Rocket Gardens Review

Rocket Gardens Review - Instant Garden Arriving - roughmeasures.com

A few weeks ago, a rather large parcel arrived on my doorstep. It was a package I had been eagerly awaiting for a while. It was my Rocket Gardens delivery. Rocket Gardens was started in 2005, by Mike Kitchen. What started as a few seeds in his garden has now developed into a vegetable and herb seedling delivery service, with all plants starting life on their organic nursery in South Cornwall. They offer selection boxes, from Window Box Garden up to Allotment Garden, and also plant packages (hello pumpkin and squash patch!) When I was offered a Rocket Gardens review opportunity for the blog, I jumped at the chance. Since moving into our cottage, I have found myself in the garden more often than I thought I would. Enjoying the peacefulness and tranquility that comes with gardening.

Rocket Gardens Review - Instant Garden Garden Freshly Picked - roughmeasures.com

In my box (which is only packed with recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging) was their Family Favourites Veg Patch selection. The contents vary depending on the season, and in ours was a selection of plants; beetroot, carrots, Cavolo Nero, courgette, green beans, leeks, lettuce, potatoes, rainbow chard, rocket, runner beans, spinach, sweet peas and tomatoes. We set about unpacking all the plants and getting them settled into their new home – our garden! In total we received a whopping 120 plants. At £34.99 for this box, it is a bargain.

The plants from my Rocket Garden selection seem to be growing well, especially the runner beans and tomatoes. Unfortunately the cats decided they like to eat the sweet peas, and the slugs got to the lettuce within hours. I’m hoping we can still manage to grow a good selection of veg and enjoy them in some seasonal salads later in the year. Home grown vegetables just taste that much better in my opinion. UPDATE – slugs are little terrors and have savaged most of the plants, except the beetroot, runner beans and leeks. WE WILL HAVE VEGETABLES!

 

Rocket Gardens Review // roughmeasures.com - a review of this plant delivery service

Rocket Gardens - Instant Garden Arriving - roughmeasures.com

So if you’re feeling a bit green fingered, I’d highly recommend Rocket Gardens. There is something so satisfying about growing you own food.


Disclaimer – I was sent the Family Favourites Veg Patch box to review. All opinions are my own. Thanks for support Rough Measures and my green fingers.

Curried Lentils with Spinach

Curried Lentils with Spinach // a quick, hearty lentil dish - perfect for easy dinners // roughmeasures.com

I’m sitting here on the sofa, it’s late May, I can see the sun slowly setting and the sky changing colours. My belly is full with a hearty weeknight meal. The cats are twirling around my legs, purring softly. The birds are singing their evening melodies. I take some moments to be calm, and still, and breathe. In this world of terror and heartache, make time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you are here. We’ve had some terrible news here in the UK today, and my thoughts are with those who have lost someone they love. Do not let this hate beat our love. Love will overcome, it has to.  Read more

Food For Wellbeing – Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine

It’s no secret now that I have quite a high interest in how food can improve our wellbeing. In the last 3 years I have been reading up and following blogs that practise eating to feed and nourish us to help us feel that we are the best version of ourselves. When I was asked if I’d like to join a Food for Wellbeing course run by Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine, I jumped at the chance. The course would take place one evening a week, for 6 weeks. The venue was the fantastic space at Bakesmiths, Bristol.

Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person. It combines conventional and holistic approaches together to improve health and wellbeing. It actively supports lifestyle change and self care.

Raw vegetables // roughmeasures.com

The Food for Wellbeing course was to be led by a team of experts; Elizabeth Thompson is a holistic doctor and CEO of The Portland Centre, Helen Cooke is a nutritionist with 25 years of experience, Helen McCarthy is a psychologist who offers programmes for permanent weight loss, Francine Russel is a food educator with an interest in mindfulness. We were also joined by 2 more food educators; Bev Campbell and Jane Morrice.

The course brought together tips around cooking healthier food from scratch; psychological expertise; and nutrition and medical knowledge to help us understand why food is so important for our health and overall wellbeing. During the course, we also had the opportunity to find out more about the role of exercise in health and wellbeing.

Each session also contained a practical demonstration with the community food educators, a delicious shared meal, and a variety of input from experts interested in non-drug approaches to health and wellbeing. Some sessions contained group participation; we all got to make some lovely overnight oats. We were given a selection of recipes to try and make at home, like this hummus.

We looked at which foods to eat regularly (hello vegetables and wholegrains!) and which to eat sparingly (dark chocolate…sob). We focussed on mindful eating, which is something I need to practise much more. We also talked about foods which are anti-inflammatory, and pre-biotic and pro-biotic foods.

I found the course to be really informative, and I particularly enjoyed hearing Helen Cooke speak about nutrition. We also had a session on raw foods, and had a delicious raw dinner together after the session. Our cookery demos from the food educators cemented the fact that eating a healthier diet doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. For each demo, we covered 3 or 4 dishes that anyone can make, and were given the recipes to take home with us.

The next course will begin in Autumn 2017, and if you’d like to find out more,
you can email enquiries@portlandcentrehealthcare.co.uk
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Food for wellbeing portland centre for integrative medicine // roughmeasures.com - a review of this brilliant course in Bristol.
Our raw dinner.

Food for wellbeing portland centre for integrative medicine // roughmeasures.com - a review of this brilliant course in Bristol.
Raw crackers with mango salsa

Disclaimer; I was given a complimentary place on this course. I was not paid to write a positive review. Anyone who encourages food for wellbeing and improving health is fab in my eyes. Thank you for supporting those who support this space.

Cold and Flu Busting Citrus Smoothie

Cold and Flu Busting Citrus Smoothie // roughmeasures.com - fight off a cold or flu with nature's remedy.

I generally see my self as a pretty healthy person. I drink water all day long, I exercise daily, I eat my greens and devour fruit. I don’t eat meat and I barely eat dairy. Smoothies are a daily routine. I don’t feel under the weather often. But every few months, when the seasons turn, my weak spot takes a hit. The hit comes out as a cold or cough, or both, and sometimes it can take me a while to shift it. This cold and flu busting citrus smoothie is a daily ritual when this lurgy comes knocking. I keep a batch in the fridge and guzzle some down every morning.  Read more

Brioche Pasquier – A Review

Brioche Pasquier - A Review // soft and light brioche rolls - perfect for picnics // roughmeasures.com

There is nothing better than reminiscing back to memories of fond childhood events. I was fortunate to have a happy, supportive upbringing. A childhood supported by parents who loved me no matter how many tantrums I threw, how many times I broke my curfew, and even the small event of sneaking my friend from another school into my maths class and telling my teacher he was my Swedish cousin over for an exchange! Yes, we have happy family memories. Read more

Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies – A Tribute To Izzie King

Chocolate Almond Butter Cookes - A Tribute to Izzie King // roughmeasures.com

Today I am bringing you some of my three favourite foods. Chocolate, almonds and cookies, chocolate almond butter cookies to be precise. These cookies aren’t just any cookies, these cookies are inspired and dedicated to a dear blogging friend, Isabella King AKA Coriander Queen, who tragically lost her battle with cancer last month. Izzie was part of a close group of bloggers who I am honoured to call my friends. We bonded over our love of Bath, coriander and cookies. We sadly never got to meet in person, but we chatted so much online, I felt like I had known her for a lifetime. Her death shocked us all, and I know I speak for all of us when I say it was an honour to be even a small part of her life. Read more

Chocolate Quinoa Nests – Gluten Free Easter Treats

Gluten Free Chocolate Quinoa Nests - Rough Measures - An easy Easter treat.

Popping in to give you lovely lot a bonus recipe to celebrate this Easter break. I present you Gluten Free Chocolate Quinoa Nests. Think a healthier version of chocolate rice crispy cakes. Because what better way to celebrate a few extra days off than with chocolate? I’ve loaded these up with pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and a little coconut oil. Meaning these little bites of awesomeness have the added punch of amino acids, protein, magnesium and omega 3’s! Hip hip hooray for Easter ey?! Read more

Chai Banana Bread

Chai Banana Bread // roughmeasures.com - a fragrant twist on a classic bake.

Spring (well, we like to call it Summer here in the UK) has been dancing around in full force for the last few weeks. I have relished the time outdoors, exploring new places, watching the trees become green again and breathing in the crisp air. Time outdoors keeps me sane, and I often forget how important it is to me. Winter can make me cranky and irritable, Spring gives me hope again. We are lucky enough to live right next to some woods, where we often go for a quick explore. If you need me, I’ll be wandering.  Read more

Roasted Squash Hummus

Roasted Squash Hummus - a quick tasty hummus using kabocha squash // roughmeasures.com

Guess what, we (in the UK) are into British Summer Time. Longer evenings, alfresco dinners and sunshine! The online downside to this is winter veg will be out of season. I thought I’d make the most of these last wonderful squashes that are around, and whizz up this roasted squash hummus. Dips are my go to, I like to make sure there’s always a pot of some variation of hummus in the fridge. Ready and waiting for when I get in from work and need something stat, ready to dollop on my packed lunch to give me some energy through the day. Read more