Yearly Archives: 2011

British Consul meets with Property Owners in Valle del Sol and Llíber

December 5th, 2011|Categories: British Consulate, Alicante|

British property owners in Valle del Sol, in the Region of Murcia, and Llíber, in the north of Alicante province, met with British Consul, Paul Rodwell, and the British Embassy’s Adviser, Alexandra Brown. Over 90 British property owners in Valle del Sol attended the meeting, showing their frustration and explained there had been no advances in their efforts to solve the worrying situation over the illegality of their homes. […]

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British residents urged to tell visitors to travel smart – and get a European Health Insurance Card in order to avoid big medical bills

December 5th, 2011|Categories: British Consulate, Alicante|

British residents are urged to tell visiting friends and family to make sure they get a European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) before they travel to Spain. The EHIC is free and should be regarded as ‘a holiday essential’ in order to get necessary medical treatment from the Spanish public health service while on a temporary stay in Spain, says the Pension Benefit and Healthcare Team of the British Embassy in its latest newsletter. […]

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New Rules will make it Easier and Cheaper to take Pets to the United Kingdom

December 5th, 2011|Categories: British Consulate, Alicante|

Dog and cat owners will find it cheaper and easier to travel to the UK with their pets when new rules are introduced at the start of next year. The UK will harmonise its pet movement rules with the rest of the European Union from 1 January 2012, bringing the UK’s Pet Travel Scheme into line with the most recent science. […]

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Norman Colin Dexter, OBE

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Author and Book Review|

Norman Colin Dexter, OBE, was born on 29th September 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire and is an English crime writer, known for his ever popular Inspector Morse novels. He started writing mysteries in 1972 during a family holiday. Last Bus to Woodstock was published in 1975 and introduced the world to the character of Inspector Morse, the irascible detective whose penchants for cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and Wagner reflect Dexter’s own enthusiasms. Dexter’s plots are notable for his use of false leads and other red herrings. […]

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Christmas Recipes

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Ma Millbank's Kitchen|

It’s December again and Christmas time in the kitchen for all us cooks! Time to bring out the stuffing recipes, make the mince pies and cover everything in alcohol! While my family really enjoys the traditional Turkey with all its trimmings, I look for a bit of a twist here and there. […]

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Old Favourites

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Ma Millbank's Kitchen|

The nights are drawing in and the quilt is back on the bed! Time to bring out some old favourites! Stew and dumpling is always a hit in our house, along with soups. On a cold winter’s day, you can’t beat a big bowl of steaming hot soup. Just about anything can be added to stock to make a soup and I often use left-overs with a few spices to make a broth for supper. […]

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Children’s Food

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Ma Millbank's Kitchen|

With four grandchildren all under five, I have recently been reminded how difficult it can be to get children to eat fruit and vegetables. The hot weather here in Spain doesn’t help and at a BBQ recently, I noticed that the children were tucking into a homemade burger. Mum had cleverly hidden some finely chopped onion and mushrooms and used egg to bind the mince, so in actual fact the children were eating very healthily. […]

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Fruit Desserts

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Ma Millbank's Kitchen|

I have always had a sweet tooth and, if I had to choose, it would be dessert rather than starter for me everytime. What a good time to think about all the lovely fruit we have here in Spain and what to cook with it. We have orange, lemons, apples, figs, grapefruit and grapes in our garden, so no excuses for not eating fruit. […]

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Salads

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Ma Millbank's Kitchen|

I love the summer, mainly because it’s salad time! I never feel like eating very much during the day as it’s far too hot, so a salad is just right! Salads are quick, easy and light, not to mention healthy and ideal for hot summer days! While I always enjoy lettuce, tomato and cucumber along with the odd bit of beetroot, I thought I would look at something a little different. […]

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