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Find your home a little bit chaotic and crave a bit more order? Feel uncomfortable about just how much stuff you throw away? Don’t worry, so do we! Here we try and channel our inner 1940s housewife and bring you our top tips on reducing household waste and making things run just that little bit more smoothly leaving you plenty of time to polish that all important halo! Stress busting and conscience cleansing is our game! And we look at reuse. Reuse is the golden boy of recycling, no processing, no waste, minimal cost, just taking something and making it your own – a very on trend thing to do right now.

Green Tomato Spiced Cake | Deliciously Different

Fancy doing something a bit different with the glut of green tomatoes you have left? Give this tried and tested green tomato cake a go! If like me you are a fan of sticky spiced cakes you will love this. Given the seal of approval from my work colleagues, even converting those who don’t believe vegetables belong in a cake (although most class tomatoes as a salad or a fruit!) gave it rave reviews. It is after all, quite delicious.

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Make the Most of Your Strawberries! | Live Long and Juicy!

Anybody else planning to hit the PYO establishments this weekend and gather some beautiful strawberries?  The weather is looking lovely, and the strawberry season is in full flow!!  But don’t you find they sometimes go off more quickly than you can eat them. And doesn’t chopping the top off and throwing so much deliciousness away really bug you!

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Make your own produce bag

Making a produce bag comes from a recent debate in… Read more »

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Cut the Food Waste Out Of Your Life | Our Waste Not Want Not Top Tips

Some of us were brought up to clear our plates and eat everything put in front of us even if we were stuffed to the gills and not particularly partial to soggy cabbage. That is because we were brought up by parents and grandparents who remember the war, and really know what it means to go without.  Food waste to that generation was unthinkable but today it seems to have become the norm. 

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Easy Portuguese Custard Tarts | How to Use Those Extra Yolks

So for every home-made lemon meringue pie that emerges from the kitchen, there’s a bowl of excess egg yolks. These, of course, have to be put to use in a manner befitting the gloriously golden hue of the home laid egg! As major custard lovers, our minds automatically turn to that glorious melange of egg, vanilla and cream and the yummy delights that can be created from that unbeatable combination.

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Let Loose the Juice | Three Ways to Save Your Wrinkly Satsumas from Extermination

I don’t know about you, but I often find buying satsumas, mandarins or clementines a bit of a lottery – sometimes they are delicious and juicy and the kids just romp through them. At other times they are disappointing, tough and destined to a future languishing in the fruit bowl unloved, ignored and ultimately deteriorating.

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Cutlery Pouches #carryyourown

We want to set a trend, carry your own. Carry your own what though? Well aside from a water bottle and coffee cup, we want you to start carrying your own cutlery and reusable straw. We all know that plastic cutlery is just rubbish anyway, in every sense of the word. I have had a beautiful piece of fabric I bought a few years back from Liberty sitting in my fabric stash waiting for the ideal project, and here it is! Our guide to making a handy pouch to carry round your cutlery in!

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How to Make Beeswax Wraps | Introducing More Reusables into Your Life

Last year WNWN posted about re-suable sandwich and snack bags. These little beauties are still used daily in our house and I no longer need expensive single-use sandwich bags. However I was still using cling film for odd bits of food, in the fridge especially. Then a friend posted on social media her home-made beeswax wraps.

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You Call it Cake, I Call it Kuchen | A Most Resourceful Fruity Traybake

So it’s my dad’s birthday this week (sadly no longer with) and it is at this time of year that my mind always turns to my childhood memories. My dad was 100% bonafide German, and he loved his food…German food, English food…his life was food! And I am pretty sure this stemmed from the exceptional introduction he had to it as a child. Because my grandmother lived the most resourceful life imaginable bringing up three small boys in a tiny village in wartime Germany.

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Carrot and Coriander Soup | Our Veg Patch Salvage

So it’s coming to the end of the veg patch year for us around September. We are fair weather gardeners with only minimal space to play with, so at this point we have a good ‘root’ around quite literally, to see what we have missed in our daily harvest. Invariably this yields a collection of not quite big enough carrots, who definitely wouldn’t make the supermarket cut, but are perfect for a hearty and healthy soup! One of our favourites, as well as being the simplest to make, any manner of carrot will do! Here is our tried and tested recipe in all its glory!

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