Bedford Real Food Co-op
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Below the Line
Each year Matt and I live on just £1 a day for a week in aid of poverty relief in the UK. You can find out more about our experiences (and sponsor us!) by clicking here
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
If you're not signed up yet (and you live within travelling distance of Bedford) what are you waiting for?
This is a free Christmas event for ladies and it's going to be great. It's the first of hopefully many similar events that are being hosted by the kings arms church, so although there's no cost, they are asking that you book online, so they can get an idea of how many people are coming.
There's going to be professional hairstylists and make-up artists to give you tips for the party season, and I've been asked to do a short demonstration on destressing facial massage.
If you're very lucky, I may even pick you out of the crowd to be my demonstration model.
Mostly it's just going to be a fun event with some mulled wine, some girly chat and being waited on by some of the men.
Friday, 18 November 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
If you enjoy books about peoples hard lives ('a child called it' et al) then you might like this Christian version (as long as you aren't just in it for the gory details. Ian spares you most of them). I just don't particularly enjoy this genre.
It was inoffensive, just not my style. He's also catholic and has some ideas about the Eucharist and calling to be a priest that not everyone will agree with.
It's well written though, and I think my mum would love it.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
- 2 cups of starter
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of water
- Mix all of the ingredients together, except for the water and baking soda
- Heat your pan
- Mix water and soda together and then fold into your mixture
- Ladel into your pan and flip when bubbles start to show through
- Serve with something delicious
Friday, 11 November 2011
Thursday, 10 November 2011
- 1 1/2 cups white flour
- 1 cup of sprouted grain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup of starter
- 3/4 cup warm water
- optional 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup starter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup bluberries
- 1/2 cup of chopped dried mango
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
The recipe we used is officially titled 'inmates brew' and it calls for a carton or two of apple juice, lots of sugar and a bucket with a lid. Apparently these items are all available in prison.
What we used was a large crop of apples from the boarding house orchard (beautiful pink apples - I have no idea what variety they are), which we juiced, then added sugar to, and placed in a bucket with a lid.
The instructions suggested shaking/stirring once a day for three days and releasing the air, then leaving for four to six weeks.
Warmed up and served with spiced cookies, cheese and crackers, this was the perfect autumn drink.
So there you have it, my top four blogs, for today. I'm sure if you ask me another day I'll give you four more, but right now, I'm pretty sure this is it.
Sunday, 6 November 2011
The lovely thing is, I gave my friend Sarah from staying awake some babies a week or two ago and not only has she already divided and shared them, but she returned the favour by sending me some sour dough starter.
It's surprisingly easy. I never really follow instructions properly and I really wanted to make my first loaf in one day, so I rushed through feedings and proving, never letting it sit for longer than four hours, but the bread was great!
I get away with rushing things by having access to a sauna.
So I sat my dough on a shelf in the boiler room, next to the rock candy we're growing, and it doubled in size within two hours.
The bread was springy and airy despite the fact I only kneaded it for about two minutes (and the recipe clearly stated fifteen).
In fact, it was so easy I'm going to have another go with sprouted grain flour tomorrow. See if I don't get better results than I did with the bread machine.
Saturday, 5 November 2011
We should treat our children's TV time like their diet.
When evaluating what their watching (and I would extend that to what they are reading) we should ask the questions:
Is it healthy?
Is it junk?
Is it poison?
The thing is, we do allow our kids to eat some junk (some weeks more than others!) but they can't live off it. We insist that they enjoy healthy meals too, and hopefully more of the latter.
What we NEVER do is allow our children to eat poison.
And there are movies and shows that really are poison to your child's spiritual health.
It's easy when they are small, everything seems to be educational for preschoolers, and there are only one or two shows that I flat out ban in our home. It kind of like feeding the baby. All foods made for babies avoid too much sugar or salt, and would never contain alcohol or anything else we consider dangerous.
It's as they get older that the temptation for junk starts to arrive.
Even as a toddler most of the books Will read were a list of words or actions that kipper did.
Now the books he chooses have more complex storylines, and more and more I find myself taking the library books off him and saying that something isn't appropriate.
It got me to thinking though, how often do I allow myself to consume poison?
As an adult, we don't hold to the same standards we impose on our kids. I can't tell you the number of times I've said 'it's just for grown ups' about various items in the kitchen cupboard, but I'm starting to think I'm maybe doing the same with my reading/viewing.
I don't read poison, I avoid watching horror movies and pornography, but how much junk am I consuming? Or more importantly how many healthy choices am I making?
I have a compulsion to finish a book once I've started it, even if it's no good.
I want to commit to making healthier choices for myself too.
Who's with me?