Focus on ingredients

*Ready rolled pastry *

What would we do without ready rolled pastry?! It really is a life saver!

Most weeks I have a roll of puff or shortcrust pastry on my shopping delivery order.

Over Christmas it was so handy to have to make mince pies, a quiche, sausage rolls or even a chocolate puff pastry Christmas tree…

This creation isn’t picture perfect by any means. By the time the boys finished with the pastry brush they told me it looked more like a spider than a Christmas tree!

Thanks for the inspiration Jus-Rol, you can find the video tutorial to replicate it here: https://youtu.be/fCVh4LQ7-WQ

Have you heard of Olio?

I was fortunate to receive a yearly subscription to BBC Good Food magazine for Christmas this year.

Whilst having a rare five minutes to myself, I came across an article in the January edition promoting Olio, a new mobile app which helps to eliminate food waste.

You register an account by downloading the app, and can post when you have unwanted food that you would like to share amongst your neighbours or local community.

It could be a tin of soup that you don’t like, a large portion of vegetables that you simply won’t be able to utilise before its best, or maybe your baby has outgrown a certain nappy size and you still have 3 bags left.

You simply post an advert on the site and local people will be notified. You organise collection and your food waste/ household item problem is solved. Less will go into landfill and food is shared to those who will benefit from it more.

Take a look at the Olio website and consider creating an account like 2 million people already have: https://olioex.com/

Meet the producer

I’d love to introduce you to Duncan Farrington.

Duncan created Farrington’s Mellow Yellow in 2005 as the UK’s first seed-to-bottle producer of cold pressed rapeseed oil and has been producing his award-winning range of oils and dressings ever since.

The environment is at the heart of everything he does and so in January 2020, Farrington’s became the world’s first food brand to be certified as both carbon and plastic neutral! His rapeseed oil is low in saturated fat, rich in Omega 3 and has a high smoke point making it incredibly versatile and perfect for all types of roasting, frying, baking and dressing.

Farrington’s Mellow Yellow can be found in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Ocado and independent farm shops and delis. Duncan is a fourth generation farmer and is incredibly passionate about soil and the impact sustainable farming can have on climate change.

He studied rapeseed oil in University and a passion was awoken for the fantastic culinary properties and nutritional benefits packed into the tiny black seeds. Following years of research, he launched Farrington’s Mellow Yellow.

Provenance is incredibly important to him and they ensure that passion, attention to detail and quality ingredients goes into every bottle he makes.

Try using Farrington’s Mellow Yellow Rapeseed Oil in a simple pesto recipe to be stirred through pasta. Brilliant for quick mid-week meals for busy parents, healthy, tasty and can be easily amended depending on what you’ve got in the fridge!

You can find the recipe here: https://www.farrington-oils.co.uk/…/roasted-red-pepper…/

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