10 Things You (probably) Didn't Know About Us!

Posted in Blog on 13.09.2017

10 Things You (probably) Didn't Know About Us!

We’re not talking deep, dark secrets here, just a few things about each one of us that you probably didn’t know.  Unless you actually know us! 😉

10 Things You (probably) Didn't Know About Us!

Sam – The Cook

I got stopped for speeding while on holiday in Florida .. and never paid the ticket!

When I’m developing a recipe I have daytime tv on in the background.  I can’t stand it but I can’t turn it off either!

I never knew my hair was naturally curly till I grew it .. in my twenties!

I don’t like curry in any way, shape or form.  And no amount of “well that’s because you’ve never had a proper curry” trying will ever change that.

I also don’t like coffee.  And I really really wish I did.

I’m an MMO gamer and my alter egos are called Silvermyst and Wyntir.

I don’t like heights.  Even a 3 step ladder makes me nervous (good job I’m short really)

I’m a list making maker of lists.  And I have lists to organise my lists!  Writing this list made me very happy 😉

I don’t know how to not be creative – everything from photography to journalling, scrapbooking and card making.

I have so many freckles even my freckles have freckles!

Favourite Recipe: Date and Nut Spiced Fruit Loaf (I can’t stop eating it!!)

10 Things You (probably) Didn't Know About Us!

Phil – Him

In 2016 I lost nearly 4 stone in weight, reversed my type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and completely changed my eating habits.

I often forget I’m nearly 50.  I play too many computer and console games and like to wear hoodies and trainers

My full time job is to work as a techy computer programmer for a huge multinational manufacturing company.  I have no idea what I’m doing but no-one there seems to have realised yet!

I have 4 piercings and 3 tattoos.

When confronted with technical things I always tell people that “I don’t understand because I only have a GCSE in woodwork”.

I don’t have a GCSE in woodwork.

I can’t swim

I never ate a banana till I was 44

I like fast cars – I can’t really afford a properly fast one but make do with what I have

I crave peace and quiet.  Living on a housing estate, tranquillity is often hard to find.  When we can afford it we love to take a cruise to Norway and experience the clean, fresh air and dream of how wonderful it would be to live in an environment like that

I love my family – until my wonderful wife came along I was somewhat drifting, no clear direction and lost in a haze of all all the things you do when you’re a 30 year old who still thinks he is 18.

Favourite Recipe: Vegan Lasagne

10 Things You (probably) Didn't Know About Us!


I love fruit and veggies, especially banana, cucumber and roasted broccoli.

I love going in the car and will create havoc if I think I’m going to get left behind.

I used to leave most of my food when I arrived at my new home.  Now I eat every single scrap and go looking for more.

Mum and Dad say I have the infamous Staffie yodel.  Apparently this isn’t quite as cute as it sounds.

I love my Kong toys.  They’re the only toys I don’t destroy within seconds.  Literally.

Under the duvet, wedged between Mum and Dad is my favourite place to sleep.  They think it’s because I don’t like being cold.  It’s really because I love the smell of feet.

Foot licking is my favourite way to show humans how much I love them.   Turns out not everyone enjoys their feet being licked.  I like to keep testing to see if they’ve changed their mind though.

If it’s raining I will NOT go out.  NOPE.  Not happening.

I could fart you into oblivion if I put my mind to it.

I have missing teeth, a bit missing from my tongue and scars on my face and head.  Mum and Dad say it adds character.

Favourite Recipe:  Blueberry, Mint and Yogurt Treats

10 Things You (probably) Didn't Know About Us!

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We are Sam (The Cook), Phil (Him) and our little dog Nooch. What started with a plan to shed a few pounds back in 2016, soon became obvious that eating healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring.

So, combining Sam’s 15 years of experience working within Michelin starred restaurants and our love for deliciously healthy food, we’re creating recipes for you to make and enjoy. We’ve added our own unique spin on traditional and contemporary vegetarian and vegan recipes that keep you (and your pets!) healthy and full.  And we make sure they just work.

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