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Sticky Date Flapjack

Flapjack has always been one of my favourite sweet treats and there are so many different possible variants. One of my favourite goto recipes is Sticky Date Flapjack which I had pinned from Ocado. However last month when I clicked on my pin, the link was broken. I had an unsuccessful search around Ocado’s recipe section. So now was obviously the time to come up with my own date flapjack recipe, as I couldn’t remember the full ingredient list or amounts. And I decided to experiment with using coconut oil rather than butter for a slightly healthier version.

Vita Coco coconut oil

I had never tried coconut oil in any cooking previously, but I had just received a free tub of Vita Coco organic coconut oil which I was looking forward to trying, especially since becoming a convert to coconut syrup last year.


Date flapjack

Sticky Date Flapjack

Ingredients (makes 12)

225g dates
150 – 200 ml boiling water
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
350g oats
90g coconut oil
90g golden syrup

Method

Preheat fan oven to 160 deg C.
Line a 20cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
Chop dates and place in basin.
Add bicarbonate of soda.
Add sufficient boiling water to cover.
Leave for 15 minutes, then strain, reserving the liquid.
Mash the dates into a pulp with a fork.
Meanwhile add coconut oil and golden syrup to a large saucepan.
Gently melt.
Add the liquid from the dates.
Mix in the oats.
Put half the oat mixture into the tin, pressing down into the corners.
Cover with the date layer.
Cover with the remaining oat mixture, ensuring all the dates are covered.
Cook in preheated oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
Leave in tin for 10 minutes, then turn onto cooling rack.
Once cool, cut into 12 slices.
Serve and enjoy.

date flapjack

This was really tasty and I’ve still got some coconut oil in the tub, so I’m planning to try using it in a savoury dish next. Although as a newbie to coconut oil, I would love to hear recommendations of what it does or doesn’t work well in.

For other newbies, here is what it looks like. According to the pot it is solid upto 23 degrees C. And it had a very subtle aroma of coconut. Also the coconut flavour in the flapjack was pretty subtle too.

Vita Coco coconut oil

And the pot indicates that in addition to cooking, you can use it as a spread or even use it on yourself as a moisturiser or hair conditioner. Also suitable for removing make-up. That is quite some wide range of uses.

Definitely something that is going on my shopping list.

I’d love to hear what you would use coconut oil for?

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Disclosure. This recipe is an entry into the #Swearbyit challenge with Vita Coco. Find more great coconut oil recipes and tips on using coconut oil at www.swearbyit.com. This recipe uses a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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Ethical fashion style choice for Autumn including £75 giveaway

I was really pleased to be offered the chance to select a free item of my choice from the Autumn / Winter season of Nomads Clothing to review. Spoilt for choice, I spent quite some time browsing the lovely collection on their website. Nomads are a fair trade ethical womenswear fashion brand including some organic items, so I decided to narrow my selection down to the organic categories.

In the end I selected a plain teal t-shirt from the range of organic tops http://www.nomadsclothing.com/organic/tops as I thought it would go very nicely with my recently purchased new pair of blue jeans from Marks and Spencer.

The t-shirt is organic cotton and retails at £30. It also comes in 4 other colours – grey, plum, smoke and rust. And you can vary the style, since it has roll-up sleeves.
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Dispatch was quick and the t-shirt was well packed. I was delighted to feel how soft the organic cotton felt to touch. And I was correct. It does go well with my jeans. I am very pleased and highly recommend you take a look at Nomads. Also it washed and ironed well.

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organic clothing

organic clothing

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition courtesy of Nomads to giveaway a £75 voucher to one lucky winner. The prize also includes free postage and packing worldwide.
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ORGANii Mouthwash Review

Oral hygiene is very important. Most people will get gum health issues at some point and a lot of us are unaware that it is the biggest cause of tooth loss. Each time I visit the dentist now I get told that my gums are starting to recede and that I may be prone to gum disease. Brushing alone only cleans 25% of your mouth and I get reminded about flossing and mouthwash, both of which I’ve been doing for years.

So I was certainly up for trying a different brand of mouthwash to my usual. I’ve been sent a free bottle of citrus flavour ORGANii mouthwash to review.

ORGANii mouthwash

ORGANii mouthwashes are currently priced at £5.95 for a 500 ml bottle and come in two flavours (citrus and eucalyptus).

ORGANii is not a brand I had come across previously, but all its products are organic. The mouthwash is formulated with organic aloe vera juice, which made me more interested to try it, as I’ve heard a lot of good things about aloe vera juice recently.

For instance I have a friend who has been drinking aloe vera juice for the last couple of months. Her skin complexion is noticeably clearer, although she does admit that it doesn’t taste very nice.

So forewarned about the taste of aloe vera juice, I gave the mouthwash a try. Result – no problem with the taste at all. I found the citrus flavour very refreshing. Admittedly I was only having a capful at a time and not drinking it. Which brings me on to my next comment. The bottle says to pour a small amount into the lid, then swill around mouth. That makes me shudder at the thought of potential mouth germs multiplying on the lid for over a month. I would much prefer it to say pour into lid, then into a glass for hygiene reasons.

Organii mouthwash

Note it says on the bottle that the product is not suitable for children under 6, however I’m not ready to offer my older children mouthwash yet. Also on this point, I think it should really have a childproof cap, even though it does warn you to keep out of reach of children. Toddlers could easily attempt to drink the bottle if they succeeded in getting hold of it whilst your back was turned, especially if they have watched the parent putting the product in their own mouth.

However putting these concerns aside, it is very competitively priced, has a great flavour and doesn’t contain any controversial nasties like artificial preservatives and added colourants that may be present in other brands.

I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now and haven’t noticed any difference in plaque and tartar build-up from my usual brand. But I am impressed how natural it is, so I would be very happy to buy this product.

ORGANii products are available at independent health stores nationwide and online at www.ORGANii.co.uk

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A nice cup of olive leaf tea – review & giveaway

About 10 years ago on holiday I was introduced to the concept that you could make your own teas when I was offered cups of sage tea made with sprigs of freshly picked sage. Back home I adapted the idea to make my own mint tea using fresh mint from my garden. Ever since, I’ve always been very open-minded to trying different flavours of tea. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to sample some Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea.

Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea

I love using olive oil, but I’m not that keen on eating olives, although son1 absolutely loves them. Read on to find out what would I think of olive leaf tea?

I received a free 30g packet of Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea to review. This is a premium loose leaf tea, made from the finest hand-picked leaves from the organic olive groves in Abruzzo, Italy. I’ve seen ladies picking tea leaves from the bushes in Sri Lanka and filling very large baskets which they carry on their back, a job that I am in awe of. Similarly, olive leaf tea has been made in Italy for hundreds of years, being prized for its health enhancing qualities. As well as tea, they also harvest the olives from the Mirabilia olive groves and press to produce extra virgin olive oil.

I followed the instructions which said a pinch of tea would make at least two cups of tea and to brew for about 5-6 minutes. It also said that the tea can be drunk either hot, tepid, cold or iced. I made a pot of tea to share with my other half and we chose to drink it hot. We both found it a pleasant tasting refreshing drink. I also tried refreshing the pot, as it said it could be refreshed once or twice, and deliberately allowed my cup to go tepid. Yes it was fine tepid, a bonus as I quite often get side-tracked. The flavour was weaker and more delicate as I had anticipated, and I still enjoyed it, although my other half found it too weak. I also appreciated how bulky the leaves were, very visually attractive especially compared to the powdery contents of most teabags. The pack came with a reseal label, but I found the packet tore when I opened it, so I was unable to reseal it properly, so I tipped the tea into an airtight container instead.

Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea

Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea

Take a look inside the teapot

Here are some facts about olive leaf tea.
– Caffeine and tannin free.
– Extremely high in antioxidants
– Antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal.
– Proven to aid weight loss.
– Used traditionally to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
– Proven to boost the immune system.

Also olive leaf tea leaves can be added to a marinade, especially for fish, or used in a spice rub to season a variety of dishes.

A 30g packet of Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea currently retails for £4.69 and comes in three flavours, the original olive leaf tea that I tried and also variants with organic pomegranate and lemon and wild mint. You may purchase instore at branches of Booths and Whittards of Chelsea plus other stores or online. As you only need a pinch, the 30g packet will make lots of cups, so the price sounds fine in my opinion. I highly recommend this product.

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Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a selection of Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea and olive oil to three lucky winners. Each prize will comprise of three packets of tea (one of each flavour) and a 250 ml bottle of their organic extra virgin olive oil.

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Enjoy tea? Here’s another tea review I did back in 2013 of the Butterfly Dance Blooming Tea and Oolong Ginseng Tea Cubed.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.