Vanilla Pear Sour & the Groggy British Navy

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The British Navy is probably not a phrase that you would have expected to read about in a cocktail recipe post. But don’t be fooled…they are actually intimately connected. In a time when the scale of British imperial ambition meant that sailors spent months on end crossing the oceans in their ships, and with fresh water and beer being the only way of getting liquid into their body (sea water couldn’t, as yet, be distilled); ships were continually forced to seek fresh harbour, as the wooden casks would cause the water to become slimy and algae-filled and even beer would soon go off. Continue reading “Vanilla Pear Sour & the Groggy British Navy”

Banana Chocolate Bread & the Almighty Peel

Food waste is a big issue nowadays, one that we should all be tackling. There are so many ways of cutting down on waste. Banana bread is a fantastic way of using those very ripe bananas in your fruit bowl that tend to be ignored. A banana can not be too ripe for this bread, unless it is mouldy or has been attacked by fruit flies.

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Almond Milk – plain & simple

Almond Milk

You will forget about shop bought almond milk once you have made it yourself! Just get yourself a nut milk bag or a muslin cloth and start squeezing all the goodness out of those healthy pearls.

Unless you buy almond milk from a reputable supplier for a massive price tag, you will never be sure of what you are getting – the percentage of nuts is often minimal (this explains the rather watery taste). Further, the nuts may not be soaked beforehand (read below why this is important) and they will be packed with artificial sweeteners, emulsifiers and additives to prolong shelf life – obviously! But what will strike you most is the wonderful taste of homemade almond milk – drink it plain and it will taste like nothing found in any supermarket!

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