October 2014 - Greenwich Pantry Blog
27 Oct

I’m falling for Damson

Photo by Andy Bold / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

With my constant quest for variety in fruit and all this talk of nostalgia at GP,  I’m getting a thing for Damson with its rich bitter-sweet adult taste. Delicious as jam with a warm crusty bread  during autumnal mornings, what’s not to love?

Autumn is a great season for many nutritious, colourful fruits and vegetables which have a myriad of uses but damson (as well as quince) are ones that escape the mind. This is hardly surprising as main stream supermarkets don’t sell damson and most people know little about it.

I’ve been doing my own research about this small dark purple fruit and here’s a few interesting things I discovered about Damson

Damson is best in early autumn; having been planted in summer
Damson is great for heart health; high in antioxidants
Damson is great for digestive health; high in fibre
Damson is great for culinary purposes for making jams, cordials and much more.

See www.organicfacts.net for more detailed information.

If you can’t get hold of fresh damson to make your own jam or compote, try the Hawkshed Relish Damson Jam we stock at Greenwich Pantry or taste some at our event on 29th November; you’re in for a treat.

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14 Oct

Hello! I’m swooning food enthusiast and guest blogger Joyce.

Hello! 

I’d just like to introduce myself to you all (properly), I’m Joyce.

Perhaps you’ve read about my travels whilst I’ve been defying the end of Summer, or you may have seen snippets of my writing recently retweeted by my new foodie soul-sister, Lara from @GreenwichPantry where I’m very grateful to be on board as guest blogger. 

I’ll be reviewing what The Greenwich Pantry has to offer and I’ll be sharing my honest thoughts and musing on my favourite things about food. 

In the meantime you can reading more at www.mealsandboon.com  or follow me @MealsandBoon 

I’ll be posting reviews on The Greenwich Pantry shopping pages, but I’d love to see what you think of the products too?

I like eating at restaurants, but not as much as I love cooking at home. I like alliteration but not litterbugs and it bugs me if a plate gets taken from my restaurant table before the last person at the table has finished eating. 

Having recently changed jobs I recently plucked up the courage to put ‘I’m a keen Food Blogger’ on my CV, you know the bit where you put ‘other interests’ and after a string of recent interviews, I got a new job. Hooray, but in the ‘chat’ bit of one interview,  just as we got to the question; “So Joyce what are your interests out when you’re not working” (I’m always working) but the interviewer chimed in and said, “Don’t worry actually, so long as you’re not one of these people that takes pictures of your food and blogs about your breakfast…” Gulp. (Cue my mind Insta-montage of runny eggsplotions and cake close upssimmering dumplings in stew and #bakefails galore, oh my!)

The interviewer obviously hadn’t read all of my CV, but whilst in mid mind montage, I’m sure my face said it all. “It’s not all  food” I piped up to reassure, “some of it’s of my Cat”. 

Alas, I didn’t get that job.

Admittedly to you all and I think I’m in good company, that is exactly what I do. I photograph my food, turn my bad restaurant experiences into memorable narratives and well, I just love all things about eating. Whether it’s at home or on the town I’d love to share my stories and reviews with you. If you’d like to read more, I like to Yelp about things and I recently made #ROTD (Review of the Day) for the second time this year along with the Weekly Yelp too. 

So, thanks to Paul at Spread The Word who introduced me to Lara and I really look forward to chatting to you and hearing your foodie stories.

Happy chomping through Tuesday Night x

spoon

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14 Oct

For one of those days

For one of those days

Sometimes it feels like time is literally against us with little time to get things done. Thankfully those days don’t come around too often but If you are like me, when they come, its a struggle.

Keeping a list of things of things I need handy and up to date keeps me organised, makes shopping easier and cooking more pleasant. If paper and pen is not your thing, smart phone apps may work – whichever method you choose, you’ll only get results if you do it.

So if you want to win the battle, here’s what I recommend:

Plan your meals
Start by making a list of all the food you love to eat. I mean everything; even the sweet things. Plan when you want to eat around what you have in the pantry.
Check out my pantry list and shopping tips.

Keep good food in your pantry
You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel, use shortcuts. Keep good quality ‘tins and things’ cooked or preserved foods somewhere in your pantry. Look out for healthy sauces that contain little salt and sugar if you want to cut down. Adapt sauces to suit your taste buds using herbs and spices.

Get friends and family on board
If you can’t get them cooking, get them prepping and chopping; a relaxation tool we often forget about. If you live with lots of people, keep a rota. That way, everyone gets a chance to cook and shine.

Can’t cook won’t cook?
We are here to help. Subscribe to GP mailing list for foodie tips and tattle. Or place an order for some home cooked food.

Say good bye to those days!

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13 Oct

It was 11.00am when Autumn arrived

Photo by Shimelle Laine / CC BY 2.0

This year I was determined to see autumn arrive. I prepared carefully, picked up a new coat and cleaned up my boots.

Sarah and I set out to work on a new riceboutique menu. We met new suppliers and Joyce is testing out new products for the shop. I feel ready and raring to go.

So when I looked out of the window this morning, there it was. Autumn had indeed arrived. A new day with its own cool fresh breeze. The trees were ready too and the leaves with deep red colours lined the pathway everywhere I looked.

So what now?

Autumn is welcome at Greenwich Pantry.

Our cupboards are filling with autumnal stuff, at cookery sessions we’ll say hello to seasonal food and riceboutique is emerging with a new menu.

Autumn will certainly be cold and breezy, but autumn will be busy.

I hope to see you on 29th November, enjoying a foodie treat at our Saturday shop or shopping for Christmas gifts for the family.

Until then, keep warm and enjoy your autumn.

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01 Oct

Flapjacks, Porridge, Oatcakes and a banter

Photo by Steven Lilley / CC BY-SA 2.0

The staff kitchen is a wonderful place.

For many it’s a great setting for the obligatory tea break; best for devouring flapjacks, oatcakes, porridge and winging about calories shortly after!

More importantly; sometimes, it’s where the foodie action really sets off and the “what did you put in your food” talk never seems to end.

There’s lots of banter about last night’s dinner, what’s on for dinner at the weekend or what Aunty May will be cooking for the family.

It always amazes me how we never stop talking about our favourite food.

Then of course, there’s colleagues who never cook but know all the latest foodie hot spots, a most intriguing foodie tribe.

Oh and lest I forget, the other tribe, these are the “can I have a taste” contingent, they eat everything in sight but never really eat. Enough said.

Whatever foodie type you are, if you’re out at the weekend, come along to our Saturday shop. You can share your foodie stories with us, you’re one of us and you’re worth it.

See you soon.

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