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    Seasonal Kitchen – July

    Wow, what a month June was. Hottest June day on record since 1976  here in the UK. This gave us lots of opportunities for BBQ’s and al fresco eating. Have you been enjoying eating seasonally too? My June favourites include strawberries, jersey royals and salmon. What did you enjoy eating? Lots of lovely new ingredients fresh and full of goodness ready to add to your meal plans for July below. Why eat seasonally? Eating seasonally not only has major health benefits but also has a huge impact on our environment. Most of the seasonal produce you can buy has been grown locally or at least in the same country. If…

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    Balsamic and Dijon Beef Stew

    As the cold weather really takes hold here in the UK, I always turn to comfort food to warm our hearts and our belly’s! Stews and slow cooked meals are part of this selection of recipes and they are actually one way I can get the children to eat vegetables without any arguments. The Balsamic and Dijon Beef Stew is a new recipe to us but boy will it stay as part of our winter warmers recipes. Easy to make and super tasty, a one pot meal that’s great for those days you need a meal ready when you walk in from a busy schedule.   Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable…

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    Handmade Blue Cheese Burgers

      Living in Leicestershire, blue cheese has obviously been a staple ingredient in our diet. Actually, without Long Clawson Dairy’s Blue Stilton, I wouldn’t be here, but that’s a story for another day. Finding new ways to incorporate one of our local ingredients into family meals is important, especially now that I am trying to be conscious about the food we are eating. Sourcing locally produced ingredients are important to my overall real food journey and I don’t think you can get more local than a dairy that uses milk from the farms within a five-mile radius of our house. Stilton or any blue cheese is a bit like Marmite.…

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    Sunshine Dreaming

    I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit fed up with all this wet and cold weather. I know living in the middle of the country we haven’t had as much bad weather as others but I have to admit, this year, the lack of sunshine is really getting to me. Tuesday morning I opened the children’s curtains to be greeted by the sunshine illuminating the tree top opposite and the wood across the park. I grabbed my phone wanting to capture this beautiful sight and I’m so glad I did. Ten minutes later it was gone and grey sky followed, there still here today. So in a…

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    Winter light

        There is something about the light that filters through my kitchen window during these winter months, the way it dances along the table, illuminating the objects in its path, bathing them in a pure white glow. Each season has its own light, but by far my favourite is the winter. Crisp Pure Fresh Winter is the season we snuggle down and enjoy creature comforts, one of mine being comfort food. I have a love-hate relationship with eggs yet during the Winter and Summer, eggs feature regularly in our diet. Experimenting the other morning, I created my favourite scrambled eggs to date. Cheese and Spring Onion Scrambled Eggs Serves…

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    Meal planning mix up

      One of my intentions for 2016 was to be more organised and cook more meals from scratch. To help with fitting this into our life, I decided to try meal planning. In the previous post where I shared our planned meals for the week, I said that I struggled with the idea of knowing what we are going to be eating each day and wasn’t sure how I would get on with it. Well, I failed. But I have learnt something along the way that I think may work, not only on the planning side of it but also to keep within our budget. Before, I used to visit…