Posted in challenges, Eco Living, Food, Recycling

Single Use Plastic Bags

I recently had a revelation after looking at the recycling corner in my kitchen – just how many plastic bags I had, even though I usually remember my cloth bags when I go shopping! I’m sure we all occasionally acquire one for some reason or another, but I thought this was ridiculous. I then realised most of the bags were from loaves of bread! Well, maybe we shouldn’t eat so much bread for a start but I was quite overwhelmed for a moment. I remembered from seeing on TV they are the sort of bags that get sent overseas and can just be left in piles with nothing being done about them and nobody taking responsibility. It’s made me think I must do something!

It’s very difficult because bread is very convenient in our busy lives. Bread is one of those things that you buy at a convenient moment and it’s so difficult to change your habit… but I’m now going to try. Our local baker in Fakenham will give you a paper bag for your bread if you ask. While that does mean I might need to make a special trip, we do in fact go into town from time to time and so could manage it. I bought some today, so lets see how I get on. 🙂

My other problem is that I need to eat GF bread because I have an intolerance to wheat. I know that there is a bakers in another village that bakes their own but it means a drive. I could make my own I suppose but I haven’t found a good recipe yet. Any ideas?!

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Posted in cooking, Food, Fruit, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, Self reliance, Summer, vegetables

A Small but perfect Harvest

I do love growing things, it makes me very happy. Here’s an example of my small but perfect harvest 🙂

Me and Mr O. love broad beans so they are a must. I’ve never grown the yellow beans before and they have done really well.

Delicious cucumber, really sweet,

and my first ripe chilli is being used tonight in dinner!

Posted in Food, Fruit, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, Self reliance, Summer, vegetables

News From My Greenhouse

I just realised that I haven’t reported on how things are doing in my green house. Well they are doing grand!

I have two lovely aubergine plants with fruit and more flowers,

four chilli plants doing amazing, full of fruit,

and twelve tomato plants, several different varieties, performing quite well.

I am so enjoying growing. All my plants are being fed with organic seaweed plant food. 🙂

Posted in Food, Fruit, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, Polytunnel, spring

Tomatos and Chillies

Over the last month, as you know, I’ve been starting to sow my seeds.
I went down to water them today and not only did I have cayenne chillies and aubergines sprouting which I knew about

….I have a Roma tomato

and a birds eye chilli as well!

I just love it when everything starts growing 🙂

Posted in Food, Fruit, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, plants, spring, vegetables

Tomatos

I have just written a postcard to a lady who has sowed up to 150 varieties of tomatoes in one go. Her enthusiasm was contagious so straight away after writing the card I was out in the garden sowing mine. I definitely didn’t worry how many I sowed! 🙂

I sowed 12 different varieties, a couple saved on kitchen tissue so I won’t know the variety of those until they have fruited. Some of these are the ones I got free from a magazine.


I find, with me, extravagance pays. Last year I didn’t sow many and didn’t do very well. I hope this year is going to be different!

I sowed them in organic vegetable compost that I bought. When I pot them on I will use my own homemade compost. I don’t tend to sow into my own compost because of the weed seeds in it.

Posted in baking, cakes, cooking, Food, winter

This weekend

I know I’m a bit late in telling you what I did this weekend but, you know, you have to do things to create your simple life! 🙂

Anyway, I made a Battenberg Cake

and a Garden and home journal.

And today I made this plan of our garden with the help of the plans for the garden work!

I now think I deserve a cup of tea (and a piece of Battenberg) 🙂

Posted in cooking, Food, home, January, wine, winter

Last Nights Dinner

Wild venison bourgignon was on the menu yesterday, dinner with some lovely friends. I’m sorry if you are vegetarian 🙂 but we try our best to use responsibly sourced meat as a principle and believe it is very healthy and good for you. The recipe was from a magazine I buy called ‘Simple Things’

Wild venison (from responsible countryside management)

Marinated in red wine with rosemary.

Cooked with carrots, red onion, bulb fennel, mushrooms and garlic.

A beautiful Supper for a cold evening, served with mashed potato and peas!

Here’s the recipie, very easy, you just need to give yourself preparation time. 

Happy Cooking 🙂