Monday, 13 October 2008


No food is “cheap” but if you buy in season your fresh fruit and veg should be at least a bit cheaper! For example – don’t buy fresh strawberries at Christmas time – they won't have much taste and will have been flown half way round the world at great cost, both to the planet and you! Choose seasonal, local produce, from farmer’s markets if possible.

What’s in season NOW?

Apples, autumn lamb, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, chestnuts, courgettes, elderberries, fennel, kale, mackerel, marrow, main crop potatoes, mushrooms, oysters, pears, pumpkin, rabbit, radishes, squash, sweetcorn, turnips, watercress.

Saturday, 4 October 2008


This is a really quick, cheap, nutritious, low(ish)-fat meal which will give you a helping of your omega 3 fats. It basically consists of a dish of salad with one tin of mackerel fillets in brine per person.
All you need is enough salad leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, beetroot, radish - whatever you have in the way of salad - for each person. I use pasta plates (deepish with a small rim) and fill with the salad, drain the tins of mackerel and turn each one out on top of the salad. Serve with triangles of wholemeal bread (and butter if you're me!) laid around the rim of the dish. Done!
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