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Win 3 bags of nutterly delicious Fairtrade nuts

23 February-8th March marks Fairtrade Fortnight and we are celebrating the impact of Fairtrade by turning the spotlight on the producers who grow the products we love.

Take for example, farmer-owned Fair Trade nut company, Liberation Foods who source all their nuts from co-operatives of small-scale growers and farmers who own a 44% share of the company. With peanuts coming from Nicaragua and Malawi and cashews all the way from India, Liberation is passionately nuts about Fairtrade, the livelihoods of its farmers and providing the best tasting product. Read our “How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter” recipe for one of the great ways to use Liberation Nuts

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we have teamed up with Liberation Foods to offer 5 readers the chance to each win 3 bags of nutterly delicious Fairtrade nuts from the range below:

Oven Baked Chilli& Lime Cashews with Peanuts & Roasted Corn Inspired by the colour and flavour of street food in Latin America, the sweet cashew nuts are coated in a special chilli and lime seasoning and oven baked slowly. The peanuts are lightly salted and baked. Once the nuts are perfectly seasoned they are mixed in with the chilli corn kernels to create the perfect blend of citrus and spice.

Oven Baked Salted Cashews & Peanuts. Each ingredient is baked separately with just the right amount of sprinkled salt (that stays on the nut) to produce the perfect ‘crunch’. Liberation knows that peanuts need just a little bit longer under the heat than cashews and when all are perfectly bronzed, the nuts are cooled before being mixed and bagged.

Oven Baked Mixed Peppercorn Peanuts with Cashews & Habas Fritas. These hot, spicy mixed peppercorn coated peanuts are speckled with ground peppercorns, packing a real peppery taste! Not forgetting the Habas Fritas, these broad beans have been deep fried and seasoned with salt to create a crispy, crunchy and golden roasted snack.

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For a chance to win answer one simple question via our rafflecopter form:

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5 Winners will be selected at random to win 3 bags each.

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UK based entrants only.


Who’s For A Recipe? Delicious Brownies For Mother’s Day

The lovely folks at Waitrose have sent WFD some super yummy brownie recipes just in time for Mothering Sunday. Treat your mum(or yourself) to some chocoholic sweet treats with these easy to make brownies. What makes them even more special is that they are made using some different ingredients than you would expect to find in a traditional brownie.

Take a look at the recipes below and let us know if you use them!

Chocolate orange brownies

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Chocolate Orange Brownies

  • Preparation time:20 minutes
  • Cooking time:25 minutes
  • Total time:45 minutes 45 minutes

Makes: 16


225g unsalted butter
350g Waitrose Continental Plain Chocolate
1 x ½ 400g pack Waitrose LOVE Life Walnuts
4 large eggs
350g light brown muscovado sugar
Grated zest of 2 large oranges
225g plain flour, sifted


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease a 23x32cm deep-sided baking tray and line with baking parchment.

2. In a small saucepan, slowly melt the butter and chocolate, stirring regularly. When the lumps of chocolate are small, turn off the heat to reduce the risk of overheating — it will be hot enough to finish melting. Cool.

3. Roughly chop the walnuts and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and orange zest for 10 minutes or until pale and fluffy.

4. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture then fold in the flour and walnuts. Pour into the tray and bake for 25-30 minutes. Test with a skewer — the mixture should seem not quite cooked in the middle. Cool, then cut into 16 squares. Dust the top with icing sugar, if you wish.

Chocolate Brownies With Pears And Brazil Nuts

Nuts and fresh fruit add texture and flavour to our indulgent version of the classic brownie.

Pears and Brazil Nuts Brownies

Pears and Brazil Nuts Brownies

  • Preparation time:15 minutes
  • Cooking time:30 minutes to 35 minutes
  • Total time:45 minutes to 50 minutes 50 minutes

Makes: 20


  • 250g pack organic unsalted butter
  • 2 x 100g bars Green & Black’s Dark 70% Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 250g Tate & Lyle Organic Caster Sugar
  • 3 Waitrose Large Free Range Organic Columbian Blacktail Eggs
  • 2 ripe organic pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 100g Waitrose Organic Whole Brazil Nuts, roughly chopped
  • 175g organic self raising flour, sifted
  • 3 tbsp Green & Black’s Organic Cocoa Powder, sifted


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line a 30cm x 20cm x 4cm rectangular tin with baking parchment.
  2. Put the butter and chocolate in a small pan and place over a very low heat until melted, stirring occasionally.
  3. Now, in a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together until pale and fluffy, using an electric whisk for speed. Gradually pour in the melted chocolate mixture and continue whisking until combined.
  4. Using a metal spoon, fold in the flour and cocoa then stir in the pears and nuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the brownies are just set (see Cook’s tip). Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin. Cut into 20 squares before serving.

Cook’s tips

Do not overcook the brownies or they will become dry rather than moist and fudgy. The brownies can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Drinks recommendation

Enjoy with a cup of tea.

Food Hacks To Keep Your Food Fresher For Longer

One of the key contributors to food waste in The UK and indeed across the world is food going bad before being eaten – or the perception that is has gone bad based on how long you’ve had it. Read this fantastic guide to food hacks that are designed to keep your food fresher for longer and reduce food waste, saving you money and helping the planet at the same time!

By using proper storage methods, you can extend the lifespan of your food by days or even weeks. For instance, did you know that some produce should be stored in a paper bag, while others should be stored in plastic, or foil? It may seem trivial, but the wrapping should be catered to each vegetable’s unique needs. Once you know the proper storage method and estimated shelf-life of each piece of produce, the next step in combating food waste is planning your meals around the lifespan of your produce. If you have cauliflower, plan to eat that first as it has a shorter lifespan than other vegetables such as carrots and celery.


Lunch at One Under Lime

Nestled underneath the magnificent Lloyd’s building, One Under Lime is the culinary hub where the insurance community comes to munch good, hearty locally sourced British food and drink. Exuberating a fun ambience with friendly staff who readily engage with customers, it is no wonder some tried to showcase pancake tossing skills on Shrove Tuesday. In the summer, sizzling barbeques on the terrace depict a very different side to those who wheel and deal in the City of London.

Uchenna at One Under Lime

Uchenna at One Under Lime

Cool illuminating glass and dark wooden tables convey a modern interior that works well for clean, crisp encounters, or a more leisurely affair where time permits. One of the most popular starters is the classic scotch egg served with salad dressing, which was delightful as the breadcrumb coating was not hard and gritty. Indeed, the inner sausage meat infused with herbs was dreamy – showing that there really is a world of difference between those home made and those snatched off the supermarket shelves. My starter was followed by the special of salmon fillet, garlic mash, and caper butter. Portions are generous, making it a filling meal. The garlic mash wasn’t over powering: in fact it was so subtle it didn’t resonate at all. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids and protein, the salmon, on the other hand, was light, fell apart on the plate delicately, and was well flavoured.

One Under Lime Scotch Egg

One Under Lime Scotch Egg

Salmon at One Under Lime

Salmon at One Under Lime

My lunch was accompanied by a refreshing glass of orange and cranberry juice. And,of course, after stuffing the tummy – what more can one do except take a calorie burning stroll? Nestled next to Leadenhall Market and on a trail of modern architectural wonder spanning The Leadenhall Building, the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie – One Under Lime is sure to age gracefully, having just celebrated its fourth birthday on February 20. Many happy belated returns!

Review by Uchenna Izundu