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The Colour Purple – look for it and reap the rewards

A wise friend once said to me (and I can’t for the life of me think what we were talking about at the time) ‘it’s like looking for the colour brown, once you start looking, it’s all that you see’. And how true that is for life, if you look for division and hatred you will find it in abundance and if you look for tolerance and love you’ll find that too. Small changes in…

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Potatoes for natural skin health

Potatoes for natural skin health

We’ve just started harvesting potatoes from our Rather Lovely kitchen garden and very delicious they are too. Potatoes have had a bad rap in recent times due to increased interest in low-carb and low GI foods, but omitting them from the diet altogether is akin to throwing out the baby with the bath water. Potatoes are packed full of a variety of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that help ward off disease and benefit overall health.…

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Detoxify with artichokes for good skin health

Detoxify with Artichokes for Good Skin Health

Maintaining good skin health is an ongoing issue and using seasonal vegetables to help you achieve this is the way to go. We all know that variety is the basis of a good healthy diet but there are some vegetables such as globe artichokes that we probably don’t make the most of. Unlike our Mediterranean cousins who grow and consume them on a regular basis we are definitely missing a trick. We have some artichoke plants in…

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First of the season

The Skin Benefits of Cucumber

Enjoy cucumber and it’s fabulous skin benefits while it’s in season The first cucumber of the season came out of the Rather Lovely kitchen garden today which means there will be plenty more to come. Cucumber plants are prolific producers which is great because these much underrated fruits are an excellent natural skin cleanser. You can use them topically in many ways including mixing them into a natural clay face pack or simply placing slices over the eyes to…

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Proper lunch

Proper Lunch on a proper English summer’s day

Eating a proper lunch for good health and vitality At a show I attended recently I stopped by at a stand selling ‘healthy’ meal replacement powders. How you can replace a proper meal with powder and make it truly healthy is beyond me as digestion begins in the mouth with chewing, and by-passing this crucial first step with shakes that you drink makes no sense. I looked at the ingredients and from a hugely long…

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Revival 7 & 8

Revival 7 & 8

Rather Lovely Sunday Afternoon Tea July & August 2016 Back in January we made a pitch on our blog to revive Sunday afternoon tea once a month and in a rather lovely way, recreating childhood memories of a time when cake was special and not available 24/7. Since then we’ve published a Rather Lovely cake recipe each month until July and now it’s the last day. Since July is synonymous with Wimbledon we’ve had a break from…

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Revival 6 – it’s June and our Sunday afternoon tea celebrates English soft fruits

The strawberries in our Rather Lovely HQ kitchen garden haven’t reached full production yet so we’re eking them out until we can serve them by the bowlful. This month’s cake for Sunday afternoon tea is a celebration of the beginning of summer and English soft fruits. If gluten isn’t an issue for you then Nigellas’s old fashioned chocolate cake is perfect but if you prefer a gluten-free alternative then try Green & Black’s chocolate mousse…

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Vegetarian or vegetable eater – what’s in a name?

It’s National Vegetarian Week and the weather has certainly obliged – warmth, sunshine and rain have ensured that the vegetable patch at Rather Lovely HQ is coming on a treat. If you are a vegetarian then good on you, I am too, but as a homeopath I know that not everyone thrives on a mainly vegetable diet and not every vegetarian eats lots of vegetables. So what’s in a name? Well quite a lot of confusion as it…

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Revival 5 – continuing our campaign to bring back Sunday afternoon tea

I made this cake recently for dessert at a healthTALKS event I was running and it went down a storm. As the recipe was widely requested I thought I’d add it to our Revival campaign for proper Sunday afternoon tea. Now I’m as partial as the next person to cakes made with coconut flour and coconut sugar for their health benefits but let’s be honest here, sometimes they just don’t taste like cake as we know…

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Revival 4 – picnic indoors

A good old fashioned afternoon tea is a rather lovely thing and each month we are bringing you a new recipe to revive the tradition. For April we have a wonderful, moist and truly delicious Parsnip Cake. So forget the April showers, roll out the gingham table cloth, set up your picnic indoors and make like summer’s here already. To make the Parsnip Cake: Line a medium sized round or square baking tin with parchment…

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