Tweet for a cheap eat!


Over the next four weeks, innocent will be giving away veg pot offers and discounts a-plenty. What the discount actually is will be completely in your hands: the more people that tweet, the cheaper you eat.

As the number of people who tweet #tweetandeat increases, the discounts will too – whether its veg pots for a pound, half price, or even completely free, there will be all sorts of offers available to download.

Collective buying power is where it’s at. So get your friends, workmates, that bloke sat next to you on the bus tweeting now to push up the Tweet-O-Meter and get more discounts.

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Natur Boutique Lotus Green Tea

lotusteaThe man who sent me the ‘beyond minging’ artichoke tea (I’m not entirely sure that phrase will be going out in their future marketing materials but it certainly should be their slogan), also sent me a box of Natur Boutique Lotus Green Tea, which is said to aid relaxation. After almost gagging on trying the artichoke tea, I was a tad nervous about trying the green tea. Searching the box for any sign of strange ingredients, e.g. turtle’s anus (which probably tastes like artichoke tea), all appeared to be ok, and on the assumption that they can’t f**k up green tea, gave it a go. And no, they haven’t f***ed it up. It’s a perfectly pleasant green tea. In fact, I’ll even go as far as saying it’s really rather nice.

On the packet they suggest that you drink a cup of it 2-3 times a day 15-20 minutes before eating for 20 days. I’m assuming they don’t mean eat non-stop for 20 days. They also say this on the box of Natur Boutique Diet Green Tea Blend they also sent [review to come soon]. If drinking a cup of tea means you can eat non-stop for 20 days, then I would suggest Natur Boutique only impart this information to a select few, otherwise there’ll be a stampede of chubsters breaking into their head office to loot their entire stock on their way back from Greggs.

And they wouldn’t want that to happen now, would they?

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Giveaway: Vegan Cookbook – The Essential Guide


Vegan Cookbook - The Essential Guide

Vegan Cookbook – The Essential Guide by Isabel Hood is a new addition to the Need2Know range of books.

Comprising seven chapters, the first two chapters cover an overview and background of veganism, along with a checklist of ingredients every well-stocked vegan store-cupboard should contain and a list of essential equipment.

The next five chapters contain the recipes under headings of:

Fruit and vegetables
Pulses and grains
Nuts, seeds and oils
Fresh herbs
Chilli and spice

I haven’t tried any of the recipes myself yet, but a few that caught my eye as I went through the book are:

Middle Eastern Pitta Bread Casserole (this sounds fantastic – like a lasagne, but with toasted pitta bread layered with spicy, tomatoey chickpeas)
Turkish Stuffed Artichokes
Beaumes de Venise Jelly with Grape and Banana Salad
Butter Bean Ramen
Polenta with Sweetcorn, Roasted Tomatoes, Olives and Capers
Recipe for basic nut cheese or mayonnaise
Pasta with Spiced Cashew Sauce
Walnut and Olive Pâté with Fresh Fig Chutney
Spring Vegetable Laksa
Baked Mushrooms Florentine
Sicilian Aubergine Rolls
Roasted Aubergine with Satay Sauce
Sweetcorn in Chilli and Chocolate Sauce
Wild Mushrooms Tacos
Chili Bean and Potato Turnovers

There are many, many more recipes in this book and I’m looking forward to trying them. All the recipes use fresh ingredients and don’t rely on meat substitutes. Measurements are UK friendly (in grams, tsps and mls, etc.) and, as far as I can see, all the ingredients are widely available, although there are plenty of tips and guidance for ingredients you may not be so familiar with (i.e. Vege-Gel).

The giveaway

I’ve got one copy of Vegan Cookbook – The Essential Guide to give away. All you need to do is leave me a comment and I’ll (well, an internet random number generator will, anyway) randomly choose one lucky winner.

Competition ends 9 September 2011
UK entries only

Good luck!

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Innocent Piri Piri Veg Pot

Innocent asked me if I wanted to try out their new veg pots and this morning a courier delivered to me a big box containing four to try, including their brand new Portuguese red pepper piri piri veg pot and a sneak preview of their Thai sweet chilli veg pot that launches in April.

Also in the box was a hessian bag containing fresh thyme and parsley plants (which can be put into an empty veg pot with some more compost and left on a sunny windowsill [remembering to water them every now and then], four wooden forks and some purple napkins with white polka-dots.



Each pot has a cardboard sleeve wrapped around it with heating instructions and on opening today’s pot of choice which was the Innocent Piri Piri Veg Pot, saw a serving suggestion of ‘try adding some cooked prawns’.



According to the card that also came with the veg pots, since January their entire rage of Innocent veg pots has the Vegetarian Society’s special stamp of approval. The one I opened didn’t display the special stamp of approval, so I’m assuming that when it does, it won’t suggest serving it with a dead prawn or two.

I heated up my veg pot in the microwave as instructed (you can also heat it on the hob but it recommends it to be heated in the microwave: saves on washing up, too) and had a peek in the pot. Cubes of potato mingled with beans and red pepper in an orangey red sauce. I generally avoid cubed potatoes after an unfortunate experience involving some Bombay potato consumed a few years ago, but I won’t go into that now.

On the cardboard sleeve, it says it’s spicy. There was a hint of paprika but no real spiciness and definitely no chilli kick. Then again, I haven’t got much of a palate, and would definitely fail Masterchef’s taste test.

On the whole, it was fresh and tasty and not like a microwaved ready meal at all (apart from the fact it is a microwaved ready meal, obviously).

Recommended if you’ve forgotten your packed lunch and need something tasty, quick and easy to eat in the office (although I’m not a fan of people eating hot food in offices but I work alone at home and can stink the place out as much as I like).

Nutritional bit:

Naturally low in fat
300 calories
3 portions of your daily veg
High in fibre
Source of protein

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans (if you don’t follow their serving suggestion)

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