I think we can all agree that England is currently roasting like a Christmas turkey basted in oil! Temperatures are reaching record highs this week and much of the country seems to have ground to a halt. As a country that isn’t designed for extreme heat, it is important to get creative with ways to keep your cool. Considering most houses in the UK do not have air conditioning, switching the oven on in this heat is not a desirable activity so we are sharing some of our favourite heat-free cooking ideas to help you keep your cool.
The UK’s relationship with food and its supply chain is under increasing pressure to reform and become better for the environment. The hottest topic behind this reform at the moment is switching to a more plant based diet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Alongside that, there are demands to reduce food waste, increase recycling and composting, reduce packaging and improve the sustainability of all products. Eating seasonal, local food is a great way to improve your personal impact on a lot of these elements with just a few small changes to your lifestyle and routine.
The joy of discovering a soggy packet of herbs at the back of your fridge. Most of us have probably been there! Not only do packaged herbs seem to go off and wilt very quickly, it can also be difficult to use them up when your meal plan for the week requires lots of different herbs. Growing your own herbs is surprisingly easy and is an amazing way to cut down your food waste and always have fresh herbs on hand. Summer is the perfect time to grow some herbs on your kitchen windowsill so we are going to share some easy tips to get you going!
The summer season is now fully upon us (give or take the UK weather) and many are turning to outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, festivals, beaches and holidays. While this can mean people are inside eating less, it also presents a lot of opportunities for food brands to attach their products to these activities through social media, marketing and events.
The UK has a bit of a reputation for being full of potatoes, cabbage, parsnips and other wintery vegetables. For good reason some may say! Our weather can be grey and rainy even in the height of June (referring to the horrendous weather the last week of course) and this means that some of our favourite fruits and veggies have quite short growing seasons or cannot be grown in the UK easily at all. Shopping, cooking and selling in season produce is one of the best ways to support the environment and enjoy delicious food.
The term fad diets can mean different things to different people, but ultimately fad diets are popular/trendy diets that tend to guarantee drastic results with no scientific backing. They can be dangerous depending on the level of restriction and now pose a bigger threat than ever before due to the influencing powers of social media.