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Focaccia Recipe

With BBQ season starting in full swing, we thought we would share one of our favourite bread recipes – Focaccia!!! Focaccia is packed full of flavour and is the perfect complement to every meal. Give this recipe a try and tag us on social media with your creation.

Ingredients 

425g strong bread flour , plus extra for dusting

125g of Semolina

7g dried fast action yeast

300ml of warm water

1 tsp fine sea salt

4 tbsp olive oil , plus extra for the tin and to serve

1 tsp flaky sea salt

¼ small bunch of rosemary , sprigs

Method

STEP 1

Add the flour into a large mixing bowl. Mix the yeast into one side of the flour, and the fine salt into the other side. Then mix everything together

STEP 2

Make a well in the middle of the flour and add 4 tbsp oil and 300ml lukewarm water, adding it gradually until you have a slightly sticky dough (you may not need all the water). Sprinkle the work surface with flour and tip the dough onto it, scraping around the sides of the bowl. Knead for 5-10 mins until your dough is soft and less sticky or 4-5 mins if using a mixer with a dough hook. Put the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for 1 hr until doubled in size.

STEP 3

Oil a rectangle, shallow tin (25 x 35cm). Tip the dough onto the work surface and knead for a few mins then roll it to fill the tin. Cover with a tea towel and leave to prove for another 40 mins.

STEP 4

Heat the oven to 210C/200C fan/gas 7. Press your fingers into the dough to make dimples. Drizzle olive oil all over the bread and sprinkle sea salt and rosemary over the dimples.

STEP 5

Bake for 20 mins until golden. Whilst the bread is still hot, drizzle over 1-2 tbsp olive oil. Cut into squares and serve warm or cold with extra olive oil if you like.

This recipe will give you the bread addiction you did not know you had! Happy baking!!!

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Stress Awareness

As April 2021 is stress awareness month we wanted to dedicate this weeks blog to stress management and how stress is affecting everyone.

Stress is a normal human reaction that happens to everyone. In fact, the human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. When you experience changes or challenges (stressors), your body produces physical and mental responses. That’s stress.

Stress responses help your body adjust to new situations. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated and ready to avoid danger. Here are some small tips you can use to help cope with stress.

Take care of yourself:

Eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out

Talk to others:

Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friends, counsellor, doctor or pastor.

Take a break:

If news events are causing you stress, take a break from listening or watching the news.

Have some ‘me’ time:

We recommend setting aside a couple of nights a week for some quality ‘me time’ away from work.

Try to be positive:

Look for the positives in life and things for which you are grateful. Try writing down 3 things that went well, or for which you are grateful, at the end of each day.

Manage your time:

At times, we all feel overburdened by our ‘To do list’ and this is a common cause of stress. Accept that you cannot do everything at once and start to prioritise your tasks and set aside time for each one.

Laugh:

The act of laughing helps your body fight stress in a number of ways.

Meditate:

Take up a relaxation practice. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the fight or flight or mobilization stress response.

With that in mind enjoy all your favourite things and spend as much time outdoors as possible as fresh air and sunshine will give you instant relief from stress!

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Tips for Living a Greener Life

Whether you’ve chosen to go green to help the environment, to save money, or just see how easy it is, every step you take towards a greener life is one that helps the world.

If you’re just starting out and want some sustainable living ideas then here are a couple to get you started:

Step 1: Switch it off

Energy conservation is very important to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electricals on standby will use up energy. Try to remember to switch off your appliances and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!

Step 2: Recycle everything

Most of us already recycle daily but there is always room for improvement. You can recycle almost everything, from batteries to paper to cars. Before you throw it away, take a minute to find out if you could recycle it instead.

Step 3: Cut back on plastic

Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives. However, we can do our little bit to change this. Try using a reusable bag when doing the food shop, buy your fruit and veg loose and instead of buying bottled water use a reusable flask.

Step 4: Use LED light bulbs

Not only do LED light bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs, they’re far more efficient too! This means that you’ll be using less power and having to replace your light bulbs less frequently.

Step 5: Buy local

From clothes to food, the closer to home these products are made and bought, the less carbon is created with their transportation. You will also be supporting the local economy which will encourage more local businesses to open and you will have more local items to choose from.

Step 6: Compost

Make sure to compost foods that are out of date rather than putting it in the bin. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill which will decrease the build-up of methane gas.

Step 7: Grow your own

Growing your own veg can help you save money and cut down on your carbon footprint. Maybe you don’t have much garden space? Windowsill boxes are a great way to brighten up your view, filter the air coming into your home and offer plenty of space for herbs and small vegetable patches.

Step 8: Plant some trees

Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to living a greener life. Without a stable ecosystem, things start to fall apart. Making sure that we’re planting more native trees to replace those that have been cut to make room for developments is something that more people and businesses need to do to protect the environment and improve air quality. Here at Méid Denim we are planting trees as part of our initiative so for every pair of jeans bought at Méid Denim we plant a tree.

Whether you’ve chosen to go green to help the environment, to save money, or just see how easy it is, every step you take towards a greener life is one that helps the world.

If you’re just starting out and want some sustainable living ideas then here are a couple to get you started:

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It’s time to declutter your wardrobe!

Let’s be honest with the weather changing and still being stuck indoors it’s the perfect time to declutter your wardrobe and create your perfect capsulate wardrobe!

We have pulled together our top tips to help you declutter and transform your wardrobe so it’s Méid for you. ????✨

Step #1: TAKE IT ALL OUT. Take everything out of your wardrobe and throw it in a pile on your bed or floor. Yes, everything! Look at all the space you have in your wardrobe and in the words of Marie Kondo “Let’s spark some joy”!

Step #2: FIND THE REST. We all leave clothing around our homes (like jackets, shoes, and jumpers…well we do, exposing ourselves here!????), let’s dig all this out and add it to your clothing pile, this can include;

  • Out-of-season clothing
  • Coats/ jackets
  • Clothing in drawers or presses
  • Underwear, socks, bras
  • Scarves/ hats
  • Pj’s, activewear, loungewear
  • Shoes

Step #3: GO THROUGH THE PILE. How much of that do you actually wear?! Hold up each piece. Do you currently wear and love it or will you wear it at least 20 more times? While doing this, any piece of clothing where you think ‘yes, I love it!’ goes back in the wardrobe. Anything that you hesitated about or are unsure of goes into a maybe pile. You can put your obvious no’s into a donation bag.

TOP TIP: Don’t hold onto something because you once loved it or it used to fit your lifestyle. Work in the here and now – what do you love NOW? What works for you NOW?

Be strict with your socks, underwear, and bras, they have a shelf life (socks, underwear and bras generally have a lifespan of six months to a year, but with bras they can last 180 wears). Use this as an excuse to treat yourself to ones that make you look and feel amazing!

Step #4: TRY EVERYTHING ON IN YOUR ‘MAYBE’ PILE. Instead of asking ‘how does this look on me?’ more importantly ask yourself ‘how does this make me feel?’

Step #5: FINALISE YOUR CLOTHING. Your favourites should be back in your wardrobe and your ‘no’s’ ready to go out the door. If anything jumps out to you that doesn’t go with your new decluttered wardrobe add it into the no pile. Try and look at your maybe pile and see does it with any of your new wardrobe ask yourself “could I team this piece with other pieces from my wardrobe?” if it’s a yes keep it, but if if not it goes in the no pile.

Step #6: HANDBAGS. Now do this with your handbags, bag packs, and clutches. Remember, what do you really use? Which ones do you love? Keep those.

TOP TIP: Get rid of handbags you no longer use. Make a little money by selling them online and put that towards one you really love.

Step #7: SHOES. Now it’s time to tackle your shoes. Be brutal. As you hold up each pair, ask yourself:

  • Do you still wear them?
  • Do they work with your new wardrobe?
  • Are they in great condition? If not they go in the no pile.

TOP TIP: Once you have organised your new wardrobe, try out outfits or put outfits together on your bed and take photos. You can save these photos in an album on your phone so getting ready will be so much quicker and your outfits will always be chic! Plus any piece you can’t fit into an outfit can go into the no pile.

Step #8: DISCARD. Anything that ended up in your no pile you can donate or resell.

Step #9: ENJOY. Take a step back and enjoy your new wardrobe!

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Méid By You Cocktail

As the weather is starting to get warmer and we are coming into a bank holiday weekend, we wanted to dedicate this week’s blog post to our signature cocktail.

The Méid Margarita

We put a fruity twist on the classic Margarita by making it strawberry. Why not have a refreshing Frozen Margarita to get us in the summer mood…

Méid Denim’s Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Recipe and method below: Serves 2

110ml of Tequila

55ml Orange liquor (Triple sec/Cointreau)

Juice of 1 Lime

200g Frozen/Fresh strawberries

Ice

1 tsp of sugar

Sugar/ Salt and limes to garnish

Blend all ingredients together and pour into a wine glass or cocktail glass.

Optional: Rub lime juice on the rim of each glass and dip the glass in sugar or salt. Garnish with a lime slice

Tip: Keep glasses in the fridge or freezer to keep your margarita cold.

Enjoy????