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Next stop Abergavenny

September 12th, 2018

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A weekend of fine foods and drinks in the beautiful Welsh countryside - what more could you ask?

We will be heading to Abergavenny for its food festival this weekend to show off our tasty range to the 30,000 visitors expected.

The annual two-day event enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together.

The programme includes product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates.

You can find us in Upper Brewery Yard, next to Hodmedod’s - come and try our new crackers!

We’ll look forward to meeting you at our stand along with all the other local and regional producers ready to tickle your tastebuds!

Abergavenny Food Festival - www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

15 - 16 September, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire



Packing up the van for Sturminster

September 7th, 2018

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If you like good quality locally-produced cheese, Dorset’s beautiful Blackmore Vale is the place to be this weekend.

The Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival will host a range of local producers and activities for all the family. Easy Bean will be there and, though we say it ourselves, our crisp breads and crackers make the perfect accompaniment to delicious cheeses.

So come and see us for a chat and perhaps have your photo taken  -  don’t forget to say “cheese”!

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, 8-9 September, 10-5pm - www.cheesefestival.co.uk



Zoom to Frome

September 5th, 2018

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We have a busy weekend ahead!

Come and see us at the Frome Show on Saturday - https://www.fromecheeseshow.co.uk

This fabulous show has something for everyone and something for all ages.

We’ll be in the Food Hall and look forward to meeting customers old and new.

We think the weather will hold!



Shortlisted for a Great British Food Award!

August 23rd, 2018

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We are delighted to have been shortlisted by The Great British Food Awards for our NEW Fava Bean & Poppy Seed Crackers. The winners will be announced in the autumn – wish us luck.

The Fava Bean & Poppy Seed Cracker uses flour of the fava bean - one of the oldest cultivated crops grown in the UK.

The cracker is handmade with 100% natural ingredients, is gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Oh - and it tastes just fantastic. We hope the judges agree.



Making a splash at Melplash!

August 20th, 2018

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Hawk displays, ferret racing and a display of first world war horses are among the attractions at one of the south-west’s most popular agricultural shows this summer.

Visitors to the Melplash Agricultural Show show the lovely coastal town of Bridport, Dorset, will get the chance to learn about farming and food production and taste some local delicacies.

And, even better news, Easy Bean will be there enjoying the fun and offering our range of tasty one-pot meals, crispbreads and crackers  - come and see us at our stand!

The Melplash Show, 23 August - The Showground, West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4EG

www.melplashshow.co.uk



Two Great Taste Awards

August 14th, 2018

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We are thrilled and delighted to announce that two of our Chickpea Crispbread range have won Great Taste Awards.

We have been awarded TWO Gold stars for our Seeds & Black Pepper crispbreads and ONE Gold Star for our Mung Bean & Chive crispbreads.

Crisp, crumbly and irresistibly moreish, our seeds and Black Pepper gluten-free crispbreads are handmade using nutty-tasting chickpea flour and buttermilk from a local farm. Carefully seasoned and generously topped with toasted seeds for extra crunch, they are perfect for snacking, lunching, dipping and sharing.

Also gluten-free, the Mung & Chive crispbreads are crunchy and flavoursome and are perfect for lunch, at home or in the office, or as a party snack or for dipping.

Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the “Oscars” of the food world. Quite simply the Great Taste logo is the sign you can trust when buying food and drink.

This year, more than 500 judges came together at 65 judging days from March to July. The judges, from all corners of the food world, blind-taste in teams of three or four to ensure a balance of expertise.

You can see all the Great Taste winners here - https://greattasteawards.co.uk/



We’ve gone crackers!

August 7th, 2018

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EASY BEAN continues its mission to create delicious ways to enjoy beans, peas and lentils with the launch of a new Bean & Seed Cracker Range.

Handmade with different pulse flours, the range is gluten-free, dairy -free and uses 100% natural ingredients.

On the pulse and on trend, the crackers are suitable for vegans as well as offering a healthy, savoury snack.

The range of three: Fava Bean & Poppy Seed, Green Pea & Chia Seed and Red Lentil & Poppy Seed are made with flours milled from pulses that provide a source of plant protein which is typically more than double the protein found in wholemeal wheat flour.

Fava bean (variety of broad bean) and green pea flours are sourced from Hodmedod’s and are milled from crops grown on British Farms.

A tricolour of soft shades of red, green and white; these savoury crackers flake, snap and have a crunchy texture. The wholegrain, earthy flavours with a hint of sweetness make them a good accompaniment to cheese, hummus and other dips.

They come in four handy packs per 160g carton, easy for shoppers to grab a pack and pop it in a lunch box.

· 100% natural ingredients

· Gluten free

· Wheat free

· Dairy free

· High fibre

· No added sugar

· Suitable for vegans and vegetarians

Packed 8 x 160g cartons per case

RRP per pack £2.95 and upwards

RED LENTIL & POPPY SEED

A savoury cracker with a hint of sweetness and a crunchy texture; baked to a light red colour that is speckled with poppy seed. Good for dipping into hummus or any vegetable dip.

GREEN PEA & CHIA SEED

This cracker has a fresh, green vegetable aroma and a texture that flakes and snaps. The savoury wholegrain flavour goes well with dips, hard cheeses or makes an excellent snack.

FAVA BEAN & POPPY SEED

A light golden baked cracker, speckled with poppy seed, that flakes and has crunch. The flavour is savoury, earthy and with a hint of sweetness. A good source of protein, ideal as a snack or serve with dips.

The crackers will be available from Abergavenny Food Festival ( www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com) in conjunction with Hodmedod’s (www.hodmedods.co.uk)

For traders: Free samples for retailers. Free in-store taster kits for new stockists.



It’s showtime!

August 2nd, 2018

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The Gillingham and Shaftsbury Show is one of the biggest in the South of England - and Easy Bean will be there! Set in the beautiful north Dorset countryside, the show regularly attracts at least 24,000 people, and this summer’s event on Wednesday 15 August promises to be even bigger. The photo shows Show Secretary Sam Braddick giving a cheery wave.

Agriculture IS at the heart of the show and you will be able to watch as farmers parade their very best animals including cattle, sheep, horses and dogs. There will be loads of hands-on activities for all ages, including how to milk a cow!

And of course there will be plenty of local foods to taste including our own Easy Bean range. So come on down and join the country folk, say hi at the Easy Bean stand and sample some of our tasty wares.

The Gillingham and Shaftsbury Agricultural Show, Motcombe Turnpike Showground, near Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9PL

15 August, 8:30am - 6:30pm - www.gillshaftshow.co.uk



Water, water, not everywhere….

July 27th, 2018

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We’re dependent on rain for the water we supply to you and there hasn’t been much over the past few weeks. The recent hot weather has meant more demand for water which puts pressure on our water network and the natural resource we all rely on.

While we wait for the promised thunderstorms, here are 10 things you can do to help and, if we all save a little, we’ll all save a lot.

1.     When you’re in the bathroom brushing your teeth, make sure the tap is turned off.

2.     Have a shower instead of a bath. And make it four minutes maximum.

3.     Put a bucket outside to collect rain water * looks to the sky and prays for rain and use it to water your plants. Better still, invest in a water butt.

4.     Got kids and about to empty your paddling pool? Grab a watering can and water the garden. Also use the water to wash the windows or even the car!

5.      Save water, electricity and dishwasher tablets by only starting the dishwasher once it’s fully loaded.

6. Water at night, gardener’s delight. Make sure your plants keep cool and get enough water by keeping them in the shade on hot days and watering them with a watering can in the evening.

7. Teach children to turn off the taps tightly after each use.

8. Run your washer only when it is full.

9. Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan instead of running water from the tap.

10. Turn off the water while washing your hair and save up to 150 gallons a month.



And relax…

July 20th, 2018

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We like to eat well at Easy Bean Towers – and we like to move well. Some of us are keen walkers while others prefer the gentle art of Tai Chi.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety  a form of “moving meditation.” The phrase “t’ai chi ch’uan” translates to “supreme ultimate fist” or “boundless fist.”

It can be traced back to Taoist and Buddhist monasteries. As an exercise, Tai Chi combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. It has been described as a moving meditation.

It  can improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility and reduce the risk of falls in older people. It even appears to reduce pain and some symptoms of depression. Tai Chi is considered to be safe for people of all ages as it does not put much stress on muscles and joints.

We would love to hear about your favourite sport or pastime.