Eggless Banana Muffins

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Moist eggless banana muffins with a hint of spice and a surprisingly crunchy nutty crumble topping. Preparation time – 15 minutes Cooking time -25 minutes Makes 12 muffins Ingredients: For muffins 2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup oil 1/4 cup coarsely chopped Brazil nuts (can use … Continue reading

Requiem for My Friend – Zbigniew Preisner – Part 1

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Music is a form of art that has always fascinated people. Some of the most stunning classical music pieces are masses in the setting of the Requiem, which is a musical form of art transcending life and death. Zbigniew Preisner, who is very famous for writing the score to the … Continue reading

Sanctuary Day, Chinese Night & Sunday Brunch

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The end of my two weeks off work was rapidly approaching and I was looking forward to a treat for myself on the Friday – the Sanctuary in Covent Garden. I managed to get a ‘Flash sale’ offer which was rather a bargain via Facebook. Here I was feeling sorry for … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Gavin Henson

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Today City Connect celebrates the birthday of Gavin Henson, the Welsh rugby union player, born 1 February 1982. Biography Gavin Lloyd Henson currently plays for Aviva Premiership Team Bath Rugby, He has Previously played for the Ospreys in The Pro12 and London Welsh He attracted much media attention as part … Continue reading

Being Single Is Not A Compromise!

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My friend came round for Sunday morning coffee last week (too early for cocktails, however you could argue that it is never too early for a Mojito). As we sat in the garden putting the world to rights, bitching about men and discussing how insecure and totally dependent some are, … Continue reading

Savoury Lentil Cake (Ondhwo/Handvo)

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This savoury lentil cake called Ondhwa/Handvo by the Gujarati’s is a perfect dish to serve for weekend brunches, snacks and picnics.  I often serve it at BBQ’s too. Ingredients for 4 servings:  2 cups of ground chick pea dall (I soaked 2 cups of  chana dall and blended it in … Continue reading

Ecstasy – A Love Affair With Mandy

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The “Drugs Live” show broadcasted on Channel 4 at the end of September 2012 provoked a prominent response amongst a large proportion of our society. To me, it struck a raw nerve as I recalled with reproach the fairly recent deterioration of a close friend upon succumbing to the drug … Continue reading

When a Relationship Comes Between a Friendship

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What’s the first rule of friendship? Never put a man before your friends. Boyfriends will come and go, true girlfriends will last forever. Girls before guys right? I remember my mother telling me as a young girl to never let a boy come in between a friendship. Making a pact all those years ago that … Continue reading

Chilli Marinade

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  Fiery chilli marinade that is perfect for marinading vegetables and meats for a barbecue. Preparation time-5 minutes Chilling time 3-4 hours Makes 1 cup Ingredients: 4 tablespoons ketchup 1 medium ripe tomato blended to apuree 4 tablespoons reasonable flavor neutral oil 4 cloves crushed garlic 4 tsp red chili … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Alicia Keys

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Today City Connect celebrates the birthday of Alicia Keys, the R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, record producer, and actress born January 25, 1981. Biography Alicia Augello Cook, known professionally as Alicia Keys, released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. … Continue reading