Author Archive: Emma

Homegrown strawberry jam

Homegrown strawberry jam

I’ve got a lot of new strawberry plants in my garden this year. They’re not all planted out in their final homes, so it won’t be a bumper crop, but there should be some ripe fruits for me to harvest soon enough. I’ve got several different sorts, from the tiny red and white alpine and […]

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  10th June 2016   No comments
The first barbecue of 2016

The first barbecue of 2016

Whilst April was a washout, May has seen some far nicer weather – particularly at the weekends! So it was time to dust off the bbq and our outdoor cooking skills and try cooking and eating outside once more. While Ryan fired up the bbq, I turned my hand to the indoor preparation. We decided […]

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  19th May 2016   No comments
Mojito slushie

Mojito slushie

Ryan and I found ourselves in Tesco recently, which doesn’t happen very often these days. When we do end up in a supermarket we like to have a look and see what’s new and different that we might like to try. On this particular occasion Ryan took a fancy to their ready mixed mojito. We […]

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  16th May 2016   No comments
Curried oca parcels

Curried oca parcels

On the weekend that we had Jus-Rol Cinnamon Swirls as our mid-gardening snack, I also hatched a plan to use up the last of the oca harvest. Oca is Oxalis tuberosa, mainly grown for its edible tubers, which were (are?) a staple crop in its homeland of the Andes. There they have a large number […]

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  28th April 2016   No comments
Bara brith: turning leftovers into cake

Bara brith: turning leftovers into cake

Pancake day (AKA Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras) has got to be the one holiday of the year that’s devoted to avoiding food waste. In keeping with grand tradition, Ryan and I whipped up a batch of pancakes, using the last egg in the fridge and about half of the remaining apple & […]

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  11th February 2016   No comments
Soup & a slice: 20160129

Soup & a slice: 20160129

I’ve seen a few tweets recently from scientifically-minded people, essentially sneering at people who avoid ‘processed foods’. Their point is that almost all foods are processed, including beer and bread, and lots of things that the average person on the street would consider both healthy and delicious. This is true. Almost all food is processed. […]

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  29th January 2016   No comments
Breadmachine recipe: Wholewheat bread (sort of)

Breadmachine recipe: Wholewheat bread (sort of)

A bread machine recipe, from the Logik Stainless Steel Bread Maker instruction booklet, for a loaf that is about 1/4 wholewheat flour. Prep: 10 mins Cook: 3 hrs 30 mins Makes a 700g loaf Ingredients 270ml tepid water 2 tbsp sunflower oil 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp caster sugar 2.5 tsp milk powder 488g strong […]

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  29th January 2016   No comments
Campfire Carbonnade

Campfire Carbonnade

If you remember back a few weeks, we were pondering recipes that use lager. Although some of the desserts were tempting, in the end we started with something savoury – a beef stew based on a simple carbonnade recipe. It has turned out to be a firm favourite, made several times since. It would make […]

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  12th January 2016   No comments
Soup & a slice: 20151214

Soup & a slice: 20151214

News that Tesco now sells frozen avocados provoked a mixed reaction amongst the people I know, but it’s true that avocados are pesky things when it comes to food waste. Unripe one second, practically past it the next, it’s hard to time their consumption correctly to get them at their best. My efforts in that […]

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  14th December 2015   No comments
Soup & a slice: 20151119

Soup & a slice: 20151119

The focus on food waste tends to be on the fresh items we don’t manage to eat before they go past their sell-by date, but in our house there are plenty of pantry items that are hidden from view and remain unused, and my Inner Womble has been inventing ways to make use of them. […]

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  19th November 2015   No comments

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