What strange times we are living through. We very much hope that you are all well and safe and have plenty to eat and plenty of, the now most popular item in Britain, toilet roll!
Our recipe selection this time focuses on two things: immune support and meals from store cupboard ingredients.
First the immune system: Wild Garlic Pesto – can be made with standard garlic too, both being anti-infective and immune boosting. Nettle Soup – eat up those nutrients! And enjoy the anti-inflammatory properties of nettle (just poking through the ground now). Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage – a brand new recipe on the site, this one, super cheap and also rich in nutrients.
And if you want to stock those cupboards up, it’s better to do it somewhere that is set up for the purpose, rather than depleting the stocks that everyone needs. Approved Food is one such bargain place, selling soap and cleaning products too. And sometimes even toilet roll! Their stock changes daily.
Still a bargain for a traditionally published book at £2.99 for the
ebook, our founder’s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, blends an
often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations,
in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story.
We were really pleased to receive this recipe just now (during the Corona Virus crisis) as red cabbage is a really cheap vegetable that is rich in nutrients and good for the immune system. It’s also unlikely to be sold out due to bulk buying!
Goes with most things and ingredients can be altered to suit e.g. use any cabbage, vinegar, sugar, (what you’ve got).
This recipe also freezes well.
2 tablespoons marg or veg oil
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 red cabbage, shredded
2 apples peeled & grated
1/4 cup white vinegar
salt & black pepper
Heat marg/oil in saucepan. Add cabbage & apple. Cook for 5 mins. Stir occasionally. Add vinegar & brown sugar. Season to taste. Cover and cook gently for 20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Serves 4-6.
Optional: add 1/2 sliced onion with cabbage & apple + pinch fennel or caraway seeds when salting (or whenever).
If you do want to stock up your cupboards, the place to do it is Approved Food. They sell clearance food, drink and household items online. They’re a fantastic source of bargains and are set up to cope with bulk buying, so you’re not depleting resources.
Ailish Sinclair‘s debut novel, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR, set in a fictional castle in Aberdeenshire, and featuring the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, is out now.
Our founder’s debut novel is out today. Traditionally published, and obsessively researched, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR blends an often overlooked period of history, the Scottish witchcraft accusations, in particular the 1597 Aberdeen witchcraft panic, with a love story. And the kindle version is a real bargain… Of course, the book can be ordered from independent book shops and libraries too.
Happy 2019 to you! Pictured above is the ancient fire festival of The Burning of the Clavie that takes place on the old new year, 11th January, at Burghead in Scotland. May this year bring all that you want it to bring.
And if that’s saving a bit of money? One of the fastest ways to cut back on spending is taking control of your food budget.
It’s a bright and frosty morning today and we’ve been out and about getting some bargains. Tesco, as seen above, have reduced their basic festive veg (full size bags including potatoes) to 29p. That’s cauliflower, sprouts, parsnips, carrots and tatties. We now have to see if we can fit them all in the fridge!
A staff member at Aldi confirmed that, unusually for a supermarket, the best time to get their marked down veg is first thing in the morning as it’s done the night before. Some Christmas tree shaped pretzels from Aldi:
Christmas Eve is a good time to catch the biggest food mark downs from other supermarkets especially early evening. Roll on the 10p bread and more 25p meal ideas!
We love that Aldi do this; never seen it in Lidl! This morning we got organic broccoli and carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, leeks and bread all at half the, already cheap, price. Making more 25p meals possible!