August 2014 Archive

Make the most of summer produce

22 Aug 2014 11:08:08

Chutneys are a great way of preserving gluts of seasonal produce. Rather than letting windfalls go to waste, why not try our recipe for apple chutney.

Recipe for Apple Chutney

Chutney is great for preserving any gluts of summer produce. It originated in India and was usually a relish made from fresh fruits and spices. During the colonial era the British took it home and we’ve been making ever since.

This recipe for Apple Chutney is a delicious way of using up any excess windfall apples. It tastes particularly good with cheese or cold meats.

Ingredients:

    - 1½ kg cooking apples, peeled and diced
    - 750g light muscovado sugar
    - 500g raisins
    - 2 medium onions, finely chopped
    - 2 tsp mustard seeds
    - 2 tsp ground ginger
    - 1 tsp salt
    - 700ml cider vinegar


Method:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over a medium heat, then simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, for 30-40 mins, or until thick and pulpy. Remove from the heat, leave to cool and transfer to sterilised, clean, dry jars and seal.

Apple Chutney
Apple Chutney

If you’ve got any replies for chutney that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you!

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Exclusive online sale: 50% off selected footwear - Limited time only

22 Aug 2014 10:27:42

Grab yourself a fantastic bargain and get 50% off selected footwear while stocks last! Offer ends 2nd September...

Grab yourself a fantastic bargain and get 50% off selected footwear while stocks last! Offer ends 2nd September and stock is limited so you need to be quick!

Choose from stretchy Spice in Latte, stylish Athena and smart Becki. For men we’re offering 50% off our bestselling Russ and Dominic! You can also get 50% off selected colours in Paradise, Heaven, Ellie, Eve & Sandy!

Don’t delay – order today! Offer ends at 11.59pm on 2nd September and while stocks last.

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Happy shopping!

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Are men’s feet getting bigger?

18 Aug 2014 12:15:27

It’s not only women who need wide fitting footwear. Men also suffer from common foot problems such as swelling, hammer toes and bunions...

It’s not only women who need wide fitting footwear. Men also suffer from common foot problems such as swelling, hammer toes and bunions. And according to the College of Podiatry, men’s feet are getting broader as well as longer, increasing by an average of two sizes over the past four decades. Today, the average male wears a UK size 10 compared with a size 8 shoe 40 years ago.

One of reasons behind this change it that our bodies are getting bigger and with that extra weight to carry, it is not surprising that feet are spreading. A poll of 2,000 British adults conducted by the college found that more than 60 per cent of men said their feet had got wider over the years.

That’s because increased weight gain places more pressure on the feet and means ligaments and joints need to work harder to maintain the foot's structure and keep you mobile. Over time if someone is gaining weight, the feet splay to try and accommodate the increased pressure, which can cause pain, lead to mobility issues and increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis in the lower limb joints.

In the study carried out by the College of Podiatry, more than a third of men admitted buying shoes that didn't fit properly. Shoes with a narrow "toe box," the industry term for the front part of the shoe, can push the big toe in and create or accelerate a bunion so it’s important to wear shoes with enough room to accommodate feet comfortably.

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Oapschat - 16th August 2014

18 Aug 2014 09:32:04

Keeping our toenails neat and our underfoot callouses under control is something we take for granted when we're relatively young and able bodied...

Caring For Feet: http://www.oapschat.co.uk/25-health/well-being/185-caring-for-feet

Cosyfeet Podiatry Award

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50connect Article - 13th August 2014

15 Aug 2014 11:42:56

During the summer months our feet become particularly susceptible to ware and tear because of the hotter and dryer conditions. Here's how you can avoid it...

Skin and foot care: http://www.50connect.co.uk/articles/skin-and-foot-care

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Choosing a style that’s best for you

14 Aug 2014 08:56:58

Cosyfeet has a large range of women’s wide shoes so how should you go about choosing a style that’s right for you?

Cosyfeet has a large range of women’s wide shoes so how should you go about choosing a style that’s right for you?

A lace up style gives a very secure fit and also offers plenty of support and adjustment. Touch-fastening straps probably offer the most scope for adjustment and are ideal if tying laces is a problem due a medical condition such as arthritis. Strap extensions are also available if your feet are exceptionally swollen. They lengthen the touch-fastening strap giving you even more fitting flexibility.

RelaxRelax - Teal

In terms of materials, leather is probably the most traditional and hardwearing. If you have bunions as well as swollen feet, you may want to consider our stretchy Elastane styles. They won’t put pressure on painful joints or swelling as they gently mould to your foot shape. Our fabric shoes are great for sensitive feet as they are very soft and accommodating.

If you need to wear shaped insoles or orthotics we advise you to look for styles that are especially deep or have removable insoles.

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Trouble bru-ing for thirsty Glasgow dog

13 Aug 2014 10:49:32

Vets at PDSA’s Glasgow pet hospital came to the rescue of a dog that was rushed in as an emergency after getting its jaw stuck in a can of Irn Bru.

An unusual case for the PDSA

Darcey

It might be known as ‘Scotland’s other national drink’ but it seems even local pets can take a fancy to the fizzy drink.

Miniature Dachshund Darcey managed to get her paws on an empty can during a family gathering at her owner Janette Gallacher’s home in the city. But the party lost its sparkle after the can became lodged in her mouth, and the poor pup started to bleed.

Janette Gallacher, (69), said that after attempts to gently remove the can from Darcey’s tiny mouth failed, they rushed her to PDSA’s Glasgow Shamrock Street PetAid hospital for help.

PDSA vet Susie Hermit said it was one of the most unusual cases vets at the site have ever come across:

“We see all sorts of cases here at PDSA but I’ve never seen a dog with its jaw stuck in a can before!” She said.

“We could see that Darcey was bleeding and was in lots of distress. The can was so firmly wedged that we had to sedate her in order to remove it to prevent any further damage and make sure that Darcey wasn’t too uncomfortable when we took the can off her jaw. She was very lucky that no permanent damage was done, as the inside of the can was very sharp and it could have caused substantial damage to the lining of her mouth and her tongue.”

Janette said she was extremely grateful for the care her beloved dog received from PDSA vets and said Darcey had now gone on to make a full recovery.

She said: “Darcey is back to her usual cheerful self now. When I told friends about it they couldn’t believe it. It was very worrying at the time.

“We’re very careful when we bring out the Irn Bru now.”

Darcey
Darcey with her owner Janette Gallacher and PDSA vet Susie Hermit

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FREE Foot Scrub Brush with any Bath Board order

13 Aug 2014 10:39:10

For a limited time, we're offering a FREE Long Handled Foot Scrub Brush with Pumice (worth £12) with every order of the Surefoot 2-in-1 Easy-fit Bath & Shower Board.

Our Surefoot 2-in-1 Easy-fit Bath & Shower Board helps you get in and out of the bath safely and easily. It adjusts simply to fit all baths (except corner) and won't move once it's locked into place. The sturdy handles give added confidence and it has a perforated surface for easy drainage.

For a limited time, we're offering a FREE Long Handled Foot Scrub Brush with Pumice (worth £12) with every order of the Surefoot 2-in-1 Easy-fit Bath & Shower Board. The soft bristle brush is perfect for getting your skin clean while the pumice can be used to gently wear away calluses and remove dry skin. The long handle means it's ideal if you find it difficult to reach and bend. It's also great for scrubbing backs and hard to reach areas!

To take advantage of this great offer, simply add the Surefoot 2-in-1 Easy-fit Bath & Shower Board to your basket and we'll automatically send you a FREE Long Handled Foot Scrub Brush with Pumice worth £12. Offer available while stocks last or until 31st October 2014. Not available for overseas delivery.

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Purchase the Surefoot 2-in-1 Easy-fit Bath & Shower Board (SFBB) before the end of October and receive a free Long Handled Foot Scrub Brush with Pumice worth £12 with your order. Offer available while stocks last or until 31st October 2014. The Foot Scrub Brush will be included with your Bath Board. No offer code is required. If you are returning items for a refund, all items must be returned to qualify. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Please note: This item is not available for overseas delivery.

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July 2014 Review Entry

13 Aug 2014 09:34:54

Mrs Pamela Carpenter from Cumbria has won a £50 Cosyfeet voucher for submitting a product review in July. Well done Pamela!

Mrs Pamela Carpenter from Cumbria has won a £50 Cosyfeet voucher for submitting a product review in July.

Well done Pamela!

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July 2014 Newsletter Competition

13 Aug 2014 09:20:02

Helen Craigs from Northumberland has won a High Vision Reading Table Lamp (worth £49.50) for finding 9 of Britain’s most common garden birds in the Cosyfeet July Newsletter word search.

Helen Craigs from Northumberland has won a High Vision Reading Table Lamp (worth £49.50) for finding 9 of Britain’s most common garden birds in the Cosyfeet July Newsletter word search.

Well done Helen!

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