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  • The eco-friendly Christmas clean

    Hosting Christmas this year and worried you don’t have enough time to prepare? With the help of a couple of interior influencers, we’ve put together a guide on how to handle the preparations one room at a time, making the task much more manageable. Plus, we’ll show you how to keep it all eco-friendly.

    Interior Designer and writer at LoveChicLiving, Jen, recommends starting by making lists. "Be thorough with your list making, include details, timescales and who will be actioning. This way you can complete your jobs in plenty of time and really relax to enjoy the Christmas season."


    The kitchen

    If you’re the lucky one who’s been chosen to host Christmas dinner this year, the kitchen will be one of the busiest parts of your house.

    One tip is to clean the oven at least a few days before you start preparing for your Christmas meal.Our multi-surface sanitiser contains orange oil, which acts as an effective degreasing agent that will leave your oven free from grease and grime, with no harm to the environment.

    Another task that’s important in the kitchen is to remember to clear out and clean the fridge before your big shop. You should also make sure all of your cutlery, crockery and glasses are sparkling, too - our dishwasher powder or washing-up liquid is perfect for this – leaving you ready for serving out your food and drink.


    The living room

    When everyone sits down on the floor to open up their presents on Christmas morning, you want it to be clean, tidy, and dust free. That means, beforehand, it’s a good idea to sort through any clutter you may have lying around.

    Recycle old magazines and newspapers, and make sure everything is put away. After that, dust surfaces and give the whole area a good clean with a vacuum.

    Queen of organisation and founder of This Girl Can Organise, Nicola, recommends decluttering ahead of the holidays. Go around the home and choose one room at a time, and get rid of anything that shouldn’t be there. Whether that’s old magazines in the living room or out of date food in the fridge in the kitchen – you’ll be surprised at how many items that don’t belong are taking up space. You’ll create room to breathe, and space to put your Christmas decorations and presents!


    The dining area

    A tip that most people swear by – set your table as early as you can. Some people do it up to a week before, but even setting your table on December 24th will take off lots of pressure on the big day.

    Candles are a great way of creating an atmosphere filled with festive scent, so set these out on the table ready for lighting before the meal.


    The bathroom

    Over the festive period , your bathroom will be used a lot more, especially if you have guests staying, so it’s important for it to look its best.

    Using our toilet cleaner will make sure everything’s sparkling before your guests arrive, and our bathroom cleaner spray will keep limescale and watermarks at bay.


    The bedrooms

    Even if you’re not expecting guests, Christmas plans can always change last minute. Make sure the bedrooms in your house are always ready for guests (and for you) by changing the sheets in advance.

    Use our laundry liquid and fabric conditioner for clean, soft sheets that are suitable for the most sensitive of skin - our lavender scented versions are perfect for weary heads.

  • Plastic horror stories – the shocking tales of a man-made monster

    As of 2015, over 6.9 million tons of plastic waste had been generated. Only 9% of that was recycled and 12% incinerated, leaving 79% to accumulate in landfills or the environment.

    Plastic pollution is a monster that we, as a society, have created. The problem is now so severe that it requires all of us to do our bit to try and slow it down – and that process starts with the companies we buy from.

    Over 65% of our range is now packaged in 100% recycled post-consumer plastic – waste that would otherwise be going to landfill. We aim to make this our whole range by 2019, a mission that puts us far ahead of our competitors.

    In an effort to raise awareness of the severity of the issue, we’ve rounded up four of the worst plastic news stories in the last year – stories every bit as scary as the ones we tell around Halloween.


    The BBC discovers seabirds with stomachs full of plastic


    When filming for the BBC One documentary, Drowning in Plastic, the crew made one particularly ghoulish discovery. The stomachs of seabirds on the remote Australian Island of Lord Howe were so full of plastic, there was no room for food, causing many of the birds to starve to death.

    While the chicks wait in nests, the parents head out to sea to dive for fish to bring back to feed their offspring. Their lack of pickiness has helped them to thrive, but in today’s world, they have no ability to tell the difference between plastic and food.

    The parent birds unwittingly feed plastic to their chicks, so when the chicks emerge to make the same trip by themselves for the first time, they lack the nutrition to do so.

    National Geographic estimates that by 2050, virtually every seabird species on the planet will be eating plastic.


    A whale dies after eating 80 plastic bags


    And the seabirds aren’t the only ones suffering. As of mid-2018, over 700 species of marine animals have been reported to have eaten or become entangled in plastic.

    In June, a small male pilot whale was seen struggling to swim off the coast of southern Thailand. The whale was found to have swallowed 80 plastic bags, weighing 8kg in total, leaving it impossible for him to eat any food.

    Environment officials had attempted to nurse the whale, who vomited 5 of the bags, but it was too late, and the damage had already been done.


    Tides of plastic rubbish found in the Caribbean


    Plastic pollution is a beast that’s growing by the second – and we’re the ones feeding it. Five trillion pieces of plastic are already floating in our oceans, and scientists have estimated it to outnumber fish by the year 2050.

    It’s no surprise then that it’s choking our coastlines. Caroline Power, who lives on the Honduran island of Roatan, shared a series of images in 2017 which show a tide of plastic waste floating in the Caribbean island’s clear blue seas.

    One picture taken from below the waterline even shows the sun being blocked out by the sheer amount of waste.


    Plastic waste now so bad it will become fossilised


    And on top of all of that, it’s a monster that is likely to outlive those that made it. Estimates for plastic’s lifespan range from 450 years to forever – leading scientists to label the era our Earth is now in as the ‘Plastic Age’.

    Dr Dan Parsons, professor of sedimentology at Hull University, argues the volume of plastic waste we generate is now so great that fossilised bits of plastic will exist for millennia. Just as there is a record of dinosaurs, Dan says plastic will be ‘our legacy’.

    More than 40 percent of plastic is used just once, then thrown away. When you factor in that nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute worldwide, that’s a scary stat.


    It’s frightening stuff, right? So let’s stop feeding the monster and get out those reusable bags, re-fill our bottles and recycle as much as possible. And if you’re already doing all that, then that’s great!

    If you’re looking for some more positive news, keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles to find out when we reach our target of packaging 100% of our range in recycled UK post-consumer waste!


  • What’s the fuss about eco-friendly fashion?


    In 2018, the world is more obsessed with fast fashion than ever. We’re buying more and throwing away more, and it’s having a detrimental impact on our environment.

    From over-farming cotton to chemical use in the manufacturing process, there are lots of ways that that new winter wardrobe is damaging not only your bank account but the Earth, too.

    In the run up to London Fashion week, here are five reasons to switch up your wardrobe and start avoiding fast fashion for the good of the planet.

    The dying process

    Globally, chemical use in the clothing dying process is the second largest pollutant of clean water. Last year, Greenpeace conducted research on a number of garments from big brands, and confirmed the presence of banned, hazardous substances on every item.

    The chemicals used by clothing manufacturers can be carcinogenic and have negative effects on hormones.

    Make sure to check clothing labels for words like ‘antibacterial’, ‘wrinkle-free’ and ‘stain-resistant’ – all of these can imply that potentially harmful chemicals have been involved at some point in production.

    Polyester use

    Polyester is a popular material because of its durability and cost, but when put into the washing machine, polyester garments shed microfibres.

    These tiny bits of polyester pass through water treatment plants easily, and end up adding to already rising levels of plastic in our oceans, which can be detrimental to marine life.

    Where possible, avoid Polyester and go for more natural products like hemp.

    Unsustainability of cotton farming

    Although it’s widely used in more ‘eco-friendly’ clothing options, cotton farms account for 16% of the world’s insecticide releases.

    Most commonly used is aldicarp, a chemical that can be fatal to humans. Not only is it harmful for the individuals working in cotton production, but traces of these chemicals remain on your garments, even when they’re hung in your wardrobe at home.

    Try to choose clothes that are made from organic cotton instead.

    The cost

    Investing money in good-quality, ethical garments can save your bank account in the long run. Instead of buying and throwing away an entire wardrobe every season, try to choose items that you’ll happily wear for the next few winters.

    Go for things that’ll last longer, so you don’t have to contribute to the millions of tonnes of clothing that end up in landfill every year.


    It was recently discovered that leading fashion house Burberry burned almost £30m of unsold clothing, accessories and perfume last year. According to the BBC, lots of companies are often taking part in what’s considered fashion’s “dirtiest open secret”.

    If the fashion industry continues to excuse such behaviour from not just Burberry, but the many other multi-million-pound fashion brands, the environmental damage could be “potentially catastrophic”.

    There are brands out there that are already offering ‘refurbished’ versions of their clothing that has been thrown away, including North Face.

    Do some research and see if you can pick up a refurbished item next time you make a big purchase – you might just save yourself some money too!

    A note on eco-washing

    While awareness of eco-friendly fashion is definitely on the rise, we’re encouraging people to think about the products they use to wash their clothes too.

    Conventional laundry products tend to include ingredients that are derived from petroleum, that are non-biodegradable, and that are harmful to our water systems.

    Switch to an eco-friendly option such as our own Lavender laundry liquid to get the same results without the same environmental damage.

    Our aim at Bio-D is to make products which don’t cost the Earth, and we work consistently across all our production processes, from the ingredients we put in our bottles to the packaging we use to make them, to protect our planet. Thank you for your support!

  • Why it’s so important to support independents

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    With 55% of UK consumers shopping at independent retailers once a week or more, it’s safe to say the nation loves its local stores. You may have noticed on our social media channels that we do, too!

    Because we’re an independent company, only stocked by other independents, we’ve been showing some of our favourite stores a little love on our social media channels lately.

    But why is it important for us to shop at independents, and what are the benefits of choosing the little and local stores? Here are 4 reasons to start supporting your independents (if you haven’t already).

    Diversity on the high street

    Choose to shop locally and you’ll be able to find lots of unique stuff that you can’t get anywhere else.

    From the work of local artists, handmade clothes and homeware, to the freshest bread and cakes, it’s easy to find all the best products in your area if you know where to look.

    You could save some cash

    Buying a product from the supermarket? Then there might be lots of people involved in the deal. From growers and suppliers to delivery drivers and the store itself, everyone needs their share of the price you’re paying.

    Shopping with independents means you’ll be paying for a much shorter supply chain, so the cost of the products won’t be hiked up to pay for everyone involved in getting that product to you.

    It’s good for your community’s economy

    Research shows that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p stays in the local economy, compared to only 40p from larger stores. That 63p is spent with other independents and means the community can thrive.

    High streets populated lots of independent businesses have a positive impact on local house prices too!

    And better for the environment  

    Not only do local stores tend to stock seasonal products that haven’t been imported from thousands of miles away, they also use way less packaging.

    If you’re lucky enough for one of your nearby independents to stock Bio-D, you can save your old bottles from the landfill, and refill them with our products.

    Already shopping at your own favourite independents? Let us know over on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram who they are!

  • How you can have your most eco-friendly festival season ever

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    Over the last few years, lots of people have grown more conscious about their impact on the environment, and there’s been a rise in the popularity of eco-friendly festivals.

    However, most of our favourite music and comedy weekends are not so great for the earth. From plastic cups, plates and cutlery, to fast food in throwaway containers, there are lots of ways festivals can be damaging to our environment. The main culprit? The sheer amount of rubbish left behind by the thousands of people attending.

    Although the following tips may seem like tiny contributions, they can make a big difference to the impact festivals have on our earth. Here’s how to do your bit, have fun, and have your most eco-friendly festival season ever.

    1. Bring a reusable cup

    Whatever your drink of choice at festivals, it’s important to stay hydrated. Rather than spending all your cash on overpriced water in single-use plastic bottles, take your own reusable cup and fill it up for free.

    Were you one of the lucky winners in our giveaway? A festival is a perfect place to take your brand-new Bio-D Chilly’s tumbler!

    1. Choose a greener glitter

    Festivals are a great place to get dressed up and cover yourself in glitter, but the more commonly used stuff is made from a mixture of aluminium and plastic. When those tiny sparkles are washed down the drain at the end of the weekend, they become a threat to marine life.

    Instead of the usual stuff, do some research on biodegradable glitter. There are a few great independent brands available online, so you can shimmer all night long, without harming the planet.

    1. Reduce and recycle your rubbish

    When all the fun’s over, the clean-up has to begin. Tonnes and tonnes of trash is left behind at festivals every year, in fact, the Glastonbury 2017 clean-up reportedly cost £785,000 and the time of more than 1,000 volunteers.

    Take a bag with you, and make sure not to leave any of your rubbish behind; some festivals even offer cash rewards for people who help out with the clean-up. Just make sure to re-use and recycle everything you can.

    1. Take your tent home

    Invest in a good-quality tent that you’ll be able to use for many festivals to come, then remember to pack it up and take it home with you every year.

    In between uses, to prevent it from going mouldy, thoroughly clean it with an eco-friendly soap. Mix our Washing-up Liquid with some water, and use it with a cloth to wipe away all the dirt from your tent. Just make sure to let your tent dry before you put it away for next time.

    1. Clean your clothes the eco-friendly way

    When you’ve managed to get home in one piece and shower all the dirt away, you’ll probably have some very muddy clothes to deal with.

    Our Laundry Bleach will get stubborn stains out of your favourite band tee, and our Laundry Liquid with Lavender will have everything smelling fresh again.

    Got any more festival tips? Let us know over on Twitter.

  • 5 tips to reduce your rubbish during this year's World Cup

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    From plastic straws to party food and virgin-plastic cups to cutlery, we're aiming to reduce rubbish during The 2018 World Cup.

    The competition historically generates a national boost in spending, and supermarkets are already well-stocked with everything spectators and fans will need while they enjoy watching their teams compete.

    The volume of solid waste generated by world cities is expected to increase to 2.2 billion tonnes per year by 2025, and it's our goal to encourage football fans to try and reduce the amount of rubbish they produce this summer.

    We've ranked every nation by the amount of waste they produce here - and as usual, England doesn't do very well!

    Here's a few ways you can enjoy this year's World Cup, all while doing your bit to re-use, recycle and keep plastic out of the ocean and our landfills.

    1. Reduce your food packaging

    When stocking up on snacks for your party guests, try to go for homemade treats, rather than buying heavily-packaged items from the supermarkets.

    However if you're in a rush and you're bulk-buying for a BBQ, try to purchase products that come in plastic-free or recyclable packaging.

    Cut down further on waste by taking your own containers and bags to your local shops and asking them to put your purchases in them instead of throwaway carriers.

    2. Cups and plates

    Apart from plastic bottles, disposable dinnerware can be the biggest culprit for creating unnecessary waste. For family gatherings and smaller parties, your usual crockery might be the greenest option, but if you're looking for something disposable, try to choose biodegradable materials.

    You could even look at natural options to serve food, such as dishing out sweet treats in hollowed out fruit like oranges or pineapple, adding tasty fillings to lettuce leaves and putting dips in edible tortilla bowls.

    3. Avoid plastic straws

    Our worldwide consumption of single-use plastic straws has a colossal impact on our environment. They take up to 200 years to decompose, and they can't be recycled in most places.

    Last month the EU announced that they plan to completely ban plastic straws by 2019, but until then, they'll be available all over Europe.

    Try to ditch the straws entirely, or look at alternatives, such as paper or reusable stainless steel.

    4. The leftovers

    If you're lucky enough to have food left over at the end of a party or BBQ, keep it fresh with plastic-free wrap.

    Reusable solutions such as beeswax wraps, bowl covers and glass jars are becoming increasingly popular for eco-friendly food storage, and are available in a surprising number of supermarkets and health food shops.

    5. Recycle any plastic you have to use

    Single-use plastic isn't eco-friendly, but sometimes it's the only option. If you can't find any alternatives, try to recycle any plastic you do have to use.

    Do a bit of research on your local recycling centres and you might be surprised about what you don't have to simply throw away.

    For all of your re-usable goodies, don't forget to thoroughly wash them between uses. Our Washing-up Liquid is perfect for removing dirt and germs from your eco-friendly straws, jars and bowl covers. Plus, we're the only eco-friendly cleaning company to pass all the tests for use in professional kitchens!

  • The World Cup of Waste: every nation ranked by rubbish generation

    It is known as the beautiful game, but this year’s month-long FIFA World Cup is set to generate tonnes of waste as spectators and fans cheer on their respective teams in the biggest football tournament on the planet.

    Only one nation can be the winner of the coveted trophy, and the same can be said for a title a little less in demand - the producer of the most waste.

    Using data from World Bank's What a Waste report, we've created a league table ranking all 32 of the qualified nations by their rubbish generation in KG, per person per day.

    Every world cup nation ranked by rubbish generation

    Switzerland comes out on top of the (rubbish) pile, producing on average 2.61kg of waste per person per day - the equivalent of more than six footballs.

    England, representing the United Kingdom, places as the 8th highest waste generating nation.

    At the other end of the table, the South American country Uruguay produces the least waste - just 0.11kgs per person per day, which is the equivalent weight of two referees whistles.

    The global focus on the World Cup offers an opportunity to think about the impact football fans (ourselves included!) can have on the environment.

    Over half of our range now uses packaging made from 100% recycled waste, and we're aiming to make that our entire range by the end of the year. Now come on England!

  • We’re asking you to Eat. Clean.

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    In celebration of National Vegetarian Week, we’ve teamed up with famous food writers, Áine Carlin and Katy Beskow, who’ve shared a few special vegetarian recipes inspired by the ingredients in Bio-D products.

    Aine headshot for BioDÁine, author of the new book COOK SHARE EAT VEGAN, has selected crispy cinnamon potato tacos with lime and jalapeno soured cream, influenced by the lime in one of our hand soaps, plus gingerbread bites to satisfy those with a sweeter tooth.

    Eat. Clean. aims to get people talking about the environment and the impact our everyday tasks can have. We want food lovers all over the country to start thinking more about the impact kitchen products – such as washing up liquid and hand soap – can have on the Earth.

    Every year, the UK produces millions of tonnes of single-use plastic, which takes hundreds of years to decompose. It’s harmful to our planet, to people and to wildlife, which is why we’re working hard and leading the fight against plastic pollution.

    katy beskowLittleMissMeatFree, or Katy as she’s usually known, has shared three recipes for us from her most recent Book, 15 Minute Vegan: Comfort Food – all featuring naturally-derived ingredients found in Bio-D products.

    Her herby white wine mushrooms on toast contain rosemary and thyme, while her coconut, cucumber and garden mint raita and Instant mango fro-yo contain lime – just like our hand washes.

    After cooking up a storm in the kitchen, cleaning up with Bio-D means you’re not only treating yourself with a delicious dish, but also backing the fight against plastic pollution. More than half the Bio-D product range uses 100% recycled packaging, and we’re aiming to make sure all of our packaging is the same by the end of the year.

    Plus, did you know we’re the only environmentally-friendly cleaning product manufacturer to pass the test for use in commercial kitchens?

    Get involved with Eat.Clean. and tweet us with photos of your take on Áine and Katy’s recipes – make sure to include the hashtag #EatClean so we can see what you’ve been up to.

  • Áine Carlin's Eat. Clean. vegetarian recipes

    We've teamed up with Áine Carlin, the UK’s best-selling vegan author and creator of the new book COOK SHARE EAT VEGAN, who has selected two vegetarian recipes for our Eat. Clean campaign inspired by the naturally-derived ingredients in our products!

    Crispy cinnamon tacos

    with a lime & jalapeño soured cream
    SERVES 4 – 6

    There are few things in life that give me more pleasure than tacos. With endless filling possibilities, wrapped in either crispy or soft tortillas (both have their virtues), they are the food equivalent of ‘onesize-fits-all’. I’ve never met a person who doesn’t relish wrapping their lips around one and if I ever did, I’m fairly certain we would not get along. If you’re seeking a fail-safe dinner party hit then these crispy cinnamon tatties – my current favourite taco incarnation – are most likely it, though I guarantee most questions will be about the lime and jalapeño soured cream, which is borderline life-changing.


    750g salad potatoes, halved lengthways and cut into 5mm thick slicesCrisp-Cinnamon-Potato-Tacos_77
    1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve
    ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
    ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
    1 tablespoon maple syrup
    3 tablespoons olive or rapeseed oil
    large handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
    grated zest of 1 lime
    sea salt flakes and black pepper

    Lime & jalapeño soured cream
    150g cashews, soaked and drained
    100ml water
    grated zest and juice of 1 lime
    1 teaspoon cider vinegar
    1 tablespoon pickled jalapeños
    sea salt flakes and black pepper
    Sweetcorn & radish salsa
    100g sweetcorn kernels, preferably raw
    4 radishes, finely chopped
    1 celery stick, finely chopped
    2 spring onions, finely chopped
    1 green chilli, finely chopped
    grated zest and juice of 1 lime
    1 tablespoon roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
    1 tablespoon roughly chopped dill
    sea salt flakes and black pepper

    To serve
    10–12 taco-sized tortillas
    200g rocket leaves
    lime juice


    1. 1. Preheat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan), Gas Mark 7.
    2. 2. To make the soured cream, place the cashews in a blender with the measured water, lime juice, vinegar and jalapeños. Season and blend for at least 10 minutes, or until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides with a spatula every few minutes, bearing in mind that the cream will go through several stages until you achieve the desired smooth consistency. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until needed.
    3. 3. Place the potatoes in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle over the cinnamon, cumin and coriander, then drizzle with the maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season generously and toss to combine. Roast in the oven for 35–40 minutes, or until golden and crisp, shaking the pan from time to time. Remove from the oven, season and toss through the chopped coriander and lime zest.
    4. 4. To make the salsa, place the sweetcorn kernels in a large bowl with the chopped radish, celery, spring onion and chilli. Add the lime zest and juice, season generously and stir to combine. Add the parsley and dill, stir and set aside until needed.
    5. 5. Heat the tortillas on a lightly oiled griddle pan and keep warm in a clean tea towel.
    6. 6. Spread each tortilla with a light smear of soured cream, then top with some rocket leaves. Followed by crispy potatoes, sweetcorn salsa and some more soured cream. Finish with a squeeze of lime juice, dust with cinnamon and serve.


    Sticky Gingerbread BitesSticky gingerbread bites

    SERVES 10 –12

    I don’t really play favourites when it comes to baking but I must say I have a serious weakness for gingerbread. More like a tray bake, these small squares are sticky sweet and seriously moist – perfect for eating alongside a festive cocktail. I like to pile them up high on a cake stand and either paint them with edible gold leaf or sprinkle them with gold dust. Demure they are not, and all the better for it.


    110g plain flour
    50g spelt flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    ½ teaspoon allspice
    pinch of sea salt flakes
    1 small banana
    1 thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger,
    peeled and grated
    120g light brown sugar
    1 tablespoon black treacle
    1 tablespoon maple syrup
    125ml soy milk (or other plant milk)
    1 tablespoon water
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    ½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

    Pomegranate glaze
    3 tablespoons pomegranate juice
    1 tablespoon satsuma juice
    1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
    3 tablespoons agave nectar
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon dairy-free margarine

    To serve
    handful of pomegranate seeds
    edible gold leaf or dust (optional)


    1. 1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan), Gas Mark 5. Line a 30 x 20cm brownie tin with baking paper.
    2. 2. Sift the flours, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt into a large bowl.
    3. 3. Mash the banana to a smooth purée and transfer to a separate bowl along with the grated ginger, sugar, black treacle, maple syrup, soy milk, water, oil and balsamic vinegar. Whisk thoroughly until completely combined.
    4. 4. Make a well in the centre of the flour, pour in the wet mixture and fold together gently to form a batter.
    5. 5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly for 10 minutes before removing from the tin and transferring to a wire rack.
    6. 6. Meanwhile, add the glaze ingredients to a shallow frying pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10–15 minutes until reduced, thickened and syrupy.
    7. 7. While the bread is still warm, pour or brush over the glaze, covering it entirely. Sprinkle over a generous handful of pomegranate seeds and for a final, festive flourish, paint on some edible gold leaf or sprinkle over a little gold dust, if you fancy. Leave to cool completely before cutting into bitesized squares.
  • Katy Beskow's Eat. Clean. vegetarian recipes

    We've teamed up with vegan food writer, cookery tutor and chef Katy Beskow, aka LittleMissMeatFree, who has released three recipes from her recent book 15 Minute Vegan: Comfort Food (Quadrille £15, photography: Dan Jones) in support of our Eat. Clean. campaign!

    mushroom_bourguignonChestnut mushroom bourguignon

    Delight dinner guests with this deep, boozy, herbed bourguignon. Mushrooms absorb lots of liquid, so cook them in a separate pan to the base sauce to keep them at their best.


    2 tbsp olive oil
    600g (1lb 5oz) chestnut (cremini) mushrooms, brushed clean and halved
    6 shallots, halved
    1 carrot, sliced
    1 clove of garlic, crushed
    ½ tsp dried thyme
    ½ tsp dried rosemary
    3 tsp plain (all-purpose) flour
    200ml (7fl oz/generous ¾ cup) red wine (ensure vegan)
    1 tbsp tomato ketchup
    150ml (5¼fl oz/generous ½ cup) hot water
    Pinch of sea salt and black pepper


    1. In a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and cook the mushrooms over a medium–high heat for 10 minutes until softened and fragrant.
    2. In a separate large saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil and sauté the shallots and carrot over a medium–high heat for 4 minutes until the carrot begins to soften.
    3. Add the garlic, thyme and rosemary, and sauté for a further minute, then sprinkle in the flour and ensure the vegetables are well coated.
    4. Pour the wine and ketchup into the shallot pan, stir through and allow to reduce for 10 minutes, adding the hot water when the sauce starts to thicken.
    5. Spoon the cooked mushrooms and any juices into the saucepan and season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.


    raitaCoconut, cucumber and garden mint raita

    Cooling and refreshing, this raita is a vital addition to any Indian-inspired meal and delicious served with Naan chips.

    You can find many brands and varieties of coconut yoghurt in supermarkets and health food shops. I’d recommend choosing an unsweetened version for this recipe.


    8 tbsp chilled unsweetened coconut yoghurt
    ¼ cucumber, finely chopped
    Handful of mint leaves, finely chopped
    Juice of 1 unwaxed lime
    Pinch of sea salt


    Spoon the coconut yoghurt into a large bowl. Stir in the cucumber, mint and lime juice, and season with sea salt to taste.


    mango fro-yoInstant mango fro-yo

    Frozen mango chunks are available in large supermarkets. Stock up and use them in smoothies, puddings and curries.

    When I lived in the city, I loved eating a tub of frozen yoghurt on a hot day. I was lucky to find a wonderful shop (that I passed on my way home from work throughout summer) that sold a vegan version. No matter where you are, stopping and having a moment of calm is good for the mind and body; this instant fro-yo will transport you to somewhere tropical.

    Serves 2 generously


    200g (7oz/½ cup) frozen mango chunks
    5 rounded tbsp coconut yoghurt
    Juice of 1 unwaxed lime


    Add the frozen mango, coconut yoghurt and lime juice to a high-powered blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

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