Mum’s three-ingredient tagliatelle recipe will help you beat pasta shortages

The coronavirus pandemic has caused supermarket shoppers to panic.

Some have stockpiled goods, leaving shelves empty of essential items.

Bread can be tricky to come by at the moment – so recently, we shared an easy way to make it yourself.

Pasta is another dinnertime staple that’s difficult to find in stores.

But thankfully, this is another dish you can throw together without much effort.

On Facebook, a mum revealed how to make tagliatelle – and you don’t even need to use a pasta maker.

The recipe only requires three ingredients – eggs, flour and salt.

On the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group, the home cook explained: “If you are struggling for pasta but have in eggs, flour and salt you can always make homemade pasta.

“Two cups of plain flour, three large eggs and half a teaspoon of salt will make three small bowls or two large bowls of fresh pasta.

“Great fun to do and great if kids are off too.”

To make the recipe, create a well with your flour and crack in your eggs into the middle of them.

Season the mixture, before pulling your flour in from the sides and mixing with the eggs.

Knead and form a dough – and when that’s done, you can cut out your tagliatelle and boil in salted water for a few minutes.

The mum added: “We decided to make tagliatelle which if you have a pasta machine can be quite quick.

“If you don’t have a pasta machine use a rolling pin and we also used a pizza cutter to make long strands.

“Also when we couldn’t get some strands thin we actually cut them out first and then rolled it again which helped!

“You can also cut the dough into little squares and pinch them in the middle to make bows if you prefer this.”

The easy recipe has gone down a treat on Facebook, where it racked up 7,200 likes.

Hundreds of foodies also took the time to leave a comment.

One responder wrote: “Great recipe and tip. Would love to try it.”

Another said: “Something to do with the kids – it is fun I must say.”

And a third added: “Thank you. Life-saver.”

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How to help children who are grieving a parent on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is traditionally a time to spend time with loved ones to show mums how much we appreciate them.

However, when a parent has died occasions like Mother’s Day can feel difficult to manage for those grieving.

For younger children, it can also be particularly hard to navigate the feelings surrounding school or nursery activities during this time.

Busy Bees Nurseries has been supporting Child Bereavement UK since January 2018.

As they enter into their third year of partnership, the nursery group wants to use this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the important support the charity provides.

Busy Bees and Child Bereavement UK’s Bereavement Support Team have put together some practical tips on how to to support bereaved children around Mother’s Day.

1) Keep talking

Your child may hear other children talking about their mother and feel excluded, upset or confused.

It’s likely that they’ll have questions about why their loved one is no longer here, so try to answer these honestly and openly, using age-appropriate language.

While it’s natural to want to protect them from upsetting conversations, children are generally more able to deal with difficult truths than we may think.

From a young age, children are able to use the words ‘alive’ and ‘dead’, although they may not understand the permanence of death.

Avoid using phrases like ‘lost’, ‘passed away’ or ‘gone to sleep’, which can be confusing to children.

It can be useful to check your child’s understanding as you talk to them, and be prepared to repeat explanations and information in more detail if your child needs it.

Teachers and relatives may be asked similar questions, so offer the above guidance across your child’s support systems, to reduce conflicting explanations and ensure consistency.

2) Create memories

Doing something in memory of the special person can be a positive way to mark the occasion.

Perhaps you could cook the late parent's favourite meal, look at photos, or visit a place that reminds you of them with your child.

Creating a memory jar or drawing a special picture can also be great ways to mark the day, while also offering a chance to open a conversation around how your child is feeling.

3) There’s no right or wrong way

Don’t put yourself under pressure to stick to a plan, or to conform to what others expect of you.

Some families supported by Child Bereavement UK say that they get comfort from creating new family traditions, such as taking part in fun activities, while others prefer to have a quieter day.

Ask your child how they would like to spend their time, and include them in making choices about how they’d like to remember the person who has died.

4) Involving your child’s nursery or school

As well as discussing more general topics, it can be useful to speak to your child’s carers about how they will manage any activities around special occasions, so that your child doesn’t feel excluded or upset.

For instance, would they like to join in and make a card to remember their mum, or would they prefer to make a card for another family member instead?

Even if your child wants to do something completely different, ensuring they feel included and have choices, as well as knowing what to expect can help to reduce any feeling of isolation.

Each child will feel different, and it’s important to remember that there are no rules on how to grieve.

At Busy Bees, educators know that they have access to the professional guidance and support from Child Bereavement UK, should they need it, and are on hand to support parents in accessing help for themselves or their child.

Check with your child’s school or nursery to find out if there are any resources or support available.

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals both when a baby or child of any age dies, and when a child is facing bereavement.

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Ensuring families have the support they need to help rebuild their lives, as well as accessible guidance and information, the charity also provides training for professionals and organisations to bridge the gaps that exist in bereavement support.

Confidential support, information and guidance is offered to both families and professionals through a national helpline. For bereavement support and information, please call 0800 02 888 40.

To find out more information about the support available, for parents, children and educators, visit

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Sexy real estate broker quits job to become £500 per hour dominatrix

A woman has quit her job as an estate agent to become a £500 per hour dominatrix.

Zoe Noir, 28, grew tired of her office job as an estate broker in London.

Now, she dominates men for a living and says that some of her clients are married CEOs.

The sexy dom got the idea from an article she read about the work when in Los Angeles.

So, she decided to try the career herself.

Zoe went online and signed up to a BDSM website and was quickly hired by submissive men to dominate them.

Then, in 2016, she quit her second job – running a wellness company – to become a full-time dominatrix.

The young woman is self-taught and often travels to BDSM hotspot Prague in the Czech Republic to pick up tips from the experts.

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Today, she works at a BDSM studio in London, but often travels around the globe practicing her leather-clad career.

One day she hopes to open her own BDSM studio.

Her time doesn’t come cheaply, as she charges between £300 and £500 per session dependant on time and services required.

She said: "Before becoming a dominatrix, I had a career in the corporate world as an estate broker which ultimately wasn't my calling.

"I remember feeling frustrated, bored and miserable working in the corporate world – just sitting at a desk and filing papers on auto-pilot.

"I was earning a good salary, but I'd have to work forty-five hours a week. I certainly make more money as a dominatrix – working less and actually being able to enjoy my life.”

Zoe continued: “Now, I earn enough to live a comfortable life in London – to invest in myself, travel often, and to have a freedom of choice.

"Today my life is very different to how it used to be four years ago even though being a dominatrix is definitely not an easy job."

She added that she was fascinated about the dynamics between a dominant and submissive.

Zoe said: “I knew it would be something I'd be comfortable with due to my naturally dominant personality, my interest in human behaviour, and the connection between mind and sexuality.

"I wasn't surprised that bossing around and demanding things from a man was something that came natural to me."

The 28-year-old brunette does want to remove some misconceptions about her job.

Mainly, she says that she doesn’t have sex with her clients.

Zoe said: "As a dominatrix, I do not offer sexual intercourse during my sessions to maintain a level of dominance and power.

"I never get naked or even partially naked because my body is generally covered by latex or leather."

She added: “People think we hate men. This can't be further from the truth.

"I enjoy putting men in uncomfortable positions where they're able to lose a sense of control for a short period of time.

"I love to challenge them by pushing their boundaries and by demanding things from them.”

Zoe claims that there are a lot of first timers between the age of 25 and 30 who are students and young professionals.

She also has sessions with older experienced submissive men who have more money to spend.

She claimed: “They are usually CEOs, entrepreneurs, or have a management role. They're usually in their late thirties to forties.

"I feel much more confident about myself as a woman. I'm not afraid of demanding what I want and how exactly I want something to happen.”

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Zoe said that her friends and family are supportive of her career and added: “They always say I was a dominatrix even before actually becoming one.”

Despite this, the stunner said that she doesn’t practice BDSM in her own sex life as she likes to keep her alter ego separate from her relationships.

Zoe claims that she never faces negative comments from “haters” but that she wouldn’t care if she did.

She said: “I am the kind of person who has genuinely never cared about other people's opinions."

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Miss Global England who felt ‘ugly’ because of acne shares perfectly clear skin

A pageant queen showed off her skin transformation after her acne was so bad that she couldn’t leave the house.

Ashleigh Wild, 22, from Poulton, Lancs., began using a drug called Roaccutane, which has been linked to depression and suicidal thoughts, six months.

Roaccutane is prescription only and is heavily monitored by doctors following studies that one in five people are affected by the side effects.

The model first opened up about her problem with her skin in September, when she shared a bare-faced selfie with her 37,300 followers on Instagram.

She captioned the photo: “Unless you’ve suffered with acne, you won’t understand how much it can affect you, both mentally and physically."

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She continued: “From not being able to touch my face without it hurting, to not wanting to leave the house in fear I’m ugly, my acne has taken over my life.

“After trying everything on the market and receiving a message off a troll about the state of my skin, I’ve finally taken the plunge and started Roaccutane.

“For years I have put off this medication of how strong and potent it is, but after seeing the results that come after the side effects, it was a no brainer.”

Ashleigh finished her post by asking her followers to “be kind, always”.

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The model has now completed her treatment and just returned from competing at the Miss Global pageant in Mexico.

After years of trying all sorts of remedies, Ashleigh, who suffered from acne at the age of 12, turned to Roaccutane.

However, there is still a chance that the model’s acne could return.

She told Femail: “Throughout my whole treatment I barely wore make-up because it was me embracing me.

“Those suffering with acne, don't let it knock your confidence because everyone suffers with something and whether it's acne or mental health or other things I always say some people have allergies some people have acne it's just part of you.

“If I can give a message to them and let it be passed on that's my goal.”

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Greggs tweet photo that ‘should be illegal’ and fans demand it be taken down

The bakery, Greggs is a beloved British brand adored up and down our great nation.

Whether you’re a thrilled vegan downing meat-free sausage rolls and steak bakes by the dozen, or a fan of their varied sweet treats – a recent Twitter post could leave you feeling uncomfortable.

The company tweeted a snap from their headquarters which lead to followers calling it “blasphemy” and demanding the controversial photo be deleted.

In a hilarious Twitter thread, the bakery tweeted a reply to the question: “What feels illegal, but isn’t?”

They tweeted a photo which called attention to the way that we eat our sausage rolls… and the way that we shouldn’t.

The photo featured their crispy, golden sausage roll laid down on a Greggs bag with a big bite taken… right out of the middle of the roll!

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Angry Twitter users said that eating a sausage roll in such a way went against basic common sense.

They were whipped up into a frenzy by the post.

One said, simply: “Reported’.

Another cried: “Such blasphemy!”

A third demanded: “Delete this.”

While a fourth stated: “blocked”.

If you happen to be a person who doesn’t eat their sausage rolls the traditional top-down way, then you may want to keep schtum.

It's not safe for you here.

It recently appeared that there is one place in the UK which might not love Greggs as much as the rest of us do after their store in Cornwall closed down.

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The only Cornwall branch of the chain, which opened in Saltash in September 2018, was closed down after locals labelled it “junk” and “Satan’s franchise”.

Ann Muller, a pasty maker with 35 years of experience and owner of Ann's Pasties, said: "I've never been to a Greggs and I don't know what they're like".

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