About Chris

Father of 3 sons Plant eating, plant growing

Using the humble Hosta to create the lush look of the tropics

By |2019-07-11T20:56:52+00:00July 11th, 2019|Featured, Plant Growing|

Hosta Sum & Substance A little information about the humble Hosta Named after Dr. Nicholaus Host, physician to the emperor of Austria (1761–1834). Countless hybrids have been raised, mainly in the United States in recent years.  They are all clump forming and can become quite large with time, hence need to be divided every 3-5 years once established. [...]

Two easy to grow plants to give you attractive flowers in late Autumn

By |2019-07-11T20:32:21+00:00July 11th, 2019|Plant Growing|

Viburnum tinus Eve Price If you are looking for something that will flower in late Autumn, perhaps think about planting the shrubby Viburnum tinus for height and the herbaceous Liriope muscari for the shady base. Hailing from the Mediterranean region, Viburnum tinus grows well in or temperate climate and is a very popular winter flowering shrub, particularly as [...]

Whole food plant based diet – Say what?

By |2019-07-10T13:18:09+00:00July 9th, 2019|Featured, Plant Based|

First of all, let’s drop the ‘diet’ thing. This isn’t a diet, nor a fad. A whole food plant based diet is also different to a vegan diet.  Whole Food - This describes natural foods that have not been processed (or minimally). Whole and unrefined. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes.  Plant Based - Food that has no [...]

Why I’m so obsessed with creating a jungle in my own garden…

By |2019-07-10T13:18:23+00:00July 8th, 2019|Featured, Growing Humans, Plant Growing|

Getting ready to wrap the bananas (Musa basjoo) last November, with my head groundsman. As soon as we moved to a house that had more than three square feet of garden space the kids loved getting involved. We’re fortunate now to have a decent sized outdoor space in which to dig and grow stuff. Like all parents, I [...]

Cheat Sheet – Highest Iron Content in common foods, nuts and seeds. Easy Pickings!

By |2019-07-09T22:13:42+00:00April 20th, 2019|Featured, Growing Humans, Plant Based|

If you're trying to get the most nutrition for you kids or your family with as little effort as possible,  just gravitate towards the nuts and seeds with the most iron in. That way when you're in the supermarket with an array of choice in front of you, it might save you some time deciding. Pumpkin seeds are cheap and [...]

Cheat Sheet – Iron Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) UK – Are you getting enough?

By |2019-07-09T22:13:42+00:00April 20th, 2019|Featured, Growing Humans, Plant Based|

Let's cut to the chase here. I just want to make sure we all (my family and I) get our RDA of iron each day in the easiest way possible with only plant based foods. What my own children decide is an 'edible food' however, can change by the second, so it is an endless battle finding things suitable. Stating [...]

Child Approved Green Smoothies For Kids – Plant Based & Vegan

By |2019-07-09T22:13:43+00:00April 19th, 2019|Featured, Growing Humans, Plant Based|

Packed nutrition in a very drinkable green smoothie. Approved by my own kids!  Yep. You know it's true and it's my tried and tested long term solution. Works for me, and the kids drink them without any fuss whatsoever, and you'll be amazed what you can get in there. My standard ingredients for a kid friendly smoothie are as follows, [...]

My Daily Linseed Loaf. Plant based & vegan, and salt & oil free!

By |2019-07-09T22:13:43+00:00April 19th, 2019|Featured, Plant Based|

So we were given a bread maker a couple of years ago, and it has been well worth it - I should have bought one for myself years before! This bakes on the 'medium size loaf' for 1hr 55mins. Easy! My Standard Daily Loaf. Plant Based & Vegan 350g multi seeded white flour (this one is from waitrose in a [...]