The chickpea dilemma and protein-rich snacking!

Hello everyone,


We know that many of us are struggling with a whole range of difficulties these days due to the global pandemic.

We also know that there are old struggles that are left unsolved. Such as how to cook beans and lentils so that they are not undercooked, hard and difficult to digest 😅 This week we will tackle the latter!


Welcome 2021 a brand new start and recipe!

Hello Loose shoppers,

We hope the start of 2021 has been smooth and safe for you and your friends and family.

We are back to normal opening hours from 10 to 4 Monday to Saturday, see you in the shop.

Presumably, after the Christmas feastings and new years celebrations, you might be doing a little bit of a detox this month, is that right?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank you for shopping at Loose and making the world a better place, one shop at a time. Saving every bit of plastic counts.

We are still open up until Christmas, so come and visit us for all your spice baking needs. Raw chocolates or organic teas to gift in Vintage Mary's glass jars. Or locally made delicious smelling soaps with handmade olive-wood soap dish (which has neat holes that drain really well), pretty reusable handmade cotton pads, the plant-based and gluten-free cookbook Lick Your Plate, and we even have biodegradable glitter for your sparkling-shiny celebrations!

Free Recipes Cards at Loose

Hello everyone,

Are you still looking for some healthy but delicious Christmas recipes? At Loose we have some free recipe cards that we are giving out to people that will buy the dry ingredients for the recipes in the shop with us.

Currently, we have the following free recipe cards at Loose, which are also vegan and gluten-free:

Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas Cake

Cauliflower Fritters


We are also offering FREE ONLINE COOKING CLASSES through Gala's Organic Kitchen.

Christmas Cake Recipe

Hello Loose shoppers,

This week we have a very special healthy but delicious Christmas Cake recipe for you! It's vegan and gluten-free but fear not, it's really really good.

Find it on my blog right here.

Loose continues to offer its customers our full range of products during 'lockdown'. Customers are welcome to visit, and we will be allowing two customers or small 'bubbles' in the shop at a time.

Gingerbread People (Cookies)


Hello Loose shoppers,

We're just about into December 2020, and what a year it's been. No doubt adding more vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free foods into our cooking repertoire could be a very good thing. Our bodies appreciate lighter foods and especially our emotions; less sugar. 

This month we are offering you one wholesome and delicious recipe per week, to get you in the mood!

You will be able to pick up the recipe cards in the shop and preorder the ingredients for those recipes with a 10% discount!

Sound good?

Christmas Pudding Recipe

Hello Stroud and surroundings,

We'd like to share a Christmas Pudding recipe with you, this time from Deliciously Ella. We thought you might be feverishly looking for a recipe to try this year and make in advance. Is that right? How about this one? It's vegan, gluten-free and generally on the healthier side BUT if you read the ingredients — it ought to be really really good!

Exciting Brown Rice Salad from Australia

Hello Loose shoppers,

Do you need a new recipe idea for brown rice?

Loose stocks so many different types of rice. Long-grain, short-grain, Basmati white, Basmati brown, Sushi, Jasmine rice! Come and check them out. The nuts and seeds at Loose are also great value, organic and fresh.

I bet you haven’t made this recipe before! A multi-instrumentalist from Sydney, Trevor Brown, created this one and allowed me to pop it in my cookbook Lick Your Plate!

Carrot Cake with Lemony Cashew Cream

Hello people of Stroud and surroundings,

How are you going? 

As an essential business we will continue to be open from 10-4 on Monday to Saturday. You can also order online at Delivery is available for those who need it.

This week I've got a recipe for you that is suitable for any odd season but on these chillier days it will be extra enjoyable to bake a vegan and gluten-free Carrot Cake!

You're not vegan? That's fine, neither am I, but I think it's a mighty good thing to eat more vegan foods. Why not start with cake?

White Creamy Vegan Garlic Lemon Bean Dip

Hello Loose shoppers,

Thank goodness we can still get access to the wonderful food at Loose during this next stage of lockdown.

In fact, what a good time to try some new recipes. And figure out what kind of foods make us feel good, while we figure out our next steps as a collective human race. Introducing some pulses into our diet can be beneficial, but make sure to follow proper soaking and cooking instructions.