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Making the Best of Autumn Raspberries

As the days draw in and the weather is getting colder, there were some red jewels in the fruit cage to brighten proceedings. The very last of my autumn raspberries were a welcome harvest. Now, I’m not really too sentimental about the garden but there was something quite poignant about taking the last of the summer colour away. So to do these wonderful fruits justice, I decided to make a a baked cheese cake.

We had some strawberries left over from the weekend and combined with the raspberries, the result was magnificent! The whole family approved and yes we were able to enjoy one final taste of summer from the garden…happy days!

Wild Garlic and Purple Broccoli Salad


Salads are the perfect summer food and this one is a fantastic sharing dish. What better occasion to make this simple salad with wild garlic in season. We have the red, white, and blue so patriotic too!  On this one, we have some young sprouting broccoli (blue), shredded wild garlic leaves, gem lettuce, tomato (red) and wild garlic flowers (White). The broccoli is raw and has a wonderful sweet and nutty flavour; in addition it is a super food. Purple sprouting broccoli contains the phytochemical sulphoraphane (thought to help prevent cancer) and may provide resistance against heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. It is packed with vitamin C and is a good source of caretenoids, iron, folic acid, calcium, fibre and vitamin A.

We made a balsamic vinaigrette to go with this using in our opinion, a quite simply awesome balsamic vinegar from Belazu. It’s under £10 at the minute at Sainsbury’s (25% off). If you haven’t tried it then please do. It is a universe and I do mean a universe apart from cheaper balsamic.  We served our salad with a quiche and crusty bread. Would also work well with grilled meats from the BBQ.

Less than 10 minutes to prepare,  the garlic is free with a bit of foraging effort, it’s tasty and very good for you.

Nasi Goreng – Delicious Leftovers Recipe


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!



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?

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