Tips for students starting university. How to plan, shop and cook healthy meals while juggling coursework, money and socialising.Continue reading “Students – How to eat Healthily at University”
Rhubarb is in season now. The tender stalks can be cooked in so many different recipes, from crumbles, cookies and cakes to jams and chutneys. Not only does it have a lovely taste, it is good for you and is easy to grow in your own garden or in a container on your patio.
How To Grow Rhubarb
It really is so easy to grow – it must be because I’ve grown it for many years now, and every Spring it produces plenty of tender and juicy stalks for me!
I grow mine in a small bed at the end of the garden, but you can grow it in a large container. I purchased a crown from a local garden centre and planted it. I’m just your average gardener, or rather my wife Jane is, and growing this fruit takes very little effort. All we do is pick the stems, and then in Autumn we cut back the old stalks and apply well composted chicken manure around the crown of the plant. Our rescued hens provide an abundance of chicken manure!!
Rhubarb Is Good For You
Rhubarb is packed with nutrients and contains few calories (100g contains only 21 calories). Organic Facts lists the following seven health benefits of eating it:
- Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Stimulates production of red blood cells.
- Aids in weight loss
- Strengthens digestive system
- Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
- Stimulates bone growth and repair.
- Prevents cancer and macular degeneration.
It is also claimed that it:
- Improves vision as it contains vitamin C and lutein.
- Reduces hot flushes due to the presence of phytoestrogens.
- Delays the signs of ageing and prevents skin infections due to the fact that it is rich in vitamin A.
An easy recipe for this classic British dessert – a crisp and crumbly topping covering sweet juicy fruit underneath. Served with hot custard or double cream, it’s comfort food at its best!
My previous blog referred to the health benefits of apples. Why not mix the fruit and bake a Rhubarb & Apple Crumble?
A delicious moist cake with rhubarb and almonds. One slice is never enough!
These taste incredible! Crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. A nutritious snack.
If you like freshly made bread then this recipe is a must! A yeast dough layered with a sharp fruit and ginger coated crunchy walnuts. Delicious!!
This chutney is not so well known yet it delivers an incredible tangy flavour. Superb for sandwiches with cold meats or cheese. Why not give it a go?
How To Freeze Rhubarb
If you grow your own rhubarb, after a few years you are likely to have more than you can eat or give away. It is, however, simple to freeze and then you can use it over the winter months.
- Cut off the leaves.
- Remove all the imperfections in the stems.
- Wash & dry the stems.
- Chop into small & even pieces.
- Put into a freezer bag & empty it of all the air.
If you have a patio or garden then I would recommend growing rhubarb. You will then be able to pick the freshest produce possible and there are no food miles. Be aware, however, that the leaves are poisonous. The stems are simply delicious and can be used in a wide variety of dishes. On top of this, it is good for you.
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Rissoles are easy to make but a bit time consuming. They are, however, well worth the effort as they are simply delicious. What better way of using up the meat left over from a Sunday roast?
How To Make Rissoles
7 easy cake recipes to impress your family and friends. Home baked cakes taste so much better than shop bought ones, and these easy cake recipes are perfect for beginners or for those people short of time.
Gingerbread cupcakes with a salted caramel icing – what a better way to start the New Year! These gingerbread cupcakes were made by my daughter, Emily, and were simply delicious. The nutmeg and ginger spices make a pleasant change to the usual vanilla cupcakes.
The recipe makes 12 gingerbread cupcakes.
A Christmas Buffet should look colourful and appetising. Whenever I plan a buffet I recall the adage “you eat with your eyes first” and try to make sure that the food is presented in an eye catching manner. I also experiment and try at least one new dish to keep my buffet exciting. Although mince pies are delicious how many of us get fed up with them before Christmas Day is here? I prefer to exclude the classic Christmas dishes from my buffets. Care needs to be taken to ensure that there is a variety of foods – so not too much bread or pastry. Here are a few items taken from my latest Christmas buffet.
Camembert is a delicious soft and creamy cheese. It was first made in the late eighteenth century in Camembert, Normandy – hence its name! When camembert is fried in breadcrumbs the exterior is crispy, but when you cut into it the middle oozes out onto your plate. It is an easy dish to make as a starter that’s guaranteed to please your guests – just serve with redcurrant sauce and a small side salad. I must confess to sometimes serving pan fried camembert as a main course for my family, I simply increase the amount of salad and serve with fresh crusty bread. Here’s how I make the dish for two people.
I’m sorry guys. I abandoned my food blog. I find it hard to believe that it’s been eight months since I last posted on my blog. It wasn’t intentional. Whenever I write my dogs lay by my feet, and sadly I lost my two Labradors within the space of a couple of weeks – Sasha aged 11 years and Holly who was only 5. I simply lost my motivation to write. I’m sure my fellow dog lovers will understand, but I am conscious of the fact that others have far greater losses to bear – so please accept my apologies.
My aim is to save you money and to spread a bit of kindness.
We all need food to survive. We don’t have a choice – or do we? Can a caterer make a difference?
A quote from Harvey Specter of Suits – ‘You always have a choice’ got me thinking.
(For those of you who have never heard of Harvey Specter, he plays the smooth, over-confident and hugely successful lawyer in the TV series Suits, with memorable one-liner quotes).
- Does this apply to food? Yes it does. Some people are forced to make a choice between paying the rent or eating. Others are making choices to eat cheaper fast foods instead of more nutritious ones.
- Does this apply to a caterer? Of course it does. From baking a cake, when you choose the recipe, ingredients and utensils you will use, to choosing a caterer to provide your wedding breakfast, you always have a choice.
If you have no financial constraints then the choice you make is relatively straightforward. The problem occurs when you know what you need or want but can’t afford it.
The important thing to remember here is that you may still have a choice – there may be other ways for you to get what you want. There may be others that can help (caring caterer’ ). You may have to ‘think outside the box’ and/or compromise, but there are often alternatives for you to consider.
I’m here to help you look at the alternatives. Hopefully, as this site grows, others will come up with suggestions too. Continue reading “Is there a caterer who can save you money?”