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Plant based big taste from Ape Snacks [AD]

Across the UK, vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets are on the rise. For some, there is an ethical issue with consuming meat. Not knowing where it comes from or how the animals were treated. Others cut back on meat and dairy for health reasons. Then, there’s climate change. We are repeatedly told that meat is terrible for the environment and decreasing the amount we eat could have a huge impact on global warming. Whatever the reasoning, many people are looking for quick, tasty plant based snacks. That’s where Ape come in. I’ve teamed up with Ape and Mumsnet to tell…

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Mindful chef recipe boxes: review

Eating healthily always seems like such a good idea. Cooking from scratch and using fresh ingredients. Eating more vegetables and avoiding processed food. But then, you realise there are a few things you need from the shop and you’re short of time. So, it’s much easier to grab something quick. Pizza, pasta. Oodles of carbs. And the cycle of eating mindlessly continues. In 2015, Mindful Chef set out to change all this. They deliver all the ingredients you need to follow the recipes you choose. All healthy, fresh and high quality food. About Mindful Chef Mindful chef describe themselves as…

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Mushroom stew with Opies Pickled Walnuts

When Opies asked me to create a recipe using pickled walnuts, I looked around for inspiration. I enjoy pickled walnuts but I’ve only ever had them on their own as part of a buffet. I’d never thought of cooking with them. When I looked for recipes, lots of people were using them with a meaty stew. I could see the attraction, the pickled walnuts would cut through a flavourful broth and give it some extra depth. A vegetarian stew with basic ingredients We’re vegetarian and eat vegan as much as possible. So, I decided to create a “meaty” stew that…

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Christmas gifts for foodies

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts for the foodies in your life, you’ve come to the right place. It’s easy to think that children can’t be foodies, but that’s not the case. My girls love food. Eating, cooking and watching anything to do with food. So, there are a few ideas here that are for adults only but there are also a few that would be great for little ones. Little Cooks Co Subscription Box My children love to cook but I really struggle to find the time to bake with them. The beauty of a subscription box is that…

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The Boxing Hare restaurant in the Cotswolds: Review

One of the most difficult things about travelling as a family with a dog is finding places to eat. Often, dog friendly restaurants are cheap and cheerful. Or the more upmarket ones don’t cater for children. It was a bit of a relief to discover The Boxing Hare at Swerford, near Chipping Norton when we visited the Cotswolds on a short break. Fabulous food in a welcoming, family friendly atmosphere. They have a lovely dog friendly area too. About The Boxing Hare It’s always refreshing to arrive somewhere I’m due to review and be greeted by someone who can’t wait…

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