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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 […]

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.

Cooked banana skins are actually really yummy. Plus, throwing them away instead of eating them is essentially just… throwing money in the bin.

You may as well eat the food you’ve bought. Right?

So, back to banana peels. Unlike the actual bananas themselves, banana skins are savoury. They make a great snack – fried until crispy, with a little garlic, salt and chilli powder. You can also sprinkle these crispy fried peels on top of curries or on sweet potato mash.

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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 […]

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 food that could have been eaten in 2015 alone. That’s not including scraps, like vegetable peelings, egg shells and apple cores.

But supermarkets and other businesses also waste an incredible amount of food. It’s been reported in the press that UK supermarkets throw away 115,000 tonnes of perfectly good food each year. Remember that’s just the food that is perfectly good to eat.

It’s ridiculous.

Supermarkets are beginning to wake up to the food waste problem though, and are increasingly teaming up with food rescue charities, to help redistribute some of this surplus food to those in need. Although this is really just a sticking plaster on a gaping wound, no-one can argue that giving surplus food to the hungry isn’t a pragmatic short-term solution.

An estimated 8.4 million people in the UK worry about being able to put food on the table. With this in mind, I’ve been chatting with food rescue organisation UKHarvest to find out more about their mission to nourish our nation with surplus food.

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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 […]

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 […]

Garlic-Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Garlic-Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes look fancy, but are actually ridiculously easy to make. All you have to do is make vertical slits, around 2mm apart, three quarters of the way down each potato. Then pop them in the oven with some oil and in 45 minutes time… beautiful, crispy, fancy-looking potatoes are yours to devoouuuurrrrrr!

You certainly won’t find prettier potatoes. I love to make these as part of a roast dinner instead of standard roast potatoes, just because of the way they look, but you can also hasselback your jacket potatoes too. And sweet potatoes. And other hard vegetables like butternut squashes actually.

The oil permeates the hasselback potatoes, giving great flavour throughout. But you can always add some roasted garlic for a little extra oomph.

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Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Garlic Oil

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Garlic Oil

If you hadn’t noticed, I have a bit of a thing for rainbow vegetables. From purple sprouts to multi-coloured tomatoes, I can’t help but feel that vegetables look a lot more exciting when they come in a variety of colours. Cue these beautiful rainbow carrots. From […]