As this blog grows and evolves I want to take some time to create a series of posts dedicated to some talented, local companies. Let’s call it Local Creatives shall we? Focussing on creative and skilled people from the South West and surrounding areas. Supporting local businesses is so important to me, and I am lucky to live in an area full to the brim with some fantastic business owners and products. First up in my Local Creative series is Ladytree Designs.
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. Read more
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.
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.
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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.
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
Weekends to me, call for comfort food. Lazy lunches grazing and catching up on the past week. Sometimes I cook and create during my days off, some days I want to unwind and opt for convenient options. I believe in the 80/20 rule, sometimes it’s better to let someone else do the hard work, so you can enjoy some quality time with your loved ones. I needed convenience this weekend, and Higgidy came to the rescue.
Growing up in the Davy house, Pancake Day was a big event. I remember coming home and watching as my Mum whipped up a huge bowl of batter, ready to fry. We would watch with eager eyes as she carefully spooned out the mix, whirling it around the pan to get a nice, even pancake. We would take turns trying to flip the pancake, many ended up on the floor, some a wrinkled mess, one even stuck to the ceiling once, but most would be good. She would stack them up on a plate and store them in a warm oven until it was time to eat. As we were a family of 6, it took a while to make enough for everyone. I remember spooning golden syrup onto the warm pancakes, rolling them in a hurry and shoving them into my mouth. On this one day we were allowed to have a four course meal of sweet pancakes, only choosing to introduce savoury options many years later. Read more
Abergavenny is one of those quaint places that I often hear people talking about. Nestled at the edge of the Black Mountains in Wales, it is a small market town a mere 6 miles from the English border. Back in November, I finally got to explore the town and stay at the wonderful Angel Hotel. I was invited to come and stay for the night, and experience their amazing afternoon tea, check out their pop up apres-ski chalet; where we would have fondue and also get to try lunch at their Chapel Cafe.
The Angel Hotel is located in a former coaching in, dating back to the nineteenth century. Inside are 35 beautiful guest rooms, their Oak Room restaurant, Foxhunter bar and Wedgewood Room where they serve their famous high tea. The Angel has won many awards, including the AA Hotel of the Year Wales for 2016/17 and Top Afternoon Tea Outside of London 2011.
We’ve had a wave of new eateries open up in Bath over the last few months, some exciting, some not so much. Sometimes I feel that Bath is becoming a city of restaurants and not much else. We have coffee shops galore (I’m not complaining!) and every week a new food hang out is opening. Read more
So far, January is looking pretty juicy, don’t you think? I do! We’re over a week into 2017 so far, David Attenborough is still alive and so are we. Not bad ey? So far 2017 is strutting its stuff. It’s a good month for us too as we are off to Whistler in 3 days time. Excited doesn’t even cut it. OHMYGODIAMBEYONDECSTATIC is a little closer. Read more
I have been vegetarian on and off for around 10 years. In that time we have had a few Christmases. My sister and brother are now both vegetarian, so it is a very veggie Christmas affair. Every December, my mum will send us a message asking what we want to eat on the big day. We will ping her some recipes over and then make a selection from that. I would happily have all the trimmings, without a show stopper. This year I fancy something different, I have yet to pick from my every extending shortlist. I’ve gathered here some of my favourite recipes, some show stoppers, some easy makes, to please meat free friends far and wide. I’m sticking savoury here, because there’s enough festive desserts on the internet to keep you going for another 100 years or so. Enjoy the festive season friends, may yours be merry and bright. Read more