01 Sep

Sardine, White Bean and Red Onion Salad

2 tins sardine fillets in oil

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp English mustard

A pinch of sugar

400g tin white beans, such as cannellini, drained and rinsed

1 small red onion, finely sliced

1 heaped tbsp parsley, finely chopped

Salt and black pepper

1. Drain the sardines, keeping a tablespoon of the oil. Mix this with the olive oil, lemon juice and mustard. Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar then whisk or shake together to make a creamy dressing.
2. Break the sardines into chunks and put them in a bowl. Add the rinsed beans, the onion and parsley and toss together.
3. Whisk or shake the dressing again, pour over the salad and mix well. Serve with crusty chunks of bread.

via Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at The Guardian

01 Sep

Steven Covey on ‘Sharpening the Saw’

The following is taken from Chapter 7 of Steven Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Hightly Effective People‘. This is the framework for my own weekly ‘Sharpen the Saw’ posts.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

  • Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
  • Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
  • Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
  • Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Sharpen the Saw keeps you fresh so you can continue to practice the other six habits. You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Feeling good doesn’t just happen. Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. It’s all up to you. You can renew yourself through relaxation. Or you can totally burn yourself out by overdoing everything. You can pamper yourself mentally and spiritually. Or you can go through life oblivious to your well-being. You can experience vibrant energy. Or you can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. You can revitalize yourself and face a new day in peace and harmony. Or you can wake up in the morning full of apathy because your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. Just remember that every day provides a new opportunity for renewal–a new opportunity to recharge yourself instead of hitting the wall. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, and skill.