Category Archives: Food

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Children naughty? have they had a fruit shoot?

Fruit shoots are marketed as a children’s soft drink, they are sold everywhere, offered by well-meaning parents in packed lunches and even given out on school trips. Not to mention the copious toddlers who I see with them hanging out their mouths whilst in the pram. I guess they are popular because of the bottle size, the ease in which to close and reopen the bottle and the fact it’s got ‘fruit’ in it. I am also amused by the low sugar claim on the bottle when although correct they omit to add ‘full of sweeteners instead’

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Places to eat review, Whale tail cafe.

Whale tail cafe,  78a Penny St, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1XN
Wednesday 2.30

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Places to eat review – Earth cafe

Places to eat review:

Earth cafe 16-20 Turner Street Manchester.UK

Tuesday 1.00pm

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Places to eat review – Odd

Places to eat review:

Odd, 30-32 Thomas street, Manchester, UK

Tuesday 11.30

I ordered the veggie breakfast. There was an option to have tofu instead of egg for vegans.

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All about Thyme and how amazing it is!

I love herbs!

I use them in cooking, in remedies, in potions for the bath and skin, I love infusing them in oil and drying them for winter, I have a cracking collection now which has been easy to build up over the past few years. My favourite is always Thyme, this grows year round even when it’s snowing and doesn’t need drying out to store, it’s also very hardy, can last for days without watering even in hot weather, grows well in shade and poor soil too although I like to put my coffee grounds on the soil for an extra boost and comes in all different types, I have lemon thyme ( which hasn’t grown as abundantly as I would like) and English Thyme.

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Got an allotment? a beginners guide

I often get asked how do you know where to start when you are given an allotment, sometimes it can be overwhelming, especially if the plot is large and overgrown.

There are 3 different types of allotment growing styles from my perspective,

1.The uniform, weed free, everything measured and in lines allotment.

2. The raised beds, kind of tidy but with extra plants type

3. The free range, eco, grow everything mixed in type.

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Elderberries – fight flu for free!

Sambucus nigra or the black elderberry is a plant native to Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia

The elder tree is amazing, it’s a small to medium sized tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall. It is found in hedgerows, down leafy lanes and in dappled wooded areas. It flowers from May onwards and the black/purple berries appear in August.

It is a brilliant plant as you can use the flowers and the berries for culinary and medicinal purposes. Make sure the berries are ripe before using (a dark purple).

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The benefts and many uses of coconut oil

We love coconut oil here at NWF, it really is the bomb!

We use it in cooking, on our skin, hair and oil pull with it too. Check out these handy posters for more uses and benefits. If you can buy organic coconut oil as its more pure.

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How great and all from a coconut!

We also use coconut milk in curries, puddings and it is especially nice with porridge.

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Its one of the best fats to cook with too as it doesn’t turn rancid when heated either.

Top 4 versatile herbs to grow

We love herbs here at Naked Wild and Free and have a lovely collection growing in our garden but we tend to keep going back again and again to the same few for cooking, medicinal purposes and to use on our bodies, garden and home.

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Herbs are valued for their flavour, scent and healing properties. When you grow your own herbs you will save a lot of money and enjoy the benefits of having them at hand just by your kitchen. They are so versatile too!

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Top 15 organic food you must buy

organic vegWhen shopping on a budget but wanting to do the best for you and your family, it is sometimes difficult to balance things out so this handy chart above is brilliant.

It is a reminder to the fruit and veg that is most important to buy organic with the highest pesticides and the ones that are less risky.

We always try to buy as much organic food as possible, but we also know how sometimes there is rent and bills to pay. You have to make the best decision and priorities. So I would say do your best and don’t feel bad if one week you can’t get organic everything, just try to stick to the chart.

You could even print it out and keep it in your bag for shopping trips.

If you do buy non organic fruits and veg you can soak them in the sink with water and cider vinegar for 10 minutes to get rid of some more pesticide residue.