THREE GREAT ECO PRODUCTS TO CHANGE TO THIS MONTH…

Agile Home has a selection of eco-conscious products for your home and kitchen. From coconut scrubbers, bamboo toothbrushes, eco straws, to bamboo kitchen cloths and more.

One to buy is their eco dish scrubbing brush. It comes in a box with3 replacement heads, which means when the bristles do finally wear out, you need only replace the brush head, not the whole thing!

Also, every brush ships with two different sisal fibre grades, soft and hard. You’ll have the brush fibre toughness for any scenario. When you go to the website and click on the link it immediately runs a video to show you how to change the heads! £11.99 from Agile Home

Beeswax wraps have become popular in recent months as we are all so much more aware of plastic waste but instead of buying them why not make them yourself with these DIY Beeswax wrap kit from a number of companies at various prices.

Urban Outfitters on offer for £10 at the moment. Perfect for wrapping up your packed lunch or leftovers a sustainable way. Comes with everything you need to make three DIY wraps.

The Beeswax Wrap Company from £30 to £18.99 a seconds pack. Including the same clever components as our usual kits, this seconds packs includes a tea towel with a few print imperfections, three 30 x 30cm fabric squares in a surprise assortment of patterns, and our wax blocks in different shapes. It also still includes the greaseproof paper so all you need is an iron and you’re ready to go! 

Or the ANGMLN Beeswax Food Wrap & Bags Set of 6 Including Wraps 3 Pack & Bags 3 Pack Reusable Sustainable Durable Eco-Friendly Organic Food Wrap, Plastic Wrap Alternative for Food Storage on Amazon for £16.05 made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil. Beeswax Wrap fabric and printing are certified by the GOTS and CPST certification ensure you can use our beeswax wrap&bag without any concern. It can provide a seal for your food, allowing it to stay fresh for longer.

Clean the natural way with eco friendly products from Friendly Turtle. Buy their Ocean Saver Bottle for Life at only £2.50 then add any of the full range of Ocean Saver cleaning drops to help you reduce plastic waste around the home.

When thinking about cleaning the bathroom they realised there are two important factors; cleanliness and hygiene. This product addresses both issues, leaving a sparkling finish on your bathroom suite and containing a powerful antibacterial agent to kill a wide range of germs. Antibacterial Multisurface Cleaner (Bathroom) – Single Refill Sachet £3.50

For even better value, shop our bestselling 5 pack boxed set and pick up 5 of your favourite cleaners for just £10.

BAKING TIPS MONDAY FROM AFTERNOON TEA4TWO…

Baking Tips Monday is a new post I am going to write every Monday with lots of tips for baking so make sure you subscribe to an email.

Avoid over mixing as it can cause a heavy texture, and this will cause the cake to crack, (see image below).

Bake your cake immediately once mixed as the baking process begins to act as soon as it is combined with liquid.

When mixing butter cream in a freestanding machine, cover the whole machine with a damp tea towel. This stops clouds of icing sugar dust going over the kitchen.

3 GREAT EASY RECIPE COOKERY BOOKS…

Even though life has been strange over the last twelve months many of us have changed the way we eat and cook. I started doing a bit of batch cooking to help my daughter with her young baby and I also started being a bit more adventurous with my baking. And, finally something I am going to be writing about lots on this blog is how I buy more food from local sources to enjoy from the fields to the plate.

My first book of choice is called The Batch Lady : Shop Once, Cook Once, Eat All Week by Suzanne Mulholland.

This book was a present from my daughter and I cannot wait to try some of her batch recipes. It has over 80 simple, freeze levels store cupboard recipes. The Batch Lady has been transforming how thousands of people cook and eat through her revolutionary online channel. Now she shares her secrets with you.

With over 80 delicious, home-cooked recipes that are quick to make, create and store, Suzanne’s brilliant recipe combinations and time-saving tips will transform your kitchen, and will buy you back extra hours in your week. This is the only guide you will ever need to save you money, time, and headspace, and change your life for good.

Fast Cakes :Easy Bakes in Minutes by Mary Berry

Of course, I had to add a Mary Berry baking book and this one is absolutely brilliant. Over two afternoons before Christmas I baked a fruit cake for my husband, a chocolate cake for my daughter and family and 3 dozen mince pies for the whole family. This book is laid out so well you can bake in minutes just like it says. It’s all about being organised which is something The Batch Lady talks about in her book above.

Mary has incorporated her ‘all-in-one’ method of preparation into as many recipes as possible, so her recipes are faster to make than ever. Nearly 100 of the bakes take only 10 minutes to make and Mary has included small bake variations for fruit cakes, which traditionally take a long time in the oven, so you can make one even when you are pushed for time. It has over 150 easy recipes to make with confidence.

Simple Good For You by Amelia Freer

This book contains over 100 quick and easy recipes bursting with greatness. She gives advice to stabilising your blood sugars which includes not avoiding meals and checking labels on some supposedly healthy snacks which are actually packed with sugar. If you check the line ‘carbohydrates’ of which sugars per 100g. They say less than 5g per 100g is considered low sugar protocol.

The author is a No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author and renowned nutritional therapist, who A-listers turn to when they want to look and feel great. In this beautiful cookbook, discover 100 quick and easy recipes for varied and tempting dishes that are, quite simply, good for you.

NATIONAL SANDWICH DAY TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3rd…

National Sandwich Day is Tuesday November 3rd and is dedicated to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, following the claim he was the innovator of it. The legend has it, during the year 1762, the earl commanded his cook to make a meal which wouldn’t interrupt his gambling and would require no cutlery either. The cook served 2 toast pieces containing sliced meat in the middle. It provided the earl with a free one hand to keep continuing his gambling game! During the great depression sandwich, its making felt in America and since it has been an all-time favorite food of Americans and most of the rest world alike.

The event provides the perfect opportunity for professional sandwich makers to share details of their businesses visa social media. Companies are encouraged to offer special deals and promotions related to special sandwiches that they offer and share details of their promotions on all media sites.

It is a great time to celebrate the mighty sandwich by creating special fillings and combinations to tempt hungry people and perhaps even organizing a sandwich party to help add a festive feel to the day.

Of course, anyone who has a love for sandwiches will want to make sure that they keep a keen eye out for deals and promotions on National Sandwich Day. Some well known companies that are set to join in the fun with special deals include Subway, McDonald’s, Quiznos and Firehouse Subs.

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