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Marcus Leach and his Chicken Noodle Salad

Chicken Noodle Salad with Wasabi and Ginger Dressing 


There comes a time every year when, after a few false dawns, it genuinely feels like we have seen the back of Winter and can look forward to Spring. For me that moment this year has been these past few days as the sun has made a more regular appearance, the daffodils are in full bloom and the fields are full of new born lambs. It’s also at…

Chicken Noodle Salad with Wasabi and Ginger Dressing 


There comes a time every year when, after a few false dawns, it genuinely feels like we have seen the back of Winter and can look forward to Spring. For me that moment this year has been these past few days as the sun has made a more regular appearance, the daffodils are in full bloom and the fields are full of new born lambs. It’s also at this time of year that I like to move away from the more hearty winter dishes and embrace lighter dishes, which often means salads.

On a personal level the change in weather has certainly made getting out on my bike a lot more enjoyable, and with a little less than seven weeks to go before I head off to Italy to take on the first of the three races for the Three Tours Challenge (https://www.3tourschallenge.com) it’s great to be able to cycle with the sun on my back. It’s also great to have made this salad up in advance knowing that when I come home from a long ride all I have to do is add the dressing and enjoy a nutritious meal straight away.

 

Ingredients (serves four)

500g chicken breast (can also use thigh fillets)

200g buckwheat noodles

200g Chinese leaf lettuce, finely shredded

2 large carrots, peeled into ribbons

1 red onion, thinly sliced

4 tomatoes, skin and seeds removed

15g black sesame seeds

 For the dressing

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin avocado oil
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi 
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 3 inch piece of finely ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon of honey 

Method

1.  Start by flattening the chicken breasts. To do this place them under cling film and use a rolling pin to bash them until they are thinner, this way they will cook quickly in a griddle pan.

2. Heat a griddle pan for five minutes on a high heat and add in the breasts. With them being thin they will only take a few minutes on each side, make sure you don’t overcook them else the meat dries out. Remove from the pan and set aside. 

3.  [endif]Meanwhile cut a cross in the bottom of the tomatoes, and cut out the stalk, and place into a pan of boiling water for fifteen seconds before transfering to a bowl of water with ice cubes in. Once they have cooled peel the skin off. Cut into quarters and use your thumb to push out all of the seeds and juice. Cut the quarters into small cubes.

4. Finely chop the Chinese leaf lettuce and red onion and use a peeler to ribbon the carrots, add both to a large bowl before thinly slicing the chicken and adding that in. 

5.  Add all of the dressing ingredients to a jar and shake vigorously until they are well mixed together.   

6.  Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the noodles, cook for two minutes until they are soft. Drain and add to the salad, along with the dressing and sesame seeds, and mix together thoroughly.

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Farmhouse Spaghetti Bolognese by Marcus Leach

 I remember, with great pride I might add, that the first ever badge I earned at Cubs was for cooking. My meal of choice; spaghetti bolognese, a dish that to this very day I still cook on a regular basis, although my recipe has evolved since those early days in the kitchen.Not only is it a dish I love to eat, but given the nature of the fitness challenges I embark on it is a great source of energy to keep me fuelled as I head for the mountains. I dare say that with almost

 I remember, with great pride I might add, that the first ever badge I earned at Cubs was for cooking. My meal of choice; spaghetti bolognese, a dish that to this very day I still cook on a regular basis, although my recipe has evolved since those early days in the kitchen.Not only is it a dish I love to eat, but given the nature of the fitness challenges I embark on it is a great source of energy to keep me fuelled as I head for the mountains. I dare say that with almost 4000km of cycling in Italy to get through in May (https://www.3tourschallenge.com), and that’s just a third of the challenge that lies ahead, it’s a dish that I will be eating a lot of over the coming weeks. With that in mind I wanted to share with you my recipe for a hearty bolognese that’s great for all of the family. 

 

Ingredients (serves four)

 

500g lean steak mince 

750ml vegetable stock

175ml red wine

150g pancetta, diced

2 tins of chopped tomatoes

1 onion, diced

1 pepper, diced

1 carrot, diced

4 cloves garlic, crushed

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

2 bay leaves

1 sprig of fresh rosemary 

1 teaspoon of herbs de provence 

1 tablespoon of tomato puree

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Sea salt (optional for seasoning) 

 

Method  

 

Start by adding the diced pancetta to a large pan over a medium heat. Allow it to start to cook for a few minutes and release some of its natural fat before adding in the garlic, onion, peppers and carrots. Reduce the heat slightly and cook until the onions and peppers soften. 

 

Next add in the lean steak mince, making sure to break it up with a wooden spoon as you cook it. Whilst the meat browns strip the rosemary and thyme from the stalks and roughly chop. 

 

Once the meat has browned add in all of the remaining ingredients, stir well and allow to simmer over a low heat for two hours, stirring occasionally. It’s important to cook it ‘low and slow’ to allow it to reduce down and infuse with all of the great flavours - you can always add more stock if it starts to look a little dry. 

 

Once the sauce is ready I always allow it to sit for a few hours - bolognese is one of those sauces that seems to develop an even greater flavour over time - although it can of course be eaten straight away. Just make sure that you take out the bay leaves before serving. 

 

Cook the pasta according to your own personal preference, I like mine a little al dente, and drain. At this stage I add a splash of olive oil and a twist of black pepper to the pasta, mixing it well before serving with the bolognese sauce. 

 

You can find out more about Marcus’s Three Grand Tours cycling challenge on his blog (http://www.marcusleach.co.uk/blog) and via Twitter (https://twitter.com/marcusleachfood), and for those who want to support his fundraising efforts you can donate at Just Giving (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/3tours)

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How to Cook the Perfect Steak - by Marcus Leach

Juicy, tender and full of flavour, a good steak takes some beating. However, get the cooking wrong and you can be left with a piece of meat as tough as leather. It might seem like a pretty simple thing to do, and once you know how, it really is, but this handy guide is a great starting point.

For me the process starts with the buying of the meat, which is always from a butcher for me. There is simply no comparison between a great grass-fed steak from the butcher, that has been dry-age…

Juicy, tender and full of flavour, a good steak takes some beating. However, get the cooking wrong and you can be left with a piece of meat as tough as leather. It might seem like a pretty simple thing to do, and once you know how, it really is, but this handy guide is a great starting point.

For me the process starts with the buying of the meat, which is always from a butcher for me. There is simply no comparison between a great grass-fed steak from the butcher, that has been dry-aged to maximise flavour, and those on offer at most supermarkets. It’s well worth the time and effort in sourcing a good piece of meat to start off with. After that the cooking is simply a case of bringing out the best of the produce.   

 

  1. Remove the steak from the fridge a good few hours before you want to cook it, really important that it is at room temperature.

 

  1. Pat the steak dry to ensure there is no moisture, never a problem when buying a decent dry-aged steak from the butchers in my experience, but some shop bought ones (if that's the route you have gone down) can be a little wet.

 

  1. Get a griddle or cast iron pan up to maximum heat. I usually have mine over the hottest ring on the gas hob and let it sit for at least ten minutes until it is sizzles. 

 

  1. Lightly season your steak with a pinch of sea salt flakes and cracked black pepper.

 

  1. Place in the searing hot pan and cook. Personally I don't buy into the regular turning of the steak, opting instead to cook it on one side, turn, cook it on the other and remove to allow it to rest. 

 

  1. With the above in mind cook on one side for between 2-4 minutes, depending how you like your steak cooked, before turning and cooking for the same amount on the other side*.

 

  1. Remove from the pan and place on a warm plate or board and allow to rest for five minutes (can rest in a very low temperature oven). 

 

  1. Serve with your choice of sides. Personally I love a piece of bone marrow and steamed green beans with mine. Simple but it's all about the meat. 

  *It's difficult to give exact times, as it depends on a few variables, such as thickness of steak and also if it is on the bone or not. However, I am a fan of rare beef, so less is more for me. A general rule of thumb is that the firmer the steak is to the touch the more well done it is.

 

Enjoy,

Marcus Leach

 

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Welcome Marcus Leach !

Marcus Leach isn’t your average person. But then with a motto of ‘why live life on the edge when you can jump off it’, you wouldn’t expect him to be. A self-confessed lover of anything to do with food he divides his time between life as a husband and father, taking on any challenge that involves mountains and sharing his ‘Champion’s Mindset’ with businesses and entrepreneurs as a public speaker. Amongst all of that he finds time to create h…

Marcus Leach isn’t your average person. But then with a motto of ‘why live life on the edge when you can jump off it’, you wouldn’t expect him to be. A self-confessed lover of anything to do with food he divides his time between life as a husband and father, taking on any challenge that involves mountains and sharing his ‘Champion’s Mindset’ with businesses and entrepreneurs as a public speaker. Amongst all of that he finds time to create heathy recipes that compliment his and his family's active lifestyle.

 

How would you describe yourself? 

 

In a nutshell I’m an adventure athlete and inspirational speaker with a passion for anything to do with food and cooking. I’m at my happiest when in the mountains, preferably with my family, and living life to the full. We only get one shot at life and I intend to make the most of it. 

 

Where does your love of food stem from? 

 

For as long as I can remember food has been an integral part of my life, and something that I’ve had a passion for. I grew up in the countryside where my grandparents had a small farm, and I used to spend a lot of my free time helping out there at weekends and during school holidays. My granddad had a huge vegetable and fruit garden, so there was always an abundance of fresh seasonal produce, and my Gran was a great cook and always had something on the go in the kitchen. As I little boy I was fascinated by watching her cook whatever my Granddad had in the garden at the time. The same with my Mum, she always made everything from scratch and meal times were something I looked forward to every day. Those early memories have stuck with me and shaped my own views on food. 

 

How has your own food philosophy developed? 

 

Over the years I have always cooked, but I guess in terms of my own philosophy, which is very much focused on creating a healthy sustainable lifestyle, it has evolved over the last three years. Although the roots of it go back to those  early experiences at the family farm. At the start of 2014 I had reached a point where, having enjoyed life a little too much for too long, I was unhappy about how I looked and felt and knew that I needed to make a change. So I made a decision to get fit, not knowing that that one simple decision would lead on to a completely new lifestyle. 

 

Having committed to transforming my physique through going to the gym and lifting weights it didn’t take long for me to realise that most of the fitness models who I aspired to look like lived pretty dull lives when it came to food. Grilled chicken or fish, boiled rice and steamed broccoli, usually eaten out of a tupperware, at least four times day was not my idea of fun. So I set about proving that you can get in to great shape without sacrificing your love of food. My focus was on creating recipes that not only fuelled my body, but first and foremost excited mine and my wife's tastebuds.   

 

You mention creating a healthy sustainable lifestyle, what does that entail for you?

 

It’s very much about focusing on creating a relationship with food where the focus is on healthy, tasty meals that form part of a lifestyle that can be sustained for years. I hate the word ‘diet’ because to me that implies that you will follow a set of rules for a certain time frame and then, once you’ve finished, you’ll go back to how you were before. Instead, we need to focus on making lasting changes that will have a positive impact on our health, which means eating good quality food, but also making sure we are active. It doesn’t have to be quite on the same level as me when it comes to fitness, but we all need to be moving and exercising, in one way or another, on a regular basis. 

 

Through my own recipes I hope to show people that it’s possible to lead a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to food, without having to sacrifice either taste or enjoyment. At the heart of this is good quality, natural ingredients which can, with relative ease, be transformed in to a variety of exciting dishes that are suitable for the whole family. Whilst I have no formal qualifications as a chef I have enjoyed a few spells as a stagiaire, including a week at a French restaurant in the Beaujolais region, which taught me so much about using simple yet quality ingredients.  

 

Away from food you have taken on some impressive challenges over the past few years, but even by your standards this year you are taking it to a new level? 

 

Yes, you could say that. When I finished my body transformation I thought ’there’s more to life than looking good with your top off’, even though my wife might disagree with me on that one, and wanted to challenge myself in new ways. Since then I have been a continual quest to take on a series of challenges that force me to test the boundaries of what’s possible. It started with cycling up Alpe d’Huez, followed by London to Brighton and back, and has gone on to include successfully climbing Mont Blanc and Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, as well as taking on some of Europe’s toughest cycling races.

 

But this year, as you say, is going to be on a different level altogether. Along with four other riders, I will be taking on the 3 Tours Challenge, which will see us cycle the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, a total of nearly 11,000km over the three races. We will do the exact same route as the professionals, just one day ahead of them. To put it into perspective only 39 professional cyclists have ever completed all three Grand Tours in the same year before, so I am under no illusion as to the magnitude of this challenge. But if you don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone you'll never grow. In the process we will be raising £1 million for Cure Leukaemia, which will enable them to expand the world-leading Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and move ever closer to finding a cure and put an end to so much suffering. 

 

I am a big believer that there are no limits to what we can achieve in life, no matter what our starting point is. With the right mindset, belief and focus we can achieve so much more than we often imagine top be possible. Had somebody told me three years ago that this is what I would be doing I would have laughed, and yet here I am about to embark on the challenge off a lifetime. Through my own journey I want to inspire others to step out of their comfort zones and follow their dreams, because ultimately I am just an average guy proving that with the right mindset we can achieve pretty extraordinary goals in life, no matter what our starting point is. As well as that I want to set an example for my little boy and show him that, as he grows up, there is nothing he can’t do. And, at the heart of all I continue to do is, of course, food. 

 

BearFaced is delighted to say that Marcus will be providing a collection of recipes over the coming months, as well as sharing more of his inspiring story through a series of blogs with us. Be sure to keep up-to-date with his journey via our blog, as well as on social media by searching for MarcusLeachFood on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

 

 

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Bearfaced Groceries – The Must-have Convenience!

Joanne Mercer‎ ‘’Well that was easy! Thanks for prompt delivery of Bearfaced Groceries all beautiful & fresh.’’


Rachael Todd ‘’Absolutely perfect! Exactly what I've been looking for. Worked out cheaper than my local supermarket & the quality is better.  It also means I don't have to take the toddler & baby to the shop!!! A huge variety of meat, fruit & veg, much more variety than any l…

Joanne Mercer‎ ‘’Well that was easy! Thanks for prompt delivery of Bearfaced Groceries all beautiful & fresh.’’


Rachael Todd ‘’Absolutely perfect! Exactly what I've been looking for. Worked out cheaper than my local supermarket & the quality is better.  It also means I don't have to take the toddler & baby to the shop!!! A huge variety of meat, fruit & veg, much more variety than any local butchers or grocers. Will definitely be a regular customer now!’’

Linda Lee Unternahrer  ‘’I just cannot say how impressed I was with the Seasonal Box. Incredible! Market-quality meat and produce delivered right to my door. Thank you!’’

Thank you Linda, Rachael and Joanne for your kind words! We really appreciate it when our customers spend a few moments of their time to leave feedback. Whether it be a review or an Instagram post, especially when we can see how happy you are with your delivery. We also find this information very informative, after looking through all our reviews we have found that you very busy mums are our biggest fans!!

Your comments say it all… “I don't have to take the toddler & baby to the shop!”  Being a busy career woman, devoted wife and mother probably leaves you with not very much free time. Let’s consider all the daily tasks you must juggle within a day; from school runs, work, food shopping, preparing nutritious family dinners and lunches, cleaning, spending quality time with your little ones. Then, if you do get the chance for some time to yourself, you are still trying to fit a 30-hour day into 24 hours!

You’re not alone! We have found that a growing number of working and stay-at-home mums are using the power of internet to maximize their time and shopping with us. We’re a must-have convenience!

The benefits of ordering from Bearfaced Groceries

-Hassle free shopping

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When you order through Bearfaced Groceries, you can save your precious family time, and let us do the leg work. We locally source your produce from our award winning butchers, fish mongers and green grocers. We then carefully pack it all up into our sturdy temperature controlled boxes and dispatch the box to you, all in one day!

Our value seasonal boxes are understandably our best sellers; you can currently feed your family the finest British produce from just £69.99!! This is an incredible offer, £125 worth of groceries for £69.99 “Worked out cheaper than my local supermarket & the quality is better” and we provide delicious easy recipes from immune boosting juices to hearty slow cooked roasts. Perfect if you need some culinary inspiration.

Thank you once again for joining us on this incredible family and business journey. We LOVE hearing from you! 

Bear Hugs x

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FOOD HERO OF THE YEAR!

The Ascrofts provide us with all of our cauliflowers, cabbages, beetroots and romesco cauliflowers!

 This Summer Bearfaced Groceries decided to take a trip to their farm. Peter Ascroft and his family welcomed us with open arms and they took us o…

The Ascrofts provide us with all of our cauliflowers, cabbages, beetroots and romesco cauliflowers!

 This Summer Bearfaced Groceries decided to take a trip to their farm. Peter Ascroft and his family welcomed us with open arms and they took us on a tour around all their crops, and ourselves and The Bear helped pick some cauliflowers.

The Ashcroft's know a thing or two about growing. They have been farming the land of Lancashire since 1900 passing their secrets of growing delicious produce down from generation to generation.

The Ascroft Family have chosen to stick with the traditional way of farming. They rotate a variety of crops so the goodness stays in the soil and pests and crop diseases are left to a minimum.

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS Peter Ascroft & family and a HUGE Thank You for providing us with wonderful produce!

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TRICK OR TREAT

Spooky clementinesWe have a few tricks to keep your little and big monsters entertained this Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky clementinesWe have a few tricks to keep your little and big monsters entertained this Halloween.

 

 

 

 

 

All tricks are very quick and easy to make and you will have lots of laughs making them! 

These clementines with spooky faces are SO simple and fun to make.. Just draw you design!!

Spooky faces

 

 

2. Peel your banana's and clementine's. Simply chop the celery and use the small chunks for stalks and chocolate chips for eyes.​

 

 

3. Dip fresh strawberries in white chocolate for these delicious ghost treats! 

Just Delcious!

 

 

Make creepy caterpillars from grapes and strawberries on skewers... simple!

Try making your own icing for the eyes!

 


 

Enjoy 

Bear Hugs x

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Our Prize Producer of the Week

The Ascroft's know a thing or two about growing. They have been farming the land of Lancashire since 1900 passing their secrets of growing delicious produce down from generation to generation.

The Ascroft Family have chosen to stick with the traditional way of farming. They rotate a variety of crops so the goodness stays in the soil and pests and crop diseases are left to a minimum.

*Wh…

The Ascroft's know a thing or two about growing. They have been farming the land of Lancashire since 1900 passing their secrets of growing delicious produce down from generation to generation.

The Ascroft Family have chosen to stick with the traditional way of farming. They rotate a variety of crops so the goodness stays in the soil and pests and crop diseases are left to a minimum.

*What Do You Grow? 

A: We grow cauliflowers, cabbages beetroots and romesco

*How many People are involved? 

A: We are a family business and we all work here but we are always in need of extra hands so we employ a handful of amazing staff all year round. About 15 of us altogether.

*Why should we buy British?

A: Not only do we have higher safety standards but you should always support the British economy, British farmers work hard to enhance the British countryside.

''A full moon calls them in''

The Ascroft family keep a close eye on lunar cycles whenever their crops are in the final stages of ripening.

Years of experience show “they just meant to grow like crazy” when the weather’s warm, and there’s a full moon!

*How do you pick so many cauliflowers?

A: It is back breaking work; we hand  pick every cauliflower we grow. With the help of the 'Cauli Rig' we can pack the cauli's in the field as soon as they have been picked.

What is unique about your farm? 

A: We are family run and have been growing produce for over 100+ years, passing valuable experience down the family tree.

 

''The first in-season cauliflower we get to eat is always the tastiest''

* Is it hard growing in British weather?

A: Cauliflowers are very unpredictable and the British weather doesn't help. There is a small time slot after sowing, if anything drastic happens with the weather within this small amount of time it will affect the crop altogether. We won't know the effect until they're ready to be picked. Sometimes this means we lose whole crops.

HUGE THANKYOU to the Ascroft family for having us and for providing us with delicious British produce!

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Irresistable Bearfaced Recipes

Here at Bearfaced our small team of marketeers are looking for lovely bloggers and chefs, to create exciting new recipes to go alongside the Bearfaced Boxes.

We have been very successful so far and have a fabulous range of recipes available here: https://www.bearfacedgroceries.co.uk/recipes

 

From a healthy light breakfast to a fullfilling dinner. We have lots of fantastic recipe ideas to follow. 

If you see yoursel…

Here at Bearfaced our small team of marketeers are looking for lovely bloggers and chefs, to create exciting new recipes to go alongside the Bearfaced Boxes.

We have been very successful so far and have a fabulous range of recipes available here: https://www.bearfacedgroceries.co.uk/recipes

 

From a healthy light breakfast to a fullfilling dinner. We have lots of fantastic recipe ideas to follow. 

If you see yourself as a bit of a chef and foodie enthusiast, and want to share your recipe ideas with us, then just email us on; lydia-grace@bearfacedgroceries.co.uk

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Blogger Jessica Ward Writes About Her Bearfaced Groceries Delivery

I was so excited when I was contacted by Bearfaced Groceries recently to collaborate with them on a blog post. 

I absolutely love searching for fresh produce at grocery markets when I have the time! However, I must admit I am a creature of habit and tend to edge towards supermarket alternatives because it seems ‘easier’. Since working with Bearfaced Groceries I have discovered th…

I was so excited when I was contacted by Bearfaced Groceries recently to collaborate with them on a blog post. 

I absolutely love searching for fresh produce at grocery markets when I have the time! However, I must admit I am a creature of habit and tend to edge towards supermarket alternatives because it seems ‘easier’. Since working with Bearfaced Groceries I have discovered that their ready-made boxes, packed full of goodness, are a healthier, cheaper and a more convenient way of shopping and selecting produce.

Bearfaced Groceries are Manchester based, focusing on the aspect of sourcing real food from real people. They work extremely hard to find out where their food comes from and where it is sourced from. They also like to work closely with the suppliers and farmers that supply the food in order to select high quality, high welfare produce to feed their customers with. This is refreshing to know that they are passionate about their food and what the customers consume and enjoy! On a business level, it is also extremely lovely that they work closely with other suppliers and farmers, which is definitely the stepping stones for building a closer community.

Although sometimes I source my food from supermarkets I always look out for food that contains no additives, no artificial ingredients and no preservatives. I always search for real food and sometimes it can be challenging. Bearfaced Groceries have ticked all of these boxes and have individually picked the best produce for you.

‘We want to save you the time and stress of the supermarket and inspire you with easy and nutritious recipes to put the joy back into your mealtimes. No big brands, no hidden additives, no short shelf lives, no misleading offers, no corporate jargon and no fat cats! Come and experience what grocery shopping should be like.’ – Bearfaced Groceries.

JUST REAL FOOD.

 

 

Bearfaced Groceries Delivery and Sweet and Savoury Healthy Recipes

When I received my box of goodness I was so impressed! The smell of fresh produce filled the room and I couldn’t wait to dig in. All of the food came well packaged and wasn’t damaged in transit. I selected the Gluten Free Bear Essentials Box which is priced at a great range and the box was filled with all of this yummy, fresh produce.

As you will have seen from my previous blog post – Relax! – The 3 Things I Do To Unwind I am a huge lover of baking and cooking because it helps me unwind and relax. I have enjoyed every moment of creating these recipes and experimenting with wholesome produce, which is fresh from trustworthy suppliers. Having food prepared in a box and delivered to your door makes the selection and cooking process so much easier and takes the stress out of ordinary food shopping. A huge thank you to Bearfaced Groceries for collaborating with me on this blog post. I hope you all love it.

IF YOU WANT £10 OFF YOUR NEXT ORDER WITH BEARFACED GROCERIES BE SURE TO CLICK THIS LINK HERE – £10 OFF

Sweet and Savoury Healthy Recipes by Jessica will be available on our recipe page. Go Take A Look!!

Have fun & get creative in the kitchen!

 

 

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Let's save the Bees!

Let’s try and save the bees! Honeybees, other insects and birds have had a hard time over the last few decades and have been disappearing. This is worrying! Sadly in some countries, like the UK, reports show certain bumble bee species have gone extinct already. However, we can all do our bit to help!

Many pestic…

Let’s try and save the bees! Honeybees, other insects and birds have had a hard time over the last few decades and have been disappearing. This is worrying! Sadly in some countries, like the UK, reports show certain bumble bee species have gone extinct already. However, we can all do our bit to help!

Many pesticides can remain in the soil for years and these pesticides are taken up by the plant and then the bees/ insects, so it’s safer just not to use them. If you want to help save the bees, try using natural methods of pest control. Try blasting pesky aphids with water and if you have any heavily infested plants just prune and recycle, putting up bird boxes around your home will help reduces unwanted bugs too. Remember most insects are beneficial to your garden and they are harmless. Organic and high welfare farmers work with the earth and seasons to grow their crops, using nature and no harmful pesticides. 

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Get planting! It is fun for you and a great way to teach children; there are many herbs and wild flowers you can plant in your garden. If you don’t have a garden, just use a window box.

Here are few herbs and flowers you can plant to get you started:

Herbs: Lavender Catmint sage thyme fennel

Perennials: Crocus, Buttercup, Aster, Hollyhocks, Snowdrops, Geranium

Annuals: Poppy, Sunflower, Sweet, Alyssum, Cleome, Heliotrope, Calendula

Listed above are just a handful of ideas you can plant and make your garden look beautiful.

Order from Bearfaced and admire the sheer variety of quality sourced in-season fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from local high welfare farmers and suppliers. Supermarket bought produce will never look the same again!

 

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Love Food Hate Waste

The average household wastes between 20-30% of their food! This is usually due to a mismanaged fridge, over buying of produce and poor storage.  No one intends to throw away food, it happens to everyone but little changes can help a lot!

We have a few Ideas that can help you stop throwing away food!

  1. Join us! Bearfaced Groceries can provide you, our customer, with a healthy and delicious b…

The average household wastes between 20-30% of their food! This is usually due to a mismanaged fridge, over buying of produce and poor storage.  No one intends to throw away food, it happens to everyone but little changes can help a lot!

We have a few Ideas that can help you stop throwing away food!

  1. Join us! Bearfaced Groceries can provide you, our customer, with a healthy and delicious base of ingredients each week. This helps you plan meals for you and your family, it helps keep tabs on how much you are spending and it saves you time and brain space so you are not having to find time to nip to the shop! Most importantly we know where your food is coming from.
  2. Try and avoid unplanned trips to the supermarket. We all have the occasional food ‘oops’ moments, ‘’nipping’’ to the supermarket for a loaf of bread, we get caught up in the excitement of ‘’reduced priced’’ goods, naughty treats like cake and that extra bag of veg you didn’t really need and we leave with an empty wallet, bags full of unnecessary items that get lost in the fridge, rot and end up in the bin.
  3. Build a meal plan. This seems like a boring job but believe me it helps.
  4. Control what you are spending. We all want good quality food for low prices and ordering online can help. Bearfaced Groceries have visited the farms and the produce suppliers, and we fill our boxes with handpicked goods of your choice. Receiving a box filled with all your essentials for the week can control how much you’re spending and you know it is good produce, or, you can select items like you would in the supermarket. Only when shopping online you are more aware of what you are adding in your basket and can keep an eye on the pennies.
  5. Know what is in your Fridge! This is sounds obvious but with our busy lives we can forget. If you have a compartment/draw in your fridge you can use to keep the oldest veg and meat. Then you know to use this first and plan meals around this; once you have used up these ingredients you can rotate and keep on top of things.
  6. Freeze what you don’t use. If the meal is too large for you to eat in one sitting then split in to two and freeze the other half. I would recommend having a list of what you put in the freezer and keep it updated. This will help on busy evenings or for lunches at work.
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Coeliac Awareness Week

Coeliac disease is not a food allergy or intolerance, it is in fact an autoimmune disease. In coeliac disease, eating gluten causes the lining of the small intestine to become damaged. Other parts of the body may also be affected. The symptoms of coeliac disease range from constant mouth ulcers, crippling fatigue, stomach pain, regular bouts of diarrhoea, anaemia and weight loss. It is vital that correct diagnosis occurs and it is highly recommend you see your GP if you su…

Coeliac disease is not a food allergy or intolerance, it is in fact an autoimmune disease. In coeliac disease, eating gluten causes the lining of the small intestine to become damaged. Other parts of the body may also be affected. The symptoms of coeliac disease range from constant mouth ulcers, crippling fatigue, stomach pain, regular bouts of diarrhoea, anaemia and weight loss. It is vital that correct diagnosis occurs and it is highly recommend you see your GP if you suffer from any of the symptoms mentioned above. Coeliac disease is a lifelong condition and a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease. Luckily, awareness is spreading and with it there comes a growing knowledge surrounding coeliac, including how to spot the symptoms and how to manage the condition. This makes coeliac patients feel less isolated as more and more people understand their condition and begin to accommodate to their dietary needs.

By avoiding all gluten (some people also need to avoid oats), your gut can heal and your symptoms should improve. On the gluten-free diet you can eat any naturally gluten-free foods, such as; meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, rice, potatoes, legumes and many pre-packaged foods such as sauces, soups and desserts that are labeled gluten-free.

Here at Bearfaced we have your health and wellbeing at mind. We consciously source and stock some of the highest quality gluten-free products on the market. We also have a dedicated team of staff that work sensitively around dietary requirements to provide delicious, gluten-free and healthy recipes for you to try at home.

Coeliac is an intolerance to gluten and needs to be taken very seriously regards avoiding cross contamination etc. There are also some people who choose not to eat gluten as they report having sensitivity to gluten (although problematic, a gluten sensitivity is not medically a cause for concern). This might be to avoid the ‘sluggish’ feeling many people get after having bread and pasta etc. or it might be to follow their preferred diet plan such as eating paleo. Whatever your reason, it is comforting to know that you can do your family shop at Bearfaced Groceries, stocking up on all your family favourites, knowing the food you buy is safely labeled for the gluten intolerant/sensitive person in your house hold.

Below we have listed 5 of our most popular gluten-free products:

  • Doves Farm, Organic Brown Rice Fusilli (other GF pasta options available also, such as spaghetti/lasagna sheets etc.)
  • Doves Farm, GF Stem Ginger Cookies (other flavours available)
  • H Greaves, Gluten-Free Sausages
  • Amisa, Crispbread- Buckwheat Wholegrain
  • Doves Farm, Gluten Free Cocoa Rice Cereal (other flavours available)

So as you’re filling your basket with this weeks fresh produce, pop over to the larder section and see what healthy, gluten-free products catch your eye. Don’t forget to explore the recipe page for inspiration before you leave!

 

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Top Ten Tips to Live a Healthy Bearfaced Lifestyle

10 Tips To Live A Healthy Bearfaced Lifestyle

1) Make smart food swaps

Nobody wants to feel deprived and restricted when making food choices. The Bearfaced answer is to just make smart food swaps. Using dates, bananas, coconut nectar, vanilla powder and cinnamon are great examples of ways to sweeten up your coffee/smoot…

10 Tips To Live A Healthy Bearfaced Lifestyle

1) Make smart food swaps

Nobody wants to feel deprived and restricted when making food choices. The Bearfaced answer is to just make smart food swaps. Using dates, bananas, coconut nectar, vanilla powder and cinnamon are great examples of ways to sweeten up your coffee/smoothie or cakes instead of highly processed, low-nutrient sugar. Like wise, ditch the processed oils and margarines and use high quality sources of fat such as fresh oily fish, grass-fed butter and cold-pressed oils. Another top-tip is to not have smaller portions, as this will just leave you hungry, instead just be more mindful on the ratio of your foods, be very generous with your leafy greens and high nutrient foods, making it the staple to each meal and then add your other food items accordingly.

 

2) Sleep tech-free

Advances in technology are amazing, right? We can do our grocery shopping online now (which is awesome!), connect with family all over the world and have the answer to all our questions at our fingertips. But when does the smart phone, stop becoming a smart idea? This useful gadget is fast becoming a leading factor in declining health. It is believed that over 90% of people take their smart phones to bed with them, looking at them last thing in the evening and first thing in the morning. The quality of your sleep is jeopardized when this happens, the bright screen light stimulates parts of your brain that need to be turning off in order for you to get the decent nights sleep you so desperately need. Having your emails, texts and notifications by your bedside at all hours robs you of your private, down time. Ideally you should give yourself an hour each side of your sleep to just gently ease in and out of the day, if that seems too much to ask then simply start with 15 minutes phone free in the evening and morning. Bearfaced tip; buy an alarm clock so that you don’t have to take your phone into the bedroom.

 

3) Keep moving

We all know that we are meant to exercise more, but scheduling in a trip to the gym can be difficult with our fast paced lives and low energy levels, resulting in many people feeling defeated before they’ve even stepped foot in a gym. We believe there is a middle ground that can help maintain an active lifestyle that fits in and around your busy life. Our Bearfaced tip is to always take the stairs, more often than not we find ourselves stood aimlessly on an escalator when we could be getting our lymphatic system pumping and our bodies moving with the simple task of walking up the stairs. Moving little and often is the key to remaining energized throughout the day, resulting in a higher chance of you attending that gym class on your way home from work.

 

4) Add spice

Salad, vegetables and lean meat are all healthy but pretty bland and boring, right? Well they don’t have to be. The key to eating healthy is to spice things up a bit! Who wants soggy, boiled cauliflower? Instead try garlic and turmeric roasted cauliflower. Lettuce can take centre stage when it is dressed in mustard vinaigrette and chicken is taken to a whole new level when you add a paprika coating. Not only do herbs and spices add some excitement to your food, they are full of vital nutrients and minerals that work wonders for your overall health. Bearfaced tip; make sure your cupboard is always stocked with staple herbs and spices so you never have to eat bland food again.

 

5) Meditate

Meditation isn’t just for the yogis of the world; you don’t have to be burning incense and sat cross-legged. It is believed that taking just 10 minutes out of your day to create some headspace is beneficial to your over all health. Wherever you may be; sat in the office, eating lunch, walking to work etc. you can put this into practice. Some people focus more when they close their eyes, but it isn’t necessary. The concept is to just switch off your busy mind for only 10 minutes and every time a thought, idea or stress enters your mind release it and return to being aware of your surroundings, noticing the sounds and smells around you will bring you back to the present moment. These 10 minutes create enough headspace to help you feel refreshed, energized and ready to carry on your daily tasks with a clearer, brighter mind.

 

6) Self love

Great health starts with self-love. Loving yourself plays a crucial role in both your mental and physical health. When self-love is present it creates a relationship with your body that is built on respect. This enables you to make wise decisions in food and lifestyle choices, choosing what best benefits yourself. Bearfaced tip; have just 30 minutes a day that is dedicated to doing what YOU enjoy. It could be sipping on your favourite cup of tea, making your favourite soup for lunch or singing loudly to your favourite song, whatever you choose, do it with love.

 

7) Social interaction

A Harvard journal recently released data from a 75-year long study that tracked 500 random individuals from various social and economic backgrounds. The aim of the study was happiness and more specifically what made these people happy throughout their lives. The expected outcome was money, success and possessions etc. but to everyone’s surprise the only consistent form of happiness came from social interaction. The people that remained surrounded by loved ones, whether that was friends, family or work colleagues, were the people that noted they were truly happy. This is because we are social creatures that thrive in good company. The Bearfaced tip to achieve this is to set aside at least one day a week where you enjoy a delicious home cooked meal alongside your loved ones. Bring back the Sunday roast tradition, have a Saturday BBQ or organize a Taco-Tuesday evening. There is nothing more nourishing for the soul than enjoying good food with even better company.

 

8) Stretch

Hours can pass by where we are in the same position; sat watching TV at home, meeting your deadline at work and driving your car are everyday examples of how we allow of bodies to become stationary. This creates stagnant energy in the body that can leave you feeling lethargic and run down. Doing a series of mini stretches throughout your day will get your blood pumping again, flushing fresh oxygen around your body and releasing any aches and pains you may have. Simple ankle rotations at your desk, hamstring stretches when you get out of your car and shoulder openers as you move from the sofa are perfect ways to keep active throughout the day. Bearfaced tip; create a 5 minute routine of stretches that you can do each morning and evening as you get in/out of bed. This creates space within your body that can improve your energy throughout the day and improve your quality of sleep at night.

 

9) Drink more

Dehydration is detrimental to your health. Getting thirsty results in low energy levels, headaches and bad food choices. Providing your body with a constant supply of clean water aids in nutrient absorption, it assists the body in removing waste and even regulates body temperature. Bearfaced tip; buy a re-useable water bottle that you can constantly have at hand when out and about or sat at your desk in work. Drinking little and often throughout the day is much more beneficial than going hours without and then trying to over compensate by drinking a litre of water in one go.

 

10) Read, everyday

There is no limit to your knowledge. To keep your mind active and healthy you should always supply it with fresh, thought provoking ideas. Read what interests you; if you’re an avid foodie then immerse yourself in recipe books, food blogs and health journals. Using a variety of reading materials, on various subjects keeps your mind sharp and your conversations interesting, always a great trait to have when at a dinner party!

 

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Come and visit us at Hardwick at with The Great British Food Festival

This Elizabethan Country House was built between 1590 and 1597 for the formidable Bess of Hardwick. Fortunately for us, the house was transferred to the National Trust in 1959 and is now fully open to the public.

 

This family friendly event allows you to explore and support an array of enthusiastic, independent businesses all whilst enjoying the beautiful grounds of Hardwick Hall. At the Bearfaced stalls, there will be a large display of our produce for you to see, along…

This Elizabethan Country House was built between 1590 and 1597 for the formidable Bess of Hardwick. Fortunately for us, the house was transferred to the National Trust in 1959 and is now fully open to the public.

 

This family friendly event allows you to explore and support an array of enthusiastic, independent businesses all whilst enjoying the beautiful grounds of Hardwick Hall. At the Bearfaced stalls, there will be a large display of our produce for you to see, alongside a mixture of our boutique larder products that aren’t available in major supermarkets. Whether your diet is gluten-free, dairy-free or refined sugar-free, we have the knowledge and products to suit you. Have a chat with on of the Bearfaced team, who will happily speak you through the many different ‘boxes’ we sell and how you can customize your order to suit you and your family perfectly. Whether it is a weekly Bear Essential Box that you require, or a one-time BBQ box for the next family party, we have you covered.

 

Due to the success of our smoothie samples at our last event, there will be smoothies available for purchase in our re-useable Bearfaced cups! These fruity drinks will be made freshly for you, showing you how simple it can be to create healthy and delicious drinks using a range of Bearfaced produce and super foods.

To compliment these drinks we will also have an assortment of homemade treats, cooked up in the Bearfaced Kitchen. With the choice between raw energy balls, protein flapjacks or gooey chocolate brownies, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

 

So, whether you’re a foodie, an avid cook, passionate about health or just enjoy a good day out with your family, head down to Hardwick Hall and enjoy a glimpse into the Bearfaced lifestyle. See you there!

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