Autumn Apple Roses

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Is there anything that feels more nostalgic or autumnal than a basket of freshly picked apples? Each year in October a friend brings me an abundant mix of Cox’s Orange Pippins, Worcester Pearmain and Egremont Russets from her orchard to celebrate a delicious harvest.  As an apple grower she is aware that traditional English apples are in danger of becoming some dwindling … Continue reading Autumn Apple Roses

The Holly Rose Interview

BY ANASTASIA CHOO It’s a warm sunny afternoon and I am sitting in an idyllic converted church chapel in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside in the delightful company of singer and song writer Holly Rose. Holly was the lead singer of platinum selling band Semisane in South Africa in 2004 followed by a successful solo career in the UK and two outstanding album releases.  … Continue reading The Holly Rose Interview

Chia Seed Pudding

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Chia seeds are mini food powerhouses and they have been called the world’s healthiest whole food for good reason.  They are filled with protein, have more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than berries, and more Omega-3 than Salmon.  Emerging research suggests that including chia seeds as part of a healthy diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides … Continue reading Chia Seed Pudding

Interview with a Master Weaver

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Ask anyone what the word “tapestry” means and the chances are that they’ll talk about old and grandiose designs that are metres long and wide, which the aristocracy often used to keep out the draft. Nowadays the need for tapestries to keep out draughts in a large hall has disappeared but the weaving of tapestries did not die in medieval times and … Continue reading Interview with a Master Weaver

Spicy Spanish Chicken One Pot

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Ingredients Olive oil 12 chicken thighs and drumsticks 2 red peppers, sliced 200g chorizo, cut into small chunks 1 large onion, roughly chopped 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 tbsp hot smoked paprika 1 tsp chilli flakes 3 litres chicken stock 375g paella rice Flat leaf parsley chopped to make 2 tbsp 1 lemon, halved Method Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas4. Heat … Continue reading Spicy Spanish Chicken One Pot

Hong Kong 20 Years On

BY ANASTASIA CHOO The 1st of July marks the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain back to its motherland, China. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has organised an array of celebrations to run on the theme of “Together, Progress, Opportunity.”  The $640 million HK dollars taxpayer funded extravaganza is to show the world how successful ‘one country, two systems’ has … Continue reading Hong Kong 20 Years On

Happy Chinese New Year!

BY ANASTASIA CHOO This year, Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rooster – begins today and lasts until February 15th, 2018. It is the most anticipated global event in China’s calendar and millions of Chinese will make their way home in the world’s largest annual human migration.  As a lot of China’s 1.3 billion people work in big cities hundreds of miles from their … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year!

Don’t Give Up on Our NHS!

BY ANASTASIA CHOO Country Squire Magazine’s Anastasia Choo works in the NHS and is a proud supporter of Britain’s Health Service. Here she discusses why we should keep the NHS and suggests we all wake up to the reality that if we want a successful and effective healthcare service now and in the future we need to pay more, keep fit and waste less.  The new year … Continue reading Don’t Give Up on Our NHS!