Get your cook on with Ali!

We've been asked how we come up with such yummy ideas for using ReFILL staples. It helps when you have your very own nutritional natural goddess on hand - so drum roll please... Meet Ali from Welcome based cookery school www.cooksimplycook.com Ali studied food science and inspired by the South West’s superb local food producers, her passion for cooking blossomed and is now also influenced daily by the fast pace of the ever growing healthy eating food scene. In 2016 she established CookSimplyCook cookery school at Home Farm in the village of Welcombe on the North Cornwall and Devon Coast in stunning unspoilt countryside. Ali has been a supporter of ReFILL since our journey began and we love sharing her delicious recipes here, in the shop and on our facebook page - Thanks Ali, you star x

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Get your (natural) scrub on

Natural cleaning with ReFILL Shop Bude Disinfecting spray, bleach, surface cleaners, disinfecting wipes—the products themselves and their packaging generate a huge amount of waste and pollute not only our water, but affect our air quality too. Why not cut the plastic and save some pennies by making your own from every day ingredients? Despite what the Hinch crowd might have you believe, cleaning a house naturally is no less effective than using harsh chemicals. Switching to homemade DIY cleaners might sound like a lot more work, but it’s actually quite simple. You can buy the core ingredients here at ReFILL Shop Bude, and the optional extras you’ll probably already have, or are otherwise easy to come by. Key ingredients These items are available to buy in our shop white vinegar coarse salt sodium bicarbonate rapeseed oil castile soap These ingredients you may already have at home lemons essential oils washing up liquid washing soda (sodium carbonate) – if you don’t have this at home, make your own – cover the bottom of a baking tray with an inch of sodium bicarbonate, and heat in the oven at 200C for 1 hour, stirring occasionally) reuseable cloths spray bottles 18 recipes for cleaning the natural way Glass cleaner Pic cred: scratchmommy.com Combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well:  2 cups of water.  Here in Cornwall we have soft water, but if you live in a hard water area, use distilled or filtered so it doesn’t leave residue 2 tablespoons vinegar Lemon or orange…

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Ali’s raw vegan flapjack bites

Another really versatile recipe, that you can swap out for different nuts, seeds, berries to keep it interesting and to make use of what the shop also sells alongside the main staples. ingredients 100g pecans 100g hazelnuts 20g mixed seeds - linseeds, flax, chia seeds 180g medjool dates 100g mixed dried berries - blueberries, cranberries, sour cherries 200g porridge oats (OR use oatmeal pinhead coarse or steel cut oats which all contain even more nutrition - can also use GF porridge oats) 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil 1-2 tablespoons maple, honey or coconut nectar Pinch sea salt Get making! PLACE nuts, seeds, pitted dates + dried berries into a food processor. BLITZ until nicely chopped. ADD oats, coconut oil + maple or coconut nectar. PULSE until combined but still with a bit of texture. PRESS into tray or roll into small bite-sized balls. Keep in fridge or freeze off.  That's it - no cooking so great to make with little ones. If you don't have a food processor, a bag or tea towel and a rolling pin will do the job just as well - and work out any frustrations just as well as meditating. Just us? Oh...

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