Would you like gluten free?

Hands up if you’ve got a food allergy Do you struggle eating out because of unclear information or a lack of knowledge? I’d love to hear your experiences! Especially the good ones, let’s shout out the food businesses who actually know what’s in the food they serve. I’m also a huge believer in education and if you query something, they’re …

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It’s already that time

It’s already that time With mistletoe and wine Where the balancing act, it begins Managing emotions flowing like oceans And that well-meaning comment or grin Expecting my child to hug and to kiss Relatives and friends that he’s never missed The looks of distain as I offer again An alternative high-five or blown kiss We teach them to know, their …

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How it goes

For a while I thought That’s just how it goes That everyone’s mind works in prose Each moment a sonnet Distracted and far from it As the mind song ebbs and it flows

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#local4lent 2021

Don’t give up chocolate, beer or bread this year, give up supermarkets and shop #local4lent instead.   Wednesday 17th February – Saturday 3rd April 2021 – are you up for the challenge? Back in 2012 a chance conversation between two strangers on Twitter and the #Local4Lent challenge was born. Religious or not, many people choose to give up various things over …

Local in Lockdown

This tasty haul was delivered a few weeks back and oh my gosh what a welcome sight during the third lockdown in the UK. The #local4lent challenge begins on Feb 17th so why not nip in if you’re local or get a delivery and try some fab things from these great small businesses. The challenge is about giving it a …

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To the laddies!

I’m not even sure where to start this post…it seems wildy random I know! Essentially I was in a client meeting in the rather awesome Caledonian Brewery in Scotland (years ago) and we were discussing Burns Night. I’d never attended an official Burns Night celebration or really knew what that involved but was happy to mark the occasion with a …

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Let’s talk food waste

“Reducing food waste is actually one of the biggest things you can do for the environment, because about a third of the food that people buy is wasted,” Tuomisto says. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation reports that 1.3 billion tonnes of food produced for human consumption is wasted each year. So I just wanted to share a bit …

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Homemade Oat Milk

Quick homemade oat milk 👌 The boy isn’t great with dairy and cow’s milk on its own is the worst for him. We started buying oat milk but when we realised the main ingredients were oats and water….made sense to make it! Especially as he has it for bed every night and we use it in place of cow’s milk when cooking …

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BBC Radio Manchester 2013

Delving into the archives this week after one of the Totally Locally branches asked for some context on the campaign. Totally forgot we got a mention on BBC Radio Manchester back in 2013! Julie aka realfoodfans (a follower of the campaign on social and shop local supporter) had told the fab (and now-ex BBC Broadcaster) Sam Walker about the campaign …

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A few words from #local4lent co-founder Zana – March 27, 2012

Okay, okay.. I know its been a lifetime since my last post, and I wont waste half a post explaining why I have been a rubbish blogger or promise to be more consistent.. But instead I will just get on with it 🙂 Sooo, for lent this year I decided to do something a little different.. and no, I’m not …

Market Community

I love this place 😍 honestly Preston Market and the wonderful traders have the ability to lift my mood, make me feel safe, make me laugh and obviously they have incredible food on offer too! The sense of community is just so lovely. It properly feels like a hub of all good things. The boy knows many of the traders names and …

Most random food experience

Where do I start….not sure I can choose just one! The most mad was probably liver, bacon and onions cooked on the edge of Loch Ness in Scotland – we were running short of cash on a long camping trip – we literally pulled over, got the camping stove out and threw on some liver we’d got free from a …

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Food with a view…

We were camping in St. Agnes and stopped at The Cornish Pizza Company for a bite to eat after a long day. We were very impressed! The menu choices were creative and they use local produce and fresh ingredients. Staff were friendly and happy to answer any questions (I’d not heard of one of the Cornish cheeses and also wanted …

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The little man is turning one

I wrote this for friends and family when the little one was turning 1 – we’d learnt how much ‘stuff’ you acquire when having a child! Plus having lived in the same house for many years, were desperately trying to have less possessions not more. We were so lucky that when he was born we were given bags of hand-me-downs …