Swedes, celeriac and turnips – learning to love these humble roots

Eating seasonally in the UK isn’t so hard in the summer – from tomatoes and spinach to courgette and cucumber, our mild climate means we have an abundance of British-grown vegetables to choose from.  Then comes winter. Three months of damp, dark and drizzle and it’s hardly surprising that the only living things that canContinue reading “Swedes, celeriac and turnips – learning to love these humble roots”

Preparing the garden for spring – without digging

Gardeners have long been told that digging soil over winter will improve its quality. However, soil is teaming with life, including microorganisms, fungi, worms and much more. Digging soil disturbs life and damages soil structure, which in turn leads to soil erosion.  What’s more, the underground ecosystem is highly complex, and we are only just beginning toContinue reading “Preparing the garden for spring – without digging”

Simple Steps to a Zero Food Waste Christmas 

Food waste goes up significantly around Christmas time, with 2 million turkeys and 5 million Christmas puddings getting binned in the UK alone! But with bit of planning and preparation, it is possible to not throw away any food – here are our top tips… Don’t break the bank It’s easy to overbuy for theContinue reading “Simple Steps to a Zero Food Waste Christmas “

How long are foods safe after their ‘best before’ date?

Many foods are safe to eat long after their ‘best before’ date, according to a new report by WRAP. Foods stored correctly can remain perfectly good to eat for weeks, months or even years, the food waste charity says. Here’s how long they say different foods can remain edible after their ‘best before’ date:  🥐Baked goods: upContinue reading “How long are foods safe after their ‘best before’ date?”

Tackling garden weeds without chemicals

Weeds are just plants growing in the wrong place, but as they can compete with your crops for water, space, sunlight and nutrients, you’ll want to keep these in check in your garden. Here are our top tips for keeping weeds in check – without the use of chemicals that can harm wildlife and impactContinue reading “Tackling garden weeds without chemicals”

Ten tips for making the most of food

The average family of four can save £730 a year by reducing their food waste! Here are our top tips for reducing your food waste and pocketing the difference.   1. Turn your fridge down  The average fridge in UK homes is set to 7C, which is far too high for most foods, meaning they goContinue reading “Ten tips for making the most of food”

Do you dig it? Getting started with ‘no dig’ gardening

No dig refers to a gardening method where you avoid disturbing the soil, for example by digging or ploughing it. For the lazy gardeners among us, the idea of not having to spend hours doing back-breaking digging may sound too good to be true. However, this method can lead to high yields and the researchContinue reading “Do you dig it? Getting started with ‘no dig’ gardening”

Recipe: Sunday morning French toast

This dish is an excellent way to use up stale bread. French toast can be pan-cooked; this version is baked – all the more delicious but takes a little longer (Sunday morning breakfast?!) Ingredients 35g butter 200g brown sugar ⅓ loaf of bread, cut into thick slices 2 eggs 375 ml milk cinnamon & vanillaContinue reading “Recipe: Sunday morning French toast”

Recipe: plaited Easter bread

This sweet bread was my favourite part of Easter as a child. It’s a Swiss recipe and is similar to challah, a traditional Jewish bread. In my family we call it tresse, which means plait in French. Not only is it delicious, it’s also a great way to use up old/sour milk – see theContinue reading “Recipe: plaited Easter bread”