Natural Weigh’s first birthday

On a snowy day in March 2018, we first opened our doors as Natural Weigh – Wales’ first zero waste shop. It was scary and exciting in equal measure and we can’t really believe it has been a whole year since that first day. But here we are, March 2019, and what a year it has been. We wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on all the amazing things which have happened over the past 12 months and to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been in to see us and shop with us. It is down to all of you that Natural Weigh has been a success and we are overwhelmingly grateful for your support and enthusiasm.
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Coconut & cashew biscuits

They may not look pretty but these lumpy little biscuits are delicious and a firm favourite with Rob.  Plus they go perfectly with a coffee. Thank you to Gail for donating this recipe (although I have doctored it slightly according to what I had in my cupboards).  Makes 6 biscuits so double up if you are catering for more.
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Shepherd-less pie

Let’s face it, it’s cold outside and Christmas is over. We all want nourishing, comforting food at this time of year. Well, this shepherd-less pie is just the thing to satisfy your comfort cravings. Vegan and gluten-free too and all the ingredients are available plastic free. This will make enough pie for 6 hungry people or 8 more moderately sized portions.

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What to do with unwanted Christmas gifts

Merry After-Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

For us, Christmas is the season to spend quality time with friends and family (and to eat copious amounts of chocolate :P) but it also includes the chance to give loved ones gifts and to receive ones in return. Hopefully, you have all received delightful and enchanting gifts this festive season, but perhaps there are one or two which you aren’t quite sure whether you will use. According to figures released by, around 60% of people in the UK expect to receive unwanted gifts, amounting to around 81 million unwanted items every year. One in 10 of these unwanted gifts is expected to end up in landfill.

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Rye chocolate brownies

Rye is not the typical flour I would use for baking, particularly not for sweet baking, so when the lovely folks at Talgarth Mill (you know them, they have a traditional water mill and provide us our wholemeal, rye and spelt flours) gave us this recipe I had to give it a go myself.  And…I can honestly say it was a pleasant surprise.  The rye works really well with the chocolate in these brownies.  I did use less chocolate than the original recipe and it turned out great. Read more

Homemade mincemeat

I often feel mincemeat is the herald of Christmas time.  It benefits from being made a good few weeks in advance of the event (the longer the better) but the homemade stuff is worth waiting for.  As well as being much more delicious, when you make mincemeat yourself, you know exactly what has gone into it, can leave out anything you don’t want, and, even better, you can reuse a jar to keep waste down! Read more