Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

Today on City Connect, our Born This Day series celebrates the anniversary of the birth of inimitable playwright, poet and writer Oscar Wilde who was born on this day in 1854. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress, and glittering conversation, Wilde became one of the most well-known personalities of his … Continue reading

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

This cottage pie is made using Quorn Mince. Quorn is the brand name for a range of meat-free ingredients and meals sold here in UK.  Quorn products are  versatile and quick to cook. The mycoprotein used to produce Quorn is extracted from a fungus, Fusarium venenatum, which is grown in large … Continue reading

Strawberry Truffle Fudge

Lip smacking gooey  and  delicious melt in the mouth fudge. Preparation time – 15 minutes Chilling time 5 hours Makes 24 pieces Ingredients: Layer 1 300g milk chocolate coarsely chopped 400g can sweetened condensed milk 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt Layer 2 60ml double cream 120g … Continue reading

Kenyan Green Beans and Potato Curry

Years ago when on a business trip to Kenya – I was taken by the British High Commission in Nairobi, to see a vegetable packing plant where the Kenyan ladies were packing these freshly picked green beans, baby corn and mange tout for UK stores like Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco. … Continue reading

What Experience Gives You

Recently I was running a lesson with the Cambridge University Kickboxing Society and I was pointing out to two beginners young ladies how one was not hitting has hard as she could while performing a simple exercise. Her partner was surprised of my remark and she stopped asking how I could tell … Continue reading

Bombay Aloo

I usually make this dry potato curry called Bombay Aloo whenever I make  Gujarati pudlas (pancakes) Ingredients for Bombay Aloo 2-3 medium potatoes 2-3 green chilies 2 tbls sunflower oil 1 tsp cumin seeds ½ tsp salt ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp chili powder 1 tbl lemon juice Handful of … Continue reading

Spicy Sauted Potatoes with Sweetcorn & Peanuts

There are thousands of varieties of potatoes in the World and most of us will have certain favourites for certain dishes.  Most of us who cook regularly, will have worked out which potatoes to use for curries, chips, etc. The ones I used for this recipe are the ones used … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Chuck Norris

On March 10, City Connect celebrates the birthday of Chuck Norris born on this day in 1940. Chuck Norris is an American martial artist and actor. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist. Chuck Norris appeared in a number of … Continue reading

Men – Can They Ever Get It Right?

Sweeping remark I know, and just as easily, so are women… however, based on that premise: 1. How do you ever find somebody of your standing? 2. How do you ensure that the terms are equitable? 3. How is it then sustainable for weeks, months or even years? Chemistry has … Continue reading

Levels of Competence: the Martial Arts Case

One of the models I used during my Professional Coaching Training describes competence in four broad steps or levels: I found this extremely useful and practical because it helps identifying very quickly at which stage a person is with her competence toward a certain subject.  I’ll add an example about driving … Continue reading

How Realistic is Your Training?

Considering that martial arts are, in essence, methodologies for fighting I always consider paramount to perform a reality check of each application. This is to assess if and when a technique or combination can be useful in a self defence or real fight situation. Please notice that some styles, like … Continue reading