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Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium has to be one of the hardiest flowers I have growing. It self seeds, it’s a good ground cover, the bees love the flowers and the whole plant is edible. To me that’s a perfect plant.

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Make your own cream surface cleaner

Make your own cream surface cleaner

This cleaner is liquid enough to pour from a squeeze bottle and works well when you need something a bit stronger than soap and water. Ingredients 6g castile bar soap, unscented 1 cup (250ml) water 30g (2TB) washing soda Essential…

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How to make veggie stock when you can’t pop out and buy some

How to make veggie stock when you can’t pop out and buy some

I’ve had this veggie stock recipe in draft for ages and now seems a good time to post it. While we’re stuck at home it’s a great time to expand the list of things we can make ourselves rather than…

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DIY cleaning products – is it a thing?

DIY cleaning products – is it a thing?

I’m sure you’ve heard – you can use baking soda, lemons and vinegar to clean your whole house! I’ve made my own cleaning products for years but how well do these clean and also disinfect? In this post I’m looking…

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Seven DIY green cleaning recipes

Seven DIY green cleaning recipes

Several years ago, I started making my own cleaning products. I’ve experimented with loads of recipes and have tweaked them to suit our own situation and to get them to a point where they really do clean. These seven recipes…

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Kale chips – I’m not sure it’s a thing

Kale chips – I’m not sure it’s a thing

‘Kale chips’ – who hasn’t heard about them.  I guess the assumption is that kale, being a superfood, would be even more super as a chip.  I cringed and laughed at the idea but finally gave it a go. We’ve had…

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Mushroom and miso broth – easy to make and so tasty

Mushroom and miso broth – easy to make and so tasty

I love a noodley brothy meal and will often buy one for lunch or make a version at home. I think it’s because the depth of flavour of the broth/soup means it feels satisfying without needing to full up on…

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Making sticky rice – it’s easier than you’d think

Making sticky rice – it’s easier than you’d think

I’ve been playing around with cooking and eating sticky rice lately. I’ve made it a few times and it’s surprisingly easy and more impressive on the plate than plain rice. I struggled to find out how to cook it online…

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Make your own dishwasher powder or tablets

Make your own dishwasher powder or tablets

I’m pleased that we’re all thinking more and more about the ingredients in our food, cleaning and beauty products. Dishwashing powder is something I’ve long worried about and I’ve spent some time working on a homemade version that avoids all…

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