Tuesday, 21 June 2011

A New Age Weekend.

What a wonderful weekend! The boy was off on a stag do, so I thought I’d catch up on some sleep, and develop some new menus for some of the events I’m doing over the next few weeks. But before all this I went to eco works in Saint Ann’s allotments to do a course in western herbal medicine which was fab. I learnt loads and now know what stuff you can eat for what. Walking to work across the forest takes considerably longer, now I have to stop every five steps to pick some thing I can eat. I have also got some inspiration for an interesting cheese course at the next pop up. The eco works allotment is an amazing place to have your lessons. The allotment is a warren of path ways and considered plots. The class room space is a wonderful straw bail house check out the photos I was enchanted, (I want to build one in my yard in forest fields!). I’m going on loads of the eco works course I highly recommend them especially as they are so cheep. Check out the link to find out more.
Some of the stuff we made Onion cough medicine sound rank but tastes really nice! and comfry massage balm.
Lime flower and lavinder tea this was really nice and I'v noticed forest fields is full of lime flowers!

Cook book of the week is Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favourites by the Moosewood Collective. My Brothers Girlfriend Kez bought this my mum for Christmas; She explained that this is book was developed by a collective who set up a healthy veggie restaurant in New York, which she loved to go to.  I’m not a great fan of low fat cooking but as I read it this Sunday I can see this book is inspired and healthy and none of the recipes I have tried seem to lack flavour. I also really like the way the book is laid out : rather than chapters for courses it has them for dishes for example my favourite  is the stew section. The one criticism I would have is I need photos or images of what the food looks like especially if it’s some thing I have not cooked before.

At our allotment we have a plot called the 3 sisters this is a Native American technique where they grew corn, beans and squash together. Each crop supports and protects the other: the beans grow up the corn stem, the squash protect the base of the plants with there shady big leaves. So when I spied this recipe for 3 sister’s stew I was very happy. I’m going to make it and then I’ll post it up. Three cheers for Moosewood!

Off to Glasto next weekend so looking forward to posting soaking dining experiences! which reminds me if you can't aford Glasto, the next pop up experiance will be at Deerstock festival in East Bridgeford tickets are cheep £25! (all profit goes to unisef ) and it should be good.

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