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By trade, Bexz is a food writer and journalist, cook and recipe creator. On this website you will find some of her most loved recipes and food related blog posts.
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At home, Bexz runs her little Victorian townhouse as an urban homestead. She is dedicated to natural living inside and out and will be sharing her ideas and tips.
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National Vegetarian Week 2019 – Veggie Foodie Treats for the Non-Veggie!

This week has been a wondrous taste sensation through the world of vegetarian food thanks to #NationalVegetarianWeek hosted by The Vegetarian Society UK. As a non-veggie and humble meat eater, I adore trying new ways to increase my veggie food intake and weeks like this make it easier to try new products and get involved with both new and established vegetarian food brands. I have tried and tested many products this week, those featured here are the ones that will be staying in my beloved kitchen as ‘regulars’. I don’t see them as ‘vegetarian alternatives’ I just see them now…

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Top 10 Crisp & Chip Snack Alternatives

I’m not going to lie. Nope. Not me. So I need to confess something to you all my lovely dear readers: I love crisps. Those crispy fried (or even oven baked) thin slices of golden potato covered in manufactured fake tasting flavourings. Yes, there you go, I said it. I love crisps. And whether you call them crisps or chips (as my American pals do), those morsels of calories, carbs and fat are, to me, joyous. But what if you want something a little different? A little healthier? Or maybe just a new taste sensation? Then read on my lovelies……

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Natural & Organic Products Europe (London) 2019 – A Quick Tour!

For me, every year of food shows starts with the Natural & Organic Products Europe Expo (also known as NOPE) at London Excel. Natural & Organic Products Europe is Europe’s biggest trade show for natural & organic products making it the ‘must attend’ event for buyers of natural health and living products, natural and organic food & drink as well as natural beauty & personal care products. I have attended every year since it began with a press pass in hand and for me, it is the highlight of my trade show year. Organised by Diversified Communications UK, the show…

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Low Carb Keto BBQ Spice Rub Mix Recipe

We adore BBQ's in this house, but if you pick up any pre-made BBQ spice mix or sauce in your local supermarket you will see one of the largest ingredients in all of them is sugar. Not great if you are diabetic or following a low carb keto diet. So why not try my version! It tastes just as good and even gives the same charred effect that sugar does when it caramelises on heat. Ingredients 4 tablespoons brown erythritol(Worried about the carbs in eyrthritol? Then don't - the carbs in erythritol aren't absorbed in the same way as standard...Continue reading
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How one trade show saved my life… literally. Thank you Natural & Organic Products Show.

I am lucky, very lucky, to be invited to many trade shows throughout the year all around the UK as press. But if you follow me on Twitter you'll know I have one show that I always get excited about. The Natural & Organic Products Show has been my favourite trade show for the past few years. The show is exceptionally well organised and I look forward to the show as soon as I start to get the emails about it early in the year. However this year was different. This year, the show saved my life.... literally. As always,...Continue reading
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Restaurant Review: Posillipo – Faversham, Kent

Italian food is comforting to the soul. The combination of rich sauces and light broths with beautifully tender seafood, delectable meat and of course pasta, fills me with joy. But it is hard to find an Italian restaurant that combines these delicacies both cooked and presented well, alongside a friendly atmosphere and restaurant that is decorated to appease your senses but still feel relaxed.  And trust me, I have been to quite a few! Deep in the heart of Faversham in Kent, a gentile and historic town, resides Posillipo. A visually stunning restaurant with views of the creek.  The outside of...Continue reading
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Homemade Natural Washing Powder / UK Recipe Laundry Powder

Please note: I originally wrote this post back in 2014 - but it has now been updated with 2018 prices! We do a lot of washing in our house. About 20-25 loads a week roughly, sometimes more.  This is something that all households have to do but it does make it hard when one of your kids has very allergic skin.  We have a lot of problems with various washing powders and fabric conditioners as they contain so many harsh chemicals that I might as well just roll my youngest through a patch of nettles! So we decided to make...Continue reading
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Restaurant Review: Balans Soho Society – London

I’m always looking for new places to eat in London and having seen this restaurant numerous times, I had never actually ventured in, until now. Balans Soho Society, rather cleverly tagged the ‘haven for the convivial’ has outlets all over London. I was lucky enough to dine at the Old Compton Street venue last weekend and what a delight it was. As soon as you walk in, you hit an atmosphere of upbeat, theatrical happiness. The decoration certainly gives this restaurant a late night ‘speak easy’ feel mixed with an actors den after a late night show. Our table was…

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Restaurant Review: Bibimbap Soho – London

My youngest daughter is currently learning to speak, write and read Korean, is mildly obsessed by KPop and loves all things from Korea. At 16 she is of the age where she is going out by herself and, just like me, she loves to eat at new and exciting restaurants. A few months ago she came home after a trip to London with her big brother and raved about a little Korean restaurant she had found in Soho. She has since been back countless times and last week she insisted I join her so I could also sample the authentic Korean…

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Natural & Organic Products Europe Show 2017 at Excel London

Each year I am honoured to be asked to attend the Natural & Organic Products Europe Show as member of the press. When I first started attending the show, it was held in Olympia and I always felt it was a little cramped but the past few years, since the show has been moved to Excel London, it is by far my favourite show to attend. Last week was show day and my press pass and I were ready to rock and roll. Natural & Organic Products Europe Show is Europe’s biggest trade show for natural products – making it the ‘must attend’…

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