Why Is Chlorinated Chicken So Bad?

Chlorinated chicken is a product that could easily end up on our plates following the US/UK trade deal. Should we be worried? Is it really that bad? Hasn’t the government promised not to import chlorinated chicken? Surely, even if chlorinated chicken is imported to the UK, we can simply choose not to buy it? Would our government really consider lowering our food standards?

Why is chlorinated chicken so bad?

Shopping for Food during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Shopping for food at the moment can be a stressful experience. During the lockdown, shopping for food was one of the few reasons you were allowed to leave your home. For many of us, shopping for food is the only time you expose yourself to the risk of catching COVID-19. But what can you do to stay safe whilst food shopping? When is the best time to shop? Are there any restrictions on what you can buy? I hope the following is of some help.

Shopping for Food during the coronavirus Pandemic

EHO Inspection Of Our Kitchen – How We Prepared

We’re thrilled to announce that following an EHO inspection of our kitchen at home, we were awarded 5 stars.

Whether it’s a large restaurant or a small cupcake business run from home, an EHO inspection needs to be made. The same rules apply. Potential risks to customers are the same. Environmental health officers will want to see the same standard of food safety management in large and small establishments.

So how did we prepare for this?

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Stockpiling In Preparation For A No-Deal Brexit

Should you be stockpiling for Brexit? Domino’s Pizza are stockpiling ingredients to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Unilever is stockpiling magnums, amongst other items. Majestic said it would import an extra £8 million of wine. Airline meals are being stockpiled. Pets at Home are stockpiling pet food. Research suggests that one in five people in the UK have started stockpiling goods in preparation for a possible no-deal Brexit. Households have already spent £4 billion – that’s approximately £380 each household. Facebook has groups prepping for Brexit whilst Twitter has numerous hashtags relating to Brexit, including #what’s in your stockpile.

So why might you want to consider stockpiling for Brexit?

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Rhubarb Recipes & Why You Should Grow Rhubarb

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.

Rhubarb Crumble
Rhubarb Crumble

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!

Rhubarb grown in my garden
Rhubarb Grown In My Garden

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.

Rhubarb Recipes

Rhubarb Crumble

Rhubarb Crumble

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?

Rhubarb & Almond Cake

rhubarb and almond cake

A delicious moist cake with rhubarb and almonds. One slice is never enough!

Chocolate & Rhubarb Oaty Cookies

Chocolate and Rhubarb Oaty Cookies

These taste incredible! Crisp on the outside and chewy in the middle. A nutritious snack.

Rhubarb Ginger & Walnut Bread

Rhubarb Ginger and walnut Bread

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!!

Rhubarb Chutney

Rhubarb Chutney

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.
  • Freeze.

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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Winter Vegetables with an Oaty Crumble Topping

Winter vegetables in a béchamel sauce topped with an oaty crumble and grated mature cheddar cheese – this recipe is not only delicious, it’s nutritious too.  Although we are experiencing Spring-like weather at the moment, temperatures are set to drop and when they do we’re more likely to crave comfort food.  What’s good about this recipe is that whilst we’re indulging in comfort food it’s good for us too with nutrient packed winter vegetables.

Winter Vegetables with an Oaty Topping