I'm a huge advocate of MIND, a British mental health charity, which has supported me and many people I know in the past. I don't have a huge amount of time today to write a long blog, but I'd like to highlight some of the resources MIND has online for people who need a little mental health TLC. This year has been harder than most for everyone and our mental health is often neglected or ignored when things get tough - just when you should be focussing more on wellbeing!
Here are some of the best resources MIND has to help someone through a tough time. I hope it helps or you can share them with someone in need.
- Tips for Every Day Living
- Resources for in the Workplace
- A Guide to Support and Services
- Read Personal Stories from People With Mental Health Issues
As charity shops begin to open again, don't forget to donate your 'lockdown clear-out' treasure to a MIND shop near you. They also sell branded reusable face masks online (a bargain at £4.99) if yours is looking a little tired nowadays!
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Four Tips for Baking Gluten Free Cakes
1. Use an electric mixer to make sure as much air gets into the mixture as possible. It may mean more washing up, but your cake will rise better for it.
2. Before baking, bring all refrigerated items (e.g. milk, eggs, butter) to room temperature. This is true for all cakes, but it's easy to forget!
3. Try adding a bit of fruit puree or apple sauce to your recipe - this will make the cake more moist and extend the shelf life. However, remove the cake from the cake tin and put on the cooling rack around 10 mins after removing from the oven because it may go soggy.
4. If your cakes keep coming out doughy and dense, try separating the eggs. Beat the eggs whites and fold in, don't mix too much.
Hope this helps and your gluten free cakes come out like these beauties: Chocolate lacy cupcakes and coconut sponge. Let me know how you get on in the comments below...
Louise (a massive Matrix fan...)
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