Cooking & Lifestyle Blog

The Basics of Barbecue

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

With summer approaching there’s no better time to start thinking about barbecues. Whether it's meat, fish or vegetables, barbecues are a great way to get a few people around and have a day in the sun. The key to barbecues starts before you’ve even started a fire. Sometimes, getting familiar with the basics is what you need to make sure your cook out goes off without a hitch!

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Topics: blog, lifestyle, barbecue, cooking, bbq, summer, food

The Surprising Cleaning Abilities of Baking Soda

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Baking soda has a very long history of being used as a cleaner. This history goes as far back as ancient Egypt where it was initially used in mummification, to keep bodily odours at bay, and was then used as a multi purpose cleaner. They then made it into soap, toothpaste and a rudimentary mouthwash due to its antiseptic qualities. Baking soda was found to be a very versatile substance and still is today. In this blog post we thought we’d explore some of the ways that baking soda can be used around the house to keep everything clean and fresh.

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Topics: blog, lifestyle, baking soda, cleaning

Craft Beer: How do you make beer at home?

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Over the past decade there has been an explosion in craft beer and its availability. As increasingly smaller breweries pop up and the equipment has become more easily available, home brewing is now a hobby that anyone can pick up. Home brewing may seem out of the question if you’re not into craft beers but even brewing light lagers is a fun and rewarding challenge!

  

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Topics: blog, recipes and preparation, beer, craft beer

Smallholdings: What are they and where can they lead?

Posted by Matteo MIddlemiss

Living and working a smallholding is, for many, a lifelong dream. Smallholding expert, Liz Wright, says that it is a privilege but also a great responsibility to steward the land for future generations. In our recent book she explains how one might best start, maintain and grow a smallholding.


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Topics: Gardening, smallholding, blog

Christmas | Lime & Sesame Turkey Recipe

Posted by Josie Mitchell

If you went for the classic turkey recipe on Christmas day you're probably looking for something to do with the leftovers right about now. Well, look no further. Below is a really tasty and easy turkey stir fry recipe that's light, full of flavour and can be served with lots of vegetables, to balance out all the chocolate just a little bit!

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Topics: cookery, Christmas

Christmas | Gingerbread Recipe & Pomander Craft Project

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

The presents are sorted, the Christmas cake is ready for decorating, and the festive celebrations are reaching their peak: what better way to enjoy the final days in the run-up to Christmas than with some tasty seasonal baking for the whole family to get involved in. See below for a great recipe for gingerbread biscuits, as well as a bonus craft project that’ll have your home smelling delightfully fragrant throughout the festive season.

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Topics: baking, Christmas

Christmas | Mince Pies Recipe & Christingle Craft Project

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

The holiday season is upon us! Whether for you Christmas is a time to remember the birth of Christ or simply rejoice in the festivities that brighten up a dark winter, there is much to enjoy. In today’s blog we’re offering a classic Christmas recipe – mouthwatering Mince Pies – as well as a fun seasonal craft project for all the family.

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Topics: baking, Christmas

6 Reasons to Opt for a More Plant-Based Diet This Year | Expert Advice

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

The health benefits of plant-based diets are well reported, but there are also other advantages for increasing the amount of vegetables you eat. Hugely versatile, vegetables go well with pastas and starches and can even be used as the basis of a whole meal.

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Topics: healthy eating, nutrition and health

Sourcing the Best Healthy Ingredients | Expert Advice

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

It’s the first week back at work for most of us, and the ardour behind those New Year resolutions is beginning to fade. The indulgence of the festive season may have prompted, as it usually does, a revival in the desire to eat healthily, but it can be difficult to maintain these good intentions if it doesn’t always feel like the easier option. To help you see how easy it can be, we’ve compiled this basic guide on how and where to source the best fresh organic produce, so that you can enjoy eating well!

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Topics: healthy eating

Chilli Roast Chicken | Simple Recipes

Posted by Matt Knight

Well, quite frankly we're stuffed. As in, we ate a lot of food over the Christmas break. No doubt many of you reading this will have also over-indulged over the holidays, so here at Flame Tree we thought we should try and shape up a little over January. But just who would we be if we didn't impart some advice onto you, our lovely readers? 

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Topics: quick and easy recipes

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