Sourced Locally Fortnight-Recipe

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Sourced Locally Fortnight continues till 12th May in East Anglia and is a good excuse to try some fantastic, tasty, local produce! I walked down to my local COOP and brought some yummy local produce – all sourced from East Anglia. I just decided to start with a simple salad of local food – easy and tasty! I get bored of boring salads so this was a way of me actually wanting to eat a salad and making it fun.

Ingredients:

-Garlic Mayonnaise (Sourced locally Stokes)

-Baby new potatoes (Sourced locally Fairfields Farm)

-Asparagus (Sourced locally Middleton)

-Munchy Seeds (Sourced locally Leiston)

-Mixed salad leaves, herbs, dandelion (homegrown)

-quarter tin of sweetcorn

-1 lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper, half teaspoon mustard (dressing mix)

Method:

-4 sections:

1 Put salad leaves mixed with herbs in one section,

2 Cut Asparagus into smaller sections. Boil briefly and place on plate,

3 Empty sweetcorn onto same plate. Mix up salad dressing and drizzle on 3 salads so far. Sprinkle Munchy Seeds over 3 sections.

4 Slice potatoes in half, boil in pan. Strain then mix in 2 big scoops of Garlic Mayonnaise. Mix some herbs into this (I also added some Dandelion petals to add colour).

Overall, a very simple salad to make and it make 4 portions; two for pack lunches and two for dinners!

I loved using the local produce and truly believe this initiative set up by the COOP encourages people to try local food more often. Additionally, I can say the Rhubarb I got (local) was delicious stewed served for breakfast with granola and also in a chocolate cake!

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Above a quick picture of some of the goodies I brought to try as part of Sourced Locally Fortnight. If you want to find out more take a gander at the local COOP website: http://www.eastofengland.coop/food/sourced-locally

 

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Locally sourced food!

I am lucky enough to live in a county that has lots of locally sourced produce not only available at farmers markets but in local shops too. my local shop being the Co-op. I often source local food that I cannot produce myself here – including local honey and flour.

I have been baking a lot recently and swear by locally milled Marriages flour from the Co-op! I use all the different varieties for cakes, pancakes, cookies and of course bread baking. I particularly like the fact that I was able to talk to local supplier Marriages at the Suffolk Show this year to discuss their flour types and going round the Co-op stand discovering more about their local produce.

Below is a quick picture of some of the fab produce I have recently be experimenting with from: http://www.eastofengland.coop/home Keep an eye on their twitter account too – often exciting compeitions for local produce!

 

 

Great local produce for local produce fortnight!

I am really enjoying taking part in Local Produce Fortnight. We are in the third day of it and have tried some great produce so far! I have fully relished the opportunity to take part and trying new produce from the local area – Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Below is a picture of some of the produce I have gathered to try by itself or in recipes during this fortnight.

This includes Marriages flour, Munchy Seeds from Leiston, local Suffolk Honey and Prawns smoked by Pinneys in Orford. On the blog I hope to include some reviews and recipes using great local produce and encourage you to do the same. Follow on twitter, email or facebook for more news and updates.

Many thanks Katy, The Good Life In Practice xx

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Good News!

So after settling into our new house and trying to sort the contract we have good news! Particularly ready for the Spring and Summer coming! We have talked to our landlord and they have given us permission to have a small piece of land near the house. We can use this small piece of land to hopefully grow some veggies and fruit in the spring and summer time. I am currently looking through seed catalogues and researching whats best to grow when. Also have asked some local Swiss friends when we can start planting and sowing seeds-the weather here is very, very different to back home with snow being up here till about april/may time.

Additionally, what is also very exciting is the fact we have also got permission to maybe if we want have some chickens on this land and to build a small chicken house for them! We would love to do this and shall see how we get on! If there is enough time and we can make enough space for a run after we have planned what plants are going in then we might be able to get 2-3 Point of Lays to begin with!

Watch this space for more updates on trying to make the most of rented land and property!

Below: A photograph of a Swiss home made chicken run for 6 chickens on a nearby farm. There is a flat roof on the top of the run to stop snow getting in the run so that the chickens can stay all through the winter season! We hope to be able to make a decent sized chicken run and coop for our chickens if we can get a few in the summer.

Spotting Chickens everywhere we go!

Spotting Chickens everywhere we go!