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Which mince pies and biscuits are palm oil free this Christmas?

mince pieI can’t pretend I’ve done this research myself, but I’m very glad Ethical Consumer has. Waitrose Duchy organic and Sainsbury’s SO organic are this season’s palm oil free mince pies.

I think a taste test may be in order.

You can read the full and very helpful Ethical Consumer listing here.

Which chocolates are palm oil free this Christmas?

Montezuma Peanut Butter Snowballs

Montezuma Peanut Butter Snowballs

If you are boycotting palm oil products, the list of what you can’t have is dizzying, so here is my short list of palm oil free chocolates that you can enjoy as you prepare for Christmas.

I’m hoping Father Christmas and the fairies will be reading this post so that our Advent Calendar House and stockings have palm oil free chocolates this year.

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The unpasteurised, the soft and the blue – a masterclass

I love cheese and I never win anything. So when I won a tutored cheese tasting for me and five friends, I was rather excited. But since it’s me we’re talking about, and with my competitive experiences to bring to bear: horses being shot after my bet; losing a wager to a client and having to buy dinner at Singapore’s most expensive restaurant, I was not expecting much.

In fact, I do try to live by Alice Walker’s poem Expect Nothing. When I remember, anyway.

With this in mind, I suppose The Teddington Cheese owner and expert Tony didn’t actually have to try very hard to impress me. Which makes the fabulous afternoon we spent in his company all the more wonderful. Continue reading