Salted caramel filled cookies

Salted caramel is one of my very favourite things so when I was approached to create a bespoke recipe using a vegan salted caramel sauce from Bad Brownie company I jumped at the chance. What better way to get the creative juices flowing than having a delicious new product to use as a starting point…

A Guide to Buying Olive Oil

I was approached by Jamie’s Italian to feature this rather gorgeously designed infographic on buying olive oil. As I’m a big fan of Jamie Oliver, especially since his recent affection for more plant-based foods in his cooking, I was happy to say yes. It’s also pretty useful and I’m certainly going to refer to it…

Essential Holiday Packing Guide

Does holiday packing stress you out too? With our holidays fast approaching I’m starting to fret about what we need to take with us, so I thought it would be handy to share my holiday checklist. It might settle my packing nerves which are slightly heightened this year due to a new destination country where…

Rice Up Wholefoods Co=operative, Southampton

Definitely worth a detour for: Rice Up Wholefoods Co-operative, Southampton I’ve only just found this awesome health food shop. No supplements for body builders here, just great, well chosen products for those with restricted or extremely healthy diets. It even has a deli counter with dairy and egg free ready made sandwiches, salads and cakes…

The Seed, Buckfastleigh, Devon

I’m always delighted to find an independent health food shop, especially one in such a tiny, cute town as Buckfastleigh. It was very unexpected in such a small place, and it was one minute’s walk from where we stayed. A most welcome find 🙂 Well stocked with plenty of dairy free cheeses and milks, gorgeous…

The Bran Tub, Petersfield

Health Shops, worth taking a detour for: The Bran Tub, Petersfield, Hampshire, UK This lovely, cavernous health food shop has been a regular pilgrimage for us – a true well stocked treasure trove which is always buzzing with customers. I’ve found some real hard to find gems here, from soya condensed milk to real dairy-free…

Free-from Chocolate Advent Calendar

All my daughters’ friends seem to have chocolate advent calendars. We usually have versions with toys behind each window, but since I really want to make sure they feel just like everyone else, I went on a mission to find a free-from variety. Moo-Free makes one that looks promising, but since it “may contain traces…

Pom-Bear Original Crisps now milk-free

Pom-bear crisps seem to be a favourite with children (or maybe just the adults that buy them for the children!) but have always been out of bounds to us as even the original, salted flavour contained milk. It seems that they’ve changed the recipe (but I’d still check the ingredients on every pack, just to…

Dairy and Nut Free Cocoa Powder – found at last

Tesco’s once again comes up trumps with an allergen free cocoa powder. I’d been buying cocoa powder in Marks and Spencer as it was the safest I’d found but it is still ‘made in a factory that uses milk’. Now Tesco will be the favoured supermarket (again) for cocoa powder… The only warning on the…

Warning: Ecover Camomile Washing Up Liquid contains milk

I was alerted to this rather surprising fact the other day. Ecover Camomile Washing Up liquid contains milk in the form of whey. Not exactly ideal if you have a dairy allergy, you don’t really want to be smearing the allergen all over your dishes whilst doing the washing up. I think an email to…