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The Last Word: Holly Russo, Personal Trainer

Holly Russo is a local Freelance Personal Trainer who specializes in pre/postnatal training. She trains her clients either in a local park or in their homes. She is also now venturing into the world of online training. Holly is also an actress and a trainee stuntwoman! How long have you lived in the area? Most of my entire life! I have spent time living in Bristol when at university and I studied drama in New York, but I was born and raised a Forest Hill girl and always seem to come back to my roots! What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The view! I have the most spectacular view of London from the top of my street. Also I love that Forest Hill is in zone 3 so is nice and quick to get into Central London, but is also far enough away from the busy London life! What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My trainers as I’m always jogging to a house or park to train a …

Asparagus & Cheddar Tart

There is only one thing on my mind at this time of year – English Asparagus. We are hoping the ‘Beast from the East’ hasn’t put things back too much – right now we are on track for the season to start on the 23rd April – Hurrah! Asparagus & Cheddar Tart Serves approximately: 4 People Preparation time: 30 Minutes Cooking time 30 Minutes Ingredients Pastry 140g Plain flour 85g Butter Cubed 100g Cheddar Pinch Cayenne Pepper Filling 5 eggs 175ml Milk 125g Cheddar 25g Parmesan 300g Asparagus Truffle Oil (to finish) Method: Put the flour in a bowl, add the butter to the flour and rub in with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the grated cheddar and Cayenne into the pastry and mix. Add 3 tbsp cold water and mix until the pastry forms a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 5 mins. Butter a 20 x 6cm deep loose-bottom tart tin, or a 35 x 12cm rectangular tart tin. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Lightly dust the work …

How to avoid gaining weight in your 40s

We tend to think that gaining weight is something that happens with ageing, but this isn’t the case. It is, however, really important to monitor your body composition as you get older, to avoid putting yourself at risk of things like diabetes and other types of metabolic conditions. Here are four things you can do to avoid gaining weight into your 40s. 1. Monitor your energy balance (calories in versus calories burned from exercise). If you have less energy being expended, then you need to monitor and reduce the amount of energy that’s going into the body. Take a look at your food consumption and ensure that you’re not eating the diet that you were still eating when you were much more active. Also, try to include the following: More daily life movement – This could include taking the stairs not the escalator or walking 10,000 steps a day. Moderate exercise – Combine more daily movement with moderate exercise three to five times a week e.g. a light jog or lots of brisk walking. High intensity exercise …

Homemade lemon table decorations

Freshen your Lunch or dinner table this May with these unique Lemon table decorations. They can be used as place settings, or grouped as a centrepiece. You will need A bag of lemons Flowers, I used Orange Roses, Alstroemaria, and a selection from the garden. Secateurs and a sharp kitchen knife Craft tags Step1 – cut off the bottom of your lemon, so it sits flat. Then cut the top of, about ¼ so you have a nice little flower holder Step 2 – cut your rose leaving about 3-4 inches of stem, and place in the middle of the lemon. Hold the stalk firmly when pushing into the lemon so as not to break it. Step 3 – work around the centre rose with your assorted flowers and foliage – to make a miniature posy. Step 4 – write your guests names on the craft tags, and tie to the stem of the rose. Step 5 – place on your table, make sure you use a plate or saucer so as not to stain …

New music centre set to honour Ralph Vaughan Williams

A new music venue in East Dulwich will be named after the celebrated composer who taught music in the area in the early twentieth century. Officially opening in September, the new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) will provide the school and local community with complete facilities for music of all genres from orchestral and choral through to contemporary bands and soloists. The vast Vaughan Williams Auditorium will be the centre piece with capacity to seat audiences of 500 people and providing state of the art, professional lighting and sound equipment. There will also be ample space for performers to rehearse ahead of their shows with 15 practice rooms. Hugh Cobbe, Director of the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust which was set up by the composer’s widow Ursula to promote his work, said: “Ralph Vaughan Williams once said that music enables people to see past facts to the very essence of things in a way which science cannot do. He would have been delighted that the new Community Music Centre at James Allen’s …