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Eco-friendly Valentine's Day

With Valentines’ Day around the corner, why not make yours an eco-friendly day? Here are some ideas to impress your partner from dawn till dusk!

Breakfast in bed. Nothing like waking up to a cup of freshly brewed organic coffee and a kiss, followed by a full English Breakfast, using free-range bacon and eggs fresh from the farm, some freshly baked sourdough bread and some organic tomatoes.

Valentine’s gift. Surprising your partner with a gift is always a winner on Valentine’s Day, but instead of buying freshly cut flowers, why not buy a potted plant, or plant a tree? Or why not order an ethical gift box to be delivered to your partner at work?

Relax. After work, why not set the scene with some natural candles and treat your loved one to a relaxing massage using some lovely essential oils and natural skincare products?

Eat in. While your partner is still on cloud nine after their massage pour them a glass of organic/vegan sparkling wine whilst you get cooking! Spoil them with only the best organic vegetables, free-range meat or prepare a vegan feast!

Pop the question? Now is the time to pop the Big Question with a beautiful ethically sourced ring or just show your love with a stunning reclaimed silver bracelet.

Snuggle up. Watch a romantic movie together and tuck into some organic or Fairtrade chocolates to finish off a perfect day!

 

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Fluffy Cheese Omelette

Make a fluffy cheese omelette with this top tip.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

4 free-range eggs

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup mature cheddar – finely grated

1/4 cup parmesan – finely grated

salt/pepper to taste

1 tsp cooking olive oil

1 tbsp fresh chives

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat
  • Whisk the eggs, salt, pepper and baking powder together until the baking powder has dissolved
  • Add the mixture to the warm pan and let it set slightly
  • Once it starts to set, push the mixture gently from the edge of the pan towards the centre and tilt the pan so the runny mixture can continue to fill the pan and set
  • Once lightly set, sprinkle the cheese on the one side of the omelette and fold the other side over
  • Turn off the heat and let it rest for a minute so the cheese can melt
  • Serve with fresh chives and a dollop of dijon mustard and a green salad on the side.

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Spanish omelette with mushrooms and onions

This Spanish omelette with chorizo, mushroom and onion is a tasty way to start the day!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 tsp cooking olive oil

100g chorizo – chopped into small chunks

½ white onion – finely chopped

1 handful of button mushrooms – sliced

4 eggs – lightly beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper

fresh parsley for garnish

2 tbsp grated parmesan

4 slices mozzarella

Method:

  • Turn on your oven grill
  • On the hob, heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the chorizo, onion and mushrooms and fry on a medium heat until the onions are soft
  • Add the egg mixture to the pan and swirl around to fill the pan
  • Top the mixture with the parmesan and mozzarella
  • When the bottom of the omelette starts to set put the pan under a hot grill to lightly set the top and melt the cheese
  • Remove from the grill, add an extra grinding of salt and pepper to taste and top with some fresh parsley.

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Butternut and feta tortellini

This vegetarian Butternut and Feta Tortellini is worth the effort – you won’t want to buy shop bought tortellini ever again!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 medium free-range eggs

200g organic flour or double zero flour

4 tbsp butter

10 sage leaves

salt/pepper to taste

1 tbsp cooking olive oil

1 handful of grated parmesan

2 tbsp of toasted pine nuts

2 rings of feta

1 butternut – peeled and cut into cubes

1/2 red onion – finely diced

2 cloves garlic – crushed

To make the pasta:

  • Sift the flour into a bowl, make a hole in the middle and add the eggs
  • Stir the eggs and slowly start to incorporate the flour into the mix
  • Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes until the dow in silky and smooth
  • Wrap in a damp cloth and leave for 15 minutes
  • Get your pasta machine out and start rolling out the dow, or roll by hand until you can see your hand through the back of the pasta sheets.

Filling:

  • Cook the butternut in lightly salted water until soft
  • Strain the water out, mash the butternut and add salt and pepper to taste
  • Crumble in 2 rings of feta cheese
  • Heat up olive oil in a frying pan and cook the red onion until soft, add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute until the garlic is cooked and add to the butternut mixture
  • Put the mixture in the fridge to cool down whilst you continue your prep.

Sauce:

  • Slowly melt the butter in a frying pan with the sage leaves and leave aside

To make the tortellini:

  • Have a small bowl of water ready
  • Use a cup to cut out circle shapes in the pasta
  • Add a small teaspoon of filling in the centre
  • Wet your finger in the water and trace all around the pasta circle with your wet finger
  • Fold over the pasta to form a half moon shape and press the edges firmly together (the water should help seal it)
  • Wet the one end of the half moon and fold the two ends together around your little finger and press firmly to bond them
  • Keep the tortellini on a floured surface and covered with a damp cloth to prevent drying out.

Heat a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, drop the tortellini in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until the pasta is soft. You will need to do a few sessions so not to overfill the pot.

Meanwhile, toast your pine nuts in a dry frying pan and heat up the butter and sage sauce.

To serve your tortellini, add the butter and sage sauce to the plate, sprinkle over the pine nuts and serve with a good grating of parmesan cheese.

 

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Beautiful Joe's ethical dog treats

We at Ellery Bow love to support small, local, sustainable and ethical businesses.

In this respect we have to say:

“We LOVE Beautiful Joe’s Dog Treats”.

The name derives from the best selling autobiography written by Margaret Saunders. Beautiful Joe is the story of a real-life dog (“A brown dog of medium size”),  who lived in Canada in 1890. He was rescued from a brutal farmer who had cut off his ears. Ms Saunders went on to devote her life to championing the rights of animals.

These dogs treats are 100% natural and super tasty, handmade from British free-range ox liver, with nothing added. Beautiful Joes are a small artisan dog food producer based in Wiltshire. In addition to giving away half the treats they make, they donate 1% of sales to Compassion in World Farming.

And that isn’t the best bit, they are sold in aid of dogs in need, so for every packet they sell, Beautiful Joe’s donates a packet to a dog rescue home or a related charity. So far, they’ve supported All Dogs Matter and The Dogs Trust, DOTs (Dogs on The Streets), The Blue Cross and they have decided upon their next charity which will be the Mayhew Animal Rescue Centre. Most rescue homes can’t afford to buy any treats for the dogs they look after. The free treats they donate are mostly used to train rescue dogs so that it is easier for them to find new,  forever homes.

Beautiful Joes, we at Ellery Bow take our “bowler” hats off and salute you!

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home-made dog biscuits

These home-made dog biscuits are healthy, quick and easy to make and your dogs will love them!

Ingredients:

1 cup nutty wheat flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar and salt-free peanut butter

2 tbsp biltong powder

3 large eggs

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  • Mix all the ingredients together and roll into shapes on a floured baking sheet
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until cooked through.

Overall time

30 minutes

 

Don’t have time to make your own biscuits, why not search the Livewell Directory to find your nearest ethical pet food suppliers.

Chicken in black bean sauce

This Chinese chicken in black bean sauce recipe is quick and easy to prepare and tasty!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cooked chicken thighs – shredded

1 thumb sized piece of ginger – grated

2 cloves of garlic – grated

1 red birds-eye chilli – finely sliced

2 spring onions – sliced

1 handful green beans – top and tailed and cut in half

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp soya sauce

2 tbsp black bean sauce

1 lime – juiced

1 egg

1 handful coriander

½ cup white basmati rice – cooked

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Cooking oil

Method:

  • Mix together the ginger, garlic, chilli, spring onion, chicken, green beans and sesame oil
  • Heat a pan with cooking oil until hot and add the mixture to the pan, stirring continuously for 1 minute so it doesn’t burn
  • Add the black bean sauce, 1 tbsp of soya sauce and lime juice and stir for another minute
  • Remove from the heat and keep warm
  • Heat another pan with oil, crack in an egg and stir
  • Add the rice and 1 tbsp of soya sauce and cook until warm
  • Dish up the rice topped with the chicken, sprinkle with fresh coriander and top with sesame seeds.

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French Sausage Casserole

This French Sausage Casserole is quick and easy to make and tastes delicious.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 tbsp light olive oil

6 pork sausages

3 slices of streaky bacon – chopped into small bits

2 chopped leeks

2 cloves garlic – finely chopped

2 tins butter beans – drained

250ml chicken stock

250ml dry white wine

Pinch of chilli flakes

Grinding of black pepper

Handful of parsley

Crusty bread

Method:

  • Heat up the olive oil in a saucepan and brown the sausages
  • Remove the sausages from the pan and cut into slices
  • In the same pan, fry the chopped bacon bits and then add garlic and leeks and fry until the leeks are soft
  • Add back the sausages, chicken stock, wine, chilli flakes, butter beans and a grinding of pepper
  • Simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until the sausages are cooked through
  • Top with fresh parsley and serve with crusty bread on the side to soak up the juices.

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