Not a call for the EU elections, that ship has unfortunately sailed. ⛵️ But if you didn’t get the outcome you wanted you can vote with your mouths. This 👆 is what a #plantbased(mostly) bank holiday lunch looks like. Pea and feta pancakes, home grown salad, some thick cut homemade baked chips and lemon courgette cake for pud. 💚
It’s something I bang on about a lot and try to mostly follow my own advice - eating locally, seasonally and predominantly plant based is pretty much always going to be best for your bodies ❤️and for the planet. 🌳
To quote one of my favourite picture books, which I had the pleasure of reading to my daughter’s class last week and inspired this post:
“Eat food that is grown much closer to home.
And leave the wild places and ice caps alone.
Stop blowing all that hot air but instead choose to walk.
And put less of our world on the end of your fork.”
[‘The Trouble with Dragons’ by Debi Gliori] 🐉🐉🐉
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This is a tip in recognition of mental health awareness week. Do you think you really need this tip, really? You MUST already know how good it is to get outside, the benefits of vitamin D, the incredible proven effects on mental health - right?? You MUST know how many chronic problems of the modern man (and woman) are predominantly caused by too much time indoors, poor diet and too much sitting down right? Right?! ____________
But...maybe you need a little nudge tomorrow to go and eat your lunch outside. Take a walk instead of getting the bus. Sit out in your garden after work. Take your shoes off. Feel the grass under your feet. Smell the air. Let the sun warm you up. Take a moment.
If you really don’t already know any of this then you must have been living under a rock. (And if you’ve been living under a rock then seriously mate, you need to get yourself outside!)
Seems wrong at this time of year not to mention wild garlic. I once read you’d be a fool to buy any sort of spring onions, chives or garlic from April to June if you have any sort of access to woodlands, graveyards or riverbanks (or pictured right 👉 here in my front garden!) It likes shaded, damp spots. And I kind of agree, why buy something when something even better grows in abundance in nature.☘️
Also known as Ransoms, if it grows in your local woods or park it is apparently a sign of ancient woodland. Eaten, wild garlic is thought to lower cholesterol and blood pressure so excellent #foodasmedicine for those who need to watch their cardiovascular health. ❤️ It’s antifungal and antibacterial so also one to add into your diet if you suspect your gut bacteria is out of whack.
You can eat the leaves (best eaten when they are young) and the flowers. And really you can do anything you want with wild garlic. Treat it as you would normal garlic and add to dishes as a flavouring OR make it the main event: soups, sauces, pesto’s, add it to salads, sandwiches, pastas etc etc.
Pictured here is what a fabulous local Bristolian cafe @stwerburghscityfarmhas done using this gorgeously pungent leaf: nettle, potato and wild garlic soup #nomnomnom Absolutely smashed it👌
I love this little tip and I don’t mind sharing that this is a firm favourite in our household (grownups only) as it’s quick and bloody hits the spot if you love all things pickled. Which obvs at #gingerandpicklesnutrition we do!
Take one red onion, dice finely, cover in a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar and season. Leave for 10 minutes and poof 👉💨 you have magnificent pickled onions 🙌
Make sure your apple cider vinegar is raw and with the “mother” meaning it is unfiltered and contains that lovely bacteria which gives ACV all its lovely health benefits.
Smashing on burgers (or the veg burgers because you know us #vegetarians do like our veg) Absobloodylutely amazing on salad or let’s be honest, nothing beats pickled onion with a slice of cheese. 🌟
Did that get your attention?? Also known as cleavers or sticky weed (or about 8000 other names for this funny little weed!) This lovely little plant grows EVERYWHERE even in urban areas and honestly once you open your eyes you’ll spot it all the time, especially at this time of year.
It’s related to the coffee plant and chicory so apparently (haven’t tried this) makes a good alternative to coffee for those trying to give up the black stuff ☕️
It’s almost impossible to kill this weed 💪 which I love #whennaturewins. It’s quite a powrful astringent (=makes body cells contract) so probably not advisable to consume this regularly in very large doses. It’s great for cleansing the lymphatic system (think of it like a spring clean which is appropriate as it grows in spring🌿)
It can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked up and eaten with spring greens or spinach, kale etc. Or wash and slice the stems and add to water; leave to infuse and enjoy as a great lymphatic tonic.
Other things you can make with cleavers: infused cleaver oil to help with cracked or inflammed skin. Just made this as a topical application for my husbands #psoriasis.
Lastly I found this quote: “hung over the doorway of a home it invokes a loving atmosphere around all those that pass under it” 💕💕which I love and have duely hung around the doorway of our home. Like a springtime mistletoe! 💚
A new one from me to introduce some new herbs or plants that I am learning about. That’s what I love about my job, always learning! Here we have ‘Jack by the Hedge’ also known as ‘Garlic Mustard’.
Best eaten in spring when the leaves are new, it has quite a distinctive leaf shape, white flowers and smells garlicky! Can be found in woodland or hedgerows (hence the name) but this was found in a city park!
Lovely in a salad, quite a distinctive taste (as you’d expect for something called Garlic Mustard!) and also makes a great pesto. Can also eat the flowers I believe. Not so well known or trendy as #wildgarlic but just as great for people new to foraging!