Grow you Own

There can surely be nothing more satisfying, culinary-speaking, than eating something fresh from your own garden/window box that you have put time, effort and likely frustration into yielding. If you are new to gardening, keep it simple by picking something easy to grow to start with (FIND EXAMPLE). Better yet, locate your nearest community garden or allotment and get involved with the growers movement. When we are connected to the exciting yet lengthy process involved in getting produce to plate we are more likely to eat mindfully and savour every last bite!

Keep it local

Take the time to explore your neighbourhood and find small farm shops or bakeries. These are great places to discover locally produced condiments, pickles and jams and could even inspire you to make your own. Home-pickling and jam making is easy, fun and makes a great gift idea! You might also want to experiment with making your own condiments such as sweet chilli sauce as conventionally produced ones, despite being convenient, are often laden with refined sugar and other nutritional nasties so it can be useful to have a healthy one to hand in your kitchen.

Seasonal highlights- Broccoli

Broccoli is our veggie hero this month. Aside from being at it?s seasonal best in April and May, this cruciferous character is brimming with Vitamins A, C, E and K, packed with both soluble and insoluble fibre and strengthens the immune system with it?s healing anti-inflammatory properties. Broccoli also contains a molecule called sulforaphane which assists the body in it?s vitamin D absorption. As the sun is (reportedly) set to shine for the next few months, there?s no better time to up your intake of this powerful plant!

Recipe- nut milk using sprouted almonds

A cheaper, healthier and, more often than not, tastier option to mass produced nut milks is to make your own. To do this, you will simply need, almonds or cashews, water and a blender.

1)????Start by rinsing the nuts and leave to soak in the fridge for 12 hours (or overnight)

2)????Place a handful of nuts into a blender and fill to the top with water. Blend on full speed for about 1 minute or until the liquid starts to form a foam layer on top

3)????Strain the liquid through a sieve and store in the fridge where it will keep for up to 5 days

This milk is delicious as it is but if you prefer something sweeter you can always add dates, cinnamon and/or vanilla prior to blending.


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