Reviews

#Lakefest2016

The weekend before last I was lucky enough to be given tickets to the family-friendly festival Lakefest, which was handily held this year at nearby Eastnor Castle. A mere 25 minutes from our home. And of course we were all delighted to go, the first ever festival for The Monsters, and first festival in nearly ten years […]

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Chicken Tikka Masala & have a happy ActiFryDay!

I was invited by Tefal to take part in their ActiFryDay Challenge to demonstrate easy ways to swop a Friday night takeaway for a healthier homemade alternative using the ActiFry health frier. Naturally a challenge right up the Eat Your Veg street. Would you believe Brits consume over a staggering half a billion takeaways a year […]

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@ Eat Your Veg HQ We Say YES! #March

It’s been a while since my last review post so I’ve quite a collection for you this month, busy as we may have been at Eat Your Veg HQ lately we’ve still found the time to munch our way through oodles of tasty new foods and test out a range of great new gear. First […]

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Butternut, Sweet Potato, Coconut & Ginger Soup

Soup’s a bit of a mega mid-week staple round here and it’s rare a week goes by without either one of The Monsters declaring a desire for something soupy for their tea. And being honest they’re not exactly fussy in their tastes either, any thick and hearty root veggie or squash based soup will always […]

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#WIN Higgidy goodies to celebrate British Pie Week!

Just in case you hadn’t heard already it’s British Pie Week this week folks, hooray! Now there’s a foodie event most worthy of celebrating. It probably goes without saying but we’re rather partial to a pie here at Eat Your Veg HQ, so naturally we’ll be celebrating in pie-tastic form. All three of us love […]

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Veggie Cottage Pie topped with Sweet Potato Mash

We do love a cottage pie around here, an invariably popular option with The Monsters. Like most families it’a a bit of a winter staple and the perfect huggy antidote to these cold and dank long days. Ordinarily I make mine with good quality beef mince and ‘veg it up’ with a whole host of […]

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A Handy Little Side Number: Bejeweled Rice & Quinoa

Made from start to finish in ten minutes flat this certainly is a handy little side number. And with the silly season in our midst it could be a useful healthy side dish to have up your sleeve. Equally tasty as part of a buffet or asian style meal, as a side for fish or […]

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Go ActiFry! Courgette, Chorizo & Sun Dried Tomato Risotto

I was recently asked if I’d like to try out a Tefal ActiFry. It didn’t take me too long to think about that one, especially as I’d already heard plenty of good things about their capabiliites. Admittedly, mainly to do with their exceptionally excellent low fat chips which I can wholeheartedly verify. Believe me. In […]

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Pea & Coriander Soup in a Flash!

We do eat a lot of soup in our house. Nine times out of ten if I ask Frannie what she wants for tea, it’s soup, the tenth time it’s fish and chips. In reality she’d probably suggest fish and chippies more if she thought there was a chance of getting them!  Handily a girl […]

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@ Eat Your Veg HQ We Say Yes! #October

Lots of lovely foods, snacks, drinks and foodie related products and even an App have been winging their way to our attention at Eat Your Veg HQ this month. Thanks as ever to my chief testers, Francesca (newly 6) and Jacques (4).   Vita Coco Kids: First up this month, Vita Coco Kids drinks. Coconut […]

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‘Wow No Cow’ with Oatly

Oatly oat drinks seem to be taking the UK by storm, suddenly this fabulously scrummy and supremely healthy Swedish brand of oat drinks are everywhere! And good on them for being so out there. We’re totally hooked on Oatly Chocolate Oat Milk at Eat Your Veg HQ. Myself and the kids just can’t get enough […]

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My Higgidy Pie #RecipeHunt entry: Chunky Chilli Fish Pie!

Few can deny that I both love a challenge and I love a good pie. So when the lovely folk at Higgidy asked if I wanted to take part in their Recipe Hunt to create a brand spanking new pie to be the next Special Guest Pie you can guess my response. One big ecstatic […]

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Banana & Oat Breakfast Smoothie

Ever since I was sent my beloved Russell Hobbs Illumina jug blender to try out back in May, there’s been a distinct increase in smoothie making at Eat Your Veg HQ, which has to be a good thing. Being short on cupboard space it’s taken on a cosy spot for itself on my work surface […]

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Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew

Taking a positive spin on the finality of the summer one of my favourite end of season markers has to be the glorious onset of wintery stews, casseroles and slow cooked treats. Somehow not allowed during the summer months, however awful the weather may be, I can’t help but get excited by these slower foods, […]

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Wholemeal Sweet Potato, Butternut & Smoked Cheese Pasties & WIN a #BakingMad HAMPER!

Well it seems Autumn is truly with us. Whilst the weather’s holding out in glorious September fashion the trees most definitely are a-changing. The kids are back at school and I’m back in the kitchen busy baking, for some reason it’s this time of the year I do my most baking and continue my spree […]

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P_P_Pick up a Pepper!

Did you know there’s three times the amount of vitamin C in red or orange peppers than in oranges and a mere half a pepper contains 100% of your daily requirement? Bet you didn’t. To be honest nor did I, at least not until I visited Thanet Earth in Kent on a recent and most interesting […]

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@ Eat Your Veg HQ we say YES! #September

Welcome to a brand new feature on the site, my monthly review post of what’s currently hot at Eat Your Veg HQ. Chief taste testers are Francesca (five, soon to be six), Jacques (four) and myself (too scary to disclose). This month we’re reviewing everything from veggie bangers to kids coconut drinks and reusable food […]

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Blackberry & Apple Yogurt Fool: Goodbye Holidays and Hello Autumn

Well hi there folks! It’s me, long lost Louisa back after my few weeks of time out. Not exactly a conscious decision to be away from my beloved blog for so long, just the school holidays getting the better of me for a pleasant change. And I am so glad they did, we’ve had a great […]

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Oatmeal Mackerel Fillets with Rhubarb

I’ve been on my lonesome ownsome the last few days, The Monsters happily ensconced with their papa in London for a ten day spell. Admittedly it’s a bit strange, and needless to say quiet, having the house to myself but I’ve welcomed the ‘me’ time to recharge the batteries and catch up on various neglected […]

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Love a Salad? Then you’ll love this GIVEAWAY!

I have a brand new salady giveaway for you folks! The lovely folks at Florette have offered a fab bundle of goodies for one lucky Eat Your Veg reader including Harry Eastwood’s new book ‘A Salad for all Seasons’……

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Easy Peasy Spelt & Oat Soda Bread, plus WIN a Goody Bag of Oaty Goodness!

Entitled ‘easy peasy’ but in truth most soda breads by their very nature are a bit of a cinch. Unlike yeasted breads there’s no proving time and virtually no kneading required, so a simple loaf can be knocked up in under five minutes and thrown in the oven. Hey presto within an hour you have […]

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Bulgar Salad with Mustard Leaves, Walnuts & Cranberries

With all this glorious weather we’ve been lucky enough to experience it’s all been about salad lately hasn’t it?. And serves as perfect timing for my joint wee venture with Higgidy and Sarah Raven to develop home grown salady sides to eat with pies and quiches. In the last week I’ve posted recipes for a Chickpea, […]

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New Potatoes with a Lettuce Pesto Dressing

Following on my from my Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Rocket Salad on Tuesday and next up in my trio of Higgidy side dishes I give you New Potatoes with a Lettuce Pesto Dressing today. Yep you read it right, Lettuce Pesto. A whizzed up selection of lettuce leaves with olive oil, Parmesan, pine kernals, lemon […]

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Gluten Free Seeded Bread with Waitrose TV

Gluten free baking has always intrigued me and I’m increasingly amazed at how much it’s come on since the days of my youth. Here’s a short vid clip of how to make a super simple Gluten Free Seeded Loaf from Waitrose TV….

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Pie with Salad, of course you can! Chickpea, Cherry Tomato & Rocket Salad

As long term readers will know I used to grow all our own salads, veggies and fruit at Chez Foti, and we were lucky enough to be virtually self-sufficient given the wonderful south of France sunshine and ample tending time. With the move back to the UK last summer I took a year out from […]

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A Top Bananas Cowgirl Stew!

I was delighted to be asked to review Mumsnet’s brand spanking new family recipe book Top Bananas, jumping at the chance in fact! Written by sisters Claire and Lucy McDonald, AKA Crumbs Food and based on the most popular recipes and tips shared on Mumsnet. It’s real, honest and hearty family food for busy parents, “tasty recipes that […]

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The Russell Hobbs Illumina & the power of The Green Smoothie

After having hamperings to get myself a new blender for longer than I can remember, I was mightily chuffed a few weeks ago to receive an Illumina Jug Blender from Russell Hobbs to try out. I usually make my fruit smoothies with a hand held stick blender in a jug, okay but admittedly not ideal. […]

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Get thyself on a Bread 2 Bake course!

Can you imagine the joy of having the skills and know how to make your very own artisan standard bread in the luxury of your own kitchen?. Sounds good doesn’t it. Well get thyself on a Bread 2 Bake course in foodie Ludlow.

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My Higgidy Pie Party!

I was lucky enough to win a ‘Pie Party’ from the lovely folks at Higgidy Pies to celebrate British Pie Week last week. Of all the winnings I’ve ever had, which to be honest haven’t exactly been numerous, this would certainly be the most fun!

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Carrot & White Chocolate Cake Pops!

I did say I was treating my kids to something special for Valentines Day this year. Not only did they get their Love Pies I gave them Cake Pops. Actually they gave me cake pops, I made the cakey parts and threw a surprise Cake Pop party yesterday with a couple of their new school friends and let them loose […]

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A Night off from Cooking thanks to Mrs Tinks

I cook from scratch practically each and every evening of the week, and thoroughly enjoy doing so. After all food and cooking truly are my passion. But just occasionally I do relish, and need, a night off!….

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Win a Complete Set of The Foodies Books!

A series of twelve delightful and enchanting books for each month of the year, each with a fun tale, a value and recipe using a seasonal veggie or fruit. As far as I’m concerned The Foodies are the literary find of the decade for me and my veggie enthusiastic ways!.

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Some very tasty Nakd Bars & my first ever Giveaway!

I was recently sent a couple of fabulous boxes of goodies ram-packed full of yummylicious deliciousness to try out from a new and inspiring company, Natural Balance Foods.

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