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Cyber thanks!

October 2nd, 2019

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All our Easy Bean products are made with old-fashioned loving care, but we have a lot to thank 21st century technology for…

We have many traditional outlets from independent high street stores to big supermarket chains, but many people nowadays like to order their products on the internet because it’s so easy and efficient – just place your order and Hey Presto! it turns up at your door a day or two later.

So we’d like to give a special cyberspace ‘thank you’ to our friendly online suppliers who help make sure our lovely customers get their tasty Easy Bean snacks and ready meals when they want them.

They include The Natural Grocery Store (naturalgrocery.co.uk), Naturally Good Food (naturallygoodfood.co.uk) and The Vegan Kind supermarket (thevegankindsupermarket.com).

Many people find the giant Amazon a quick way to order online (amazon.co.uk), while others prefer Local Food Direct (localfooddirect.co.uk), based in Somerset.



Going crackers

September 26th, 2019

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We thought it was worth reminding everyone about our cracker range – perfect for your work lunch boxes or weekend snacks.

The magnificent trio comprise:

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.

Enjoy!



An autumnal feel

September 24th, 2019

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However, there are two dates which could be said to mark the start of autumn. One is defined by the Earth’s axis and orbit around the Sun and the second is a fixed date which is used by meteorologists for handy spacing and lengths of the seasons.

Usually when we talk about the first day of autumn we are referring to the astronomical autumn which is defined by the Earth’s axis and orbit around the sun. By that calculation autumn started today and will end on the 22 December.

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

Meteorological seasons mean splitting the seasons into four periods of three months each. These seasons make it easier for meteorological observations and forecasting. In this system, the first day of autumn is always the 1 September.

The seasons are spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February).

Anyway, it’s certainly time for some warming and comforting meals. Might we recommend our African Palava one-pot meal, a delicious mix of brown beans, free range chicken peanuts, sweet potatoes and spinach? Enjoy the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…



Telegraph tribute!

September 22nd, 2019

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Easy Bean is really hitting the headline nowadays thank to our top-of-the-range one-pot meals.

In a review of ‘heat-to-eat lunch pots’ by The Sunday Telegraph our French Cuisinées came joint second out of six contenders.

‘A hearty, rustic combination of buttery chestnuts, leeks, celery and carrots, coated in a sweet broth of tomato, rosemary and thyme,’ the reviewer enthused. ‘Eaten with a hunk of crusty bread and salted butter, this kept us full until dinner.’

Apparently more than half of us don’t take our full lunch break because time is so short for busy people, according to the review.

So an Easy Bean one-pot meal is the ideal solution – whether it’s the French Cuisinées or another choice from our tasty selection.



Food, glorious food!

August 23rd, 2019

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We’re going to be at the Abergavenny Food Festival - September 21 - 22.

#AFF2019 is a place to eat, drink, learn, laugh, expand your horizons, tackle the big issues and celebrate everything about great food and drink.

We hope to see you there! Come and have  look at our award-winning selection.

See the Facebook event page for more news - https://www.facebook.com/events/291426308462539/



Stay cool

August 19th, 2019

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We are being promised hot weather for the bank holiday weekend -  it’s time to remind ourselves of a few top tips for coping.

You might think it’s best to throw open the windows to let the air circulate – but no! Keep your windows closed like they do in hot countries, because the air is likely to be a lot warmer outside than inside your house.

We all know that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun and here’s another piece of advice better understood in places where they are used to scorching temperatures - do not venture forth between about 11am and 3pm. Wearing light, loose-fitting clothes is another bit of common sense from warmer climes. Cotton is ideal.

And of course taking a cold shower or bath might help to keep your body temperature down.

Let’s hope the good weather really does materialise!

Salads are the order of the day for food and what better than Easy Bean crackers with a green salad,  cheese and perhaps a fig or two?



Showtime in Dorset, come and say hello

August 8th, 2019

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It only seems like yesterday when we were at the Gillinghan & Shaftesbury Show - but in fact a year has passed and here it is again! It’s one of the largest agricultural shows in the south and can be found on the Turnpike Showground in North Dorset.

Visit us next Wednesday - August 14 - to sample our crispbreads and crackers. There will be literally hundreds of trade stands to visit so you will be spoilt for choice although we are confident that our products will stand the taste test.

Once you have had your fill, head off to see the how animals - an amazing parade of farmyard beasts, the best in the area.

And there’s more, with racing birds, birds of prey, dog & duck displays and, our personal, favourite, ferret racing We wish it was Wednesday already!

www.gillshaftshow.co.uk



We’ve struck Gold!

August 4th, 2019

We are so thrilled and delighted to say that all THREE of our new cracker range have won GOLD Great Taste Awards.

The judges loved the three cracker varieties – Red Lentil & Poppy Seed, Fava Bean & Poppy Seed and Green Pea & Chia Seed.

Delicious and filling on their own, the crackers  are very versatile and can be served with a glass of wine and olives, added to family picnic hampers, wrapped up with cheese wedges for a working lunch – and more.

And the good news doesn’t stop there – we also won Gold for our Moroccan Spice crispbreads!

Have a lovely week everyone – we know we will!



We are recruiting…

July 25th, 2019

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Part time - Freelance Shows & Events Staff

Are you enthusiastic about nutritious food? Do you love to sell and enjoy the buzz of food fairs?
Easy Bean are looking for a new team member to represent our brand at local Somerset and Dorset food shows and events. Great people skills are essential as is lots of energy and the ability to work independently and flexibly either weekends or weekdays depending on the event. Own transport required.
For more information please call or drop us a line with a brief introduction of yourself to  hello@easybean.co.uk



Set fair! Thanks St Swithin

July 16th, 2019

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St. Swithin (or Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester, and is known for the popular rhyme:

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain no more

Today, (July 15) is St Swithin’s Day so today’s weather - quite nice! - is what we can expect for the rest of summer. Hurrah!

And this is science-backed. Around the middle of July, the Jet Stream settles into a pattern which usually holds fairly steady until the end of August. The weather we get now is likely to dominate for the next month or two.

Quite where the legend of St Swithin comes from isn’t entirely clear. He was buried outside the doors of his Cathedral when he died, saying he wanted to hear the rain falling, so it may come from that.

As with most Saints, he wasn’t left to rest in peace. His head was removed Canterbury, while an arm ended up in Peterborough. His tomb was then destroyed during the English Reformation.

Anyway, that’s the end of the history lesson - we reckon our crackers are just the thing for 40 days of picnics!