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As a vegetarian, vegetable stock is an essential base for many meals, including risotto, soups and casseroles, and not forgetting a good gravy! It’s important for me that a stock is full of flavour, to really bring together a wonderful meal. Yes, it’s easy to buy vegetable stock in a pack from the local supermarket, but have you ever considered making your own? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago, when I was told an easy way to make it, with the added benefit of making use of kitchen scraps, creating a rich, flavoursome stock. Here’s how you can make it too!

The date: August 11th 2017. The destination: Winchester.

With the sun’s approval we loaded the car and set our sat-nav southbound, zipping our way down the A43 towards the mystical, musical city dubbed Boomtown. Mindful of the idea that it’s never been a festival adverse to upping the ante, we were excited to see what lay in store in it’s 9th year…

With a continually growing population comes a growing demand for food, putting extra pressure on the food system to supply for the needs of the people. Traditional agricultural methods require huge amounts of land, space and energy, resources which are limited. Along with this, soil depletion is a concern for the sustainability of these methods. As a result, food prices are increasing which is becoming problematic for families and their ability to purchase healthy and fresh food. Another concern is where our food comes from. Food miles are the measurement of how far foods have travelled from producer to consumer; supermarket foods can travel from all over the world to reach our shelves, which produces harmful emissions. 

We all know that food waste is bad. None of us feel good about chucking the limp bit of salad at the bottom of the fridge, or the mouldy bread that’s been forgotten. But it isn’t just households that are the source of a huge amount of food waste (over 7 million tonnes in the UK according to Wrap in 2015); food retailers and restaurants are also guilty of this, throwing away leftover food from that night’s service or food that has reached its use-by date.

The countdown is on. With less than 50 sleeps until Boomtown 2017, we are very excited to see what Chapter 9 of the story has in store.

If you read our last feature, you’ll be pretty clued up about what Boomtown has to offer, being one of the UK’s most innovative independent festivals. Boomtown leads the way in terms of set design and production values, offering its 60,000 attendees a fully immersive, theatrically-led experience.

Whether you’re suffering from dry skin or joint pain, why not try the natural approach. We take a look at 5 food you should eat to beat…

1.) Skin dryness: healthy cold-pressed oils

Dry skin can be associated with lack of healthy fats in your diet. An easy way to get more of them is to increase your intake of nourishing cold-pressed oils – especially flaxseed, hemp seed or avocado oils.