The perfect cup of coffee

The perfect cup of coffee

The perfect cup of coffee is the one you enjoy most. Everyone takes theirs a little differently - I love soy milk and a little sweetness, my husband takes his black and plain - but there are some basic steps that ensure you get the best from the bean.   Choosing your blend For the best coffee we recommend grinding the whole beans at the time of brewing - this allows them to retain maximum flavour and freshness - but a well stored pre-ground coffee comes a close second. We recommend Jackalope Joe's Satemwa Estate for the caffeine lover and...

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How to make oak milk

How to make oak milk

Oat milk is one of the easiest non-dairy milks to make and takes just minutes to whip up with stuff you've already got - why not give it a go?   Equipment Blender / food processor Sieve or muslin square Bowl Jug or storage jar   Ingredients 75g oats 700ml water ⅛ teaspoon salt (that's a pinch - adjust it to taste) ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) 1 tsp maple syrup (optional - for the sweet toothed among us)   Method Add the oats, water, vanilla, and salt to a blender and blitz for 30 seconds. Place a fine mesh sieve or muslin square over a bowl...

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Soap nuts and going "no-poo"

Soap nuts and going "no-poo"

You may have heard about using soap nuts to do your laundry, but to wash your hair? Believe it or not using soap nuts in natural haircare is nothing new. As more no-poo methods (which involve washing your hair without using traditional shampoo) have been becoming popular with people who wish to lower their impact on the environment, soap nuts have been making their way around the globe. What are soap nuts? Soap nuts are not actually nuts – they are a fruit called soapberry. The soapberry grows on the Sapindus Mukorossi tree native to the Himalayas and contains saponin, which softens...

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How to use Oliwraps

How to use Oliwraps

When you first open your pack of Oliwraps you'll probably think, oh - that's not very sticky! At room temperature Oliwrap is stiff, shiny and yes, not vey tacky. The magic happens when you warm it. Give your sheet of Oliwrap a quick rub between your palms or a good scrunch in your fist and suddenly you've got a bendable wrap that sticks to itself. You can now mould it around a bowl, wrap your sandwiches, cover an open can in the fridge, seal a cut piece of fruit or veg or preserve your vegan cheese. Some people even use it...

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