooking With Heroes, a high end luxury cookbook that raises money for the Country’s largest military Charity. Written by serving and ex-serving personnel. This beautifully illustrated book includes contributions of sumptuous culinary delights and international cuisines to try yourself at home from classic to contemporary dishes. I’m so thrilled to be at the Claridges Hotel, London recently with the Royal British Legion to celebrate the launch of ‘Cooking with Heroes’ the official cookbook to mark the Legion’s 100th Centenary.

The Royal British Legion Cooking with Heroes
E Jacobs Photography

This Special Book is full of military history and regional dishes with recipes and stories from over 140 serving and ex-serving personnel, accompanied by Celebrity Chefs.

‘Cooking with Heroes’ Features a selection of dishes and recipes from celebrity and military chefs from around the world including Rick Stein, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, James Martin Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriot, Sophie Thompson, The Hairy Bikers and Melissa Hemsley. During the Press Launch I was also delighted to meet the Author Jon Pullen and Royal Editor-in-chief Robert Jobson whom I am so grateful to get my very own copy of the book signed by them to mark the special Anniversary for the 100 Centenary.

The Royal British Legion Cooking with Heroes

Westminster Abbey hosted a service to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion. As part of their celebrations, St James House collaborated with them on their official centenary cookbook. ‘Cooking with Heroes’ features stories from a range of serving and ex-serving personnel from around the world. Here are just some of the inspiring people featured in the book from Odette Hallowes, Mohinder Singh Pujji, Sir Alfred Etienne Jerome du Puch and Edith Cavell.

Every £5 contribution from the book comes straight to the RBL to help support the Armed Forces Community

Experience both cultural military history and culinary journey as the book takes you to the regions in which the Royal British Legion has operated from Malaysia Noodle Soup, Barbados style Poppy & Coconut Beef to British Home Favourites Posh fish ‘n’ chips with cockle tartare, Leigh-on sea sole, cooked in a smoky seafood broth, sumptuous Cornish Moules, Mushroom bourguignon cobbler recipe and more.

Congratulations to The Royal British Legion on Celebrating their 100th Centenary.

The Royal British Legion Cooking with Heroes

For every copy sold, £ 5 will be donated to the charity that continues to help so many of our serving and ex-serving personnel and their families. Please pledge your support and order your copy today which will make a really lovely Christmas Gift for loved ones, family and friends this forthcoming festive season.

The Royal British Legion Cooking with Heroes

Cooking with Heroes is available in all major bookstores including Blackwells, Waterstones and WH Smith, to purchase RRP £19.95 – with all profits (£5 per sale) going to support The Royal British Legion. It is also on sale directly via the publisher: https://www.stjamess.org/product/cooking-with-heroes/

The Centenary Cook Book, Cooking with Heroes is on Sale Now!

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THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR HER

STOCKING FILLER ESSENTIALS FOR HER

So I guess being a male it’s that slightly bit trickier buying gifts for women this Christmas and even most importantly what should you get them. The choice is endless and the options are limitless so what you get is a challenge in itself. I find it tends to be more fun when you improvise starting with peoples hobbies and interest before you can even say my favourite word ‘Gift Receipt’ come Christmas Day. Don’t let that person be you this holiday season as I select the best of the best money can buy. They say money can’t buy love but it can buy good taste and indefinite stylish gifts to bring joy this Festive Season.

 

PARIS FASHION WEEK SKINCARE DIARY | TIP’S TO REFRESH YOUR GROOMING KIT ON THE GO

GET TO KNOW MY SKINCARE ROUTINE OVER COUTURE PARIS FASHION WEEK - CLARIN'S REVIEW

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As Summer is already underway I’m back! This time I’ve got some exciting news to share with you all that I have a last minute invitation to attend Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week next week.

From personal experience of traveling to a new city can be very exciting as well as daunting so what to take and pack needs careful thought for those of us that follow a strict beauty and grooming regime.

Paris Fashion Week Skincare Diary

Personally I quite like the idea of being pampered and taking some of my favourite things with me along for the journey so it makes life that little bit more easier being away from home which leaves me to dwell on fashion week.

When traveling to other cities you are in fact living out of a suitcase so I always look forward to trying new products during my trip especially if you manage to get sponsored by one of world’s leading beauty and grooming cosmetics companies Clarins Paris.

Allot of the time I find with cosmetics I like to use both Men’s and Women’s products as long as it does what it says on the tin to certain degree don’t you think. At times we all need to prep our skin so we can ensure we look our best with fashion week being no exception. Achieving flawless looking skin does not happen overnight but with the right products you can achieve your goal. Always set a bench mark of what you expect your skin to look like before and after.

Here’s what’s in my bag

Paris Fashion Week Skincare Diary

Often whilst traveling your skin suffers from dehydration and looks very tired and unflattering but its helps to choose products that help lift, re-vitalise, cleanse and re-energises for a fresh appearance complexion.

 

As soon as you get to your hotel and unpack I enjoy getting out my travel size grooming products on the bathroom counter so everything looks organised and makes you feel more at home while your away traveling abroad.

Lucky for me this bag is my lifeline to survive fashion week in Paris as these grooming and beauty products happen to French too seems a coincidence that I’m in Paris. For the next 3 days it’s more than enough to last me the whole trip and a bit more.

In case you’re wondering which is my favourite item which has to be the One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with hints of citrus and micro-beads that penetrate deep into the skin works really well as a skin scrub to remove any dirt and blackheads. I just love the way it smells with an orange scent of summer is just fresh and so clean on the pores of my skin.

Fashion Week Skincare Diary

SHOP MY FASHION WEEK SKINCARE ROUTINE

I heard the weather is going to be very warm in Paris so protecting your face from the sun is crucial for younger looking skin and Clarin’s has a product just for that a Super Restorative Day cream with SPF as soon as you step outside. Another favourite is the Clarins extra firming eye cream as some days your eyes need that feeling of being refreshed after a long day and night. Beauty sleep is the next best thing as skin needs to renew their cells and happens during your sleep apparently. On second thought’s during Fashion Week it’s hard to find rest breaks in between shows and events so any products that help you achieve your skins full potential the better.

What I love most about Clarin’s it’s a family owned business which has been a leading French Skincare brand expert since 1954.

Which is your favorite Clarins Paris product and please feel free to comment below this post so others can share feedback about these amazing products.

 

Disclaimer: A huge thank you to Clarins Paris UK and the team at Elphicks 1881 for kitting me out with my grooming and beauty essentials during my Trip in Paris over Haute Couture Fashion Week. All opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally use and believe in

DEVOTE A DAY TO PAMPERING RELAXING AT HOME WITH NEALS YARD REMEDIES AND ISLE OF SKYE CANDLE COMPANY

WHAT A BETTER WAY THAN SPENDING THE EASTER WEEKEND AT HOME IN THE COUNTRY

With Bank Holidays around the corner, what trips will you be planning? Style your getaway capsule closet with a touch of well-being to help you relax and unwind during your weekend away.

Although it’s a long weekend break I’m going to make the most of it and looking forward to trying out these amazing body and bath products as well as home items.

Taking home comforts with you while traveling makes it all worthwhile so you can spoil and pamper yourself with these amazing products from Neals Yard Remedies and Isle of Skye Candle Company.

Scented candles are just one of the few favourite things I love to take with me during my travels because they are so easy to pack and small in size along with the rest of my miniature travel essentials.  The scented candle happens to be Vanilla and Fig scent which is delicately sweet. It ‘s infact a unique product being made in Scotland as the classic tartan suggest luxury and sophistication in the ways its package makes it the ideal present.

Being Easter Holidays I’m so grateful to have this product gifted to me as a present so I can try it out which is one of the perks of blogging that you sometimes get complimentary products from brands which I much prefer instead of a chocolate Easter egg.

I found this weekend’s weather to be quite disappointing with the downpour of rain I still managed to get out and about for a walk with my dog in the countryside for some fresh air. Afterwards you know that feeling of coming in from the cold and wet it’s time for some me time to relax and unwind. There’s nothing more better or comforting than running hot bath and with a drop of Neals Yard Remedies Aromatic Foaming Bath to restore your body’s sense of wellbeing.

 

This delightfully fragrant foaming bath contains a soothing aromatherapy blend of flower scents including lavender, Spanish marjoram and geranium essential oils with a skin condition herbal infusion to help relax you. What I love about this product most is its organically produced ingredients’ and paraben free. Do you have certain travel essentials you love to pack feel free to leave a comment below as I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Have a wonderful  Easter Bank Holiday x