Chestnut Flour to the Rescue!

 

Hello Loose shoppers,

Don't we need a little taste of warm and sunny places during these rather rainy days? We've got something for you; a taste of Italy— chestnut flour pancakes!

Have you heard of Pasta Grannies? You should.

Pasta Grannies find and film real Italian grannies - nonne - making delicious, traditional, handmade pasta. And sometimes soups, breads, dolci, rice dishes, that kind of thing. Saving skills and sharing traditions one recipe and Granny at a time!

Tamarind Greens and Mung Beans

Hello Loose shoppers,

Thanks for visiting us last week in our new premises. It's wonderful to have so much space in the new shop to welcome you!

This week's recipe features MUNG BEANS because pulses are so very good for our overall long-lasting health.

We should/could be having more of them in our diet. Daily in fact. Studies have shown that eating beans and lentils regularly can help avoid all kinds of diseases and malfunctions in our beautiful bodies. Isn't that a wonderful and inexpensive way to keep us healthy? 

WE ARE OPEN AGAIN!

Hello Loose shoppers,

Thank you for your patience during the last two weeks, while we moved to 33 High Street! We are now OPEN for you and look forward to welcoming you into our bigger and improved shop.

For this week's recipe, we'd like to take another opportunity to celebrate the spring greens that are sprouting up everywhere; and make another wild foraged greens pesto!

Moving and Mango Lassi

Hello Loose shoppers,


We are still in the process of moving the shop and will be open from next Monday 10 May!


New address: 33 High Street, Stroud.


In the meantime, you can still make yourself some delicious healthy things, such as a Mango Lassi!


Geoff, who works at Loose, has a neat tip for us: use dried mango pieces to make mango lassi, and you'll have an even more decadent flavoured drink. Yum.

Courgette Cornbread with Chilli Sun-Dried Tomatoes Olives

Hello Loose shoppers,

WE WILL BE CLOSED (AND MOVING TO HIGH STREET) FROM MON 26 APRIL - MON 10 MAY!

Spring is in full bloom and you're probably enjoying the fact that you can get out again. Of course, all restricted but nevertheless meeting others in the park for a picnic is just sublime in this sunshine.

Here is a picnic idea that's gluten-free, vegan and tasty! —to make with our responsibly sourced ingredients: polenta, chickpea flour, gluten-free flour, flaxseeds, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and really nice sun-dried tomatoes.

Get into it:

 

Flaxseeds how to use them?!

Hello Loose shoppers,

We'd like to take a moment to celebrate not just the re-opening of shops and pubs today, but the amazing humble flaxseed, one of our many healthy versatile ingredients at Loose.

Firstly, flaxseeds are the same as linseeds. And flax meal is just another name for ground flaxseeds.

In Gala's Organic Kitchen's opinion, flaxseeds are the most effective, affordable, handy and tasty superfood to enjoy every day! 

Wild Garlic Recipe Ideas

Hello Stroud, and beyond,

With spring came the magic of wild garlic. It’s pretty much everywhere now and just asking to be made into healthy and delicious concoctions!

Let us give you some ideas, add WILD GARLIC to:

  • pumpkin seed or cashew pesto
  • celeriac and parsnip soup
  • white bean dip
  • Indian curry by Meera Sodha, click here for the recipe
  • stir-fries
  • in burgers!

Miss Daisy from Loose recommends adding it to everything too: 

Easter Cake

 

Hello Loose shoppers,

Thank you for your on-going support shopping locally and plastic-free with us. We hope you're doing alright in this rather different kind of spring and that you can enjoy the fresh warmer air without a mask at times.

Easter is coming up next week, and even though lockdown is easing, many of us will still be home enough to whip up a golden, fluffy, healthy and really delicious Easter Cake!

Because caring for and making healthier foods for ourselves is a good little start to creating the positive change we all need in the world.

We know you want some Bliss Balls!

Hello, dear people of Stroud,

Have you ever wondered what Bliss Balls are and how to make them? 

Bliss Balls are also called energy balls or protein balls, but we prefer the term 'Bliss Ball'. I mean, why wouldn't you?!

Usually, they are made of nuts and dates, but one can vary by exchanging nuts for seeds, dates for other dried fruit or sweet things like honey. The possibilities are literally endless, which is really exciting on the one hand and the other; it's tricky getting them just right.