Welcome to Look What We Found

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  • Hibernate with Look What We Found

    LWWFTesco 2We've officially entered the first day in Autumn! It's our favourite time of year here at LWWF HQ & as Emily Brontë put it "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree".

    If you haven't already taken advantage of our Tesco offer, what are you waiting for? There is less than a week to go on this promotion which is perfect to help you stock up in order to bed down for the Winter months!

    Enjoy hibernation this year with our warming Chilli Con Carnes, filling Meatballs and Bolognese, a creamy Chicken Curry or our Chicken and Mushroom in a white wine sauce - all £1 until the 29th September!

    If you haven't already seen on Facebook & Twitter, we're holding a LWWF Autumn Photography Competition! We've made a Pinterest board over at http://bit.ly/1Osli41 to give you some inspiration. The competition will go on until the 14th November and a winner will be announced on the 20th of November...good luck and fingers crossed you'll wow us enough to win a LWWF Autumn Goody Bag to keep you warm throughout Winter and be featured on our website, Facebook and Twitter! LWWFHibernate 2

  • Backing British!

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    We proudly source British meat from British farmers! With the recent dairy farming crisis - we thought we'd write a short blog on how to support our British farmers in all aspects of your weekly shop!

    Firstly - if you can't find your favourite British products on the shelves in your local supermarket - ask why they aren't proudly displaying British quality foods!

    Secondly - Look out for logos that indicated quality standards, origin of ingredients and where/how the product is made! Our LWWF meals proudly wear The Union flag which guarantees the food has been produced in the UK and that the Ingredients are sourced in the UK! Keep a look out for these flags in store!

    Thirdly - If you want to back British farming, take a close look at packaging. Reading the fine print can tell you whether all or some of the ingredients are sourced and packaged in the UK. Even if there's a Union flag - not all ingredients could be sourced in the UK. Our labels state our yummy meals are 'lovingly made in County Durham' - we're very proud of that!

    Fourthly - Bunting is a very British, very attractive way of decorating shelving displays. However, these displays can sometimes be misleading. In some cases, a shop may put Union flags or British imagery as trimming on or above shelves even when the products may not be sourced or even packaged in Britain.

  • Look What We Found on Dartmoor!

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    Our friends, Two Blondes Walking take our meals to their beloved Dartmoor. They have recently written a blog about our meals...which they described as a complete success.

    "I don’t know if you have seen ‘Look What We Found’ meals at your local supermarket. They are really yummy, use carefully sourced ingredients and are designed to be cooked in a microwave or scooped into a pan, but can also be boiled in their bag. I have tried a fair selection and never been disappointed, so they are definitely a camp-cooking success".

    The Two Blondes will be happy to hear we're looking at introducing additional products to our range which will avoid any more expedition cooking failures. Watch this space! Meanwhile...our Beef in Ale and Lamb Hotpot meals will keep you fuelled up with a yummy combination of meat and potato!

    You can find their blog here, follow them on twitter tweet tweet and LIKE their Facebook to follow their Dartmoor adventures!

  • A canopy under the stars...

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    To celebrate the end of Summer, why not try a spot of glamping to cheer the kids up (and you) before school begins!

    ‘Glamorous camping’ also known as ‘Glamping’ has become more and more popular as we choose to holiday at home. Imagine you’re holidaying on a remote, tropical island or in a beautiful rainforest.

    Glamping accommodations vary but, the most common types of glamping includes, air-streams, trailers, barns, farmhouses, cabins, pods, domes, cubes, eco lodges, huts, yurts, tents, tipis, villas and tree houses. All of these offer you a modern twist as you enjoy the wonderful British countryside in total luxury. You have your own washing facilities, canopy under the stars and some come with your own fire pit.

    Many sites offer 'late-deals' so get searching now for a bargain & don't forget to take our meals with you - then you'll really be living in luxury!

  • Quashing Ready Meal Myths

     

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    There is a lot of negative stigma surrounding ready-made, instant meals. However, with the majority of our meals being gluten free, low in calorie and single serving – we simply do not agree.

    After our newsletter post on the benefits of slow cooking – we thought we’d quash some more myths about ready meals. Some believe that these products are unhealthy, full of sugar and unsafe to eat. All our meals are less than 400kcal and are made from 100% natural ingredients from specially selected suppliers. Furthermore, as we've done the cooking for you – your cooking time in the microwave or in the pan is so much shorter. This means, the goodness and nutrients that were preserved through our slow-cooking process still won’t be lost.

    Gluten Free: The majority of LWWF meals are gluten free because we don’t like to add any necessary additives or allergens to your food! When shopping online or in store, check the back of pack for the gluten free sign. Even if you aren’t gluten intolerant - if you stop eating wheat, you’re able to de-junk your diet and fill up on healthier and lower-calorie alternatives such as fruit, veg, lean meat, fish and low-fat dairy products.

    Low in Calories: Some of our customers have told us they've lost weight when eating LWWF meals on their diet plan. We try to stay away from rapid release carbohydrates which are quickly broken down into sugars. These carbs increase the risk of you putting on weight which is why we're not putting them in our meals. We also like to include non-starchy vegetables which are a slow but steady supply of energy for hours following your meal. Low calorie doesn't mean we've compromised on taste.

    Portion Controlled: We keep our pouches single serving for a couple or reasons. i) They're just enough for one, whether you're living alone, an office worker needing a tasty lunch or a lone wanderer hiking in the mountains; ii) They're lightweight - you're able to carry them home from the shops, pack them in your backpack when walking and they can be sent to you hassle free over the post; iii) The right amount of food can help you control your body weight. Instead of 'binge-eating' and quickly increasing glucose and insulin levels after eating a big meal - eating smaller amounts, more frequently has been proven to aid weight-loss, general health and can keep your glucose and insulin levels at a stable level.

    We have to acknowledge that yes, there are some meals out there that are packed full of sugar and shouldn't be consumed as part of a balanced diet. However, we've just proven that ours are not. We hope you continue to enjoy knowing you're making a healthy choice too!

  • Wild at heart

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    As much as we’re a big fan of the many Yurts, Tipi’s and Hobbit Holes popping up along our beautiful countryside, there’s something about the new trend of ‘Wild Camping’ that awakens our inner caveman. You get to peacefully enjoy the campfire and stargaze in the evening, as well as listen to the beautiful bird song in the morning without any interruptions. For many, basic wild camping is the most rewarding type of trip outdoors, but sadly all too rare these days. The rules of wild camping are very much the same; however, you’re left to your own devices. It’s down to you to find the perfect camping spot, source your own washing facilities and a ‘dunny’.

    However, there are some things you can do to ensure your wild camping experience goes without a hitch. In times gone by you could camp wherever and whenever you pleased, but let’s be clear: wild camping is illegal in much of Britain, but not all of it. In Scotland, you’re able to partake in wild camping if you stay away from roads, dwellings and clear up after yourself. In England and Wales (except for our beloved Dartmoor) - it’s important to find out who the landowner is and ask if you can use their land for a short wild camping experience. If the land is owned by a public organisation or Trust then you’ll be able to find information about wild camping on their website.

    Tip: Offer to help the land owner with something to repay them for the pleasure of your stay or invite them to dinner and a glass of wine when you’ve pitched up.

    Tip: Only light a fire if you have permission or there’s a fire pit already in use. As an alternative to a campfire you could use a portable campfire kit. After boiling your LWWF found pouches in the bag – use the hot water left over for clean drinking water.

    Tip: Always clear up your rubbish and never pollute.

    Tip: Be careful and respectful of livestock and crops as any damage affects someone’s livelihood.

    Tip: If you don’t have toilet facilities make sure you dig a deep hole and cover it before you leave your camping site.

    Tip: Leave without a trace. The real beauty of camping in the wild is being eco-friendly. Leave it in exactly the same way you found it, that way, someone else could also enjoy the same beauty spot in the future.

    Tip: Enjoy – be at one with nature. A little sing song around the campfire of ‘Born Free’ is welcomed.

    For those who don’t wish to do this type of raw wild camping, but still want the experience of going off-grid without any of the usual services, then there are other alternatives. For a ‘nearly-wild experience’ you can visit a farm that already offers a frugal and wild camping experience, helping you to enjoy your time in the wild with no interruptions.

  • Summer Camping Tips that won't burn a hole in your tent!

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    Stay-cations are becoming even more popular and are all about saving money. Research by Travel Supermarket reports that a whopping 28% of us take our holidays during July and August, with 42% of all holiday makers stating the cost of their holiday as the most important factor. So here are our best tips for camping on a budget this Summer!

    1) Travel in a small car - the smaller the car, the less luggage you take = improved fuel economy

    2) Do your research and compare site fees before you travel - because camping is becoming ever more popular, the option to pitch up in a friendly farmer's field is not there any more, everybody want to cash in on your holiday. If you can get as many extras as possible in your pitch fee such as showers (with hot water) - you're onto a winner!

    3) Travelling with children? - don't blow all your budget on expensive gear for the kids, they're likely to grow out of it by next year anyway!

    4) When splashing out on buying a tent, canopies, stoves - think quality! These should be able to last you a lifetime! You don't want to be buying equipment year on year.

    5) Hot water bottles are the most efficient way of keeping warm when camping!

    7) Don't eat out - This is where the spending starts to build up. With our 15% off at £40 with free delivery within the UK, here at Look What We Found are helping out too! Our Great British classics as well as mild and spicy curry dishes and chillies will keep you and your family well fed, warm and satisfied throughout your camping trip.

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  • To Kenya and back with Look What We found

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    We are a group of five friends of a certain age (late forties) who had previously ridden trail bikes in UK, Europe and Africa. We try and gather once or twice a year for a bit of an adventure on motorbikes and this one took us to Kenya where we joined with a Dutch friend who farms there.

    The plan was to ride a large loop over Kenya in a week. We started in Nanyuki ( a small town on the northern slopes of Mt Kenya ) taking in the Maasai Mara, Rift Valley and foothills of Mt Kenya. An exciting element was to be the descent of the Rift Valley wall on a faint and little used track from the cedar strewn Loita Hills to the baking heat of the Magadi Pan thousands of feet below.

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    We were to be self contained, carrying spares, medical kit, clothing, water and some food supplies on the bikes with the plan to stay in what accommodation we could find along the way. Like most plans in Africa, it became our first victim and we had to improvise and adapt along the way.

    We each covered some 1200km of track, road and path through desert, lava field, meadow, forest, tea plantation and subsistence farms. We rode in altitudes ranging from 1800-8500' and temperatures from 10-45 deg centigrade.

    We rode through the lands of the Kikuyu, Maasai and Pokot. We had to evacuate one rider with a fracture with his bike disassembled in an estate car, suffered only 3 punctures and ate a Look What We Found meal for each lunch.

    The meals were lightweight, nutritious, varied and provided the ideal travel food in areas where access to local supplies can be limited or hazardous.

    Surplus supplies were shared with local people that we met along the way and a Kenya-based primatologist who will use them as she visits remote areas of Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan researching and documenting species distribution and variation.

  • Christmas Deliveries

    The Look what we found! website is business as usual over the Christmas holidays, and you’ll be able to make your order at any time, day or night. Inevitably, the dates on which your order will be delivered are affected at this time of year. To help you when making an order, we’ve included a Christmas delivery schedule to make things a bit clearer. Simply find which day you are planning on ordering, and look it up on the table below (based on orders placed before 1pm of that day).

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  • Look what we found in the Atlantic Ocean

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    Sarah Outen’'s London2London:Via the World expedition is her attempt to complete a 25,000 mile continuous loop of the globe by kayak, bicycle and rowing boat. Impressive stuff! She started on 1st April 2011 and kayaked from Tower Bridge to France; cycled 11,000 miles across Europe and Asia to Russia; kayaked to Japan; rowed across the Pacific Ocean to the Aleutian Islands; kayaked the 1,500 miles along these islands to mainland Alaska and cycled 5000 miles in the North American winter to the East Coast of the USA from where she is now rowing across the Atlantic Ocean back home to the UK. As part of her whopping 6,000 kcal a day calorie intake, Sarah has taken a few of our LWWF meals with her to provide some variation, and a morale boost, in her diet. Lightweight, easy to heat and with no need for a fridge they make a great meal no matter where you are – even on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean!

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