How to Bake and Top the Perfect Jacket Potato

posted by Clare Fairs on October 27, 2018

As the evenings darken, our enthusiasm for cooking can easily wane. At the same time, carbohydrate cravings often kick in. Thankfully, there is a perfect natural convenience food for this time of year – the jacket potato! Read on for cooking tips and ideas for fillings from our kitchen and our Facebook followers! 

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Junk Free Lunchboxes for Children and Adults

posted by Clare Fairs on August 25, 2018

Would you like to avoid the artificial ingredients found in many packed lunch staples? If you want to pack up something more wholesome for your child or yourself, take a look at our healthier lunchbox ideas.  A sandwich, a packet of crisps, a chocolate biscuit bar and one piece of fruit. That’s a typical packed … Continue reading Junk Free Lunchboxes for Children and Adults

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Chef's Salad Dressing

Healthier DIY salad dressings & marinades

posted by Clare Fairs on June 20, 2018

Salads are a wholesome, low-calorie meal – until your smother a supermarket salad dressing on them! If you’d like to start whisking or shaking up healthier salad dressings or marinades, we’ll show you how with our simple recipes and tips! 

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Healthy and easy fakeaways

posted by Clare Fairs on May 18, 2018

At the end of a long and busy week, it’s all too easy to pick up a takeaway on your way home or order a delivery with a quick call or a few clicks. If you’re concerned about the impact your takeaway habit is having on your health, it’s time to try your hand at a healthier ‘fakeaway’!

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No More Dolmio Days

posted by Clare Fairs on April 20, 2018

Say arrivederci to unhealthy jars with our simple homemade pasta sauces!

A couple of years ago, the firm behind Dolmio admitted their sauces were too unhealthy to be eaten more than occasionally. But don’t despair – it’s easier than you might think to whip up healthy homemade sauces. 

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Spring Clean Your Eating Habits with Our Simple Alternatives to Convenience Foods

posted by Clare Fairs on March 19, 2018

When we’re busy, it’s all too easy to turn to jars, packets and ready meals to feed your family or yourself. But you don’t have to! Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing our tips and ideas for steering clear of unhealthy processed foods without spending hours in the kitchen.

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BBQ pork marinade

How to Make Homemade Marinades

posted by Clare Fairs on July 26, 2017

A marinade is a great way to tenderise and add flavour to any meat, but shop-bought versions are often underwhelming and relatively unhealthy. Nothing beats fresh, homemade marinades, especially during barbecue season, so we’ve put together our top tips for making your own.

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Everything You Need to Know About Homemade Dressings

posted by Hillfarm Oils on June 26, 2017

This month we’ve welcomed our new team member, James, into the Hillfarm fold. And, as he’s a former chef, we thought we’d pick his brains on how to make delicious dressings using our cold-pressed rapeseed oil! Here he shares some fabulous tips and tricks, and lets us in on his favourite recipes.

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rapeseed oil vs olive oil

4 Little-Known Benefits of Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil vs Olive Oil

posted by Lawrence Frohn on April 27, 2017

We all know that rapeseed oil is more healthy and versatile than olive oil, but what other reasons are there to buy cold pressed rapeseed oil? Here are 5 little-known benefits of our cold pressed rapeseed oil, compared with olive oil.

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All in one victoria sponges made with rapeseed oil and butter

Recipe Makeover: All-in-one sponge cake

posted by Clare Fairs on January 13, 2016

I’ve had my own Great British Bake Off at home this month experimenting with switching butter for our hillfarm cold pressed rapeseed oil – even I’ve been surprised by the results!

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pastry made with rapeseed oil

Recipe Makeover – Simple & healthy pastry

posted by Clare Fairs on November 29, 2015

It’s that lovely time of year when it’s cold outside and cosy indoors pottering in the kitchen and at this time of year I spend a lot of time making pastry. The other day I decided to try replacing the butter for oil – and the results were great!

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