Veg out review – handmade burger Co, Nottingham

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IMG_5384I always like a bargain, so it was with great excitement I came across a voucher for the new handmade burger restaurant in Nottingham. The restaurant is situated in the recently revamped part of Victoria centre. So I was keen to give it a try


I downloaded my 50% of any vegan burger and I was good to go!   All I needed was my meat-eating sister to accompany me

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 18.08.56My review is now available on line via the Nottingham Post




IMG_5369We arrived on a Tuesday lunchtime and it was surprising busy, I would even say ‘buzzing’. We were quickly seated and as we were ‘Handmade’ newbies, the server spent some time explaining the menu and talking us through the options.


I had about 6 or 7 vegetarian or vegan burgers to choose from, my sister took slightly longer to make her choice because of the extensive 50 burger menu.   A quick trip to the till and we’d ordered a small vegetable & bean burger for me (£4.25) minus the bun but with a mixed salad. My sister ordered a small beef cheese classic (£5,25), again minus the bun and with a salad (the other alternative is a bowl of freshly prepared coleslaw). And we shared a bowl of rosemary salt seasoned chips (£3.45) – recommend by our server


About 15 minutes later the dishes arrived and we weren’t disappointed. My vegan burger was really tasty with a good hit of spice and heat. My sister said her beef burger was one of the best she’s had; very moist and tasty. And the server was right to recommend the rosemary chips they were heavenly, and one portion was definitely enough for two


Vegan Vegetable and bean burger


Beef and cheese classic










And that brings me on to why I like this place so much. You pay for what you want not what they want to serve you. All the burgers come with a small salad as standard and that’s it. If you want chips, toppings and other sides you have to pay extra. So it encourages me to really consider how hungry I am and to choose accordingly


However If I was really hungry and wanted the full works of a veggie burger, with extra toppings like cheese and mushrooms, a side salad (with toppings) and two sides it could possibly cost me upwards of £15. But I know I wouldn’t be able to finish it all and I wouldn’t need to eat for the rest of the day. What I had was more than adequate for a lunchtime meal

With my 50% off voucher, courtesy of Veganuary my meal came to under a fiver.


I will certainly be returning to handmade burger Co with or without a voucher!

Handmade voucher


By the way the voucher is valid until the 29th February, so what’s stopping you?!


Did we have a healthier diet in World War 2?

Did we have a healthier diet during World War 2?

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This question was posed to me by the editor of ‘Nottingham Live’; an online magazine. Initially my assumption was ‘No’, because we now have greater choice, better farming methods and a greater understanding of what makes a healthy balanced diet. But I wasn’t completely right.


imagesDid you know that we eat about the same amount of calories as we did in the 40s, but those calories come from different food sources and it probably comes as no surprise to hear that ‘sugar’ is where the major difference is. During the war it was rationed to 225g per person a week, that equates to 56 teaspoons. Some of you may think that’s quite generous, but back in those days convenience foods were rare so cakes, jams and biscuits were nearly always homemade, using some of the 56 teaspoons

_75844736_2010623_daily_added_sugar_v3Cancer Research UK has today revealed that children aged between 11 and 16 consume about 75g of sugar a day, or 19 teaspoons (mostly in the form of sugary drinks); that’s 575g, or more than double a weeks worth of sugar rationing during the war


WW2 food. food Nottingham


If you’d like to read the complete article, then please follow this link


The latest National Food Survey also reveals we are a nation of ‘convenience food’ consumers; especially pizza and chips


A diet high in fat, salt and sugar could explain why there are 6 million pre diabetic patients in the UK. Simple changes to IMG_4250dietary habits could have a positive impact on that figure. By incorporating more oats and vegetables (for their fibre and low GI) in to our diets and possibly consider a regime like 5: 2 fasting to reduce our overall calorie consumption, people could not only lose the dangerous fat from around their middle , but potentially move out of the pre-diabetic category


shopping 1950sAnother noticeable difference between the lifestyle of the 1940s and todays was the level of activity that we did then. We didn’t rely on the car as much, our main form of regular transport was the bike or our feet.  We also had fewer labour saving devises so women spend about 70 hours a week doing housework and manual work was also more common


So maybe next time you order that large sugar laden drink and burger at the fast food drive through consider if there is a healthier alternative