Well hello again,
It’s been a short while since I last posted… as you may know ( or not ) , I attended the free from and allergy show at the Olympia exhibition hall in Kensington, London. Yeah.. I know, big scale things and a long way for little me, BUT I did it! and that’s what has been consuming all my time and energy the last few weeks.
SO… from this, I wanted to share with you my own experience and what I have taken from doing this.
Firstly, to enjoy every minute. I found I was on a rollercoaster of emotions, as I was running on little to no sleep for the first 2 days of setting up and the first show day… I know. However, I was unbelievably lucky to have my partner in crime helping my for the whole weekend who handled my crazy soul for a whole 5 days, very well. A big thank you again, I couldn’t have done it without.
Once I learnt to let go and just be in the moment rather than worrying if everything was perfect or tasting perfectly, I absolutely loved it. After all, I do love talking…
Secondly, for a food product, packaging is key! I learnt a lot from the friends we made at the show, whether that be customers or other stand holders. Packaging is the main attraction. Unfortunately, you could have a fantastic product but in poorly presented packaging and you’d get nowhere near as far and as fast as if you had eye catching packaging. SO… for me, this is the next step for Raw Bake Station. I hear pouches are the way forward..
Thirdly, to keep in contact with all the people that you met, again whether that be buyers, consumers or stall holders. Everyone of them will have a purpose and help to flourish your business, especially stall holders. Making friends with people there wasn’t hard, especially when every morning we were both bouncing on in, with a smile on our faces and being (probably annoyingly) energetic as always. These wonderful people are what made the long days so much easier, but not only that, they also gave me some comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone in all the struggles of starting a business. It’s so easy to look at someone else’s business or another company and think they’re getting it all right and you’re not. At the end of the day, everyone’s on the same journey, we all have our hurdles and our peaks. Take note of other peoples advice and share your own too. It’s nice to be nice.
Lastly, to focus on the bigger things than on the smaller things. Moving forward, my main aim of the game is to sort my packaging out and work out a stronger plan. Watch this space!
I’d highly recommend anyone who is in the food world, to get yourselves onto a food show. The contacts, the experience and the future business you create makes it all worth while.
Any questions please feel free to email me !
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Good morning world,
I wish you all a fabulous weekend and hope it’s even better when you try out my FAVOURITE delicious green smoothie.
So just to recap my rules for the whole juice/smoothie malarkey:
- no more than 1 piece of fruit per juice/smoothie
- an add in of a superfood
A green goddess of a smoothie :
Juice: 2 celery stalks
2 handfuls of spinach
2 broccoli stalks
1 handful of kale
1 chard leaf
4 sprouts (this is the only time you’ll find me consuming these awful balls of veg)
Then blend with half an avocado and 1/2 tsp of spirulina.
This is the ultimate blend of a drink, super creamy and filling.
If you like your drinks less earthy, try with less spirulina and add in either :
– mint leaves
– some ginger
-half an apple
Any of the above additions will make it an even more delicious drink. My favourtie is ginger!
Because of its high fat and fiber content, this is the PERFECT drink for any time of the day.
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What a weekend.
A weekend full of getting bendy.
So, for those that weren’t watching my one million gazillion Instagram stories, I spent my Saturday morning with the Lulu Lemon crew at their second yoga event in the city!
I had the pleasure of joining in, on the hour of yoga class… which was amazing! The teacher was, by far, the most hilarious yoga teacher I have ever come across, she had the whole room laughing with her crazy lingo and prosecco phrases. Find her at Loft Yoga in Eccles!
I then jumped straight from the yoga to spreading the Raw Bake Station love to all those that came!
It was a wonderful morning, spending an hour of connecting with my body with another 150-beautiful people. Namaste lovers.
To top that off, on Sunday, I went down to the Magna Pass’ yoga in the city event, situated in an unbelievable space in the old Granada studios! Fortunately, the sun was glistening hard that day so whilst lying in savasana pose, we all had the pleasure of the warm tingles off the sunshine blaring down from the glass roof. Dreamy.
If you haven’t yet checked out Magna Pass, they are a platform of fitness classes and unique workout sessions. The best way to find out what classes are around you at that time… aka the bomb of an organiser.
Another hour of yoga to then a break with Raw Bake Station treats.
This was like the dream team morning which I was so happy to be involved in.
So, a totally different way of spending my Bank Holiday weekend but an absolute flower of one. Feeling totally revived for a new week ahead, and woke up this morning with no headache ( thank you, thank you ), no grogginess and body that is feeling totally relaxed.
Hope you all had a smashing weekend.
Chow for now.
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Is it just me or is this year is flying by??
Quite scary really, whilst I’m trying to get my summer body into play, it seems the retail world is wanting to challenge me with yet another Chocolate fest! Yes we are all guilty of it… using Easter as an excuse to get chocolate rich.
Now although I have nothing against chocolate, I decided to play around with some savoury dishes to come up with a new raw recipe to take the edge off my guilty head with all the feasting I’m doing.
I’m not usually one to go for Italian food as it leaves me feeling extremely heavy and sluggish but this dish is so much more than your everyday pizza/pasta… Raw Lasagne is the ‘bomb’. This dish is raw, vegan and free from gluten, dairy, wheat and all of the heavy bloating guilt. Super easy too.
Bunch of spring onion
Bunch of parsley
Bunch of basil
Bunch of dill
Bunch of thyme
A bag of spinach
2 chard leaves
A bag of kale
300g of pinenuts
A deep lasagne dish is necessary for this beauty!
– Slice 5 of the courgettes into thin strips (if feeling rather lazy, you can buy pre sliced courgette) and set to one side
– Add the parsley, basil, thyme, kale, chard leaves ( leave out the stalks), cherry tomatoes, spring onion to the blender and mix for 1 minute until all combined and smelling fresh.
– Once you’ve made your filling, pour mixture into a bowl and place in the fridge whilst we make our pine nut cheese!
– Now for the creamy goodness : into a clean blender, add in the rest of the ingredients. All of the pinenuts, the spinach, a handful of dill and thyme, the chard stalks, and 2 chopped courgettes.
– Blend the ingredients all it becomes a creamy thick delicious whirl of pinenut cheese.
– Now for the fun part! Layer the base of the dish with courgette, then add 2-3 spoonfuls of your filling and spread evenly.
– Add another layer of courgette, the filling and now for the creamed pinenut!
– Repeat this layer action until the dish is completely full with the “cheese” layer being last.
– Decorate with cherry tomatoes and pine nuts if you have any left!
– And there you have it! You’re very own raw and vegan lasagne.
This dish is super filling but extremely healthy for you so don’t be worried about having a big slice! I enjoy mine with a side salad but I’ve known people to want new potatoes with it.
And and the beauty of making this dish is that if you have any left overs of any of the filling or “cheese”, they are perfect with raw flaxseed crackers or to be enjoyed as part of another home-made salad.
God I’m good.
Enjoy and send me in your own creations of this recipe.
Check it out on the YouTube channel also: a more visual guide on how to make this dreamy dish.
Think More. Think Raw
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SO working in the industry I’m in, I guess it’s a written rule that you have to be completely in love and obsessed with nuts. Especially nut butters.
Now being a big sweet treats supplier, the amount of nuts I order in is crazy. I remember the first time I made a big order with suma wholefoods and they rocked up in a huge lorry carrying just nuts… I mean, it’s totally nuts.
Well, now I have tubs (the size of huge baths) full of nuts, I’ve been experimenting with my own nut butters.
I have to say my favourite nut butter of all time is almond butter… I’m literally obsessed and I just can’t make anymore myself nor can I buy it. It’s a sad fact, that if left to my own devices, i’ll devour the whole lot in one afternoon…
I wanted to share with you though, my own recipe for almond butter because if I can’t eat my weight in it, I believe you should be able to.
210g of unsalted raw or roasted almonds
1 teaspoon of coconut cream
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of salt
-Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and wack the almonds in the oven for 10 minutes. This help with the blending and mixing of them as they release all their natural oils once warmed up.
-Add the almonds to your blender and whizz away.
It is normal for this process to take up to 20 minutes so sit back and relax.
-after 10 minuteso f blending, scrape the sides of the blender to ensure all the mixture is getting thoroughly binded.
– Once you can see it’s becoming more of an ‘oily’ mud like state, add in the maple syrup, salt and coconut cream and blend for an extra 5-10 minutes.
-Voila, there you have it! You’re very own gorgeous, home-made almond butter.
Perfect for snacking on with sliced apples
Be Warned. HIGHLY addictive!
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