10 Mothers’ Day Gift Ideas

As a new Mother I have a new appreciation for all the amazing stuff my Mum did for me, which is making me more grateful to her than usual this year. Mothers’ Day is the perfect opportunity to show that wonderful woman in your life how you feel. BUT, as with all celebrations in this modern age, it can be easy to get sucked into the overly commercialised world of consumerism. Shops tell us that for our Mum to know how much we love her, we need to spend lots of money on things she probably doesn’t like or need. If your Mum is anything like mine, the buying of pointless presents probably frustrates rather than delights her. Read more


Chocolate brownie

Ultimate chocolate brownie

This recipe is everything you could want from a brownie.  Moist, rich, gooey and incredibly chocolate-ey!  I’m often disappointed by commercial brownies as they are overwhelmingly sweet when really, I’m looking for something which will satisfy my chocolate craving.  This recipe delivers every time.  You can replace the walnuts with something else if you prefer, other nuts, cranberries, chocolate chips, etc.

Ingredients:

185g sunflower oil (available to refill in store)
185g dark chocolate
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
3 free range eggs
250g caster sugar
100g walnut pieces

Method:

Turn the oven on to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray.
Melt the chocolate and mix with the oil, flour and cocoa powder until there are no lumps.
Whisk the eggs with the sugar until thick and creamy. Add to the chocolate mix.
Stir in the walnuts.
Transfer the brownie mixture to your baking tray. Bake for 25 minutes until the surface is shiny and papery. If you can resist, leave to cool before removing from the tin and cutting.
Enjoy!


pulled jackfruit wrap

Pulled jackfruit wraps

Oh this meal is so good. I am a recent convert to jackfruit but I am convinced this meal will delight meat eaters and vegans alike. The jackfruit gives a wonderful texture and the flavours of the sauce are lovely. It does take a bit of planning to make the wraps but definitely worth it. And be warned, it is more filling than you would think! Two wraps each was plenty for us but this recipe makes enough for eight wraps (four people). Read more


Christmas gift giving guide

Christmas is a wonderful time of year.  I get a warm fuzzy feeling every year when we put the fairy lights up, but it is often accompanied by no small amount of stress.  A major cause of this can be gift giving.  Whether your household goes all out and gets lots of presents, or if you are more modest and have a secret santa set up, it can sometimes feel impossible to find the right gift.  This becomes even more challenging once you start looking into environmental credentials and suddenly, it can feel like you can’t get them anything.  No one wants to give an unwanted gift so we need to think carefully about what gifts to give and avoid falling into the consumerism trap.  Well fear not, here we have some Natural Weigh approved tips and guilt free gift giving advice. Read more


Palm oil

Palm oil

In the last couple of years, palm oil has jumped to become a major consumer concern but there is a lot of misinformation or lack of clarity on the issue of its use. This post sets out what palm oil is and why it is a cause for concern but also what the advantages of this product are over other alternatives. We also set out what to look for if you are trying to avoid it.

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Baked beans

The original baked beans

Conventional tinned baked beans are widely considered a cheap, quick, easy meal but I rarely hear them described as delicious. And I don’t think many people consider them to be particularly nutritious. These baked beans are different! Packed full of flavour and with plenty of vegetables, they make a hearty, filling meal and, similar to their conventional cousins, they can be cheap, quick and easy to make. Perfect at this time of year too when so many of the ingredients are in season. Read more