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Easter Bunny Hugs

Kate Saunders | 2nd April 2020

Easter Bunny Hug Biscuits   With Easter around the corner these little Easter bunny biscuits are so cute to for the kids to make.  Baking with children is fantastic for them, it gives them so much more than you can imagine, from learning new words, to maths to science and life skills.       … Continue reading Easter Bunny Hugs

Jerusalem Artichoke & Orange Cake

Kate Saunders | 13th March 2020

                Jerusalem Artichoke & Orange Sponge Serves 6-8 200g      Jerusalem artichoke 200g      self-raising flour 150g      caster sugar 3             medium free range eggs 100g      unsalted butter (at room temperature) 1             unwaxed Orange Juice & zest Filling & drizzle decoration 1             unwaxed orange – juice … Continue reading Jerusalem Artichoke & Orange Cake

Kale & Lime Cheesecake

Kate Saunders | 24th February 2020

                    A light a refreshing cheesecake, you would never guess that the kale is one of the largest ingredients. Ingredients: 150g       Kale 150g       Rolled Oats 1/2 tsp    Flax Seeds 1/2 tsp    Hemp Seeds 1/2 tbsp   Sunflower Seeds 1/2 tbsp   Pumpkin Seeds 60g  … Continue reading Kale & Lime Cheesecake

Going green, don't bail eat kale!!

Kate Saunders | 24th February 2020

This is not my favourite time of the year, the warm days still seem a long way off, although I do love crispy frosty mornings, and the pretty patterns the frost makes, everything seems quite drab. Which is probably why I like to cheer myself up with vibrant colourful vegetables, and one that produces attractive … Continue reading Going green, don’t bail eat kale!!

Blow away those January blues

Kate Saunders | 20th January 2020

with  beautiful and vibrant blood oranges hues. In season now, it’s time to seek out your blood oranges, they are only around for a short time. Grown in the Mediterranean, being slightly tarter than regular oranges, they have amazing ruby red pigment inside and a wonderful blush skin on the outside. It is this pigment … Continue reading Blow away those January blues

Swede & Blood Orange Steamed Sponge Pudding

Kate Saunders | 20th January 2020

This is a wonderful recipe to blow away those January blues, however, blood oranges are not in season very long. Ingredients:  100g   Swede 4        Blood Oranges – unwaxed 150g   Unsalted Butter 150g   Light Brown Sugar 3        Medium Free-Range Eggs 150g   Self-Raising Flour 5        Star Anise (whole pods) 60g     … Continue reading Swede & Blood Orange Steamed Sponge Pudding

Vegan Celeriac, Apple & Sultana Cake

Kate Saunders | 2nd January 2020

Join us this month with our wonderful vegan cake recipe created especially for you.   We are always being asked for more and more vegan cakes and this one wont disappoint you, packed full of plant base goodness…… enjoy.       Celeriac apple and sultana cake 200g Celeriac 4 tbsp Apple Juice 100g Sultanas … Continue reading Vegan Celeriac, Apple & Sultana Cake

Pumpkins Galore

Kate Saunders | 8th October 2019

  The only superstar vegetable I can talk about in October has to be, and you probably have guessed it…. the pumpkin!! however, before I get into the nitty gritty on how to use this seriously fabulous nutritious health bomb, let’s start at the beginning.           The pumpkin is actually a … Continue reading Pumpkins Galore

Aubergine Chocolate Mousse

Kate Saunders | 24th July 2019

    Oh my, when I challenge myself to create something a little different with aubergine, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to create, I didn’t want another cake, I was thinking more of a dessert. Enter the new Aubergine Chocolate Mousse, and yes whilst it might take you a little while to … Continue reading Aubergine Chocolate Mousse

It’s May – shall we pick some nettles?

It’s such a great thought, we have all this free food that is so nutritious on our door steps, if only we knew how to use it.  I always feel that when we arrive in May, we are now really into the warmer weather and this time of year I love nothing better than to go foraging.

This month we are going to start with a very simple foraging food that I am sure most of you will be able to find in the hedgerows, or if you are like me in the garden.  The humble nettle.

I know what you are thinking, ‘Kate I am going to get stung’, yep, you will get stung if you do not have a good, thick pair of gloves or washing up gloves to protect your hands, I would also cover any exposed skin too.

We will be looking at how to choose the right nettles, picking them, what they are good for, how to get the best from them and how to use them by creating recipes.

If you would like to make a start, we have a fantastic Nettle Pesto Recipe, here .


Let’s start with where to find them as I don’t think you need much advice on what they look like, I think most of us will have been stung one time or another by them.  They are on most continents, you will be able to find nettles in any untended ground, gardens hedgerows and woodland from early spring.  Many gardeners consider nettles as weeds, but they have been used since medieval times to treat many conditions, painful joints and muscles, anaemia, eczema, arthritis, gout, hay fever and as a natural detoxifier.


They were known as the spring tonic and no medicine cabinet would have been without this tonic in it. Why are they so powerful? They have high levels of vitamins A and C are rich in calcium, manganese which helps the body absorb iron and vitamins easier. 

Join me this month on our nettle foraging and cooking via my blog and social media feeds.

Next week will be looking at the best nettles to use and how we can incorporate them in our food.

But I will leave you with this little fun-fact, in the Second World War, when vegetables were in short supply, nettles were a great source of green vegetable, and were widely picked and eaten.

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