Ethical food and drink consumption might sound like some hippie idea when you first hear about it, but it could actually be something for you to consider. It doesn’t have to be hard work, and it can do a lot for the environment and the people who produce the food and drink you consume each day of the week. There are some things you should know before you get started, as well as some myths that need to be dispelled, so read on to find out more.

You Don’t Need to Grow a Thing…

Many people think about ethical consumption and they imagine people living on a communal farm producing their own food. However, that’s confusing ethical consumption with self-sufficiency. Those two things are not the same, and you don’t actually have to grow anything yourself if you want to consume more ethically going forward. Of course, you can if you want to but don’t be put off by this idea.

Know How the Animals Were Kept During Production…

Knowing how the animals were raised and how they were kept should be in your mind when you’re buying food. For example, egg-producing hens living on free range farms are treated far more ethically than those kept in battery cages. No one really wants to be complicit in the abuse of animals, but it’s so easy to be unless you make ethical decisions when shopping.

Use Brands That Are Open and Honest…

Some brands are very upfront about their ethical methods and procedures, and if they’ve got nothing to hide, why wouldn’t they be? Places like are very open about their policies, so this is a trait you should look for in all the companies you buy from. There’s nothing wrong with expecting and demanding the best

Source Local Ingredients When You Can…

If you want to be 100% sure that you’re consuming ethically, you should try to source ingredients from the local area. If there’s a farm nearby that produces and sells its own meat and dairy products, buy from there and cut out all of those middlemen. This is great for the environment because the food you’re buying won’t need to be transported halfway across the world before it gets to you.

Search for a Fair Trade Seal of Approval…

The Fair Trade Organisation is known for approving products that have been sourced by ethical means. This primarily means that the people who grew and created the product in countries around the world, generally the more deprived ones, are properly compensated for their work. That’s important because larger global companies can often exploit people in developing countries in order to turn a profit. By looking for their seal of approval, you’ll find it easy to buy ethically.

As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do to make more ethical and positive decisions when it comes to the food you eat and the liquids you drink each day. It’s all about paying a tiny bit more attention to what you’re buying.

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Easter eggs have turned into designer eggs with some unique ways to celebrate Easter.

Design your own Easter egg with Cuckooland who have a Melt & Make Chocolate Egg Heads Create your own Chocolate Eggheads with this fun kit. This melt and make chocolate egg kit is fun and simple.  This chocolate gift is perfect for kids parties, a rainy day and obviously a great Easter gift for kids.
Made with delicious Belgium Chocolate. Each kit includes A chefs hat, moulds for the chocolate, milk chocolate buttons for melting and bags of sweet for decoration. £12.95

or their Easter chocolate pizza which is made by The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company. Presented in a pizza delivery box and surrounded in tissue paper, this delicious sweet treat is such a unique and fun gift! With a Belgian milk chocolate base covered with milk chocolate curls and decorated with iced carrots, candy-coated chocolate eggs, colourful rainbow drops and handmade white chocolate bunnies. £15.50

How about a personalised Cadbury’s creme egg chocolate sweet tree which can be personalised with up to 25 characters. The centre of the tree is fully edible with a crispy crunchy chocolate centre, so once you’ve devoured all the eggs, you can keep on munching! £24.95

My personal favourite is this Terry’s Chocolate Orange Bunny Bum with Brown Tail, It isTerry’s chocolate orange finished with Lindt chocolate bunny paws and a scrummy Ferrero Rocher tail, and can be personalised with white chocolate lettering to make someone feel truly special this season! £14.95


Sweetpea Pantry is a company who are passionate about delicious real ingredients, free-from choices and helping you feel amazing by providing nutritious and good-for-you Ready Mixes.

What is there not to like? Their pancakes, brownie and flapjack Mixes are gluten-free and dairy-free, with no added sugar and vegan-friendly. All their ingredients are from ethical producers with most of them grown in the UK.

They use lots of flax, quinoa, chia, oats and other super grains and flours.

You can use their mixes to make meals like pancakes, pizza dough, flapjack, brownies and carrot cake, yum, yum.also energy bars, waffles, crackers and fruit crumble.

You can find Sweetpea Pantry at most Sainsbury’s, Ocado the online supermarket, and at all the best local farm shops, health or speciality food stores, or you can buy from Sweetpea Pantry website where you can also find recipes and reviews.

Gotta dash, need to get baking the Sweetpea Pantry way…

 Super Oat Flapjack Mix (gluten-free)  Super Oat Flapjack Mix (gluten-free)


1. Welsh cake – A traditional Welsh snack which is made from flour, sultanas, raisins and currants.

2. French Fancy – A very British iced sponge cake topped with buttercream and fondant icing.

3. Fat Rascal – A rough domed-shaped type of cake, similar to a scone, made with currants and candied peel.

4. The Victoria sponge – this was named after Queen Victoria who favoured a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea.

5. Lemon Drizzle – A classic sponge cake made in many parts of England for Easter Sunday.

6. Bakewell tart – Bakewell pudding (a puff pastry and almond paste delicacy) is thought to be made as a mistake by the cook of Derbyshire landlady Mrs. Greaves who misunderstood her instructions.

7. Battenburg – it has a distinctive check-patterned marzipan-covered cake is alternately coloured pink and yellow.

8. Eccles cake – A small, round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter and can sometimes be topped with demerara sugar named after the English town of Eccles in Manchester. (My Dad’s favourite) 🙂

9. Jaffa Cake  – An orange-flavoured snack which is either a cake or a biscuit.

10. Chelsea bun – Made of a rich dough flavoured with lemon and cinnamon and rolled into a square spiral shape, which was first created in the ’18th Century’, at a Bun House in London.

What’s your favourite British Cake?



To enhance the flavour of certain teas pair with certain foods.

When drinking The Tea Makers Earl Grey have it with fine pate or ham and mustard sandwich’s or crème Brulee or Leicester cheese.

When drinkingTwinings Lapsang have it with chicken or smoked salmon sandwiches or walnut cake or Stilton cheese.

When drinking Kenya tea from Tea Direct have it with beef and horseradish or ham sandwiches or chocolate cake or Austrian smoked cheese.

When drinking Ceylon tea from Ahmad Tea London try having it with cucumber or tomato sandwiches or tarte au citron or mature cheddar cheese.



I think these are gorgeous cards for Mother’s Day and other occasions. They are made by Flower Card and are artist created cards adorned with delicate rose heads or pops of vibrant craspedia balls, a buttonhole sprig of fresh floral loveliness to send love and hugs.

The one above is a miniature hand-tied posy of pinks, carefully attached to a contemporary, butterfly-print easel card.


The one above is their Vintage Mothering Sunday flower card. You add your special greeting and they will add a sweet little corsage of pink buds and foliage to the front as a floral flourish.


Or this lovely ‘Scent’ flower card for Mothers Day which has a sweet miniature sprig of fragrant lavender and rosemary – all available online at Flower Card for only £12 – a fabulous gift for your special Mum.


Gyokuro tea


Gyokuro Asahi Tea is the rarest Japenese tea of all, being grown in the Kyoto region under special bamboo shades to control the amount of sunlight to the plants.The fine emerald needle-shaped leaves give a bright, delicate exquisite infusion.

Its high grade and premium reputation are the result of the special processing methods that this tea undergoes.This Japanese green tea is unique and quite rare.

First grown in 1835, today this tea is mainly produced in the regions of Yame, Uiji and Asahina in Japan.

Gyokuro tea, also known as Pearl Dew or Jade Dew, undergoes a special processing method and is harvested just once a year and then only in certain tea plantations. This makes this Japanese green tea quite expensive and difficult to find, but it is definitely worth the investment and the time.

According to The Right Tea, Gyokuro Tea is grown in different conditions from other green teas. This tea undergoes a special process to alter the chemical composition of its leaves.This green tea is grown in a misty and rainy climate at a lower altitude than sencha, a more common Japanese green tea.

Gyokuro Tea is rich in antioxidants, which means that every cup of tea you drink may provide you with wonderful health benefits that will make you feel great.

The Right Tea has a long list of health benefits available from Gyokuro Tea. 

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