Sunday, 27 July 2014

Beet, Cabbage & Carrot 'Slaw



Sometimes the best recipes are the simple ones, don't you think?  Simple recipes are also perfect for this time of year where, if you're at all like me and can't even think straight when it gets hot outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or stand near the hob.

This recipe for a simple but tasty coleslaw - it isn't the mayo laden coleslaw that a lot of people make or buy and works really well with those lamb skewers you might have on the BBQ this time of year.  There's also no oil or dairy so is pretty healthy!  Best of all is the amazing colour from the beetroot that really adds colour to your plate.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Berkhamsted Farmer's Market

Fresh local vegetables at Berkhamsted Farmer's Market


It's been a ridiculously long time since I visited the Farmer's Market here in Berkhamsted.  So long it's embarrassing as I live a 2 minute walk away from the High Street so shame on me!




I was a little worried about what the weather would be like today as over the past few days we've had everything from the hottest temperatures so far this year to epic thunderstorms and torrential downpours.  Luckily the weather gods were in favour of me taking a stroll into town - overcast but still warm - perfect for buying some local produce!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

"Green Slime"



Excuse the bad phone photos but I had to post this!

Avocado and banana mashed together used to be a favourite of mine...fast forward 23 years...

 My skin has been really dry for the last few days.  I've been drinking lots of water and tried a face mask last night but still no good.  I remember seeing online (probably Pinterest) that avocado is great to use as a face mask for dry skin.  Ok, hands up, I'm more into face masks out of a packet and prefer my avocado as part of Sunday brunch but my face so felt tight  and itchy that I was willing to try anything!

I mashed up half of the avocado (the rest can be for lunch!) and all of the banana then added a small squeeze of lemon juice.  

While I was mashing I suddenly had a flashback! "Hang on a minute! This looks mighty familiar!"

Saturday, 12 July 2014

REunion & Gillyflower



I'd been chatting to REunion and Gillyflower online for a little while so was delighted to end my week off work with a visit to REunion's open house last Friday.

I wandered down Church Street and could see the tables and chairs set outside the shop.  I could hear laughter before I even got close so knew I was in for a good evening!

To me it's not weird for a shop to have a "gathering" outside their shop and I think it's a great way to meet people...is this an American thing?  Do other places in the UK do this?
  
I introduced myself, grabbed a glass of wine and had a nosey around...

Monday, 7 July 2014

Tofu Pockets with a Red Rice Filling



I'm not a vegetarian but have really come to love cooking with tofu.  Not only is it high in protein, amino acids, iron and calcium, it's so versatile!  There are lots of different types of tofu - silken, firm, dried, fried...there's a great post at Just Hungry which has so much information about different tofu!

One of my favourite forms of tofu is the tofu "pocket".  I didn't know the correct name as the type I buy has no English translation but from what I have looked at it's called inari or yubuchobap - whatever the name, it's delicious!

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