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Vegetarian Cookbooks from The Works | AD

This is a sponsored post on vegetarian cookbooks, in association with The Works.

I love a good vegetarian cookbook.  The other day I spent a good child-free hour perusing cookbooks in my local bookshop.  Unfortunately, my wallet wasn’t feeling the love, with the average price of a cookbook being around £25.  We’ve got a lot of work to do on our house right now, and £25 is a bit steep for me and my working mum budget at the moment.

Budget-Friendly Vegetarian Cookbook Options

Step forward The Works.  I always forget that The Works has a fantastic selection of vegetarian cookbooks (and vegan ones too) at really good value prices.

Under £5

I found a slew of good looking vegetarian cookbooks all available from The Works. These budget-friendly cookbooks all come in at under £5:

vegetarian cookbooks

150 Vegetarian Recipes by Love Food is only £3.99, as is Vegetarian by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson.  So much recipe inspiration!  And for vegans, I also found Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin for only £4.99. I have this one and am obsessed with her vegan macaroni cheese recipe made with butternut squash.  You could buy all three books and still have change from £15!

Under £15

Upping the budget slightly I found some good budget-friendly cookbooks. These ones all come in at under £14.99:

best vegetarian cookbooks

The Meat Free Monday Cookbook is £6.99, The Ultimate Vegetarian Cookbook by Rose Elliot is £7.99, Vegetarian by Alice Hart £12.99, and The Vegetarian Pantry by Jane Montgomery is £14.99.

I’ve particularly got my eye on The Meat Free Monday Cookbook. I follow along with Meat Free Monday on social media and all of the recipes they post look delicious!

Currently, you can also get 5% off advertised prices on selected lines at The Works, and free delivery on orders over £20 with the voucher code ‘SUMMER5‘.

What are your favourite vegetarian cookbooks?

PS: from my vegetarian archives: 15 things you’ve always wanted to ask a vegetarian (but were afraid to ask) and kitchen staples for vegetarians.

Food & Drink, Food Waste Tips

How to Store Spring Onions to Stay Fresher for Longer

storing spring onions
storing spring onions

Want to know the best way to store spring onions? Let me show you how to store spring onions for maximum freshness and minimal food waste.

Now that spring onions are in season, did you know there’s a special technique on how to store spring onions?  It’s true, there is a special no-fuss method you can use to keep your spring onions fresher for longer.  And there’s no special equipment required, or multiple steps to follow.

The Wrong Way

When I used to buy or pick spring onions I used to put them straight into the fridge as they were, and they tended to wilt within a couple of days, tops.  It turns out this is the worst way to store spring onions, as the cold air of the fridge causes the spring onions to lose a lot of moisture. There really is nothing worse than wilted spring onions when you really fancy an omelette (this recipe is my favourite).  Or my personal favourite way to serve spring onions – finely chopped and sprinkled on buttered potatoes.

How to Store Spring Onions Correctly

Recently I learned how to store spring onions correctly.  There’s no special magic involved – just give them the cut flowers treatment!  When you pick or buy your spring onions simply keep them in a glass or vase of water on your kitchen countertop.  There’s no need to refrigerate – just keep the water topped up.

Here’s a pictorial representation of my spring onion bouquet!

how to store spring onions

Your family and friends might think you’re a bit crazy storing your spring onions in this manner, but you’ll have the last laugh!  Your spring onions will stay firm and crunchy for around a week using this method, as opposed to lasting a couple of days in the fridge.

As with cut flowers, remember to change your spring onion water when it turns cloudy for optimum freshness.

You can also store celery, asparagus, and other stalk vegetables in this way to help store them longer.  Even lettuce can be stored in water like this. My kitchen is soon going to resemble a florist!

And did you know you can even regrow your spring onions once you’ve finished with them?!  It’s true – no sorcery involved!

PS: if you found this article on storing spring onions useful then you’ll also enjoy my post on 10 food waste tips

PPS: the glasses were a recent charity shop find!  Aren’t they pretty?