Helpful Advice on Preventing Testicular Cancer

Also known as ‘testis cancer’, testicular cancer is a serious and often life-threatening condition where cells divide without reason, exposing a mass tissue (a tumour).
Although sometimes prevention isn’t always possible, there are some things that we can change in our life which might help limit our chances of developing the disease involving regular examination, altering your diet and small lifestyle changes such as not sitting your laptop on your lap, which we will be going into further detail about. Our team have established a set of advised guidelines to follow that are believed to aid in the prevention of testis cancer. Read more…

The Importance of Illness Cover

When it comes to arranging our finances and personal assets it may be more important to some than others. Many people believe that unless they own a home or have a family it is unnecessary to take these measures of personal financial protection. However, for all of us young and old, making sure we are protected against unexpected circumstances in relation to our health is crucial. Read more…

Tattoos or Not?

Anchors. Swallows. Stars. Musical Notes. These are the most commonly found tattoos on us ladies. Spend anytime on the high street or in a bar without staring at your phone and you’ll see that almost every other person has a tattoo. Read more…

How to choose a tomato sauce

Making your own tomato sauce is always nice, whether you are whipping up a quick pasta dinner, or are a big Italian food aficionado. Nothing beats a scrumptious home-made sauce… Or does it? The benefits of a ready-made tomato sauce is not only its convenience (think one jar rather than a load-full of veggies and all the seasoning you stock in your home), but also the time it saves (you would have to cook the whole lot, blend it all together, let it simmer…) and believe it or not, a reliable, authentic taste that is bound to jazz up all your tomato based recipes.
People, especially fans of home cuisine, often flee ready-made tomato sauces – wrongfully! Pick your tomato sauce well and it will be bursting with juicy ripe tomatoes, perfectly seasoned, and capable of impressing all your friends (feel free to tell them it’s home-made). Here are a few tips to choose your tomato sauce, because you can find products that vary greatly in quality. Best thing to do is follow a few suggestions, and taste some sauces from your local deli, your supermarket, or even your tips to Italy.
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Aspect and texture

Whether it’s full tomatoes, pelati, crushed, polpa or coulis, passata, the sauce has to have a nice aspect. Bright red, shiny. Le texture has to be a bit dense, homogeneous and for full tomatoes the juice most remain nice, not transparent, full or too watery. Trust us, we’ve tested quite the lot.

Full, crushed, or coulis tomatoes can be used differently according to personal taste. Some good brands will offer different options prepared with the same tomatoes. Otherwise, stick to full tomatoes, you will be able to judge quality better.


A good sauce smells nice but most importantly has a lovely tomato taste! It’s not exactly fresh tomato, but the essence is there, with the slight acidity but also the smoothness. Here too, the flavour has to be intense, fresh. If too insipid or watery, it’s not a good sauce. As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t have to add sugar or other sweeteners and tastes after cooking: the sauce shouldn’t stay sour.

You may prefer plain tomato sauce (no fussy seasoning) just because it’s often the best (no distracting tastes), it’s neutral and can go with anything. If you don’t have anything at home to season, just add olive oil, a bit of garlic or onion and a sprinkle or oregano. But then, choose correctly and you can also find really nice seasoned sauces.

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Try to avoid discount sauces, they could be full of artificial flavours and preservatives to make them super cheap to buy. Count anywhere from about £1.20 to £5 for good quality. Obviously artisan or organic can be more expensive. Careful, the same product can cost more in a small delis or caterers than in supermarkets, so it’s worth having a browse.

Don’t try and make extreme savings on tomato sauce, you would be disappointed. You find enough tasteless tomatoes, at least treat yourself with some tasty sauce! Usually for good brands, tomatoes are of good quality, are grown in fields or traditional greenhouses with soil, wind, sunshine… They are picked when ripe, and are already delicious even when unprepared.

 A few suggestions

As a top choice we suggest Dolmio Bolognese Sauce. With each jar containing 87% of tomatoes (full and paste) in total, plus tasty basil, onion and other seasoning, and no preservatives or articifical flavours, Dolmio is about as close to natural, dreamy Italian tomato sauce as you’ll get.

What is in Dolmio?

Try also Heinz Tomato and Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce. It has a good balance of tomato and herbs and is very natural, if containing a bit too much sugar.

Visit you local Italian deli or order online for some cans shipped straight from Italy! Do keep an eye on the list of ingredients, and choose high proportions of tomatoes, and natural seasoning. Visit and try the Tomato & Basil sauce from Prunotto Mariangela organic farm.

Show up in Doha

When you think about places to visit in the Middle East, sometimes Qatar gets overlooked. The Middle East is a hub for great food.  This year, take a trip to the capital city of Doha and you’ll discover it’s a city where international food meets local delicacies.

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Frankfurt At Christmas

Christmas is a great time of year. You’re thinking of booking a last minute trip with your loved ones. Where is the question? One of the most beautiful places to visit  at Christmas is Frankfurt. Known for its wonderful Christmas market, this place has it all for that winter getaway.

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London Hotspots

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So you’re looking to get away for a while, a city break comes to mind. It’s exactly what you needed after a long year. There’s only once place for it, London! The city that has it all. Let’s find out where to go and what to do while in town.

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Dabble Your Way Around Dubai

Dubai has become one of the go to holiday destinations of the past 5 years. The transformation of the gulf city has been nothing short of unbelievable. Let’s check out what to do and see in Dubai this summer.

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Edinburgh’s Magical Mythology

Edinburgh is a city which you can get lost in. There’s so much to do and see you might not know where to start. With the likes of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh University and everything else in between you might not know where to start.

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City Living Tips

City life can be fast paced. You can either love it or hate. Some enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city while others enjoy the quiet life. For the city slickers, here are some tips to not only survive city life but get the most out of it.

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