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Review: Top Banana Ketchup from Rubies In The Rubble

Review: Top Banana Ketchup from Rubies In The Rubble

Ahhh, ketchup. It’s the perfect partner to fries, burgers, hot-dogs… but it’s usually tomato. And it’s usually Heinz… So what if I told you that you could swap your usual red sauce for a saucy yellow number? I’m talking about… banana ketchup. Yes, as in, ketchup […]

Crispy Fried Salt and Pepper Banana Skins

Crispy Fried Salt and Pepper Banana Skins

Yes, salt and pepper banana skins. Like salt and pepper squid, but… minus the cephalopod. And minus the batter. This is an amazing topping for sweet potato mash or curries! And it’s a great recipe to reduce food waste. If you’re sat there wondering if […]

Minimalism: It’s Not About “Playing At Being Poor”

Minimalism: It’s Not About “Playing At Being Poor”

We’re long over-due another lengthy post about the relationship between people and possessions, so make yourself comfortable…! Because I want to talk to you about minimalism.

I love the idea of living more with less, however a recent article in the Guardian argues that minimalism is nothing more than privileged posturing; an attempt to prove your moral superiority by taking on the ‘virtue of poverty’ without actually being poor.

It’s a great article. It’s intelligently written, it’s well-structured and it brings to light the superficial nature of ‘Instagram Minimalism’. But, to me, it presents quite a narrow view of minimalism and misses the true essence of the movement.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely agree that minimalism arises from privilege. It absolutely does. Minimalism is all about trying to rid yourself of excesses so, by definition, minimalism comes from having more than you need. Which is a privilege.

However, to suggest that living with less is an insult to the poor is misguided. Having loads and loads of stuff is just as much of an insult. It’s true that “the only people who can ‘practice’ minimalism… are people upon whom it isn’t forced by financial or logistical circumstances”, but you can’t tell me that brazen overconsumption is somehow less insulting. If minimalism is saying “look at me, look at all the things I’ve refused to buy”, mass-consumerism is still saying “look at me, look at all the sparkly new things I’ve bought”.

Neither makes inequalities any less apparent.

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Interview With A Foodpreneur ~ Spare Fruit

Interview With A Foodpreneur ~ Spare Fruit

Worldwide, we throw away more than 1/3 of all the food we grow; with some countries wasting around half. There are a number of reasons for this, however one of the major factors is the demand for “unblemished produce”. Often, imperfect fruit and veg just […]

Must-Try Banana Skin Curry

Must-Try Banana Skin Curry

No, I haven’t lost my mind. You can eat banana skins! In the West, we’re generally unaware of this, but in South East Asia, banana peels are often used to make delicious curries and chutneys. And why wouldn’t you!? Cooked banana skins are really yummy. […]

Review: Goodlife – Making Veg The Star of the Show

Review: Goodlife – Making Veg The Star of the Show

I’m all for cooking from scratch. But sometimes, it’s nice to just whip something out of the freezer! Especially things that I don’t tend to make myself at home.

Goodlife have been producing delicious vegetarian meals for over 25 years and offer a wide range of vegan and vegetarian products such as bean burgers, veggie sausages, vegetable kievs and falafel, all of which can be cooked from frozen.

I’m not really one for ‘meat substitutes’, so I’m glad that Goodlife share my view that vegetables should be the star of the show! Although many of their products are inspired by things that are usually made with meat, they are unashamedly veg-focused. Just how I like it!

So Goodlife have commissioned me to review three of their current products – their mushroom kievs, their french bean sausages and their falafel. I know. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

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Slow Cooker Aubergines in a Chilli-Lime Marinade

Slow Cooker Aubergines in a Chilli-Lime Marinade

Aubergines (or eggplants) or not everybody’s favourite vegetable. When aubergine is cooked wrong, it can be tough, bitter and rubbery. Another common complaint against aubergines is that they soak up oil like a sponge. But fear not, I’m here to provide solutions to your aubergine-related […]

Nourishing Our Nation: An Interview with UKHarvest

Nourishing Our Nation: An Interview with UKHarvest

I may have mentioned it before but… FOOD WASTE IS A BIG PROBLEM. And the UK is one of the worst offenders. Everyone is responsible for food waste. Latest figures suggest that households (that’s you and me) were responsible for wasting a whopping 4.4 million tonnes of […]

14 Glorious Garlic Recipes for People Who Really Love Garlic

14 Glorious Garlic Recipes for People Who Really Love Garlic

If you’re like me and no amount of garlic is ever enough, I have a treat for you. The most gloriously garlicky garlic recipes on the internet (probably) – you’re gonna love them!

Garlic’s powers are said to range from treating ailments to repelling vampires and it’s rumoured to have been used throughout the ages as currency and even as an aphrodisiac. Garlic breath, an aphrodisiac! Who knew!?

But we all know why we really love garlic – the flavour. I think the most garlicky garlic I ever had was in the Czech Republic; the garlic I had there was so powerful, it was almost corrosive. And even that wasn’t too much for me.

I love garlic.

And you must do too, if you’re sat there reading this.

So, let’s get on with it then. 14 of the most glorious garlic recipes for the 14th February. For people that haven’t got anyone to kiss! Or for people that just don’t care…

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Review: The Optimum Pressure Cooker Pro

Review: The Optimum Pressure Cooker Pro

Slow cookers made a comeback in 2016 and our love for them shows no signs of abating. Why do we love slow cookers so much? Maybe it’s because they save us time or maybe it’s because they’re so economical. Either way, if you don’t already […]