Tag Archives: Vegetable

Re-purposing Egg Cartons And Enjoying Some Messy Fun

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This week, I wanted to get on with planting some more vegetable seeds as time is slowly but surely ticking away (how is it May already?!).  I have a huge stack of egg cartons sat on a shelf in the kitchen and knew these would make perfect little seeding trays.  I separated the lid from the bottom, pierced holes into the bottom of each little egg section for drainage and then set that back into the lid.  We took our tuff spot outside along with the egg cartons, compost and some spoons etc and we enjoyed some fun in the sun.  It was just what was needed after an extremely hard morning.

 

 

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filling the carton with compost

filling the carton with compost

it's serious work

it’s serious work

abandoning the spoon in favour of using her hands

abandoning the spoon in favour of using her hands

I wonder what will happen if I just tip this carton upside down

I wonder what will happen if I just tip this carton upside down

hopefully lots of lovely veg will come from this

hopefully lots of lovely veg will come from this

As always, click on the link button at the top and check out what other fun children have been having this week.

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The Vegetable Garden So Far…

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All our seeds arrived last week, so we spent Saturday and Sunday afternoon down in the vegetable garden, clearing, digging and planting.  I only got to plant potatoes and they took up two beds on their own…..I think I may have gone slightly overboard on potatoes!!!!  Miss E really enjoyed getting stuck in to all the dirt and mess.  She helped to plant the potatoes by taking them and firing them into the trench. 🙂  This week in the evenings we spent a few hours down there as well with Miss E joining us via her monitor.  We’ve managed to plant some carrots and cabbage and Mr P dug out some more plots, but were hindered from doing too much due to the really strong winds we have been having here as of late.  I’ve also planted some courgettes and corn inside using our cardboard egg cartons as it suggested they be started off inside in warmer climates and then get transferred outside.  Maybe we will get some time this weekend to plant more, but these are a few snapshots of how it’s been going.

lots of lovely seeds awaiting planting

lots of lovely seeds awaiting planting                           

investigating her own little dirt garden while we sort the veg plots

investigating her own little dirt garden while we sort the veg plots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enough of my little garden, what are you up to over here?

Enough of my little garden, what are you up to over here?                                                 

 

a new place to wash hands it would seem

a new place to wash hands it would seem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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clearing more ground

clearing more ground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

helping with the planting

helping with the planting                

 

ensuring our newly planted potatoes are well watered

ensuring our newly planted potatoes are well watered

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If anyone has tips for humane and ecofriendly ways of keeping pests stuch as slugs etc off our veg, I would be most appreciative 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Reconnecting With Our Food

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When we bought our house complete with large garden, we had always dreamed of growing our own veg and digging out some plots.  The first year we were here, I made a start and then took a teaching post then became very ill, so it came to a standstill. We got some potatoes and nice courgettes and a few chillis, but that was about it.  Then I was pregnant and super ill. Last year, we fenced off a section at the bottom of the garden where we want to grow the veg and that was all that got done.  We really want to get a move on with it this year.  So my husband’s been hard at work, clearing out bushes and trees and digging out the plots. I’ve ordered potato seeds from Rocket Gardens and the rest of our seed from Real Seeds.  So this time there’s no turning back!!  Hopefully, we will have lots of lovely vegetables to eat in a few months time and our daughter will be able to grow up understanding how food grows and the right conditions that it needs to grow before it gets to the point of landing on our plates at the table.  Exciting times ahead!  Have you ever grown your own vegetables?  Any hints and tips for getting started?

Random Veg

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When all you have are oddments of vegetables, and you’re waiting on your next veg box delivery what do you do?  make a stir fry, of course!

If you have them on hand,  mash up some garlic, ginger and fresh chillis using a mortar and pestle (the more the merrier).

Chop up all your veg (I like to put mine in two bowls: one for veg that will take slightly longer to stir fry and one for veg that just needs a really quick blitz in the pan)

Get your oil nice and hot then chuck in the paste you made and and swirl in around the pan, putting in bowl one of the veg (minus the bowl) quite quickly after.

Keep it all moving in the pan until things are starting to soften then put in the rest of the veg and cook til you’re happy.

Serve with some egg or rice noodles.

Delicious!

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More Great Reasons To Shop With Abel & Cole

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Apart from all that I mentioned before, the lovely health benefits of eating organic and the amazing quality of what comes in your box, I have found a few more reasons to love Abel & Cole.  Firstly, the amount of fruit and veg you get is amazing.  We get the boxes that are meant for 2-3 people ad we have yet to finish all the veg in a week.  in fact, this week, I am looking in my fridge and at my veg rack thinking where on earth am I going to put all this yummy goodness??  My parents will be coming down this way at the weekend so I migth share a few bananas, tomatoes and oranges with them as there’s no point in hoarding it all and it going to waste.  And my other reason for loving them so much?!  Free stuff….

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We all love getting something for nothing, don’t we?!  Since joining up, bearing in mind this is only our third week, we have had the most AMAZING(like you could drink it from the bottle amazing)organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for joining, 1 litre of organic semi skimmed milk to try, 1 recipe book worth £12.99,and  a little box of organic eggs to try; all free.  Plus, this week they were running a promotions so our veg box and fruit box were also free saving us like £26!!  Simply fabulous!  On top of all that, I have had amazing customer service when I had to contact them and they were so kind and patient with all my newbie questions.  By the way, I am in no way being financed for writing this post because the lovely people at A & C don’t even know I’m writing it, but I just think they are brilliant and the quality of all the products we have purchased so far is spectacular.  Again, if you are in the UK, why not give them a try?  You won’t be disappointed with either the quality of the food or the quality of service.  Let them know that account: 565098 recommended them to you.  Go on, what are you waiting for?!

The Big Food Switch

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As part of my plan for battling Candida Albecans, I was supposed to only eat organic meat and vegetables.  This is because non-organic meat is full of various antibiotics and other manufactured goods fed to the animals which then get into the body as we eat the meat and these things aggravate my condition.  We have put off this switch due to fear of the price of meat and veg when going organic.  Due to trying to rid ourselves of the millstone of debt around our necks our food and toiletry budget for the month is pretty tight.  So we have avoided this subject, wishing for the day when we could do this.  My dearest friend and her family have always eaten organic since she and her husband got married.  They get weekly veg and fruit box deliveries etc.  This is a fact that I have always known, and always wished we could do.  My sweet friend has had so much influence in my life for good far beyond what she could ever think or imagine.  Because of her, when we discovered we were to become parents we knew we would cloth diaper and that breast feeding was a definite.  My friend and her family recently moved to England.  It is wonderful to have them nearer by, and be able to keep in touch better.  So, during a recent phone chat the topic of organic food came up, and after great discussion my husband decided it was worth a try at least for one week to see if we could cope and what difference it would make.  So, on  Thursday, our first delivery from Abel and Cole arrived.  My friend uses this for meat and a more local scheme for fruit and veg which we will probably do as well, but for the first time we got everything in one place.

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The thing that put me off doing these veg boxes before was the fact that I had no control over what came in the box.  I mean what would I do with half the stuff?  What if I didn’t get enough of things I DID want?  On my friend’s advice we gave this a go, and sure enough, a box of veg arrived with a celeriac and the salad box contained a kohlrabi.  There were also not enough, in my mind at least, potatoes.  Our meal planner for the month contained a meat and potatoe pie(on Thursday) and then a roast dinner later in the week.  What to do?  Well, after a bit of googling(wherever would we be without it?)we discovered that celeriac can be used like a potato.  You can boil it, mash it, roast it etc.  So, I figured there was nothing to lose in trying it this once.  And do you know what?  We loved our meat pie with celeriac in place of potato!  Today we tried the kohlrabi which we liked raw while chopping it up and also steamed with our roast dinner.  And after all that, we still have 4 potatoes left over!  We have also discovered that with the meat we are fuller quicker and for longer than with non-organic supermarket meat, and because it doesn’t shrivel away to nothing, the same weight does twice and in some case 3 times as much as the same weight from the supermarket.  I was expecting to have to buy certain things again this week, but due to the fact the meat is so good and hasn’t disappeared into thin air, I won’t need to buy so much this week.  Our portion sizes have reduced which can only be a good thing as we ate a LOT, and Miss E who was giving every impression of being a vegetarian as she refused all meat since the first month or so of her self weaning, has decided that organic meat is worth eating!

So, to sum up, we are pleased we made the switch to organic and to veg boxes because:

-it’s nutrionally better for us

-it widens our horizons

-it forces us to get creative with what’s in the box

-our tastebuds get a work out and a livening up

-it’s good for Miss E to try out vegetables we wouldn’t normally buy just picking from the supermarket

-the meat isn’t pumped full of water to make up the weight content

-the meat is free of all antibiotics and additives which are so bad for us

-the meat doesn’t shrivel away into nothingness therefore a smaller portion of everything keeps us fuller for longer and also means we can make more meals with less!

-it is only marginally more expensive and the benefits far outweigh the very small price rise for a weekly shop

 

If you would like to give organic a try, live in the UK, and would like to use Abel and Cole for anything(they are a really lovely bunch by the way even the delivery man stops for a chat!) please tell them that account number 565098 recommended you when you sign up.