Coconut oil

We are very excited to finally have coconut oil in stock and we are somewhat in love with this product.  Whether you are putting it on your skin, hair, dog or in your body, this product has become incredibly popular in recent years and with good reason.  But, as with any popular product, there is always a risk that popularity comes at a cost to someone or something along the way.  This post gives a bit of information about where our coconut oil comes from and what it can be used for.  Let us know what you think. Read more

Plastic Free Party Planning

Ok prepare yourself. Parties are probably one of the most contentious areas if you are trying to cut down your reliance on single use and it can make you really really unpopular if you aren’t careful.  Parties can be rife with single use plastic items and a truly plastic free party is rare. Read more

Wild garlic pesto

At this time of year you can often see (and smell!) wild garlic carpeting woodlands throughout the country.  This aromatic native herb comes out in abundance in the British spring time and, not surprisingly, it is edible.  It wasn’t until this year that I actually got around to using it and I am so impressed.  Risottos, curries and my personal favourite, pesto!  Wild garlic pesto is a bit of a ‘blow your socks off’ experience but definitely a taste worth sampling.  It will get rid of any wintery cobwebs and leave you invigorated and ready to go.  And it is really quick and easy to make. Read more

Sour dough

Sour dough

**Edit, We’ve changed the quantities of the flour and find it rises much better!**

Making sour dough is a labour of love.  It may be days between starting and finishing, but it is well worth the wait.  For some people, making sour dough is almost a meditative process.  You need to keep the starter alive between batches, feeding it and checking to see how quickly it is growing, putting it in the fridge, taking it out, and then finally extracting some to make into delicious bread.  So prepare yourself, this recipe does take time but it is tried and tested and the best of the different ones we have tried. This is a slightly modified version of Sarah Owen’s wonderful sourdough recipe.  Read more