September 2014 - Greenwich Pantry Blog
26 Sep

Sylvia wasn’t too old

Photo by Kyrre Gjerstad / CC BY 2.0

At 80 Sylvia wasn’t too old to come along to cookery classes. As a great believer in lifelong teaching and learning; I admired Sylvia.

Many older people are unable to get around; Sylvia’s one of the inspiring few.

One of the barriers in old age is good mobility.
Shopping online is an option for older tech savvy people like Sylvia and perhaps those not very mobile.

Keeping a great pantry is effort and knowing where to get essential items to sustain good health is key to success.

Good food is relevant at all stages of life and no less in the latter days.

Unless a special diet is ordered by a medical doctor or healthcare professional, it is advisable to keep a good stock of staples with plenty of whole grains, consume moderate animal proteins, eat small amount of fats and plenty of fruit and vegetables

Tins of quality food will serve you well in winter and wet autumnal  days.

Cooking may be a barrier for some. Searching for good quality ready meals to keep in cold storage or freezer is a good idea. Learning to identify what’s in the food will serve you well.

Tell friends and family what food you want and put these on your shopping list.

Always take advise from medical or health care professional before embarking on new food ventures. Keep well and enjoy yourself with friends and family. Remember Sylvia.

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23 Sep

Saying thank you with love

I am always touched by gratitude. I think most people are. When days seem endlessly long, it only takes a warm smile or a few kind words to bring some sparkle into someone else’s life.

These days people say thank you in all sorts of ways but a hand written note never goes unnoticed.

Over the years I have come in contact with some great people and their thoughtful comments about my work has both spurned me on and challenged me to greater and better. They are very precious thoughts and I keep them in a visible place. Here are some of my favourites to share:

Very sweet.

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12 Sep

Colour Me Beautiful and keep me Gorgeous

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My love for colour reached new heights in the summer and I have been enjoying even better colour therapy since. It seems to have worked so now the darker days are upon us, in preparation, I went through my kitchen and decided to keep everything with a bright colour within eyesight. Pink, green and even orange.
Colour certainly helps to reduce the drudgery and keep life fun.

A pantry full of colour is an asset and a food shopping list with colourful produce and packaging is even better.

Kitchen equipment are a great way to infuse colour and keep the kitchen  warm and homely. With so many options these days you could really go to town.

If you want colour therapy in the kitchen decide on your favourite colours and select and use at least three things with those colours daily.  Place them within eye view, look at them and when using them smile, then wait and see what happens.
It works for me.

When shopping for fresh produce or cupboard  items select a variety of colours and be adventurous, with packaging; yellows and greens, reds and oranges. There’s no limit to what you’ll find. Fill up your fruit and vegetable basket with some of these, stack the shelves neatly, cook, often, eat well and stay gorgeous.

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12 Sep

Pizza Rounds

Photo by Food Recipes / CC BY 2.0

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Makes one 20cm pizza or 4 individual

 

Ingredients

For the base

 

For the topping

  1. 150g Granny Secret’s Ayvar
  2. A selection of vegetables (thinly sliced peppers, courgettes, tomatoes, red onions and mushrooms, sweet corn)
  3. 50g mozzarella
  4. 50g reduced-fat cheddar

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC / Fan 180oC / 400oF / Gas Mark 6.
  2. Put the flours, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.
  3. Rub the margarine into the flour mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Mix in enough milk to form soft dough.
  5. Turn onto a floured surface and knead it lightly.
  6. Divide into 4 pieces if making individual pizzas. You can keep the dough frozen and use within a couple of weeks.
  7. Roll out to a thickness of 1.0cm and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.
  8. Spread the passata over the pizza and top with vegetables and grated cheese.
  9. Use seasonal vegetables for maximum nutritional benefits
  10. Bake in the oven for 15 – 20minutes until golden brown.

 

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11 Sep

Great for Greenwich

Hello Greenwich Foodies

if you live in Greenwich you can shop online and collect your orders from our Greenwich office, just let us know when you order and we will call you to arrange a pick up time. Great:-)
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03 Sep

Loving the foodie in you

We love food but do we love ourselves?

Loving the foodie in you is about discovering yourself. There’s a personal journey we take from a to b. Good food is a companion in that journey. It’s a wonder how we so easily leave it behind. There are three foods that make me   Me.. I’ll be revealing them on my WOL . What food makes you who you are?

Go discover.

I hope today, you’ll find the foodie in you and keep loving  nourishing yourselves..

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01 Sep

Nostalgia is a word to remember

Nostalgia is a word to remember.
Period.

Now add food to nostalgia and enjoy private moments of bliss and pleasure.

In pursuit of bliss and pleasure, I decided to ‘do nostalgia’ and enjoy one nostalgic food.

Yes; food that takes me places I stopped dreaming about, places so far away from my memory to make a difference ‘in the now’.

Sounds good right?

Nostalgic food is good therapy.

So lately, my taste buds were reacquainted with real chocolate, bringing me back to cosy family evenings, stern lights out and girly midnight feasts. Back then, my favourite cocoa lacked much sugar (we didn’t miss it) yet was full of depth and breadth.
It’s a rare find these days.

Some people have a knack for recreating Nostalgia in food form.
I found mine.
Hope you find yours and savour it.

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01 Sep

Hey it’s Organic September!

At Greenwich Pantry we love cooking and eating we think it’s one of life’s greatest pleasures.

To celebrate Organic September we are inviting foodie friends to enjoy organic ingredients and products and cook up a love feast with family and friends. You may also want to try Nourish our organic skin care range; fully certified by the Soil Association.

So join the GP family and use your GPORGANIC20 voucher to get 20% off selected organic products from the pantry.

Find out more about Organic September  and learn how choosing organic and making small changes can make a big difference to our planet:

Organic September

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