Life after Plastic-free July

So, Plastic-free July is over for another year.  I got the distinct impression over on social media that interest in the Plastic-free July movement is growing, yay! 😄  And no wonder, with more and more horrifying impressions of plastic pollution around the world being shared in the media.  I stumbled upon this mini-video on Instagram the other day and found it so confronting that my winter-blues-induced-apathy which I’ve been struggling with for the past wet month (ok, two months) was shaken off by emotions of horror, disgust, shame, and outrage.


Fermented buckwheat pancakes

Since sharing my recipe for fermented buckwheat bread (my last blog post), I’ve had really positive feedback from people who have tried it and love it – for all the same reasons that I do: it’s super easy, it’s affordable, it’s sensitive-gut-friendly, and most importantly, it’s yummy! So now I’m hoping that I’ll get a

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Fermented buckwheat bread

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might be surprised to learn that my gluten-free sourdough starter is now languishing in neglect at the back of my fridge since I discovered fermented buckwheat bread (poor thing!).  Since making my first experimental loaf, I have baked only buckwheat bread, because not only is

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Much as I don’t like taking selfies or looking at close-ups of myself, I’ve decided that if I’m going to write a blog post about how amazing salt is for my skin, I need to accompany it with a good clear photo of my face as evidence! So here it is, a big portrait of

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Signs I’m on the right track to good health

Surely one of the most appealing qualities of pharmaceutical medicines is the speed with which they manage and/or suppress symptoms of discomfort.  If I have a headache and I take a couple of ibuprofen I feel some sort of measurable relief (usually pretty complete) within 15 to 20 minutes, and it’s pretty much guaranteed before

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Dairy-free lacto-fermented porridge

Now that daylight savings has ended and the mornings are getting cooler I think it’s a good time to write a post about porridge. We eat porridge most mornings for breakfast here regardless of the season, and that includes summer!  But I expect that’s not very normal and the rest of you sane people probably

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My homemade Easter egg experiment

I’m not one for baking sweets and treats and I never have been; maybe because I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (a fortunate thing I guess, now I am so sensitive to fructose). Anyway, I much prefer to make pesto or a roast chicken, or hummus made from scratch. But my duty as

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When you’re a new parent, you kind of accept that your chronically sleep deprived state is an unavoidable consequence of having a baby. Even if your baby is a healthy one who sleeps well, it’s pretty realistic to expect you will be roused from sleep during the night by your little beloved. Well, my kids


The importance of sleep

As last year came to a close and I reflected on where I was and what I’d achieved during 2017, I found myself feeling a bit down and dejected about things.  I will explain, because otherwise it will likely sound really self-indulgent of me to have felt that way at all, let alone publicly whinge about

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In my last blog post I shared with you my recipe for homemade laundry powder. I was going to continue writing about the other ways I try to make my laundry rituals more sustainable because laundry powder is just one small (but important!) part of the laundering process, but it was starting to turn into

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