Oh I love a good coffee, don’t you?

Being sure your airline is going to serve a good coffee when you fly can be a bit hit and miss though.

Take a look at this fabulous infographic though and find out which coffee your airline serves. I could sway your flight choice!

 

Airline coffee around the world

 

Coffee Served on 44 Airlines Around the World [Infographic] by the team at DrippedCoffee

 

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Have you heard of Plant For Peace bars?

They are a superfood bar made exclusively from fruit grown on small Afghan farms. The initiative has enabled farmers to transform their fields from growing opium for the heroin trade, to growing mulberries and other fruit to produce these superfood bars. For every bar sold, a fruit tree is planted.

Isn’t that just lovely.

Plant for Peace Bars

The bars cost £1.19 (£2.99 for box of 4) and are available in three flavours:

  • Mulberry Chia
  • Mulberry Cocoa Orange
  • Mulberry and Apple

Mulberries are superfoods with lots of health benefits – packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, these bars are a great low calorie snacks suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Sadly and shockingly  90% of the world’s heroin is made from poppies grown in Afghanistan, Plant For Peace aims to revive the agricultural industry which was destroyed during the war, and offer farmers an alternative and sustainable livelihood bu producing Plant for Peace bars.

Plant For Peace has predicted that the trees funded by the sale of the bars will contribute $1.3 billion to the farming industry in war-torn Afghanistan by 2025. That equates to three times the revenue farmers would receive growing opium poppies.

 

Now available at Sainsburys, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett.

 

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I have had the pleasure over this past week of reviewing Pep and Lekker soups.  These are healthy, super tasty soups ideal for those doing a detox or a cleanse or just wanting to eat more healthily.

The soups are made from organic vegetables, packed with nourishing vegetable protein. They’re creamy with blended nuts and are gluten and dairy free too. Perfect for Vegans.

I haven’t long finished a cleanse and I have been eating well since and wasn’t quite ready to do another..so I had these soups as my lunches for one week as part of my diet.  I lose 4lbs that week!

Pep and Lekker is a family run business established by Susan and Juliette 2 years ago. Juliette had been trying a popular fruit juice detox but found it left her feeling drained – she also found 0it was very expensive too. Fascinated by this Susan used an MBA project to investigate and evaluate the detox market.

Exploring the idea with the help of nutritionists they soon discovered that juice detoxes have a lack of protein and essential fats and that soup provide a more satisfying, low sugar, alternative. I have to say I find these soups totally filling and they have easily seen me through to teatime without hunger pangs.

They are completely delicious and really satisfying.

Pep and Lekker soups can be used for for cleanses, detoxes, diets or simply just for delicious, healthy living.

Let me talk you through the range:

GORGEOUS GREEN

Broccoli, courgette, spinach, pea and mint.

It contains protein, vitamin A, zinc and B vitamins and is high in vitamins E, C, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese.

I found this creamy light and really lovely

 

RAVASHING RED

RAVISHING RED

Roast beetroot, roast tomatoes and apple.

This beetroot-based soup is high in many nutrients including vitamins A, E, C, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and manganese and contains protein and B vitamins.

I was prepared to really dislike this as I am not a beetroot fan but yum yum yum!

 

GLEAMING GOLD

Sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots and sweet peppers. .

It is high in vitamins A, E, C, magnesium, iron, copper and manganese and contains protein, zinc and B vitamins.

This was my absolute favourite of the soups so creamy and tasty I could eat it every day!

 

The soup arrives frozen and you just pop it in the fridge. Each portion of soup comes with home made nutty seed bites. These  add protein, fibre, vitamin E, copper and manganese and are really tasty! No need for bread! There are a variety of packages you can buy depending on your requirements.

Simple food at it’s very best

 

 

Gary Durrant, Head Chef at Hunter 486, shares his tops tips and wonderful ways with strawberries

ways with strawberries

Hot and cold

Roasting strawberries can create tremendously tasty results, particularly when paired with a generous scoop of Cornish vanilla ice-cream. To make the most of the oven-baked fruit, ensure the stem is sliced off, cut into quarters and then whisk together with a dash of maple syrup. Presentation is important with this pretty summer dessert, so let the strawberry slices cool down slightly before scattering them neatly on top of the ice cream.

 

Begin at breakfast

For a decadent breakfast treat, combine sliced strawberries with rhubarb pieces and spread over two thick slices of toast. To ensure a thorough fusion of flavours, press the fruit gently into the bread then chill in the fridge overnight.  Fry your bread slices the following morning in a frying pan with plenty of butter. Feel free to add dashes of cinnamon and brown sugar too. Serve with a generous helping of Greek yogurt. Preparation is key with this dish but it’s worth the fuss!

 

Scoop it out

Strawberry cheesecake is a well-loved classic and a popular party pudding for any occasion. Why not re-invent the traditional recipe and try a new dinner party dessert? Simply scoop out the centre of the strawberry and fill it with a cheesecake filling. The classic combination of cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract will hold perfectly inside the fruit when served fresh out of the fridge. For extra wow-factor, serve with a cinnamon glaze. Alternatively, if it’s a romantic snack you’re after then swap the glaze for a white chocolate dipping sauce.

 

Fruity refreshment

As the weather warms up, homemade strawberry ice-lollies are a refreshing sunbathing snack. Simply combine crushed strawberries with a spoonful of sugar before mixing into a cold jug of lemonade. Pour the liquid into ice-lolly moulds and place a wooden stick in the centre. Alternatively, simply add strawberry slices to your ice cube tray and freeze overnight, a trick that will transform your summer beverage from simple to spectacular in a split second.

 

Seasonal summer salad

Contrary to popular belief, strawberries are not strictly reserved for the sweet-toothed. Inject a zing into your leafy summer salad by adding balsamic glazed strawberries into the mix. Gorgonzola cheese and pecan nuts both work particularly well with this dish.

 

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Rose Garden Cocktail

 

 

 

We love lovely drinks here at Eat Simply.

Sopwell House have created the Rose Garden Cocktail to celebrate this summer and it comes served in its very own mini watering can. I think it is adorable.

Head Barman, Terry Woods, has combined  Hendricks Gin, Homemade Rose Syrup, Lemon Juice and muddled Cucumber topped with Soda Water. Once the ingredients have been shaken, they are double strained into a mini watering can along with crushed ice. The cocktail is completed with a delicate rose petal garnish.

How absolutely fabulous and fantastically refreshing does that sound!

The Rose Garden Cocktail is available throughout the summer months at £10.95 per dainty watering can.

 

A beautiful place to dine

Sopwell House has a strong affinity with Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist Ann-Marie Powell.  Ann-Marie designed the hotel’s eye-catching gardens and beautiful gardens.

Sopwell is a stunning Georgian manor house located in the city of St. Albans within the Hertfordshire countryside. Located only 20 minutes from London St. Pancras, the hotel has 128 stylish guestrooms and 16 bespoke Mews suites. The hotel is the perfect place to dine boasting two restaurants, elegant cocktail lounge, and conservatory bar, all of which look out on 12-acres of beautiful gardens.

Doesn’t it sound perfectly blissful.


www.sopwellhouse.co.uk

 

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