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For anyone like me who is growing their own veg, the battle with weeds and pests is a daily routine. I worried about spraying chemicals anywhere near the stuff I was going to eat. Even on the weeds that aren’t near my veggies, the worry is that tiny fingers can touch it. But what is the answer? Well, I tried humble vinegar. Sprayed onto the offending weeds, it did the trick. At 50p a bottle is was also much cheaper than buying weed killer. It doesn’t come with any terrifying skull and cross bones labels on it, it doesn’t tell you to seek medical advice if it touches your skin or you swallow some. In fact this is one weed killer that you can happily pour on your chips!!

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Foraging is Fun – Glorious Wild Food!

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If you’re looking for something to do at the weekend with the family, look no further! This time of year is fantastic for foraging. Kids love it and you will be able to find a tasty treat to prepare with them and eat.

Wild Garlic is a great place to start your foraging journey. It’s so versatile and you can add it to many different things. Here, we are using the flowers in a salad with purple broccoli – delicious and ultra healthy.

Gardens are starting to blossom at this time of year and so are things like nettles. It makes a wonderful soup!

Nasi Goreng – Delicious Leftovers Recipe

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What can you do with left overs? Here is a great tasty recipe, Nasi Goreng. It’s a fried rice dish that is popular in Indonesia and Malaysia. It’s really fabulous to eat, quick to make and turns leftovers into a tasty dinner.

There are many different variations to this dish and so if you don’t have all of the ingredients… hey, it’s still gonna taste great! We’ve got prawns and chicken in this version but you could omit these and add in your favourite roast veg instead for example, to make a vegetarian alternative. Nasi Goreng is also a good healthy dish that is loved by many people around the world, including President Obama.

The wonderful mix of flavours and the simplicity of making it will mean that this will be a dish you will be adding to your repertoire!

Enjoy

Ingredients

olive oil for frying

2 eggs, beaten

2 red chillies, shredded

4 shallots, finely sliced

75g fresh peas (use frozen if fresh not available)

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

200g cooked prawns

150g shredded cooked chicken

150g chestnut mushrooms , sliced

250g cooked long grain rice rice (left to go cold)

2 tsp brown sugar

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp chilli sauce

sesame oil

shredded spring onion to garnish (optional)

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large non-stick pan or wok. Pour in 1/2 the beaten egg to make a really thin omelette, then slide out. Repeat, then roll both omelettes up together and shred.

Heat another tbsp oil and cook half the chilli, the shallots, garlic, and mushrooms for 4 minutes.

Add the rice, chicken and prawns and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the peas. Mix the brown sugar with the soy and the chilli sauce until dissolved, then stir through the rice.

Pile onto a serving dish and top with the omelette rest of the chilli. Drizzle with sesame oil to finish.

 

 

Mums Can’t Afford To Eat!

A survey of customers by a major UK supermarket chain has come up with some shocking results. It has found that some mums are going without food so that they can feed their children. Food poverty is becoming a real issue in the UK but yet each family on average is throwing away £50 of food per month. We really must start to take action, it’s crazy that one family may be throwing good food in the bin whilst another cannot afford to feed themselves. It’s time for communities to pull together to help those who are in need.

We say, Love Taste and Hate Waste and lets stand up for those Mums who can’t afford to eat!

The Scandal of Food Waste

Having been guilty of throwing lots of food away myself, one of the things that shocked me was the amount of food that we in the UK  throw away. Each year, on average, every family throws away one third of the food they buy and that equates to a staggering £12bn. It also means that we as a nation dump 9 million tons of food waste every year into landfill. So that’s £12bn of food that was at one point perfectly good to eat. £12bn straight into the bin! We then pay as a nation again, for the 9 million tons of food waste to be processed. The thing is we don’t need to throw things away; we can make soups and stocks from veg going a little limp, make bread crumbs from our bread and freeze them. My challenge to myself was to cut waste and change my families eating habits for good! Is there anyone else out there who feels the same?

My Lonely Courgette… Day 1

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As part of my drive to cut waste I thought that it would be a great idea to grow stuff. That way, I can pick what I need and so reduce the amount I throw away. I saw these fab yellow courgette seeds and thought I’d give them a try. I do know that it can be equally foolish to plant the entire packet of seeds, just because you’ve bought them (Yes I own up. It was me and a packet of beetroot seeds). After planting my courgette seed, I became like an over protective father checking that it had enough sun, not too much sun, enough water, not too much water… Then after a few days I looked at it and saw that it had sprouted. Yay!! I’m now officially a grower of courgettes!

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