I didn’t forget about you. I’ve been too busy making snowmen

Posted by Lou on Feb 16, 2009 in News, Skincare


Its been ages since I’ve posted.

I feel I have neglected my duties.

So…lots to write about.

1st lets talk skincare.

LIZ EARLE. If you’re like me and you’re basically allergic to everything (I’m atopic apparently), skincare can become a boring lifeless chore. Well, that was until Liz Earle came along. I can’t stress enough how wonderful the Cleanse and Polish is and when you wash it off with a muslin cloth you feel so clean.

OK skincare is over, lets talk food (that didn’t take long). I know, I’m becoming really sad. I’ve found heaven is when I get home and I can dive into my cookbooks and plan out dinners. I’ve been so happy with Abel and Cole – the parsnips have seriously rocked my world. I love how the man turns up in his van every Wednesday at 9.30am, I love rituals!

Unfortunately this week I’ve been away so I haven’t been able to make the Easy Carrot and Coriander Soup but Covent Garden Soups have been a nice change.

So far we have stuck to buying British really well. After watching the Great British food fight all of our meat is Organic free range and British. All of our fruit and veg is from Able and Cole, of which most is sourced from Britain. We are obsessed with potato and rosemary bread from Barbakan and I’ll never eat a yogurt that isn’t from Longley farm again.

I will point out that I’ve not become a mad Daily Mail reader just yet, even though they do have excellent celebrity gossip online.

All in all, a month and a half in, we have saved money because we aren’t lured by rubbish in supermarkets and I’ve lost weight because we aren’t eating out all the time and our food is more wholesome.


Great British Spuds and The Potato King

Posted by Dunc on Feb 8, 2009 in Food Shopping


The latest veg box from Abel and Cole arrived today with some interesting info about the potatoes they have sourced. Hopefully they won’t mind me copying their newsletter word for word on the blog (a good bit of advertising for them at least!) :)

From the Farm…

The King of Potatoes

Andrew Dennis is a decendent of ‘The Potato King’. For the coronation of King Edward VIII in 1901, Andrew’s grandfather was asked to supply potatoes for a dinner the King had organised for the poor of London. The potatoes were such a hit that they started calling him ‘The Potato King’. If you venture to the town of Kirkton, near his family’s Woodlands Farm, you’ll see a statue of William Dennis standing proudly outside the town hall.

Taste a morsel of Andrew’s current crop of Pink Fir Apple potatoes and you can see that he’s proudly carrying on the family tradition of farming to a royal standard.

“Pink Fir Apple” potatoes are a very special breed”, Andrew notes, “In Victorian times they were considered an aphrodisiac”.

This heritage variety is unique in any ways. For one, it has an exceptionally delicious nutty taste, “They also have a really funny, knobbly shape”, says Andrew. “Because of this, they must be picked by hand.”

Just as you’d picture traditional apple pickers walking through orchards with wicker baskets in which ti carry their fruit, Andrew and his team tumble the gathered Pink Firs into little baskets, before being transferred into wooden crates.

Woodlands Farm is in a stunning location in the fertile Lincolnshire fens. You can see six church steeples poking out while standing on the farm. The gorgeous spot has drawn many artists and poets to stay on the farm to paint and write. We hope you find the Pink Firs equally inspiring!

Well I don’t know about inspiring, but they certainly are pretty delicious! I know the cynics amongst you will argue that the story above is just an excellent example of ‘rose-tinted’ marketing spin to sell spuds at a premium, but I personally like the fact that I know a little more about where my food is coming from and feel happy that I’m putting something back into Britain at least.

Potatoes as an aphrodisiac? Hmmm…I let you know about that one!

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